In light of recent events in the NFL, here's an updated mock draft for the 17th of February.
1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB
They renegotiated Daunte Culpepper's contract today, meaning they'll have at least a decent veteran presence on the roster. Culpepper was once the big arm quarterback in a draft, so he might be the perfect mentor for Stafford. Anyone want Jon Kitna?
2. St. Louis Rams: Andre Smith, OT
They might pull the shocker and take Sanchez to eventually replace Marc Bulger here, but I think they'll look back at their past to build their future. The Rams franchise turned around as much because of the constant presence of Orlando Pace as anything else in the last 12 years. Smith fills a 350-pound need.
3. Kansas City Chiefs: Jason Smith, OT
They have a young quarterback in Tyler Thigpen, a solid running game (when Larry Johnson's healthy and trying), and a nice playmaker outside with Dwayne Bowe. They take an offensive tackle to give Thigpen front-side protection as an eventual replacement for Damion McIntosh at RT. The Chiefs are also a prime candidate to trade down out of this slot in an effort to take Brandon Pettitgrew, the best tight end in this class, to replace an unhappy Tony Gonzalez.
4. Seattle Seahawks: Eugene Monroe, OT
Crabtree will be tempting, but it doesn't matter who's running the routes if their quarterback can't get to his fifth step on his drop. With Porkchop Womack on the way out, the Seahawks should look to add depth to their offensive line. They'll likely take advantage of a deep class at offensive tackle with Monroe.
5. Cleveland Browns: Aaron Curry, LB
The Browns have lots of talent on offense that just needs to click like it did in 2007. Curry's the best linebacker in the draft, and with Andra Davis leaving as a free agent the Browns happen to need a linebacker. They'll likely be a player for a free agent linebacker, perhaps Jonathan Vilma, which might make this pick BJ Raji.
Since apparently Drew Rosenhaus is shopping Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmanzadeh will test free agency, if Crabtree falls to the Bengals it's a best case scenario for them. And maybe the worst for Crabtree.
7. Oakland Raiders: BJ Raji, DT
The hottest name on the draft board, Al Davis had a lot of love for Warren Sapp. Raji's in the same mold. There's also a chance they take a wideout, specifically Jeremy Maclin, here.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Knowshon Moreno, RB
A young replacement for Fred Taylor, Moreno's the best running back in the class.
9. Green Bay Packers: Malcolm Jenkins, CB
Their secondary has a lot of good talent, but lacks depth. Jenkins, next to Charles Woodson, would be a solid coverage secondary. How do you think an old Wolverine would take to teaming with a Buckeye in Wisconsin?
10. San Francisco 49ers: Brian Orakpo, DE
They need to stop...something. Mike Singletary will have a good defense, and Orakpo's a physical freak who can play the run and the pass effectively. If Singletary can build a solid defensive front to keep lineman off stud linebacker Patrick Willis, they'll have something to grow on.
11. Buffalo Bills: Everette Brown, DE
If Orakpo's the physical specimen, Brown's the athlete at the defensive end position in this draft. There's a debate which is the better pro prospect (or if Aaron Maybin is), so the Bills will take one of those three here.
12. Denver Broncos: Aaron Maybin, DE
Denver, like Buffalo, needs talent on defense. Maybin would help them get after the quarterback.
13. Washington Redskins: Eben Britton, OT
Chris Samuels isn't a youngster any more, and Jason Campbell and Clinton Portis could use some help up front.
14. New Orleans Saints: Ray Maualuga, LB
With Vilma leaving to free agency, they'll snatch up a playmaker to build around.
15. Houston Texans: Jeremy Maclin, WR
They need a running back as well (they cut Ahman Green last week), but a solid speed threat opposite the best receiver you've never heard of, Andre Johnson, might open the field up for a lesser running back.
16. San Diego Chargers: Percy Harvin, WR
The future of LT might swing this pick, as might the health of Shawne Merriman and Antonio Gates. Harvin's the best player on the board here for a team that needs to score points.
Favre's gone, and they need to add at least depth. Kellen Clemens is a nice player, but either Sanchez of Freeman could be the future of the Jets.
18. Chicago Bears: Hakeem Nicks, WR
The Bears need a receiver, badly. If they do not make a move in the trade or free agent markets, Nicks is a nice, big receiver with good hands and solid wheels.
19. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Josh Freeman, QB
John Gruden bringing in a quarterback? Seriously?
20. Detroit Lions: Brandon Pettitgrew, TE
I know Matt Millen's gone... but they could use another body to catch passes since they dealt away Roy Williams last year.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: William Moore, S
Brian Dawkins isn't going to be around forever. Moore might be available later, but he's the best safety in the draft and the Eagles are in a position that they can draft to fill specific needs, especially with a second first round pick later.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Vontae Davis, CB
They'll probably address their quarterback issues with Jeff Garcia. They're run defense is as good as there is in football, but their pass defense could improve. If Davis falls this far it's a steal for the Vikings.
23. New England Patriots: Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB
Lawrence Maroney's had problems staying healthy, and they need a running game to take pressure off Tom Brady and/or Matt Cassell.
24. Atlanta Falcons: Michael Johnson, DE
Johnson might be the best speed-rushing end in the draft. Putting him opposite John Abraham could be scary for opposing quarterbacks.
25. Miami Dolphins: Brian Cushing, LB
They need a leader on defense. Bill Parcells has always valued talent at linebacker, and Cushing could fill a big need in Miami.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Larry English, DE/OLB
Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs are potential free agents. English is a sleeper, but could be a nice fit in the 3-4 in Baltimore.
27. Indianapolis: Derrius Heyward-Bey, WR
The Colts franchised CB Calvin Heyden, so the future of Marvin Harrison might impact this selection. Reggie Wayne is still as good as there is in the NFL, and Anthony Gonzalez is nice in the slot, but a bigger receiver here might make sense for Peyton... I mean the Colts.
28. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyson Jackson, DE
Jim Johnson loves pressure on the quarterback, and Jackson at the end of the round would be a nice little steal for the Eagles.
29. New York Giants: DJ Moore, CB
Depth on a defense that suffered from a number of injuries last year, they're losing Sam Madison and RW McQuarters to free agency.
30. Tennessee Titans: Michael Johnson, DE
With their ability to keep Albert Haynesworth in question, and Javon Kearse hurt on an annual basis, another lineman on the defensive side of the ball makes sense.
31. Arizona Cardinals: LeSean McCoy, RB
A replacement candidate for Edgerrrin James. If Anquan Boldin leaves, a receiver might happen here.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Juaquin Iglesias, WR
Maybe a stretch, but Iglesias is a talented player and Hines Ward isn't getting any younger.
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