The Mitchell Report's unofficial first round Mock Draft
Welcome to The Mitchell Report's unofficial first round Mock Draft.
The first 32 picks of the NFL Draft and what they might be are here.
Here you will also find my opinions of who should go where in the 2009 NFL draft.
Feel free to disagree and offer your opinions as well. Sports writing is all about debate and opinion, so all of that is welcome here.
The order in this years draft is:
1. Detroit Lions (0-16)
2. St. Louis Rams (2-14)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-12)
5. Cleveland Browns (4-12)
6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
7. Oakland Raiders (5-11)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
9. Green Bay Packers (6-10)
10. San Francisco 49ers (7-9)
11. Buffalo Bulls (7-9)
12. Denver Broncos (8-8)
13. Washington Redskins (8-8)
14. New Orleans Saints (8-8)
15. Houston Texans (8-8)
16. San Diego Chargers (8-8)
17. New York Jets (9-7)
18. Chicago Bears (9-7)
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
20. Detroit Lions (0-16)
21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
23. New England Patriots (11-5)
24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
25. Miami Dolphins (11-5)
26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4)
28. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)
29. New York Giants (12-4)
30. Tennessee Titans (13-3)
31. Arizona Cardinals (9-7)
32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
Every year, teams in the top-10 roll the dice and draft athletes and give them huge contracts. Every draft, one or two teams are named the “winner” and every year we see how it plays out on the field. Could your team be the next Miami Dolphins or Atlanta Falcons? Or will poor draft choices turn a 10-6 team into a 4-12 team like the Cleveland Browns?
Although every franchises' issues can’t be fixed on selection Saturday/Sunday, it can be a step in the right direction.
And with the first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select...
1. Detriot Lions
Matthew Stafford. Quarterback. Georgia.
This Jay Cutler-esque quarterback could be the talk of the town in Detroit next season. With wide receiver Calvin Johnson and solid running back Kevin Smith, Stafford could be in a position to succeed next year
2. St. Louis Rams
Jason Smith. Offensive Tackle. Baylor.
This Baylor standout could solve protection problems for St. Louis next season. Smith has a massive frame and could give Marc Bulger more time in the pocket.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Aaron Curry. Linebacker. Wake Forest.
Curry is a good pick for the Chiefs. He can play rush linebacker and has the speed to drop back in coverage. In addition to Derrick Johnson and newly acquired Mike Vrabel, Curry would fill out a solid linebackers unit.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Eugene Monroe. Offensive Tackle. Virginia.
Monroe would add to a team that is on the precipice of success. Monroe could help keep defenders off the quarterback.
5. Cleveland Browns
Jeremy Maclin. Wide Receiver. Missouri.
Maclin could add a deep threat for whoever is quarterbacking in Cleveland. Tremendous speed and elusiveness could add explosiveness to the Brown’s passing attack.
6. Cincinnati Bengals
Michael Crabtree. Wide Receiver. Texas Tech.
The best way to replace an aging Pro Bowl possession receiver is to draft a young clutch possession receiver. Crabtree could help Palmer back to greatness.
7. Oakland Raiders
Michael Oher. Offensive Tackle. Mississippi.
Oher’s mean streak would fit in perfectly at the Black Hole. The Raiders would be happy to have a first rounder that plays a full rookie season.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Orakpo. Defensive End. Texas.
Orakpo could play linebacker or defensive end and help bulk up a poor defensive pass rush. He’s got decent speed and good strength.
9. Green Bay Packers
B.J. Raji. Defensive Tackle. Boston College.
Raji has massive size, weighing in at 334 pounds. He would fit in well as a nose tackle in the Packer's 3-4 scheme.
10. San Francisco 49ers
Mark Sanchez. Quarterback. Southern California.
Although San Fran might be wary of drafting another quarterback in the first round, Sanchez is a good athlete and would play well under head coach Mike Singletary.
11. Buffalo Bills
Everette Brown. Defensive End. Florida State.
Brown is fast, strong and fast. After the addition of T.O., the Bills are thinking defense.
12. Denver Broncos
Malcolm Jenkins. Cornerback. Ohio State.
Nothing compliments talent like talent. Putting Jenkins on the other side of the field from Champ Bailey could help sure up the Bronco's pass defense.
13. Washington Redskins
Percy Harvin. Wide Receiver. Florida.
Harvin would be a great #2 under Santana Moss. Harvin has got Washington thinking Cowboy Killer 2.0.
14. New Orleans Saints
Chris "Beanie" Wells. Running Back. Ohio State.
With Deuce McAllister gone, Beanie Wells would fill his shoes well. Beanie would add a power running attack to a pass heavy offense.
15. Houston Texans
Andre Smith. Offensive Tackle. Alabama.
Smith could help by stopping defensive ends from hitting Matt Shaub in the back. He's a good pick up at #15 as well.
16. San Diego Chargers
Tyson Jackson. Defensive End. LSU.
Assuming LT stays in town, the ol' Super Chargers will go after an upgrade on their defensive line.
17. New York Jets
Josh Freeman. Quarterback. Kansas State.
Freeman is going to be the first real surprise of the draft. He tall, strong and smart. He's Joe Flacco version 2.0, not necessarily an upgrade, but definitely something.
18. Chicago Bears
Hakeem Nicks. Wide Receiver. North Carolina.
Nicks would add another weapon for Orton to utilize. Nicks is a good player that'll help the Bears offense.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Knowshon Moreno. Running Back. Georgia.
Whoever is quarterbacking for the Bucs next year is going to need a good running game. Knowshon would be a good fit for Tampa Bay.
20. Detriot Lions
Rey Maualuga. Linebacker. Southern California.
Although his name is hard to say, let alone spell, Rey would enhance the Lion's linebacking unit.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Darrius Heyward-Bey. Wide Receiver. Maryland.
Good height, great speed and would help Donovan out. Desean (Eagle's 2008 second rounder) and Darrius could be the future of the Eagles receiving game.
22. Minnesota Vikings
Brandon Pettigrew. Tightend. Oklahoma State.
Pettigrew would be an upgrade from Shiancoe and help the consistency of the passing game.
23. New England Patriots
Vontae Davis. Cornerback. Illinois.
When you're great at almost every position, the best thing to do is take the best athlete on the broad. That's what the Patriots do here.
24. Atlanta Falcons
Chase Coffman. Tightend. Missouri.
Why not give Matt Ryan someone else to throw to. Coffman could easily be the next Tony Gonzalez. Watch any of the Missouri film from last year and you'll see why. This kid is easily a steal.
25. Miami Dolphins
William Moore. Safety. Missouri.
Moore would fit as a free safety or a linebacker in Miami. He would be a good addition to a good system.
26. Baltimore Ravens
James Laurinaitis. Linebacker. Ohio State.
Another guy who's name is impossible to say or spell on the first try, but is also an incredible athlete. James would help fill the shoes Bart Scott left vacant.
27. Indianapolis Colts
Brian Cushing. Linebacker. Southern California.
Cushing would be an upgrade over Clint Session and the Colts are shopping for defense in the first round.
28. Philadelphia Eagles
Clay Matthews. Linebacker. Southern California.
Now that Cushing's off the board, the Eagles will take the next best LB, pure and simple.
29. New York Giants
Larry English. Linebacker. Northern Illinois.
Somewhat of a rush on linebackers will get the Giants to grab English and help Antonio Pierce's supporting cast.
30. Tennessee Titans
Kenny Britt. Wide Receiver. Rutgers.
Sooner or later, the Titans are going to have to address the WR position. Sooner rather then later being the strategy here.
31. Arizona Cardinals
Alex Mack. Center. California.
The Cardinals need to upgrade their offensive line and Mack is the best one left on the board. Mack is enormous and would help keep the hounds off of Warner.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers
William Beatty. Offensive Tackle. Connecticut.
The Steelers need someone to stop Big Ben from being scrambled out of the pocket. Here's your answer.