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Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:44 pm
 

Here's Rob Rang's.  Enjoy: 

<tbody> </tbody> 2009 NFL Mock Draft - 2/25/2009Round 11. Detroit LionsMatthew Stafford, QB, Georgia: Marginal performances by the other quarterbacks at the combine confirmed what most already suspected - that Stafford is unquestionably the top passer in this class. The Lions dined with several candidates for the top pick in Indy, including Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, but they met first with Stafford.2. St. Louis RamsJason Smith, OT, Baylor: With Orlando Pace entering his 13th season and starting RT Alex Barron a year away from free agency, the Rams need to address their tackle situation after missing out on Michigan's Jake Long last year. Smith cemented his position as the top tackle in this class - and a virtual lock for the top four - with an impressive all-around performance at the combine.3. Kansas City ChiefsAaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest: Considered by many to be the safest pick of the draft, the Chiefs would be wise to add Curry if he's available. Flanked by the playmaking Curry, former first-round pick Derrick Johnson could get the spark needed to rejuvenate his career.4. Seattle SeahawksMichael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech: Seattle has holes on both sides of the ball, but none more pressing than a lack of playmakers. There isn't a more dominant playmaker in the draft than Crabtree - whose 41 career receiving touchdowns were largely responsible for his being the only two-time winner of the Biletnikof award.5. Cleveland BrownsEverette Brown, DE, Florida State: Brown is the draft's most explosive pass rusher and the Browns had just 17 sacks last season, but he'd be a better value a few picks later. With only four picks in this draft, Cleveland is expected to entertain offers for this selection.6. Cincinnati BengalsEugene Monroe, OT, Virginia: LT Levi Jones has started all 16 games only twice in seven years - and none of the past four seasons. RT Stacy Andrews had surgery in January to repair a torn ACL. Monroe took over for D'Brickashaw Ferguson as a sophomore and was so good at left tackle that he kept last year's No. 15 overall pick Branden Albert inside at left guard. Albert allowed 4.5 sacks in starting 15 of 16 games for Kansas City as a rookie -- all at left tackle.7. Oakland RaidersB.J. Raji, DT, Boston College: The Raiders finished ahead of only the Detroit Lions in run defense last season, allowing a staggering 159.7 yards per game. Raji's size and strength make him the draft's preeminent run defender, and his stock continues to climb after he impressed scouts at the combine with better than anticipated agility.8. Jacksonville JaguarsMichael Oher, OT, Mississippi: Left tackle Khalif Barnes surrendered more sacks last season (7.5) than any other blind-side blocker and is an unrestricted free agent unlikely to return. Oher raised some eyebrows during interviews at the combine, but Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff have extra insight into his ability after coaching him at the Senior Bowl.9. Green Bay PackersMalcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State: The Packers' switch to a 3-4 alignment and more zone coverage is going to force the club to reevaluate many of its current starters. Jenkins' pedestrian 40 at the combine could push him out of the top 10, but GM Ted Thompson has shown a willingness to think outside of the box with defensive backs, and Jenkins is much more than a 40 time.10. San Francisco 49ersJeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri: Flashes shown by young receivers Josh Morgan and Jason Hill might not be enough to keep the 49ers from considering Maclin. His ability to make defenders miss would help immediately on an offense desperate for more big plays and give the team options in the return game.11. Buffalo BillsBrian Cushing, OLB, Southern California: Angelo Crowell looked like a future standout for the Bills a few years ago, but a torn ACL and his impending free agent status makes Cushing a tempting option. A New Jersey native, Cushing is versatile enough to play opposite Kawika Mitchell and also drop down as a nickel pass rusher.12. Denver BroncosRey Maualuga, ILB, Southern California: Among new coach Josh McDaniels' first moves was to hire Mike Nolan as his defensive coordinator. Nolan, a strong proponent of the 3-4 defense, needs stouter, strong personnel to help the Broncos make the transition from the 4-3. Maualuga, 6-2, 249, could be the centerpiece of the linebacking corps.13. Washington RedskinsPeria Jerry, DT, Mississippi: With only four picks in the 2009 draft, the Redskins cannot afford to make mistakes. The defensive end class, hyped by many, lacks guarantees. Jerry's burst inside would give the Redskins an element they currently lack and provide insurance with three free agents at the position.14. New Orleans SaintsVontae Davis, CB, Illinois: The Saints have spent too many years and too many millions of dollars in failed attempts at fixing their secondary. Considering Davis' spectacular upside, New Orleans could spend its first first-round pick on a cornerback since selecting Alex Molden in 1996.15. Houston TexansBrian Orakpo, DE, Texas: The Texans already have three former first-round picks along the defensive line, but still lack a legitimate pass rusher opposite DE Mario Williams. Orakpo, winner of three of the four top defensive awards (Nagurski, Hendricks, Lombardi), wasn't as fluid in some of the linebacker drills that proponents of the 3-4 would like and may slip further than many are projecting.16. San Diego ChargersTyson Jackson, DE, LSU: The Chargers have shown a willingness to invest high picks in their 3-4 defensive ends in the past, using the 28th overall pick on Luis Castillo in 2005 and the 35th overall on Igor Olshansky in 2004. With Olshansky an unrestricted free agent and thought unlikely to be resigned, the Chargers would be wise to add Jackson, the elite 3-4 defensive end prospect of this draft.17. New York JetsMark Sanchez, QB, Southern California: Coach Rex Ryan may have said all of the right things at the combine about his three quarterbacks, but when the team is "split right down the middle" on which of their current passers can win the starting job, there is a potential problem. Sanchez has the tools to be a franchise quarterback, something that few can claim about the Jets' current group.18. Chicago BearsAaron Maybin, OLB, Penn State: Casual observers might tell you that the Bears have plenty of talent along their defensive line, but those close to the situation know that the club struggled to generate a consistent pass rush from the outside. Maybin is an ascending talent, but might still be a year or two away from being a starter. Used as part of a rotation - as he would be here - Maybin could make an immediate impact.19. Tampa Bay BuccaneersChris Wells, RB, Ohio State: The Bucs are a team in need of an offensive identity. Considering their reliance on 34-year-old Warrick Dunn, 'tweener back Earnest Graham and oft-injured Carnell Williams, new GM Mark Dominik would be wise to consider adding a bell-cow running like Wells should he be available.20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas)Andre Smith, OT, Alabama: Smith's lack of preparation and early departure from the combine is going to translate into a significant drop on draft day. The Lions, however, would be wise to take advantage of his falling stock here, instantly improving the size and physicality of their offensive line.21. Philadelphia EaglesBrandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State: Despite franchising L.J. Smith, the Eagles' best tight end through most of last season was receiving specialist Brent Celek. Pettigrew, a dominant blocker, would be a bit of a luxury selection, but considering the importance of the tight end in this offense and the fact that the Eagles have two first-round picks due to their trade last year with Carolina, they can afford it.22. Minnesota VikingsPercy Harvin, WR, Florida: The anticipated trade for QB Sage Rosenfels should upgrade the passing game. So, too, would the addition of a versatile slot receiver like Harvin, who could also make an immediate impact as a returner.23. New England PatriotsClay Matthews, OLB, Southern California: After not spending a first-round pick on a linebacker since 1990, the Patriots struck gold last year in taking Jerod Mayo. Matthews, Jr. continued his improbable rise from walk-on to potential first -ound pick with an impressive workout at the combine.24. Atlanta FalconsRobert Ayers, DE, Tennessee: The Falcons have received precious little in the way of a pass rush from their investment in former No. 8 overall selection Jamaal Anderson. Ayers struggled with consistency early in his career, but developed into a team captain as a senior and turned heads at the Senior Bowl.25. Miami DolphinsLarry English, OLB, Northern Illinois: The Dolphins have other needs, but considering Bill Parcells' penchant for selecting pass rushers, the fact that 11-year veteran Joey Porter (18) contributed roughly half of Miami's 40 sacks and that this is an especially strong year for the position, few league insiders would be surprised if Miami took another pass rusher here. English, the two-time defending MAC Defensive Player of the Year, showed enough at the combine to consider making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker.26. Baltimore RavensDarrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland: Perhaps the most exciting aspect of rookie QB Joe Flacco's development last season was his big arm downfield. With teams forced to attack the line of scrimmage due to Baltimore's running game and the precise route-running from Derrick Mason, the speedy Heyward-Bey would be a nice fit.27. Indianapolis ColtsEvander Hood, DT, Missouri: The Colts always seem to be on the lookout for size and strength on the defensive interior. Hood's steady improvement while at Missouri and impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and combine have his stock soaring.28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina)William Beatty, OT, Connecticut: Under Andy Reid, the Eagles have always shown a willingness to spend first-day picks on young offensive and defensive linemen. Beatty may lack the strength necessary to start immediately, but he has the athleticism for left tackle and could develop behind Tra Thomas (assuming the free agent returns) for a year before taking over.29. New York GiantsJames Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State: Linebacker has traditionally been an area of strength for the Giants, but they struggled in this area in 2008 and would like to add youth and versatility to the position. Laurinaitis isn't flashy, but his consistent open-field tackling and ability to play any linebacker position makes him an intriguing fit and a good value here.30. Tennessee TitansMichael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech: The anticipated free-agent defection of Albert Haynesworth will force the Titans to look to the draft for another standout defensive lineman. With no defensive tackles capable of replacing Haynesworth, Tennessee could look outside for a pass rusher to pick up the slack.31. Arizona CardinalsKnowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia: Considering the Cardinals' struggles to run the ball last season and Edgerrin James likely to work his way out of town, the Cardinals need to add a feature back in front of Tim Hightower, who is better suited to a short-yardage role. Moreno is viewed by many talent evaluators as a top 10 talent, but his poor workout at the combine and few teams needing help at running back could lead to a stunning drop on draft day.32. Pittsburgh SteelersKenny Britt, WR, Rutgers: Only the 49ers (55), Lions (52) and Bengals (51) surrendered more sacks last season than the Super Bowl champs (49). With three free agents at the position, it is easy to see why Pittsburgh would strongly consider Britton, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior.

 

 

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 10:07 am
 

The Latest Mock Drafts

Both mocks have improved since they first came out.  Both Cushing & Matthews would be good picks for the Cardinals in the 1st.   




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 4:10 pm
 

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19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa needs size, strength and youth in the middle of their defense. Ziggy is slight taller, heavier and faster than Peria Jerry, and he brings endless energy on the field. 

 

First of all, this is a reach.  Secondly, the Bucs have Luke McCown at QB.  Thirdly, they have ZERO threats at WR.  Why on earth would they go defense with their first round pick? 




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 1:53 pm
 

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 Reuter's mock makes much more sense than Rang's.  With no second round pick, why would the Saint take a RB in round 1 when defense is a more immediate need? 




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2009 1:46 pm
 

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 Chad Reuter's Latest 3-Round Mock.  Enjoy: 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/31/2009Round 11. Detroit Lions: Showed good arm strength and accuracy in a fair wind during his pro day, and has impressed teams in his individual interviews. Some preliminary reports say the team is negotiating with tackle Jason Smith, but others say the team is talking with the agents of all the players in the hunt for this pick.2. St. Louis Rams: Rams general manager Billy Devaney attended Monroe's pro day in Charlottesville, and seemed to be impressed. Many believe Jason Smith is the pick, but Monroe's footwork may pique the Rams' interest.3. Kansas City Chiefs: A move to an inside linebacker spot is not out of the question, especially since Pat Thomas signed with the Bills. In the team's new 3-4 scheme, his blitzing skills and secure tackling will make him a Patrick Willis-type impact player between Mike Vrabel and Derrick Johnson.4. Seattle Seahawks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh was a nice signing, but he turns 32 years old in September and played across from Chad Ocho Cinco. Deion Branch started 11 and 8 games the past two seasons. Bobby Engram, who left as a free agent, led receivers with 489 yards. Still think WR isn't a need?5. Cleveland Browns: Hit a home run at his pro day, proving to teams like the Browns that he is fluid enough in space to play the 3-4 linebacker spot.6. Cincinnati Bengals: If Ohio State coach Jim Tressel had taken Wells out of the Youngstown State game a bit earlier, there would be no question of his value as a top-10 pick. Seattle and Cincinnati will work out Beanie before the draft, so it looks like they already consider him worthy of their top pick.7. Oakland Raiders: The consensus is that Maclin's the pick if Crabtree is unavailable. But when has Al Davis ever passed up on a 6'2", 210 receiver with 4.3 speed? Remember when Minnesota picked South Carolina's Troy Williamson in the top 10?8. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Mark Sanchez could easily be the pick here, but Raji's value and Jacksonville's lack of power in the middle push them in Raji's direction.9. Green Bay Packers: If the Seahawks and Bengals decide to go with playmakers instead of offensive line help, then the Packers get a gift at number nine. LT Chad Clifton and RT Mark Tauscher are both on the downsides of their careers; one may not be back in 2009.10. San Francisco 49ers: If Sanchez is on the board, it will be hard for the Niners to pass him up in favor of Shaun Hill (who was adequate, if unspectacular, in 2008) and Alex Smith as their future quarterbacks.11. Buffalo Bills: The Bills worked him out because he could be the defensive end/linebacker prospect they need to rush the passer consistently.12. Denver Broncos: Jackson's a nice fit for the Broncos' 3-4 scheme -- but things may get very interesting at this pick if QB Jay Cutler's wish to be traded comes true.13. Washington Redskins: Smith's Combine snafu is likely to be forgiven because of his potential as a dominating run blocker and versatility to play either side of the line. He'll start off on the right side but could eventually take over on the left after Chris Samuels retires.14. New Orleans Saints: Getting veterans like Darren Sharper and Pierson Prioleau helps build the secondary a bit, but there's a reason their old teams let them walk. Jenkins' playmaking ability is too good for the Saints to let slide by15. Houston Texans: Matthews' talent as a pass rusher and his underrated athleticism make him a good fit at this spot...he'll be fighting with teammate Brian Cushing to see who's picked first.16. San Diego Chargers: Shawne Merriman's absence hurt the Chargers last season more than Ed Hochuli's missed call. Brown's explosion off the edge will ensure they don't have the problem again if Merriman leaves as a free agent after the 2009 season.17. New York Jets: The Jets have to consider Freeman, if he's still available at this pick, because of his size and arm strength. His impressive workouts and interviews have made him a mid-first round pick for someone.18. Chicago Bears: The Bears would jump for joy if Maclin fell to this point in the draft. Despite his skills, he has only average size and deep speed (although he's more explosive than his 40 times indicate) and has some work to do as a route-runner.19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa needs size, strength and youth in the middle of their defense. Ziggy is slight taller, heavier and faster than Peria Jerry, and he brings endless energy on the field.20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): The Lions signed Grady Jackson to stop the run, but Jerry has the talent to both clog the middle and rush the passer from his three-technique spot.21. Philadelphia Eagles: Oher's very talented and plays with a nasty streak offensive line coaches love, but last year's run on tackles in the first round and this' year's depth may cause him to drop further than he should.22. Minnesota Vikings: Right tackle Ryan Cook should move back inside now that Matt Birk is gone, so Britton will step in to fill the void.23. New England Patriots: Maybin's raw talent should allow him to contribute as a pass rusher this season, with the potential to become even more in the future.24. Atlanta Falcons: QB Matt Ryan gets a receiving target and RB Michael Turner also benefits from Pettigrew's blocking outside.25. Miami Dolphins: Picking up Eric Green helped make up for the loss of Andre Goodman, but the Dolphins are still lacking in the secondary. Davis' athleticism makes him a potential star, but his inconsistency could prevent him from reaching his ceiling.26. Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis won't be around forever, so Maualuga can learn from the master over the next year or two before eventually replacing him as the leader of the defense. By the way, Lewis was the 26th selection in 1996.27. Indianapolis Colts: Even though the Colts have Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez, the departure of Marvin Harrison means Harvin could be in the fold. QB Peyton Manning will enjoy throwing to that threesome for the next few years.28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina): If Moreno drops this far, there may be some trades in the works because teams would have to believe Philly pulls the trigger on this pick. Forget his 40 times -- he's a tough, physical back with enough speed to make big plays.29. New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks did not help his cause by gaining 14 pounds before his pro day. Britt, on the other hand, showed scouts he can run and consistently catch the ball with his hands, which was a real issue for him at times during his career at Rutgers.30. Tennessee Titans: Nick Harper turns 35 in September and there's absolutely no depth behind him and Cortland Finnegan.31. Arizona Cardinals: Because of team need, some linebackers may slip through the cracks into the late first or early second. Cushing's value here and the Cards' need to ramp up their defense make this an easy decision.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mack strengthens the offensive line, which was the Super Bowl champions' weakest spot.Round 21. Detroit Lions: Beatty's athleticism will allow Jeff Backus to move inside, improving the entire line.2. New England Patriots (from Kansas City): Patriots' coaches attended Wood's pro day, and they're always looking for depth in the interior offensive line.3. St. Louis Rams: Steps into the starting mike linebacker spot.4. Cleveland Browns: The Browns need a replacement for Sean Jones, Delmas is an enforcer in the box and over the middle.5. Seattle Seahawks: Maurice Morris is gone and Julius Jones wasn't the answer.6. Cincinnati Bengals: The fortification of the offensive line continues with Unger, a mobile center who plays with attitude.7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Neck-and-neck with Kenny Britt at this point in the process, Nicks could be a steal for a team in need of WR help like the Jags.8. Oakland Raiders: Can't see Al Davis passing on an athlete like Johnson.9. Green Bay Packers: Barwin could be a first-round pick, but the Packers won't complain if the deep DE-OLB hybrid class allows someone to drop to this spot.10. Buffalo Bills: Combining Cook's hands and speed with Lee Evans and T.O. makes the Bills' offense suddenly look dynamic.11. San Francisco 49ers: Parys Haralson had eight sacks in 2008, but he and Manny Lawson will get competition from English immediately.12. Miami Dolphins (from Washington): Young nose tackle to work with Jason Ferguson in 2009 and take over in 2010.13. New York Giants (from New Orleans): Brandon Jacobs needs a change-of-pace back to keep him healthy.14. Houston Texans: LeSean McCoy might be more explosive, but the Texans are looking for a beast to team up with Steve Slaton. Brown's sub-4.5 40 time means he's no plodder.15. New England Patriots (from San Diego): Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs help bring veteran presence, but Moore's skills add depth this year and potentially much more in the future.16. Denver Broncos: Depth behind Bronco starters Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman is lacking.17. Chicago Bears: Makes plays on the field, no matter what the stopwatch says about his speed.18. Cleveland Browns (from Tampa Bay): Strong power back able to give Jamal Lewis occasional breaks this season, then take over the starting role in 2010.19. Dallas Cowboys: Teams looking at his athleticism tests and junior year tape might just forget about that inconsistent and injury-filled senior year.20. New York Jets: Signing Marques Douglas is a short-term solution, Gilbert's athleticism gets him on the field right away and gives him great upside.21. Philadelphia Eagles: A good receiver and better blocker than most give him credit for, Nelson should fit in the Eagles' scheme nicely.22. Minnesota Vikings: Strong corner who will battle the inconsistent Marcus McCauley and Benny Sapp to play as the third corner or play some safety.23. Atlanta Falcons: Versatile safety who pounds runners and can check wide receivers.24. Miami Dolphins: Ascending talent with the potential to slide into the early second round if all those hybrid defenders go in the first round.25. Baltimore Ravens: Has potential to be more than just a steady possession receiver.26. New England Patriots: The Patriots have six of the top 99 picks, so they can take a chance on a wild card like White.27. Carolina Panthers: Has good size and speed, which Carolina needs across from Steve Smith.28. New York Giants: Speedy and versatile, Freeman provides much-needed depth for the Giants' linebacker corps.29. Indianapolis Colts: Active, smallish tackle who fits the Indy defense perfectly.30. Tennessee Titans: Thomas will be a fine slot receiver, but the loss of returner Chris Carr pushes the Titans to find a returner like Thomas.31. Arizona Cardinals: The fact New England cast-off Stephen Spach started for the Cardinals speaks volumes.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers will be fortunate to find the massive Loadholt waiting around at the end of Day 1.Round 31. Detroit Lions: Has the speed and toughness to improve the middle linebacker spot immediately.2. St. Louis Rams: Solid all-around receiver who should be a long-time starter.3. Kansas City Chiefs: Luigs would be a top 50 pick in most drafts.4. Seattle Seahawks: Underrated playmaker who brings youth to the Seahawks' secondary.5. Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland): The 330-pounder fits in well with Dallas' huge offensive line.6. Cincinnati Bengals: Despite Johnson's troubles at right tackle at the Senior Bowl, the Bengals' coaches might think can coach Johnson into a player there.7. Oakland Raiders: Versatile enough to compete for playing time at right guard or right tackle.8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Talented back who has the potential to be a Fred Taylor-type all-around offensive threat.9. Green Bay Packers: If Jordy Nelson gained 30 pounds of muscle, he'd be Casey.10. San Francisco 49ers: Pushes Mark Roman for the starting job as a rookie.11. Buffalo Bills: Levitre made his name by dominating against USC this season at LT, but he'll move inside in the pros.12. New York Jets (from New Orleans): A big-time playmaker in college, getting Harris would be a deal if he lasts until the third round.13. Houston Texans: The Texans re-signed Nick Ferguson and Eugene Wilson, but Hamlin's versatility makes him a strong pick here.14. San Diego Chargers: A ready replacement for RG Mike Goff if the Chargers go young.15. Denver Broncos: Versatile enough to play inside or outside in the 3-4. Denver could use help at both spots.16. Washington Redskins: Has great potential as a pass rushing presence.17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stays in Florida to give the Bucs strength on the outside.18. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): Running better in his pro day kept him in the draft's top 100.19. Green Bay Packers (from New York): Is expected to be an excellent five-technique end in the 3-4 scheme.20. Chicago Bears: Signing Kevin Shaffer helps in the short term, but Cadogan's a swing tackle who may turn into more.21. Philadelphia Eagles: Fill need created when Lito Sheppard was traded.22. Minnesota Vikings: As pro-ready a receiver as there is in this draft due to his solid hands and crisp routes.23. Miami Dolphins: Yeremiah Bell and Gibril Wilson were signed, but losing Renaldo Hill means there's no depth behind them.24. Baltimore Ravens: Steps into a rebuilt corner group and competes for the nickel spot.25. New England Patriots: Athletic safety who should be solid in the secondary and very good on special teams.26. Atlanta Falcons: Helps veteran Mike Peterson fill the openings left by Michael Boley and Keith Brooking.27. New York Giants: Nice one-two punch with Kevin Boss. Could prove to be a steal if his lack of durability doesn't drag him down in the NFL.28. Indianapolis Colts: Quick and athletic and a bit undersized, the way the Colts like their linebackers.29. Carolina Panthers: Provides support for Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall.30. Tennessee Titans: Won't be another Albert Haynesworth, but he will challenge guards and centers with his length.31. Arizona Cardinals: Ringer's a bargain back who will succeed as both a runner and receiver.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Smallish but tough corner with good ball skills, which seems to fit the Steelers' mold.33. New England Patriots: The Patriots are always looking for depth on the offensive line.34. Cincinnati Bengals: Has value as a pass rusher, whether at end or linebacker.35. Chicago Bears: Has all of the tools to be a successful NFL quarterback.




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2009 12:46 pm
 

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Rob Rang's latest mock - updated today.  Enjoy: 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/31/2009Round 11. Detroit : The Lions will play host to Stafford in a private workout March 31. How he performs in Detroit and whether he and agent Tom Condon are willing to agree to the Lions' terms before the draft will determine if the former Bulldog is the first pick. OTs Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe remain legitimate possibilities here if Stafford falters on either.2. St. Louis : The release of LT Orlando Pace leaves a huge hole - literally and figuratively - up front. New coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney know the value of the left tackle position in today's NFL. Smith, a former tight end, is a potential Pro Bowl combination of size, agility and nastiness.3. Kansas City : With only 10 sacks last year, the Chiefs were the worst pass rushing team in NFL history. Without a second-round pick due to the trade, they'll consider Orakpo, the draft's safest pass rusher, due to his potential to make an immediate impact.4. Seattle : Through free agency and trades the Seahawks have put themselves in position to take the best player available. The team is clearly intrigued by Curry as it sent linebacker coach Zerick Rollins to Wake Forest for a private workout with the ACC star last week, and the Seahawks are flying him to their team headquarters in early April.5. Cleveland : The Browns are thought to be targeting Orakpo or Curry, but could find both off the board. Rumors persist that Cleveland is contemplating trading several veterans, including one or both of young QBs and , WR and NG . Considering his upside, Edwards would likely get the most in return and would allow Cleveland to take Crabtree, the best player still available.6. Cincinnati : The Bengals are targeting an offensive tackle with this pick and would be fortunate if Monroe lasted this long. Some teams wonder if he, like former Cavalier , has the fire in his belly to ever maximize his physical ability.7. Oakland : Even with the signing of , tackle remains an area of concern for the Raiders, who didn't invest millions in quarterback and not to protect them.8. Jacksonville : The Jaguars certainly have a need at receiver and there is a lot of smoke about their interest in QBs Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman. With his job potentially on the line, however, coach Jack Del Rio needs more of an impact player. Raji could provide the presence alongside the team lost last year with the trade of .9. Green Bay : The Packers' greatest area of need is at pass rusher and perhaps right tackle, and talented players at each position remain on the board. However, the safest and best player on the board is Jenkins, whose size and strength make him a candidate to help at one of the positions in the Packers' admittedly talented, but undeniably aging defensive backfield.10. San Francisco : Extending 's contract and signing OT Marvel Smith gives the 49ers options. Coach Mike Singletary has publicly stated that quarterback was one of the team's primary offseason concerns and if local star Sanchez remains on the board, San Francisco might be unable to resist the temptation of adding some competition to the position.11. Buffalo : The loss of Pro Bowl DE after five games had a lot to do with the Bills' anemic pass rush (26th in the NFL). And Schobel, who will turn 32 in September, has only 7.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Brown is the most gifted pass rusher of this draft, but could slip a bit over concerns about his pro position after measuring in at 6-2, 256 pounds at the combine - a full two inches shorter than listed at Florida State.12. Denver : Signing DT will help, but the Broncos remain woefully unprepared along the line to transition to the 3-4 scheme preferred by coach Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. Jackson, whose stock is rising, is one of the few defensive linemen in the 2009 class with the size, strength and experience to make an immediate impact up front in this scheme.13. Washington : The Redskins are hopeful that one of the top defensive ends will fall into their lap. With limited ammunition to trade up to get one, Washington might be forced to fill other areas of need. Oher would provide a stabilizing force at right tackle, where and 's struggles contributed to the Redskins' second-half slide last year.14. New Orleans : Considering how explosive the Saints' offense is, many will project a defender here, but Wells could provide a similar impact as a defender in helping New Orleans control the clock. , when healthy, and are each capable backs, but neither has the ability to wear down a defense like Wells.15. Houston : The addition of Hall of Fame OL Bruce Matthews to the coaching staff has led to speculation that the Texans will draft his nephew, USC OLB Clay Matthews, Jr. with this selection. His teammate, Cushing, is the more NFL-ready player, however, and offers more value at this point.16. San Diego : The Chargers' defensive backfield has been persecuted by some for the team's disappointing 31st-place finish in pass defense, but much of the problem can be placed on the lack of a consistent pass rush. The Chargers finished fifth in the NFL with 42 sacks in 2007 but dropped to 22nd last season with 28. With no guarantee to be back at 100 percent early in the year, GM A.J. Smith would be wise to add the young, explosive Maybin.17. New York : The Jets haven't featured a legitimate home-run threat at wide receiver since trading away . QB Josh Freeman remains a possibility, but the defensive-minded Rex Ryan may want more of an immediate impact with this pick than a rookie quarterback will provide.18. Chicago : Considering the Bears' struggles offensively, one could make the argument that they need to take a quarterback or wide receiver with this pick. That doesn't mesh with GM Jerry Angelou's history, however. Jerry, an athletic defensive tackle to team with (and ultimately push) could provide some rejuvenation to this defense.19. Tampa Bay : The Bucs will be looking to find an offensive identity through this draft. New coach Raheem Morris knows Freeman well from their time together at Kansas State. The talk amongst scouts at Freeman's pro day workout last week was that he won't drop lower than this pick.20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): The addition of Peterson makes linebacker much less of a need for the Lions and could allow the team to look at its secondary or defensive line with this selection. Maualuga, however, fits the Jim Schwartz preferred mold of big, strong linebackers and would give the defense a linebacking corps capable of slowing the impressive young backs of the NFC North division.21. Philadelphia : remains a superstar, but at 30 years old and suffering from a degenerative knee condition, he may no longer be capable of full-time duties. With two first-round picks and having paid attention to their offensive line via free agency (), the Eagles would be wise to take the underrated Moreno.22. Minnesota : The trade for QB should upgrade the passing game. So, too, would the addition of a versatile slot receiver like Harvin, who could also make an immediate impact as a returner.23. New England : Outside linebacker was an area of concern for the Patriots before trading veteran to the Chiefs. His loss makes the position an area of legitimate need and one New England will almost certainly address on the first day of the draft.24. Atlanta , with CB Vontae Davis and TE Brandon Pettigrew also available options who would fill areas of need. The athletic Johnson, while not necessarily filling the biggest need here, could make the greatest immediate impact.25. Miami : Bill Parcells generally steers away from taking wide receivers this high, but the Dolphins would be wise to take advantage of the depth of this year's class. Nicks lacks elite speed, but has good size and excellent hands.26. Baltimore : The Ravens actually brought QB along in their private workout with Heyward-Bey and had their second-year passer throwing to the former Maryland star. Considering Flacco's rare deep accuracy, Heyward-Bey would seem a perfect long ball target.27. Indianapolis : The Colts would like to add to the size and athleticism of their defensive line, and Ayers would provide immediate depth to the rotation behind and . Ayers has the talent to warrant top 15 consideration, but his lack of experience is likely to keep him in the second half of the first round.28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina): Eben Britton, OT, Arizona: Andy Reid expressed optimism that his current starting guards - or - could take over ' spot at left tackle. If Britton were available at this point in the draft, they wouldn't have to.29. New York : The Giants have been busy adding defensive help via free agency, but with veteran Amani Toomer not extended a contract and the questions surrounding ' status, the team could be forced to add a wideout before next year. Britt, like Burress, has a rare combination of size and speed and would be a popular pick with fans due to his local ties.30. Tennessee : DL showed enough in his rookie season to give the Titans some confidence that they can weather the loss of , but if the steady and strong Hood remains available here, he'd be a big help in the rotation.31. Arizona : The Cardinals relied on , and last year, but would like to add some youth and speed at the rush linebacker position. Matthews, Jr. is an ascending talent who makes sense at this point.32. Pittsburgh : With many of their needs along the offensive line filled by re-signing their own free agents, the Super Bowl champs have the luxury of watching the draft unfold before them. Davis is considered a top 15 talent to some, but his inconsistency could lead to a significant tumble on draft day - right into the hands of the Steelers, who lost a similarly physical, but inconsistent young corner in to the Cardinals via free agency.  , DE, Georgia Tech




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 12:29 pm
 

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No way Brandon Pettigrew goes #24 oveall to the Falcons.  He is a TE than run a sub 4.8 40.  He's a 2nd rounder at best.  

 

 

Maybe even a mid to late secound-rounder. 




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 10:36 am
 

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 No way Brandon Pettigrew goes #24 oveall to the Falcons.  He is a TE than run a sub 4.8 40.  He's a 2nd rounder at best. 




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2009 4:31 pm
 

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Call me nuts, but I think the Vikings need to draft a QB in the first round; not a WR.  What good does drafting Percy Harvin or Hakeem Nicks do when Tavaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels is throwing them the ball?  Seriously, does EITHER of these QB's scare opposing defenses?  Teams will continue to eight-in-the-box us to stop Peterson until we get a serious passing threat at QB. 

 




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2009 2:59 pm
 

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 I'm more inclinced to go along with Reuter's mocks than Rang's.  The front seven on defense was the weakness on the team.  That must be addressed first. 




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2009 11:45 am
 

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Contrary to what most Lions fans are saying, the Lions DO need to go QB with their #1 overall pick.  OT's can be picked later.   



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