NFL Mock Draft

Doug DarrochContributor IMarch 5, 2009

Thirty GM's have come together to give you the most realistic mock draft possible.With out further delay the Lions are on the clock.

1. Detroit: Sean Yuille Pride of Detroit

With the first pick of the draft, the Lions select Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.

Despite most believing the Lions need to draft a quarterback (specifically Matthew Stafford), I opted to go in a different direction by selecting linebacker Aaron Curry.

While it is true that the Lions are in need of a QB, the No. 1 overall pick simply wasn't an appropriate time to fill that need. Stafford is not worth the top selection of the draft, as he simply isn't ready to be a starter in the NFL.

Besides that, the Lions need to build a team where a young QB can come in and succeed from day one. Right now that's simply not possible, and until the Lions become a team that can run the ball and stop the run, as head coach Jim Schwartz would say, it doesn't make sense to draft a QB that high.

By taking Curry, the Lions are one step closer to building a defense that someday can hopefully win a championship. Curry would be like the quarterback of the Lions' defense if he gets moved inside and even if he doesn't, one linebacker will have the chance to play in between Curry and Ernie Sims.

That is a very enticing thought for sure.


2. St. Louis: Ryan Turf Show Times

St. Louis picks Virginia OT Eugene Monroe with the second pick of the draft.

With Orlando Pace probably becoming a cap casualty, the Rams need to hit the reset button for the offensive line.

Monroe may not have the highest ceiling of the three elite offensive tackles in the draft, but he definitely has the lowest basement. He can start for the Rams right away, and will be the centerpiece of the offensive line for a decade to come.

3. Kansas City: Chris Arrowhead Pride

Kansas City selects Jason Smith OT Baylor

While most teams project Smith as a LT, Kansas City is going to use a lot of shotgun formations with Cassell at QB and the team needs an upgrade over Damion McIntosh at RT. The athletic Smith will not only be an upgrade in pass protection but he can get the job done run blocking as well.

4. Seattle: Casey 5th Quarter Sports

Seattle selects Matt Stafford QB Georgia

While QB isn't a pressing need for the Seahawks they can't resist Stafford who can take over for the 34-year-old Hasselbeck in two or three years. The franchise will have a smooth transition at the most important position on the field.

5. Cleveland: John Arend Bleacher Report

Cleveland selects Rey Maualuga LB USC

The Browns have many holes, but the biggest issue is the linebacker corps. 2008 proved the Browns were too slow inside. Their lineman did their job by creating havoc in the trenches, the linebackers couldn’t hit the holes quickly enough though, and the result was opposing running backs constantly gaining three to five yards a play until they broke off long gains.

Many may think Rey Maualuga isn't worth the No. 5 spot, but with Aaron Curry off the board already, the Browns have to pull the trigger on him. He is the highest ranked middle linebacker in the draft and his aggressive, hard-hitting attitude is exactly what Browns fans have been looking for on defense.

6. Cincinnati: Joe Dexter NFL Mocks

The Bengals select Andre Smith, OT Alabama

Though he has his issues, the offensive line is a major issue for our squad. With Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe off the board, Smith seems to be the only option. He has the ceiling to be one of the best tackles in the game, and will most likely start right away.

7. Oakland: JJ McDermott Fantasy Football Maniaxs

With the seventh pick of the draft the Oakland Raiders select Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech.

By now, we all know Al Davis likes his toys.  After selecting JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden the past two drafts, Al adds another young play maker to the Raiders offense.  With Russell, McFadden, and Crabtree in place, the Raiders look to improve on their 29th ranked offense of 2008.

8. Jacksonville: David Nelson Bleacher Report

With the eighth overall selection in the draft the Jaguars select Malcolm Jenkins CB/Ohio State.

Initially we wanted to trade away this pick to gather more picks in the draft because the four guys we had pinpointed at selecting here are off the board. Jenkins is the best corner in the draft, and despite not running the best 40-time, we know he is a great cornerback, who at worst can help us at safety.

9. Green Bay: Tom V. NFL Minute

With the ninth overall selection in the draft the Green Bay Packers select Everette Brown, OLB/Florida State.

Though we were hoping Malcolm Jenkins would slip one more spot because he would fit the Packers' defense well, Everette Brown is anything but a downgrade.

In fact, given that he is the best blitzing outside linebacker in the draft and the Packers are transitioning to a 3-4, it only made sense to add him to a team short on quality linebacker depth.

The Packers didn't get a lot of sacks last season and Brown can make an immediate impact opposite Aaron Kampman.

10. San Francisco: Marc Bruno Boys

49ers select Brian Orakpo OLB/DE Texas

Orakpo is a beast and will finally get the 49ers 3-4 defense working with his relentless pass rushing.

11. Buffalo: Brian Galliford Buffalo Rumblings

With the 11th pick in the draft, the Buffalo Bills select Penn State DE Aaron Maybin.

The teams in the top-10 made this pick infinitely easier for Buffalo. The team is expected to entertain the idea of a minimum of five players with this selection: TE Brandon Pettigrew, DE Brian Orakpo, DE Everette Brown, DE Aaron Maybin and LB Rey Maualuga.

With Maualuga, Brown and Orakpo off the board, this pick came down to Pettigrew or Maybin.

With head coach Dick Jauron and his staff on the hot seat, Buffalo is expected to target prospects that can give them the biggest immediate payoff, as the team is in full-fledged "win now" mode.

The selection of Maybin flies in the face of that logic, but with good reason—the Bills are too smart to let immediate payoff outweigh value. Pettigrew is a great fit for what the Bills do offensively, but he simply isn't dynamic enough to take this high.

Maybin has that dynamic quality. He's got a quick first step, outstanding functional play strength, and the highest ceiling of any end available this year.

With three veterans (Aaron Schobel, Chris Kelsay, Ryan Denney) on the roster, Maybin won't need to be an every-down end right out of the gate, so throw his immediate concerns against the run out the window.

Buffalo desperately needs a situational pass rusher, and Maybin can be exactly that from day one. His potential, value and immediate situational impact make him a smart investment for the Bills.

12. Denver: Henry Gula and Sayre Bedinger Bleacher Report

Denver selects DT B.J Raji out of Boston College.

Denver is switching to the 3-4 and needs to get that premiere nose tackle to build the defense around.

13. Washington: Jack Anderson Skins Talk

Washington selects Michael Oher OT Ole Miss

The 'Skins had trouble protecting Jason Campbell last season and with the upgrades coming on the defensive front thus far, the 'Skins needed to look at drafting a tackle to replace Jon Jansen or to learn behind Chris Samuels.

Oher played left tackle for three years after playing right guard his Freshman year at Ole Miss. However, the 'Skins really need a right tackle right now, and I believe Oher could play the position due his athleticism and exceptional technique.

14. New Orleans: Dave Canal Street Chronicles

New Orleans selects Brian Cushing.

I can't even believe that Cushing is actually still on the board, particularly following his awesome combine performance, but alas he is. With the re-signing of Jonathan Vilma and the return of Dan Morgan, the Saints are okay at the linebacker spot and really need some help in the secondary.

But because Cushing appears to be the best player available the Saints just can't pass him up. This move all but seals the fate of Scott Shanle!


15. Houston: Tim Battle Red Blog

Pick traded to Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay's first-round pick (19) and fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay: Matt McGuire Walter Football

(Roger Goddell to the stage): "With the 15th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Mark Sanchez, Quarterback, USC."

The Buccaneers have not had a franchise quarterback in an extremely long time, and they need a face for the organization. Sanchez has a very high upside with great arm strength and athleticism, not to mention he ran a very pro style offense at USC.

He has elite intangibles, and the Buccaneers are happy to welcome him to the organization. Sanchez is expected to challenge Luke McCown for the starting QB job, but if he is not ready the Bucs have no problem grooming him to eventually be the starter.

Bottom line is if you want to win, you need a quarterback. Jeff Garcia is the most overrated signal caller in the NFL, McCown is probably not the answer, and Sanchez gives this team a future along with Kellen Winslow and Antonio Bryant.

16. San Diego: Doug Darroch Football Burrito

"With the 16th pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers select Tyson Jackson DE LSU."

Jackson can come in and immediately take over for Igor Olshanskey. Like Olshanskey Jackson is a great run defender but he should be an upgrade as a pass rusher.

With a healthy Shawn Merriman back and Tyson Jackson pressuring the QB along with Luis Castillo, Shaun Phillips and Jamal Williams the Chargers horrible pass defense will be improved.

17. NYJ: Brian The Jets Blog

With the 17th pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the New York Jets select Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri.
With BJ Raji and Tyson Jackson (the guys most likely to help the Jets in their 3-4 scheme long-term) both off the board, the Jets might look to find a productive receiver to provide an edge threat.

Darrius Heyward-Bey made a lot of noise in Indy last weekend, but he's still a more raw receiver at present.

The Jets have the middle of the field locked down with WRs Jerricho Cotchery,Chansi Stuckey and TE Dustin Keller. What they need is someone to keep the safeties out of the box.

Maclin can produce, has 4.4 time, solid separation skills and good hands and would provide whoever the new Jets quarterback is in 2009 a deep option that the team doesn't currently possess.


18. Chicago: Simon Benjamin Football Burrito

With the 18th pick in the 2009 NFL draft the Chicago Bears select Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland.
The Bears are absolutely ecstatic about DHB...His measurables: 6'2", 210, 4.3 forty, and 4.18 shuttle. The 4.30 forty tells the Bears he has high end speed, but just as exciting is the 4.18 shuttle which is second only to Malcom Jenkins of this years top prospects.

Quickness and speed with size to handle inside routs and the hands of a surgeon. Can anyone say Randy Moss, who, as I recall, also fell to the 18th pick.


19. Tampa Bay: Matt Walter Football

First and fourth-round pick traded to Houston for Tampa Bay's first-round pick.


Houston: Tim Battle Red Blog

With the 19th pick in the 2009 NFL (Football Burrito Mock) Draft, your Houston Texans select Clay Matthews, Jr. (LB-USC).

One of the biggest needs for the Texans to fill in the draft is OLB. What we are specifically interested in is a SLB who can put consistent pressure on the QB. We think that Clay Matthews, Jr. fits that mold.

Clay Matthews Jr. might surprise some people here, but we feel that he might end up as one of the steals of the first round. We like him more than Brian Cushing and believe Matthews will be the best NFL LB out of the crop of talented USC LBs in the 2009 draft.

No other draft prospect has more buzz about their upside and potential than Matthews, but it's another trait that has really sold us—work ethic.

Despite coming from a blue chip athletic family (Uncle Bruce played for the Oilers and now coaches for the Texans) Clay was never really given a chance to shine because he was undersized.

The kid lived in the weight room and played with a huge chip on his shoulder after walking on to USC, and we think he will continue that pattern once he gets to the NFL.


20. Detroit (from Dallas): Sean Yuille Pride of Detroit

With the 20th pick the Lions select DT Peria Jerry from Mississippi.

21. Philly: Scott Tunstall Inside the Iggles

With the 21st pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

Pettigrew is a dual-threat tight end, and a devastating blocker who can catch. A Jason Witten, Mark Bavaro type player. The Eagles need help in the run game and a legit red zone threat. Pettigrew provides both. We are ecstatic he fell to us at 21.

22. Minnesota: Christopher Gates Daily Norseman

With the 22nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

With the best tackles in the draft off the board and yours truly not being completely in love with Percy Harvin, the Vikings have decided to shore up their secondary by selecting the guy that, at this point, might be the best corner back in this year's draft.

Davis has a ton of physical ability, but some have questioned whether his head and his heart are always in the game. Hopefully, learning from a veteran like Antoine Winfield...whom Davis will, eventually, be called on to replace...can help him out with that.

In this current scenario, Harvin, Alex Mack (if Matt Birk isn't re-signed), or even James Laurinaitis could be an option for the Vikings, but Minnesota would love it if Davis were to fall to this spot.


23. New England: Aaron Football Burrito

First and fourth round draft picks traded to Jacksonville for FS Reggie Nelson and Jacksonville's second-round pick (40th overall).


Jacksonville: David Nelson Bleacher Report

With the 23rd overall selection, the Jaguars select WR Percy Harvin/Florida.

We had three guys that we really liked here, but at the end of the day we see a true play maker in Harvin. Our feeling is that he slipped to the 23rd pick. We originally believed that Hakeem Nicks was going to be our pick here.

We also really liked Chris "Beanie" Wells, but running back wasn't our first priority in this round.

24. Atlanta: Dave the Falcoholic

With the 24th overall selection, the Falcons select LB Clint Sintim out of Virginia.

Very tough decision here, as the Falcons have needs in the secondary and all along the defensive line. With two of our three starting linebackers fleeing into free agency, though, it was clear that I could address a pressing need with this pick.

Add in Sintim's motor, his ability to get at the quarterback and his all around solid play and you've got a guy who fills a variety of needs on my mental checklist.

25. Miami: Mati The Phinsider

With the 25th overall selection, the Miami Dolphins select CB Sean Smith.

The most glaring hole right now on the Dolphins' depth chart is at corner back - where 2008 starter Andre Goodman left in free agency for Denver, leaving Jason Allen and Nate Jones as the two competitors for that starting spot opposite Will Allen.

Enter Sean Smith.

The 6'3", 214 pound corner out of Utah could very well be the corner with the most upside in the entire 2009 draft. And while some people have players like D.J. Moore and Alphonso Smith higher on their boards, a 5'9" corner simply isn't going to cut it for Bill Parcells and company.

Smith is not only a physical specimen because of his height, but also because of his 34-5/8" arms and 4.53 40-yard dash. He's got terrific ball skills as well. He's going to be a little raw, though. But he has the most upside and the Dolphins would be thrilled to get him with the 25th overall pick.

26. Baltimore: Dewey Hammond Blogimore Ravens

Mike Mickens CB Cincinatti

With the departure of C-Mac from an already depleted secondary, Baltimore needs a physical corner who can play the run and also take it the house when he gets his hands on the ball. Mickens projects to be that guy.

He is a first-round talent with a second-round grade. He tore cartilage in his knee and had surgery in November.

27. Indianapolis: Stephen Rhodes NFL GridIron Gab

With the 27th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State.


It is amazing that Laurinaitis lasted this long. While he isn't the fastest LB on the board, he brings athleticism, a nose for the ball plus some attitude to the Colts. He will without a doubt be the run-stuffing LB the Colts haven't really had since Rob Morris.


28. Philly (from Carolina): Scott Tunstall Inside the Iggles

With the 28th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno.

At 30, Brian Westbrook is reaching the end of the line. Youth is needed at the position and Moreno brings decent size and speed with home run ability.

I'll take 32 total touchdowns in two seasons against tough SEC competition. In addition, he caught 53 passes.

A good set of hands are needed if you want to play RB in an Andy Reid offense. We considered Chris Wells, but suspect hands and durability issues made him too big a risk.

With Moreno, we get a future franchise back who can contribute right away.

Along with Brandon Pettigrew at 21, we feel we landed two of the top players in the entire draft and filled two glaring needs.

29. NYG: Brody Gogatz Football Burrito

With the 29th pick the New York Giants select Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina.

Originally looked like the Giants would go D in the first round, but with their recent acquisitions picking a WR here a no brainer. Nicks was the ACC's leading receiver and possibly the best route-runner coming out of the draft.

Has excellent hands and good size. Should be able to make an immediate impact for the Giants and fix one of their few (bullet) holes.

30. Tennessee: Jimmy Morris Music City Miracles

With the 30th pick the Tennessee Titans select D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt. The Titans are definitely in need of depth at corner and may even be looking to replace an aging Nick Harper at starter.


They are also in need of a kick/punt returner because it appears that Chris Carr will be signing elsewhere.

D.J. Moore was a dynamic corner/special teams player/receiver in college. While he hurt himself with his 40 time (4.56) a little bit at the combine, he showed an excellent vertical jump (39.5 inches). The Titans still desperately need play makers, and D.J.

Moore is a playmaker.

31. Arizona: Jacob Fantasy Football Fools

With the 31st pick, the Arizona Cardinals select Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech.

While it would be nice to grab a shifty playmaker like LeSean McCoy to pair with Tim Hightower, Arizona's greater need is on defense. Their linebackers aren't getting any younger—three of the four are over 30— and the the Cardinals could use some more youth in their defensive rotation at OLB and DE.

Physically, Michael Johnson is one of the most gifted athletes in the draft. He has great size at 6'7'', and he's drawn comparisons to Julius Peppers from the likes of Jon Gruden.

Coming off his much-improved senior season and an impressive Combine, Johnson will have to overcome his motivational issues and grow into a dominant force for the Cardinals.

32. Pittsburgh: Chris Viola Nice Pick Cowher

With the last pick in the first round the Super Bowl champion Sixburgh Steelers select Alex Mack C Cal-Berkley.

The offensive line was the achilles' heel of the team last year and Mack is an instant upgrade at center. When reached for comment Alex Mack said " I can't wait to feel Ben Roethlisberger's hand on my butt."


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