2009 NFL Mock Draft

robert petersonContributor IFebruary 19, 2009

1. Detroit - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama.

While most think the Lions should go quarterback. But why draft a quarterback if there is absolutely nobody of note protecting him? Smith was the most dominating lineman in college football last year, and he can give the Lions 10-15 years of All-Pro play.


2. St. Louis - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest.

This pick wouldn't make Mark Bulger happy, but the Rams defense was despicable. They allowed at least 31 in nine games! Curry is the best defensive player on my board.


3. Kansas City - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia.

Although I would give Tyler Thigpin another year to develop, a new coach and general manager usually means change for the incumbent QB. Stafford's arm is something truly special, but he should be much more consistent. I would be surprised to hear talks of this pick being available for the rights to Matt Cassel.


4. Seattle - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech.

This roster is truly in flux, but reciever is the position that truly needs help. Crabtree is my overall No. 1 prospect, with his ability to run routes, position himself, and snatch the ball out of the air. When Nate Burleson is your No. 2 wideout, this pick is a no-brainer.


5. Cleveland - Malcolm Jenkins, CB/S, Ohio State.

Browns' fans may have images of Eddie Royal and Jay Cutler shredding that secondary in that Thursday night game last season. Jenkins is from a local school, and he brings versatility to Cleveland's secondary. On the field, he is the spitting image of Artrel Rolle, who was so impressive in the playoffs.


6. Cincinnati - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia.

The Bengals released Willie Anderson last year, without an adequate replacement. Monroe is another of the very athletic and productive lineman to came out of UVA in recent years.


7. Oakland - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri.

For all the critics of Jamarcus Russell: Exactly who did he have to throw the ball to, besides Miller at tight end? Maclin would give the Raiders another dynamic weapon on offense, to go along with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. Plus, Maclin is very fast—which always will win over Al Davis.


8. Jacksonville - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor.

Is it me, or did it seem like the Jaguars were putting a new lineman on IR every week? Smith, a former tight end, is the most athletic tackle in this year's draft. Think Joe Staley, or a smaller Jason Peters.


9. Green Bay-  B.J. Raji, NT, Boston College.

It's time to admit Justin Harrell was a bust, and move on. With the switch to the 3-4, Raji is the perfect nose to eat up double teams, allowing Aaron Kampman and crew to create havoc for opposing QBs.


10. San Francisco - Ray Maualuga, ILB, USC.

Mike Singletary is the type of coach whose teams will out-physical every opponent. Maualuga is the bone-rattling tackler that will make a lot of backs lose the ball -- along with their breakfast. He will play Bart Scott to Patrick Willis' Ray Lewis.


11. Buffalo - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida.

This pick will make Trent Edwards explode with joy. Percy Harvin will provide a scoring threat to an offense whose gameplan was basically Lynch, Lynch, deep to Evans, and punt.


12. Denver - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU.

Another team with a horrible defense, switching to a 3-4. Jackson is a bit of a reach at this point, but he is the perfect 3-4 end who can provide a pass rush will being active against the run.


13. Washington - Everett Brown, DE, Florida State.

Jason Taylor showed last year that he just don't have it anymore. Brown was a great pass rusher at FSU, and that's just what the Redskins have been missing for so long. Don't be surprised if this pick is traded for Auquan Boldin or Chad Ocho Cinco, just because Dan Snyder hates rookies.


14. New Orleans - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois.

Mike McKenzie is getting long in the tooth, and an young upgrade is needed. Davis is an athletic freak, like his brother Vernon, but with a slightly better work ethic.


15. Houston - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas.

Mario Williams really needs some help. He can't be the whole pass rush for much longer. Orakpo is a marvel in the weight room.  He is the most decorated defensive ineman in this year's draft.


16. San Diego - Chris "Beenie" Wells, RB, Ohio State.

LaDainian Tomlinson is a star running back going on the wrong side of 30. Wells is a big back who can complement Darren Sproles, whenever LT leaves San Diego.


17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC.

Brett Favre saved the Jets months of will-he-or-won't-he worrying by finally deciding it was to hang 'em up. Sanchez is the latest of Pete Carroll's talented products. Jet fans won't boo if his name is called at this slot.


18. Chicago - Hakeem Nicks, wr, North Carolina.

Yes, Bear fans, I'm giving you what you have been begging for since . . . well, forever. Nicks is a big, strong, physical target that will snatch the ball from the air. Come on Chicago, you seriously can't start next year with Brandon Lloyd as a starter . . . Yikes!


19. Tampa Bay - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss.

New head coach Rahim Morris needs offense, but he'd like to put his stamp on this defense. Jerry is a man-eater, who is single-handily responsible for Ole Miss stopping Tim Tebow on the fourth-and-1 in "The Swamp." Nuff said.


20. Detroit (via Dallas) - Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State.

After taking a franchise offensive tackle with the first pick, the Lions now can concentrate on finding franchise QB with this selection. Freeman is a big, strong quarterback, in the mold of a Duante Culpepper.


21. Philadelphia - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss.

Andy Reid loves big men like himself, and he won't hesitate if Oher is still around. Oher, an All-American, is great in the run game. His presence would help Shawn Andrews at tackle, especially if John Runyan and Juqua Thomas leave in free agency.


22. Minnesota - Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State.

Minnesota has, arguably, the best defensive line in the NFL. But the chance to add a QB magnet like Maybin—playing along side Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams—is too tempting to "pass" up.


23. New England - Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest.

Recycling bottles and paper is good.  Recycling retread cornerbackss is bad. Smith is a ballhawk, who seems to catch everything in his site. An Ed Reed type at corner.


24. Atlanta - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State.

Imagine Matty Ice with a great tight end.  Now you can, Falcon fans. Pettigrew would be a security blacket underneath, and he's also a good run blocker.  That versatility would be great in Atlanta's run-first offense.


25. Miami - Brian Cushing, OLB/ILB, USC.

Bill Parcells loves big, physical, tough guys. Cushing fits the bill, to the "T." Cushing should be able to step in from day one and be a nice replacement for Channing Chowder, who is bound to be overpaid by some team this offseason.


26. Baltimore - Clay Matthews, OLB/DE, USC.

With Bart Scott seemingly the odd man out, a new linebacker will be needed. Matthews is a former walk-on, versatile enough to star in either a 4-3 or a 3-4.


27. Indianapolis - Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn.

The Colts are so desperate at tackle that they will reach for Marks here. Marks is a former end, from whom Auburn expected more. He is the quick, penetrating type of tackle the Colts covet.


28. Philadephia (via Carolina) - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia.

Brian Westbrook is still a dynamic back, but he has been hurt recently as he turns toward the wrong side of 30. Moreno is a very talented back, capable of doing a lot of the same things that Westbrook does.


29. New York Giants - Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers.

With Plaxico Burress' future with the Giants very much in doubt, and with Amani Toomer done in New York, a big body for Eli is very much needed. Britt is a very big receiver with nice ability.  He will remind some of Plaxico.  The Giants need to do this, because—Super Bowl catch notwithstanding -- Dominek Hixon is definitely not the answer.


30. Tennessee- Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Marylard.

Quarterbacks, from Kerry Collins to Vince Young, can tell you how hard it is to put up big numbers when your top receivers are the Justins -- Gage and McCariens. Hayward-Bey is a bit raw, but he has speed to get down the field and make plays in the open field.


31. Arizona - LeSean McCoy, RB, Pitt.

Edgerrin James is on his way out of the desert. Tim Hightower isn't the back the Cards want to depend on for 25-30 carries a game. McCoy is a scatback with great speed.  He would complement Hightower's power.


32. Pittsburgh - Alex Mack, C/OG, Cal.

If you watched the Super Bowl, you saw a Cardinal in Big Ben's face on every other down. Mack is an All-American that the Steelers could insert in the middle of their line and be the anchor for the next 10-15 years.


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