- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2007

Ryan O’Halloran of The Washington Times breaks down his predictions for today’s NFL Draft.

1. Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU. Even if they sign Daunte Culpepper, the Raiders can’t pass up the potential of the strong-armed Russell.

2. Detroit: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin. Taking another receiver will be enticing, but if they can’t deal the pick, the smart choice is a stalwart left tackle.

3. Cleveland: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame. This is where the draft begins to take shape. The Browns take Quinn over Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson.

4. Tampa Bay: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech. The Buccaneers’ dream scenario comes true when they select the top-rated player in the draft without giving anything away.

5. Arizona: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson. The Cardinals gladly will take the first defensive player, instantly upgrading their pass rush.

6. Washington: LaRon Landry, S, LSU. If the Redskins don’t move out of this spot, they make the puzzling decision to choose Landry over Amobi Okoye.

7. Minnesota: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma. After a bad offseason, the Vikings finally make a wise decision, teaming Peterson with Chester Taylor.

8. Atlanta: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville. Michael Vick needs receiving help, but Bobby Petrino won’t pass up a player he recruited to play for him in college.

9. Miami: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan. If no deal for Trent Green develops, the Dolphins are a candidate to trade up for Quinn, but Hall fills a big need and becomes an instant starter.

10. Houston: Levi Brown, LT, Penn State. The Texans have signed Jordan Black to play LT so a move to RT is possible to help protect new QB Matt Schaub.

11. San Francisco: Alan Branch, DT, Michigan. There have been questions about his lack of production and injury history, but he’s a good fit for the 49ers’ 3-4 defense.

12. Buffalo: Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi. The best linebacker in the draft will replace the departed London Fletcher in the middle of the Bills defense.

13. St. Louis: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas. Leonard Little is 33 years old and newly signed James Hall had shoulder problems last year. Like Okoye, Anderson is young but talented.

14. Carolina: Reggie Nelson, S, Florida. Mike Minter has announced this will be his last season so Nelson can play SS for a season then move into Minter’s FS spot.

15. Pittsburgh: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State. This might be a little high for him to go, but the Steelers need to replace Joey Porter and start making the transition to a 4-3 defense.

16. Green Bay: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California. The Packers need to replace Ahman Green. Watch for them to trade up if Peterson falls to six or seven.

17. Jacksonville: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska. Long-term pass-rush issues can be addressed with this player, who could be a Redskins candidate should they trade down.

18. Cincinnati: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh. The Bengals hit with Johnathan Joseph in the first last year so this pick gives them a corner tandem for the next several years.

19. Tennessee: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC. Some think the Titans could also go cornerback here, but they need to find Vince Young a new target to replace Drew Bennett/Bobby Wade.

20. N.Y. Giants: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas. R.W. McQuarters was one of the Giants’ starting corners last year. Suffice to say, this is an area of great need.

21. Denver: Jon Beason, LB, Miami. In search of a replacement for Al Wilson, the Broncos go for an undersized-but-athletic player in the Wilson mold.

22. Dallas: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee. The run on receivers starts with the Cowboys getting insurance in case T.O. and Glenn can’t stay healthy.

23. Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU. The Chiefs need a guard with Will Shields retiring, but they can get one of those in the later rounds.

24. New England: Michael Griffin, S, Texas. The Patriots take the heir apparent to Rodney Harrison. They might also consider Miami’s Brandon Meriweather.

25. NY Jets: Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Ohio State. The Jets need to add offensive speed to help Laveranues Coles, and Ginn also bolsters the return game.

26. Philadelphia: David Harris, LB, Michigan. A prime candidate to trade up if Willis or Nelson slide a little bit. Harris eventually will take over for Jeremiah Trotter.

27. New Orleans: Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami. A team without a ton of big needs looks to the future since Jay Bellamy will be 35 in July.

28. New England: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida. Because the Patriots want versatile players, they take Moss over an outside LB with hopes he can develop into a rush LB.

29. Baltimore: Justin Blalock, OT, Texas. The Ravens lost T Tony Pashos in free agency and released G Edwin Mulitalo so they need immediate help.

30. San Diego: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC. Still available because of a sub-par 40-yard dash time, he was super productive in college and will be a solid NFL player.

31. Chicago: Lawrence Timmons, OLB, Florida State. The Bears need a fallback option if Lance Briggs does sit out the first 10 games (and leaves after the season).

32. Indianapolis: Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas. The Colts also need an outside linebacker but at this point, they draft a replacement for Nick Harper.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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