My 2009 NFL Mock Draft: Part Two
1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford QB, Georgia
With Julian Peterson joining Ernie Sims, linebacker is no longer a glaring need for the Lions. They need to draft a franchise signal caller to learn under Daunte Culpepper for a year or two, so throw out Aaron Curry as the first pick in the draft.
2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith OT, Baylor
Orlando Pace was recently released and the Rams need to revamp their offensive line. Michael Crabtree is also a strong option because they released Tory Holt.
3. Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry LB, Wake Forest
Newly appointed general manager Scott Pioli has a knack for recognizing talent and Curry is probably the most talented player in the draft. Curry can play in any defensive scheme and is everything teams want in a linebacker.
4. Seattle Seahwaks: Brian Orakpo DE/OLB, Texas
With the departure of Julian Peterson to the Detroit Lions, the Seahawks will need a new young rusher off the edge. Who better than Brian Orakpo? He can play defensive end and outside linebacker, rushing the quarterback off the edge.
5. Cleveland Browns: Malcolm Jenkins DB, Ohio State
Newly appointed head coach Eric Mangini loves drafting corners in the first round in the draft, and the Browns could use a playmaker like Jenkins. Jenkins will probably convert to free safety in the NFL because of his top 10 talent.
6. Cincinatti Bengals: Michael Crabtree WR, Texas Tech
With T.J. Houshmanzadeh going to the Seattle Seahawks, the Bengals are in dire need of a talented young wide receiver and preferably one that has no arrest record. "Mr. Ocho-Cinco" has not been as productive as he has been in the past and will probably struggle without T.J. Enter Crabtree, and with Carson Palmer coming back off of injury this could be a highly potent offense.
7. Oakland Raiders: Jeremy Maclin WR, Missouri
Nobody will ever predict this pick because of how crazy Al Davis is, but hopefully newly appointed head coach Tom Cable can put Davis on a short leash and convince him to draft an offensive lineman in the first round to protect Jamarcus Russel. If Cable can't convince him, then look to see the Raiders draft the player with the fastest 40-yard dash time.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eugene Monroe OT, Virginia
The Jaguars need a good lineman to protect quarterback David Garrard and give him time to get rid off the ball because last year he was sacked way too much. Running back is also a need, but not with this high of a pick.
9. Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji DT, BC
The Packers are supposedly switching to a 3-4 defense scheme, which means that Aaron Kampman will be moving to defensive end and they will need a defensive tackle big enough for the new scheme. Raji would be perfect and will create havoc for offensive linemen in the NFL.
10. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Sanchez QB, USC
The 49ers resigned quarterback Alex Smith, but I think it's just to groom a younger quarterback under him. Smith has never played well enough for being selected first overall in the draft, so Sanchez will make sense.
11. Buffalo Bills: Tyson Jackson DE, LSU
The Bills need to add younger players to their defensive line to strengthen their depth. Their defensive ends are aging and Jackson is a handful off the edge, which could create a lot of problems for offensive tackles.
12. Denver Broncos: Rey Maualuga LB, USC
B.J. Raji will be gone in the top 10, so the Broncos need to look at another position like linebacker. D.J. Williams is a good linebacker, but please, you could at least give the guy some help. The Broncos went out and signed Brian Dawkins, which will give them that motivational speaker and emotional leader on the field and in the locker room, but plug in Maualuga and it births the the start of a hard-hitting defense.
13. Washington Redskins: Michael Oher OT, Mississippi
The Redskins need to protect Julian Cambell, plain and simple.
14. New Orleans Saints: Knowshon Moreno RB, Georgia
The Saints released running back Deuce McAllister, and Reggie Bush is definitely not an every-down back in the NFL. Bush only weighs 205 lbs and gets tossed around like nothing, even by cornerbacks. The Saints need an every-down back and they can find it in Moreno. Moreno is the No. 1 running back in the draft right now and the Saints could definitely use him to make their offense better. Cornerback is also a big possibility here.
15. Houston Texans: Vontae Davis DB, Illinois
The Texans signed Antonio Smith in free agency to a multi-year contract, so defensive end is not a priority anymore. Cornerback is definitely a problem for the Texans and Davis could help them out a a lot. Davis is tall, strong, and fast. Davis can help out in run support as well as in the pass defense. Look to see Davis on many highlight reels this upcoming season.
16. San Deigo Chargers: James Lauranitis LB, Ohio State
The Chargers have good outside linebackers in Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips, but the inside linebackers definitely struggled last year. Enter Lauranitis, who has won the Butkus award twice and is a smart, hard-hitting linebacker. The Chargers could make a significant improvement on defense.
17. New York Jets: Josh Freeman QB, Kansas State
Everyone knows that the Jets are looking for a franchise quarterback, and they could definitely find that in Freeman; he is a big quarterback with a big arm. The Jets already have Dustin Keller as a safety blanket and all they need after they draft a quarterback is a wide receiver.
18. Chicago Bears: Percy Harvin WR, Florida
The Bears really struggled throwing the ball last year and immediately need a young, talented wide receiver. Harvin is not 6'5", but he is quick. Darrius Heyward-Bey could also be a option here because of his 40-yard dash time at the combine.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Clint Sintim OLB, Virginia
With all the quarterbacks and running backs with a first round grade gone by this point, the Buccaneers need to look at another need. The Buccaneers recently released outside linebacker Derrick Brooks and would need a starter quickly if they don't want to be taken advantage of by teams. Sintim is a good pass rusher and a strong tackler.
20. Detroit Lions: Andre Smith OT, Alabama
The Lions will already have gotten their future signal caller and now need to protect him. Smith's stock is falling, yet some scouts say he is still a first round talent. If Smith actually falls this far it would be a steal for the Lions.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Pettigrew TE, Oklahoma
Give Donovan McNabb a big target to throw to when in trouble and a target that will actually catch the ball. Pettigrew is an "old school" tight end; one who actually blocks and catches the ball. Pettigrew is a big guy and when he catches the ball he will get a lot of yards after the catch because it will take a few players to take him down.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Darrius Heyward-Bey WR, Maryland
Heyward-Bey blew up at the combine and had the fastest 40-yard dash time out of the receivers with a 4.3 flat. Minnesota could use a speedy receiver to go along with Bernard Berrian.
The Patriots' defensive line is getting pretty old and Ayers is a big defensive end who would add valuable depth. Seymour's contract is ending after next season and the Patriots have to decide whether to re-sign Seymour or Wilfork. My guess is that the Patriots will pick Wilfork, so defensive end will definitely be a necessity.
24. Atlanta Falcons: William Moore DB, Missouri
Lawyer Milloy is ancient and Jimmy Williams is already with another team after being drafted in the first round only a few years ago. Moore will be a big upgrade for the Falcons' defense.
25. Miami Dolphins: Brian Cushing LB, USC
Parcells loves linebackers, and Cushing is a Parcell type of linebacker—blue collar, talented, and smart. Cushing will pair up with Channing Crowder and Joey Porter to make one of the better trio of linebackers in the league.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Michael Johnson DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
Johnson paired along with Terrell Suggs could make some of the most dangerous pass rushing specialists in the NFL, next to Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Johnson is athletic enough to play outside linebacker, as he showed in the combine.
27. Indianapolis Colts: Peria Jerry DT, Mississippi
The Colts need a young defensive tackle to help out in run support or else teams will run over the Colts' defense like in previous years. Mathis and Freeney are small and easily moved in the running game, but they are ridiculous at rushing the passer and chasing the ball carrier.
28. Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Wells RB, Ohio State
Brian Westbrook is getting old and the Eagles need another running back to help carry the load for Westbrook. Correll Buckhalter was a good backup, but he was not re-signed and left for the Denver Broncos. Wells is a downhill runner and will break many tackles in the NFL. Having Westbrook as his mentor would be a big upside for Wells as well.
29. New York Giants: Aaron Maybin DE/OLB Penn State
Another young outside linebacker who can rush the quarterback and create havoc.
30. Tennessee Titans: Brian Robiskie WR, Ohio State
Robiskie will catch anything that comes near him. If you watched the bowl game against Texas or the Senior Bowl, he literally caught everything. He is not the tallest or fastest receiver, but he is quick and has some of the best hands I have ever seen.
31. Arizona Cardinals: Eben Britton OT, Arizona
The Cardinals need to protect the quarterback better, which was evident in the Super Bowl.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Mack C, California
The only weakness I could find in the Steelers last year was their offensive line. Alex Mack could be a starter on day one either at center or at one of the guard positions. He will most likely start, but if not, he will add some good depth.
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