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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2009 NFL MOCK Draft

This is my updated 2009 NFL Mock Draft. This article contains the 1st round of the 2009 NFL mock draft, and it is the 3rd time I have tweaked this round. The first round of this mock is being written on February 23rd 2009 and after some reports from the  scouting combine. You can see my last 1st round mock by clicking here. My profile also contains links to other rounds and other football articles please leave comments if you check them out.
1 Detroit Lions- Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
I had Andre Smith going here but his antics at the 2009 NFL draft combine have dropped him. Stafford will sit the pine and learn the game while Culpepper gets hammered behind this weak offensive line.
2 St. Louis Rams- Eugene Monroe OT Virginia
At 6ft 5 and a half, weighing 310 pounds Monroe has a little room to pick up even more bulk. He has had some injury problems but will be able to replace Orlando Pace at that important left tackle spot.
3 Kansas City Chiefs- Jason Smith OT Baylor
Some predict the Chiefs grabbing a quarterback, but new general manger Scott Pioli comes from the Patriots, where two guys named Brady and Cassel did ok as non first round draft picks. Jason Smith does possibly have some injury concerns but I think the Chiefs will take him here
4 Seattle Seahawks- Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri
I had Crabtree here but I think his stock falls with the injury. Maclin will help a devastated wide receiver group for the Seattle Seahawks.
5 Cleveland Browns- Aaron Curry LB- Wake Forrest
I had Curry ranked lower than this which was probably a mistake. I had Knowshon Moreno here but his stock fell with a slow 40 time at the combine. Curry will add some pop to a lackluster Browns defense/
6 Cincinnati Bengals- Michael Oher OT Ole Miss
In my previous 2009 Mock Draft, I had Mark Sanchez here, my adoring fans have corrected that notion. Michael Oher will help a weak offensive line to protect Carson Palmer.
7 Oakland Raiders- Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
The Raiders need a wide receiver and will snatch up Crabtree despite the injury. Terrell Owens had a similar injury and did ok afterwards. Crabtree is well worth a pick at this point due to his vast potential.
8 Jacksonville Jaguars- Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
Michael Jenkins can help a Jaguars secondary by playing either safety or corner.
9 Green Bay Packers- Aaron Maybin LB Penn State
Maybin could play defensive end or linebacker and Green Bay is running a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Aaron Maybin would be a good fit and you never have enough pass rushers.
Mark Sanchez will give San Francisco a quarterback of the future and maybe some fans in the seats.
11 Buffalo Bills- Brian Orakpo DE Texas
Orakpo gives the Bills a much needed pass rusher, look for their tight end needs to be addressed later in this 2009 NFL mock draft.

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12 Denver Broncos- Everette Brown DE Florida State
Denver's defense got Mike Shanahan fired and it will be addressed here with Brown who will help out their defensive line.
Snider takes chances on players and he will take one on Andre Smith despite his antics at the 2009 NFL draft combine.
14 New Orleans Saints- Vontae Davis CB Illinois
Davis will fill a need for the Saints whose pass defense was pretty bad at times in 2008. However if Knowshon Marino falls this far the Saints may bite. Reggie Bush is injured often, Aaron Stecker is a free agent and the thought is that Deuce McAllister won't be with the team next season.
15 Houston Texans- B.J. Raji DT Boston College
Raji would make a great addition to Mario Williams and Amobi Okoye in what could be a great young D line rotation. Raji is a wide body at 6'1' and 325 pounds and will be a good run stopper in the NFL.
16 San Diego Chargers- Rey MaualugaLB USC
You can never have enough linebackers in the 3-4 defense and Maualuga will be a good fit with Merriman or as a replacement for him if he does not come back from injury.
Jackson will bring some youth to the defensive line and can play end in the Jets 3-4 defense under new coach Rex Ryan.
18 Chicago Bears- Percy Harvin WR Florida
The Bears have other needs but Harvin showing a clean bill of health at the combine raises his stock. Going into the season with Devon Hester as the number 1 wideout is unacceptable.
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Freeman QB Kansas State
Taking Freeman here does two things. He gives Tampa Bay a 6 ft 6 249 pound quarterback to groom and keeps him from falling to the Vikes who will be looking for a QB.
20 Detroit Lions (From Dallas) - Duke Robinson G Oklahoma
The Lions add the best guard on most draft lists as they start to work on that offensive line.
21 Philadelphia Eagles- Eben Britton OT Arizona
The Eagles made it known they are looking for offensive linemen in free agency and the draft. Britton really has the size at 6-6 and over 300 pounds to be a good offensive lineman. His play improved when he was switched to left tackle at Arizona.
22 Minnesota Vikings- Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
Since a top tier quarterback is no longer available in my 2009 NFL Mock draft the Vikings pick defense. Adding a 6-7 guy who can gain weight to an already stellar defensive line makes sense here.
23 New England Patriots- Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
Moreno's stock fell with a slow 40 time but the Patriots tend to go by on the field play. Moreno adds some depth to a backfield that needs it, and could end up starting for the Pats.
Atlanta Falcons- Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State
The Falcons will remember how much Michael Vick loved Algie Crumpler in his prime. Matt Ryan will love throwing to the best tight end in the 2009 NFL draft. Ignore Pettigrew's slow 40 time at the combine he can play the game.
25 Miami Dolphins- Clint Sintim LB Virginia
Sintim could play linebacker or end for the Dolphins and can really get to the passer. I wouldn't be shocked however to see the Dolphins go offensive line or receiver here.
26 Baltimore Ravens- Brian Cushing LB USC
The Ravens will need to fill spots on that awesome defense. It is unlikely that Terrell Suggs and or Ray Lewis will be back next season. Cushing has played several positions in his college career and should flourish in Baltimore.
27 Indianapolis Colts- Peria Jerry DT Ole Miss
Peria Jerry is 6ft 1 and weighs just under 300 pounds and runs a sub 5.0 40 yard dash. He could help shore up bad Colts defensive line.
28 Philadelphia Eagles (From Carolina) - William Moore S Missouri
Brian Dawkins may be gone and they will need a replacement. Moore is a good tackler and can also pick off passes from the safety position.
29 New York Giants- Kenny Britt WR Rutgers
Right there in the Giants backyard at Rutgers will be their possible replacement for Plaxico Burress. Kenny Britt is big at 6-4 and 215 pounds, he should be able to block as well as act as a possession wide receiver.
30 Tennessee Titans- Ron Brace DT Boston College
With Albert Haynesworth probably leaving as a free agent, DT becomes a need for the Tennessee Titans. Brace is big enough to plug holes and athletic enough to get the occasional sack.
31 Arizona Cardinals- LaSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh.
With Edgerrin James probably gone and Hightower possibly not the answer, look for Arizona to add another running back to the mix. McCoy is a solid back who can also catch the ball which is needed in this offense.
32 Pittsburgh Steelers- Phil Loadholt ( I bet Chris Berman can't wait to announce this name) OT Oklahoma
6ft 8 inches tall and weighing 343 pounds he is made for the Steelers offensive line. Off the field problems may prevent them taking him. But I think they will go O line for sure and he makes sense.

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