4/20/2009- The Truth

Posted in 2009 Mock Draft on April 21, 2009 by Job

Ok people a couple of things here.  I’d like to thank the Eagles and Bills for making that trade because the draft I had out before was pretty weak.  Now, yes, I am fully aware that everyone and their mother has Sanchez going number four but I just have no faith in him whatsoever and I am going to assume that the people that get paid for this are at least as intelligent as I am.  Also this is predicated on the idea that there are no trades, obviously this isn’t even close to what will happen.  I would expect at least two pick for pick trades (someone will probably trade up to the top 11 to draft Sanchez) and there are a handful of veterans that may also be traded (Ocho Cinco and Boldin heading the class).

1) Detroit Lions–  Matt Stafford – Jr – QB – Georgia –  The Lions are in need of a major overhaul in almost every facet of their organization, as indicated by them being the first team to play 16 games and lose every single one of them.  They select Stafford because he has all of the tangible skills that you want out of a franchise quarterback, there is an abundance of depth along the offensive line, and there is no true number one pick in this draft. Stafford may not have blown Scouts away at the combine but he didn’t do anything to give them any extra concerns. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two,

2) St. Louis Rams– Jason Smith – Sr – LT – Baylor –  Since the Rams let go of Orlando Pace they have pretty well penciled in the fact that they will be getting a tackle at number two.  The only question is which one?  Andre Smith may have been the most dominant, while Eugene Monroe may be the most dependable, Michael Oher is also very good and then there is Jason Smith who has shot up draft boards from out of no where, well Waco to be a little bit more specific.  The Rams take Smith because he is generally regarded as the tackle with the most upside.  He has great feet since he used to be a tight end and has been the best kept secret in the Big XII.  He did help to lead an offensive revival leading the way for Robert Griffin, one of the most dynamic dual threat quarterbacks in the nation.  Scouting Report. Video: One

3) Kansas City Chiefs – Michael Crabtree – Soph – WR – Texas Tech –  With the offensive line giving up 55 sacks last year this may not be the greatest need of the Chiefs but the team needs something that they can hang their hat on.  With Dwayne Bowe proving that he can be a good NFL wide receiver, the addition of Matt Cassel and assuming that they can hang on to Tony Gonzalez and that he continues to produce at the same level that he has for his entire career the Chiefs could have an elite passing offense.  With Brandon Albert developing as a young left tackle the Chiefs just need to hope that they can find enough time for Cassel to get the ball off and enough of a running game to keep the defense honest.  For the Chiefs to succeed any time soon they need Albert to be a true left tackle and drafting a right tackle at number three is an extreme reach.  Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

4) Seattle Seahawks – Aaron Curry – Sr – LB – Wake Forest – There are plenty of options here for the Seahawks; they could go with Sanchez, Smith, Monroe, Raji or a number of others but the single most sure fire prospect in this draft seems to be Curry.  Curry is an absolute animal with physical talent out the wazoo.  He can step in and immediately help a team that ranked 30th in total defense.  This will give them a solid core at linebacker consisting of Lofa Tatupa and Lerroy Hill.    Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

5) Cleveland Browns – Brian Orakpo – Sr – DE/ OLB – Texas –  The Browns got a total of 5 sacks last year out of their starting OLBs.  In a 3-4 defense that is simply unacceptable, especially when you consider the fact that Shaun Rogers had 4.5 sacks as a nose tackle.  Orakpo is a physical freak who will instantly upgrade the pass rush for Eric Mangini who will demand a lot more from his defense this coming year.  Mangini will get that if Orakpo is anywhere near as good in the pros as he was in college where he had 11 sacks in 11 games.  Hmmm if we project that out…   Scouting Report. Video: One,

6) Cincinnati Bengals – Eugene Monroe – Sr – LT – Virgina – Monroe is the most sure fire tackle in this draft, coming out of Al Groh’s system in Virginia.  The Bengals will hope that he can step in and have as much success as D’Brickashaw Ferguson has had in New York after being drafted number four in the 2006 draft.  The Bengals are coming very close to returning to true Bungal form.  Their team is obviously dependant on Carson Palmer to  have any type of success and if he has now become injury prone they must protect  him at all cost.  The off the field issues of Andre Smith throw up an even larger red flag for those residing in Paul Brown Stadium.   Scouting Report.  Video: One,

7) Oakland Raiders – Jeremy Maclin – Soph – WR – Missouri –  It’s hard to decide which cliche to throw out here about Al Davis and speed so I’ll let you choose for yourself.  Either way Jamarcus Russell is in serious need of a playmaker on the outside  because Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schillins are just not what you are supposed to surround the number one overall selection with for the firsts two years of his career.  If the Raiders don’t do something to help him this year there may be a murmuring of him being a bust and that would only further deteriorate a very poor situation in Oakland. Scouting Report. Video: One

8 ) Jacksonville Jaguars –  B.J. Raji – Sr – DT – Boston College –  Raji was one of the hottest commodities coming out of the Senior Bowl.  He has the ability to both stop the rush and rush the passer and could be an anchor for a defense.  Raji took a  major hit to his draft stock recently with a possible positive drug test.  Everyone and their dog is denying that they have heard anything about it but the more Raji has to defend himself against it, fair or not, the more his stock drops.  The Jaguars are hoping that with the addition of Raji their defense can become what it used to be when they paired Marcus Stroud with John Henderson taking both of them with relatively early first round picks. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two

9) Green Bay Packers – Aaron Maybin – Soph – DE – Penn State – The number one knock on Maybin is his lack of size.  He comes in at 6′4 and 246 pounds, which is undersized for his traditional defensive end position but would be ideal to play outside linebacker in the Packers new 3-4 scheme.  The Packers have talent on their defense but they need to be able to pressure the passer from the edge and there is no certainty that Aaron Kampman will make a seamless switch and Brady Poppinga has a total of three sacks over his four-year career.   Scouting Report. Video: One

10) San Francisco 49ers – Malcolm Jenkins – Sr – CB – Ohio State – He was almost a lock for a top 5 spot until he ran a 4.55 sec 40 and for some reason scouts and GMs think that the way you run a straight line on a track without pads on is a great way to determine how you will be as a pro football player.  Ri-fucking-diculous.  Personally I still like Jenkins a lot.  Just watch the video his play speaks for itself.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

11) Buffalo Bills – Michael Oher – Sr – LT – Ole Miss – With the trade of Peters the Bills now have a few more options but they also have an even more glaring need.  They must have a left tackle with this pick. Oher slides a little bit because of the comparison between him and the other top tackles but Oher is a very good tackle and should be able to hold down the left side of the line.      Scouting Report.  Video: One

12) Denver Broncos – Clay Mathews – Sr – LB – Switching into a 3-4 defense the Broncos need some help rushing the passer.  With Jarvis Moss and Elvis Dumervil as the supposed starters at the moment Mathews would be a big upgrade.  Mathews also has a ton of upside but may also be a candidate for bust of the year because he has so little experience as a starter.  Scouting Report. Video: One,

13) Washington Redskins –  Andre Smith – Jr – LT – Alabama –  Smith is arguably the most talented and dominating offensive lineman in this draft.  However, off the field issues and a possible weight problem in addition to the worst combine “performance” of anyone in recent history hurt his draft status.  He then followed this up with his, now all important, pro day and came up short again.  He should just be thanking the football gods that someone figured out how to film games because his film is the only thing going for him.  I could have seen him going number one overall before the Sugar Bowl but now he will be blocking for Portis.  He may start out as a guard but will obviously be transition to tackle as the aging Jon Janson and Chris Samuels are moved out. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

14) New Orleans Saints – Vonta Davis – Sr – CB – Illinois –  I don’t have Davis rated as the best defensive back but I think he may have more upside than Jenkins.  With that said the Saints might reach for anyone in the secondary.  The Saints continued their struggles against the passing game in ’08 when they finished 23rd against the pass, giving up an average of 221 yards per game. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two

15) Houston Texans – Brain Cushing – Sr – LB – USC –  I’m not in love with this pick but with Mathews off the board and the Texans not being as crazy as I would like them to, they still look at the OLB position.  Cushing is a more surefire prospect than Mathews but he might not have the same upside.  All and all this is probably a better pick for the Texans since Cushing seems to be a more complete package rather than just a player who’s stock is skyrocketing.   Scouting Report. Video: One

16) San Diego Chargers – Rey Maualuga – Sr – ILB – USC –  The Chargers ranked 11th in rush defense last season despite the fact that their starting ILB, Tim Dobbins, only posted 58 tackles while starting all 16 games.  Maualuga is a tackling machine who may double that number from Dobbins, ok probably not but he will be a big step forward for a team that will also be getting Shawn Merriman back from injury.  Some people may be tempted to take Moreno or Wells here but I believe that is too much money to have tied up in one position with $18 million due to Tomlinson over the next three years and the franchising of Sproles. According to Todd McShay Maualuga is “…like fishing with dynamite.  When you draft Rey Maualuga your going to throw the dynamite in its going to explode there is going to be fish everywhere but you better have guys around him to clean up the mess.”  San Diego may have enough talent around him to allow Maualuga to be the dominant force that he could be.  Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

17) New York Jets – Mark Sanchez – Jr – QB – USC –  This is an interesting spot for the Jets; they clearly need a quarterback with the loss of Brett Favre but I am not particularly sold on the ability of Sanchez to come in and be in impact contributor in his first and maybe even his second year in the league.  He certainly has the skills but his sheer lack of experience is worrisome.  If all you watched of him was the Rose Bowl you would think this guy was unstoppable (Hmmm Sir Vincent Young anybody?) but as a whole he certainly has some chinks in his armor.  One of the major concerns is how good did he look simply because he was at USC (just to note the Jets gave up 53 sacks last year).  Matt Leinhart is not doing him any favors here.  Nor is Reggie Bush.  The two most hyped players coming out of USC have both fallen short of expectations; of course this is much more true for Matt “I’m a bench warmer” Leinhart.   Scouting Report. Video: One

18 ) Denver Broncos – Tyson Jackson – Sr – DE – LSU – One of the more over-hyped players in the nation the last year or two but has all of the tangible skills that you would want for a 3-4 defensive end.  The Broncos continue to make the switch from a bad 4-3 defense into a 3-4 defense.  This is a monumental switch for any team, but for a team like Denver they could spend all of their picks in this draft on defense and still need more help next year. Scouting Report.  Video: One

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Darius Heyward-Bey – Jr – WR – Maryland- T  He may be one of the bigger boom/bust prospects in this draft.  He ran a 4.30 forty at 6’1 and 210 lbs. and has been rumored as high as number seven to Oakland but I think that is mostly lazy prognostication because of the whole “Al Davis loves speed” motif.   Scouting Report.Video: One

20) Detroit Lions – James Laurenitus – Sr – ILB – Ohio State- Just look at the tape on this guy.  He could have been a top ten draft choice had he come out last year but opted to stay for his final year of college at Ohio State.  Now the Lions select him with their 2nd selection in the first round and cement their line-backing core.  With former first round pick Ernie Simms and recent addition Julian Peterson it gives the Lions one unit on their team that they can hang their hat on.  It may seem odd that they haven’t addressed their offensive line at all but they have so much money tied up in their line as it is, it may make it hard for them to select someone there in the first round.  Scouting Report. Video: One

21)Philadelphia Eagles – Knowshon Moreno – Soph – RB – Georgia –  I think Moreno is the best back in this draft once you consider health.  In addition to him being the best over all back he is also a much much better receiver out of the backfield than Wells, who is the only other top tier running back.  Moreno had almost 400 yards receiving in a much more traditional offense than what they run in Philadelphia.  Moreno is the total package despite a pathetic 40 time (4.61).  Somehow despite the fact that apparently he is “slow” Moreno rushed for 1,400 yards last season.  Maybe everyone in the SEC is slow too. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two, Three

22) Minnesota Vikings – Alex Mack – Sr – C  – Cal – Mack is rated by many as one of the top offensive linemen in the entire draft and by almost everyone as the number one center.  The loss of Matt Birk is a monumental void in the middle of the Minnesota line, which they count heavily upon in order to run A.P. all day.  They are in desperate need to fill some very large shoes and Mack is as qualified as anyone available but even he may not be able to immediately make up for the loss of Birk. Scouting Report. Video: One

23) New England – Clint Sintim – Sr – LB – UVA – He can come in and fill the void that Mike Vrabel has left while making the line backing core younger and more athletic for the second year in a row and most importantly he has led the nation in sacks for a linebacker over the last two years.  This gives them a replacement for Pierre Woods who totaled 35 tackles and only one sack all of last year.  In addition to Sintim they already have Adaleous Thomas, which would give them the best pass rush they have had in years.  Scouting Report. Video: One

24) Atlanta Falcons– Alphonso Smith – Sr – CB – Wake Forest –  Smith led the nation in interceptions at eight and set the all time ACC record for interceptions.  The entire Falcon’s team had 10 interceptions last year and were ranked 21st in pass defense.  Smith will be able to come to a young up and coming team and have an immediate impact.  He can also help out on special teams. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two, Three

25) Miami Dolphins – Duke Robinson – Sr – G – Oklahoma – The Duke is one of the two best interior linemen in the entire draft and is a great pick here as the Dolphins solidify the left side of their line and vault themselves into the conversation for the best left side of the line in another year or two.  Parcells has always believed in building along the line and things went so well for them with that last year they may continue down that same line.  Other options include a wide receiver (either Percy Harvin or Hakim Nicks) or a project at quarterback like Josh Freeman on the offensive side of the ball.  Defensively they could be looking at Perria Jerry to play the five technique in their 3-4 defense. Scouting Report. Video: One

26) Baltimore Ravens– Max Unger – Sr – OL – Oregon – The Baltimore Ravens define themselves by their defense and their running game.  Unger will be able to help them continue the tradition of having an elite running game and can play a variety of positions along the line.  The Ravens would love to select a shut down corner here but D.J. Moore is the only option and I think he would be a bit of a stretch here. Unger is the most versatile lineman in the entire draft. He has played four positions on the line in his time at Oregon.  Started out as a left tackle and then was moved inside to center.  Would probably play guard for the Ravens.  Scouting Report. Video: One

27) Indianapolis Colts – Chris Wells – Jr – RB – Ohio State – A powerful runner with good but not great speed. Wells is one of the more interesting prospects in this draft class.  He averaged 5.9 and 5.8 yards per carry in the last two years respectively.  With that said he has had injury issues plaguing him throughout his career.  Last year despite missing several games he still rushed for over 1,100 yards and was a driving force for the Ohio State offense. Scouting Report.  Video: One

28 ) Buffalo Bills– Everette Brown – Sr – DE – Florida State –    Brown is coming off of an extremely productive season where he totaled 21.5 TFLs and 13.5 sacks.  Personally I like him more as a 4-3 defensive end but many scouts are projecting him as a 3-4 edge pass rusher. The Bill’s starters are weighing in at 261 and 243 for Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel respectively so you know they aren’t afraid of having someone that’s smaller.  They ranked 28th last year in terms of sacks and need an upgrade in terms of pressure and Brown may be just the person to do that.  In this draft Brown fell unbelievably far.  Scouting Report. Video: One

29) New York Giants – William Moore – Sr – S – Missouri –  Look the Giants have Super Bowl aspirations and C.C. Brown is their starting strong safety.  Enough said.  Brown signed a one year deal so they can work Moore in slowly but he will be the future in New York. Weighing in around 225 Moore can deliver a de-cleater of epic proportions but still has good speed and can be an absolute ball hawk with eight interceptions his junior year.  They really need to have another receiver but I’m not high enough on Kenny Britt or Hakeem Nicks to take them at 29 but they remain a strong consideration here.  Scouting Report. Video: One

30) Tennessee Titans – Brandon Pettigrew – Sr – TE – Oklahoma State –  Pettigrew is undoubtedly the top tight end coming out in this years draft and will be a safety valve for Kerry Collins (not Vince Young).  Pettigrew is a very good blocker and can be put on whichever edge the elite pass rusher is coming from to help the Titans in their protection and has very solid hands despite not putting up massive numbers.  They could address cornerback here but I think Pettigrew is a better value than anyone else left on the board. Scouting Report. Video: One

31) Arizona Cardinals– Perria Jerry – Sr – DT – Ole Miss –  Jerry is a legit DT that can cause havoc in the backfield.  The Cardinal defense overachieved in the playoffs and is still in need of some help.  Jerry can’t stop the run like Raji but that is why he slips back to 31.  He can, however, get to the passer and create pressure up in his face which is something the Cardinals did not have much of last year.  LeSean McCoy is another interesting pick here but there should still be value at running back in the second round.  Also if they do end up trading Boldin then Hakim Nicks and maybe Percy Harvin would become a pretty good fit here.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

32) Pittsburg Steelers – Percy Harvin – Jr – WR –  Florida –   Harvin is not a prototypical number one, like many teams would like in the first round, but he could be an excellent slot receiver in the Steelers system.  Also Hines Ward is in the final year of his contract and they just lost Nate Washington, who had a surprisingly large roll in the offense last season.  Limas Sweed could be the man to step up but he has done nothing at all to suggest that he is ready for that totaling only six receptions for 64 yards in 11 games.  Harvin is undersized and has been dependent upon moving around on the field but he has also been one of the most explosive and impactful players in the nation for the last two years.   Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

Honorable Mention to:

Larry English – OLB – Northern Illinois –  A big question mark coming out of NIU.  Scouting Report. Video: One

Robert Ayers- DE – Tennessee – A large defensive end that would probably be better suited to a 3-4 than a 4-3 unless the team was looking to use him as a run stopper.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

Eben Britton – T – Arizona –   Britten in an amazing athlete, at 6′6 and 310 lbs he can run a 5.10 40.   Scouting Report. Video: One (This one is a bit of a stretch, just jump to the end)

LeSean McCoy – RB – Pitt –   McCoy is a good all around back that can probably handle everything except for the short yardage stuff.  Video: One, Two

Michael Johnson – DE – Georgia Tech –  Johnson has all of the skills to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL but his motor has been questioned as he could not break into the starting line up until his senior season.  With an extra year to develop he could be a project worth taking on.  Video: One, Two

Paul Kruger – OLB – Utah – A very good edge pass rusher but he must be in a 3-4 and there is always a chance for a step backwards when you change positions. Scouting Report.  Video: One (Kind of)

D.J. Moore – CB – Vanderbilt – Could slip into the first round but probably goes in the top half of the second round. He had a disappointing combine etc Video: One

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4/15/2009

Posted in 2009 Mock Draft on April 16, 2009 by Job

Alright this is probably the final mock for this year. I have tried to make it so that it is more of what I think will happen rather than what should happen but some of that line may be blurred, especially with the Texans.  This is all made under the assumption that there won’t be any trades, even though I could see three maybe even four trades in the first round.  Especially with players like Andre Smith, Malcom Jenkins and Mark Sanchez possibly looming in the middle of the round (pray to god that the Texans can trade back).

1) Detroit Lions–  Matt Stafford – QB – Georgia –  The Lions are in need of a major overhaul in almost every facet of their organization, as indicated by them being the first team to play 16 games and lose every single one of them.  They select Stafford because he has all of the tangible skills that you want out of a franchise quarterback, there is an abundance of depth along the offensive line, and there is no true number one pick in this draft. Stafford may not have blown Scouts away at the combine but he didn’t do anything to give them any extra concerns. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two,

2) St. Louis Rams– Jason Smith – LT – Baylor –  Since the Rams let go of Orlando Pace they have pretty well penciled in the fact that they will be getting a tackle at number two.  The only question is which one?  Andre Smith may have been the most dominant, while Eugene Monroe may be the most dependable, Michael Oher is also very good and then there is Jason Smith who has shot up draft boards from out of no where, well Waco to be a little bit more specific.  The Rams take Smith because he is generally regarded as the tackle with the most upside.  He has great feet since he used to be a tight end and has been the best kept secret in the Big XII.  He did help to lead an offensive revival leading the way for Robert Griffin, one of the most dynamic dual threat quarterbacks in the nation.  Scouting Report. Video: One

3) Kansas City Chiefs – Michael Crabtree – WR – Texas Tech –  With the offensive line giving up 55 sacks last year this may not be the greatest need of the Chiefs but the team needs something that they can hang their hat on.  With Dwayne Bowe proving that he can be a good NFL wide receiver, the addition of Matt Cassel and assuming that they can hang on to Tony Gonzalez and that he continues to produce at the same level that he has for his entire career the Chiefs could have an elite passing offense.  With Brandon Albert developing as a young left tackle the Chiefs just need to hope that they can find enough time for Cassel to get the ball off and enough of a running game to keep the defense honest. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

4) Seattle Seahawks – Aaron Curry – There are plenty of options here for the Seahawks; they could go with Sanchez, Smith, Monroe, Raji or a number of others but the single most sure fire prospect in this draft seems to be Curry.  Curry is an absolute animal with physical talent out the wazoo.  He can step in and immediately help a team that ranked 30th in total defense.  This will give them a solid core at linebacker consisting of Lofa Tatupa and Lerroy Hill.    Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

5) Cleveland Browns – Brian Orakpo – DE/ OLB –  The Browns got a total of 5 sacks last year out of their starting OLBs.  In a 3-4 defense that is simply unacceptable, especially when you consider the fact that Shaun Rogers had 4.5 sacks as a nose tackle.  Orakpo is a physical freak who will instantly upgrade the pass rush for Eric Mangini who will demand a lot more from his defense this coming year.  Mangini will get that if Orakpo is anywhere near as good in the pros as he was in college where he had 11 sacks in 11 games.  Hmmm if we project that out…   Scouting Report. Video: One,

6) Cincinnati Bengals – Eugene Monroe – LT –   Monroe is the most sure fire tackle in this draft, coming out of Al Groh’s system in Virginia.  The Bengals will hope that he can step in and have as much success as D’Brickashaw Ferguson has had in New York after being drafted number four in the 2006 draft.  The Bengals are coming very close to returning to true Bungal form.  Their team is obviously dependant on Carson Palmer to  have any type of success and if he has now become injury prone they must protect  him at all cost.  The off the field issues of Andre Smith throw up an even larger red flag for those residing in Paul Brown Stadium.   Scouting Report.  Video: One,  

7) Oakland Raiders – Jeremy Maclin – WR – Missouri –  It’s hard to decide which cliche to throw out here about Al Davis and speed so I’ll let you choose for yourself.  Either way Jamarcus Russell is in serious need of a playmaker on the outside  because Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schillins are just not what you are supposed to surround the number one overall selection with for the firsts two years of his career.  If the Raiders don’t do something to help him this year there may be a murmuring of him being a bust and that would only further deteriorate a very poor situation in Oakland. Scouting Report. Video: One

8 ) Jacksonville Jaguars –  B.J. Raji – DT – Boston College –  Raji was one of the hottest commodities coming out of the Senior Bowl.  He has the ability to both stop the rush and rush the passer and could be an anchor for a defense.  Raji took a  major hit to his draft stock recently with a possible positive drug test.  Everyone and their dog is denying that they have heard anything about it but the more Raji has to defend himself against it, fair or not, the more his stock drops.  The Jaguars are hoping that with the addition of Raji their defense can become what it used to be when they paired Marcus Stroud with John Henderson taking both of them with relatively early first round picks. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two

9) Green Bay Packers – Aaron Maybin – DE – Penn State – The number one knock on Maybin is his lack of size.  He comes in at 6′4 and 246 pounds which is undersized for his traditional defensive end position but would be ideal to play outside linebacker in the Packers new 3-4 scheme.  The Packers have talent on their defense but they need to be able to pressure the passer from the edge and there is no certainty that Aaron Kampman will make a seamless switch and Brady Poppinga has a total of three sacks over his four year career.   Scouting Report. Video: One

10) San Francisco 49ers – Malcolm Jenkins- CB – Ohio State – He was almost a lock for a top 5 spot until he ran a 4.55 sec 40 and for some reason scouts and GMs think that the way you run a straight line on a track without pads on is a great way to determine how you will be as a pro football player.  Ri-fucking-diculous.  Personally I still like Jenkins a lot.  Just watch the video his play speaks for itself.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

11) Buffalo Bills – Everette Brown – DE – Florida State –    Brown is coming off of an extremely productive season where he totaled 21.5 TFLs and 13.5 sacks.  Personally I like him more as a 4-3 defensive end but many scouts are projecting him as a 3-4 edge pass rusher. The Bill’s starters are weighing in at 261 and 243 for Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel respectively so you know they aren’t afraid of having someone that’s smaller.  They ranked 28th last year in terms of sacks and need an upgrade in terms of pressure and Brown may be just the person to do that.  Scouting Report. Video: One

12) Denver Broncos – Vonta Davis – CB – Illinois –  I don’t have Davis rated as the best defensive back but I think he may have more upside than Jenkins and I think he fits better into the system that Mike Nolan will be wanting to implement in Denver. The Broncos gave up an average of 228 yards per game in the air last year and something needs to be done about it so they take the best available corner.  Nolan would love to have an edge pass rusher a la Terrel Suggs but with Maybin jumping off the board I think it would be a stretch here.  They could be looking at Brian Cushing, Clay Mathews or Larry English to fill the void and none of them would shock me but the switch to the 3-4 should be beneficial for both Jarvis Moss and Elvis Dumervil.  There would also  be better value for that position at 18.  Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two

13) Washington Redskins –  Andre Smith – LT – Alabama –  Smith is arguably the most talented and dominating offensive lineman in this draft.  However, off the field issues and a possible weight problem in addition to the worst combine “performance” of anyone in recent history hurt his draft status.  He then followed this up with his, now all important, pro day and came up short again.  He should just be thanking the football gods that someone figured out how to film games because his film is the only thing going for him.  I could have seen him going number one overall before the Sugar Bowl but now he will be blocking for Portis.  He may start out as a guard but will obviously be transition to tackle as the aging Jon Janson and Chris Samuels are moved out. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

14) New Orleans Saints – Brain Cushing – LB – USC –  The Saints would probably love to trade back and pick up a few additional picks but if they are at 14 I think they take “cush” with their first pick.  Cushing is a great athlete and has had some injury concerns but has not missed that many games.  He is capable of playing either inside or outside for a 3-4 team but he can come in and start for the Saints at OLB. Defensive end would be a possibility but they have two massive contracts that may be prohibitive.   Scouting Report. Video: One

15) Houston Texans – Clint Sintim – LB – UVA – This may seem very high for Sintim (I’ve seen  him from this pick all the way back to the middle of the second round in other mocks but generally between 23-29) but he fits what the Texans need here.  He can come in and start at strong side linebacker and most importantly he has led the nation in sacks for a linebacker over the last two years.  This is exactly what the Texans need in order to help Mario Williams, and hopefully Antonio Smith, get to the passer.  A movable linebacker that can get to the QB would help this defense immeasurably.  With that being the pick a safety like Delmas or Moore would also be a pick here but they are both a reach as well.  Really the Texans simply need to go best player available as long as it isn’t a QB or a WR.  Scouting Report. Video: One

16) San Diego Chargers – Rey Maualuga – ILB – USC –  The Chargers ranked 11th in rush defense last season despite the fact that their starting ILB, Tim Dobbins, only posted 58 tackles while starting all 16 games.  Maualuga is a tackling machine who may double that number from Dobbins, ok probably not but he will be a big step forward for a team that will also be getting Shawn Merriman back from injury.  Some people may be tempted to take Moreno or Wells here but I believe that is too much money to have tied up in one position with $18 million due to Tomlinson over the next three years and the franchising of Sproles.  Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

17) New York Jets – Mark Sanchez – QB – USC –  This is an interesting spot for the Jets; they clearly need a quarterback with the loss of Brett Favre but I am not particularly sold on the ability of Sanchez to come in and be in impact contributor in his first and maybe even his second year in the league.  He certainly has the skills but his sheer lack of experience is worrisome.  If all you watched of him was the Rose Bowl you would think this guy was unstoppable (Hmmm Sir Vincent Young anybody?) but as a whole he certainly has some chinks in his armor.  One of the major concerns is how good did he look simply because he was at USC (just to note the Jets gave up 53 sacks last year).  Matt Leinhart is not doing him any favors here.  Nor is Reggie Bush.  The two most hyped players coming out of USC have both fallen short of expectations; of course this is much more true for Matt “I’m a bench warmer” Leinhart.   Scouting Report. Video: One

18 ) Denver Broncos – Chris Wells – RB – Ohio State – A powerful runner with good but not great speed. The Broncos need more out of their running back position in order to take the pressure off of Kyle Orton.  Buckhalter is a good back but he may not be able to carry the full load for the whole season. Scouting Report.  Video: One

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Clay Mathews- LB – USC- With the loss of both of their OLBs they are in desperate need of help here and Clay Mathews has the potential to step in and be the next great OLB in Tampa.  Having played the elephant position at USC Mathews will be able to help the Bucs improve on their 19th ranked defense.  Scouting Report. Video: One,

20) Detroit Lions – James Laurenitus – ILB – Ohio State- Just look at the tape on this guy.  He could have been a top 10 draft choice had he come out last year but opted to stay for his final year of college at Ohio State.  Now the Lions select him with their 2nd selection in the first round and cement their line backing core.  With former first round pick Ernie Simms and recent addition Julian Peterson it gives the Lions one unit on their team that they can hang their hat on.  It may seem odd that they haven’t addressed their offensive line at all but they have so much money tied up in their line as it is, it may make it hard for them to select someone there in the first round.  Scouting Report. Video: One

21)Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Oher – LT – Ole Miss – Tra Thomas is gone, to Jacksonville, and Jon Runyan has yet to be resigned.  Even if Runyan is resigned he is a right tackle and will sooner or later lose the war with father time. Oher slides a little bit because of the comparison between him and the other top tackles but Oher is a very good tackle and should be able to hold down the left side of the line in Philly, which they desperately need since they gave up 49 sacks last season.      Scouting Report.  Video: One

22) Minnesota Vikings – Alex Mack – C  – Cal – Mack is rated by many as one of the top offensive linemen in the entire draft and by almost everyone as the number one center.  The loss of Matt Birk is a monumental void in the middle of the Minnesota line, which they count heavily upon in order to run A.P. all day.  They are in desperate need to fill some very large shoes and Mack is as qualified as anyone available but even he may not be able to immediately make up for the loss of Birk. Scouting Report. Video: One

23) New England – Larry English – OLB – Northern Illinois –  The Pats continue to get younger and more athletic in their line-backing corp.  Pierre Woods is simply not a good starting OLB much less one on a good team that plans on being a real contender.  English is fast and athletic and can definitely get to the QB.  With that said there are some concerns as he has had several major injuries and his competition can’t be described as “elite”.  There are also a few other options for the Pats including Knowshon Moreno. Scouting Report. Video: One

24) Atlanta Falcons– Alphonso Smith – CB – Wake Forest –  Smith led the nation in interceptions at eight and set the all time ACC record for interceptions.  The entire Falcon’s team had 10 interceptions last year and were ranked 21st in pass defense.  Smith will be able to come to a young up and coming team and have an immediate impact.  He can also help out on special teams. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two, Three

25) Miami Dolphins – Darius Heyward-Bey – WR – Maryland- The Dolphins have been lacking a true number one receiver for what seems like forever.  I mean really the last good Dolphin wide out was who? Bey ran the fastest 40 time of any receiver and was noticeably faster than the other elite wide receivers. With that said there are some red flags that come up when you talk about Bey.  He may be one of the bigger boom/bust prospects in this draft but the Dolphins may have enough leadership to guide him through.  The only other question for next year is if Pennington has a strong enough arm to get the ball out in front of Bey (I bet Chad is so sick of hearing that). Scouting Report.Video: One

26) Baltimore Ravens– Max Unger – OL – Oregon – The Baltimore Ravens define themselves by their defense and their running game.  Unger will be able to help them continue the tradition of having an elite running game.  The Ravens would love to select a shut down corner here but D.J. Moore is the only option and I think he would be a bit of a stretch here. Unger is the most versatile lineman in the entire draft. He has played four positions on the line in his time at Oregon.  Started out as a left tackle and then was moved inside to center.  Would probably play guard for the Ravens.  Scouting Report. Video: One

27) Indianapolis Colts -Duke Robinson – G – Oklahoma – The Duke is one of the two best interior linemen in the entire draft and is a great pick here as the Colts work on improving their running game as well as protecting Peyton.  Knowshon Moreno would be another interesting choice here especially if the Colts feel like they could get another guard in the second round. Scouting Report. Video: One

28 ) Philadelphia – Percy Harvin – WR –  Florida – The Eagles have proven four times now that you don’t have to have a true number one receiver to make the NFC Championship, but it wouldn’t hurt would it?  Harvin is not a prototypical number one.  He is undersized and has been dependent upon moving around on the field but he has also been one of the most explosive and impactful players in the nation for the last two years.  With Andy Reid’s pass happy west coast style of offense Harvin may be able to find similar success. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

29) New York Giants – William Moore – S – Missouri –  Look the Giants have Super Bowl aspirations and C.C. Brown is their starting strong safety.  Enough said.  Brown signed a one year deal so they can work Moore in slowly but he will be the future in New York. Weighing in around 225 Moore can deliver a de-cleater of epic proportions but still has good speed and can be an absolute ball hawk with eight interceptions his junior year.  They really need to have another receiver but I’m not high enough on Kenny Britt or Hakeem Nicks to take them at 29 but they remain a strong consideration here.  Scouting Report. Video: One

30) Tennessee Titans – Brandon Pettigrew – TE – Oklahoma State –  Pettigrew is undoubtedly the top tight end coming out in this years draft and will be a safety valve for Kerry Collins (not Vince Young).  Pettigrew is a very good blocker and can be put on whichever edge the elite pass rusher is coming from to help the Titans in their protection and has very solid hands despite not putting up massive numbers.  Scouting Report. Video: One

31) Arizona Cardinals– Knowshon Moreno – RB – Georgia –  I think Moreno is the best back in this draft once you consider health.  With that said the Cardinals are elated to have him fall all the way to the bottom of the round where they promptly jump on him.  This will alleviate any pressure that James could have applied and he may be either shown the door or traded for a late round pick.  Moreno is the total package despite a pathetic 40 time (4.61). Scouting Report. Video: One, Two, Three

32) Pittsburg Steelers – Tyson Jackson – DE – LSU – One of the more over-hyped players in the nation the last year or two but has all of the tangible skills that you would want for a 3-4 defensive end.  The Steelers are aging all along their defensive line and a youth movement along the line would be beneficial for future Steelers teams, being the type of organization that they are they never stop building for the future. Scouting Report.  Video: One

Honorable Mention to:

Robert Ayers- DE – Tennessee – A large defensive end that would probably be better suited to a 3-4 than a 4-3 unless the team was looking to use him as a run stopper.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

Eben Britton – T – Arizona –   Britten in an amazing athlete, at 6′6 and 310 lbs he can run a 5.10 40.   Scouting Report. Video: One (This one is a bit of a stretch, just jump to the end)

LeSean McCoy – RB – Pitt –   McCoy is a good all around back that can probably handle everything except for the short yardage stuff.  Video: One, Two

Michael Johnson – DE – Georgia Tech –  Johnson has all of the skills to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL but his motor has been questioned as he could not break into the starting line up until his senior season.  With an extra year to develop he could be a project worth taking on.  Video: One, Two

Paul Kruger – OLB – Utah – A very good edge pass rusher but he must be in a 3-4 and there is always a chance for a step backwards when you change positions. Scouting Report.  Video: One (Kind of)

D.J. Moore – CB – Vanderbilt – Could slip into the first round but probably goes in the top half of the second round. He had a disappointing combine etc Video: One

Perria Jerry – DT – Ole Miss –  Jerry is a legit DT that can cause havoc in the backfield.   Scouting Report.  Video: One

Mock Draft 3/11/2009

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1) Detroit Lions–  Matt Stafford – QB – Georgia –  The Lions are in need of a major overhaul in almost every facet of their organization, as indicated by them being the first team to play 16 games and lose every single one of them.  They select Stafford because he has all of the tangible skills that you want out of a franchise quarterback, there is an abundance of depth along the offensive line, and there is no true number one pick in this draft. Stafford may not have blown Scouts away at the combine but he didn’t do anything to give them any extra concerns. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two,

2) St. Louis Rams– Jason Smith – LT – Baylor –  Since the Rams let go of Orlando Pace they have pretty well penciled in the fact that they will be getting a tackle at number two.  The only question is which one?  Andre Smith may have been the most dominant, while Eugene Monroe may be the most dependable, Michael Oher is also very good and then there is Jason Smith who has shot up draft boards from out of no where, well Waco to be a little bit more specific.  The Rams take Smith because he is generally regarded as the tackle with the most upside.  He has great feet since he used to be a tight end and has been the best kept secret in the Big XII.  He did help to lead an offensive revival leading the way for Robert Griffin, one of the most dynamic dual threat quarterbacks in the nation.  Scouting Report. Video: One

3) Kansas City Chiefs – Aaron Curry – The Chiefs have a plethora of needs and thus several directions that they could go in.  This time they opt to take what the experts are projecting as the most sure fire talent in the draft.  Curry will be able to come in and be an instant impact starter for the Chiefs playing on the strong side.    Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

4) Seattle Seahawks – Eugene Monroe – LT –  The Seahawks are facing the possible demise of Walter Jones as an elite tackle and possibly the end of his career after surgery that cost him the last several weeks of the 2008 season.  Sean Locklear has never shown himself to be much of anything besides an average right tackle, so if Jones miraculously comes back having Monroe and Jones as your bookends would be something for hawks fans to be happy about.  They also can point to their demise when they lost All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson and Shawn Alexander, but there is no running back worth taking at #4.   Scouting Report.  Video: One,

5) Cleveland Browns – Brian Orakpo – DE/ OLB –  The Browns got a total of 5 sacks last year out of their starting OLBs.  In a 3-4 defense that is simply unacceptable, especially when you consider the fact that Shaun Rogers had 4.5 sacks as a nose tackle.  Orakpo is a physical freak who will instantly upgrade the the pass rush for Eric Mangini who will demand a lot more from his defense this coming year.  Mangini will get that if Orakpo is anywhere near as good in the pros as he was in college where he had 11 sacks in 11 games.  Hmmm if we project that out…   Scouting Report. Video: One,

6) Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Oher – LT – Ole Miss –  The Bengals are coming very close to returning to true Bungal form.  Their team is obviously dependant on Carson Palmer to  have any type of success and if he has now become injury prone they must protect  him at all cost.  The off the field issues of Andre Smith throw up an even larger red flag for those residing in Paul Brown Stadium.  Oher is a fantastic player who has a great story and hopefully will be able to become a leader along the offensive line for the next decade.  Crabtree is a very tempting option here because of the loss of T.J. and the pending problems (I don’t know what but they are coming) with Ocho Cinco.  But as it stands now there are a few questions about Crabtree (if he is really fast enough to be an elite receiver in the NFL) and they have other serious needs.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

7) Oakland Raiders – Michael Crabtree – WR – Texas Tech –  When you have Chaz Schilens and Johnnie Lee Higgins starting for you, and yeah I had to look that up, that screams for a true number one receiver.  While there are certainly questions around Crabtree (I personally am not 100 percent convinced that he has the break away speed to be a perennial pro-bowler) Al Davis needs someone to make Jamarcus Russel look good because he’s not doing it on his own. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

8 ) Jacksonville Jaguars –  Rey Maualuga – ILB – USC –  After the fall out with Mike Peterson the Jaguars defense took a massive step backwards.  Maualuga was the leader on one of the best college defenses we have seen in recent history and is an absolute tackling machine.  He can solidify the middle of their defense and make the Jags fans forget about Peterson.  Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

9) Green Bay Packers – Everette Brown – DE – Florida State –  With Dom Capers as the new defensive coordinator the Packers will be forced to not make the same mistake the Texans made by avoiding pass rushers in the first round (Jason Babin doesn’t really count, I mean come on).  Brown is coming off of an extremely productive season where he totaled 21.5 TFLs and 13.5 sacks.  Personally I like him more as a 4-3 defensive end but many scouts are projecting him as a 3-4 edge pass rusher. Scouting Report. Video: One

10) San Francisco 49ers – B.J. Raji – DT – Boston College –  Raji is one of the hottest commodities coming out of the Senior Bowl.  He has the ability to both stop the rush and rush the passer and could be an anchor for a defense.  The Niners go with the best player available and a hope that they can build a dominating defense, something the NFC West hasn’t seen in a while.  They ranked 13th overall in terms of yards allowed in 2008 but with an elite big man anchoring the front they may be able to take the next step.  They could also look to upgrade their pass rush with Aaron Maybin.   Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two

11) Buffalo Bills – Aaron Maybin – DE – Penn State – The number one knock on Maybin is his lack of size.  He comes in at 6’4 and 246 pounds which is certainly undersized but the Bills seem to work well with that.  Their starters are weighing in at 261 and 243 for Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel respectively.  They ranked 28th last year in terms of sacks and need un upgrade in terms of pressure and Maybin may be just the answer finishing his redshirt sophomore season with 12 sacks, that would be exactly half of what the Bills as a team had last year.  A lot of people have Brandon Pettigrew going here but I just don’t see him being such a dominant tight end that he would go #11.  B.P. had a total of 9 touchdowns in his career including a big fat 0 in his senior year.  That just doesn’t scream top 15 to me.  Scouting Report. Video: One

12) Denver Broncos – Vonta Davis – CB – Illinois –  I don’t have Davis rated as the best defensive back but I think he may have as much upside as Jenkins and I think he fits better into the system that Mike Nolan will be wanting to implement in Denver.  Nolan would love to have an edge pass rusher a la Terrel Suggs but with Maybin jumping off the board I think it would be a stretch here.  They could be looking at Brian Cushing, Clay Mathews or Larry English to fill the void and none of them would shock me.  Also the Broncos may want to look at Jeremy Maclin to give Cutler a new weapon and hopefully have him buy back into the new team but that’s unlikely unless they have other plans for Brandon Marshall.  I still think Knowshon Moreno would be a very good pick for them here but that seems less likely now that his stock has fallen due to a slow 40 time. Scouting Report.  Video: One

13) Washington Redskins –  Andre Smith – LT – Alabama –  Smith is arguably the most talented and dominating offensive lineman in this draft.  However, off the field issues and a possible weight problem in addition to the worst combine “performance” of anyone in recent history hurt his draft status.  He then followed this up with his, now all important, pro day and came up short again.  He should just be thanking the football gods that someone figured out how to film games because his film is the only thing going for him.  I could have seen him going number one overall before the Sugar Bowl but now he will be blocking for Portis.  He may start out as a guard but will obviously be transition to tackle as the aging Jon Janson and Chris Samuels. Scouting Report. Video: One,

14) New Orleans Saints – Malcolm Jenkins- CB – Ohio State – The Saints have been trying to find help for their secondary for years without much luck.  With Roman Harper, Josh Bullocks and Jason David commanding three of the four starting positions it seems more than necessary to do something to upgrade the secondary.  The Saints are thanking the football gods that Jenkins fell to them.  He was almost a lock for a top 5 spot until he ran a 4.55 sec 40 and for some reason scouts and GMs think that the way you run a straight line on a track without pads on is a great way to determine how you will be as a pro football player.  Ri-fucking-diculous.  They may also look at adding a running back but I think they should be set with Stecker and Bush even if Bush is injury prone.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

15) Houston Texans – Clay Mathews- LB – USC-  Well it looks like William Moore’s stock has taken a hit much like most of the stock on wall street and is in virtual free fall.  He may still be there in the 2nd round when the Texans are drafting and if he is I would love to pick him there.  With that said there are a couple of players I specifically don’t want the Texans to pick.  I want nothing to do with Perria Jerry, who is another up the field type of pass rusher from the DT position.  That is not what we need at this point.  Its not that Jerry is bad player, just a bad fit for the team.  Tyson Jackson is another D-Lineman I want no part of for just the opposite reason.  He is a DE that is best suited to stopping the run, once again not what we need from that position.  Also for some reason people think that we need another wide receiver, which really is just asinine.   So any conversation about Maclin or Harvin should be immediately dismissed.  Now on to the players we should be interested in. There seems to be a fair amount of hype around Brian Cushing.  Cushing is very talented and if he could stay health would be a solid pick but there are several issues regarding his health that could be a concern, including a hamstring injury that cost him all of spring practice that won’t show up in his games missed.  D.J. Moore is another possibility but at 15 he would be a noticeable reach.  The same would be true for Larry English. My first pick, if we stay at 15, which we really shouldn’t, would be Clay Mathews.  Clint Sintim is an interesting prospect for the Texans but would also have more value later in the draft.  On the other hand Knowshon Moreno would be a decent value here, despite his 4.61 40 time, because of what he has shown over the last two years on the field.  Moreno, however, is not the type of short yardage back the Texans need and I don’t think the Texans want to address this position in the first round.  With that said Moreno or Wells would give the Texans a dynamic duo in the backfield along with “Speed”  Slaton that may be able to rival the best duos in the NFL.  Clay Mathews played the “elephant” position at USC, which was a hybrid between the defensive end and the strong side linebacker.  This is precisely what the Texans need out of their strong side backer because they need him first and foremost to stop the run and rush the passer. He is also the nephew of Oiler Hall of Fame left tackle Bruce Mathews, who was recently hired as the Texans assistant offensive line coach. Scouting Report. Video: One,

16) San Diego Chargers – Brain Cushing – LB – USC –  The Chargers would probably like to trade back and pick up a few additional picks but if they are at 16 I think they stay in SoCal for the first round.  Cushing is a great athlete and has had some injury concerns but has not missed that many games.  He is capable of playing either inside or outside for a 3-4 team but I would project him as an ILB under the assumption that Merriman comes back healthy.  If the Chargers don’t believe he is healthy they may opt for Larry English who’s stock is shooting up draft boards and would fit better into a pass rushing OLB position for the Chargers.  Scouting Report. Video: One

17) New York Jets – Mark Sanchez – QB – USC –  This is an interesting spot for the Jets; they clearly need a quarterback with the loss of Brett Favre but I am not particularly sold on the ability of Sanchez to come in and be in impact contributor in his first and maybe even his second year in the league.  He certainly has the skills but his sheer lack of experience is worrisome.  If all you watched of him was the Rose Bowl you would think this guy was unstoppable (Hmmm Sir Vincent Young anybody?) but as a whole he certainly has some chinks in his armor.  One of the major concerns is how good did he look simply because he was at USC.  Matt Leinhart is not doing him any favors here.  Nor is Reggie Bush.  The two most hyped players coming out of USC have both fallen short of expectations; of course this is much more true for Matt “I’m a bench warmer” Leinhart.  Another possibility, and in my opinion a better one, would be to sign Jeff Garcia to be the signal caller and draft Jeremy Maclin to replace Coles and add a dynamic and explosive force to the offense. Scouting Report. Video: One

18 ) Chicago Bears – Jeremy Maclin – WR – Missouri –  The Bears have two major deficiencies: defensive end and wide receiver.  They must address one of these in the first round.  The Bears have zero of their top four defensive ends signed after next year, which may not be all that bad because they combined for a total of 15.5 sacks between the four of them.  Either way this must be addressed at some point in time for the Bears during this draft.  However, when it takes your top two receivers still on the roster to top 1,000 yards wide receiver is a pretty big issues too.  The Bears go with the best player available between the two positions and take Maclin over English.  Despite the fact that the Bears had almost no production from the wide receiver corp Kyle Orton put up almost 3,000 yards and an 18/12 TD to Interception ratio.  Who knows maybe he will be alright if he has a little bit of talent on the outside. Scouting Report. Video: One

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Darius Heyward-Bey – WR – Maryland- With Chucky (Gruden) using up the last of his political capital from the Super Bowl he doesn’t have the time to draft a quarterback and groom  him for the future so instead he looks for a player that will make an immediate impact and save his job.  They could take a tackle here but instead I think they opt for the wide out with the most upside and hope that he develops into a star opposite Antonio Bryant. Bey ran the fastest 40 time of any receiver and was noticeably faster than the other elite wide receivers. Scouting Report.Video: One

20) Detroit Lions – Brandon Pettigrew – TE – Oklahoma State –  Pettigrew is undoubtedly the top tight end coming out in this years draft and will be a safety valve for Matt Stafford as the Lions try to do something that won’t embarrass them anymore, good luck with that.  Pettigrew is a very good blocker and can be put on whichever edge the elite pass rusher is coming from to help Stafford in his protection and has very solid hands despite not putting up massive numbers.  Scouting Report. Video: One

21)Philadelphia Eagles – Eben Britton – T – Arizona – The Eagles may be reaching a little here but they have a good and relatively deep team that allows them to make this stretch.  Britten in an amazing athlete, at 6′6 and 310 lbs he can run a 5.10 40.  Contracts also are a  major factor with both Tra Thomas’ and John Runyan’s expiring this year.  Both have been in the league for over a decade and while their decline may not be showing yet no one can beat father time. Scouting Report. Video: One (This one is a bit of a stretch, just jump to the end)

22) Minnesota Vikings – Alex Mack – C  – Cal – Mack is rated by many as one of the top offensive linemen in the entire draft and by almost everyone as the number one center.  The loss of Matt Birk is a monumental void in the middle of the Minnesota line, which they count heavily upon in order to run A.P. all day.  They are in desperate need to fill some very large shoes and Mack is as qualified as anyone available but even he may not be able to immediately make up for the loss of Birk. Scouting Report. Video: One

23) New England – Larry English – OLB – Northern Illinois –  The Pats continue to get younger and more athletic in their line-backing corp.  Pierre Woods is simply not a good starting OLB much less one on a good team that plans on being a real contender.  English is fast and athletic and can definitely get to the QB.  With that said there are some concerns as he has had several major injuries and his competition can’t be described as “elite”.  There are also a few other options for the Pats including Knowshon Moreno/ Chris Wells or possibly James Laurenitus to eventually take Teddy Bruschi’s place. Scouting Report. Video: One

24) Atlanta Falcons– Clint Sintim – LB – UVA – Sintim is a down hill tackler that can help the Falcons shore up their 28th ranked run defense and now that Keith Brooking is gone they are in desperate need of help at the position.  As of right now they would be starting Coy Wire who has 125 tackles in his last 79 games.  Another possibility would be for them to take Perria Jerry who may be ranked higher by most scouts but for now I am going with the Falcons addressing their largest need.  Scouting Report. Video: One

25) Miami Dolphins – Chris Wells – RB – Ohio State – The Dolphins developed and implemented the Wild Cat offense better than anyone else in the NFL.  Now they have the ability to discharge Ricky Williams who was much better than expected but still not great. In addition to this Wells gives you an insurance policy if Ronnie Brown goes down.  There are numerous other picks that the Phins might be looking at including Duke Robinson, Knowshon Moreno, Paul Kruger, D.J. Moore, Sean Smith, or Alphonso Smith.  In other words there are so many directions this pick could go in I’m a little bit lost on this one so if you have any brilliant ideas or visions sent from above let me know. Scouting Report.  Video: One

26) Baltimore Ravens– Alphonso Smith – CB – Wake Forest –  As absolutely amazing as their defense was last year the corner backs left something to be desired at the end of the season.  Granted that is due largely to injuries to Chris McCalister and Sammari Rolle but Rolle is aging and McCalister has been injured before and probably will not be back next year. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two, Three

27) Indianapolis Colts -Duke Robinson – G – Oklahoma – The Duke is one of the two best interior linemen in the entire draft and is a great pick here as the Colts work on improving their running game as well as protecting Peyton.  Knowshon Moreno would be another interesting choice here especially if the Colts feel like they could get another guard in the second round. Scouting Report. Video: One

28 ) Philadelphia – Percy Harvin – WR –  Florida – The Eagles have proven four times now that you don’t have to have a true number one receiver to make the NFC Championship, but it wouldn’t hurt would it?  Harvin is not a prototypical number one.  He is undersized and has been dependent upon moving around on the field but he has also been one of the most explosive and impactful players in the nation for the last two years.  With Andy Reid’s pass happy west coast style of offense Harvin may be able to find similar success. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

29) New York Giants – William Moore – S – Missouri –  Look the Giants have Super Bowl aspirations and C.C. Brown is their starting strong safety.  Enough said.  Brown signed a one year deal so they can work Moore in slowly but he will be the future in New York. Weighing in around 225 Moore can deliver a de-cleater of epic proportions but still has good speed and can be an absolute ball hawk with eight interceptions his junior year.  Scouting Report. Video: One

30) Tennesse Titans – Perria Jerry – DT – Ole Miss –  Jerry is a legit DT that can cause havoc in the backfield.  He is absolutely not Albert Haynseworth but with that said I don’t think Albert will be Albert after signing a ridiculously fat (pun intended) $100M contract. Scouting Report.  Video: One

31) Arizona Cardinals– Knowshon Moreno – RB – Georgia –  I think Moreno is the best back in this draft once you consider health.  With that said the Cardinals are elated to have him fall all the way to the bottom of the round where they promptly jump on him.  This will alleviate any pressure that James could have applied and he may be either shown the door or traded for a late round pick.  Moreno is the total package despite a pathetic 40 time (4.61). Scouting Report. Video: One, Two, Three

32) Pittsburg Steelers -Max Unger – OL – Oregon – Unger is the most versatile lineman in the entire draft. He has played four positions on the line in his time at Oregon.  Started out as a left tackle and then was moved inside to center.  Would probably play guard for the Steelers but they had enough health issues along the line last year that the value of his versatility would not be lost on them.  Scouting Report. Video: One

Honorable Mention to:

Tyson Jackson – DE – LSU – One of the more over-hyped players in the nation the last year or two but has all of the tangible skills that you would want for a 3-4 defensive end.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

LeSean McCoy – RB – Pitt –   McCoy is a good all around back that can probably handle everything except for the short yardage stuff.  Video: One, Two

Michael Johnson – DE – Georgia Tech –  Johnson has all of the skills to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL but his motor has been questioned as he could not break into the starting line up until his senior season.  With an extra year to develop he could be a project worth taking on.  Video: One, Two

James Laurenitus – ILB – Ohio State- Just look at the tape on this guy.  Scouting Report. Video: One

Paul Kruger – OLB – Utah – A very good edge pass rusher but he must be in a 3-4 and there is always a chance for a step backwards when you change positions. Scouting Report.  Video: One (Kind of)

D.J. Moore – CB – Vanderbilt – Could slip into the first round but probably goes in the top half of the second round. Video: One

1/26/09 Mock

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2009 by Job

Obviously everything below will be changed after the combine because for some unknown reason scouts and GMs are more than willing to throw away three or four years of tape because someone can run really fast in a straight line without pads on a track in track gear twice.  What a random way to spend millions of dollars.  But since mock drafting is more the art of predicting what will happen rather than what should happen my opinion still means relatively little, at least until one of the the organizations wise up a little and hire me (hint hint Texans).  Perhaps for my final attempt I’ll do one of each but for now we will stick with prognostication.  There are links for the Seniors at the best site I’ve found for breakdowns of each player but there is a lot of good stuff at www.draftcountdown.com.  Finally this is an open forum so in the words of Jim Rome “React to me”, let me know what you think.  Most people reading this are relatively heady sports fans and your opinions are more than welcome.

1) Detroit Lions-  Matt Stafford – QB – Georgia –  The Lions are in need of a major overhaul in almost every facet of their organization, as indicated by them being the first team to play 16 games and lose every single one of them.  They select Stafford because he has all of the tangible skills that you want out of a franchise quarterback, there is an abundance of depth along the offensive line, and there is no true number one pick in this draft. Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two,

2) St. Louis Rams- Eugene Monroe – LT – Virginia –  With Orlando Pace getting older and Alex Barron failing to show that he has what it takes to be a left tackle much less an elite tackle the Rams take the most certain left tackle in the draft.  His upside isn’t what Andre Smith’s is but you avoid the off field issues and he has a much higher basement. Scouting Report.  Video: One,

3) Kansas City Chiefs – Brian Orakpo – DE/ OLB –  This pick may change depending on who becomes the head coach but when you only have 10 sacks on the season and you have been forced to watch Tamba Hali, a previous first round draft pick, stumble without the help of a dominant force on the other side, then it seems pretty clear that this is a major priority for you.  Orakpo is a physical freak and will have the ability to get to the quarterback from either a 4-3 or a 3-4.  He may not be great against the run but he is the best defensive lineman in the draft.  Scouting Report. Video: One,

4) Seattle Seahawks – Michael Crabtree – WR – Texas Tech –  After an embarrassing season of injuries and ineffectiveness the Seahawks swoop down to grab the best wide receiver in the country for the last two years.  Crabtree has been an elite playmaker and big time performer, see the UT game, and is the only real hope of salvaging Matt Hasselbeck’s career.  The only other possibility for this pick would be Andre Smith if the Seahawks know something about Walter Jones that they aren’t telling us.  Jones had a micro-fracture knee surgery towards the end of the season, and at his age with the amount of weight that he carries that could spell the end of a wonderful career. Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

5) Cleveland Browns – Aaron Curry – LB – Wake Forest –  The Browns are in desperate need of a play-maker on defense.  With this selection they take perhaps the most versatile play-maker in the draft.  Curry who is a physical specimen can play either outside or inside in the Brown’s 3-4.  He can cover, tackle, blitz, and generally give new coach Eric Manginni someone that will make his defense a lot more unpredictable a la his days in New England.  Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

6) Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Oher – LT – Ole Miss –  The Bengals are coming very close to returning to true Bungal form.  Their team is obviously dependant on Carson Palmer to  have any type of success and if he has now become injury prone they must protect  him at all cost.  The off the field issues of Andre Smith throw up an even larger red flag for those residing in Paul Brown Stadium.  Oher is a fantastic player who has a great story and hopefully will be able to become a leader along the offensive line for the next decade.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

7) Oakland Raiders – Andre Smith – LT – Alabama –  Smith is arguably the most talented and dominating offensive lineman in this draft.  However, off the field issues and a possible weight problem hurt his draft status.  But who are we kidding?  Al Davis loves a physical freak and has never been one to worry much about off the field issues.  What was that saying? Oh yeah “Just Win BABY!” Video: One,

8 ) Jacksonville Jaguars – Malcolm Jenkins- CB – Ohio State – The Jaguars took a major step back both offensively and defensively.  Rasheen Mathis is still a very good corner but they might as well of had you or me out playing opposite him.  The Jaguars were ranked 24th in pass defense and are thankful that Jenkins wasn’t snatched up before he got to them.  Jenkins is not only an obvious choice for the best defensive back in the draft but has all the markings of a true shut down corner, which is always a good thing when you face Peyton Manning twice a year.  Scouting Report.  Video: One

9) Green Bay Packers – Aaron Maybin – DE – Penn State – The Packers reach a little bit to get an edge pass rusher to allow their new defensive coordinator, Dom Capers, to implement some aspects of a 3-4.  Maybin is undersized which is why he is a bit of a reach but he was able to produce a tremendous amount of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  Similar to when the Texans selected Mario Williams because they needed a 4-3 defensive end the Packers address a need at a spot where they have very little if any depth and get a very good player. Video: One

10) San Francisco 49ers – Jason Smith – LT – Baylor –  The niners pass up on the  USC quarterback, who is over hyped, to establish an identity that would more resemble Coach Singletary.  Smith will solve a lot of issues for them at tackle which will help both the run and pass games.  Scouting Report.

11) Buffalo Bills – Everette Brown – DE – Florida State –  The Bills were one of the worst teams at pressuring the quarterback this year and finished with only 24 sacks.  In other words only four more than Demarcus Ware had on his own.  Granted they had some injury issues but Brown may be the most complete prototypical defensive end in this draft and is coming off of an extremely productive season where he totaled 21.5 TFLs and 13.5 sacks. Video: One

12) Denver Broncos – Knowshon Moreno – RB – Georgia –  The Broncos are now without Mike Shannahan and his offensive system, thus they are also without the thought process that absolutely anybody can be an effective running back, kind of like Peyton Hillis (no offense).  So when the number one back in the draft drops to them at 12 they jump on him.  When I think of Knowshon in Denver for some reason I have a mental picture of him throwing out the mile high salute much like T.D.  Perhaps that’s because they are the same height and T.D. weighed three pounds more… Coincidence? I think not. Video: One, Two, Three

13) Washington Redskins – Michael Johnson – DE – Georgia Tech –  The Redskins need help at the DE position due to the career threatening injury to Phillip Daniel in training camp last year.  This was the impetus for the Redskins to trade for Jason Taylor but Taylor also ended the year injured and has only one year left on his contract.  Despite the fact that Daniel Snyder has a certain knack for signing and over paying veteran players I think this will be the last year for Taylor and Johnson will be a good insurance policy.  Johnson has all of the skills to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL but his motor has been questioned as he could not break into the starting line up until his senior season.  With an extra year to develop he could be a project worth taking on.  Video: One, Two

14) New Orleans Saints – Vonta Davis – CB – Illinois –  And the Big Easy finally takes a sigh of relief.  The Saints have been in desperate need of  help in the secondary for years and they grab a very good one here. Video: One

15) Houston Texans – William Moore – S – Missouri –  Texans fans may still be having flash backs to the traumatic experience that was Matt Stevens but Moore should put most of that to rest.  Moore is a monster at the safety position.  Weighing in around 225 Moore can deliver a decleater of epic proportions but still has good speed and can be an absolute ball hawk with eight interceptions his junior year.  Scouting Report. Video: One

16) San Diego Chargers – Rey Maualuga – ILB – USC –  The Chargers go with the best player available and forgo a chance to draft Beenie Wells. Maualuga is a tackling machine that will fit in beautifully to the middle of the Charger defense.  Sitting behind Jamaal Williams will make his transition a seamless one and Rey will be able to have an immediate impact on the game.  Scouting Report. Video: One, Two

17) New York Jets – Jeremy Maclin – WR – Missouri –  With new head coach Rex Ryan many people may expect the Jets to go defense but he understand that defenses can be dependant upon field position.  Maclin represents someone that can not only change field position and score points as a wide receiver but also as a punt returner.  This gives New York the most dangerous special teams unit in the NFL as well as someone that can stretch the field on offense. (I am working under the assumption that Farve comes back AGAIN)  Video: One

18 ) Chicago Bears – Mark Sanchez – QB – USC –  Does anyone remember the last franchise QB the bears had?  Yeah me neither, so they finally address it and cross their fingers that Sanchez continues to develop while hopefully sitting out his first year. Video: One

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers  – B.J. Raji – DT – Boston College –  Raji is one of the hottest commodities coming out of the Senior Bowl.  He has the ability to both stop the rush and rush the passer and could be an anchor for a defense that has only seen sparks out of their DTs since Warren Sapp left.  Scouting Report.  Video: One, Two

20) Detroit Lions – Alex Mack – C  – Cal – Mack is rated by many as one of the top offensive linemen in the entire draft and by almost everyone as the number one center.  With the selection of Stafford at number one taking Mack now will protect Stafford and allow them to form a long comfortable relationship. Video: One

21)Philadelphia Eagles – Eben Britton – T – Arizona – The Eagles may be reaching a little here but they have a good and relatively deep team that allows them to make this strech.  Britten in an amazing athelte, at 6′6 and 310 lbs he can run a 5.10 40.  Contracts also are a  major factor with both Tra Thomas’ and John Runyan’s expiring this year.  Both have been in the league for over a decade and while their decline may not be showing yet no one can beat father time.

22) Minnisota Vikings – Brandon Pettigrew – TE – Oklahoma State –  The Vikings miss out on the top two receivers in this draft and Hayward-Bey is still a little bit risky but they add the best tight end in the draft who can both block and catch the ball proficiently.  Scouting Report. Video: One

23) New England – James Laurenitus – ILB – Ohio State- The Pats continue their revitalisation of their linebacking core.  They now have two stud middle linebackers that can run and make plays from behind Vince Wilfork.  Tyson Jackson or D.J. Moore may be an option here as well.  Scouting Report. Video: One

24) Atlanta Hawks – Clint Sintim – LB – UVA – Sintim is a down hill tackler that can help the Falcons shore up their 28th ranked run defense and gives them flexibility with Brooking getting older now.  Scouting Report.

25) Miami Dolphins – Duke Robinson – G – Oklahoma – The Duke is one of the two best interior linemen in the entire draft and is a great pick here as the phins continue to build upon the line.  Along with Jake Long they will have a left side of the line that will push them forward for years to come. Video: One

26) Baltimore Ravens- Alphonso Smith – CB – Wake Forest –  As absolutely amazing as their defense was last year the cornerbacks left something to be desired at the end of the season.  Granted that is due largely to injuries to Chris McCalister and Sammari Rolle but Rolle is aging and McCalister has been injured before. Video: One, Two, Three

27) Indianapolis Colts – Perria Jerry – DT – Ole Miss – With the Colts defense giving up over 120 rushing yards per game they need to do something to shore up what has been consistently one of the worst rush defenses over the past couple of years.  Jerry is a legit DT that can cause havoc in the backfield. Scouting Report.  Video: One

28 ) Philadelphia – Percy Harvin – WR –  Florida – The Eagles have proven four times now that you don’t have to have a true number one receiver to make the NFC Championship, but it wouldn’t hurt would it?  Harvin is not a prototypical number one.  He is undersized and has been dependent upon moving around on the field but he has also been one of the most explosive and impactful players in the nation for the last two years.  With Andy Reid’s pass happy west coast style of offense Harvin may be able to find similar success. Video: One, Two

29) New York Giants – Chris Wells – RB – Ohio State – With the likely departure of either Brandon Jacobs or Derrick Ward the Giants replenish their backfield adding another elite talent.  If you are a Giants fan you don’t want to put any more pressure on Sheli… ooops Eli than you need to and a strong running game has proven to do just that.  Video: One

30) Tennesse Titans – D.J. Moore – CB – Vanderbilt – The Titans have shown malicious intent in refusing to draft a wide receiver in the first round and forcing their quarterbacks to struggle with whatever they happen to roll out on to the field.  With wide receiver “taken care of” the Titans take the best corner available.  By the way how was their defense that good with Nick Harper as a starting corner?  I don’t Know I’m baffled too. Video: One

31) Arizona Cardinals- LeSean McCoy – RB – Pitt – With all the trouble the Cardinals faced with a lack of a running game throughout the season and the unhappy Edge the Cardnals have no choice but to address the position with their first pick.  McCoy is a good all around back that can probably handle everything except for the short yardage stuff, but they will still have Tim Hightower for that.  Video: One, Two

32) Pittsburg Steelers – Tyson Jackson – DE – LSU – One of the more over-hyped players in the nation the last year or two but has all of the tangible skills that you would want for a 3-4 defensive end and since he is on the Steelers he will have time to grow into the position.  Scouting Report.  Video: One