2009 NFL Mock Draft
Detroit Lions- Matthew Stafford/QB/Georgia
It is no secret that the Lions had a terrible 2008 season. 0-16 is nothing to party about. However there is plenty of debate as too what path the Lions will take too rebuilding this team. It will take a lot, but it is possible. Some say there defense was worse then there offense, others say they need a better offensive line. I think however, that they will try to rebuild the team around a QB that they have confidence in. Matthew Stafford could be the first step in a very long path. Maybe it will turn into a Matt Ryan and the Flacons situation.
St. Louis Rams- Eugene Monroe/OT/Virginia
About a year ago the Rams were waiting to make their pick in the 2008 NFL draft. It has recently been publicized that the Rams were highly ready to draft Jake Long if he slipped past the Dolphins pick. Now it seems they are still looking to improve that offensive line. It looks like this will come down to Eugene Monroe or Andre Smith.
Kansas City Chiefs– Aaron Curry/OLB/Wake Forest
Down the stretch of the NCAA football 2008 season, Aaron Curry was playing fantastically. It wasn’t to long ago that many people thought the Chiefs would pick up a QB for this draft pick.
Seattle Seahawks- Michael Crabtree/WR/Texas Tech
The Seahawks have a lot of receivers. The problem is, not all of them are that good. I think they will try to change that by drafting this would be senior out of Texas Tech. He is a pretty solid receiver, who in college, could make plays after he caught the ball. That is definitely something the Seahawks would want in a receiver.
Cleveland Browns– Malcolm Jenkins/CB/Ohio St.
In 2007 the Browns had a 10 win season, however they hardly played any teams with winning records. Many people thought they would be good this year, but others noted how they had a weak and inexperienced secondary. I think that was one of the big things that cost them the 2008 season. Now I expect them to draft some secondary player, and Malcolm Jenkins seems like a good candidate for them to rebuild that secondary.
Cincinnati Bengals– Andre Smith/OT/Alabama
Carson Palmer to me is one of the more talented quarterbacks in the league. Unfortunately for him, he now has a weak offensive line, an over-showy receiver, questionable coaching, and more problems. So I think they need to rebuild that offense from where the ball is hiked, that offensive line. I also think Andre Smith would be a great start, if he isn’t drafted by the Rams.
Oakland Raiders– Jeremy Maclin/WR/Missouri
Many people are expecting the Raiders to take DE Everette Brown, or OT Jason Smith, however if there is one thing I know about the Raiders, its surprises and beyond questionable ownership decisions. Remember the Raiders taking a kicker in the first round? Well I expect them to once again try to make an impact on their scoring offense, and once again surprise everyone.
Jacksonville Jaguars- Everette Brown/DE/Florida St.
If Everette Brown surpasses the Raiders draft pick, I think he will end up in Jacksonville. The Jaguars I think should start looking at stopping the run better if they want to get back to the play-offs. Brown should be a good guy to start with.
Green Bay Packers- B.J. Raji/NT/Boston College
The Packers are expected to switch to a main 3-4 defense. It can be hard to be a good 3-4 defense without a strong defensive line. So a nose tackle or defensive end would be a good draft choice for their situation.
San Francisco 49ers- Mark Sanchez/QB/USC
The QB situation of in San Fran has been just about a nightmare. Smith hasn’t turned out to be Singletary’s hopes and dreams, so a QB could really help out this franchise. It would help to have an offense threat besides Frank Gore, so the defense feels a little threatened when the QB drops back for a pass.
Buffalo Bills- Michael Oher/OT/Ole Miss
There were clearly some problems in the offensive line for the Bills. Oher was a great pass blocker in college, but should be able to open holes for the running backs with some proper training.
Denver Broncos- Brian Cushing/OLB/USC
The Broncos could be looking to improve that middle of their defense. Cushing is just one of the many cogs that contributed to the offense stopping machine called the USC defense. I expect Cushing to do well on both run stop and pass protection for the Denver Broncos.
Washington Redskins- Peria Jerry/DT/Ole Miss
Peria Jerry is a great pass rusher, he proved that with his time at Ole Miss. The Red Skins have a lot of play makers on offense. However their defense is not as flashy. A DT like Peria Jerry could do wonders for that defense.
New Orleans Saints- Rey Maualuga/ILB/USC
Rey Maualuga was another great player on the USC defense. The Saints could use a great pick here when you consider what they gave up to keep Jonathan Vilma, like a 2nd and 3rd round pick.
Houston Texans- William Moore/S/Missouri
The Texans secondary has been a hole in their team’s defense for years. Drafting a good safety like William Moore could be a good guy for them to start to build a secondary around. Maybe after that they can start contending to make the play-offs.
San Diego Chargers- Chris Wells/RB/Ohio State
We finally crack into the RB column. A year ago this would surprise many. However now a lot of people know LT has been struggling with the Chargers, and there are rumors he may even get dropped. So it would make sense for them to have a RB they can rely on if that day ever came.
New York Jets- Vontae Davis/CB/Illinois
The Jets are looking like they really need corner help. They have been giving pig passing games to teams that can’t do it elsewhere. They may have made the play-offs last year if they had a better secondary.
Chicago Bears- Michael Johnson
There was a time when the Bears were one of the most feared defenses in the NFL. That time has passed. However there are plenty of people in Chicago who want that to come back, and it will start by upgrading that line, and bringing pressure back to the opposing quarterbacks.
Tamps Bay Buccaneers- Knowshon Moreno/RB/Georgia
To me, the Buccs looks like a team that is a running game short of a play-off appearance. It was not too long ago that the Buccaneers were in the play-offs, however this year, the played golf instead. A solid running back could really help that team out. However I think the O-line needs to improve to before they get to any Super Bowls.
Detroit Lions- Tyson Jackson/DE/LSU
Some people are expecting the Lions to take an offensive lineman. I don’t. This is their second pick in the first round, and I think they should start to work on that defense.
Philadelphia Eagles- Jason Smith/OT/Baylor
It looks like the Eagles will be losing some offensive lineman to free agency this off-season. Because of this I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft another line man to try and help protect McNabb.
Minnesota Vikings- Brandon Pettigrew/TE/Oklahoma State
A very good TE probably the best in the draft. Some go as far to say he is one of the most talented offensive prospects in the draft. I think he would really help out the Vikings, he would add to their already impressive pass and run block line. He would also be a good receiver for Jackson to drop it off too if there is no one else open. Maybe later in his career could be a big offensive threat too.
New England Patriots- Aaron Maybin/OLB/Penn State
Maybin is an eligible sophomore which could make this pick a risk. For Penn State however he looked like a great line backer who was very fast and specialized in putting pressure on the QB and getting sacks.
Atlanta Falcons- Alex Mack/C/California
If you saw the Falcons play-off game, you could see one of the big reasons the Falcons lost, was how the Cardinals seem to be able to get too Matt Ryan at will. So drafting a good center to lead the line in tough times could be a good choice as a draft pick for these Atlanta Falcons.
Miami Dolphins- Larry English/OLB/Northern Illinois
The Dolphins could use another line backer to compliment Porter, and maybe put less protection on him which could make the whole defense better. Larry English is a great pass rusher and is a pretty big guy too.
Baltimore Ravens- Percy Harvin/WR/Florida
Joe Flacco looked great as a rookie for the Baltimore Ravens. Could you imagine what he could do with an elite receiver to throw to? That would be one of my thoughts if I were in the Baltimore Ravens organization. Maybe Percy Harvin could one day be that elite receiver, and him a Joe Flacco could get to a super bowl. Its possible.
Indianapolis Colts- LeSean McCoy/RB/Pittsburgh
This is another sophomore in the draft. The Colts could be looking to find a good running back to use after Joseph Addai didn’t exactly pan out last year. He has pretty good cutback ability which could make him a good running back one day.
Philadelphia Eagles- Louis Delmas/FS/Western Michigan
Brian Dawkins is a great safety. He may even get into the NFL Hall-of-Fame. However his career won’t last forever. He turns 36 in October. Delmas has really shined lately and could be a good successor for Dawkins.
New York Giants- Michael Johnson/DE/Georgia Tech
It seems one of the sayings for the New York Giants it “you can never have too many defensive ends.” I don’t think that will change this year and I expect them to go ahead and draft Michael Johnson.
Tennessee Titans- DJ Moore/CB/Vanderbilt
Moore had a little injury troubles in 2008 but is going into the 2009 NFL draft as a junior. The Titans look like they could use a little more of a push on defense. More turnovers for them I think will translate to more wins, so defensive backs who can get interceptions and give the ball back to the Titans could really help Tennessee.
*Arizona Cardinals- Shonn Greene/RB/Iowa
The Cardinals this year have been a highly pass first team. With players like Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin, why wouldn’t you be? However I still think a good running back would benefit their team.
*Pittsburgh Steelers- Duke Robinson/OG/Oklahoma
The Steelers have looked like a team that already has almost everything you could want in a football team. However I expect them to draft Robinson and maybe even start him next year if they need too.
* The Super Bowl was not played when this article was written, so the 31st and 32nd draft pick has not been fully decided yet.
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