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Pestilence
01-23-2009, 09:42 PM
Like last year, this draft class is teeming with talent at offensive tackle. The top linemen will likely go off the board even quicker than 2008, when Jeff Otah, Ryan Clady, Jake Long, and Branden Albert all became immediate impact starters. There also is no shortage on cornerbacks and the receiver group puts last year's to shame. The quarterbacks are extremely weak, but overall this draft should prove to be one of the most successful in years. There are at least 20 first-round caliber seniors and 50 incoming underclassmen.

It's a little early to start mocking, but GMs and coaches have held their year-ending press conferences and provided offseason agendas. While that information is fresh on the mind, we may as well take our first crack at predicting round one.

1. Lions - Virginia LT Eugene Monroe

Among starting left tackles, only Jason Peters, Duane Brown, and John St. Clair gave up more sacks than Lions LT Jeff Backus in 2008. GM Martin Mayhew will consider a QB here, but Matthew Stafford's accuracy issues and Mark Sanchez's lack of ideal experience make them too risky. The Lions can hope Sanchez falls to them at No. 20, where they draft again. But they must hit on the first pick. At 6'6/315, Monroe is the most well put together blind-side tackle in this draft. His strength is his feet.

2. Rams - Texas DE Brian Orakpo

The foundation of new coach Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense is pressure. Orakpo, who racked up 11.5 sacks as a senior and won the Nagurski Award as the nation's best defender, is tailor made to play weak-side end in a four-man front. Adding Orakpo would allow 2008 top pick Chris Long to move to left end, where his run-stopping ability would be capitalized on in a Justin Tuck-like role.

3. Chiefs - Georgia QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford's consistency is an issue, but the same was said of Matt Ryan last year. GM Scott Pioli can take a page from former understudy Tom Dimitroff, Atlanta's football boss, and select the draft's most pro-ready QB to build his franchise around. The Chiefs have a budding star LT (Branden Albert) and two weapons (Dwayne Bowe, Tony Gonzalez) to support the youngster. They can wait until round two for a needed edge rusher like Paul Kruger (Utah) or Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech).

4. Seahawks - Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree

GM Tim Ruskell has identified wideout as a major area of need for the offseason. Seattle hasn't drafted a receiver in the first round since Koren Robinson in 2001, but now is the time. Nate Burleson is coming off a torn ACL and has been slow to pick up the offense. The Seahawks can start Crabtree at split end opposite Deion Branch and be competitive in Jim Mora's first year.

5. Browns - Penn State DE Aaron Maybin

Ex-GM Phil Savage's theory that Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams would increase OLB Kamerion Wimbley's pass-rushing opportunities seemed sensible in 2008, but it didn't pan out. Wimbley appears to have lost confidence while seeing incessant double teams since his 11-sack rookie year. At 6'4/236, Maybin is well built to play OLB in the 3-4 and could divert attention from Wimbley on the opposite side.

6. Bengals - Boston College DT B.J. Raji

The Bengals coveted Sedrick Ellis last April and almost certainly would've drafted him ninth had New Orleans not traded up for Ellis at the No. 7 pick. Raji is an inch and 29 pounds bigger, and just as disruptive. Adding a widebody to pair with Domata Peko would clear lanes for LBs Keith Rivers and Dhani Jones to make plays, which is defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's ideal scenario.

7. Raiders - Baylor LT Jason Smith

Drafting a franchise left tackle probably makes too much sense for owner Al Davis, but Smith is arguably the most well-rounded player at the position in this draft. The Raiders have become a run-oriented team and Smith is a brute in the ground game with a non-stop motor, long arms, and devastating punch for zone blocking. As a converted tight end, he's also athletic enough for the system. The Mario Henderson and Kwame Harris experiments need to end in Oakland.

8. Jaguars - Alabama LT Andre Smith

Jacksonville has a king-sized hole to fill with incumbent LT Khalif Barnes headed to free agency. Though some prematurely pegged Smith as the No. 1 pick when the Crimson Tide topped national rankings (weight issues, short arms are red flags), he's still top-ten material at an immovable 6'4/340. The Jaguars' offense is run heavy and that's an area where Smith dominates. New GM Gene Smith also wants to draft for value, and Smith would arguably be the best player available.

9. Packers - Virginia OLB Clint Sintim

The Packers easily have the best chance to make the 2009 playoffs of any team drafting in the top ten and need a ready-made rush linebacker for their new 3-4. Sintim couldn't be a better fit. The fifth-year senior started at OLB in Al Groh's 3-4 defense for the past four seasons, registering 20 sacks in his final two years. Brady Poppinga, Brandon Chillar, and possibly AJ Hawk could compete to be his bookend outside.

10. 49ers - Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins

The Niners feel good about nickel back Tarell Brown's potential, but he's on the small side for an every-down corner in Mike Singletary's system. Jenkins boasts a 6'1/201-pound build, elite tackling skills that have drawn comparisons to fellow ex-Buckeye Nate Clements, and immediate starting ability. The 49ers also have a weakness at free safety and Jenkins has played that position before.

11. Bills - North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks

Buffalo took a stab at finding Lee Evans' complement last year, tabbing James Hardy in round two. Hardy developed extremely slowly before tearing his ACL and can't be relied on for next season. With sensational ball skills and good size (6'1/215), Nicks would give the Bills a T.J. Houshmandzadeh-like possession presence and a go-to option inside the 20.

12. Broncos - USC ILB Rey Maualuga

Denver needs a banger for the middle of its new 3-4. With DEs Elvis Dumervil and Jarvis Moss moving to outside linebacker, Maualuga (6'2/254) would set the tone up the gut while D.J. Williams makes plays sideline to sideline. Some early projections had Maualuga higher than this, but his stock took a slight hit after reporting to the Senior Bowl out of shape and failing to stand out in early practices.

13. Redskins - Mississippi LT Michael Oher

Oher has unfairly been picked apart since being featured in Michael Lewis' best-seller The Blind Side. It isn't like anyone watched Ole Miss to see Cordera Eason, Dexter McCluster, or Jevan Snead after the book came out. Oher reported to the Senior Bowl in tip-top condition and dominated in practices. The Skins need tackle help badly with Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels battling bad knees.

14. Saints - Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry

New DC Gregg Williams runs a pressure-based scheme and Curry's Julian Peterson-style skill set would immediately upgrade the team's weak-side position. Incumbent Scott Shanle doesn't track ball carriers sideline to sideline like Curry, who runs 4.6 and lived in opposing backfields as a Demon Deacon (16 tackles for loss in 2008). Rarely does such a complete 4-3 linebacker come along.

15. Texans - Florida State DE Everette Brown

Mario Williams is amazingly productive (26.5 sacks in 2007-08) despite facing double teams on virtually every snap, but it's high time Houston got him help. As explosive a defender as there is in this draft, Brown notched 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as 21-year-old last season. New defensive boss Frank Bush vows to get better line play and another legitimate edge presence is how to start. Imagine what havoc Mario could cause with one-on-one opportunities.

Pestilence
01-23-2009, 09:42 PM
16. Chargers - Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno

All signs point to San Diego cutting ties with LaDainian Tomlinson. GM A.J. Smith annually fills holes through the draft and will likely do the same this year if he can't get free agent Darren Sproles re-signed. Even if Sproles does re-up, the Bolts will need a back capable of playing on three downs to pair him with. Moreno is a poor man's LT with great hands and open-field shake and bake.

17. Jets - USC QB Mark Sanchez

Sanchez's tools are right there with Stafford's, but he hasn't put enough on film to allow for a proper evaluation. 16 college starts dangerously puts him in the Akili Smith range and Pete Carroll's disapproval of Sanchez's decision to leave school early surely wasn't received well by the NFL. That said, the Jets need a quarterback with an arm strong enough to cut through the Meadowland winds. Sanchez can develop for a year behind Brett Favre (or Kellen Clemens).

18. Bears - Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin

Maclin cried when he announced his decision to enter the draft and judging by the Bears' 2005 pick of Cedric Benson, GM Jerry Angelo likes criers. He also needs a receiver with separation skills. Maclin runs a 4.38 and boasts rare suddenness in a short area. He could be the deep threat Angelo thought Devin Hester would develop into.

19. Bucs - Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew

The most complete tight end to come out since Heath Miller, Pettigrew would provide a long-term answer at a position the Bucs invested too many free agent contracts and draft picks in during Jon Gruden's tenure. Tampa Bay hasn't found an offensive coordinator yet, but Pettigrew could excel in any scheme because of his solid speed, gigantic hands, and mean streak in the run game.

20. Lions (from Dallas) - Ohio State MLB James Laurinaitis

Whereas Rod Marinelli would have wanted a pure athlete at middle linebacker, new coach Jim Schwartz will target a hitter. Laurinaitis' addition would allow 2008 second-round pick Jordon Dizon to focus on outside linebacker and quickly make the Lions forget the Paris Lenon era. Detroit would do extremely well to emerge from the first round with both Laurinaitis and Eugene Monroe.

21. Eagles - Ohio State RB Chris Wells

Brian Westbrook broke down during the Eagles' stretch run, averaging just 2.93 yards per carry in the six last games including the playoffs. Wells' long-striding style and lack of ideal power for his size (6'1/237) make him a risky draft pick, but Westbrook turns 30 next season and probably is no longer capable of being an every-down back for 16 games.

22. Vikings - Mississippi DT Peria Jerry

The Williams Wall is expected to avoid 2009 suspension after testing positive for a banned substance last season, but Minnesota never did replace valuable third DT Spencer Johnson. Jerry, a prolific up-field pass rusher, paced the SEC in tackles for loss as a senior. The Vikings could start him next to Kevin Williams after Pat Williams, 36, hangs up his cleats.

23. Patriots - Utah CB Sean Smith

Smith was used at tailback, wideout, corner, and nickel back by the Utes and the Patriots love versatility. The fourth-year junior goes 6'3/214 and likely could even play safety in a pinch. New England hasn't given up on 2008 second-round pick Terrence Wheatley and his chronic wrist problems yet, but Ellis Hobbs' rookie contract expires after 2009 and the Pats could find creative ways to use Smith. They're sorely in need of a shutdown corner.

24. Falcons - USC OLB Brian Cushing

Atlanta will likely let SLB Michael Boley walk in free agency after benching him for special teamer Coy Wire down the stretch in 2008. The Falcons have holes to fill at both outside positions with WLB Keith Brooking not expected back. A Chad Greenway clone, Cushing played the strong side under Pete Carroll but would be a WILL linebacker in Mike Smith's system.

25. Dolphins - Illinois CB Vontae Davis

Three of Miami's four incumbent starting DBs (Renaldo Hill, Yeremiah Bell, and Andre' Goodman) are headed for free agency. It's an area of immediate need because the Fins haven't developed anyone behind them. Davis (6'0/205) has the size Dolphins VP of Football Operations Bill Parcells covets in a corner. He'd step right into the starting lineup opposite 30-year-old LCB Will Allen.

26. Ravens - Vanderbilt CB D.J. Moore

Linebacker would seem to be Baltimore's biggest concern with Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, and Bart Scott all free agents. But GM Ozzie Newsome has prepared for this by picking up rookies Tavares Gooden, Antwan Barnes, Jameel McClain, and Edgar Jones in the last two years. Corner is a far greater need with Chris McAlister set to be released, Fabian Washington entering a contract year, and Samari Rolle turning 33 in the offseason.

27. Colts - Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy

Joseph Addai's yards-per-carry average has declined sharply (4.8, 4.1, 3.5) in each of his three years. Addai was most effective when he was in a strict committee with Dominic Rhodes as a rookie. A speed back with tons of pass-catching experience (65 catches in two college seasons), McCoy would be a homerun threat on draw plays Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore often runs.

28. Eagles (from Carolina) - Western Michigan FS Louis Delmas

Delmas has drawn raves at the Senior Bowl for his attacking style in run support, ability to cover center field, and instincts. The Eagles can probably squeeze one more year out of Brian Dawkins, 35, but can't expect anything beyond that. Delmas would replace free agent Sean Considine as Philadelphia's third safety and move into the starting lineup when Dawkins retires in 2010. Offensive tackle will also be a strong consideration for the Eagles.

29. Giants - Rutgers WR Kenny Britt

Mario Manningham gave the Giants nothing in his first season and New York has all but thrown its hands up with 2006 second-round pick Sinorice Moss. Amani Toomer is a free agent, Domenik Hixon is best in a supporting role, and Plaxico Burress will probably open 2009 on suspension if he's cleared of illegal gun possession charges. Britt, a local hero from Rutgers, is physical enough to make an instant impact as both a vertical threat and over the middle.

30. Titans - Florida WR Percy Harvin

The Titans hit on a speed player with Chris Johnson in 2008. Harvin would give them another at an even bigger area of need. While Harvin's size -- he's listed generously at 5'11/195 -- is a concern, last year's successful small rookie receivers (DeSean Jackson, Eddie Royal, Davone Bess, Donnie Avery) will help Harvin on draft day. Harvin would be the homerun threat opposite possession receiver Justin Gage.

31. Cardinals* - San Jose State DE Jarron Gilbert

Gilbert is still a bit of an unknown, but he will work out extremely well and can back it up with production. He posted 22 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a senior. The star of the East-West Shrine, Gilbert (6'6/287) is built to play an attacking end position in the 3-4 defense. The Cardinals' hybrid 3-4 allows the ends to penetrate and they'll need a replacement for impending free agent DE Antonio Smith.

32. Steelers* - LSU OL Herman Johnson

Johnson won't satisfy Pittsburgh's pressing need on Ben Roethlisberger's blind side, but the team will probably bet able to get Marvel Smith back cheap and has 2008 fourth-rounder Tony Hills waiting in the wings. At 6'7/382, calling Johnson a mauler would be an understatement. He'd play right tackle, allowing Willie Colon to concentrate on being an interior lineman.

* = Assumes Steelers beat Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII

ChiefsCountry
01-23-2009, 09:48 PM
Yeah good mock.

DeezNutz
01-23-2009, 10:21 PM
This has Harvin going later than a lot of mock.

If he *were* to slip to the top of round 2, that would be an interesting decision to have to make.

Kyle DeLexus
01-23-2009, 10:53 PM
I didn't see Heyward-Bey in this one. He would be another one I'd take a long look at if he fell to us in the 2nd.

bowener
01-24-2009, 12:31 PM
Is Herman Johnson really wroth a late 1st rounder? I thought the senior bowl practices said he was doing awful?

Pestilence
01-24-2009, 01:07 PM
Is Herman Johnson really wroth a late 1st rounder? I thought the senior bowl practices said he was doing awful?

That and Orakpo going #2 were the first two things that jumped out at me.

RustShack
01-24-2009, 01:50 PM
Orakpo > Long?

ROFL

Pestilence
01-24-2009, 02:41 PM
Orakpo > Long?

ROFL

I didn't read anywhere that it said that Orakpo was better than Long. They just said that drafting Orakpo would allow Long to move to the opposite side allowing him to better support the run.

theorangelion
01-24-2009, 05:15 PM
Any QB at the third pick this year is a reach. Just to shallow of a pool. Let Pioli find another Brady in the 6th. Take a lineman.

KCFalcon59
01-24-2009, 07:49 PM
I think both Stafford and Sanchez should pull an Elway/Eli Manning and refuse to play for the Lions. Who in their right mind would want to go play for that organization?

DrRyan
01-24-2009, 08:42 PM
Orakpo, Sintim, Maualuga and Hakeem Nicks all seem to be going early with Maclin and Curry going late in this mock. Nicks over Maclin? Seriously, that is very unlikely.

dj56dt58
01-24-2009, 11:46 PM
I think both Stafford and Sanchez should pull an Elway/Eli Manning and refuse to play for the Lions. Who in their right mind would want to go play for that organization?

yeah..who would wanna be able to toss the ball around to Calvin Johnson?

Mecca
01-24-2009, 11:55 PM
Any QB at the third pick this year is a reach. Just to shallow of a pool. Let Pioli find another Brady in the 6th. Take a lineman.

Not this shit again.

ChiefsCountry
01-25-2009, 01:14 AM
Who in their right mind would want to go play for that organization?

If I got 60 million dollars I would go play for them.

Hal McRae
01-25-2009, 09:25 PM
Nice effort....although Jason Smith and Clint Sintim seem to be way overrated!

DaneMcCloud
01-25-2009, 09:26 PM
Nice effort....although Jason Smith and Clint Sintim seem to be way overrated!

Mayock has Smith as his number one overall offensive tackle

Hal McRae
01-25-2009, 09:30 PM
Mayock has Smith as his number one overall offensive tackle


Maybe he will go that high? I hate the fact that he backed out of the Senior Bowl. If your good, as Deion Sanders noted, you should have nothing to hide. He'll use injuries as an excuse, but we'll see...I admit I'm not as focused on the linemen as others.

Sintim, however, is way overrated. Par for the course with Virginia linebackers, though -- Ahmad Brooks, Kai Parham, ect....

Micjones
01-25-2009, 09:36 PM
Stafford? Works for me.
:D

DaKCMan AP
01-26-2009, 08:57 AM
Any QB at the third pick this year is a reach. Just to shallow of a pool. Let Pioli find another Brady in the 6th. Take a lineman.

Go away.

MagicHef
01-26-2009, 09:53 AM
I don't think Curry falls that far.

Mr. Arrowhead
01-26-2009, 04:32 PM
Any QB at the third pick this year is a reach. Just to shallow of a pool. Let Pioli find another Brady in the 6th. Take a lineman.

Your an Idiot

bowener
01-26-2009, 04:40 PM
Any QB at the third pick this year is a reach. Just to shallow of a pool. Let Pioli find another Brady in the 6th. Take a lineman.

Jesus, wont this statement please die!!

They didnt draft a QB in the top 3 rounds because they already had their QB in Bledsoe... FUCK!

DaneMcCloud
01-26-2009, 04:41 PM
Maybe he will go that high? I hate the fact that he backed out of the Senior Bowl. If your good, as Deion Sanders noted, you should have nothing to hide. He'll use injuries as an excuse, but we'll see...I admit I'm not as focused on the linemen as others.

Sintim, however, is way overrated. Par for the course with Virginia linebackers, though -- Ahmad Brooks, Kai Parham, ect....

I have no idea. I didn't see Taylor play this year. It seems to me though that teams probably can't go wrong with this crop of left tackles, much like last year (Otah, Albert, Brown, Clady).

DaneMcCloud
01-26-2009, 04:42 PM
Your an Idiot

I think this guy is an alternym because no one's this stupid.

BigChiefFan
01-26-2009, 06:41 PM
I think Eugene Monroe will be the best LT in this year's draft.