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Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:44 pm
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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 11, 2009 2:13 pm
 

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CHad Reuter's latest 3-round mock.  Updated 3/10/09.  Enjoy: 

 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/10/2009Round 11. Detroit : they could go the "safe" route and pick LB Aaron Curry or OT Jason Smith...and no one would blame them. But with former Minnesota pairing QB and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan together again in Detroit, and there as insurance, there would be no hurry to rush Stafford.2. St. Louis : Even slight concerns about Eugene Monroe's knee makes Smith a better-looking prospect at this spot. Like he needs the help.3. Kansas City : Getting Cassel in the fold erases the need for a quarterback, but it's doubtful acquiring in the same trade eliminates the chances of Curry's being picked.4. Seattle : Pairing new nose tackle with the powerful, penetrating Raji gives the 'Hawks nice 1-2 punch up the middle. Signing "Housh" and could eliminate the need to select Crabtree or an offensive tackle.5. Cleveland : Texas' Pro Day could be eye-opening for the Browns if Orakpo can get through linebacker drills. His pass-rushing skills would help fill the team's greatest need.6. Cincinnati : Bringing WR into the fold means the Bengals likely pass on a receiver at the top. Monroe can replace on the right side of the line.7. Oakland : gets a legitimate big-play receiver, Al Davis gets a player with some cachet ... it's win-win.8. Jacksonville : Oher's athleticism and mean streak on the field are too much for the Jaguars to pass up.9. Green Bay : Jackson's ability to play anywhere along the line, especially the five-technique DE position, is intriguing to the Packers, who are looking for line help for their new 3-4 defense.10. San Francisco : was a nice signing, but he's not the playmaker the Niners need. Despite DHB's inconsistency, he has the upside teams want in a top-10 pick.11. Buffalo : Although Brown is a shade under 6-2, his explosiveness off the edge makes him a valuable commodity in passing situations.12. Denver : Assuming the hamstring injury suffered at the Combine is not a deal-breaker, Maualuga's ability to fly to the ball matches up well with veteran free agent signee in the middle of the Broncos' new-look 3-4 defense.13. Washington : isn't getting any younger and the offensive line could use new blood. Smith's potential as a strong right tackle at the next level makes him a value pick.14. New Orleans : might have filled the hole at cornerback, but the Saints look to bolster other parts of the defense. Jenkins could slide to free safety -- for this team, for now -- as is still on the free agent market.15. Houston : Scouts say Matthews could be better than Cushing or Maualuga in two years, so don't be surprised if he's the first one of that group off the board. Houston brings in a legacy pick (uncle Bruce played for many years with the Houston Oilers).d16. San Diego : is a free agent after 2009 and the Chargers' defense suffered without him last season. Maybin's potential will invite a lot of interest in the middle of the first round. Knowshon Moreno is in the running, even with the unimpressive 40 time at the Combine, because LT's future is uncertain.17. New York : 's retirement forces the Jets to consider a quarterback. If they like or enough to pass on Sanchez, they could take a stab at Harvin.18. Chicago : Davis stays in Illinois to help out the Bears' struggling secondary. Maclin would be a thought here, too, but is he too close to what they already have in ?19. Tampa Bay : Tampa's going away from the Cover-2 defense, so the Bucs need to get bigger along the front seven. Cushing's all-around skills should help their cause, and partially make up for the release of and .20. Detroit Lions: All jokes about Matt Millen's infatuation with outside receivers aside, Maclin's availability would be too much for a team relying on new signee to take pressure off . Maclin's special teams skills are formidable as well.21. Philadelphia : The NFL trend of having two backs to carry the load finally arrives in Philly. Westbrook and Wells help keep upright and open up the passing game.22. Minnesota : Pettigrew's ability to move the chains and seal the edge for makes him a bargain at this point in the first round.23. New England : The fact they threw Vrabel in the Cassel-to-KC trade means he wasn't in their plans for 2009. Barwin could pass for Vrabel's twin as far as on-field skill sets are concerned.24. Atlanta : The defensive secondary needs Delmas' speed and athleticism, although there might be growing pains as he learns to be more selective in his aggressiveness.25. Miami : Parcells loves to find linebackers. Even though English started at defensive end in college, he's shown the ability to play as a standup pass rusher at the next level.26. Baltimore : Will use his speed to stretch the field, giving QB another target and freeing up room for RB .27. Indianapolis : Brings strength, hustle and toughness inside. Corner Alphonso Smith would fit their defense, too, but this choice comes down to value.28. Philadelphia Eagles: Even though the Eagles signed Stacy Andrews to play right tackle, they still need help on McNabb's blind side.29. New York : The uncertain status of and makes receiver a top need. Nicks' size and strength would fit in for whomever has left.30. Tennessee : Losing to the Lions created a glaring vacancy opposite .31. Arizona : The lack of teams in need of a running back and the devaluation of the position means the Cardinals could end up with a real steal.32. Pittsburgh : Versatile enough to play guard or center, Mack will contribute immediately on the Super Bowl champs' offensive line.Round 21. Detroit Lions: Detroit gets its defensive quarterback in the second round.2. Kansas City Chiefs: Even with the addition of , the Patrios could use a jolt of young talent at corner. Smith could be outstanding in the Patriots' system, where the over-the-top help would allow him to anticipate routes and make plays.3. St. Louis Rams: The Rams would love to see Freeman available here. 's time is just about up.4. Cleveland Browns: won't be around forever and McCoy's value makes it too tough for Cleveland to pass him up.5. Seattle Seahawks: and are aging and Johnson might already be a better playmaker.6. Cincinnati Bengals, DE, Georgia Tech: A first-round pick based on athleticism and could be a steal -- or a bust.7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hood's strength and agility would be an asset next to .8. Oakland Raiders: 's move to Miami opens up a slot for Unger on the Raiders' line. He could also slide to tackle if needed.9. Green Bay Packers: Could bump in 2009 or 2010.10. Buffalo Bills: Speed is the key to improving the Bills' offense.11. San Francisco 49ers: A steal here for the Niners, as Sintim would challenge for playing time immediately.12. Miami Dolphins: Should make the loss of Andre Goodman a bit easier to swallow.13. New York Giants: needs a reliable backup to keep him fresh and the Giants need insurance behind their featured back.14. Houston Texans: Reliable receiver that defenses can't consistently leave alone in order to double .15. New England Patriots: Losing their top backs to injury last year, then to free agency, means the Patriots won't pass on talent there.16. Denver Broncos: Strong corner with the ball skills to force much-needed turnovers.17. Chicago Bears: Upgrading here helps spare Chicago's corners. Chung is a younger version of heady, but injury-prone, veteran .18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adds needed girth up front in the Bucs' new-look defense.19. Dallas : They already used three picks from this draft to get WR Roy Williams, so despite T.O.'s release, the 'Boys need to give Romo20. New York Jets: Gilbert's rise up draft boards could be especially large for 3-4 teams wanting to move him outside.21. Philadelphia Eagles: might not return, so getting another threat at the tight end spot would help the Eagles' offense.22. Minnesota Vikings: has been inconsistent at right tackle. Loadholt's struggles at left tackle in the Senior Bowl will open a door for him on the right side.23. Atlanta Falcons: split town, leaving a need for a man-to-man force like Smith on the outside.24. Miami Dolphins: Ted Ginn appreciates any help he can get on the outside.25. Baltimore Ravens: A prospect's dream: Playing next to on the inside.26. New England Patriots: A strong third receiver to complement and .27. Carolina : Ascending stock means some team will take a chance on him in the second round. Why not the Panthers, who could use help at28. New York Giants: Provides depth at either outside spot.29. Indianapolis Colts: Nice zone corner that should make plays in the Tampa Two.30. Tennessee Titans: Titans find another gem with starter's ability.31. Arizona Cardinals: Will fight for a starting job from the jump.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Has the size and athleticism to fit perfectly as a 3-4 end.Round 31. Detroit Lions: Another vertical threat to challenge opposing defenses.2. St. Louis Rams: His pounding running style makes him a solid relief option when isn't on the field.3. Kansas City Chiefs: Another piece of the puzzle for KC's new-and-improved defense.4. Seattle Seahawks: Underrated playmaker with starting potential.5. Dallas Cowboys: Flashed just enough playmaking ability to entice Jerry Jones.6. Cincinnati Bengals: Athletic pivot man to take over for .7. Oakland Raiders: Good size and speed on the outside.8. Jacksonville Jaguars: A potential replacement for free agent .9. Green Bay Packers: Should compete for a starting spot as a rookie.10. San Francisco 49ers: A potential first-round pick if he had stayed at Oklahoma.11. Buffalo Bills: Moves in for the discarded .12. New York Jets: and Laveranues Coles aren't walking through that door.13. Houston Texans: Brings strength and good speed as a change-of-pace to .14. San Diego Chargers: A ready replacement for ORG if the Chargers go young.15. Denver Broncos: Moore has the frame to bulk up to the 280-plus pounds needed for a 3-4 five-technique.16. Washington Redskins: Reminds some scouts of a young .17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Needs seasoning but has arm strength, potential.18. Detroit Lions: Could be a find as a penetrating force inside.19. Green Bay Packers: Versatile enough to play inside or outside in the 3-4.20. Chicago Bears: Big complement to No. 1 Devin Hester, a blazer on the outside.21. Philadelphia Eagles: Fill need created when was traded.22. Minnesota Vikings: Plays bigger than his 5-9 frame, reminding the Vikings of a younger .23. Miami Dolphins: and were signed, but losing means there's no depth behind them.24. Baltimore Ravens: Can play anywhere along the 3-4 line, providing needed depth inside.25. New England Patriots: Hard-hitting depth behind and .26. Atlanta Falcons: QB loves this pick because Coffman might have the best hands in the draft.27. New York Giants: Nice one-two punch with .28. Indianapolis Colts: Quick and athletic and a bit undersized, the way the Colts like their linebackers.29. Carolina Panthers: ' release and 's defection to Buffalo means the Panthers need depth at guard.30. Tennessee Titans: Provides depth at all three linebacker spots.31. Arizona Cardinals: Brings potential as a pass rusher at either defensive end or linebacker.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Depth is needed behind and , especially since left. 

 




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2009 2:11 pm
 

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Rob Rangs latest Mock - updated 3/11/09.  Enjoy: 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/11/2009Round 11. Detroit : There is increasing talk behind the scenes that the Lions are considering using this pick on a tackle or linebacker Aaron Curry. No decision will ultimately be made until after Stafford's pro day March 19. He remains the favorite to be the first pick.2. St. Louis : With entering his 13th season and a possibly salary cap victim and starting RT a year away from free agency, the Rams need to address their tackle situation after missing out on Michigan's 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 : League insiders continue to point to Kansas City as the spot Curry is likeliest to end up, despite the fact that at 6-2 and 246 pounds he fits in more as an inside linebacker than the more valuable outside position in the 3-4 defense. Considering his versatility and athleticism, however, the addition of veteran could be instrumental in Curry's acclimation to the scheme.4. Seattle : In addressing the receiving corps, defensive line and offensive tackle positions via free agency, general manager Tim Ruskell has put the Seahawks in position to take the best available player rather than be forced to fill a need. The Seahawks can afford to give Crabtree the year or two it typically takes young receivers to acclimate to the NFL due to the immediate impact is expected to provide.5. Cleveland : The new regime in Cleveland wasted little time in jettisoning malcontent tight end , Jr. If nose guard continues to gripe, Raji could take his place sooner rather than later.6. Cincinnati : The Bengals ranked 30th in the NFL last season in sacks allowed, giving up 51 - and that was with free-agent defection in the fold. The team is still high on , but Monroe would give the club a better, more athletic option on the left side.7. Oakland : There is no point in investing millions of dollars in QB and RB without better blocking up front. Physically speaking, Oher is as talented as either of the tackles drafted before him.8. Jacksonville : Though he didn't have much of a chance considering the lack of health and consistent play from his offensive line and receiving corps, the dramatic drop in play from QB last season has the Jaguars scouting each passer closely, with extra attention being paid to Freeman. There is no denying that Freeman being taken this high would qualify as a surprise, but it is one that has a real chance of happening - especially with LT Tra Thomas signed and Crabtree off the board.9. Green Bay : Coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson each expressed optimism that career DE would be able to make the transition to outside linebacker in the club's new 3-4 scheme. With concerns on the other side, as well, the Packers would be wise to add reinforcements via the draft with the athletic and versatile Orakpo.10. San Francisco : Right tackle was a virtual turnstile for the 49ers last season and their sack numbers reflected it - as the club finished last in the NFL with 55 sacks allowed. Smith dropped on teams' boards with his disappearing act at the combine, but he remains the best drive blocker in the draft - something sure to intrigue the power-running intensive 49ers.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. Maybin has an explosive first step and has time to develop here as part of a rotation.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 monstrous addition of will certainly help the Redskins' push from the defensive line, but he won't do enough in terms of generating a pass rush. , and won't be with the team next year, making the explosive, albeit undersized Brown a logical candidate here to replace them.14. New Orleans : Few teams probably celebrated the slower-than-expected 40 time at the combine by Jenkins, but the Saints may have been one of them. Whether at cornerback or free safety, the Thorpe Award winner would be an immediate improvement for New Orleans and a terrific value here, even with the signing of .15. Houston : The Texans would like to add a power attack to pair with young star . Wells isn't just a power back, he's a combination of size, speed and physicality that usually would result in a top five selection. Questions about his inconsistency could cause a drop on draft day, but not, perhaps, past a team needing an interior threat.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 Cushing, arguably the draft's top pass rusher among the pure linebackers.17. New York : Coach Rex Ryan may have said all of the right things at the NFL 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 : Even with the improvement shown by , the Bears still lack playmakers at wide receiver. Heyward-Bey is flying up the charts as the draft approaches and may ultimately be off the board by this point.19. Tampa Bay : With aging and lost in free agency, Jerry's burst upfield and lateral quickness make him an excellent fit along a defensive line desperately in need of an infusion of young talent to team with DE .20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): The Lions would like to get bigger and more athletic on defense. Maualuga would provide a stout, playmaking presence in the middle to take the pressure off of .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 (Stacy Andrews), the Eagles would be wise to take the underrated Moreno.22. Minnesota : The Vikings' heavy pursuit of T.J. Houshmandzadeh shows the club feels that receiver is still an area of need. Maclin's agility in space would make him a perfect candidate for the slot and as a returner on special teams.23. New England : The Patriots added veteran in free agency, but still need more long-term answers in the secondary. Davis has rare athleticism, and - especially important to New England - the bulk and temperament to play sound run defense.24. Atlanta : There are many offensive coaches who believe that besides a good left tackle, perhaps the best present one can give a young quarterback is a security blanket at tight end. Pettigrew's lack of downfield speed could push him into the 20s, but his secure hands and strong blocking makes him a solid value for the Falcons.25. Miami : The Dolphins have other needs, but considering Bill Parcells' penchant for selecting pass rushers, the fact that 11-year veteran (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. Barwin, who switched to defensive end after playing tight end over his career, showed eye-popping athleticism at the combine.26. Baltimore : Capable of making a -like impact on offense and special teams, Harvin would seemingly be a perfect fit for the big-play-needy Ravens. Harvin, who drops to this point only because of durability concerns, would give young QB the speed threat he needs to take advantage of his deep throwing prowess.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. Hood is flying up draft boards after standout performances at the Senior Bowl and combine.28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina): The addition of free agent Stacy Andrews is a significant one, but does not necessarily lessen the need for reinforcement at tackle considering that former starters Tra Thomas (signed with Jacksonville) and (recovering from surgery) won't be with the team next season. Britton has great size and some believe he has the lateral agility to handle the left side.29. New York : The Giants have left open the possibility of returning, but with no assurances that will happen and a free agent the team would be wise to add playmakers. Nicks doesn't have Burress' rare speed, but is a similarly rangy target with a propensity of making the big play.30. Tennessee : Depth behind Pro Bowl CB and is thin following the free-agent loss of . And Harper is a veteran who seems to be constantly nicked up. Butler is well versed in man and zone coverage and athletic enough to make an impact on special teams and even offense, if given an opportunity.31. Arizona : improved as the season went on, but is more of a stopgap replacement than a center to build an offensive line around. Mack's physicality inside would make the Cardinals a better interior running team.32. Pittsburgh : In franchising , re-signing and tendering , the Steelers have maintained much of their starting offensive line. The problem is, despite winning the Super Bowl, this line allowed 49 sacks last year - a number exceeded only by the Bengals (51), Lions (52) and 49ers (55). Loadholt, a two-time all-conference selection at left tackle for the Sooners, is moving up draft boards as April approaches.  




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2009 12:34 pm
 

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Reuter's mock makes much more sense than Rang's.  The Buccaneers need to draft a RB with their 1st pick; someone who can compliment Derrick Ward.




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2009 9:38 am
 

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The Saints need to draft a TE.  Jeremy Shockey spends more time on the bench than he does on the field.  Thanks a lot, Giants.  Undecided 




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2009 4:44 pm
 

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Good job here, Charlie.  Looking forward to more of your updates before draft day gets here.   




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2009 4:49 pm
 

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Geeze - not even the mock drafts have the Vikings taking a QB.  I guess they know the decision-makers well.  Come on, GM.  Tavaris Jackson & Sage Rosenfels aren't the answer. 




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2009 12:03 pm
 

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Good stuff, Charlieinfl.  Thanks.  Mocks look good to me.  Packers need to draft defense all the way. 




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2009 3:50 pm
 

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I don't think the Lions have a choice but to go QB at #1.  If they don't. and they're depending on Dante Culpepper to turn the franshise around, then they deserve another losing season.  Why some people are saying they shouldn't draft Stafford is beyond me.  A lineman or a linebacker isn't going to turn their franchise around.  A good QB is. 




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2009 2:37 pm
 

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Chad Reuter's Latest 3-round mock.  Enjoy: 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/6/2009Round 11. Detroit : So you think quarterbacks picked No. 1 have a spotty record? How about the last two linebackers picked at the top: Aundray Bruce (1988), Tom Cousineau (1979). There's no guarantee at any position. Fixing the Lions' franchise takes more than just another good lineman or linebacker.2. St. Louis : Smith and Monroe are battling for this spot. Smith's intensity and experience playing either side of the line make him the better player -- if by a razor-thin margin.3. Kansas City : Getting Cassel in the fold erases the need for a quarterback, but it's doubtful acquiring in the same trade eliminates the chances of Curry's being picked.4. Seattle : had microfracture surgery in December and is heading into his 13th season. Monroe is a very good player who could play on the right side if Jones returns for training camp. Michael Crabtree is the other potential pick here because Seattle needs a playmaker on offense.5. Cleveland : Orakpo couldn't participate in linebacker drills because of a hamstring injury, but coach Eric Mangini saw enough to know the former Longhorn should be a force as a pass rushing linebacker in the 3-4.6. Cincinnati : The Bengals added to start opposite . If they passes on Crabtree, Oakland could get a huge gift at No. 7.7. Oakland : Oher's athleticism and nasty streak should fill a dire need for the Raiders, who look to better protect former No. 1 pick .8. Jacksonville : Maclin's playmaking ability is desperately needed in the Jags' offense. Pairing him with on kickoffs is an excellent side benefit.9. Green Bay : New defensive coordinator Dom Capers needs players to fit his 3-4 scheme. If Maybin is gone, Raji could be a nice fit on the nose as a one-gap pass-rushing force to complement run-stuffer .10. San Francisco : The Niners need help at cornerback and free safety, and Jenkins could play either position. The team is also having conversations about WR Jeremy Maclin and QB Mark Sanchez.11. Buffalo : Buffalo needs help on the edge. Brown's explosiveness off the edge makes him valuable.12. Denver : Moving to the 3-4 requires a strong pass-rushing defensive end like Jackson. Former first-round pick will have to slide to OLB.13. Washington : isn't getting any younger and the offensive line could use new blood. Smith's potential as a strong right tackle at the next level makes him a value pick.14. New Orleans : The Saints need a defensive focus to catch up with their offense and push the team through the playoffs. Davis is not consistent but his speed and strength are too much to ignore.15. Houston : Scouts say Matthews could be better than Cushing or Maualuga in two years, so don't be surprised if he's the first one of that group off the board. Houston brings in a legacy pick (uncle Bruce played for many years with the Houston Oilers).d16. San Diego : is a free agent after 2009 and the Chargers' defense suffered without him last season. Maybin's potential will invite a lot of interest in the middle of the first round. Knowshon Moreno is in the running, even with the unimpressive 40 time at the Combine, because LT's future is uncertain.17. New York : 's retirement forces the Jets to consider a quarterback. If they like or enough to pass on Sanchez, they could take a stab at Harvin.18. Chicago : Someone will reach for Heyward-Bey because of his size-speed combination. The Bears desparately need that sort of athleticism across from . The consistency of Heywayd-Bey's hands is a major question, but his ability to win jump balls is not lost on teams.19. Tampa Bay : Teams aren't worried about Moreno's 40 time. His explosiveness and cutting ability as a runner and receiver make him a legitimate first-round pick. The Bucs will rely on him immediately.20. Detroit Lions: The Lions need a hammer inside and Maualuga brings the nails. But this pick could be packaged with their early second- or third-round selection to get Mark Sanchez if Detroit decides to pass on Stafford at No. 1.21. Philadelphia : The NFL trend of having two backs to carry the load finally arrives in Philly. Westbrook and Wells help keep upright and open up the passing game.22. Minnesota : Pettigrew's ability to move the chains and seal the edge for makes him a bargain at this point in the first round.23. New England : The fact they threw Vrabel in the Cassel-to-KC trade means he wasn't in their plans for 2009. Barwin could pass for Vrabel's twin as far as on-field skill sets are concerned.24. Atlanta : Starters and left as free agents, so the Falcons might take advantage of a deep linebacker group in the first round.25. Miami : Parcells loves to find linebackers. Even though English started at defensive end in college, he's shown the ability to play as a standup pass rusher at the next level.26. Baltimore : 's departure opens up a spot inside next to .27. Indianapolis : Brings strength, hustle and toughness inside. Corner Alphonso Smith would fit their defense, too, but this choice comes down to value.28. Philadelphia Eagles: Even though the Eagles signed to play right tackle, they still need help on McNabb's blind side.29. New York , DE, Georgia Tech and/or the unhappy .30. Tennessee : Losing to the Lions created a glaring vacancy opposite .31. Arizona : McCoy will be coveted if works his way out of town. displayed excellent short-yardage vision as a rookie, but can't be counted on as a featured back.32. Pittsburgh : Versatile enough to play guard or center, Mack will contribute immediately on the Super Bowl champs' offensive line.Round 21. Detroit Lions: Harvin's injury history is scaring off teams, but he has the potential to become one of the better second-round picks in recent history.2. Kansas City Chiefs: Could be outstanding in the Patriots' system, where the over-the-top help would allow him to anticipate routes and make plays.3. St. Louis Rams: The Rams would love to see Freeman available here. 's time is just about up.4. Cleveland Browns: Brings playmaking skills to the cornerback spot and insurance to the Browns' solid return game.5. Seattle Seahawks: It's a happy day for QB if Nicks is added to an overhauled WR corps.6. Cincinnati Bengals: Has the athleticism and toughness to become a Pro Bowler in the pivot.7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hood's strength and agility would be an asset next to .8. Oakland Raiders: An impressive Combine showed teams he can be more than a solid No. 3 option.9. Green Bay Packers: Could bump in 2009 or 2010.10. Buffalo Bills: Speed is the key to improving the Bills' offense.11. San Francisco 49ers: A steal here for the Niners, as Sintim would challenge for playing time immediately.12. Miami Dolphins: Strong corner with the attitude to play in Miami's tough defense.13. New York Giants: needs a reliable backup to keep him fresh and the Giants need insurance behind their featured back.14. Houston Texans: A bit inconsistent, but could be a strong complement to .15. New England Patriots: New England could build one of the league's top young safety tandems.16. Denver Broncos: He might bear some physical resemblance to former Broncos' CB Lenny Walls, but Smith's upside is much greater.17. Chicago Bears: Upgrading here helps spare Chicago's corners. Delmas brings playmaking element to Tampa Two.18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Active in the middle, Marks fills a glaring need in the one-gap system.19. Dallas : There might not be a bitter fit for the Cowboys' beefy blocking brigade in this draft.20. New York Jets: Combo DT-DE would be a permanent fixture as a 3-4 end.21. Philadelphia Eagles: CB 's departure means Francies gets in the mix right away.22. Minnesota Vikings: has been inconsistent at right tackle. Loadholt's struggles at left tackle in the Senior Bowl will open a door for him on the right side.23. Atlanta Falcons: Steps in for on the nose.24. Miami Dolphins: Ted Ginn appreciates any help he can get on the outside.25. Baltimore Ravens: Has the strength to step in for immediately.26. New England Patriots: A strong third receiver to complement and .27. Carolina : Tall, long end looked stiff in Indy but brings it hard on the field.28. New York Giants: Very athletic and could be a solid pairing with .29. Indianapolis Colts: Nice zone corner that should make plays in the Tampa Two.30. Tennessee Titans: Titans find another gem with starter's ability.31. Arizona Cardinals: Went from 384 pounds at the Senior Bowl to 364 at the Combine, rare size with surprising agility the Arizona O-line would welcome.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Could be special in the Steelers' power running scheme.Round 31. Detroit Lions: Combine performance also showed he's not just a high-motor end.2. St. Louis Rams: His pounding running style makes him a solid relief option when isn't on the field.3. Kansas City Chiefs: Another piece of the puzzle for KC's new-and-improved defense.4. Seattle Seahawks: Very productive college player filling a need for Seattle.5. Dallas Cowboys: Flashed just enough playmaking ability to entice Jerry Jones.6. Cincinnati Bengals: Losing Stacy Andrews makes finding a tackle a priority.7. Oakland Raiders: Good size and speed on the outside.8. Jacksonville Jaguars: A potential replacement for free agent .9. Green Bay Packers: Should compete for a starting spot as a rookie.10. San Francisco 49ers: Tempting upside and the 49ers will find a spot for him.11. Buffalo Bills: Brings athleticism to interior of Bills' line.12. New York Jets: Replacing Laveranues Coles is a must.13. Houston Texans: Brings strength and good speed as a change-of-pace to .14. San Diego Chargers: A ready replacement for ORG if the Chargers go young.15. Denver Broncos: Plays strong enough to fit as a 3-4 nose tackle.16. Washington Redskins: Reminds some scouts of a young .17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Needs seasoning but has arm strength, potential.18. Detroit Lions: Could be a find as a penetrating force inside.19. Green Bay Packers: Versatile enough to play inside or outside in the 3-4.20. Chicago Bears: Has all of the tools to start in the NFL.21. Philadelphia Eagles: Could make Eagles fans forget more quickly than expected.22. Minnesota Vikings: It's a good year to replace unhappy veteran centers.23. Miami Dolphins: Provides more of a vertical threat than Miami's current tight ends.24. Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens could use his quickness and reliable hands in the slot.25. New England Patriots: cannot play forever.26. Atlanta Falcons: QB loves this pick because Coffman might have the best hands in the draft.27. New York Giants: Big body outside to replace Amani Toomer -- either now or later.28. Indianapolis Colts: Quick and athletic and a bit undersized, the way the Colts like their linebackers.29. Carolina Panthers: ' release and 's defection to Buffalo means the Panthers need depth at guard.30. Tennessee Titans: Titans hope that Williams can replace .31. Arizona Cardinals: Can stretch defenses with his length and reliable hands.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Champs pick up a middle-round cornerback to guard against future depth issues.

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Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2009 2:33 pm
 

The Latest Mock Drafts

Rob Rang's latest Mock Draft.  Enjoy: 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 3/6/2009Round 11. Detroit : Marginal performances by the other quarterbacks at the Combine may have 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 during the Combine, including Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez, but they met first with Stafford.2. St. Louis : With entering his 13th season and a possibly salary cap victim and starting RT a year away from free agency, the Rams need to address their tackle situation after missing out on Michigan's 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 : 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 top pick could get the spark needed to rejuvenate his career.4. Seattle : Monroe told media at the Combine that he admired current Seahawks tackle ' play. With free-agent additions filling holes at defensive tackle () and wide receiver (), general manager Tim Ruskell might just help Monroe get a better view of the future Hall of Famer.5. Cleveland : The new regime in Cleveland wasted little time in jettisoning malcontent tight end , Jr. If nose guard continues to gripe, Raji could take his place sooner rather than later.6. Cincinnati : The Bengals added to offset the loss of T.J. Houshmandzadeh in free agency, but Coles and aren't spring chickens. Crabtree's decision to undergo surgery this week to repair the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal isn't a concern for most clubs, who appreciate the fact that being ready for May minicamps is more important to Crabtree than working out for scouts.7. Oakland : Considering that the Raiders need help along the offensive line and re-hired former offensive line coach Tom Cable as head coach, one might think the smart move would be to add protection for and . But the Raiders also lack a speedy, playmaking receiver like Maclin.8. Jacksonville : LT 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 : Packers coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson each expressed optimism that career defensive end would be able to make the transition to outside linebacker in the club's new 3-4 scheme. With concerns on the other side, as well, the Packers would be wise to add reinforcements via the draft with the athletic and versatile Brown.10. San Francisco : While it appears unlikely that San Francisco will be able to sign as a free agent, it does again prove that the 49ers are not entirely comfortable with current quarterbacks and . Sanchez has the combination of arm strength, accuracy and leadership that no current San Francisco signal-caller can boast.11. Buffalo : The loss of Pro Bowl defensive end after five games had a lot to do with the Bills' anemic pass rush (26th in the NFL). Schobel, who will turn 32 in September, has only 7.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Orakpo, the Hendricks' Award winner as the nation's top defensive end, could offer more explosiveness off the edge.12. Denver : The addition of free-agent 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 of the 2009 draft with the size, strength and experience to make an immediate impact up front in this scheme.13. Washington : The Redskins had to cut former standout SLB as part of their effort to land . Their two other starters - ILB and WLB - are either old or oft-injured. Cushing could make an immediate impact on the strong side, but has the versatility to play at any of the linebacker positions effectively.14. New Orleans : The Saints added in free agency, but that alone doesn't fix one of the league's worst secondaries. Whether New Orleans sees Jenkins as a corner or safety, he can still be an immediate contributor for this defense.15. Houston : The free-agent addition of DE gives the Texans plenty of flexibility on draft day. Should a true outside linebacker like Cushing be available here, the Texans would likely pounce. As it stands, adding a powerful back to compl-ment the shifty would be the wisest move.16. San Diego : The Chargers are confident that LT will return healthy from offseason neck surgery and they were happy enough with 's first starting season at right tackle to tender him. Smith, however, would bring a powerful run-blocking presence that this line currently lacks and improve the teams' depth up front.17. New York : The Jets desperately need to add size and speed to their receiving corps. Heyward-Bey, who is flying up the board after his impressive Combine workout, would give the Jets their best deep threat since the club traded away .18. Chicago : Like before him, the Bears too often seemed to win in spite of . Chicago fans may groan with the pick, but the simple fact is Freeman has rare tools and could develop into a true franchise quarterback given some time and patience.19. Tampa Bay : Coach Raheem Morris knows full well that the key to the Tampa-2 scheme is providing pressure with just the front four. The Bucs haven't had a consistent interior pass rusher since Warren Sapp donned the uniform. Jerry isn't as explosive as Sapp, but he's a fabulous value at this point and would improve this unit immediately.20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): The immediate success by rookies and for the Atlanta last year could give Detroit similar aspirations. The combination of Stafford and Maualuga would be the building blocks the team uses to finally pull itself out of the doldrums.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 : The Patriots are still feeling the sting of losing to free agency a year ago. Davis has rare athleticism, and - especially important to New England - the bulk and temperament to play sound run defense.24. Atlanta Falcons: Letting and leave has created a huge vacuum at outside linebacker. There will be linebackers available with higher upside, but for a team building itself with no-nonsense, Day 1 contributors, there may not be a better fit in the draft than the ultra-consistent Laurinaitis - who some feel projects best to weak-side linebacker anyway.25. Miami : The Dolphins have other needs, but considering Bill Parcells' penchant for selecting pass rushers, the fact that 11-year veteran (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. Maybin has an explosive first step, but is very raw prospect.26. Baltimore : The Ravens addressed one hole at cornerback with the free-agent addition of , but this remains a position in flux, considering that veteran asked for his release and was already cut. Butler is moving up the charts after an impressive Senior Bowl and Combine performances.27. Indianapolis : 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): Despite franchising , the Eagles' best tight end through most of last season was receiving specialist . 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.29. New York : 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. Some feel that Matthews, Jr. will ultimately develop into a better player than either of his former teammates, Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga.30. Tennessee : The free-agent loss of Albert Haynesworth stings, but the Titans could recoup some of his impact ability with the versatile and explosive Ayers. The public relations factor of drafting a local star wouldn't be lost on the Titans, at this point, either.31. Arizona : Much has been made of the Cardinals' dire need for running back help, but the situation is nearly as disconcerting at rush linebacker, where the Cardinals currently feature soon-to-be 33-year-old . English is a natural pass rusher who showed remarkable fluidity at the Combine and is flying up draft boards.32. Pittsburgh : Starting cornerback is an unrestricted free agent and likely to command more money than the Steelers are willing to fork over. Smith, stunningly agile despite his size, is earning high second-round grades by many teams and could sneak into the first after his strong Combine performance.

 



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