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NFL MOCK DRAFT 2.0

April 4, 2009

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NEW PICKS AND ANALYSIS IN BOLD

DETROIT(1)-Jason Smith OT Baylor

The Lions have far too many needs on the roster to draft Stafford, it wouldn’t help to have your franchise QB if you have nobody to protect him. I expect the lions to follow the Bill Parcells plan for success (1st overall pick Jake Long). Jason Smith has the potential to be a 10 year starter at left tackle and is the best option for the rebuilding Lions.

ST. LOUIS(2)-Eugene Monroe OT Virgina

I know two offensive lineman going 1 and 2 is going to bother some people but with the recent release of perennial pro-bowler Orlando Pace the Rams have a glaring hole on their offensive line. The team is most likely planning on moving Alex Barron to left tackle from the right side but he has failed to prove that he can be a solid lock down left tackle. Monroe has the ability, like Jason Smith, to be a 10 year starter at left tackle and would allow Barron to stay on the right side and develop, giving the Rams a pair of bookend tackles for the foreseeable future.

KANSAS CITY(3)-Brian Orakpo DE/LB Texas

A no brainer for Scott Pioli, who is bringing the New England style 3-4 defense to Kansas City and is likely jumping for joy that the best pass rushing 3-4 linebacker is still available at this slot. Orakpo is a perfect fit for the scheme and also presents the best value at this position for KC.

SEATTLE(4)-Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest

With today’s trade of Julian Peterson there is a hole in the linebacker spot for the Seahawks and while I had originally thought they would draft BJ Raji, today’s trade for Corey Redding changes that plan. Curry is the best available player and solves the Seahawks’ biggest need and is therefore the best pick.

CLEVELAND(5)-BJ Raji DT Boston College

Cleveland is excited that Raji falls past Seattle due to the Peterson-Redding trade and snatches him up at the 5 spot. Raji has the potential, in Mangini’s 3-4 scheme, to be the dominant nose tackle that Kris Jenkins is becoming in New York.

CINCINNATI(6)-Andre Smith OT Alabama

Even with Smith’s off the field issues, something Cincinnati has never had a hard time ignoring, he is the best offensive lineman in the draft. As long as between now and the draft he can stay out of further trouble he should fit in perfectly protecting Carson Palmer.

OAKLAND(7)-Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri

Some people may raise an eyebrow at Maclin coming off the board before Crabtree but Al Davis is a sucker for a fast playmaker (Randy Moss, Darren McFadden, Javon Walker…) and with Crabtree failing to run a 40 yard dash and Maclin running a blazing 4.44 at the combine Al Davis must be enamored.

JACKSONVILLE(8)-Matthew Stafford QB Georgia

Many people will be shocked he falls this far but Jacksonville will end his slide and snatch him up at 8th overall and let him sit behind Garrard and develop for a few years, which is exactly what he needs.

GREEN BAY(9)-Aaron Maybin DE Penn State

The Packers have been lacking a pash rush threat for some time now and Maybin is the solution. He is used to playing in cold conditions and Lambeau field will feel like home.

SAN FRANCISCO(10)-Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech

San Francisco is clearly looking for a downfield threat at reciever when they made it clear they were considering bringing back persona-non-gratis Terrell “The Player” Owens. The 49ers are ecstatic that a talent like Crabtree falls all the way to them at the 10th pick.

BUFFALO(11)-Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State

Simply the best player available at the position the Bills have the greatest need at. Pettigrew, Owens, Evans, Parrish, Edwards, and Lynch will form a prolific offense that will thrive in the NFC East.

DENVER(12)-Mark Sanchez QB USC

Denver cannot afford to miss with this pick after trading franchise QB Jay Cutler. I still feel the trade was a massive mistake, franchise QB’s under 27 years of age are extremely rare while young first time head coaches are a dime a dozen, it would have been much easier to replace McDaniels than to replace Cutler. If the Broncos are planning on Kyle Orton being the long term solution at QB they are going to be facing a fan mutiny very soon.

WASHINGTON(13)-Michael Oher OT Mississippi

Pairing Oher with Samuels at the tackle positions will keep Jason Campbell off his rear end and allow him to finally develop into the QB he has the potential to become.

NEW ORLEANS(14)-Malcom Jenkins CB Ohio State

In dire need for a defensive back New Orleans jumps all over the corner from Ohio State.

HOUSTON(15)-Brian Cushing LB USC

Houston is developing a pretty solid young defense with Adibi, Williams, and Ryans. Cushing adds to this defense and creates one of the youngest and best linebacker cores in the league.

SAN DIEGO(16)-Ray Mauluga LB USC

Mauluga is the best player available on the board, once discussed at #1 overall, and San Diego would love to add another young linebacker.

NEW YORK JETS(17)-Percy Harvin WR Florida

After the release of Coles the Jets are in dire need of a speedy downfield threat for whoever the QB may be at the time. The Jets must be hoping one of the QB’s somehow manages to fall to them but the Cutler trade may have screwed things up pretty bad for the Jets draft room.

DENVER via CHICAGO(18)-Tyson Jackson DE LSU

The Broncos need a pass rusher and I originally had the Broncos taking Jackson at 12 but he will fall to 18 after the Broncos get their new QB at 12.

TAMPA BAY(19)-Peria Jerry DT Mississippi

The Bucs could go in a lot of directions, but DT may be the best way to go. Jerry is a guy that can step in right away and add some penetration ability, which is a huge need.

DETROIT via DALLAS(20)-Everette Brown DE Florida State

Detroit uses the first round pick they got from Dallas in the Roy Williams trade to upgrade their defensive line with the best available pass rusher after upgrading their offensive line with Jason Brown first overall.

PHILADELPHIA(21)-Chris Wells RB Ohio State

Wells is a top 10 talent but there are no needs for RB prior to this. Wells will be the perfect compliment to Westbrook and will take some of the load off and help keep Westbrook healthy.

MINNESOTA(22)-Vontae Davis CB Illinois

Davis has the ability to become a shutdown corner and Minnesota needs one.

NEW ENGLAND(23)-Clay Matthews JR LB USC

With Vrabel sent to KC along with Cassel the Pats need a LB to play alongside young Jerod Mayo and Matthews transitions nicely from the pro-style USC to New England.

ATLANTA(24)-Robert Ayers DE Tennessee

Ayers has had as big a rise as anyone over the course of the past two months. Alongside John Abraham they would form a formidable pass rush off the ends.

MIAMI(25)-Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest

Smith has huge upside and value at this point of the draft, has all the measurables other than height but has the game film to alleviate any concerns Parcells may have.

BALTIMORE(26)-Michael Johnson DE/OLB Georgia Tech

After losing Bart Scott and their defensive coordinator the Ravens have a real need for a new young outside 3-4 scheme linebacker and Johnson is the best available at this position of the draft. The pick is definitely a reach but it is the greatest need the team has.

INDIANAPOLIS(27)-Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia

The Colts find Moreno gift wrapped and delivered to them, shocking that he falls this far, and the Colts bring him in to work with Joseph Addai in order to keep Addai healthy.

PHILADELPHIA via CAROLINA(28)-Louis Delmas S Western Michigan

With Brian Dawkins gone Delmas fits right in at safety and becomes an immediate starter.

NEW YORK GIANTS(29)-Hakeen Nicks WR UNC

The Giants lack a downfield threat and will continue to as long as Plaxico “sharpshooter” Burress has unresolved legal issues. Nicks solves this problem immediately and will contribute from day 1.

TENNESSEE(30)-James Laurinitis LB Ohio State

Jeff Fisher has proven that he will draft the best available player on the board, not draft based on need. Laurinitis has the ability to contribute right away and is the best talent left on the board.

ARIZONA(31)-LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh

With Edgerrin James almost certainly on his way out the Cardinals need a running back to pair with Hightower and McCoy is the best available.

PITTSBURGH(32)-Alex Mack OL California

Alex Mack is a young Alan Faneca and can play either center or guard for the Steelers. Pittsburgh has no glaring holes on their roster and a versitile offensive lineman to provide depth is always a good thing.

-Dan Silvershein

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 7, 2009 3:14 pm

    Orakpo going #3? Over Aaron Curry? come on…

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