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Default Re: Updated Mel Kiper/Todd Mcshay Mock Draft

16. San Diego Chargers (8-8)

Kiper pick: Malcolm Jenkins -- Jenkins has all the qualities you look for, with the exception of top-flight recovery speed, which is an obvious concern. Even so, he's too good an overall performer to pass up in the middle of the first round.
McShay pick: Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC -- Maualuga's draft stock could hinge on the severity of the hamstring injury he suffered at the combine and how it affects his individual workouts. Regardless, he's a ferocious hitter with enormous potential. Maualuga's size and explosiveness would make him a great fit at inside linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 defense.

17. New York Jets (9-7)

Kiper pick: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida -- Harvin reminds me of the Reggie Bush we now see with the Saints. You can utilize Harvin in a number of ways, and, like Bush, he's a scoreboard-changer. However, he also carries the same durability concerns as Bush.
McShay pick: Mark Sanchez -- Sanchez should come off the board earlier than this, but it's difficult to pinpoint the exact spot right now. The Jags are a possibility at No. 7, but they certainly have more pressing needs. We don't expect the 49ers to use the 10th pick on a quarterback, either. If Sanchez does slip this far, the Jets should jump at the chance and cash in on their good fortune.

18. Chicago Bears (9-7)

Kiper pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland -- Heyward-Bey's awesome size-speed ratio should win out here and give the Bears the kind of wideout they need to open up the passing game.
McShay pick: Heyward-Bey -- The Bears need a receiver capable of stretching the field vertically. Heyward-Bey's combine-best 40 time (4.30 seconds) is all you need to know right here.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)

Kiper pick: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State -- Freeman is an interesting prospect because he throws a great ball and has imposing size at nearly 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. However, his inconsistent play puts him in the boom-or-bust category.
McShay pick: Freeman -- New coach Raheem Morris has a first-hand perspective on Freeman's enormous potential, having coached him at Kansas State in 2006. Freeman is a project, but the Bucs have time to develop him properly during their rebuilding phase.

20. Detroit Lions (from 9-7 DAL) (0-16)

Kiper pick: Robert Ayers -- Ayers enjoyed a solid season in the SEC and then was one of the standouts during Senior Bowl week. He ran the 40 in 4.80 at the combine, though, which could give some teams pause.
McShay pick: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi -- Jerry has the quick first step and upper-body power to provide the Lions with some much-needed playmaking skills along their defensive front.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)

Kiper pick: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut -- Brown could end up being one of the more productive rookie backs in 2009 because of his all-around skills and tremendous character.
McShay pick: Knowshon Moreno -- Chris Wells would be a better complement to Brian Westbrook in the short term, but Moreno's versatility makes him a better fit to ultimately succeed Westbrook in the Eagles' pass-happy system. In the meantime, Moreno is fully capable of taking some of the load off Westbrook's shoulders.

22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Kiper pick: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina -- Nicks won't wow you in a workout, but on game day, he makes the tough catches and is the type of player who wants the ball thrown his way in clutch situations.
McShay pick: Percy Harvin -- The Vikings have proved they will take the best available athlete. Harvin fits that description, and his game-breaking ability would be a nice addition to a passing attack that ranked 25th in the league in 2008.

23. New England Patriots (11-5)

Kiper pick: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC -- Matthews has enjoyed a monumental rise up the draft board since August. He is versatile and productive, has tremendous bloodlines and came through with an impressive showing at the combine.
McShay pick: Matthews -- Matthews has a non-stop motor, exceptional versatility and an NFL pedigree. Need we say more?

24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

Kiper pick: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech -- Johnson is an enigma. He's blessed with a ton of ability and huge pass-rush potential, but he didn't come through with anything close to the dominating senior season most expected. If he steps up the intensity and plays a more physical brand of football, you could be looking at one heck of a player in the NFL.
McShay pick: Brandon Pettigrew -- Pettigrew isn't a burner, which is why he could slip. However, he is the most complete tight end in this class and would be a big, reliable target over the middle for QB Matt Ryan. If Pettigrew is off the board at this point, the Falcons could use this pick on a front-seven defender or even a safety like Western Michigan's Louis Delmas.

25. Miami Dolphins (11-5)

Kiper pick: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois -- Davis is an impressive physical specimen, but he lacked consistency with the Illini, not always performing at the elite level you would expect from a player with his natural talent and ability. He'll be a gamble.
McShay pick: Brian Cushing -- Miami has more pressing needs at cornerback and wide receiver, but Cushing is a steal this late in the first round and he fits well in the Dolphins' flexible scheme.

26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Kiper pick: Rey Maualuga -- Maualuga is capable of becoming a quality "Mike" linebacker in the NFL but needs to use his hands better to ward off blocks and must be more consistent from week to week.
McShay pick: Vontae Davis -- Davis hasn't won over many scouts with his footwork or his attention to detail. Still, he's a talented cover corner with playmaking instincts. The Ravens certainly could use his services, should he slip this far.

27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4)

Kiper pick: Peria Jerry -- Jerry is a very underrated prospect and would be a good fit in the Indianapolis scheme.
McShay pick: Evander Hood, DT, Missouri -- Hood is a classic 3-technique with the quickness and athleticism to disrupt plays in the backfield. The Colts' defensive scheme would be a great match for the fast-rising prospect.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (from 12-4 CAR) (9-6-1)

Kiper pick: Michael Oher -- Oher is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. He is loaded with talent and can dominate the defense he's working against, but he also seems to have lapses in concentration when he struggles to keep his opponents at bay.
McShay pick: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona -- Britton has surprisingly quick feet for his size (6-foot-6, 309 pounds) and ultimately could develop into a better option than Winston Justice at the left tackle position vacated by Tre Thomas, who signed with the Jaguars.

29. New York Giants (12-4)

Kiper pick: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers -- Britt has a ton of talent and is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.
McShay pick: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State -- Laurinaitis has too many physical limitations to go in the first half of the first round, but he would be a solid value at this point.

30. Tennessee Titans (13-3)

Kiper pick: Everette Brown -- Brown should do well in the Tennessee defensive rotation because of his strong skill set.
McShay pick: Hakeem Nicks -- I think Nicks ultimately will emerge as the second- or third-best receiver from the 2009 class. Nicks does not have blazing speed, but he did run the 40 in the 4.4 range, and he's a sturdy pass-catcher with exceptional hands.

31. Arizona Cardinals (9-7)

Kiper pick: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State -- Wells is the second-best back in this draft behind Knowshon Moreno and could be a nice pickup for the Cardinals, who might lose Edgerrin James this offseason. McShay pick: Wells -- The Cardinals will be targeting a pass-rusher with this pick, but they won't be able to pass on the most naturally gifted back in the 2009 class.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

Kiper pick: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut -- Butler might not be as good as Vontae Davis or Malcolm Jenkins, but he should be a good fit for the defending champs.
McShay pick: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest -- Offensive line no longer is the pressing need it once was for the Steelers, so they can address other needs. Smith lacks ideal size and elite top-end speed, but he's a physical corner with excellent instincts and ball skills.

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