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The Latest Mock Drafts

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: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 4:07 pm
 

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I hope these guys are right.  I would love for the Chiefs to land OLB Aaron Curry.  He could be the game-changing OLB we've lacked since Derrick Thomas. 




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 4:01 pm
 

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I agree, Buff.  It's too early in the draft to take TE Brandon Pettigrew at that pick; especially with his sub 4.8 40 time at the combine.  At best, Pettigrew is a late 1st rounder.  I agree - defense is the way to go for the Bills with their 1st round pick. 




Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2009 3:08 pm
 

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11. Buffalo : 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 and also drop down as a nickel

 

If Cushing ends up in Buffalo, that would make for many a happy Bills fans.  I don't think he'll be there and might go number 1.  I'd love to see it.  Local people are talking about TE and with Robert Royal being let go I'm nervous that the Bills go that way.  Cushing, or if he's not there I'd like to see them go defensive end...a pass rusher.  Pick up a TE later and maybe add a WR from the FA market to compliment Lee Evans.

 

 




Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:34 am
 

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Actually, I like who BOTH of these guys have the Broncos taking.  The Broncos need to draft defense all the way. 




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:04 am
 

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Great job, Charlie.  I agree with you.  Rob Rang's mock makes a lot more sense.  Looking forward to future updates. 




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:15 am
 

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Where did you hear this? In the 49ers "state of the franchise" address, they were very vague on WR only stating that they would like to have a deep threat. Also, Singletary said that any QB in the first round would require a lot of discussion (which they haven't had).
This is Chad Reuter's latest Mock draft.  He is a columnist here on CBS.  I don't agree with a lot of his picks either; including the 49ers 1st round pick.  Personally, I think they'll take QB Mark Sanchez with that pick.  Look at the Giants, for one thing.  Four picks in the first three round, and they don't take a single LB?  A questionable mock draft, I agree, but one I thought you'd all find interesting.  I'm more inclined to agree with Rob Rang's Mock myself. 




Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2009 11:51 pm
 

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10. San Francisco 49ers: 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.

Where did you hear this? In the 49ers "state of the franchise" address, they were very vague on WR only stating that they would like to have a deep threat. Also, Singletary said that any QB in the first round would require a lot of discussion (which they haven't had).




Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 4:19 pm
 

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Thanks, Scott.  Hope you'll come visit here more often. 




Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2009 4:17 pm
 

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as usuall charlie - great breakdown

heres hoping the Patriots get their D younger with the picks u mention (although I dont see Massaqui lasting until the 3rd - dont think he is that good anyway - Pats should get another corner)

Would also like to see the Panthers trade Julius Peppers for a 1st and 3rd rounder - and get some good LB with those picks

 




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 12:26 pm
 

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Love this blog, Charlie.  Keep those mock drafts coming.  Cool  I'm a fellow football-a-holic. 



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