Originally Posted by makoute
Didn't the vikings trade this years first for Allen.
*****....that's what I get for rushing this.
17. PROJECTED TRADE -- Kansas City trades the #17 pick to Houston for the #18 and #118 picks. Houston selects Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois. The Chiefs could take a player here but they can bluff Houston into trading up one spot to get the RB they need. The fourth rounder is a small price for Houston to pay in this spot.
18. Kansas City - Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh -- Otah's been Kansas City's guy all along, and the Chiefs come out of the first round with solutions for their problems at DE and RT. That's a good draft already.
19. New England - Quentin Groves LB Auburn -- Truth be told, I'm torn here between Groves and Cason, but we know that the Patriots need a premier pass rusher, and Groves, at a minimum, will be him. He's been falling down draft boards a bit, but we know that Belichick doesn't have much use for the consensus. This is a good spot for him.
20. Tampa Bay - DeSean Jackson WR California -- It's time for Gruden to bring in a big-play threat. Joey Galloway can still play in stretches, but he can't be heavily relied on any more.
21. Washington - Derrick Harvey DE Florida -- The Redskins WR needs are well-documented, but there seems to be enough depth that they'll likely have some good options next round. Harvey gives them a needed pass-rusher that will contend for ROY. If it seems I wrote that last time and just substituted "Harvey" for "Merling", you're right. As part of the Jared Allen fall out, the Redskins get a better prospect.
22. Baltimore - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tennessee St.-- The Ravens get the athletic freak to come in and replace Samari Rolle, who got exposed as a Tampa-2 corner last year.
23. Pittsburgh - Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College -- I don't know where his NFL position is going to ultimately be, but wherever it is, the Steelers have an opening there. You really can't go wrong with a BC lineman, and it takes some of the sting out of losing out on Albert and Otah.
24. Tennessee - Phillip Merling DE Clemson -- So the Titans lost multiple DEs in the offseason. Adding Merling to Haynesworth and Vanderbosch results in a good-looking unit.
25. Seattle - Limas Sweed WR Texas -- Julius Jones lessens the need for a first-round running back. DJ Hackett is gone, Deion Branch has sprained or tore something since I started typing, and Bobby Engram is another year older. Sweed gives the Hawks a shot of youth and production.
26. Jacksonville - Kenny Phillips S Miami -- Jack Del Rio seems determined to make the Jags into an elite unit, and Phillips is an upgrade as the strong safety position.
27. PROJECTED TRADE - San Diego trades the #27 pick to New England for the #49 and #62 picks. The Patriots select Antoine Cason CB Arizona. With only one pick in the first 4 rounds, expect AJ Smith to deal this pick. New England, using some ammo acquired from previous trades, snags the CB they covet. And both AFC rivals feels he got one over on the other.
28. Baltimore Ravens - Brian Brohm QB Louisville -- The Ravens once again hope they've found their long-term quarterback of the future.
29. San Francisco - Cliff Avril LB Purdue -- The 49ers need another pass rushing LB to make their 3-4 work, as Tully Banta Cain didn't get the job done last year. Avril also gives them a linebacker with some coverage ability. Slight reach, but perfect fit.
30. PROJECTED TRADE - Green Bay trades the #30 pick to New Orleans for the #40 and #78 picks. The Saints select Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina. . Green Bay will likely try to trade down, as this is too high to draft any of the remaining corners or any tight end. Balmer would be a good prize for the Saints.
31. New York Giants - Tyrell Johnson S Arkansas St -- The more teams' scouts dig, the higher Johnson shoots up draft boards. This may be a slight reach for the Champs, but a solid roster with few holes allows them that luxury.