All the deadlines have passed. All the speculation is done. Now here where the real fun begins. This is the first round mock draft right after the NCAA football season is done.
Let's get it started!
1) Andre Smith, OT from Alabama. Detroit Lions
Analysis: Smith's last couple weeks with the Crimson Tide werent' his best. He has weight issues but he is the most decorated OL in this year's draft. He is strong, physical, and nasty.
With Smith at the LT, Detroit will have a solid young tackle core with Gosder Cherilus the first-round pick from last year. Who do the Lions select with the 21st pick later in this round? Stay tuned!
2) Michael Oher, OT from Arkansas. St Louis Rams
Analysis: I have heard from any people on this site that they past two seasons in St Louis because of a lack of a true OT protecting Bulger and helping RB Steven Jackson. Rams management cannot put another season on the health of Orlando Pace.
Oher will give Bulger another shot at redemption. Also, Bulger signed a six-year extension before 2007 (stupid move). So I don't have Stafford being selected here.
3) Matt Stafford, QB from Georgia. KC Chiefs
Analysis: New GM Scott Pioli will almost want to draft a QB of HIS choice and I believe that he will either hire Rex Ryan or Clancy Pendergast. If KC selects Rex Ryan as their coach, he has first hand knowledge on how to build up a rookie quarterback a la Joe Flacco.
4) Michael Crabtree, WR from Texas Tech. Seattle Seahawks
Analysis: I can't believe the garbage at the WR corps Seattle had this year. Engram is 36 and done, Burelson is coming off a torn ACL, and they lost D.J. Hackett last season to Tampa. Crabtree has the best hands, body control, and quickness for this year's WR's. A slam dunk here at No. 4.
5) Chris Wells, RB from Ohio State. Cleveland Browns
Analysis: New coach Eric Mangini is going to select a franchise back with this pick. Wells is injury prone yes but when he's healthy he can be a load. In the 2009 Fiesta Bowl he had close to 100 yards rushing vs a speed defense like the Longhorns.
Wells, is a hometown hero and will help Quinn develop in 2009 and help TE Winslow and WR Edwards get more one-on-one matchups.
6) Jason Smith, OT from Baylor. Cincinatti Bengals
Analysis: Smith has the best feet in this draft, Palmer who is coming off an injured 2008 season needs to be protected much as possible. When LG Eric Steinbach left for Cleveland the Bengals couldn't run or pass the ball effectively, this should change with Smith.
7) Eugene Monroe, OT from Virginia. Oakland Raiders
Analysis: Oakland has the QB, the RB and they should now get the OT. If they ever want Russell to lead them back to the promise land, draft Monroe who is an All-American second teamer and should start from day one.
8) Malcolm Jenkins, CB from Ohio State. Jacksonville Jaguars
Analysis: Jags need OL help, but with the top four OL already selected, they will address another big issue at CB. Drayton Florence last year's free agent signing is a bust and they need a true No. 2 CB with Indy and Houston in the same division. Jenkins isn't fast but he is physical and a smart player, the kind which coach Jack Del Rio loves.
9) Everette Brown OLB/DE from Florida State. Green Bay Packers
Analysis: 3-4, or 4-3...either way, the Pack need to update their pass rush. With Brown, they get a hybrid LB/DE. Brown had an amazing 2008 season at FSU and should be a no brainer here for GM Ted Thompson.
10) Vontae Davis, CB from Illinois. San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: 49ers hoped FS Taylor Mays was at this position, but they will still draft a DB. With Davis who has the best hips and speed his position, he will upgrade the mediocre secondary for the 9ers.
11) Brian Orakpo, DE from Texas. Buffalo Bills.
Analysis: Bills were a great story starting out 4-0 and then finishing 7-9. Somehow Dick Jauron is back for the 2009 season. They need to upgrade their pass rush and with Orakpo and Schobel next year that will be two pass rushers that will make it a hard time for Tom Brady or Brett Favre be comfortable next year.
12) Rey Maualuga, ILB from USC. Denver Broncos.
Analysis: New coach Josh McDaniels will go 3-4 and with Maualuga that will be a great value pick here. Maualuga will make D.J. Williams much better and the rushing defense much more respectable.
13) Aaron Curry, OLB from Wake Forest. Washington Redskins.
Analysis: Sources say that 'Skins will release OLB Marcus Washington and save $4 Million. Curry will immediately start at Washington's position and upgrade their defense which stumbled in the 2nd half of the season.
14) James Laurinaitis, ILB from Ohio State. New Orleans Saints.
Analysis: Saints need lots of help on defense and Laurinaitis will give them the prototypical 4-3 MLB. He is smart, fast and will bring an attitude on defense.
15) William Moore, FS from Missouri. Houston Texans
Analysis: Moore had a terrible 2008 season but he is still projected first-round pick. Houston needs a play maker in the secondary. Moore would be great value and need here.
16) Jeremy Maclin, WR from Missouri. New York Jets
Analysis: Coles is out on his way in NY, and Favre will be back I believe. They need a threat on the offense. Someone who is a home run hitter, and has to be accounted for opposing defenses.
17) Michael Johnson, DE from Georgia Tech. Chicago Bears
Analysis: Bears need to upgrade their pass rush. Alex Brown is a motor guy, and Oguneyle is a FA after 2009. Johnson will help their pass rush and with Tillman and Vasher 100 percent next year it'll make a world of difference.
18) Knowshon Moreno, RB from Georgia. San Diego Chargers
Analysis: LT is 30, Sproles will be gone to another FA so the Bolts need a true RB for Rivers and Gates. Moreno is the most complete back at his position. No worries San Diego fans the heir to LT is Moreno.
19) LeSean McCoy, RB from Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay Bucs
Analysis: RB's are disappearing in Tampa the past couple years. Graham, Cadillac, and others. McCoy will be a great feature back for Tampa for years to come.
20) Mark Sanchez, QB from USC. Detroit Lions
Analysis: Lions get Smith and now the signal caller. Sanchez is unproven but had a great game vs Penn State. Giving the QB situation in Mo' Town, chances are this is the QB from the next 10 years in Detroit. Still feeling like your ready for the show Mark?
21) Eben Britton, OT from Arizona. Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: The left side of the Vikes OL is set but the right side needs help. Ryan Cook is garbage and Britton is athletic enough to play RT.
22) D.J. Moore, CB from Vanderbilt. New England Patriots
Analysis: Are there corners in New England or was it a 11-9 season in 2008? Moore would instantly help their secondary situation. Along with the defensive player of the year in Jarod Mayo this year, Moore will give the Pats a little youth movement on the defense.
23) Duke Robinson, G from Oklahoma. Atlanta Falcons
Analysis: Story of Matt Ryan was incredible, but he needs help on the OL. With Robinson at RG it would protect Ryan for 10-15 years and helps RB Michael Turner get more holes to run through.
24) Clint Sintim, OLB from Virginia. Miami Dolphins
Analysis: Wow talk about pure luck! Imagine defenses having to account for Porter and Sintim. This would help their secondary issues immensely.
25) Alex Mack, C from Cal. Indy Colts
Analysis: Jeff Saturday is done, Peyton needs a new C, and with Mack the best C available for quite some time, it's very easy. Mack is athletic and huge at 6'5" 316lbs. An easy slam dunk for the new coach Jim Caldwell.
26) Donald Brown , RB from UConn. Philly (from Carolina)
Analysis: Westbrook is 30 and getting slower and injury prone. Phily needs a home-run threat and Brown had a sick 2008 season in the Big East. Imagine having to defend Westbrook and Brown. Good Luck NFC East Defenses.
27) Percy Harvin, WR from Florida. New York Giants
Analysis: Burress will be gone from NY this offseason. Eli needs a real WR and a threat for six every time he touches the ball. Harvin is a hybrid RB/WR, and you can tell Eli's confidence in having a true No. 1 WR.
28) B.J. Raji, DT from Boston College. Tennessee Titans
Analysis: Haynesworth will be gone, Jeff Fisher needs a mammoth DT in the middle and Raji is the best DT available.
29) Phil Loadholt, OT from Oklahoma. Philly Eagles.
Analysis: McNabb will be back and so will Reid. Eagles need a OT after letting go either William Thomas or Jon Runyan.
30) Brian Cushing, OLB from USC. Baltimore Ravens.
Analysis: Baltimore might lose Bart Scott or Terrell Suggs maybe both. Cushing would fill either hole and will make sure the LB tradition in Baltimore continues.
31) Chase Coffman, TE from Missouri. Arizona Cardinals
Analysis: All the premier RB's will be gone by then and Leonard Pope isn't a difference maker, so the Cards need a threat from the TE spot. Coffman is the best TE this year, with Pettigrew and Grehsam both staying in school.
32) Alex Boone, OT from Ohio State. Pittsburgh Steelers
Analysis: Pitt's line is horrendous this year, and they need to address this in a hurry. Boone's stock has risen since dominating DE Brian Orakpo in the Fiesta Bowl.
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