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SoDak Bronco
01-15-2009, 12:09 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/01/2009-nfp-mock-draft/



1. Detroit Lions: Mathew Stafford, QB, Georgia

The Lions have quite the dilemma on their hands, as they must decide between Georgia QB Mathew Stafford and USC QB Mark Sanchez for the first overall pick. However, Stafford has the arm strength and NFL physique to really make NFL scouts drawl. Stafford does lack consistent accuracy but, he has played behind a poor Georgia offensive line and has proven he can make throws under duress. Expect Stafford to be the starting piece in the Detroit re-building project.



2. St Louis Rams: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss


The Rams not only need to add more talent to their offensive line, but also find an eventual replacement for LT Orlando Pace. Oher is one of the most physically impressive tackles to come along in years. He possesses great length and body control in pass protection with the ability to re-direct in space. OT Andre Smith is also in the mix for this pick, but Oher looks like a more athletically gifted tackle who can handle speed rushers much better then Smith.



3. Kansas City Chiefs: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Possibly the best of both worlds for OT Andre Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs selected OT Branden Albert last year to man the LT spot, which will allow Andre Smith to come in and play on the right side. Smith is a powerful tackle with good fluidity and body control for his size. But at 6-4, 340 pounds, Smith looks best suited to play on the right side. The combination of Smith and Albert will give the Chiefs one of the most dynamic tackle tandems in the league.



4. Seattle Seahawks: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

The wide receiver starved Seahawks are in need of a big play wide out who can take pressure off the rest of their receiving core. Crabtree displays impressive size, body control and hands over the middle with the ability to create yards after the catch. The biggest question mark is his speed, but in the Seahawks west coast offense he will be asked to rely more on his route running ability then his vertical speed.



5. Cleveland Browns: Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas

The Browns are in need of help at corner, and CB Malcolm Jenkins is a possibility here. However, the Browns have to find a way to generate more pressure off the edge, which will significantly help their secondary on 3rd down. Orakpo is a gifted athlete off the edge that displays an impressive first with the dip and power to turn the corner. He will be asked to stand up in the Browns 3-4 scheme and should become the big time pas rush threat Cleveland is looking for.



6. Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State


In order for the Bengals to be successful running the type of three receiver sets they consistently use, they need to find a running back that will force opposing defenses to play with eight in the box. The Bengals had more success at the end of the year with RB Cedric Benson carrying the load, but Wells is a significantly more talented back. Wells does have some question marks about his health and passion. However, if any team has over looked intangibles for pure talent, it is the Bengals.



7. Oakland Raiders: Eugene Monroe: OT, Virginia

Donít be surprised to see the Raiders take a hard look at a WR here. However, the Raiders desperately are in need of offensive line help and Monroe is the type of pass protector that can make QB JaMarcus Russellís life a whole lot easier. Plus Monroe is very natural in space and has the type of body control coveted for the Raiders zone-blocking scheme. Therefore, if interim head coach Tom Cable is promoted, expect Monroe to be the guy.



8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

The Jaguars need to add talent to their offensive line but, with three tackles off the board in the first seven picks, there simply isnít a tackle that warrants the eight overall selection. However, with the Mike Peterson situation this past year and the Jaguars consistent juggling of their linebacking core, LB Aaron Curry makes a lot of sense here. Curry is a do it all linebacker that can come in and make an immediate impact on the Jacksonville defense.



9. Green Bay Packers: Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State

The Packers need to add more talent along their defensive front four this off-season.

Brown is an explosive, quick twitch DE that knows how to get after the QB and make plays vs. the pass. He is a natural athlete that plays well in space and could add some versatility to the Packers defense. The type of speed rusher the Packers need opposite DE Aaron Kampman.



10. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Sanchez, QB, Georgia


The 49ers have bounced through quarterbacks ever since drafting Alex Smith with the first overall pick in 2005. Therefore, with a talent like Sanchez sitting on the board at pick ten, expect the 49ers to pounce. Sanchez exhibits all the physical tools needed to be a successful NFL quarterback. Also, he possesses elite level intangibles and coming from USC he should become an instant hometown favorite.



11. Buffalo Bills: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

The Bills have slowly improved the talent along their offensive skill positions, but still lack any kind of threat at TE. Pettigrew is possibly the best dual blocking/receiving tight end to come along in years. He isnít a big time vertical threat but, he displays the ability to gain separation over the middle and will be a significant upgrade as an in-line run blocker. Pettigrew will be an ideal check down receiver for QB Trent Edwards.



12. Denver Broncos: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

The Broncos defense has struggled as much as any unit in the NFL over the past three seasons. Defensive lineman are a big need in Denver, but with a talent like Jenkins falling to them at pick 12, expect the Broncos to pounce. CB Dreí Bly has lost more then a step over the past couple years and CB Champ Bailey will be 31-years old by the time the 2009 season roles around. Therefore, Jenkins is the type of prospect that can step right in and help upgrade this secondary in the near future.

This would be a disappointment if we passed on ReyRey and all the other Dlinement
13. Washington Redskins: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

The Redskins need to improve their lines on both sides of the ball, and at pick 13 expect them to be very interested DE Michael Johnson. Johnson showcases an impressive first step for his size with the length and suddenness to consistently shed blocks. He lacks power and is still maturing in all aspects of his game, but he has the physical tools and athleticism to become a very imposing pass rusher.



14. New Orleans Saints: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

The Saints need to add more toughness up front, and Raji would be a great complement to DT Sedrick Ellis inside. Raji is a tough, explosive nose tackle that not only can eat up blockers, but also does a nice job pushing the pocket. The tandem of Raji and Ellis inside would instantly improve the Saints interior defense and allow Ellis to go 1v1 with offensive lineman more consistently inside.



15. Houston Texans: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

The Texas have one of the NFLís most feared pass rushers in the form of DE Mario Williams, but they lacks a complement opposite him. Aaron Maybin is a quick twitch athlete that consistently reaches the corner and has the type of closing speed to get around the edge. At only 245 pounds he lacks the girth to hold the point of attack, but as a 3rd down pass rusher Maybin would really make it tough for opposing offenses to slide protections and keep their QB clean.



16. San Diego Chargers: Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

Maualuga is a physical inside presence that has the ability to attack the line of scrimmage vs. the run and also get into the backfield as a blitzer. He showcases good sideline-to-sideline range and is the is type of attacking defender the Chargers crave. Maualuga has a tendency to freelance a bit and will run himself out of plays. However, in San Diego he will have a much tighter leash playing inside a 3-4 defense.



17. New York Jets: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

With no Quarterback on the board worthy of the 17th overall selection, expect the Jets to turn their attention toward the secondary. The Jets struggled all year against the pass and CB Alphonso Smith will be able to come in right away and team with CB Darrelle Revis to make up one of the most talented corner tandems in the league. The Jets are also in need of a OLB to rush the passer in their 3-4 scheme, but donít expect them to admit they made a mistake with OLB Vernon Gholsten this quickly.



18. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Maclin is an elite athlete with rare burst and straight-line speed down the field. The Bears are in need to a number one receiver and Maclin can certainly help fill that void. He is a bit raw as a route runner but has progressed greatly during the past year and has the type of work ethic to continue improving. The idea of Maclin and Devin Hester manning the starting receiving spots in Chicago would definitely strike fear into opposing secondaries.



19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss

The Buccaneers defensive line really seemed to wear down toward the end of the year. They lack the same type of talent they have had in the past and Jerry would be an instant upgrade inside. He is a explosive interior lineman that displays a good first step and with a motor that runs non-stop. Jerry also plays the run well and has the type of one-gapping ability to make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Auburn DT SeníDerrick Marks also makes a lot of sense here as well.



20. Detroit Lions: Jason Smith: OT, Baylor

The Lions went QB with their first overall pick; now need to draft some protection for their investment. Smith is one of the most athletically gifted tackles in the class. The former TE has the foot speed to reach the corner and re-directs well inside. He is still a bit raw, but significantly improved his technique as a senior and has the ability to protect the blind side for the next ten years in Detroit.



21. Arizona Cardinals: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia


The Cardinals are so talented in the passing game that they have been able to get by with RBís Edgerrin James, Tim Hightower and J.J. Arrington. But imagine how dangerous the Cardinals would be with a bona fide stud at RB. That is what Moreno gives Arizona. He is a natural runner with good vision and wiggle in space. He is the type of player that can force opposing defenses to put eight men in the box and allow QB Kurt Warner and company more space to operate with in the passing game.



22. Minnesota Vikings: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt

The Vikings are in need of a quarterback, but their isnít a player available that warrants the 22nd pick in the draft. Cornerback is also a need and even with CB Vontae Davis still on the board, Moore projects better in the Vikings cover two scheme. Moore is a instinctive corner with a great first step and impressive closing speed in the secondary. He is a bit undersized, but has the ball skills to make a lot of plays in space.



23. New England Patriots: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

Cushing is the type of versatile athlete that the Patriots crave. He has the shown the ability to not only get after the passer, but can also hold the edge and contain the run game. He lacks great upside, but Cushing is a smart, instinctive defender that will fit right in with the Patriots dynamic 3-4 defense.



24. Atlanta Falcons: Vontae Davis: CB, Illinois

Outside of CB Chris Houston, the Falcons lack overall depth and talent at the cornerback position. Vontae Davis has as much upside as any corner in this yearís draft with the ability to develop into a top-tier NFL corner. He possesses ideal size and speed, but needs to improve his technique and become more consistent out of his back-pedal.



25. Miami Dolphins: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State

James Laurinaitis isnít the most physically imposing of defenders, but he is an instinctive middle linebacker that will make plays in all aspects of the game. Laurinaitis is a natural athlete that depends on his awareness and technique. He plays with a good motor and just looks like a Bill Parcels kind of draft pick.



26. Baltimore Ravens: Steve Smith: CB, Utah

The Ravens donít know the future of CBís Chris McAlister and/or Samari Rolle therefore; a replacement needs to be brought into the fold. Enter, Steve Smith a tall, physical athlete with good ball skills and foot speed in coverage. He may be a bit of a FS/CB tweener but, Smith has the body control and instincts to mature into an ideal bump corner for the Ravens.



27. Philadelphia Eagles: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

With both OTís Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas becoming free agents at the end of the year, the Eagles are in need of some young talent along the offensive line. Britton is a big, fluid body with coordination and re-direction skills in pass protection. He is very nimble footed and has the size and athleticism to play either tackle position.



28. Indianapolis Colts: SeníDerrick Marks, DT, Auburn

The Colts were depleted along their interior defensive line this season and need to add some bodies upfront. Marks is the type of quick-twitch athlete that knows how to get off the ball and shoot gaps inside. He is a bit undersized, but plays with good leverage and is a passionate leader along the defensive line. Expect Marks to really move up draft boards in the coming months.



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

The Giants need to find a replacement for WR Plaxico Burress and Hakeem Nicks looks like an ideal fit. Nicks is a fluid, big-bodied receiver that does a great job running precise routes and separating out of his breaks. He isnít a burner down the field but displays the ability to pluck the ball away from his body and create after the catch. The type of tough, natural receiver QB Eli Manning will fall in love with.



30. Tennessee Titans: Percy Harvin, RB/WR, Florida

Harvin could be long gone by this point in the draft, but he is the type of athlete that the Titans love to use on offense. Harvin has improved significantly as a receiver over the past year and will cause of ton of miss-match problems for opposing defenses. Harvin offers a lot of versatility to NFL teams, as he is dynamic with the ball in his hands.



31. Philadelphia Eagles: Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri

The Eagles have struggled getting consistent production from the TE position all year. Coffman is a big, physical target that displays good body control and ball skills over the middle. He is a bit raw in the run game, but he craves contact and has the ability to mature into a sound blocker. Coffman runs sharp, precise routes and would be an ideal fit for the Eagles west coast offense.



32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma

Even with the improved play from the Pittsburgh offensive line, the Steelers are still in need of some more physically dominant lineman inside. Robinson will likely be the first guard off the board come April. He has the size (6-5, 335) and the power to excel in the Steelers power run scheme, along with the athletic ability to hold up well in pass protection. Robinson would be a nice late first round value for the Steelers, and could come in and play right away.

oubronco
01-15-2009, 12:11 PM
Yuck hell no

gyldenlove
01-15-2009, 12:56 PM
That looks like someone who goes to nfl.com/stats and makes a mock based on that.

no-pseudo-fan
01-15-2009, 01:10 PM
This is pretty bad. I only see something like that pick happening if we trade Champ. Even then, I would prefer strengthing our front 7, Rey or Raji.

PRBronco
01-15-2009, 01:21 PM
Hahaha, "how can they score on you if you have two shutdown corners?? pewpewpew!"

cmhargrove
01-15-2009, 01:51 PM
This would be a definite trade down scenario.

Trade down for Raji, then take either Spikes, William Moore, Shonn Greene, or Rashad Johnson in the second. Hell, trade back into the second round and take the best three.

That would be a pretty good first day. Trade down to pick up an extra second rounder. Trade a third, fifth, and seventh to move back into round two.

Raji, Spikes, Johnson, and maybe Shonn Greene on day 1.

gyldenlove
01-15-2009, 02:05 PM
This would be a definite trade down scenario.

Trade down for Raji, then take either Spikes, William Moore, Shonn Greene, or Rashad Johnson in the second. Hell, trade back into the second round and take the best three.

That would be a pretty good first day. Trade down to pick up an extra second rounder. Trade a third, fifth, and seventh to move back into round two.

Raji, Spikes, Johnson, and maybe Shonn Greene on day 1.

Spikes isn't in the draft, he is staying at Florida to try to pick up Tebows chick.

Inkana7
01-15-2009, 02:10 PM
Maybin, Johnson, Raji and Maualuga would be PERFECT for our 3-4. To pass on them would be insane!

Inkana7
01-15-2009, 02:13 PM
Spikes isn't in the draft, he is staying at Florida to try to pick up Tebows chick.
Do you blame him?

broncofan7
01-15-2009, 02:17 PM
Rey to SD. yuck.

PRBronco
01-15-2009, 02:27 PM
Maybin, Johnson, Raji and Maualuga would be PERFECT for our 3-4. To pass on them would be insane!

Yeah Maybin to the Texans would be rtarded. A 245 pound DE? Ryan Harris would just pick him up and use him as a shield.

elsid13
01-15-2009, 02:31 PM
I actually don't have a problem with it. Corner isn't weakness today, but we need to be thinking two years down the line with draft picks, and corner is going to be a problem. Jenkins has a chance to be a great corner in the NFL.

The problem with one round mock no one knows what a team will take later on or pick up via FA. If Denver picks up Suggs or Chowder, Watson/Fields (NT) and Safety in FA, and drafts Brace in 2nd/3rd then they have changed the defense and don't need to take so many defense picks.

PRBronco
01-15-2009, 02:41 PM
I actually don't have a problem with it. Corner isn't weakness today, but we need to be thinking two years down the line with draft picks, and corner is going to be a problem. Jenkins has a chance to be a great corner in the NFL.

The problem with one round mock no one knows what a team will take later on or pick up via FA. If Denver picks up Suggs or Chowder, Watson/Fields (NT) and Safety in FA, and drafts Brace in 2nd/3rd then they have changed the defense and don't need to take so many defense picks.

This is probably just a brain fart but I'm drawing a blank, who's Watson?

Inkana7
01-15-2009, 02:43 PM
This is probably just a brain fart but I'm drawing a blank, who's Watson?

Gabe Watson, fatass from Michigan who barely plays for the Cardinals. But he's big.

PRBronco
01-15-2009, 02:52 PM
Gabe Watson, fatass from Michigan who barely plays for the Cardinals. But he's big.

Oh yeah, yup, brain fart confirmed.

SpringStein
01-15-2009, 03:32 PM
I actually don't have a problem with it. Corner isn't weakness today, but we need to be thinking two years down the line with draft picks, and corner is going to be a problem. Jenkins has a chance to be a great corner in the NFL.



^5 Totally agree. Jenkins will be a stud.

Saying that, I don't think it's a great mock starting with Oher going at 2 and KC drafting a LT. Jenkins won't sniff falling out of the top 10.

elsid13
01-15-2009, 04:15 PM
Gabe Watson, fatass from Michigan who barely plays for the Cardinals. But he's big.

He play more then you think. He played in 11 games (other 5 he was hurt) and had 20 or so tackles plus a sack from NT position. Branch is the other fat ass from UM that sitting on the bench

Inkana7
01-15-2009, 04:38 PM
He play more then you think. He played in 11 games (other 5 he was hurt) and had 20 or so tackles plus a sack from NT position. Branch is the other fat ass from UM that sitting on the bench

Ah! Yes, it was Branch I was thinking about.

That's two strikeouts today for me.

elsid13
01-15-2009, 04:40 PM
just to add to the fire Mayock has Jenkins as the #2 senior on his board right now (Jan)

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story?id=09000d5d80d41b6d&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

lex
01-15-2009, 04:42 PM
Jenkins would be a horrible pick. It represents much of what has plagued this team for the last 5-10 years. Its better to build a team from front to back than back to front.

Inkana7
01-15-2009, 04:46 PM
I agree with lex. We need DL, DL, DL. Look at any Mediator post about our Front 7, it's talentless, has been for years, and it's why we don't win.

I don't like Jenkins anyways. He'd be an excellent Cover 2 corner, but he's not a shutdown man defender you want in the 1st round.

snowspot66
01-15-2009, 04:47 PM
Oh **** no. CB's can develop fast enough and are so dependent on the guys in front of them to give them a chance there's no point taking one just because our guys are a little old. You take a CB when you have nothing else of glaring need. As it is glaring need is a starter in several of our defensive positions. This mock blows.

I hope we don't end up with a bunch of people saying CB for our first rounder like they had us with TE a few years back. Why is it people perpetuate bad mocks for us like the plague?

lex
01-15-2009, 04:49 PM
I agree with lex. We need DL, DL, DL. Look at any Mediator post about our Front 7, it's talentless, has been for years, and it's why we don't win.

I don't like Jenkins anyways. He'd be an excellent Cover 2 corner, but he's not a shutdown man defender you want in the 1st round.

Yeah, and even if he was a traditional "shutdown" corner, what does that even mean anymore with the rules changes favoring the passing game?

Drek
01-15-2009, 05:16 PM
I could see taking Jenkins at #12.

He's an elite CB talent a la Champ. If he falls into our laps in the first we'd be stupid to pass him up.

We can spend the whole rest of the draft on the trenches. Our #1 and #2 CBs are both 30+ and Jenkins is the best CB probably since Champ to come out of college.

Not like this mock is the least bit predictive though. They don't even have the draft order correct. Chargers made the playoffs so they pick after everyone who didn't.

gyldenlove
01-15-2009, 05:18 PM
Do you blame him?

Absolutely not, I think we are many hotblooded men in here who would make the same move.

lex
01-15-2009, 05:18 PM
I could see taking Jenkins at #12.

He's an elite CB talent a la Champ. If he falls into our laps in the first we'd be stupid to pass him up.

We can spend the whole rest of the draft on the trenches. Our #1 and #2 CBs are both 30+ and Jenkins is the best CB probably since Champ to come out of college.

Not like this mock is the least bit predictive though. They don't even have the draft order correct. Chargers made the playoffs so they pick after everyone who didn't.

Shut your mouth!

ohiobronco2
01-15-2009, 05:38 PM
I could see taking Jenkins at #12.

He's an elite CB talent a la Champ. If he falls into our laps in the first we'd be stupid to pass him up.
We can spend the whole rest of the draft on the trenches. Our #1 and #2 CBs are both 30+ and Jenkins is the best CB probably since Champ to come out of college.

Not like this mock is the least bit predictive though. They don't even have the draft order correct. Chargers made the playoffs so they pick after everyone who didn't.


I'm as big of a Buckeye homer as you'll find and I don't think the guy is an elite corner. I consistenly see him getting beat, but he is bailed out by the poor QB's in our conference. I'll be interested to see what he runs at the combine, I don't know if he guesses to often and gets beat or if he lacks the top notch speed needed to play the position.

UboBronco
01-15-2009, 07:56 PM
I know we need defense.... but...

If I were drafting, I would have trouble not taking Percy Harvin... I believe he will make both Reggie Bush and Devin Hester an after thought to football fans. This guy is that good.

I know, we need defense, so I would go with Raji if we can.....

BroncoMan4ever
01-15-2009, 09:02 PM
if we go after a CB with Raji and Rey still on on the board i am going to punch a baby

chaz
01-15-2009, 10:40 PM
Jenkins would be a solid pick...at worst a bombass FS with great range and ball skills, at best champ's successor