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2008 NFL Draft: Another Mock Draft To Find Sleeper Picks And Trades

Just five more days until mock NFL drafts become something to re-examine and think, "How could I have thought he would be taken there?" Until then, though, there is no reason to not try.

The latest mock draft comes courtesy of the player rankings provided by NFL Draft Scout. One needn't go much further than the #7 selection of QB Matt Ryan by the New England Patriots to see that this list can provide some areas where possible draft trades may occur.

While that pick seems crazy, not Ryan at #7 but Ryan to the Pats, I do see a couple of players listed here which are moving up my sleeper lists - WR James Hardy of Indiana and DE Phillip Merling of Clemson. Either player would make me happy if they were avaiable at #32 when my Miami Dolphins pick.

While that may seem easy to envision for Hardy, don't discount Merling or Quentin Groves from falling. This ranking, along with the previous two I did - ESPN's Scouts Inc and The Sporting News' War Room - do not account for any run on QBs as is being rumored would happen towards the end of the 1st round.

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 Jake Long OT Michigan
5 Kansas City Vernon Gholsten DE Ohio State
6 N.Y. Jets Sedrick Ellis DT Usc
7 New England (from S.F.) Matt Ryan QB Boston College
8 Baltimore Ryan Clady OT Boise State
9 Cincinnati Keith Rivers OLB Usc
10 New Orleans Leodis Mcklevin CB Troy State
11 Buffalo Rashard Mendelhall RB Illinois
12 Denver Branden Albert OT Virginia
13 Carolina Derrick Harvey DE Florida
14 Chicago Devin Thomas WR Michigan State
15 Detroit Mike Jenkins CB South Florida
16 Arizona Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
17 Minnesota Dominique Rodgers Cromartie CB Tennessee State
18 Houston Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon State
19 Philadelphia Dan Connor ILB Penn State
20 Tampa Bay Brian Brohm QB Louisville
21 Washington Desean Jackson WR California
22 Dallas (from Cleveland) Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
23 Pittsburgh Phillip Merling DE Clemson
24 Tennessee Jerod Mayo ILB Tennessee
25 Seattle Limas Sweed WR Texas
26 Jacksonville Kentwan Blamer DT North Carolina
27 San Diego Antoine Cason CB Arizona
28 Dallas Quentin Groves OLB Auburn
29 San Francisco (from Indianapolis) James Hardy WR Indiana
30 Green Bay Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College
31 N.Y. Giants Kenny Phillips FS Miami