NFL Mock Draft 2009: Version 1.0 (Top 15)
As you remember from the '07 NFL Draft, it's nearly impossible to predict. I'm going to try my best however, and offer the best insight that I can.
Also, in a lot of mock drafts there are big "ifs" that go into people's picks. Example: Detroit will take an OL because they could trade for Matt Cassel later on.
None of that here, if there are such rumors that happen, then they will be updated in the next mock draft on here.
1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB - Georgia
The thing is, I think Stafford is overrated myself. I never saw anything outstanding out of him in college, although he has the potential and the build to be a decent QB. He's got the mental and physical aspects, but I've never seen him put it together fully yet.
You can make the argument they need to go offensive line, such as Smith or Monroe, but I doubt protecting Jon Kitna or Dan Orlovsky has much purpose.
2. St. Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OL - Virginia
St. Louis has decent skill position players with Bulger (okay, not so much), Jackson, and Holt. They, like many teams, need protection from the line, and they actually have the skill players to protect unlike Detroit.
Another argument can be Aaron Curry to help build the D, and help out last two first round picks Chris Long, and Adam Carriker.
When you look at Kansas City, there are a lot of positive bright spots on their team. They've got youth in the RB spot with former Texas RB, Jamaal Charles and former Louisville RB, Kolby Smith.
They have a top WR in Dwayne Bowe. They've got a young O-lineman in Brandon Alberts, and a decent defense that could come together.
After Bowe at the WR spot however, your next option is Jeff Webb or Will Franklin. Not very reassuring.
4. Seattle Seahawks - Andre Smith, OL - Alabama
Michael Crabtree would be an ideal fit here since WR depth on this team is pretty thin. If he's gone, I see Seattle trying to beef up the line taking the best O-lineman available.
This can give a chance to Matt Hasselbeck to get his reputation back as a respectable QB in the NFL.
5. Cleveland Browns - Aaron Curry, LB - Wake Forest
I think Cleveland is pretty set on the offensive side of the ball. They got a QB for the future, solid line, and the receiving corps is mediocre, but you're not going to use a top-5 pick on Maclin. The best defensive player in the draft only makes sense.
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Jason Smith, OL - Baylor
Cincy could help restore some of their offensive threats by getting some protection on the line. A lineman seems to be the only choice here.
7. Oakland Raiders - Jeremy Maclin, WR - Missouri
If the top three linemen in this draft are gone, then I see Oakland going with a pick at the wide receiver spot. Walker, seems to be completely unreliable and Oakland needs to give their anointed QB, JaMarcus Russell, some offensive threats to help him out.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Aaron Maybin, DE/DT - Penn State
The Jags have shown one of their top priorities is restoring some defensive prowess. Last year they went with Derrick Harvey, a DE out of Florida, which hasn't blossomed out to be a good pick yet. See them trying to beef up the D-line a little more with Maybin.
9. Green Bay Packers - B.J. Raji, DT - Boston College
Green Bay ranked 26th last season in rushing defense. They definitely need to beef up that D-line a little more. I see them taking the best front-seven player available whether it be Curry, Maybin, or Raji.
Shaun Hill? Nah. J.T O'Sullivan? No thanks. Alex...Smith is it? Is he even in their plans anymore? A quarterback seems to be the obvious choice here.
11. Buffalo Bills - Brian Orakpo, DE - Texas
This pick I'm not too confident in. Buffalo seems to be one of those teams where you're just not sure what they're looking at. I don't see the potential-filled Brian Orakpo getting passed up by this many teams, however.
12. Denver Broncos - Malcolm Jenkins, CB - Ohio State
Denver has one of the worst defenses in the league. Stopping both the pass and the rush is difficult for them, so I see them helping out the 26th-ranked pass defense and choosing Jenkins to assist them.
13. Washington Redskins- Michael Oher, OT- Ole Miss
This is a bit high for Oher, however they're pretty solid on the defensive side of the ball, and I see them trying to shore up the O-line a little bit more to give their young QB, Jason Campbell some protection.
14. New Orleans Saints - Vontae' Davis, CB - Illinois
New Orleans, as you know, is one of the best offensive teams in the game. They need to sure up their pass protection, and Davis is a good pick.
15. Houston Texans - Rey Maualuga, LB - USC
Houston management has shown that they are completely dedicated to building the team around drafting defense. Maualuga seems a nice fit, providing some energy and talent at the ILB spot.
Well that's it for Simmons' first version. As new developments arise, and some new thoughts pop up in my head, I'll make sure to make some updates as soon as possible.
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