2009 NFL Mock Draft: Take One

Old AccountSenior Writer IMarch 18, 2009

Ah, I am finally getting back into football. After the recent weeks of college hoops, fantasy baseball and more, I have missed out on this time of year. Cuter wanting to be traded, T.O in Buffalo.

So, since coming to Bleacher Report, I will be issuing my first edition of my Mock Draft. I will give a Mock Draft special every week if there is a change in any picks.

1. Detroit Lions: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

This has been discussed back and forth by many of us, yet for now I have the Lions taking Curry. Rated the top prospect in the draft, Curry has great size and is a force on the defense.

The Lions aren't solid on Stafford, so why should they spend their top dollar on him?

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

Not a surprise pick here by the Rams. With the terrible O-Line and Orlando Pace retiring, this is a smart pick by the Rams. Someone needs to protect Mark Bulger so why don't they go with Smith, who is the most impressive draftee thus far?

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virgina

This was a tough decision for me to make, however, I think Monroe fits with the Chiefs. He might be drafted high at this pick, however, why not add another young and proven OT to protect the newly QB Matt Cassel?

4. Seattle Seahawks: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

Surprise, Surprise. The Seahawks going after a QB!? Not a surprise to me. After thinking of it, because of Crabtree's injury was the reason why they signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh in Free Agency.

Matt Hasselbeck, 33, fought many injuries last season and doesn't have many good years left in him. I can see Jim Mora grooming Stafford for about a year, and then he can take the role.

5. Cleveland Browns: B.J Raji, DT, Boston College

A good pick by the Browns. They can use the best DT available in the draft. Raji can fit well into Eric Mangini's new scheme of things and has the potential of even being a better suitor then Araon Curry by some experts.

6. Cincinnati Bengals: Brian Orakpo, DE,Texas

The Bengals, who are a messy franchise and have no good direction with their organization, should take Orakpo. The DE from Texas at 6'3", 263lbs, is a good fit for the Bengals, who are pretty rough on the defensive side.

Defense wins championships.

7. Oakland Raiders: Michael Crabtree WR, Texas Tech

Finally, the Raiders get a steal in the draft!

After the teams in front of him being afraid of his injury, or in the Bengals and Browns' case, don't want to pay top money to a wideout. Crabtree lands in Oakland. A team needing offense.

Javon Walker, Jerry Porter, and the other WR's didn't work out, so Crabtree would be a sure weapon for JaMarcus Russell this year.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

A year after frustrations in the Jaguars locker room, it's time to focus on the draft. The Jags have never had a true No. 1 Wide Receiver, and the one's they have picked never worked out (Matt Jones).

Maclin, the next sure thing at WR, would fit in nicely with a Jacksonville team looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.

9. Green Bay Packers: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Grueling a controversial season with Farve and a new QB starting, its time to smell the roses: The Packers were a huge disappointment in the defense. Special attention is needed in the secondary, with Al Harris aging and questions about him returning.

Green Bay should take Jenkins, a player they can groom with the help of veteran leadership.

10. San Francisco 49ers: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

After a fallout at the combine, Smith has dropped from a top three pick, to the end of the top ten. Nonetheless, Smith is to talented to fall completely out of the Top 10, and can land with the 49ers.

11. Buffalo Bills: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

With no good OT's being left on the board, where do the Bills go? I say, take Maybin, a strong Defensive End from Penn State. Maybin, maybe a little light at 249 and at 6'3"; however, Maybin has the ability to pass-rush and bring the pressure on the QB like the Bills have always wanted.

12. Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

I thought long and hard about this, yet, I cant see the Broncos taking Mark Sanchez. I don't think they want to pay another QB first-round money. That's just about the exact money Jay Cutler is making in his first contract, $48 million over six years. I also don't think that Sanchez fits into the system McDaniels brings.

McDaniel, however, will bring the Pats mentality to Denver by finding a solid replacement at QB, if they deal Vanderbilt grad. Which is why I say go with Moreno. You can sure use a playmaker on offense, and after a series of shifting around RB'S, why not bring in Moreno?

A Reggie-Bush-type player who comes with probably a better health plan, Moreno can fit into this ofense and be used in multiple ways.

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

This may be a bit high for the Redskins, but it can fit a good need. With the recent signing of Albert Haynesworth, I don't think Washington will throw out more money to another Defensive End.

It wouldn't mind the Redskins taking Michael Oher. Most Tackles that get drafted this early usually perform well, so why not get the last good O-Lineman left out of this good class? Campbell struggled toward the end of the year, so getting him some protection wouldn't hurt.

14. New Orleans Saints: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State

An interesting pick here. Chris Wells can be a good fit but at 235 lbs, Wells is a bull at the Running Back position. With the departure of Deuce, and Bush not being a true Back, they can surely get a true one here with Wells. Only question is: Do the Saints select Wells this high with his past injury history?

15. Houston Texans: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

This is a surprise for me, but hearing the Texans wanted go to the D-Line, why not go with Jackson from LSU? In my opinion, Jackson is probably one of the more aggressive and athletic Defensive End's we have in this draft. Putting Jackson along side Mario Williams can be a great combo in the future.

16. San Diego Chargers:  Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

I see the Chargers going defense again in the first round of the draft, with no top O-Line available. The Bolts are still solid at the secondary, but the health of Shawn Merriman still scares me. Brown has the potential be a good pass-rusher for the Chargers.

17. New York Jets: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

Shocker! The Jets need a QB and Sanchez is the best QB left at this point in time at the draft: Simple as that.

18. Chicago Bears: Percy Harvin, WR, Flordia

The Bears will go somewhere on offense, and Mark Sanchez gone leads me to think the Bears should take Harvin with the 18th. He may have some health issues, but when he's on the field, he'll be the biggest playmaker on it.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

The Bucs are still in the hunt for Jay Cutler but need backup plan in case they don't get him. If they are looking for a QB, take the last one that will go in the first round, Josh Freeman. Josh has size for the position, a good arm, and can be effective if used properly in Tampa.

20. Detroit Lions: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

With former Titans Defense Coordinator Jim Schwartz as the Lion new head coach, Detroit will once again go on the defensive side on the ball. They need a Cornerback, desperately.

However, with the Cornerback draft class being so weak this year, they should take Davis.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

With an unhappy Donovan McNabb, the Eagles should take Heyward-Bey. A good value pick here at the WR spot. Heyward-Bay has great speed and would fit nicely next to DeSean Jackson on the other receiving end.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

Lets face it: Bernard Berrian isn't a No. 1 receiver and shouldn't be the main weapon. With looking to add another piece to the offense, Nicks can be the man. His size and good speed can be a good target for Minnesota.

23. New England Patriots: Clay Matthews, LB, USC

The Pats can go multiple ways in the draft, a Linebacker being a good choice. The choice would come down to Matthews, who many people have compared for Mike Vrabel. If Matthews can be what Vrabel was with the Pats, he will have a great career in Foxboro.

24. Atlanta Falcons: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

The Falcons have just come off an amazing turnaround under Mike Smith. A smart move for the Falcons would be to take Peria Jerry. They can use another good Defensive Lineman and help John Abraham who is getting older and injury prone.

What a way to refresh the line.

25. Miami Dolphins: Brian Cushing, LB, USC

Underrated and a pretty solid choice at this pick, the Dolphins hope Cushing can be a future Zach Thomas in the making, as the Dolphins look to head back to the playoffs next season.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

The Ravens have been rumored of going after a WR, LB, or a secondary player in the first round. Go with Ray Ray (huh?). Another Ray is coming to town, at Inside Linebacker. Maualuga would replace Bart Scott on the defense, and is probably just as physical as Scott was.

27. Indianapolis Colts: Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan

The Colts, being eliminated by the Chargers last season, should again go the defensive route. How many years does Bob Sanders have left at full strength? How long can he still put up pro-bowl numbers? Delmas can go aside him in the secondary and hopefully improve the passing defense for the Colts.

28. Philadelphia Eagles: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

The Eagles defense has weakened greatly this season, with the departure of Brian Dawkins and Leon Shephard. They need the best man available at Secondary position. That is where Smith comes in.

29. New York Giants: LeShan McCoy, RB, Pitt

The Giants cant get a WR at this pick that is 1st round worthy, so why don't they still work on the offense? Losing Derek Ward to the Bucs was huge and they need a solid replacement. McCoy can be a good fit for the Giants here. Y

es, he may be like Brandon Jacobs (just not as heavy), but has pretty good speed and can work into the lineup as a second-string running back.

30. Tennessee Titans: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

The Titans lost their best playmaker on the defensive side in Albert Haynesworth. They need to get another Defensive Tackle or End, so the pressure wont full be on the rest of the defense. Taking Ayers at this pick is a safe one.

No big need can be filled at this pick other then a Lineman, so take Ayers.

31. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

The Cards weakest spot is probably at the Tight End position, where they have no weapon to go to. The need isn't that huge, but at this pick their are not many other people worthy. Take the best TE available.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

The Animal has been unleashed! But why to the defending champs?

The Steelers are still in negotiations with James Harrison and if he wants top dollar at the defensive position, the Steelers wont give in (Never did with the other stars who wanted big money).

Laurinaitis can be groomed into a great Linebacker.  Compared to where he was predicted to go in last years draft, this is a great pickup. In the event Harrison would be out in the near future, they can have James to replace him.

I hope you enjoyed my first mock draft. This has been my first mock draft ever in my writing career on any site. Feel free to bring up the discussion and give your two cents.

Matt Miselis is a writer for BleacherReport.com


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