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Sircheeks' Mock Draft

Posted on: March 16, 2009 2:34 am
Edited on: March 30, 2009 12:44 pm
 

With the NFL Draft still a good 26 days away, what better time than the present to compile meaningless information and assemble a mock draft? I won't waste time with the details, but I've scoured the internet for rumors and combined that information with my own team analysis. 

*Please note* As with the real NFL draft, teams are forced to adapt to what others in front of them have done. Selections were made accordingly.

 

 


 

1. Aaron Curry, OLB Wake Forest


Analysis : The Lions defy conventional wisdom here and select the best defensive player on the board. The free agent signings of veterans Philip Buchannon, Julian Peterson, Anthony Henry, and Grady Jackson indicate the new Lions regime is determined to fix this team – one side of the ball at a time. Curry is a safe pick in a field of question marks, and Detroit can’t afford to miss.

 

2. Eugene Monroe, T Virginia


Analysis : The Rams’ roster is littered with holes, and no hole is bigger than the one left by the departure of Orlando Pace. The Rams have their pick of top tackles, and they elect to go with the more polished Monroe. Coach Spagnuolo understands the value of athletic offensive linemen from his time in New York, so the Rams select the tight end convert with the number 2 overall selection.

 

3.  Jason Smith, T Baylor


Analysis : The acquisition of Matt Cassel virtually demands the Chiefs fortify their offensive line, and they do so with one of the best tackles in the nation. Smith, a tackle better known for his pass protection skills, is a perfect fit to the presumed aerial offense to be installed in Kansas City. Defense is an area of concern, but the Pioli drafts for value here and lands a franchise tackle.

 

4.  Matt Stafford, QB Georgia


Analysis : After the Michael Vick debacle in Atlanta, Jim Mora’s regime in Seattle selects their prototype pocket passer as the new face of the Seahawks’ franchise. The 34-year old incumbent Matt Hasselbeck has strong ties to former head coach Mike Holmgreen. Last year’s season-ending surgery coupled with Holmgreen’s departure prove too much for Hasselbeck, as 2009 marks his final year in Seattle.

 

5.  Malcolm Jenkins, DB Ohio State


Analysis : Jenkins' stock has soared through the roof after he eliminated doubts about his straight line speed at Ohio State's pro day. The unquestioned leader of the Buckeye defense, Jenkins not only brings tremendous character, professionalism, and confidence to the position, but unmatched physical attributes, body control, and leaping ability. The Browns have lacked a ball-hawking defender since their return in 1999, and they find their man in Jenkins.

 

6. B.J. Raji, DT Boston College


Analysis : Cincinnati needs an impact player on the defensive front, and no interior defensive lineman delivers like Raji. A great reason the Bengals finished the 2008 campaign with a 4-11-1 record was their inability to stop the run. Raji instantly upgrades their 21st ranked rush defense while providing a pass rusher to pair along side Robert Geathers and John Thorton.

 

7.  Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech


Analysis : The Raiders look to take the next step in turning their organization around and select a receiver some call the most explosive player in the entire draft. Al Davis’ love of athleticism pays off in a big way with the selection of Crabtree. While injury concerns linger around the Texas Tech standout, Oakland rolls the dice here and gives JaMarcus Russell a big time player with tremendous upside.

 

8.  Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri


Analysis : The loss of Matt Jones and the remarkably average career of Reggie Williams make finding a legitimate receiving threat top priority in Jacksonville. Jeremy Maclin is the closest thing to a can't miss prospect at the position, so the Jaguars happily select him here. Maclin's toughness, speed, and work ethic provide a breath of fresh air to a position in so much disarray.

 

9. Andre Smith, T Alabama


Analysis : One of the most under-looked elements of Green Bay’s success during the Brett Favre era was a consistently dominant offensive line. Names like Mike Whale and Mike Flanagan have since departed – leaving the Packers void of talent up front. Ted Thompson’s crew selects Smith and gives Aaron Rogers a fighting chance to emulate the accomplishments of his predecessor.

 

10. Brian Orakpo, DE Texas


Analysis : With former first round selection Vernon Davis coming into his third year and new free ageny acquisition Brandon Jones providing a speedy compliment on the outside, the 49ers can afford to tweak what little concerns they have on defense. Mike Singletary and Scott McCloughan select Brian Orakpo to play opposite of Justin Smith on the defensive line. Orakpo has the size to stand up and play the Sam or bulk up and play 3 technique. Either way, San Francisco comes out on top.

 

11.  Brian Cushing, OLB Southern California


Analysis : The Bills waste little time in selecting Cushing in a move that instantly improves their suspect linebacker corps. Brian Cushing is a pure linebacker with the experience and pedigree to fill in as the face of an overall pedestrian defense. Blessed with physicality to go along with above average coverage skills, Cushing gives the Bills a playmaker that will anchor their defense for years to come.

 

12.  Tyson Jackson, DT LSU


Analysis : After years of unsuccessful attempts to patch up the defensive line, McDaniels and the Broncos get it right and draft the Jackson - the best defensive lineman available. While Tyson Jackson isn't known for his pass rushing moves, he is stout enout at the point to stop the run - something the 29th ranked defensive unit would welcome with open arms.

 

13.  Michael Oher, T Mississippi


Analysis : Michael Oher is a great fit here for two reasons: first, the Redskins have one of, if not the oldest offensive lines in football. Chris Samuels missed some time in 2008 and he's heading into his 11th year in the league. For a team who predicates themselves on the power running game, a replacement tackle is necessary. Oher is still raw coming out of Ole Miss, but Joe Bugel is one of the best in the business and should have no problem helping Oher reach his potential.

 

14.  Everette Brown, DE Florida State


Analysis : The Saints have few selections in this year's draft, so they will certainly look to make an impact with their lone day one selection. For where they are selecting, no player can provide the Saints with a bigger impact than the player some hail as the best pass rusher in the draft. Do to his size and pash rushing abilities, Everette Brown projects well as a linebacker in Sean Payton's 4-3 defense.

 

15.  Rey Maualuga, LB Southern California


Analysis : With the recent strides the Texans have made on defense, they select the final piece of the puzzle in the hard-hitting linebacker from USC. Maualuga’s tough, intelligent brand of football compliments rising star DeMeco Ryans – leaving the Texans with a 1-2 punch capable of shaking up the long-standing hierarchy of the AFC South.

 

16.  Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia


Analysis : The Chargers select the best player available in preparation for the eventual release of LaDainian Tomlinson. The physically demanding nature of playing running back in the NFL requires that teams carry two capable runners on their roster. Moreno provides the Chargers with a 3rd down back for the present and an eventual replacement of the future.

 

17. Josh Freeman, QB Kansas State


Analysis : As is the case with many new NFL regimes, handpicking their signal caller is of the utmost priority. Rex Ryan selects the physically gifted Josh Freeman as their version of “Joe Flacco” in an attempt to solidify the hotly contested quarterback position. Freeman gets the nod over Sanchez for three reasons: experience, upside, and leadership. Rex Ryan gets his quarterback of the future.

 

18.  Percy Harvin, WR Florida


Analysis : Percy Harvin's game-changing speed and ability are just what the Chicago Bears are looking for. Devin Hester's production as a return man has declined with his incorporation in the offense, and there is chatter around Halas that Hester would be best served as a return specialist. Harvin's potential will help Kyle Orton take the next step in becoming great while providing Chicago with an exciting playmaker in the process.

 

19.  Peria Jerry, DT Mississippi


Analysis : New Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator Jim Bates runs a defensive system predicated on smart, physical play from all four defensive linemen. The conversion from the “Tampa 2” won’t be particularly easy, but the Bucs nab their centerpiece in the disruptive tackle from Mississippi. Jerry’s prowess as an interior pass rusher along with his run stopping ability will help Tampa improve on a unit that gave up nearly 120 yards per game.

 

20.  Mark Sanchez, QB Southern California


Analysis : Detroit relishes in their good fortune as their franchise quarterback falls down into their arms. Coming off the worst season in modern professional football history, the Lions desperately need a new face for the organization. Drafting Sanchez re-energizes their fan base as well as endows the team with a quarterback to develop as a long-term answer.

 

21.  Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State


Analysis : Donavan McNabb has quietly asked the Eagles to acquire a dynamic receiving threat, and they answer his call by selecting the premier tight end in the nation. Pettigrew may be the most complete player heading into the draft – regardless of position. His prowess as a blocker is only surpassed by the natural hands he shows for making the reception. The Eagles replace the oft-injured L.J. Smith and pick up a solid playmaker in the process.

 

22.  Darrius Butler, CB Connecticut


Analysis : You don't run on Minnesota. Period. Teams have taken to the air against the Vikings, and have done so with relative success. Due to this and the aging of cornerback Antoine Winfield (31) and the release of safety Darren Sharper, the Vikings select the best DB on the board in Darrius Butler. Butler will provide Minnesota with an instant upgrade to their 24th rated pass defense while giving them a starter for years to come.

 

23.  James Laurinaitis, ILB Ohio State


Analysis :  The Patriots select the blue-chip prospect James Laurinaitis in an effort to replace some of the veteran linebackers who have proven themselves serviceable in the past. Laurinaitis has everything Bill Belichick looks for in a linebacker – great size, instincts, technique, and intelligence. The sure tackling linebacker from Ohio State falls to the Patriots in a match made in football heaven.

 

24.  Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State


Analysis : The Falcons have proven themselves among the NFL’s elite in a short time. With few dramatic needs on either side of the ball, Atlanta selects the best player on the board. Aaron Maybin has been frequently described as a developmental prospect – one few teams have the luxury of waiting on. The Falcons, however, do have that luxury and select Maybin to groom into a defensive end or an outside linebacker.

 

25.  Darrius Heyward-Bay, WR Maryland


Analysis : The Miami Dolphins desperately need an explosive receiving threat, and they find one in Heyward-Bay. Darrius possesses great size and tremendous speed – two things Dolphin receivers are currently lacking. Heyward-Bay isn’t extremely physical, but if included in an offensive scheme featuring known speed threat Ted Ginn, he certainly won’t need to be.

 

26. Clay Matthews Jr., OLB Southern California


Analysis : The well-oiled machine known as the Baltimore Ravens continues operation as they select Matthews to replace the departed Bart Scott. Matthews’ journey to the NFL has allowed him to play with a chip on his shoulder throughout his college career. The Ravens love that. The tenacity, emotion, and tremendous upside to Matthews make this a steal for Baltimore – who happily select him here.

 

27.  Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina


Analysis : Indianapolis has two fine wideouts in Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez, however the 3-base receiver sets indicate the Colts can still do with additional help. After releasing Marvin Harrison, look for Bill Polian to further supplement his receiving corps with the talented Nicks. Much like the player he is replacing, Nicks is a quiet leader who lets his supreme talent speak for itself. The Colts find their slot receiver and the eventual replacement for the 30-year old Reggie Wayne.

 

28.  Eben Britton, T Arizona


Analysis : The Eagles lost Tra Thomas and Stacey Andrews to free agency, so it only makes sense for the Eagles to draft a suitable replacement for their veteran tackles. Tom Heckert and Andy Reid are two of the best in the business when it comes to replacing talent. With the 28th overall selection, Philadelphia continues its strong draft and nabs one of the most underrated tackles in this year’s class.

 

29.  Chris Wells, RB Ohio State


Analysis : The Giants are one of the few teams with few immediate needs, so they can afford somewhat of a luxury pick here. With Brandon Jacobs’ injury concerns, Derrick Ward’s signing with the Buccaneers, and New York’s commitment to running the football, a secondary running back jumps to the forefront of concerns for Big Blue. The Giants replace “Wind” with “Thunder” as they pick up the next best runner available.

 

30.  Vontae Davis, CB Illinois


Analysis : When you look at the moves Tennessee has made this offseason, you have to start with the loss of Albert Hanesworth. What made the Titans so good was their ability to generate pressure with their front 4 and play excellent coverage on the back end. No Hanesworth means less pressure which creates addition pressure on their secondary. The Titans select Vontae Davis to alleviate some of that pressure now and start in place of Nick Harper (34) later.

 

31.  Michael Johnson, DE/OLB Georgia Tech


Analysis : Arizona defied all odds and shocked the football world last year on their way to a rare Super Bowl appearance. After losing Antonio Smith to free agency this off season, the Cardinals look to bolster their defensive line. With the second to last pick in the first round, Arizona accomplishes just that by selecting the highly intriguing Georgia Tech prospect – Michael Johnson.

 

32.  Max Unger, OL Oregon


Analysis : The Steelers select Max Unger.

 


 

So there it is. Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Feedback is appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2009 6:27 pm
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

Greetz, Sircheeks!   Interesting mock.

The Falcons are already in the process of developing young defensiv
e ends.  Jamaal Anderson was their selection at #8 in the 2007 draft.  While many fans are eager to label him a bust, the coaching staff is well aware of just how young and inexperienced he is.  (He just turned 23 about four weeks ago.  He's younger than Kroy Biermann, the DE that Atlanta drafted last year, and only a few months older than many of the DE prospects who will go in this year's draft.  He also played DE for only one season in college.  He's the poster child for "work in progress".)

I'm all in favor of taking the best player available.  But in this case, if that player is a project at DE who will take time to flourish, I'd have to say Atlanta would trade the pick instead.  We just re-signed Chauncey Davis, who is ready to break through as a starter, and we already have the aforementioned Anderson and Biermann as development prospects at DE. 

There simply isn't room on the roster for another long-term project at that position. 

 




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:23 pm
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

Sir Cheeks, BTW....great thread as I am sure it took quite some time to lay this entire thread out.

That said, I respectfully disagree with your respectful disagreement. The Ravens for once need to add some Offensive talent.

a #1 WR , a pass catching TE, a CB, and perhaps a R OT are in order (even if we sign Pace) with LB being the last position to fill.

Although it is possible OZZY would select Clay Matthews with pick 26, the LB position is the deepest position we have on the roster. Although Ozzy certainly realizes the "Bloodlines" with Matthews, I really don't see The Ravens addressing a LB need with the first round pick this year. We need some offensive threats for Flacco. I will say after looking at your entire draft AND if it played out like you say, it is possible Matthews could get a look if still on the board at 26. That said, I would think the Ravens would trade up to draft local talent Heyward-Bey (having private workout with Flacco) or even take Nicks if he is still on the board (as your draft states). Tavares Gooden, Barnes, McClain are are competent to step up & START playing next to Ray Lewis for a couple of years. Bart Scott was a no body until he played for an injured Lewis in 2006. My point is that I think Ozzy would be foolish to draft a LB (even Matthews) with the first round pick. For one, I doubt Matthews would be the best rated player on the Ravens board at 26, anyhow.

Tell you what, We will draft Matthews and trade him to you for D. Jackson who I would take in a heartbeat after watching him play 4 years for my college team, Maryland.

The thing that scares me about Matthews is that he is one of 3 LB'ers out of USC that could go in the 1st round. Rated #3 on my charts.

Again, great thread and sorry to sound redundant.

 

 




Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2009 2:01 am
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

SirCheeks,

Although Max Unger is rated high by Mike Mayock, us draft-niks over in Steelerland do NOT WANT THIS GUY. No ifs ands or buts about it, he is vasltly over-rated and will get tossed around like a rag doll in the AFC North. The Steelers have hinted they are drafting D in the first round, or BPA not a QB, ST, or TE.   I actually would wait until round 2 or 3 and look for Wood, Caldwell, Luigs. Reading up on Darius Butler from UConn, Parcells is high on this kid. Parcells going for WR in round one, doubtful, either D or OLine.

nyb 




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 1:50 am
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

The people have spoken!

I was unaware of the Brandon Jones signing. The 49ers signed Jones to a 5-year $16.5 million dollar contract on February 28th, 2009. Between Jones, a healthy, Issac Bruce, and a hopefully more involved Vernon Davis, the 49ers should be good for at least another year with their receivers.

The mock draft has been changed accordingly. This certainly shakes things up quite a bit!




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 1:42 am
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

Sonic, you make a great point, but I respectfully disagree.

Many of the selections I've mapped out here are based on teams following the "best player available approach" in conjunction with their needs in the present and future. While it may be true the Old Browns have a few linebackers capable of stepping in and contributing, I'm not sure whether they can and will risk their future in mostly unproven players.

Don't forget Sonic - Ray Lewis can only play so many more years. If a potential stud like Matthews is there at 26, I don't know whether Newsome and company could pass him up.

Needs are often set aside for sheer talent, intelligence, and athleticism. The Old Browns appear short at cornerback and wide receiver, but I like Matthews at #26. The great franchises think years ahead and as much as it pains me to say it - the Old Browns are a great franchise.

Newsome takes the best player available here.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2009 11:13 pm
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft - Ravens Pick

No way that the Ravens take Clay Matthews OLB from USC UNLESS he is the best player on the board at pick #26, and that won't happen. The Ravens are too deep at LB and find good to great LB'ers in the later rounds every year. Bart Scott was undrafted! Multi-Million dollar man Adalius Thomas of the New England PAtriots was a 6th round pick. Currently we have a bevy of young LB'ers waiting in the wings for Bart to leave. Tavares Gooden, Antwan Barnes, Jameel McClain, Edgar Jones, Prescott Burgess & Special Teams Pro-Bowler Brendon Ayanbadejo.... So taking Matthews would be foolish as we only have one LB position to fill. We had so many good backers last year we had to ask Edgar Jones to play Tight End to keep him on the team. Drafting a Linebacker won;t happen before the 3rd round IF, IF AT ALL this year. We need a down field threat in a speedy WR but knowing OZZY, we will take the best player on the board at 26. My problem would be believing Clay Matthews WAS the best player on the board at 26. IN OZZY WE TRUST!!!

 




Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2009 2:41 am
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

The initial plan was for Harris to take over at the Guard position but with the dominant play by both our guards Jake Scott and Amano the only position we are really lacking at the depth is C and with Harris versatility he hoped in behind Mawae and is learning from the best.  But great research on the Titans coming to the C position.  At the time we are pretty set at the whole O-line but Mawae is aging and will need a replacement soon. Kudos to you for the research there.  But I personally think the Titans go with the top CB or LB in the draft or if one of the top prospect WRs drop (cough Maclin cough)... :smack wake up from dream world: they take a WR 




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:14 pm
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

Thank you titans.

I did my research on Tennessee and everything I read indicated Harris was to take over at one of the two guard positions. You follow the team closer than I, so I'll take your word for it.

I don't know how much value there is for Tennessee if they're looking for a guard around pick 30. If Peria Jerry falls past 17, I think a trade scenario may work out well for the Titans. I think VERY highly of Mack due to his intelligence, character, and athleticism. If he fell to them at 30, perhaps taking the best player available may be the right way to go.




Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:45 pm
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

Overall decent Mock Sircheeks.  But the Titans have a center in the wings playing and learning behind Mawae. Leroy Harris who played in place of the injured Mawae in the Ravens vs Titans divisional game did a remarkable job and has that aggressive no holds bar playing mentality, which he has learned from the great C himself Mawae.  The Titans are seeming to be very pleased with there young C Harris. With the pressing need for a "Field stretcher" in the WR corps, and the lack of depth in the secondary and the departure of Fat Al I see them 9 out 10 times going with one of there pressing needs or the best available player in the draft. Although I would like to have Mack in the wings to replace Mawae simply because of his hard nosed attitude but I don't see the Titans taking that route.

 




Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 12:51 am
 

Sircheeks' Mock Draft

I have to agree with Thrash I don't see the Niners dropping their first pick on Maclin or any wide receiver.  I picture a offensive lineman or defensive rushing specialist there.  Good post otherwise.   



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