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SoDak Bronco
01-23-2009, 10:16 AM
1 OT Andre Smith Alabama Jr. 6-4 330
Sure, it'd be a sexier No. 1 pick if I went with Georgia junior quarterback Matthew Stafford, but I'm not yet at the point where I can see the winless Lions taking anything that resembles a risky pick with the very first selection of the Jim Schwartz era. Plenty of questions remain about Stafford's readiness to play quickly in the NFL, and my early read is the Lions will play it safe and start rebuilding their roster from the lines out. Smith, Virginia's Eugene Monroe and Mississippi's Michael Oher are all in the discussion when it comes to divining the top-rated offensive tackle.

2 OT Eugene Monroe Virginia Jr. 6-6 315
The Rams missed out on offensive tackle Jake Long with the No. 2 pick in last year's draft, but they're assured of coming away with one of the upper tier tackles this time around. St. Louis needs an heir apparent for Orlando Pace, whose body has started to betray him in recent years. Monroe's game might not be as highly regarded as Smith's or Oher's, but he's a cleaner pick who comes with fewer question marks regarding his character, maturity and size.

3 QB Matthew Stafford Georgia Jr. 6-3 228
Screaming in my head as I make this pick is the reality that taking a first-round quarterback is not exactly the Scott Pioli way (see Brady, Tom, and Cassel, Matt). But the Chiefs quarterback situation has been a nightmare since Len Dawson or so, and that might make for a scenario in which Pioli makes an exception. With Tyler Thigpen playing serviceably last season, the Chiefs could afford to give Stafford the year or so of development that everybody seems to think he needs. Then again, finding another quality offensive tackle to pair with Branden Albert is much more Pioli-like.

4 WR Michael Crabtree Texas Tech So. 6-3 214
This could be a pick that doesn't change between now and April 25's first round. In the perfect marriage of need and draft slot, the receiver-starved Seahawks should find Crabtree waiting. All you need to know at the moment is that Crabtree has conjured up comparisons to Cardinals all-world receiver Larry Fitzgerald with his blend of size, hands, athleticism and ability to make yards after the catch.

5 DB Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State Sr. 6-1 201
Eric Mangini's Browns (still getting used to that) could go a lot of different ways in the five spot, but it's going to be a defensive pick. The home-state hero Jenkins would give Cleveland's shaky cornerback situation an infusion of talent, but you can make a strong case for help in the pass rush (DE/LB Brian Orakpo of Texas) or maybe at linebacker (USC's Rey Maualuga).

6 DE/LB Brian Orakpo Texas Sr. 6-4 260
The Bengals could really use help at offensive tackle or running back, but their need for an impact defensive end probably trumps everything. "O-Sack-Po" is the consensus top-rated end, and his blend of speed, size and athleticism earned him both the Lombardi Award (nation's best lineman) and the Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defensive player).

7 OT Michael Oher Ole Miss Sr. 6-5 318
Oher has obvious talent, but he also has just enough red flags attached to his name to make him an ideal Raider. Oher has some maturity issues to address in the predraft scouting process, but he's a gifted pass and run blocker who would give Oakland a book-end protector for quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

8 OLB Aaron Curry Wake Forest Sr. 6-3 247
Curry is a do-it-all linebacker who should walk right into an impact role in Jacksonville's defense. He can run 4.6, find the ball all game long, and gives the Jaguars a natural replacement for soon-to-be ex-Jag Mike Peterson. Another option would be the draft's other first-round offensive tackle, Baylor's Jason Smith.

9 DE Michael Johnson Georgia Tech Sr. 6-7 260
The Packers defensive line and pass rush is priority No. 1, and while we're not certain Green Bay projects Johnson as a 3-4 end in their new Dom Capers-led defensive formation, we do know Johnson's size and ability to shed blockers would seem a natural fit for that position.

10 QB Mark Sanchez USC Jr. 6-3 225
While I'm well aware that new 49ers head coach Mike Singletary likes Shaun Hill's game quite a bit, if they grade Sanchez highly enough it'll be hard to pass on the one-year USC starter. He needs some time to mature as a quarterback, but that's where Hill figures to be the short-term answer for the 49ers while Sanchez watches and learns for a while.

SoDak Bronco
01-23-2009, 10:17 AM
<TABLE style="BORDER-RIGHT: #fff 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #fff 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #fff 1px solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: #fff 1px solid" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=651 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=number>11</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/bills_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/bills.html)</TD><TD class=number3>TE</TD><TD class=number2>Brandon Pettigrew</TD><TD class=number2>Oklahoma State</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-6</TD><TD class=number4>260</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Bills have to get more potent on offense, as the final 10 games of their once-hopeful 2008 season painfully exhibited. For the longest time they've needed a tight end who can both make plays in the passing game and add enough of a blocking presence to justify his role in the lineup. Pettigrew has the perfect combination of those skills, and will offer a reliable underneath option for quarterback Trent Edwards. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 11 --><!-- PICK 12 --><TR><TD class=number>12</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/broncos_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/broncos.html)</TD><TD class=number3>ILB</TD><TD class=number2>Rey Maualuga</TD><TD class=number2>USC</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-2</TD><TD class=number4>260</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Broncos obviously need to think defense first, and the former Trojan would be a nice fit for Mike Nolan's new 3-4 formation. He's an explosive tackler who can chase down the ball, but he's big and physical enough to play inside and handle what a 3-4 inside linebacker has to fight through. The Broncos could also be tempted to get the nose tackle that makes a 3-4 system work, and Boston College's B.J. Raji should be available to them. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 12 --><!-- PICK 13 --><TR><TD class=number>13</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/redskins_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/redskins.html)</TD><TD class=number3>DT</TD><TD class=number2>B.J. Raji</TD><TD class=number2>Boston College</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-1</TD><TD class=number4>323</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Redskins need talent injections on both lines, and they easily could go for an offensive tackle like Jason Smith of Baylor with this pick. But Raji would also be a nice get for a defensive line that made far too little impact in 2008. Raji is more than just a space-eating run-stuffer. He has surprising agility and has shown the ability to penetrate the backfield and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 13 --><!-- PICK 14 --><TR><TD class=number>14</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/saints_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/saints.html)</TD><TD class=number3>OLB</TD><TD class=number2>Brian Cushing</TD><TD class=number2>USC</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-3</TD><TD class=number4>255</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Saints defense needs playmakers and Cushing is a versatile talent who can hold up in both run defense and pass defense, and he has a knack for coming up with the key play at the key moment. This could be a bit high for Cushing, but he's the kind of winning player some teams are willing to stretch a bit for. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 14 --><!-- PICK 15 --><TR><TD class=number>15</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/texans_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/texans.html)</TD><TD class=number3>DE</TD><TD class=number2>Aaron Maybin</TD><TD class=number2>Penn State</TD><TD class=number3>So.</TD><TD class=number3>6-4</TD><TD class=number4>236</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The best value in the middle of the round should be at defensive end, where the choice might boil down to Maybin or Florida State's Everette Brown. The Texans need someone opposite Mario Williams who is capable of drawing some attention away from their leading sacker. Maybin is a quality edge rusher, but at 245 pounds he probably needs to get bigger to stay on the field for all three downs. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 15 --><!-- PICK 16 --><TR><TD class=number>16</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/chargers_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/chargers.html)</TD><TD class=number3>RB</TD><TD class=number2>Chris "Beanie" Wells</TD><TD class=number2>Ohio State</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-1</TD><TD class=number4>237</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>A lot depends on what unfolds with running back/return man Darren Sproles, and obviously LaDainian Tomlinson. But if San Diego needs another runner, Wells might be too highly-rated to pass up. He has some durability issues to battle, but he has talent to burn and would be an excellent replacement for Sproles as a change-of-pace back. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 16 --><!-- PICK 17 --><TR><TD class=number>17</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/jets_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/jets.html)</TD><TD class=number3>CB</TD><TD class=number2>Vontae Davis</TD><TD class=number2>Illinois</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-0</TD><TD class=number4>204</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>My sense is new Jets head coach Rex Ryan will think defense first, especially since there's no quarterback worthy of first-round selection at this point. Davis would give New York another potential front-line cornerback to pair with Darrelle Revis, although his game might need a year of polishing at the NFL level. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 17 --><!-- PICK 18 --><TR><TD class=number>18</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/bears_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/bears.html)</TD><TD class=number3>WR</TD><TD class=number2>Jeremy Maclin</TD><TD class=number2>Missouri</TD><TD class=number3>So.</TD><TD class=number3>6-1</TD><TD class=number4>200</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>Maclin could vault himself up the board and beyond the Bears reach if he runs great at the NFL Combine, but if he's still around at No. 18, Chicago should jump on him with the hopes he can develop into the No. 1 receiver they have long needed. Maclin can stretch the field vertically, and it's intriguing to think of teaming him with fellow speedster Devin Hester. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 18 --><!-- PICK 19 --><TR><TD class=number>19</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/buccaneers_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/buccaneers.html)</TD><TD class=number3>WR</TD><TD class=number2>Darrius Heyward-Bey</TD><TD class=number2>Maryland</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-3</TD><TD class=number4>206</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Bucs could use another pass rusher or help in the interior line, so home-state product Everette Brown, an explosive edge rusher from Florida State, could be the choice. But with Joey Galloway's age and Michael Clayton's potential free agency, Tampa Bay could also stand another receiver opposite Antonio Bryant. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 19 --><!-- PICK 20 --><TR><TD class=number>20</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/lions_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/lions.html)</TD><TD class=number3>DE</TD><TD class=number2>Everette Brown</TD><TD class=number2>Florida State</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-4</TD><TD class=number4>252</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>With so many needs, the Lions could go about five ways with their second first-rounder. Pick any spot on defense and it could use an upgrade. Brown would give a boost to the pass rush, but a cornerback like D.J. Moore of Vanderbilt or Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest makes sense too. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis is also tempting because proven playmakers are in short supply in Motown. <!-- /PICK 20 --><!-- NAVIGATION --></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

SoDak Bronco
01-23-2009, 10:18 AM
<TABLE style="BORDER-RIGHT: #fff 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #fff 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #fff 1px solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: #fff 1px solid" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=651 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=number>21</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/eagles_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/eagles.html)</TD><TD class=number3>OT</TD><TD class=number2>Jason Smith</TD><TD class=number2>Baylor</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-5</TD><TD class=number4>305</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Eagles will be thrilled if Smith lingers this long, because given the age of offensive tackles Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas (who are both in line for free agency), a little youth at that position is imperative. Smith could be long gone by now, but he's definitely one of the four tackles who carries a first-round grade. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 21 --><!-- PICK 22 --><TR><TD class=number>22</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/vikings_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/vikings.html)</TD><TD class=number3>CB</TD><TD class=number2>D.J. Moore</TD><TD class=number2>Vanderbilt</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>5-10</TD><TD class=number4>182</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Vikings aren't going to get a franchise quarterback in the first round of this year's draft, not at No. 22, so cornerback seems to be the position of need that fits the value at the bottom third of our board. Moore is a great athlete with excellent closing speed and good instincts. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 22 --><!-- PICK 23 --><TR><TD class=number>23</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/patriots_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/patriots.html)</TD><TD class=number3>CB</TD><TD class=number2>Alphonso Smith</TD><TD class=number2>Wake Forest</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>5-9</TD><TD class=number4>190</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Patriots have a need at safety, but Missouri's William Moore might be the only first-round possibility, and he has had a disappointing start to his Senior Bowl week and might end up projecting to linebacker in the NFL. That could prompt the Patriots to take another cornerback, after choosing two in last year's draft -- Terrence Wheatley and Jonathan Wilhite. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 23 --><!-- PICK 24 --><TR><TD class=number>24</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/falcons_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/falcons.html)</TD><TD class=number3>DT</TD><TD class=number2>Peria Jerry</TD><TD class=number2>Ole Miss</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-2</TD><TD class=number4>295</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>Having wisely passed on LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in favor of Matt Ryan last year at No. 3, the Falcons are still in the market for a youthful option on the defensive interior line. Jerry is a high-motor, quality athlete with the ability to both hold the point of attack against the run and create some pressure in the opposing backfield. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 24 --><!-- PICK 25 --><TR><TD class=number>25</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/dolphins_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/dolphins.html)</TD><TD class=number3>LB</TD><TD class=number2>James Laurinaitis</TD><TD class=number2>Ohio State</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-3</TD><TD class=number4>240</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>Though some critics believe he played his best ball earlier in his collegiate career as a Buckeye, Laurinaitis is a solid and polished product who should make a quick and easy transition to the NFL. His technique is well developed and his field awareness and intangibles are two of the best parts of his game. He could be a longtime pro in the Zach Thomas mold for Miami. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 25 --><!-- PICK 26 --><TR><TD class=number>26</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/ravens_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/ravens.html)</TD><TD class=number3>CB</TD><TD class=number2>Sean Smith</TD><TD class=number2>Utah</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-3</TD><TD class=number4>214</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Ravens have to get younger at cornerback, where Chris McAllister has probably played his last game in Baltimore and Samari Rolle has had durability issues. Smith is a junior with good height and strong bump and run skills. Coming off a quality showing in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, his stock has risen of late. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 26 --><!-- PICK 27 --><TR><TD class=number>27</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/colts_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/colts.html)</TD><TD class=number3>DT</TD><TD class=number2>Sen'Derrick Marks</TD><TD class=number2>Auburn</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-1</TD><TD class=number4>295</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>Defensive tackle has been an obvious trouble spot for the Colts the past few years, and it should get first-round attention from the Colts at this point. Marks is the kind of undersized, but quick first-step athlete Indy has long gravitated to in its Cover Two defense. He can get off the ball and makes plays in the gaps. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 27 --><!-- PICK 28 --><TR><TD class=number>28</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/eagles_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/eagles.html)</TD><TD class=number3>RB</TD><TD class=number2>Knowshon Moreno</TD><TD class=number2>Georgia</TD><TD class=number3>So.</TD><TD class=number3>5-11</TD><TD class=number4>207</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>With a second first-round pick this year, isn't it time the Eagles gave themselves another legitimate option in the backfield to go with the over-used Brian Westbrook? Moreno is the second of the two first-round grade running backs in this draft, and he runs with great instincts and vision, often creating space where there isn't any. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 28 --><!-- PICK 29 --><TR><TD class=number>29</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/giants_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/giants.html)</TD><TD class=number3>WR</TD><TD class=number2>Hakeem Nicks</TD><TD class=number2>North Carolina</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-2</TD><TD class=number4>210</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>Finding a tall receiver who gives them a replacement for Plaxico Burress should be Job 1 for the Giants in this year's first round. Nicks runs great routes, and while he doesn't have difference-making speed, he's as fast as he has to be to get open and make plays downfield. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 29 --><!-- PICK 30 --><TR><TD class=number>30</TD><TD class=team>http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/logos/titans_45.gif (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/titans.html)</TD><TD class=number3>WR/RB</TD><TD class=number2>Percy Harvin</TD><TD class=number2>Florida</TD><TD class=number3>Jr.</TD><TD class=number3>5-11</TD><TD class=number4>195</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>After watching their offense go into shutdown mode after running back Chris Johnson was injured in the divisional round loss to Baltimore, the Titans know they have to get more weapons in the receiving game. Harvin is a rare talent who could create monstrous matchup problems for defenses. He runs with explosion, and his receiving skills improved noticeably in 2008. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 30 --><!-- PICK 31 --><TR><TD class=number>31</TD><TD class=team>* (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/cardinals.html)</TD><TD class=number3>RB</TD><TD class=number2>LeSean McCoy</TD><TD class=number2>Pitt</TD><TD class=number3>So.</TD><TD class=number3>5-11</TD><TD class=number4>210</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>With Edgerrin James headed out of town, and Tim Hightower not an every-down back, the Cardinals should reload their running game with McCoy, who is right on that first-/second-round bubble. McCoy is elusive for a runner his size, and he's expected to run a sub-4.5 at the combine. </TD></TR><!-- /PICK 31 --><!-- PICK 32 --><TR><TD class=number>32</TD><TD class=team>* (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/teams/steelers.html)</TD><TD class=number3>G</TD><TD class=number2>Duke Robinson</TD><TD class=number2>Oklahoma</TD><TD class=number3>Sr.</TD><TD class=number3>6-5</TD><TD class=number4>335</TD></TR><TR><TD class=text colSpan=8>The Steelers offensive line didn't keep them from making the Super Bowl, but upgrades are still required. Robinson is a big body who plays equally well in pass protection and the run game. Pittsburgh needs to protect Ben Roethlisberger better, and its running game took a step back this season too.

*31st pick will go to Super Bowl loser; 32nd pick to Super Bowl winner </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

socalorado
01-23-2009, 10:29 AM
I would be sooo pissed if FS Sean Smith went to BALT in the 1st.

Beantown Bronco
01-23-2009, 10:39 AM
I would be sooo pissed if FS Sean Smith went to BALT in the 1st.

Why do you think he's a FS?

HILife
01-23-2009, 10:49 AM
Why do you think he's a FS?

It's not. B-More has 2 starting safteys that are good. Bad pick.

socalorado
01-23-2009, 10:55 AM
Why do you think he's a FS?
Cause thats what he is. A FS/CB. I was hoping he would slip into the 2nd or
3rd round and DEN could grab him, but its not looking good.
Sean Smith, S/CB, Utah
Height: 6-3. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2009): 2.
1/14/09: Sean Smith, probably more of a safety than a corner at the next level, registered 45 tackles, nine passes broken up, two TFL, five interceptions and a pick-six for national champion Utah. He has declared for the 2009 NFL Draft.

12/13/08: Sean Smith has been a beast this season, and no one can blame him if he declares a year early. An All-Mountain West first-teamer, Smith collected 40 tackles, five picks (one touchdown) and eight passes broken up. Could play corner or safety in the NFL.


UTAH: Converted receiver developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the nation before leaving school a year early to enter the 2008 NFL Draft ... played in all 39 games of his three-year career ... nine career interceptions and 16 pass breakups in two seasons on defense ... led Utes in interceptions in both years as a cornerback ... came to Utah as a running back, moved to receiver in 2006, then took his 6'3" size to the defensive side of the ball for the 2007-08 seasons.

2008-First-team All-MWC defensive back ... played in all 13 games, starting 12 (Utah started four safeties against Air Force) ... five interceptions led Utah and tied for first in the league ... 151 interception yards ranked first in the MWC and is the fifth-best single-season total in school history ... led Utah and finished second in the MWC in passes defended with 14 (five interceptions, nine breakups) ... 46 total tackles ... had two interceptions against Wyoming, one for a 25-yard touchdown ... an interception and two pass breakups against both Michigan and TCU ... came up big against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, recording six tackles, a pass breakup, a 10-yard sack and a forced fumble that led to a Utah field goal ... tied career tackle high of six against Alabama and Oregon State ... five tackles (one for loss) vs. Colorado State.

Drek
01-23-2009, 12:52 PM
I can't see the Jags investing that kind of top pick in a LB, they've historically tried to avoid that and instead put their top picks into the lines. I'd be more willing to bet they'd take Smith or Raji.

This does point out the fact that there is a legitimate scenario that Curry could slide to us. It seems very unlikely but you never really know until draft day arrives. If a team falls in love with Maybin, Orakpo, or Beanie Wells that does nothing but benefit us. Also I have a hard time seeing Maclin not landing in the top 10, especially after the success guys like Welker, Steve Smith, and now Royal and Desean Jackson have had in the NFL.

socalorado
01-23-2009, 01:00 PM
I can't see the Jags investing that kind of top pick in a LB, they've historically tried to avoid that and instead put their top picks into the lines. I'd be more willing to bet they'd take Smith or Raji.

This does point out the fact that there is a legitimate scenario that Curry could slide to us. It seems very unlikely but you never really know until draft day arrives. If a team falls in love with Maybin, Orakpo, or Beanie Wells that does nothing but benefit us. Also I have a hard time seeing Maclin not landing in the top 10, especially after the success guys like Welker, Steve Smith, and now Royal and Desean Jackson have had in the NFL.

Cmon man, dont do it. Your gonna get my hopes up, and then CLE is gonna rip my heart out! *SIGHS*
Could you imagine Curry in DEN? In a 3-4 where would you like him to play?

ludo21
01-23-2009, 01:06 PM
If Raji, Brown, Maybin fall to us, Id take them over Rey rey.

Drek
01-23-2009, 01:46 PM
Cmon man, dont do it. Your gonna get my hopes up, and then CLE is gonna rip my heart out! *SIGHS*
Could you imagine Curry in DEN? In a 3-4 where would you like him to play?

Its incredibly unlikely, but there is a path towards it.

I think we're more likely to see him taken in the top 5, but if he makes it through there unselected we could see him slide. Its a pretty slim possibility but there is some faint chance.

Especially since this draft also includes guys like Maybin, Orakpo, and Brown. Three highly productive, younger 3-4 OLB types who could very easily out-perform Curry at the combine.

BroncoMan4ever
01-23-2009, 02:10 PM
every mock i have seen has us going with either Raji, Rey, and rarely Brown.
we rarely seem to go after the guy everyone thinks we will. I see this and would not be surprised if we ended up taking Wells.

BroncoMan4ever
01-23-2009, 02:29 PM
Cmon man, dont do it. Your gonna get my hopes up, and then CLE is gonna rip my heart out! *SIGHS*
Could you imagine Curry in DEN? In a 3-4 where would you like him to play?

if Curry fell to us, i would think we should use him as our Terrell Suggs.

U4EA
01-23-2009, 08:29 PM
every mock i have seen has us going with either Raji, Rey, and rarely Brown.
we rarely seem to go after the guy everyone thinks we will. I see this and would not be surprised if we ended up taking Wells.

Didn't everybody have us taking Clady last year and Moss the year before?

brncs_fan
01-23-2009, 09:29 PM
Didn't everybody have us taking Clady last year and Moss the year before?

Not everybody had us on the Clady pick. Several had us taking a safety (can't think of the name right now). Moss was pretty much a consensus pick though.

Punisher
01-23-2009, 10:23 PM
Maualuga would be perfect pick.

BroncoMan4ever
01-24-2009, 12:15 AM
Didn't everybody have us taking Clady last year and Moss the year before?

a lot had us taking a safety and even more had us taking Jonathon Stewart.

aside from Moss, and Lelie in recent years, we haven't really taken the guy it is universally believed we will or should.

Broncojef
01-24-2009, 12:28 AM
Didn't everybody have us taking Clady last year and Moss the year before?

I thought the smart money was on Clady this last year. Keep in mind too with the new administration their focus will be somewhat different than Shanny's and I think they'll do huge things to bolster this Defense. Shanny seemed to like Slowick and the wait and see approach to the defense but the new staff has to see it as a major flaw and one they'll address early and often. I'm betting we go DL/LB or LB/DL first day...I'm willing to bet Nolan will fall for either Raji or Rey and we'll wind up with one of them at the 12 spot.

U4EA
01-25-2009, 11:31 AM
I thought the smart money was on Clady this last year. Keep in mind too with the new administration their focus will be somewhat different than Shanny's and I think they'll do huge things to bolster this Defense. Shanny seemed to like Slowick and the wait and see approach to the defense but the new staff has to see it as a major flaw and one they'll address early and often. I'm betting we go DL/LB or LB/DL first day...I'm willing to bet Nolan will fall for either Raji or Rey and we'll wind up with one of them at the 12 spot.

I tend to agree, though I think there will be a good safety around for our second pick.

Broncos24
01-25-2009, 11:41 AM
I thought the smart money was on Clady this last year. Keep in mind too with the new administration their focus will be somewhat different than Shanny's and I think they'll do huge things to bolster this Defense. Shanny seemed to like Slowick and the wait and see approach to the defense but the new staff has to see it as a major flaw and one they'll address early and often. I'm betting we go DL/LB or LB/DL first day...I'm willing to bet Nolan will fall for either Raji or Rey and we'll wind up with one of them at the 12 spot.

This is true. I think they will draft
1. Rey Maualuga
2. Ron Brace

but I would like them to draft:
1. Raji
2. Brace

the rest will be LB's and safety.

SpringStein
01-25-2009, 01:22 PM
Why do so many people expect us to take Rey? According to Goodman, character is one of the primary deciding points - and that was followed last year. I really don't think we spend the #12 pick and the $11+ million on a guy with major character concerns.

SoDak Bronco
01-25-2009, 01:25 PM
Why do so many people expect us to take Rey? According to Goodman, character is one of the primary deciding points - and that was followed last year. I really don't think we spend the #12 pick and the $11+ million on a guy with major character concerns.

I wasn't aware of major character concerns with Rey..Can you be more specific?

lex
01-25-2009, 01:35 PM
I wasn't aware of major character concerns with Rey..Can you be more specific?

This is from PFW: "Arrested in November '05 for suspicion of misdemeanor battery after punching a student at a Halloween party. Left the party, but turned himself in and was released on his own recognizance."


...also

"Disciplined for unruly behavior at a frat party in October '06 and was demoted to special teams duty against Oregon State after oversleeping and missing a meeting."

SpringStein
01-25-2009, 01:53 PM
In addition to the above, Scott Wright said he had been suspended from the team "more than once". Is that twice, three times? I don't know - but there is enough smoke there to be concerned.

lex
01-25-2009, 01:57 PM
I like how all these distinguished writers from "credible" outlets like SI feel compelled to keep up with everyone else on the internet that has mocks.

SpringStein
01-25-2009, 02:07 PM
Here's my preferred mock:

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/01/nfp-mock-draft-updated/

12. Denver Broncos: Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

The Broncosí defense has been one of the worst in the NFL the past four years and needs an infusion of talent at nearly every position. Ideally, B.J. Raji would fall to the Broncos and Denver could address some needs up front. But with Raji off the board, expect the Broncos to take the best defensive player available, which happens to be Curry. Heís a legit top-10 prospect, but I just donít see many teams with a big need for at LB. Curry should come in and make an immediate impact helping the rebuilding process on defense.

SpringStein
01-25-2009, 02:18 PM
PFW has a new mock up today:

http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFLDraft/Draft+Extras/2008/mock2329.htm

12. Denver Broncos
OLB Brian Orakpo / Texas

With new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan likely to install his preferred 30-front in Denver, it will be critical to have a pass-rushing dynamo off the edges, and Orakpo knows how to bring it.

Paladin
01-25-2009, 02:21 PM
Unlike last year, they haev Denver picking all over the map....


Wait. Did they do that?

Rey may be a jerk, but he could be our jerk like Ray Lewis is a jerk......