Friday, April 3, 2009

Updated Mock Draft - 4/5

1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford - QB - Georgia

The selection here was a debate before the Cutler trade. Now, there are too many teams in the QB sweepstakes for Detroit to go with another pick here and hope to get a QB at their other spot in the first round (20) or with a trade up.

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

The release of Orlando Pace determined this pick. It could be Eugene Monroe, who is the more natural blocker, but Smith is more athletic and interviewed very well at the combine.

3. Kansas City - Eugene Monroe - OT - Virgina Tech

Pioli loved to trade down in New England, and that's what he will try to do here as well. Other teams will be calling to move up and nab Sanchez, Monroe, Crabtree, or Raji. Pioli will jump at one of the teams' offers. If not, the choice is Monroe. He will pair with former teammate, Brandon Albert, and protect the big investment made in Matt Cassel.

4. Seattle Seahawks - Michael Crabtree - WR - Texas Tech

Even with the addition of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks could still use a WR. Branch, Engram (if he comes back), and Housh, are all over 30, and Housh doesn't have Chad Johnson on the other side of the field anymore. Seattle may also look to trade down.

5. Cleveland Browns - Aaron Curry - OLB - Wake Forest

The Browns need an OLB for Mangini's 3-4 defense. Curry, who many consider the best player in this draft, is a perfect addition. Orakpo might be the pick if Curry is off the board.

6. Cincinnati Bengals - Andre Smith - OT - Alabama

With the loss of Stacy Andrews, this team is badly in need of an OT. Based solely on film, Andre Smith is the best OT in this draft. The Bengals know their success depends on Carson Palmer, so they need to protect him.

7. Oakland Raiders - B.J. Raji - DT - Boston College

The Raiders had the second worst rush defense in the league last year, giving up 160 yards a game on the ground. Raji is the pick that makes sense, but Al Davis works in mysterious ways, so this pick is, as always, a wild card. Orakpo, Maclin, and Heyward-Bey are all options in the upside-down world that is Al Davis's mind.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jeremy Maclin - WR - Missouri

The Jags haven't had a serious receiving threat since Jimmy Smith. They would love Crabtree to fall here, and he might, but if not, the pick is Maclin.

9. Green Bay Packers - Tyson Jackson - DE - LSU

The Packers are shifting to a 3-4 and Jackson is the best of the few 3-4 DEs in the draft. Orakpo will be considered at the OLB position, as will Malcolm Jenkins to play one of many positions in the secondary.

10. San Francisco 49ers - Michael Oher - OT - Mississippi

Mike Singletary wants to establish a power run game to control the clock. To do that, the 49ers need a bookend opposite Joe Staley. They would love if Andre Smith fell here, and they will give a lot of thought to Mark Sanchez if he's still on the board.

11. Buffalo Bills - Robert Ayers - DE - Tennessee

Lucky for the Bills, all of the top pass rushers are still on the board. The Bills are looking for a left DE in their 4-3, since Schobel mans the right spot, and for that position the Bills are looking for a DE with more size. Ayers fits the bill.

12. Denver Broncos - Mark Sanchez - QB - USC

The Broncos will most likely have to move up to get Sanchez, but he will end up with the Broncos. After trading Cutler, the Broncos are armed with plenty of picks to move up in the draft and get Sanchez. Kyle Orton is not a long-term solution.

13. Washington Redskins - Brian Orakpo - DE/OLB - Texas

This will be a tough choice with Everette Brown still on the board. Orakpo offers slightly less of a pass rush, but is a much stouter run defender. Paired with Albert Haynesworth, this has the makings of a very good defensive line.

14. New Orleans Saints - Brian Cushing - OLB - USC

Though the Saints have two returning starters at the position, neither Scott Fujita nor Scott Shanle are playmakers.

15. Houston Texans - Malcolm Jenkins - CB/S - Ohio St.

The Texans give up way too many big plays in the passing game. They need help at both the CB and S positions, and Jenkins can play either.

16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga - ILB - USC

17. New York Jets - Percy Harvin - WR - Florida

18. Denver - Everette Brown - DE - Florida St.

19. Tampa Bay - Josh Freeman - QB - Kansas St.

20. Detroit Lions - Clay Matthews - OLB - USC

21. Philadelphia Eagles - Eben Britton - OT - Arizona

22. Minnesota Vikings - William Beatty - OT - Connecticut

23. New England Patriots - Connor Barwin - DE/OLB - Cincinnati

24. Atlanta Falcons - Brandon Pettigrew - Oklahoma St.

25. Miami Dolphins - Aaron Maybin - DE/OLB - Penn St.

26. Baltimore Ravens - Peria Jerry - DT - Mississippi

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

28. Philadelphia - Knowshon Moreno - RB - Georgia

29. New York Giants - Larry English - DE/OLB - Northern Illinois

30. Tennessee Titans - Darius Heyward-Bey - WR - Maryland

31. Arizona Cardinals - Chris Wells - RB - Ohio St.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Evander Hood - DT - Missouri

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