Mock 2009 NFL Draft: Picks 21-32

TCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Running back Knowshon Moreno #24 of the University of Georgia rushes upfield against the Michigan State Spartans at the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

21. Philadelphia Eagles—RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia

Philadelphia is looking to trade up to ensure they select Moreno, who is reportedly at the top of their draft board. New Orleans is looking to trade down from 14. Look for Philadelphia to be a potential trade partner to make the Moreno selection a reality. The Eagles need a running back who can take the load off of an overworked Brian Westbrook and eventually replace Westbrook in three to four years.  Moreno's the guy.

22. Minnesota Vikings—OT Eben Britton, Arizona

Minnesota needs an upgrade over Ryan Cook, who has struggled mightily. Britton could be a bit of reach here, but a definite upgrade on either side of the line. 

23. New England Patriots—LB Brian Cushing, USC

A tough and physical player.  Bellichick could utilize him in his 3-4 defense. 

24. Atlanta Falcons—TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma

After further review after the Gonzalez trade, I will stick with Pettigrew to Atlanta.  UConn running back Donald Brown is another very good option, but given that Gonzalez may call it a career after the 2009 season. Pettigrew could learn a lot with a season learning under one of the game's greatest.

25. Miami Dolphins—CB Vontae Davis, Illinois

Despite his character flaws, Miami can't pass on Davis. Hopefully the influence of someone like Bill Parcells can help turn him around.

26. Baltimore Ravens—WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers

Baltimore is reportedly in the hunt for Anquan Boldin, but the price may be too high for them to afford.  Expect them to take the safe route with Britt.

27. Indianapolis Colts—DT Evander Hood

Indianapolis sorely needs defensive tackles to take the pressure off of edge rushers like Dwight Freeney.

28. Buffalo Bills—LB Larry English, Northern Illinois

Buffalo needs help after parting with offensive tackle Jason Peters, but can't pass on shoring up their defense with English.

29. New York Giants—WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina

The Giants may miss out on acquiring Braylon Edwards from Cleveland. Nicks is a tremendous talent with size and strength.  He could prove to be the steal of the first round.

30. Tennessee Titans—LB Clay Matthews, USC

The third of the USC trio finally comes off of the board. Strong possibility James Laurinatis gets plucked here, but Tennessee will go with the safer bet in Matthews.

31. Arizona Cardinals—RB Donald Brown, UCONN

Arizona cannot depend on Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James to carry their otherwise lackluster running game. Brown, the country's leading rusher, will make a great impact on this offense.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers—C Alex Mack, California

Two things Pittsburgh Steeler football is known for, fierce defense and punishing offensive linemen. Pittsburgh does not have alot to improve on as defending Super Bowl champions.  It does not hurt to have depth in a 6'4", 311 pound center like Mack.


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