View Full Version : Updated first round mock draft

04-15-2009, 03:23 AM
Round one

1. Detroit Lions – Jason Smith, OL Baylor: A lot of people have the Lions taking QB Matthew Stafford out of Georgia with this pick, but I think the Lions finally have some smart football people in place. What good is a franchise quarterback who will probably end up starting his rookie year if he’s always on his backside? It all starts in the trenches, and I think the Lions new head coach and general manager both realize this.
2. St. Louis Rams – Eugene Monroe, OT Virginia: With the release of former franchise offensive tackle Orlando Pace, it’s time to go back to the future and take Monroe. He would be the cornerstone of the offensive line, the cornerstone of the offense. He would keep Marc Bulger’s jersey clean and open holes for Steven Jackson.
3. Kansas City Chiefs – Aaron Curry, OLB Wake Forest: They started to rebuild their defense last year under Herm Edwards with DT Glenn Dorsey and CB Brandon Flowers. It doesn’t stop this year with a player who will be the dynamic impact player of their linebacker corps for the next seven-to-ten years.
4. Seattle Seahawks – Andre Smith, LT Alabama: With Hasselbeck’s back acting up last year, he needs protection. Andre Smith provides that. A healthy Hasselbeck will make the offense better in Seattle.
5. Cleveland Browns – Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech: Well, the Browns are already short on pass catchers, and they will have none if they trade Braylon Edwards to the Giant. Even if they don’t, Edwards isn’t reliable enough alone. Crabtree is the elite pass catcher of this draft, and will help out whoever plays quarterback in Cleveland. He will also push Edwards to improve his play.
6. Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Oher, LT Ole Miss: The offense in Cinci is worthless without Palmer under center. He needs protection, and Oher would do that. With Palmer back, throwing to Ocho Cinco and Coles…and if Benson runs for them like he did last year, they can have a very explosive offensive attack.
7. Oakland Raiders – Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri: Al Davis likes speed at wideout, and Maclin has it. He’s also a reliable target for JaMarcus Russell’s development. He could be the next great Raider receiver.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars – Mathew Stafford, QB Georgia: With the best quarterback in the draft still sitting there, the Jaguars take their QB of the future. David Garrard is a good quarterback, but he is not the future of the franchise. Stafford would be given the opportunity to sit and watch for a season behind Garrard unlike in Detroit where he would end up playing if not right away, not long into the season.
9. Green Bay Packers – Brian Orakpo, DE Texas: He would convert to OLB in the 3-4 in Green Bay. With their shift to the 3-4, and the top 3-4 OLB prospect falling to them, this is a no brainer.
10. San Francisco 49ers – BJ Raji, DT Boston College: A stud nose tackle for the defense of the 49ers would make a huge difference. Raji can collapse the pocket and stuff the run. He would be the real missing piece in their 3-4 defense.
11. Buffalo Bills – Everette Brown, DE Florida State: While he may not be great against the run, his job in Buffalo will be to rush the passer.
12. Denver Broncos – Rey Maualuga, MLB Southern California: With the switch to the 3-4 defense in Denver, they need the right players. Maualuga will be a Ray Lewis type of big play ILB with the Broncos, underneath defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
13. Washington Redskins – William Beatty, OT UConn: He can start right away at RT or play either guard position. Then he can move over to LT to replace Chris Samuels eventually.
14. New Orleans Saints – Vontae Davis, CB Illinois: Their offense is basically fine; their biggest problem is on defense, specifically the defensive backfield. Davis would give the Saints a cornerback who can be left alone on an island. If their defensive ends can get a pass rush, which they should be able to, then Davis would become a big play cornerback.
15. Houston Texans – Brian Cushing, OLB Southern California: The Texans have many pieces of their defense in place. Cushing is a versatile OLB who can rush the passer, cover receivers/tight ends, and stuff the run. He’d be perfect next to DeMeco Ryans.
16. San Diego Chargers – Tyson Jackson, DE Louisiana State: Jackson is a perfect fit for 3-4 DE and will step right in as the replacement for Igor Olshansky, who defected to the Dallas Cowboys.
17. New York Jets – Mark Sanchez, QB Southern California: With the loss of Brett Favre to retirement, the Jets don’t really have an answer at quarterback. If Sanchez falls to them, they’ll take him in a heartbeat. He could also start right away in their offense.
18. Denver Broncos: Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State: Jenkins is a steal here at this pick. He’s a very smart and versatile player who’s draft stock was hurt because of his 40-yard dash time. Very good against the pass and physical against the run, he’s an excellent CB for the 3-4 defense.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Peria Jerry, DT Ole Miss: While the Buccaneers can go in quite a few directions, it may be best for them to go defensive tackle. Jerry can penetrate the pocket and be a big-play defensive force right away. They had trouble stopping the run late in the season and Jerry would be a great fit in a division that likes to run the football.
20. Detroit Lions – Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State: With both of the top quarterbacks off the board, the Lions decide to go defense with this pick and take Maybin, who can rush the passer and be a force in the NFC North where the quarterbacks aren’t the most mobile in the NFL.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Wells, RB Ohio State: The Eagles lost Correll Buckhalter in free agency this offseason, Wells is a great fit. He and Westbrook would be a good 1-2 punch on the Eagles offense.
22. Minnesota Vikings – Darius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland: With no big change at QB, they need better weapons. Heyward-Bey is fast, and has good leaping ability. Pit him out there with Bernard Berrian, and you have a good combo for any QB to throw to.
23. New England Patriots – Clay Matthews, OLB Southern California: Mathews is a very good OLB and plays a lot like the guy they just traded to the Chiefs, Mike Vrabel. He’s versatile and smart player, the kind that head coach Bill Bellichick likes. He would also fit the youth overhaul the Patriots are working on with their defense.
24. Atlanta Falcons – James Laurinaitis, LB Ohio State: Last year the Falcons went offense in the first round with the picks of QB Matt Ryan and LT Sam Baker. This year they go defense and take the BPA in middle linebacker Laurinaitis, who is a sure tackler and will be an excellent player because he can play the run and the pass.
25. Miami Dolphins – Clint Sintim, OLB Virginia: A very balanced OLB he can play both the pass and the run. He’ll be a productive player for the Dolphins, and is a Parcells type of player.
26. Baltimore Ravens – Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers: While Percy Harvin is a speedster, he’s a bit of an injury concern. So the Ravens go with Britt, a big target for QB Joe Flacco. He’s fast and showed he can be a big-play receiver last season.
27. Indianapolis Colts – Evander Hood, DT Missouri: The Colts defense is soft up the middle, drafting Hood would help fix that problem. He’s a good athlete that can make a big impact on their defense.
28. Philadephia Eagles – Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State: He would help the passing game even more, plus he’s a good blocker. Huge upgrade over current tight end, Brent Celek.
29. New York Giants – Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina: Even though they have asked the Browns about the availability of Braylon Edwards, the Brown’s price might be to high. And not knowing what will happen with Plaxico Burress, they need a new wideout to at least be a solid number two option for Eli Manning. He’s a big play receiver who would do well in the Giants offense, especially if Burress avoids jailtime and a season-long suspension.
30. Tennessee Titans – Percy Harvin, WR Florida: The Titans finally take a wide receiver in the first round with Harvin. He isn’t quite as polished as they would like, but he’s a burner who will help stretch the field for Tennessee.
31. Arizona Cardinals – Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia: Edgerrin James wants out, and he’s running out of gas anyhow. Tim Hightower is a good back, but doesn’t seem to be an every-down back. Moreno is a perfect fit, especially in a dual-back attack with Hightower.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alex Mack, C/G Cal: The Super Bowl Champion Steelers need help with the offensive line. Mack can come in and play center or take the right guard spot and then play center the next year. No matter where he plays, he’ll upgrade the line and protect Ben Roethlisberger.

There you go. I am working on the second round now, hope to have that up by the end of the week.

04-18-2009, 09:10 AM
Your 1st round is solid. I see a repeat of last year's run on tackles. Just:
1. I don't see the seawhiners getting Andre Smith
2. I think Britton goes before Beatty
Good 1st round

04-18-2009, 10:14 PM
Your 1st round is solid. I see a repeat of last year's run on tackles. Just:
1. I don't see the seawhiners getting Andre Smith
2. I think Britton goes before Beatty
Good 1st round

i dont know, beatty has been moving up some draft boards lately, he has some great potential

04-18-2009, 10:29 PM
You think that the Rams, Seahawks, and Browns all pass on Stafford?