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The Latest Mock Drafts

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: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:10 pm
 

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Here is Rob Rang's latest 1st round mock.  Updated 3/23/09.  Enjoy: 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/23/2009Round 11. Detroit : Stafford's strong showing at Georgia's pro day only added to the likelihood that he'll be the Lions' choice. OTs Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe remain possibilities - insiders suggest a tackle may even be the favorite at this point - but ultimately, the Lions will revert back to the premise most NFL teams are built around - that to win consistently, a franchise quarterback has to be found.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 : The first significant move of the Scott Pioli regime in Kansas City occurred with the trade for QB . Providing Cassel with bookends like Monroe and 2008 first-round pick could be the best way toward assuring Cassel's success.4. Seattle : Trading OLB creates a gaping hole at the strong-side position in Seattle's defense. The Seahawks could plug Curry in immediately and, considering they'd be getting the player many believe is the draft's top talent at the fourth pick, the team would be getting optimum value.5. Cleveland : Insiders report that the Browns have become fascinated with Orakpo and feel he may present the best chance for immediate improvement of the team's 31st ranked pass rush. Unlike many of the other hybrid pass rushers of the 2009 draft making the transition from defensive end, Orakpo has experience as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment.6. Cincinnati : The Bengals are targeting an offensive tackle with this pick, but may be unwilling to pick Michael Oher or Andre Smith this high. Given that the team is expected to allow veteran DT John Thornton to leave via free agency, the Bengals need to fortify the middle of the d-line to help DE earn the huge contract he was given last offseason.7. Oakland : Insiders suggest Crabtree lacks the top-end stopwatch speed Al Davis and other members of the Raiders' front office prefer. Crabtree does, however, have rare size, body control and ability to generate yardage after the catch - elements that could be put to immediate use considering the talents of and .8. Jacksonville : With concerns at offensive tackle at least moderately calmed with the signing of veteran LT , the Jaguars will consider taking another first-round gamble on a wide receiver or a quarterback. Watch out for a slight trade up for Crabtree, but with the Texas Tech receiver off the board, Sanchez jumps to the forefront.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 : Right tackle was a revolving door for the 49ers last season. Smith, for all of the talk about his horrific combine and pro day performances, remains a top 10 candidate based on film and would provide San Francisco with the physical run blocker it's missing on the right side.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 on draft day over concerns about his pro position after measuring in at 6-2, 256 pounds - 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 : Even with the improvement shown by , the Bears still lack playmakers at wide receiver. A strong performance at the combine and last week at his pro day could push Heyward-Bey into the top 15, though he remains a work in progress.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 : Brian Westbrook remains a superstar, but at 30 years old and suffering from deteriorating knees, he may no longer be capable of full-time duties. The addition of free-agent FB Leonard Weaver and OL Stacy Andrews helps the offense, but the Eagles would be wise to ignore Moreno's lack of stopwatch speed and instead focus on his film.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 : 's magical season belied the fact that the Dolphins struggled to consistently provide much of a pass rush from any other angle last year. Bill Parcells has a history of taking pass rushers in the first round, and insiders tell me he's intrigued with Barwin's raw tools.26. Baltimore : Even if the Ravens elect to sign Orlando Pace and take another spin on the rent-a-veteran-right-tackle wheel like they've done in the past with Leon Searcy and , adding a talented blocker capable of being groomed as the long-term answer makes sense. Britton, 6-6, 307 pounds, has experience at both left and right tackle and would offer GM Ozzie Newsome better value at this point than any of the receivers or pass rushers still on the board.27. Indianapolis : Losing the underrated Darrell Reid to Denver via free agency only exacerbates the Colts' lack of size and strength on the defensive interior. Jerry is athletic and enjoyed a strong senior season and Senior Bowl, but concerns that he is a bit of a one-year wonder could push him down the board a bit.28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina): Few teams dedicate as much attention to restocking their offensive and defensive lines as the Eagles, and the dependable (51-game starter) and versatile (first-team Pac-10 at center and left tackle) Unger presents many of the characteristics Andy Reid looks for. Unger could provide a push to incumbent starter at center or provide depth at any other spot along the line.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. Nicks, 6-1, 210 pounds, has the size and sticky hands to make an impact, but lacks the elite speed Burress brings to the offense. With three first-day picks (29th, 45th, 60th) the Giants are prime candidates to move up.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 : Considering their lack of a top-flight running back or depth at outside linebacker, tight end is hardly the Cardinals' greatest need. Pettigrew, however, would be fine value at this point and provide Arizona with the physicality in the running game and short-area target the team has only occasionally received from its current underwhelming group at the position.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: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2009 11:56 am
 

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 If McDaniels doesn't straighten out this mess with Jay Cutler, the Broncos might meed to draft a QB in the first round.  Undecided




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 2:50 pm
 

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The Titans need to take a WR in the FIRST round; not the 2nd.  WR is a much bigger need than OLB.   




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 12:18 pm
 

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Some of the mocks have the Jaguars taking Sanchez with their pick.  If that's the case, he's not even making it out of the top ten.  frankly, I'l rather see them take an o-lineman.  They need someone to block for Jones-Drew.   




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 10:01 am
 

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The Colts worked out Mark Sanchez.  Anyone think he could fall that low in the draft in the first round?  Peyton's 32, so they need to start thinking about an eventual replacement.   

 




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2009 2:54 pm
 

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15. Houston Texans: More important than the fact uncle Bruce played for many years with the Houston football franchise is Clay's upside as a run-stuffer and pass-rushing force

 

Clay Matthews over Maybin & Cushing?  Not sure about that.  Did Clay Matthews really do THAT well at the combine?  Well, USC's proday is April 1st.  Guess we'll find out how good he is.  Thanks for the info. 




Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:40 am
 

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The Steelers going with Darius Butler over Alphonso Smith?  Don't know about that one.   




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:54 pm
 

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 Thanks for the update Charlie.  I would be pleased with the Bill's draft going this way.  Then again the Bill's have enough holes to fill they can take guys from any number of positions, but taking  they are taking an excellant athlete with a big need.

My pleasure, Buff.  Everette Brown would be a great pick for the Bills in that spot.  They need someone who can pressure Tom Brady.  Brown could fill that role nicely. 




Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 3:11 pm
 

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 You're right, Buff.  This is better than a couple of his past mocks. 




Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2009 2:08 pm
 

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Thanks for the update Charlie.  I would be pleased with the Bill's draft going this way.  Then again the Bill's have enough holes to fill they can take guys from any number of positions, but taking  they are taking an excellant athlete with a big need.  As long as they don't go TE first pick like some writers are talking about around here. Reuter has them taking a TE in the second round that I could live with.



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