So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
@Walter I don't see how you think Fitz is "fine" there, given the fact you pointed out Palmer's diminishing arm strength and generally not liking older players. I get he's produced with awful QBs and they're not running him deep anymore, but even so, the point you made about AP apply even more to Fitz. Bad pick
Green Bay Packers: Mike Person, OT/G, Montana State
The Packers are not a needy team and can add more support for their offensive line here.
Detroit Lions: Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina
This could be the draft that establishes a solid defensive line for the Lions, so they double dip here.
Buffalo Bills: Jermale Hines, SS, Ohio State
The Bills are going to fish for someone to replace free agent Donte Whitner, who is probably not going back. I expect the move to come earlier than this although the safety class is weak.
Cincinnati Bengals: Johnny Culbreath, OT, South Carolina State
Offensive line is an area of concern for the Bengals. Andre Smith still has no established impact role on the line, and I still have nightmares about him running without his shirt on. The team has shown interest in Culbreath and might take him in the final round simply because there is no way to sign free agent rookies until the CBA is settled.
New York Jets: Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota
Backup quarterback is a priority for the Jets. Someone who accepts snot boogers being rubbed on them is not a requirement. A lot of teams are looking at Weber, Jets included, and I expect him to get drafted.
Seattle Seahawks: Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina
Next year, another Gamecock receiver, Alshon Jeffery, is a likely first-round pick. Pete Carroll likes big receivers, and while it is not a big need, this is the seventh round.
Atlanta Falcons: T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina
The Falcons are on the lookout for a reliable backup quarterback, and are one of the handful of teams interested in T.J. Yates.
San Francisco 49ers: Mike Mohamed, ILB, California
As a late-round addition, I really like Mike Mohamed's ability to support a team's linebacker depth chart. He travels across the bridge and takes his aggressive style with him to contribute as a backup and on special teams.
Tennessee Titans: Chris L. Rucker, CB, Michigan State
I will not mention a certain opposing quarterback's name yet again, but the Titans do face a couple teams capable of passing the football and need to keep the talent flowing at cornerback.
Washington Redskins: Mario Harvey, ILB, Marshall
Rocky McIntosh is miscast in a 3-4 and London Fletcher was around when the wheel was invented.
Houston Texans: Joshua Portis, QB, California-PA
A dozen teams or so have checked out Joshua Portis and he is likely to get drafted. The Texans aren't desperate for a backup quarterback, but Matt Leinart wants to go somewhere else and compete for starting job. Does he mean the UFL? Is there a hot tub league I don't know about?
Minnesota Vikings: Jonas Mouton, OLB, Michigan
I don't think any position is off limits to add talent for the Vikings.
St. Louis Rams: Jock Sanders, WR, West Virginia
Plenty of teams are taking a look at Jock Sanders, including the Rams, and he could be an intriguing weapon for new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to play with.
Miami Dolphins: Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State
The offensive line did not play well last year and the Dolphins have taken a look at the slightly less coveted Derek Newton in this year's draft class.
Miami Dolphins: Jerrard Tarrant, FS, Georgia Tech
Chris Clemons needs a challenger. Unfortunately this is not the draft class to be looking for one, and the Dolphins do not have a lot of picks to work with.
Oakland Raiders: Andrew Jackson, OG, Fresno State
The Raiders would be well served to add multiple offensive linemen and get a somewhat local product here from just down the road in "The Valley."
Dallas Cowboys: Collin Zych, S, Harvard
More defensive help for the Cowboys.
New York Giants: Akeem Dent, ILB, Georgia
In reality, the Giants are going to add linebacker help earlier than this, but no mock draft should be "perfect." The real one will certainly not be for every team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati
If you think about it, the letters in Armon Binns and Arrelious Benn are pretty similar. Imagine the fun we could have with the announcers trying to keep their names straight. Oh, and Benn is injured.
Kansas City Chiefs: Jarred Fayson, WR, Illinois
Clearly the Chiefs are going to find a way to grab a receiver earlier than this. I would have had to force it though and not every team gets what they want in every mock draft. If I tried to do it that way, it would be unrealistic. A lot of teams are poking around Jarred Fayson including Kansas City.
Washington Redskins: Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
Sweet! The Redskins get their franchise quarterback in the seventh round. Just kidding, but they have looked at him and might add him as an option if available this late. Way too many quarterbacks are going to get drafted way too soon in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Baltimore Ravens: Justin Rogers, CB, Richmond
There are too many question marks at cornerback. The Ravens might add two.
New Orleans Saints: David Mims, OT, Virginia Union
In the seventh round, I can always justify additions on the offensive line.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Kelce, C, Cincinnati
Depth for the center position where Jamaal Jackson returns from injury.
St. Louis Rams: Keith Williams, G, Nebraska
Truth be told, I wish I had given the Rams help on the interior of their line sooner than this.
Atlanta Falcons: David Arkin, G, Missouri State
The Falcons love to keep the ball away from the other team with their running game and need to keep their interior line strong.
Atlanta Falcons: Reid Forrest, P, Washington State
As one of my readers pointed out, Michael Koenen's play is not commensurate with his performance.
San Francisco 49ers: Colin Brodie, CB/KR, South Dakota State
More help in the secondary and another option in the return game to boot.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Chas Henry, P, Florida
Daniel Sepulveda is a free agent with injury issues.
Green Bay Packers: Anthony Gray, DT, Southern Miss
This has been portrayed as a bigger need by some, but this makes a lot more sense and they have looked at Anthony Gray.
San Diego Chargers: Bryant Browning, G, Ohio State
A lot of my picks are based on team interest, and as I have said, offensive line help is always justifiable in the late rounds.
Miami Dolphins: J.T. Thomas, OLB, West Virginia
Every year I usually include at least one reference to 3-4 teams constantly searching for linebackers and they have given J.T. Thomas a look.
Minnesota Vikings: Alex Linnenkohl, C, Oregon State
This is not a great year to be looking for a center, but the Vikings are in the market.
Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Pianalto, TE, North Carolina
College football fans were robbed of watching the Tar Heels chase a BCS title. Who wouldn't have wanted to see their stacked defense take on either Auburn or Oregon? Yeah, I'm running out of material. The Eagles have kicked the tires on Zach Pianalto.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chris White, ILB, Mississippi State
Free agency issues make linebacker a priority for the Buccaneers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon
This mock draft has Maehl. OK, that was bad. Sorry, it's the seventh round.
Philadelphia Eagles: Deron Mayo, LB, Old Dominion
With all of the players with NFL bloodlines who will be taken much earlier, no one is really talking about Jerod Mayo's brother. He could be worth a late round flier, and the Eagles are one of the interested parties. They take linebackers late anyway.
Oakland Raiders: Nate Enderle, QB, Idaho
I want to get Nate Enderle off the board because he will be drafted and the Raiders are probably going to take a quarterback. I don't love the fit. If Colin Kaepernick gets close to their spot in the second round, expect Al Davis to strike by trading up.
Seattle Seahawks: Adrian Moten, OLB, Maryland
The linebacker position needs a little support, and it might come a little earlier than this.
New Orleans Saints: Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia
More help up front for the Saints who still feel the sting of giving up 41 points in the playoffs to a 7-9 team.
Carolina Panthers: Byron Bell, OT, New Mexico
The Panthers had injury problems on the offensive line and need to draft depth.
Buffalo Bills: Lee Smith, TE, Marshall
We're closing in on Mr. Irrelevant, and I'm giving the Bills one of the highest rated tight ends left. Maybe they get lucky.
Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Jones, CB, Northwest Missouri State
Depth at cornerback, and if Johnathan Joseph departs, they will probably need to be more aggressive than this.
Denver Broncos: Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo
Andre Goodman could be cut, and while Champ Bailey is sticking around, he is getting close to the age where injuries kick in. They need to secure depth.
Cleveland Browns: Ryan Winterswyky, DE, Boise State
Again, the Browns are going to add a lot of pieces for their defensive line in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Arizona Cardinals: Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn
The Cardinals could use another option in their backfield.
San Francisco 49ers: Derek Hall, OT, Stanford
The best way for new head coach Jim Harbaugh to offset the impact of his first season being screwed up by a labor dispute is by taking one of his old players. He knows what he is getting.
Tennessee Titans: Ray Dominquez, OT/G, Arkansas
Whoever the quarterback winds up being, the Titans have to make sure their offensive line is improved.
Dallas Cowboys: Josh Bynes, ILB, Auburn
This is unbelievable. How do I come up with the same player this late in the draft as Walt? Well, it happened with me thinking independently based on what is left on my board.
Washington Redskins: Ryan Bartholomew, C, Syracuse
The Redskins need several additions along the offensive line.
Houston Texans: Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan
My Mr. Irrelevant isn't as good as Walt's, but you would never believe (again, see two picks above) I actually had the same player. I had to switch this one. The Texans get depth inside at linebacker here.