I think the top story in the draft is Michael Crabtree's stress fracture has affected him enough for a least one team to pass him up. Then Andre Smith's stock has fallen because of him missing the combine completely, so a few teams might pass on him. Let's take a look:
1. Detroit Lions: Aaron Curry, OLB
Most people will disagree right off the bat with what I have said. But the Lions have recentley had Curry for dinner or lunch or whatever, so it means they are definately considering it. They desparately need to fix that defense, and Curry would be the most capable player for them to build around.
Plus with their 20th pick i'm sure they could get a quality QB in Mark Sanchez or Josh freeman, and they could even get Pat White in the second round.
2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, OL
Jason Simth is arguably the best OL in the draft. Orlando pace isn't getting any younger and the Rams need a good solid youngin' for years to come. They probably have put their trust in trent green, and might shop for a QB in the FA.
3. Kansas City Chiefs: Matthew Stafford, QB
Even though their defensive needs are great, I think that they won't be able to pass up that much talent. Tyler thigpen is a less than garbage QB, so they'll be happy to take him.
4. Seattle Seahawks: BJ Raji, DL
No matter how much they want crabtree, they'll take the Big Raj, only because their defense was sub-par in '08. And with injury ridden Wrs, they know they can't take a chance with one who has an injury coming into the pros. BJ will be an excellent inside threat, demanding a double team at all times, much like albert haynesworth.
5. Clevland Browns: Malcolm Jenkins, DB
With the cornerback spot a glaring need, they can't, or shouldn't go anywhere else with the fifth pick in the draft.
6. Cincinnatti Bengals: Andre Smith, OL
Even though there is a need at just about everywhere on defense, I think they will choose to get bigger on their O-line. Even though he missed the combine for stupid reasons, people make mistakes.
7. Oakland Raiders: Michael Crabtree, WR
Undoubtedly the most talented receiver in the draft since Calvin Johnson, everyone knows that Big Al loves the big name players, I think that an O-linemen is needed, but since te top three by a large margin have been taken, they will help the glaring need at receiver.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Maclin, WR
Being that the Jags have a great defense, O-line, and Run game(even without Fred Taylor), The only real need on the roster is at wide receiver. Maclin is very capable of taking it to the house whenever he touches the ball.
9. Green Bay Packers: Brian Orakpo, LB/DL
The cheesers need more explosiveness off the edge, and The Rack is te perfect player to bring them that kind of athleticism. He can drop into pass coverage as an OLB, or put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer.
10. San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Maybin, LB/DL
Just like Orakpo he is a conversion guy who can play either DE or OLB. Maybin and Patrick Willis could be a deadly combination...
Okay, so thats my first ever mock draft, let alone my first article on the website. so please comment, I love heated debates!
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