2009 MOCK VERSION 2.0
1.Detroit Lions- Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Previous: Matthew Stafford
By all indications, Daunte Culpepper is scheduled to be the starting quarterback for the Lions in 2009. Looking into the future, Detroit will select Stafford with the first overall pick and prepare him to lead the franchise by 2010. The Motor City is also in need of help on the offensive line, but equally important, they are in need of a face, which Stafford can provide. Even in the miserable years of Joey Harrington, Detroit was identified by a person. The 2008 Lions had no victories and no identity, and will look to establish both with the first pick. But keep in mind, when it comes to the overall pick in the NFL draft, it’s not always who you want or need, as much as it’s who you can sign. Tom Condon is the agent for Matthew Stafford, and his clients have often been troublesome and known for extended contract negotiations and player hold-outs.
2. St. Louis Rams- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
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The obvious priority in St. Louis is at offensive tackle. For months, mock gurus had the name “Smith” penciled into the second position, and that name didn’t change, but the player did. Alabama’s Andre Smith was an early favorite to go second, but his downward spiral, combined with the postseason ascent of Baylor’s Jason Smith fills the same position with a different name. The recent release of Orlando Pace increases the priority to fill this position.
3. Kansas City Chiefs- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
Previous: Aaron Curry
The recent acquisition of Matt Cassel from New England likely sent mock erasers quickly in motion. Many had Mark Sanchez set to lead the Chiefs, and that’s no longer the probability. It’s not a surprise move, knowing Scott Pioli’s track record with the Patriots. Also not surprising would be the selection of Aaron Curry to bolster the linebacking corps. If The Patriots under Pioli’s guidance were known for anything, it’s the passing of early round quarterbacks, and his focus on linebackers. Both are already evident, with the recent signings of both Mike Vrabel and Matt Cassel.
4. Seattle Seahawks- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
Previous: B.J Raji
The acquisition of T.J Houshmandzadeh rapidly reduced the probability of the Seahawks drafting a first round receiver, which I could never see them doing to begin with, especially this high. Sitting in the 4th position, it would be difficult to pass on defensive tackle B.J. Raji, one of 2009’s draft jewels. Some were surprised with Seattle’s drafting of defensive end Lawrence Jackson in the first-round last year. It would hardly be surprising if they chose to go with a defensive tackle in this one.
5. Cleveland Browns- Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Previous: Malcolm Jenkins
Cleveland recently unloaded Kellen Winslow to the Bucs, and No. 5 is too high to select any tight end in this year’s group. The Browns will address a need, while also going with the popular pick, by choosing Ohio State’s Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins ran a poor 40-time at the NFL combine, but many had already speculated that he would play safety rather than corner in the NFL, anyway.
6. Cincinnati Bengals- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Previous: Andre Smith
Andre Smith was originally slotted here, but with each poor pre-draft performance, he appears more likely to play guard in the NFL than tackle. The Bengals will still draft their protection for Carson Palmer, but that person is now Eugene Monroe. As Smith is penalized for a poor work ethic, Monroe reaps the reward, with the increase in stock.
7. Oakland Raiders- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Previous: Michael Crabtree
Assuming the Raiders don’t trade out of the position, Al Davis’ draft trend will stay the course. In 2007, he drafted the biggest quarterback name of the class, Jamarcus Russell. In 2008, he selected the biggest running back name in the group, Darren McFadden. In 2009, he’ll complete the trifecta by adding the most publicized wide receiver to the Roster, Michael Crabtree. Injury concerns? Come on, we’re talking about Al Davis.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
Previous: Eugene Monroe
Jack Del Rio is at the end of his coaching rope in Jacksonville. He won’t be granted the time to allow a player to progress and become a force in three years. He needs a safe pick that can be an immediate impact player. By the draft odds, that pick is an offensive lineman, and the player is Michael Oher.
9. Green Bay Packers- Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Previous: Brian Orakpo
The Packers are switching to a 3-4 scheme, under new coordinator Dom Capers. They will select Brian Orakpo, a defensive end from Texas, and utilize his talent and athleticism as a stand up pass rusher.
10. San Francisco 49ers- Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Previous: Mark Sanchez
The City by the bay has gone too long without a respectable quarterback. Since Jeff Garcia exited the franchise in 2003, there’s been little offensive punch. They made a mistake drafting Alex Smith in 2004, and it has yet to be corrected. Smith was actually their second option for the ’04 draft, going with plan "B", after Heisman Trophy winner, Matt Leinart, opted to return to USC for his senior year. This time a Trojan hurler will be available with the 10th selection, and the Niners will sweep him from the board. In doing so, San Francisco, the 6th largest Hispanic community in America, will welcome their new quarterback with open arms.
11. Buffalo Bills- Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
Previous: Brandon Pettigrew
12. Denver Broncos- Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
Previous: Rey Maualuga
13. Washington Redskins- Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
Previous: Everette Brown
14. New Orleans Saints- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
Previous: Vontae Davis
15. Houston Texans- Brian Cushing, LB, USC
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16. San Diego Chargers- Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Previous: Chris "Beanie" Wells
17. New York Jets- Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Previous: Darius Heyward-Bey
18. Chicago Bears- William Beatty, OT, Connecticut
Previous: Michael Oher
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Previous: Tyson Jackson
20. Detroit Lions- Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Previous: Peria Jerry
21. Philadelphia Eagles- Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State
Previous: William Moore
22. Minnesota Vikings- Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Previous: Jeremy Maclin
23. New England Patriots- Clay Matthews, LB, USC
Previous: Aaron Maybin
24. Atlanta Falcons- Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina
Previous: Jared Cook
25. Miami Dolphins- Sean Smith, CB, Utah
Previous: Sean Smith
26. Baltimore Ravens- James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
Previous: James Laurinaitis
27. Indianapolis Colts- Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
Previous: Percy Harvin
28. Philadelphia Eagles- Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan
Previous: Knowshon Moreno
29. New York Giants- Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
Previous: Clay Matthews
30. Tennessee Titans- Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
Previous: Evander Hood
31. Arizona Cardinals-Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
Previous: LeSean McCoy
32. Pittsburgh Steelers- Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
Previous: William Beatty