Matthew Stafford Heads 2009 NFL Mock Draft

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2009

With the 2009 NFL draft only 99 days from now, I have decided to put out my mock draft. With some key players going back to school including the best quarterback in the draft, I have had to shake up my mock draft.

So here it is:

1. Detroit Lions, QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia

As Sam Bradford announces his return to Oklahoma, there is no doubt that Stafford is the best quarterback in the draft. Stafford has played against some great defenses in the SEC but they have all had problems with him. Stafford threw 25 touchdown passes against his 10 interceptions. He also threw for 3,459 yards and has a 153 quarterback rating. Stafford has good size being 6'3" and weighing 237 pounds. This should be a great fit for a Lions team hoping to rebuild.

2. St. Louis, OT Andre Smith, Alabama

It isn't a secret—the Rams need help on the offensive line. Orlando Pace is nearing retirement and the Rams don't have much to replace him with. Smith will be great to help stop the bleeding in St. Louis. Smith is the number one offensive lineman in the draft and there isn't much of an argument that Smith is the man.

3. Kansas City, DE Brian Orakpo, Texas

The Chiefs set a record last season with the fewest sacks in a season. That in its self tells you the Chiefs need some pass rushers. Some say Orakpo will not be an elite pass rusher, but I respectively disagree. He had 11.5 sacks last season, which is more than the entire Kansas City Chiefs had as a team. Another pick here would be Micheal Crabtree but remember the saying "great offenses sell tickets, but great defenses win championships.”

4. Seattle, WR Micheal Crabtree, Texas Tech

Seattle had a very disappointing season and part of that was due to the lack of talent at the wide receiver position. Crabtree is without question the best wide receiver in the draft class. The Seahawks also need help on the offensive line, but the Seahawks cannot pass up on Crabtree. Crabtree has a solid rookie season—look out for the Seattle Seahawks come the 2009 season.

5. Cleveland, CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

This could be a bit of a reach, but the Browns need help in the secondary. Jenkins had 11 interceptions as a Buckeye last season along with three forced fumbles with two touchdowns in his career at Ohio State. Jenkins has good size being 6'1" weighing 207 pounds. Jenkins is a great fit for the Cleveland Browns.

6. Cincinnati, OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia

Monroe is a smart fit for the Bengals. They had a rough time trying to protect their quarterback and trying to run the ball was very difficult. Monroe is the best possible pick for the Bengals at No. 6. Monroe could greatly help the running game and the passing game in 2009.

7. Oakland, OT Micheal Oher, Mississippi

The Raiders have drafted potential stars at both quarterback and running back. Now they need to protect them. With Oher playing tackle, it will give first overall pick in the 2007 draft, quarterback JaMarcus Russell and forth overall pick in the 2008 draft, running back Darren McFadden a better opportunity to succeed.

8. Jacksonville, WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri

The Jaguars desperately need a play making wide receiver and Maclin fits that mold perfectly. He can return kicks as well as being a stud receiver. With quarterback David Gerrard having somebody to throw to, the Jaguars could be in the playoffs next year.

9. Green Bay, OLB/DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State

The Green Bay Packers are aging on the defensive line and Maybin should be able to fit in well. Maybin can play both defensive end and outside linebacker, but I think he will be playing on the line for the Packers.

10. San Francisco, QB Mark Sanchez, USC

Sanchez has all the tools for an NFL quarterback. He threw 34 touchdown passes to just 10 interceptions. He has put up better numbers than Matt Stafford, who I have going first overall. Sanchez may need a year as a backup just to polish up his skills but I think the 49ers have a great quarterback in their grasps.

11. Buffalo, DE Everette Brown, Florida State

Buffalo needs a good defensive end so they can move to a 4-3 defense and it looks like Brown might be the solution. He had 13 sacks last year for the Seminoles and he is a beast coming from the end.

12. Denver, OLB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

Denver had problems last season on defense—they were 8-8 to show for it. Curry, I think, is the best linebacker in the draft and he could very well slip into the Broncos hands.

13. Washington, OT Jason Smith, Baylor

Washington could use a little bit of help on the offensive line and Smith will do that for them. He has good size and quick feet and will help Washington in the passing and running game.

14. New Orleans, ILB Rey Maualuga, USC

The Saints would upgrade their defense with what I believe is the best inside linebacker in the draft. Maualuga will propel the Saints defense into the future.

15. Houston, S William Moore, Missouri

William Moore would be a great pick for the Texans at No. 15 overall. He is a great athlete and I wouldn't be surprised if the Texans are in the playoffs next year.

16. San Diego, RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia

It looks like Darren Sproles will go into free agency and with talks that LaDainian Tomlinson might have already reached his peak, I think the Chargers would be doing themselves a favor by getting Moreno. With well over 1,000 yards rushing both years as the starter at Georgia Moreno is a complete stud and if he falls to the sixteenth pick, this could be a potential steal.

17. New York Jets, WR Percy Harvin, Florida

The Jets receiving corp is getting older and Harvin would be a great playmaker for them.

18. Chicago, RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State

Wells has rushed for close to 3,400 yards in his career at Ohio State and Chicago could use a nice bruising running back here at No. 18.  Beanie is 6'1" and weighs 237 pounds. He would be a great pick for the Bears if he falls this far.

19. Tampa Bay, DT Ndumuhkong Suh, Nebraska

Suh is a big time run stopper and could fit perfectly for the Buccaneers. He is big boy, being 6'4" and 300 pounds. He could plug up the middle very nicely for the Bucs.

20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas), OLB Clint Sintim, Virginia

Sintim would be another good playmaker for Detroit—now they only need 20 more of them.

21. Arizona, OT/G Duke Robinson, Oklahoma

Robinson should play well in the desert. He is huge—6'5" and weighing 335 pounds. He will be a force at tackle or guard for the Cardinals.

22. Minnesota, OLB Brian Cushing, USC

Minnesota could use a quarterback, but seeing that there isn't another one available in the first round, I think Cushing could be a nice addition to an already pretty good defense.

23. New England, DT Terrence Cody, Alabama

New England is getting older every year at the defensive line and Cody would provide some youth. Cody is a mountain—6'5" and weighing 365 pounds. He is a big time run stopper and I know if I'm the opposing quarterback and Cody is charging me, I would be scared out of my mind.

24. Atlanta, ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida

Spikes is a Top-15 player but may fall to No. 24. If so, the Falcons would have no choice but pick him up.

25. Miami, NT B.J. Raji, Boston College

Raji is a huge 325 pounds and Miami could use some beef in the middle of the defensive line.

26. Baltimore, WR Darius Heyward-Bey, Maryland

Baltimore’s wide receivers are getting older and getting injured. Bey could eventually become a No. 1 receiver. Darius has had a great career at Maryland, racking up over 2,000 total yards of receiving. The Ravens would be doing well to pick up Heyward-Bell.

27. Indianapolis, ILB James Laurinitus, Ohio State

Laurinitus would have gone far higher last year if he had declared. Nonetheless, I think Indianapolis would be foolish to pass up on this great talent. With him in the middle of Indianapolis’ offense, he could be a potential “Rookie of the Year” candidate.

28. Eagles (from Carolina), TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State

He is an amazing all around tight end. The Eagles would utilize him every chance they could and I expect him to be Pro Bowl talent.

29. New York Giants, OT Eben Britton, Arizona

The Giants should consider themselves lucky to get Britton at No. 29 overall. He is a very athletic tackle and should eventually be a starter for the team.

30. Tennessee, CB Vontea Davis, Illinois

Davis should be a good replacement for Nick Harper eventually. Davis is a good athlete and should fulfill that spot well.

31. Philadelphia, OT Ciron Black, LSU

The Eagles need some tackles for the 2009 season and Black should start at one of the tackle positions.

32. Pittsburgh, C Alex Mack, California

The Steelers could use a good interior lineman and Mack could give them the help they have needed for a couple of years.

This is more or less just a rough draft of the first round, so please don’t get too critical.


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