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2008 NFL Draft: A Mock Draft To Indentify 2nd & 3rd Round Sleepers

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Yesterday, I posted a different kind of Mock NFL Draft. It took the player rankings from Scouts Inc and simply mapped that against the draft order to get an idea of where players should be drafted rather than what a team is expected to do based on needs. Today, I do the same thing but use The Sporting News' War Room rankings to come up with a very different mock draft - very different. This mock draft is so different that I can't help thinking of it as a list of possible second and third round sleepers.

Where to start? Possible #1 overall pick, OT Jake Long, is rated #13 by the War Room by their scoring method. Rutgers' RB Ray Rice is rated #17. Maybe I haven't perused enough mock drafts, but neither of those players have been projected to go anywhere near those levels.

To me, this looks like the Miami Dolphins could be making a mistake to take Long #1 while those 1st round teams who need a RB and pass could get that level of talent in the second or third round in Rice. The same thing can be said of QB Matt Ryan and WRs Early Doucet and Devin Thomas.

I want to ask if you agree, but this mock draft is so different that the proper question would be how much do you disagree.

PICK TEAM PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 Miami Chris Long DE Virginia
2 St. Louis Glen Dorsey DT Lsu
3 Atlanta Darren Mcfadden RB Arkansas
4 Oakland Keith Rivers OLB Usc
5 Kansas City Ryan Clady OT Boise State
6 N.Y. Jets Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois
7 New England (from S.F.) Mike Jenkins CB South Florida
8 Baltimore Devin Thomas WR Michigan State
9 Cincinnati Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
10 New Orleans Early Doucet WR Lsu
11 Buffalo Felix Jones RB Arkansas
12 Denver Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma
13 Carolina Jake Long OT Michigan
14 Chicago Andre Caldwell WR Florida
15 Detroit Brian Brohm QB Louisville
16 Arizona Sedrick Ellis DT Usc
17 Minnesota Ray Rice RB Rutgers
18 Houston Leodis Mckelvin CB Troy State
19 Philadelphia Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon
20 Tampa Bay Desean Jackson WR California
21 Washington Kenny Phillips S Miami
22 Dallas (from Cleveland) Beau Bell ILB Unlv
23 Pittsburgh Dajuan Motgan S Nc State
24 Tennessee Matt Ryan QB Boston College
25 Seattle Mario Manningham WR Michigan
26 Jacksonville Quentin Groves OLB Auburn
27 San Diego Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech
28 Dallas Donnie Avery WR Houston
29 San Francisco (from Indianapolis) Phillip Merling DE Clemson
30 Green Bay Jordan Dizon OLB Colorado
31 N.Y. Giants Reggie Smith CB Oklahoma