2009 NFL Draft
Mock Draft Final - April 24
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1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB
The guy seriously wants to live in Detroit and be a part of the
woebegone franchise. The score of 38 on the Wonderlic exam proves he's
not insane. With his arm, character, and willingness to work through the
problems, he's the obvious choice for a team that needs to start from
Needs: 1) QB, 2) CB, 3) LB
2. St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith, OT Baylor
It's going to be an offensive tackle to help ease the loss of Orlando
Pace, and it'll either be Eugene Monroe or Smith. Smith is more athletic
and the safer of the two options..
Needs: 1) OT, 2) RB, 3) LB
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest
New GM Scott Pioli will want to build up his defense and he could end up
going with the big DE Tyson Jackson as a block up front. Curry has the
bigger upside, and while the Chiefs need a linebacker who can get into
the backfield, he's the right choice.
Needs: 1) LB, 2) DE, 3) OG
4. Seattle Seahawks - Mark Sanchez, QB USC
Getting T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the end of any talk of rolling the dice
on Michael Crabtree. Sanchez has been the high riser of the days leading
up to the draft with the star power and the make up to be the franchise
once Matt Hasselbeck is done.
Needs: 1) OT, 2) DT, 3) QB
5. Cleveland Browns - Brian Orakpo, DE Texas
It's too early to go after Malcolm Jenkins to fill the void at corner,
and Aaron Maybin could be the pick with his pass rushing skills. Orakpo
has question marks, but for a team that needs a hybrid
linebacker/defensive end, he's the big-time pick..
Needs: 1) LB, 2) DE, 3) S
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Eugene Monroe, OT Virginia
If Monroe goes earlier, the Bengals will jump all over Jason Smith if
available or take Michael Oher. Keeping Carson Palmer upright is a must,
and Monroe would provide instant help.
Needs: 1) OT, 2) C, 3) DE
7. Oakland Raiders - Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri
The offense needs more playmakers to go along with JaMarcus Russell and
Darren McFadden, and while an offensive tackle won't be ruled out, Al
Davis will get his speed receiver and kick returner.
OT, 2) WR, 3) DT
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - B.J. Raji, DT Boston College
Getting Torry Holt shouldn't keep the Jaguars from going after a
receiver later on, but there's no need to break the bank for one with
the No. 8 pick. Getting a big run stuffer for the defensive front,
especially one as good as Raji, would hardly be a bad player to fall
Needs: 1) RB, 2) LB, 3) DT
9. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State
It's one or the other. If Maybin goes earlier, like to Cleveland at
the five, then it'll be Brian Orakpo. If Maybin is on the board, he's
the pick to fill the outside linebacker role in the 3-4.
Needs: 1) DL, 2) OT, 3) CB
10. San Francisco 49ers - Andre Smith, OT Alabama
Will the Niners go with the safer choice in Michael Oher or go for the
home run in Smith? He has improved his stock after the horrendous PR
disaster at the Combine, but he's still a big risk. Mike Singletary has
said he wants to be the one who turns into the mentor to make Smith a
Needs: 1) OT, 2) QB, 3) S
11. Buffalo Bills - Everette Brown, DE Florida State
While the hope is for Brian Orakpo or Aaron Maybin to last this
long, and either one of them will be the pick if available, it's not
like taking Brown would be settling. The Bills need a pass rusher, and
while Brown is more of a linebacker, he'll fill the void.
Needs: 1) DE, 2) LB, 3) TE
12. Denver Broncos - Tyson Jackson, DE LSU
One of the biggest risers in the draft, Jackson could go as high as
three and has been pegged as a possible choice for several spots earlier
than this. He'd be a perfect fit for the Broncos who are in desperate
need of a 3-4 end with Jackson's size and strength.
Needs: 1) QB, 2) DT, 3) DE
13. Washington Redskins - Michael Oher, OT Ole Miss
If Michael Crabtree is still on the board, Daniel Snyder might go
for the flashy pick. The need pick is tackle, and Oher would be a steal
Needs: 1) OT, 2) LB, 3) DE
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State
The Saints desperately need help in the secondary and Jenkins would be
the easy fix. While he'd be tried out at corner early on, he'd more than
likely end up seeing most of his time at safety. Either way, he'd make a
huge instant impact.
Needs: 1) S, 2) CB, 3) RB
15. Houston Texans - Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech
While not a need pick, Crabtree isn't going to fall any further than
this. His stock will drop with so many teams getting scared off by the
foot problem, along with the fear that he's just not that fast, but with
Andre Johnson already the established star, Crabtree can ease his way in
as a potentially deadly No. 2.
CB, 2) S, 3) RB
16. San Diego Chargers - Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia
Will it be Beanie Wells or Moreno? There's still tread in LT's tires,
but the team needs a tough, powerful, Michael Turner-like back. That's
Needs: 1) RB, 2) LB, 3) S
17. New York Jets - Josh Freeman, QB Kansas State
The Jets want Mark Sanchez but aren't going to pay the premium price
to move up to get him. Freeman has the better all-around skills and
could end being a far less expensive steal if no one moves up to take
him before New York gets its chance.
Needs: 1) QB, 2) DE, 3) CB
18. Denver Broncos (from Chicago)
- Robert Ayers, LB Tennessee
The Broncos aren't going to get anyone worth losing Jay Cutler for,
or worth taking on Kyle Orton. There's a chance they go for a
quarterback at the 12 and go defense here, but if Josh Freeman is off
the board, which he will be, getting a hybrid player like Ayers would
work out well.
QB, 2) DT, 3) DE
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Clay Matthews, LB USC
The Buccaneers will flip a coin on either Brian Cushing or Matthews.
With his ability to line up as a defensive end from time to time, and be
a pure hybrid playmaker on the outside, Matthews will be the one who
wins the battle of the USC linebackers and will be the first one off the
Needs: 1) QB, 2) DE,
20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas)
- Brian Cushing, LB USC
The Lions will get their quarterback with the first pick, and now
the defense needs to be addressed with a do-it-all playmaker. Cushing
could be used in a variety of ways and would fit the mold of the
best-player-available theory for a team that needs everything.
Needs: 1) QB, 2) CB, 3) LB
21. Philadelphia Eagles
- Beanie Wells, RB Ohio State
Getting Jason Peters filled the need at tackle meaning the offense
is free to get the best running back available. Darrius Heyward-Bey, if
still around, could be an interesting choice to pair with DeSean Jackson
(Philly would have the fastest receiver tandem in the league), but
Beanie or Knowshon Moreno would be a more important pick.
Needs: 1) RB, 2) OL, 3) TE
22. Minnesota Vikings - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland
He's Sage Rosenfels. If you're going to pick up a quarterback like
him, you have to get as much offensive talent as possible to make up for
Needs: 1) QB, 2) OT, 3)
23. New England Patriots - Rey Maualuga, LB USC
The Patriots always go for the great value picks. Put Maualuga next
to Jerod Mayo and all of a sudden the Patriot linebacking corps is set
for the next decade with big-time playmakers.
Needs: 1) OT, 2) LB, 3) CB
24. Atlanta Falcons - Evander Hood, DT Missouri
Trading for Tony Gonzalez ended the need to take Brandon Pettigrew,
so now the biggest void can be filled. Peria Jerry is the higher ranked
tackle by most, but the bigger Hood has the size and the character to
fit the Falcons a bit better.
Needs: 1) DT, 2) DE, 3) S
25. Miami Dolphins - Vonte Davis, CB Illinois
With his combination of talents and skills, Davis would be a
terrific value pick here. Forget about the character questions; Bill
Parcells takes talent.
Needs: 1) LB, 2) WR, 3) S
26. Baltimore Ravens - Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers
Britt as been one of the hottest risers in the draft projections
since the end of the season. Fast, big, and with a No. 1 target
attitude, he'll immediatley be the main man for Joe Flacco.
Needs: 1) LB, 2) WR, 3) CB
27. Indianapolis Colts - Peria Jerry, DT Ole Miss
The Colts might think about the do-it-all flash of Percy Harvin to
give Peyton Manning another weapon now that Marvin Harrison is done, but
Jerry, or Ziggy Hood, would be a steal here to help clog up a suddenly
Needs: 1) WR, 2) DT, 3) OT
28. Buffalo Bills
(from Carolina from Philadelphia) - Brandon Pettigrew, TE
Sliding down the draft because of his lack of speed, he'd be a gift from
the gods for a Buffalo team that would think about an offensive tackle
to replace Jason Peters, but would jump all over the top tight end in
Needs: 1) DE, 2) LB, 3) TE
29. New York Giants - Eben Britton, OT Arizona
Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, or Percy Harvin, if still on the board
would seem like the obvious pick for a team desperate for a No. 1 wide
out, but the hole might be filled through a trade. Britton would help an
offensive tackle situation that's suddenlt becoming a problem.
Needs: 1) WR, 2) OT, 3)
30. Tennessee Titans - Percy Harvin, WR Florida
The team hit a home run with an all-around playmaker in Chris
Johnson, and if Harvin is still on the board, the offense would add even
more speed to the mix.
Needs: 1) WR, 2) QB, 3) DT
31. Arizona Cardinals - Donald Brown, RB Connecticut
Larry English will be considered for a hybrid role on the Cardinal D,
but a running back is a bigger must. LeSean McCoy will be part of the
discussion, but Brown would provide more for the offense right away.
Needs: 1) RB,
2) LB, 3) CB
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Beatty, OT Connecticut
There has been a ton of debate over which center the Steelers might
take. Tackle is the bigger need with Beatty a big, tough prospect who
could grow into a star with a little development.
Needs: 1) OT, 2) CB, 3) DT