Mock 2009 NFL Draft: Picks 11-20
11. Buffalo Bills-DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
Buffalo needs an upgrade along the D-line. In this scenario, the top two speed rushers available are off of the board leaving Buffalo to pin their hopes on Jackson.
12. Denver Broncos-DT BJ Raji, Boston College
A team that is more dire need of help on defense is Denver. Raji would plug up the holes in this thin, run defense.
13. Washington Redskins-DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee
Ayers has shown that he can hold his own against the likes of OT Michael Oher. Washington would almost certainly go quarterback here if there public lack of confidence in Jason Campbell is any indication. However, Kansas State's Josh Freeman would be too much of a risk if a trade for Sanchez does not materialize. Ayers would provide the rush that Washington hoped Jason Taylor would have provided.
14. New Orleans Saints-RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State
New Orleans claims that Reggie Bush will have a larger role in the offense in 2009. Don't buy that one for a second. Bush's injury history does not make him a great candidate for taking on a heavier load. Wells would take the pressure off of Bush, while at the same time providing a bruising back as a complement.
15. Houston Texans-DB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Originally, Jenkins' stock dropped from being a sure-fire first rounder, but has rebounded nicely. Houston could find it hard to ignore selecting Jenkins in this spot even though they have their eyes on USC linebacker Clay Matthews.
16. San Diego Chargers-LB Rey Maualuga, USC
Many think the Chargers draft LT's heir apparent in this spot with the popular pick being Georgia's Knowshon Moreno. The emergence of Darren Sproles makes that notion a bit puzzling. Maualuga is a play-maker and could provide an insurance policy if Shawne Merriman goes down due to injury.
17. New York Jets-WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
The Jets are also in the hunt to trade up for Mark Sanchez. As stated before, Josh Freeman is not desirable in this position. Look for the Jets to go receiver in Heyward-Bey, whose size and speed would be make a great target for whoever is under center.
18. Denver Broncos-DE Everette Brown, Florida State
Denver continues to rebuild along the D-line with this versatile speed rusher.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
Tampa Bay's quarterback situation is still iffy even with the acquisition of Byron Leftwich. Perhaps, Leftwich becomes resurgent, but Freeman would be solid backup plan in the position Tampa Bay finds themselves in the draft.
20. Detroit Lions-OT Michael Oher, Ole Miss
Now that Detroit has selected its quarterback of the future, they must now select the man who will hopefully protect his blind side for years to come. Oher is a tremendous talent and has the flexibility to play on either side of the line, the left being his natural position.
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