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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: February 26, 2009 9:14 am

The Latest Mock Drafts

No problem, Andre.  I will post more Mock drafts between now and April as I find them. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 5:04 pm

The Latest Mock Drafts

Good info.  Thanks, Charlie.  I like who they have the Texans picking. 

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:56 pm

The Latest Mock Drafts

Three-round mock by Chad Reuter.  Enjoy. 

2009 NFL Mock Draft - 2/25/2009Round 11. Detroit Lions: Stafford's decision not to throw at the Combine did not cost him the top spot. The Lions already have a lot of money invested in their offensive line. Aaron Curry is a fine player; linebackers are just not selected No. 1 overall.2. St. Louis Rams: 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 Chiefs: New Chiefs coach Todd Haley and general manager Scott Pioli want to emulate New England's success with the 3-4 scheme, making the versatile Curry a natural choice. His Combine interviews and sub 4.6 40s cemented status as a Top 5 lock.4. Seattle Seahawks: Walter Jones had microfracture surgery in December and is heading into his 13th season. Monroe's a very good player who could play on the right side if Jones returns for training camp. Michael Crabtree is another potential choice who fills Seattle's need for a playmaker on offense.5. Cleveland Browns: Orakpo couldn't participate in the linebacker drills because of a hamstring injury. Did coach Eric Mangini see enough to know the former Longhorn should be a force as a pass rush linebacker in the 3-4?6. Cincinnati Bengals: Assuming T.J. Houshmandzadeh isn't re-signed and agent Drew Rosenhaus doesn't facilitate a Chad Johnson trade, the Crabtree-Johnson duo outside would be Carson Palmer's dream scenario.7. Oakland Raiders: The Raiders need help for QB JaMarcus Russell. The only question is whether they do so by selecting a difference-maker like Maclin (even when running "only" in the mid 4.4's at almost 6-0, 200 pounds) or left tackle like Michael Oher.8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalif Barnes is an unhappy free agent, making left tackle a potential position of need. Given Andre Smith's likely move to the right side, Oher's athleticism makes him a fine fit protecting David Garrard's blind side.9. Green Bay Packers: 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 Ryan Pickett.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.11. Buffalo Bills: Buffalo needs help on the edge. Teams already knew TE Brandon Pettigrew wouldn't run lower than 4.8 in Indy, so he's not a serious threat to land in this spot.12. Denver Broncos: Moving to the 3-4 requires a strong pass-rushing defensive end like Jackson. Former first-round pick Jarvis Moss will have to slide to OLB.13. Washington Redskins: Jon Jansen 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 Saints: 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 Texans: Cushing has potential to be an excellent strong-side linebacker with pass rush and coverage ability. Florida WR Percy Harvin could be a speedy complement to Andre Johnson, but his injury history is a concern.16. San Diego Chargers: Shawne Merriman 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 Jets: Brett Favre's retirement forces the Jets to consider a quarterback. If they like Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff enough to pass on Sanchez, they could take a stab at Harvin.18. Chicago Bears: Someone will reach for Heyward-Bey because of his size-speed combination. The Bears desparately need that sort of athleticism across from Devin Hester. 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 Buccaneers: 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 Eagles: Ignore the 4.8 40 time -- teams knew he would run in that range. He's still the best all-around tight end and coach Andy Reid would love to have him.22. Minnesota Vikings: With CB Antoine Winfield aging and little depth beyond Cedric Griffin at the position, Moore would be a smart choice. He could also help the return game.23. New England Patriots: NFL people think Matthews may be the best of the USC group by the time his career is over. Northern Illinois' Larry English is another pass rushing OLB on the radar.24. Atlanta Falcons: Starters Michael Boley and Keith Brooking are free agents. With a deep linebacker crop in the first round, English, a defensive end for the Huskies, or Virginia's Clint Sintim are possibilities.25. Miami Dolphins: Only Harvin's injury history pushes him down the board. A good medical grade and his expected quickness on the track could add up to a mid first-round selection.26. Baltimore Ravens: QB Joe Flacco needs more than Derrick Mason on the outside to succeed, and Nicks can provide the help. Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle are getting older, too, so a corner like Alphonso Smith might fit the bill.27. Indianapolis Colts: Brings strength, hustle and toughness inside. Corner Alphonso Smith would fit their defense, too, but this choice comes down to value.28. Philadelphia Eagles: Speaking of value ... Larry Johnson fell into the late first round a few years ago, and Wells could be in a similar predicament. Brian Westbrook's age and injury history would make Wells an enticing pick as a complementary back.29. New York Giants: Athleticism at the Combine surprised no one, but now teams go back to check the tape - and they'll see his inconsistency that keeps him a late first round value. Nicks or Heyward-Bey might be options to supplant Plaxico Burress and/or the unhappy Amani Toomer.30. Tennessee Titans: His cover skills and big-play ability should attract the Titans. Losing DT Albert Haynesworth would make the D-line a priority.31. Arizona Cardinals: McCoy will be coveted if Edgerrin James works his way out of town. Karlos Dansby may be on the way out as a free agent, so a linebacker could be in the fold.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers' offensive line faces some upheaval, although franchising right tackle Max Starks stops the bleeding at least temporarily. Britton could step in on the other side as a rookie.Round 21. Detroit Lions: Exactly the type of playmaker the Lions need in the secondary.2. Kansas City Chiefs: A likely riser in the draft won't make it past the top of the second round.3. St. Louis Rams: Sliding Will Witherspoon to the "WILL" with Laurinaitis inside makes the Rams' D better.4. Cleveland Browns: Could replace Hank Fraley in the pivot or play right guard.5. Seattle Seahawks: Might not be special but will be reliable.6. Cincinnati Bengals: Strong OLB class pushes quality into Round 2.7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hood's strength and agility would be an asset next to John Henderson.8. Oakland Raiders: Could he be the next Nnamdi Asomugha two years down the line?9. Green Bay Packers: Casey is a super-sized version of 2008 second-rounder WR Jordy Nelson.10. Buffalo Bills: Tough, athletic and capable of starting as a rookie.11. San Francisco 49ers: Mike Vrabel clone had a nice Combine, didn't impact second-round grade.12. Miami Dolphins: Fiesty corner with the strength to fit in Miami's hard-nosed defense.13. New York Giants: Potential loss of Toomer, Burress creates need for big target.14. Houston Texans: Pairing with Mario Williams could mean trouble for AFC South tackle tandems.15. New England Patriots: New England could build one of the league's top young safety tandems.16. Denver Broncos: All-around game makes Brown another golden find in the second round for Denver.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 Cowboys: 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: Has a lot of upside and the athleticism to try him at OLT spot.22. Minnesota Vikings: Inconsistent Ryan Cook is likely to move inside, and Loadholt is a natural right tackle suited for the Vikings' offense.23. Atlanta Falcons: Has 4.5 speed to threaten the seam, creating another concern for defenses gearing up to stop Michael Turner.24. Miami Dolphins: Brings speed to a Miami front ready to reload.25. Baltimore Ravens: Losing Bart Scott -- and possibly Ray Lewis -- creates glaring concern at LB spots.26. New England Patriots: Perfect zone corner for the Patriots' defensive system.27. Carolina Panthers: Tall and long, he's a high-effort player the Carolina braintrust will appreciate.28. New York Giants: Receiving corps makeover continues with an athletic and versatile tight end.29. Indianapolis Colts: With Marvin Harrison gone, Iglesias can be a third option behind Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez.30. Tennessee Titans: Not a Haynesworth replacement, but has solid strength inside.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: A nice speed complement to Calvin Johnson.2. St. Louis Rams: His pounding running style makes him a solid relief option when Steven Jackson isn't on the field.3. Kansas City Chiefs: Combine showed he's more than a high-motor end.4. Seattle Seahawks: Brings needed size to the secondary.5. Dallas Cowboys: Flashed just enough playmaking ability to entice Jerry Jones.6. Cincinnati Bengals: Durable, tough and athletic enough to be a steal at this spot.7. Oakland Raiders: Speed is the name of the game for Al Davis, even in his offensive tackles.8. Jacksonville Jaguars: A potential replacement for free agent Gerald Sensabaugh.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: Duke Preston didn't get it done last season.12. New York Jets: Film study, production say he's better than a third-round pick.13. Houston Texans: Brings strength and good speed as a change-of-pace to Steve Slaton.14. San Diego Chargers: A ready replacement for ORG Mike Goff if the Chargers go young.15. Denver Broncos: Opinion differs on Johnson's worth, but the Broncos would jump to get him 79th overall.16. Washington Redskins: Shaun Suisham was unsteady in 2008 and Sakoda brings accuracy.17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Needs seasoning but has arm strength, potential.18. Detroit Lions: Versatile and would fill one of team's many weak spots.19. Green Bay Packers: Could play inside or outside ina 3-4 scheme.20. Chicago Bears: Tough and athletic he's an upgrade over injury-prone Mike Brown.21. Philadelphia Eagles: Injuries, age have hurt the Eagles' secondary. McBath is a rangy playmaker.22. Minnesota Vikings: With Matt Birk writing his own ticket out of town, the interior OL will be addressed.23. Miami Dolphins: Strong offensive guard ready to play in this run-based offense.24. Baltimore Ravens: Has it all: size, speed and athleticism.25. New England Patriots: Thin behind Moss and Welker, New England could use Massaquoi in the red zone as a rookie.26. Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta wants to improve inside.27. New York Giants: Flashes playmaking ability similar to current starter Fred Robbins.28. Indianapolis Colts: Plays bigger than his 5-8, 185-pound frame would indicate.29. Carolina Panthers: Potential replacement for Muhammad opposite Steve Smith.30. Tennessee Titans: He might be 5-8, but he's as quick and reliable as any receiver in the draft.31. Arizona Cardinals: Best hands in draft, he's downgraded because of injury concerns.32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Corner depth could disappear in free agency, but Steelers are draft aces because of picks like this one.


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