2009 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine

T.R. TaylorCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2009

1. Detroit: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virgina

Most think this pick will be Matt Stafford but I don't think they will take him or any other QB here.  They seem to like Dante Culpepper plus they have a young Drew Stanton competing for the starting spot. 

They may pick one later but here the better pick would be a franchise left tackle.  Eugene Monroe is my top left tackle in this draft and he is my pick here.


2. St. Louis: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

While I think they need a QB because Marc Bulger is overrated, I think they need to pick up a franchise left tackle even more.  Orlando Pace is old and will retire very soon.  Until then, Oher can develop and play on the right side.


3. Kansas City: Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas

The switch to a 3-4 defense requires a pass rushing outside linebacker.  This often means converting an athletic defensive end.  Brian Orakpo fits this position and I think this will be Scott Pioli's pick.


4. Seattle: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

Seattle needs a receiver in the worst way. Deion Branch was injured last year along with the rest of their receivers. Even if they fully recover they don't really have a serious threat at the position. Michael Crabtree catches everything thrown at him and makes perfect sense for this pick.


5. Cleveland: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

The Browns had a lot of trouble stopping the run last year.  Aaron Curry is the best linebacker in this draft. Converting him to a 3-4 inside linebacker will give the Browns a great run stopper in the middle.


6. Cincinnati: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Cincinnati needs a lot of help but why not address the offensive tackle position first.  Andre Smith is a mauler of a tackle who will have no trouble making holes in the NFL.  He is a safe bet to at least play right tackle for a long time at the next level.


7. Oakland: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

Many people have Jeremy Maclin here because of his speed but can you name the last time Al Davis picked a receiver in the first round?  I'll give you a hint: His name was Tim Brown.  Al Davis prefers not to draft receivers in the first round, so he will have to look at his biggest need: offensive tackle.

I know Tom Cable will want to draft one.


8. Jacksonville: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

I know they would like to pick an offensive tackle here but there are none left worth taking this high.  On the other hand, their receivers are in pretty bad shape.  Jeremy Maclin will be their number one receiver on day one.


9. Green Bay: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

You absolutely cannot have a 3-4 defense without a dominant nose tackle.  B.J. Raji is the only player in this draft that fits that description.


10. San Francisco: Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia

The Alex Smith era is over and Shaun Hill is not the answer.  Matt Stafford is most peoples' top QB in this draft.  If he falls to number 10 the 49ers will be all over him.


11. Buffalo: Everett Brown, DE, Florida State

The Bills need some serious help with their pass rush.  Everett Brown is a mean pass rusher and can contribute right away for them.


12. Denver: Vonte Davis, CB, Illinois

While the Broncos need to find players to make up the front seven of their new 3-4 defense, it's hard to pass up on a corner as talented as Vonte Davis.  Champ Bailey is old and can't play like he used to.  They also just cut Dre Bly.


13. Washington: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

Washington needs help on their defensive line, especially in the form of a pass rusher.  There are no defensive ends worth picking quite this high but Peria Jerry is worth it.  He can generate a pass rush from the inside and get some push in the run game.


14. New Orleans: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

The Saints will be foaming at the mouth if Malcolm Jenkins falls this far.  They need immediate help in their secondary and Malcolm Jenkins is arguably the best defensive back in the draft.


15. Houston: Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois

This could be a bit of stretch for him but Larry English sure looked good at the Senior Bowl. It would be scary to be a QB with Mario Williams and Larry English running at you every play.


16. San Diego: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State

With LaDanian Tomlinson over the hill, the Chargers will look for help at running back.  Darren Sproles is nothing more than a returner and a change of pace back. Chris Wells has the speed and size to be their new every down back.


17. New York Jets: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

The Jets were seventh in the league with 41 sacks last year.  However they were the fourth worst against the pass. With a pass rush like that, their defensive backs should be able to cover much better than they did. Alphonso Smith will be an immediate upgrade at that position.


18. Chicago: Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

This is the year Chicago finally picks a receiver in the first round.  Darius Heyward-Bey is already a good receiver but he will amaze coaches and scouts and the combine.


19. Tampa Bay: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

Tampa's running backs took a beating this year.  Earnest Graham finished the year injured and Carnell Williams' career is in question again after another injury.  It's a miracle Warrick Dunn is able to still play running back at his age. 

Knowshon Moreno is too good for them to pass up here.


20. Detroit (from Dallas): D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt

Detroit brought in a herd of defensive backs last year and none panned out.  They even cut Leigh Bodden.  D.J. Moore is a very talented corner that should start for them right away.


21. Philadelphia: Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa

Brian Westbrook will still be the starter in Philly but he needs to share the load.  The Eagles have no power backs to punch the ball into the end zone.  Shonn Greene is the best power back in this draft and he is too good to pass up here.


22. Minnesota: Patrick Chung, S, Oregon

Minnesota is a QB away from a Super Bowl.  They will need to bring in a veteran QB which leaves them with no pressing needs.  Darren Sharper is 33 and they will need to bring in a replacement.  Patrick Chung had a great Senior Bowl and is my number one safety.


23. New England: Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

The Patriots need a corner like there's no tomorrow but it would be a bit of a stretch to take any that are still available.  Rey Maualuga is too good to pass up here though and would pair up with Jerod Mayo to make one mean set of inside linebackers.


24. Atlanta: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Matt Ryan had a better rookie year than anyone thought he would.  They have a good offensive line and some good running backs.  Their receivers are pretty good too.  The only thing missing a dominant tight end.

A tight end is a quarterbacks best friend and that is exactly what Brandon Pettigrew will be to Matt Ryan.


25. Miami: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia

When looking for an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system most teams have to draft an athletic defensive end and teach him how to play a new position.  However Clint Sintim played 3-4 outside linebacker in college and excelled at it. 

This pick makes perfect sense for the Dolphins and he will pair up with Joey Porter to make life for opposing quarterbacks hell.


26. Baltimore: Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech

Baltimore just released Chris McAlister.  They also have an aging Samari Rolle who they could use an upgrade for.  Victor Harris can pair up with Fabian Washington to be the Ravens new corner duo.


27. Indianapolis: Evander "Ziggy" Hood, DT, Missouri

The Colts could use some help with their inside pass rush. Ziggy Hood had a good Senior Bowl and would be a perfect fit for the Colts here.


28. Philadelphia (from Carolina): Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

William Thomas is 34 and can't play much longer.  Even then they could use an upgrade at left tackle.  Eben Britton would be a great pick for them here and can be their franchise left tackle.


29. New York Giants: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

The Giants have a number of options here but I decided to go with arguably the best player available.  James Laurinaitis is athletic enough to play any linebacker spot and versatility will make him valuable to the Giants.


30. Tennessee: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

Javon Kerse is old and not to mention overrated.  Michael Johnson is a freakish athlete with incredible size.  He will also have a great combine so the Titans will be happy to draft him here.


31. Arizona: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

If Edgerrin James sticks to his word, he will not be a Cardinal next year. While Tim Hightower had a good rookie year, I think he will need someone else to share the carries with. LeSean McCoy is a great running back and holds high value this late in the first round.


32. Pittsburgh: Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma

It's a miracle the Steelers were able to get to the Super Bowl and win it with that horrible offensive line. Duke Robinson is the best offensive lineman available and will fit in with the Steelers perfectly as a punishing run blocker.