Here is my newest 2009 NFL mock draft with analysis and player comparisons, and predicted trades. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to comment.
Round One Pick One: Detroit Lions/Matthew Stafford/Quarterback/Georgia
All of this commotion about the possibility of the Lions taking Jason Smith here is a bunch of nonsense. I think if you are the Lions, the decision not to pick Stafford would have been made months ago. They hadn’t had that in their minds, so I think this is a no-brainer pick for them. Stafford is a franchise quarterback of the future for Detroit.
If they can find a way to protect him immediately, he could put up similar stats to Matt Ryan from last season.
Stafford’s NFL comparison: Carson Palmer
Round One Pick Two: St. Louis Rams/Jason Smith/Offensive Tackle/Baylor
The Rams were not able to select Jake Long last year when they were in this same slot, because Miami took him at No. 1. Sure, they seemed happy when they took Chris Long (no relation), but they were really smiling through their teeth.
Now looking ahead to this draft, they would not have cut Orlando Pace if they were not confident that Jason Smith would be his replacement.
They could obviously use major help in other areas, but don’t look for them to trade in to the first round again for another pick, because something tells me they already have their eyes on safety Taylor Mays for next year.
Smith’s NFL Comparison: Jordan Gross
Round One Pick Three: Kansas City Chiefs/Aaron Curry/Outside Linebacker/Wake Forest
Aaron Curry is still considered the best player in the draft. He can play all three linebacker positions, so KC can squeeze him in wherever they feel best for Curry. Michael Crabtree is a long-shot pick here, because of the fact that they could use more than just one even sub-par wideout for the newly acquired Matt Cassell to throw to.
Curry’s NFL Comparison: Manny Lawson
Round One Pick Four: Philadelphia Eagles (f/SEA)/Eugene Monroe/Offensive Tackle/Virginia
This could end up being more of a clause-type trade if it does wind up happening. Philadelphia must have had a plan when Tra Thomas signed with Jacksonville. Monroe is the toughest lineman in the draft, and would most definitely not be available at the 21st pick in the draft. On the hand of Seattle, why not?
You have secondary and offensive needs to fill, and this slot is definitely too high for any of the best linemen or defensive backs in the draft aside from Monroe. I think this would be a smart trade for both sides, and maybe even involve a few other picks.
Monroe’s NFL Comparison: Chris Samuels
Round One Pick Five: Cleveland Browns/Brian Orakpo/Outside Linebacker/Texas
Over the past few years, the Browns have been getting one or two above mediocre seasons from their linebackers. There is no doubt there is talent on the D-Line in Cleveland, because Shaun Rodgers and Corey Williams have talent that can’t be denied.
A pick like this is almost a must for the Browns if they want to keep Rodgers in town and his morale intact. Orakpo is ridiculously strong and is a weight room warrior. A move to outside from his previous spot at end could take a while in transition, but it will be worth it down the road.
Orakpo’s NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs
Round One Pick Six: Cincinnati Bengals/BJ Raji/Defensive End/Boston College
I see Michael Crabtree here in almost every recent mock. The Bengals still have Chad Ocho Cinco (yes, I am using his so-called changed name), along with the newly acquired Laveranues Coles.
They are both of age, but Crabtree would be too big of a risk at No. 6. Raji would be the ideal pick for Cincy, considering their new 3-4 scheme on defense. He should be an end.
Raji’s NFL comparison: Chris Canty
Round One Pick Seven: Arizona Cardinals (f/OAK)/Chris Wells/Running Back/Ohio State
How is Arizona going to get here you ask? Trade a first-round pick next year and their first rounder this year? No...trade the man who wants to be a No. 1 receiver somewhere and can’t be for the Cards...Anquan Boldin.
A swap of first rounders this year, both teams improve, and maybe Oakland even throws in a guy like Johnnie Lee Higgins. Chris Wells is the best running back in the draft, and Arizona desperately needs improvement on the ground, as they ranked last in the league in 2008 in rushing yards.
Wells has speed and power, and in many ways resembles other NFL running backs. I believe he will be next-level ready immediately entering training camp.
Wells’ NFL comparison: Larry Johnson
Round One Pick Eight: Jacksonville Jaguars/Michael Crabtree/Wide Receiver/Texas Tech
The Jaguars have spent many years drafting receivers with high expectations that never turned out to be more than third down guys or fast kids who can’t catch. Look for them to finally draft their permanent No. 1 receiver this year in Crabtree.
He may not come out of the gates as a superstar right away (because of the injury he is healing from), but when he is at full health he will be hard for defenses to stop.
Crabtree’s NFL Comparison: Hines Ward
Round One Pick Nine: Houston Texans (f/GB)/Vontae Davis/Cornerback/Illinois
Ted Thompson is expected to trade down here, and the Texans have their eyes on Vontae Davis. They would like to grab him before the 49ers or Bills get a chance. He is a top-flight cover guy with intangibles that aren’t matched by many.
Davis’ NFL Comparison: Sheldon Brown
Round One Pick 10: San Francisco 49ers/Everette Brown/Outside Linebacker/Florida State
The 49ers could always use another linebacker for depth. Brian Cushing would be the ideal pick here, but if Brown is still on the board, I don’t see how they could pass on him.
Brown’s NFL Comparison: Michael Boley
Round One Pick 11: Buffalo Bills/Brian Cushing/Outside Linebacker/USC
Round One Pick 12: Denver Broncos/Robert Ayers/Defensive End/Tennessee
Round One Pick 13: Washington Redskins/Clay Matthews/Outside Linebacker/USC
Round One Pick 14: New Orleans Saints/Aaron Maybin/Defensive End/Penn State
Round One Pick 15: Green Bay Packers (f/HOU)/Michael Oher/Offensive Tackle/Ole Miss
Round One Pick 16: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (f/SD)/Mark Sanchez/Quarterback/USC
Round One Pick 17: New York Jets/Darrius Heyward-Bey/Wide Receiver/Maryland
Round One Pick 18: Denver Broncos/Rey Maualuga/Inside Linebacker/USC
Round One Pick 19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Percy Harvin/Wide Receiver/Florida
Round One Pick 20: Detroit Lions/James Laurinaitis/Inside Linebacker/Ohio State
Round One Pick 21: Seattle Seahawks (f/PHI)/Malcolm Jenkins/Cornerback/Ohio State
Round One Pick 22: New York Giants (f/MIN)/Jeremy Maclin/Wide Receiver/Missouri
Round One Pick 23: New England Patriots/Tyson Jackson/Defensive End/LSU
Round One Pick 24: Baltimore Ravens (f/ATL)/Ebon Britton/Offensive Tackle/Arizona
Round One Pick 25: Miami Dolphins/Peria Jerry/Defensive Tackle/Ole Miss
Round One Pick 26: Baltimore Ravens/William Moore/Strong Safety/Missouri
Round One Pick 27: Indianapolis Colts/Knowshon Moreno/Running Back/Ohio State
Round One Pick 28: Seattle Seahawks (f/PHI)/Andre Smith/Offensive Tackle/Alabama
Round One Pick 29: New York Giants/Louis Delmas/Free Safety/Western Michigan
Round One Pick 30: Cleveland Browns (f/TEN)/Alex Mack/Center/California
Round One Pick 31: Oakland Raiders (f/ARI)/Duke Robinson/Guard/Oklahoma
Round One Pick 32: Pittsburgh Steelers/Clint Sintim/Outside Linebacker/Virginia