Scout.com Mock Draft

Scout.com Mock Draft

As an adjunct to the most comprehensive draft coverage Scout.com has ever rolled out, Scout's NFL Expert Lane Adkins predicts which player each team will select in the first round of the April 23-24 NFL Draft - and why.

1. San Francisco 49ers: QB Aaron Rodgers, California. The 49ers are in need of a franchise quarterback to lead them into the future.

2. Miami Dolphins: RB Ben Ronnie Brown, Auburn. In Brown, Miami gets a legitimate threat every time he touches the ball.

3. Cleveland Browns: WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan. The Browns need playmakers, and the explosive Edwards fits the bill.

4. Chicago Bears: RB Cedric Benson, Texas. Head coach Lovie Smith wants to run the football effectively, starting with the productive Benson.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Carnell Williams, Auburn. Jon Gruden met with Williams at the Senior Bowl and likes what he brings to the table.

6. Tennessee Titans: CB Antrel Rolle, Miami (Fla.): Tennessee is looking to upgrade the CB position with the departure of Samari Rolle.

7. Minnesota Vikings: WR Mike Williams, USC. While replacing Randy Moss may not be possible, Mike Williams will be a huge target.

8. Arizona Cardinals: QB Alex Smith, Utah. After watching Kurt Warner for a season, this talented and smart young man from Utah will shine.

9. Washington Redskins: CB Adam Jones, West Virgina. In Jones, Washington gets an solid talent that can be a factor in the return game.

10. Detroit Lions: LB Derrick Johnson, Texas. Johnson is easily the best linebacker in the draft as Detroit tries to improve its front seven.

11. Dallas Cowboys: DE/OLB Shawne Merriman, Maryland. Merriman has the power, speed, and quickness in projecting as a DE/OLB.

12. San Diego Chargers: DE Marcus Spears, LSU. The Chargers seek consistency and a pass-rusher from the DE position.

13. Houston Texans: OT Alex Barron, Florida State. The left tackle will provide the backside support for quarterback David Carr.

14. Carolina Panthers: WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina. Speed kills and Williamson is a legitimate vertical threat.

15. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn. The Chiefs are in need of talent and depth in the defensive backfield.

16. New Orleans Saints: OLB/S Thomas Davis, Georgia. New Orleans has issues in the defensive backfield, and Davis is versatile.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin. James may be the most underrated pass rushing defensive end in the draft.

18. Minnesota Vikings: DE Dan Cody, Oklahoma. Cody has the ability to be a force against the run as well as the pass.

19. St. Louis Rams: OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma. St. Louis has had problems with its right offensive tackle position for the past few seasons.

20. Dallas Cowboys: WR Roddy White, UAB. Very reliable as a receiver. Was a star at the Senior Bowl against top-caliber competition.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Justin Miller, Clemson. Miller is solid in the defensive backfield and is a good player in the return game.

22. Baltimore Ravens: DT Travis Johnson, Florida State. Should be a great fit in the Baltimore defense which expects to go to a 4-3.

23. Seattle Seahawks: DE/DT Shaun Cody, USC. Cody has the size and strength to play tackle, but projects best at end.

24. Green Bay Packers: CB Marlin Jackson, Michigan. Has the size to play safety and the speed and coverage skills to play cornerback.

25. Denver Broncos: DE Demarcus Ware, Troy State. Has the speed, strength, and quickness to play with a hand-down on the line or off the ball.

26. New York Jets: DE Antajj Hawthorne, Wisconsin. Tough call here with Hawthorne or tight-end Heath Miller.

27. Atlanta Falcons: S Brodney Pool, Oklahoma. Pool projects as an immediate starter and upgrade over the departed Cory Hall.

28. San Diego Chargers: WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma. An explosive San Diego offense adds a quality receiver.

29. Indianapolis Colts: CB Fabian Washington, Nebraska. The Colts need help at DT, LB, and CB. Washington has adequate size and speed.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG Elton Brown, Virginia. Depth is an issue for Pittsburgh across the offensive line. Brown is the best guard in the draft.

31. Philadelphia Eagles: LB Darryl Blackstock, Virginia. Depth at linebacker is an issue in Philadelphia.

32. New England Patriots: CB Corey Webster, LSU. Depth issues in the defensive backfield and potentially linebacker make this a tough call.

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