5. Kansas City Chiefs** -- Jake Long, OT, Michigan Record: 4-12 | Needs: OT, DE, C, WR, CB Previous mock selection: Same Quarterback still is a question mark, but the Chiefs' No. 1 priority this offseason should be solidifying their offensive front. Long is unquestionably the most dominant offensive lineman in the 2008 class and could help Kansas City achieve its goal in a hurry. He has the versatility to play either right or left tackle, and his combination of size, technique, athletic ability and a mean streak would improve the Chiefs' line almost immediately. 6. New York Jets -- Vernon Gholston*, DE, Ohio State Record: 4-12 | Needs: WR, NT, OLB, ILB, G Projected pick: Same This could be a bit of a reach for Gholston, who flashes top-10 talent in some games (three sacks against Michigan this season) but disappears in too many others. However, don't be surprised if he works his way into the top 10 simply because this year's crop of elite edge rushers does not meet the level of demand. That said, Gholston is one of the premier pass-rushing prospects in the 2008 class, and he would be the right fit as a rush linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. 7. N.E. Patriots (from 5-11 San Francisco) -- Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy Record: 18-1 | Needs: ILB, CB, OLB, OL depth Previous mock selection: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida The Patriots would like to inject some youth at inside linebacker, but there isn't a player worth selecting this high, with USC's Rey Maualuga and Ohio State's James Laurinaitis both returning to school in the fall. The next priority is to find a replacement for Asante Samuel, a free agent who can't be franchised for a second consecutive year. McKelvin currently is the top-rated cornerback in a 2008 crop that is deep but lacks elite talent atop the board. As always, look for the Patriots to shop this pick heavily. 8. Baltimore Ravens -- Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC Record: 5-11 | Needs: CB, QB, OLB, LOT, DT Previous mock selection: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville Baltimore would like to use this pick to put an end to a seemingly endless pursuit for a franchise quarterback. Unfortunately, there isn't one worth selecting here with Ryan off the board. Instead, the Ravens could go with the best value on the board (Ellis) or fill a hole at either cornerback (Mike Jenkins) or left tackle (Ryan Clady). Knowing the Ravens' draft-day discipline, Ellis will be the pick in this scenario. 9. Cincinnati Bengals -- Derrick Harvey*, DE, Florida Record: 7-9 | Needs: DT, LB, OT, DE, TE Previous mock selection: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC The Bengals have a much bigger need for interior help, but if Dorsey and Ellis are gone, there isn't a defensive tackle worth drafting at No. 9. Harvey is a bit of a reach here, but coach Marvin Lewis' defense is starving for potential playmakers, and Harvey possesses the pass-rushing skills and frame to develop into an impact starter in the NFL. 10. New Orleans Saints -- Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida Record: 7-9 | Needs: CB, MLB, DT, OLB, TE Previous mock selection: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina Cornerback and linebacker are the Saints' biggest areas of need, and Jenkins is the best athlete available at those positions. His combination of size, speed and athleticism is outstanding, and his recognition skills continue to improve each season. Jenkins also brings versatility to the table, since he can play some safety and chip in on returns. If New Orleans uses this pick on a corner, it should find much better value at linebacker early in Round 2. 11. Buffalo Bills -- Malcolm Kelly*, WR, Oklahoma Record: 7-9 | Needs: WR, CB, TE, LB, DT Previous mock selection: DeSean Jackson*, WR, California Kelly is the type of big receiver the Bills need as a complement to current wideout Lee Evans. Kelly is unusually fluid for a bigger wideout and he might have the strongest hands of any player in the 2008 draft. However, Jackson could join forces with RB Marshawn Lynch to give Buffalo one of the most exciting young offensive skill groups in the NFL. 12. Denver Broncos -- Ryan Clady*, OT, Boise State Record: 7-9 | Needs: OT, DT, S, MLB, G Previous mock selection: Same Clady still is improving his strength, but he possesses impressive feet to go along with his enormous wingspan and huge frame. He would be an ideal fit in Denver's famed zone-blocking scheme and give a boost to the Broncos' running game. 13. Carolina Panthers -- Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt Record: 7-9 | Needs: QB, DE, OT, WR, OLB Previous mock selection: Calais Campbell*, DE, Miami Instead of drafting a young signal-caller who will need time to develop, look for the Panthers to bring in veteran competition for current QB Matt Moore, who showed some positive signs late in the season. Drafting a defensive end like Campbell to fill a need is a possibility, but don't be surprised if the team looks to fill a hole at offensive tackle, where Travelle Wharton and Jordan Gross are set to become free agents. 14. Chicago Bears -- Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville Record: 7-9 | Needs: QB, LOT, DT, G, RB Previous mock selection: Andre' Woodson, QB, Kentucky The Bears will have a tough decision to make if Brohm still is available at No. 14. There has been a lot of talk about the Bears going in a different direction with this pick, including offensive and defensive tackle. And while that makes a lot of sense, I still wouldn't rule out Brohm just yet. His stock is likely to soar between now and April's draft because he should impress scouts with his overall passing efficiency and football intelligence during the combine and individual workouts. 15. Detroit Lions -- Aqib Talib*, CB, Kansas Record: 7-9 | Needs: ROT, G, CB, S, DE Projected pick: Same The Lions will be selecting outside of the top 10 for the first time since 2001, and now the trick is to find quality players this far down the line. The Lions' secondary is undermanned and would welcome the services of Talib, who is a versatile, fluid athlete with excellent size and ball skills. His elite athleticism was on display when returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown this season, and he also saw some snaps on offense. 16. Arizona Cardinals -- Rashard Mendenhall*, RB, Illinois Record: 8-8 | Needs: CB, OLB, TE, RB, DE Previous mock selection: Jonathan Stewart*, RB, Oregon The Cardinals have more pressing needs on the other side of the ball -- defensive tackle and cornerback -- but there isn't an available player at those positions who is as valuable as Mendenhall. He has the size, burst and versatility to eventually develop into an every-down starter. In the meantime, Mendenhall and Edgerrin James would make a heck of a 1-2 punch for the next year or two. 17. Minnesota Vikings -- DeSean Jackson*, WR/RS, California Record: 8-8 | Needs: DE, WR, S, QB, TE Previous mock selection: Derrick Harvey*, DE, Florida Believe it or not, Minnesota still is in the market for help at wide receiver and defensive end, despite investing first- or second-round picks in the past four drafts on WRs Troy Williamson (2005) and Sidney Rice (2007), and DEs Kenechi Udeze (2004) and Erasmus James (2005). Jackson still has room to improve as a route runner, and he must get stronger in order to endure a grueling 16-game NFL schedule, but his home run ability after the catch, on vertical routes and on punt returns will be tempting for teams drafting in the top 20 overall. 18. Houston Texans -- Jonathan Stewart*, RB, Oregon Record: 8-8 | Needs: CB, RB, WR, S, LOT, G Previous mock selection: Kenny Phillips*, S, Miami The Texans need a featured back to go along with QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson, and Stewart has the bulk, burst and versatility to quickly fill that role. He also could offer a boost in the kickoff return game.