The actual 2008 NFL Draft begins in a few hours. For months we have looked at mock NFL drafts, but what we haven't seen yet is a mock draft done by an actual NFL player. Fortunately, The Sporting News got Washington Redskins' OT Jon Jansen to give his mock draft.
Jansen's approach favors the offensive line as he readily admitted, but he says, "...if you are going to build a team and want immediate production, you start with an offensive lineman....linemen can produce now....and as a lineman [at Michigan], certain things are drilled into you: technique, passion, loyalty, leadership and a love for the violence of the game."
While there are going to be clearly areas of shock for anyone who has read more than a couple of mock drafts, I prefer to think of anyone selected higher by Jansen as a potential bargain relative to where he will actually be selected. The most obvious one is OT Jeff Otah who Jansen has the Chiefs taking at #5 and most other mock drafts have going in the teens.
Here are the four previous 2008 mock NFL Drafts I covered:
|2||St. Louis||Chris Long||DE||Virginia|
|3||Atlanta||Matt Ryan||QB||Boston College|
|5||Kansas City||Jeff Otah||OT||Pittsburgh|
|6||N.Y. Jets||Vernon Gholston||DE||Ohio State|
|7||New England (from S.F.)||Dan Connor||OLB||Penn State|
|10||New Orleans||Mike Jenkins||CB||South Florida|
|15||Detroit||Ryan Clady||OT||Boise State|
|17||Kansas City||Derrick Harvey||DE||Florida|
|20||Tampa Bay||Desean Jackson||WR||California|
|22||Dallas (from Cleveland)||Rashard Mendenhall||RB||Illinois|
|24||Tennessee||Kentwan Balmer||DT||North Carolina|
|27||San Diego||Pat Sims||DT||Auburn|
|28||Dallas||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||CB||Tennessee State|
|29||San Francisco (from Indianapolis)||Xavier Adibi||OLB||Virginia Tech|
|30||Green Bay||Ali Highsmith||OLB||Lsu|
|31||N.Y. Giants||Leodis Mckelvin||CB||Troy|