2009 NFL Mock Draft Round One WIth Three Days Until Real Deal

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IApril 22, 2009

There are exactly four days to go until the 2009 NFL Draft.

It doesn't seem like to long ago when the Dolphins agreed to a contract with offensive tackle Jake Long.

The draft is on April 25 in case you haven't heard. I'm guessing you have.

Let's get my second to last mock draft started!

1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

If you didn't see Matthew Stafford on Jimmy Fallon the other night, here's a link:
To show his accuracy at throwing the ball, Stafford threw footballs at dinner plates as they were flying through the air. He hit 3 out of 4 plates.

Many question Stafford's decision-making and accuracy. Often times he throws passes in double-coverage and sometimes even triple-coverage. Matthew must work on his accuracy in the NFL.

With that said, Stafford should be the No. 1 overall pick. This class of quarterback's is the worst we've had in quite some time. Detroit can't wait until next year to get a signal-caller. They need to take a risk on one this year.

2. St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

Jason Smith a few months ago wasn't one of the more recognized offensive tackle's in the draft. Jason needs to thank Andre Smith for being one of the biggest bone-heads ever. If Andre had shown up for the combine, he would likely still be the No. 1 offensive tackle in the draft.

Jason Smith had an impressive career at Baylor. He should have a great NFL career if he can stay healthy. He's a very mature player. If you look at his senior season photo at Baylor, Jason looks to be about 40 years old.

St. Louis' run game has taken a down-fall over the past few years. They need a dominant tackle like Smith to anchor the line. Also, if the Rams expect Marc Bulger to be injury-free, St. Louis needs to find some protection.

3. Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

Aaron Curry is an extremely talented linebacker. He was a potential No. 1 overall pick before the Lions traded for Julian Peterson from the Seahawks. Nonetheless, Aaron is still a top 5 pick for sure.

Kansas City filled a need at middle linebacker with the signing of Zach Thomas, and the trade for Mike Vrabel from New England. The Chiefs still need a star outside linebacker.

Aaron Curry is a great tackler and a force to be wreckoned with. He is very strong and a quick linebacker. Curry has all the tools to be a great linebacker in the NFL. My early pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year is Aaron Curry.

4. Seattle Seahawks - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Happy belated birthday to Eugene Monroe! The former Virginia Cavalier turned 22 years old on Saturday.

The Seahawks were reported saying that their first round priority is on an offensive tackle. Usually when something like that is said, it happens. It also makes a lot of sense. Seattle's offensive line is pretty pathetic.

Eugene Monroe is a monster, and a tremendous blocker. He would fit right in Seattle from the very start. He would likely start from day one. Monroe is that good of a player. The Seahawks just need to utilize his abilities in the right way.

5. Cleveland Browns - Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas

Brian Orakpo is an absolute beast. I remember watching in several games this year. He is a tough and a team-first kind of player. I would be scared to go against him.

Cleveland has more defensive problems than they do offensive problems. That's why I don't think Michael Crabtree will be the Browns first round selection. If they trade Braylon Edwards, I will likely change my mind. Where we stand, Edwards is still on Cleveland's roster.

Brian Orakpo is a tremendous hybrid player. He would likely be more suited as an outside linebacker rather than a defensive end. Orakpo is very similar to New York Jets 2008 first round pick, Vernon Gholston.

6. Cincinnati Bengals - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Andre Smith may have character issues, but he is still a top ten pick in my mind. No matter the mistakes he's made, Andre has the chance to fix all of those. He just needs to make the right choices from here on out.

Cincinnati lost Stacy Andrews to the Philadelphia Eagles. Andrews was the last talented offensive lineman on the Bengals roster. Andre Smith is the safe pick at this point. B.J. Raji is a potential option, but I just don't see it happening.

Andre Smith is a great blocker because he's so huge. Whatever you do, don't look at the picture of him running without his shirt. It's sure to make you go "Yuuuuck!"

7. Oakland Raiders - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

The Raiders have potential starts in Johnny Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens, but can they be stars for the Raiders in 2009? My gut tells me they won't be impact players for another couple years or so.

I've heard many people say that the Raiders need an offensive tackle in the first round. I disagree with that. I think they can get a solid offensive tackle in round No. 2. Jamon Meredith would be a solid fit.

Michael Crabtree is a freak of an athlete. He has it all, speed, size, and toughness. He is easily the best wide receiver in this year's draft. Crabtree should have a Randy Moss like impact in his rookie season.

8. New England Patriots from Jacksonville - Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State

New England trades their 23rd overall pick and their 47th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their 8th overall pick

The Patriots could use depth in the front seven. They have a big need at left outside linebacker. Pierre Woods would likely be the starter if the Patriots don't get somebody better.

Jacksonville has been looking to trade down for quite some time now. New England seems like the likely suitor for that. They have three second-round-picks that they can deal out. I doubt they keep every single of them.

Aaron Maybin is a great athlete. He added weight in case he has to play defensive end for some team. If the Patriots draft him, I doubt he starts at defensive end.

9. Green Bay Packers - B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

B.J. Raji is a great athlete, but he must stay out of trouble. Green Bay can not afford to have Raji be a bust. Their defense has started to slip talent-wise.

The Packers run defense was awful during the second-half of the season. Opposing running backs ran all over their pathetic defense. Green Bay needs to draft B.J. in order to fix this problem.

Raji is an incredible run-stuffing athlete. He is the best defensive tackle in the draft by miles. He will be exactly what the Packers need. As a Vikings fan, I'm not going to be looking forward to facing him twice a year.

10. San Francisco 49'ers - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

I have realized that the 49'ers have crappy quarterbacks. Alex Smith has been a colossal failure since being drafted in 2004. Nobody besides him is even worth starting in the NFL.

I don't care what the fans think about this pick. I honestly don't. It's the smartest pick for San Francisco, and the biggest need to fill. They can get an offensive tackle or pass-rushing defensive end later.

Mark Sanchez is a very talented quarterback. In my opinion, Sanchez is very over-rated. When Tebow and McCoy were expected to come out, Sanchez was a second or third round pick. Now he's a top 10 pick? Tells you how terrible this QB class is.

11. Buffalo Bills - Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State

Aaron Schobel has lost a step in his once good pass-rushing skills. He is getting up there in age and likely won't be around for too much longer.

Buffalo needs to start looking towards the future. A pass-rusher is what they desperately need. The Bills need to improve on defense if they want to compete in the AFC East.

Everette Brown needs to add a little weight if he wants to play on the defensive line. With that said, Buffalo still needs to draft him. Brown is the best player available at this point.

12. Denver Broncos - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

Something the Denver Broncos lacked last season was a strong pass rusher. Now that they have switched to the 3-4, Denver needs a big and strong defensive end.

Josh McDaniels has done an excellent job at fixing up the defense. Just a solid outside linebacker and a pass-rusher are all that is needed.

For those of you who think Denver will trade up to get Mark Sanchez... It's not going to happen. I've said it countless times that it's not in McDaniels style to draft a quarterback in the early rounds.

Tyson Jackson is a monster and a great run-stuffer and pass-rusher that Denver needs. I'm very fond of him as of late. Jackson is the perfect pick for the Broncos.

13. Washington Redskins - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

I really don't like the idea of this pick. I think it's way too early for Michael Oher to go off the boards. Washington needs a solid offensive tackle right away.

Washington has a very small chance of winning the NFC East, let alone making the playoffs. They need to draft players that can build for the future.

Michael Oher is a good athlete. I once had him as the No. 1 overall pick for the Detroit Lions. Since then, a lot of things have changed. Oher seems like a "bust" kind of player, though.

14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State

The Saints lost Josh Bullocks to the Chicago Bears. He isn't a great safety, but he left a big need for New Orleans to fill at safety.

New Orleans brought in former Jaguars defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams to fill the same position on the coaching staff. He has a done a good job thus far at shaping up some of the defense.

Malcolm Jenkins is a great player who has seen his stock plummet after the combine. He ran an average 40 yard dash time. Nonetheless, Jenkins is a top 15 pick.

15. Philadelphia Eagles from Houston - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Philadelphia trades their 21st overall selection and Sheldon Brown to the Houston Texans for their 15th overall pick.

Andy Reid is known for making a lot of trades. It's likely that the Eagles will try to move up from their pick at No. 21.

Philadelphia could use a deep-threat on offense. DeSean Jackson is a great player, but he's very small and is suited more for the slot.

Jeremy Maclin is an incredibly talented player. He can provide kick-returning skills as well.

16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC, 6"2, 254 lbs, 22 year old Senior

The Chargers defense really struggled without the services of former first-round-pick Shawne Merriman.

San Diego needs to fix their front-seven more than anything. Don't be surprised if they pass on Maualuga for a pass-rushing defensive end.

Rey Maualuga is without a doubt the best middle linebacker in the draft. He will be a great pro player if he lands with the right team.

17. New York Jets - Chris Wells, Running Back, Ohio State

Percy Harvin is too much of a risk to take on this early in the draft, as well as Kansas State quarterback, Josh Freeman.

Thomas Jones is 31 years old and nearing the end of his career. Typically running backs get more worn down as their career goes on.

The Jets should take Wells and build him up to be the starter for the future. Only god knows if Chris will be any sort of threat in his rookie season.

18. Denver Broncos - Brian Cushing, Outside Linebacker, USC

The focus of the first round is to get as much defensive help as possible. Denver already got their pass-rusher in Tyson Jackson, and now they get their dominant outside linebacker in Brian Cushing.

The Broncos need to address the front-seven. Andra Davis will start at middle linebacker along with D.J. Williams.

Brian Cushing is a strong player. If you've seen this guy's arms, you would gasp. He is a gym-rat.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michael Johnson, OLB/DE, Georgia Tech

This pick may surprise some people. I had Peria Jerry going at this spot for a few weeks now. I decided that Michael Johnson is the better choice.

The Buccaneers defense has gotten worse compared to last year. They released Cato June and Derrick Brooks, and failed to re-sign Phillip Buchanon.

Michael Johnson is a monster. He will likely play at outside linebacker for the Bucs. He has been compared to Julius Peppers before as well.

20. Detroit Lions from Dallas - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

The Lions have a terrible defense. They traded Cory Redding to the Seahawks for Julian Peterson.

Detroit needs to find the future run-stuffing defensive tackle for their franchise. They should go for Eben Britton at this pick, but I doubt that they make that move.

21. Houston Texans from Philadelphia - Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

The Texans are doing a fantastic job at re-building the defense. They made a great move in signing Cato June at outside linebacker.

Houston doesn't have many needs to fill, surprisingly. Robert Ayers might not start from day one, but he will be a starter in the future.

Ayers is too good to pass up on. Houston could once again trade down for even more picks or players.

22. Minnesota Vikings - Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

Minnesota's right tackle situation is one that needs to be fixed. Ryan Cook was a complete failure all year long. Artis Hicks wasn't the answer either.

The Vikings running game will be even better if they can solidify the offensive line.

Eben Britton is an incredible athlete. He also has a very high I.Q. for the game of football in general.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars from New England - Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

David Garrard is getting up their in age and the Jaguars don't have complete confidence in him to lead the team.

I believe that Jacksonville can get the better of their trade with the Patriots if they draft Josh Freeman, a 6'5" stud.

24. Atlanta Falcons - Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

The Falcons lost Michael Boley to the Giants during this off-season. Atlanta must find a replacement for him.

Atlanta needs to keep the defense young and talented. They had a great season last year, but it could have been a fluke.

Clay Matthews is a great athlete, and a good tackling linebacker.

25. Miami Dolphins - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

Miami lost it's former starting cornerback Andre' Goodman to the Denver Broncos. They must find a replacement in the draft.

The Dolphins weakness last year was on defense. They have two good safeties in Yeremiah Bell and Gibril Wilson who will anchor the secondary.

Vontae Davis' stock has slipped due to the fact he was benched during his senior season as Illinois.

26. Baltimore Ravens - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

The Ravens need a young and talented receiver to start right now. Derrick Mason had a good season, but he is near retirement.

Baltimore needs play-makers on offense. The Ravens were one of the worst teams in the league at passing the ball.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is a quick reciever who has drawn comparisons to former first-round-pick Troy Williamson. That is not good, my friends.

27. Indianapolis Colts - Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

Marvin Harrison is still looking for a job in the NFL. Indianapolis' receiving core needs to be fixed.

Reggie Wayne is an excellent No. 1, and Anthony Gonzalez is good in the slot, but the Colts need a No. 2 receiver.

Hakeem Nicks has great hands. He makes the difficult catches that most players don't even attempt to grab.

28. Buffalo Bills from Philadelphia - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

The Bills drafted a good pass-rushing defensive end with their first selection. Now Buffalo must focus on finding a good play-making tight end.

Buffalo brought in Terrell Owens to take some of the pressure off of Lee Evans. They also have James Hardy to play in the slot.

Brandon Pettigrew is without a doubt the best tight end in the draft, but will he go in the first round?

29. New York Giants - Sean Smith, DB, Utah

I don't think the Giants go for a receiver in the first round. They can get good value with their pick that they traded with New Orleans.

New York needs somebody who can play at both safety at cornerback. Sean Smith might not be a starter right away, but in the future he will be a good starter.

30. Tennessee Titans - Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

Nick Harper's contract expires after this coming season. If Tennessee doesn't re-sign him they will need somebody waiting in line.

The Titans defense will take a turn for the worse because of the loss of Albert Hayneswroth. Somehow Tennessee needs to find a way to fix it.

Darius Butler is a good safety who could be over-looked and might slip into the second round.

31. Arizona Cardinals - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

Edgerrin James is soon to get his wish granted by being released.

Tim Hightower is not an every-down-back like he would like to be. He dances around far too much. Arizona needs a tough runner.

Knowshon Moreno is a steal this late in the draft. He could go long before this. Denver is targeting him at No. 18.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alex Mack, C, California

The Steelers could go with a cornerback like Alphonso Smith here, but Alex Mack is far too good to pass up on.

Pittsburgh's offensive line was pathetic last year. Ben Roethlisberger was one of the more sacked quarterbacks in the league.

Alex Mack is without a doubt the best center in the league, and the favorite to be a part of the 2009 super bowl champions.


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