Do a little search on NFL mock drafts and Google will give you over 400,000 links to check out. Finding your favorite can be a little mind-numbing.
Half of the mocks available, even from reputable sources, aren't very up-to-date. This past Thursday, NCAA underclassmen faced a deadline of choosing to declare for the draft or return to school.
There are still mock drafts out there that have Sam Bradford and Ciron Black going in the first round. It's time to weed out the bad from the good and the old from the current.
This is why I am bringing you Volume I of my NFL Mock Draft for 2009.
1. Detroit – Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
2. St. Louis - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
3. Kansas City - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
4. Seattle - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
5. Cleveland - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
6. Cincinnati - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
7. Oakland - Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
8. Jacksonville - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
9. Green Bay - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
10. San Francisco - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
11. Buffalo - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
12. Denver - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
13. Washington - B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
14. New Orleans - Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
15. Houston - William Moore, S, Missouri
16. San Diego - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
17. NY Jets - James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
18. Chicago - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
19. Tampa Bay - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
20. Detroit - Eben Britton, Arizona
21. Arizona - Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State
22. Philadelphia - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
23. Minnesota - Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
24. New England - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
25. Atlanta - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
26. Miami - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
27. Baltimore - Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati
28. Indianapolis - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
29. NY Giants - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
30. Tennessee - Percy Harvin, WR/RB, Florida
31. Philadelphia - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
32. Pittsburgh - Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
I will admit upfront that I am a Detroit Lions fan, but this mock has been put together based on team needs and not who I want to see on each team.
I haven't been too impressed with Matt Stafford, but as of today, that is who I am predicting my Motor City Kitties will be selecting first.
From what I have seen and the physical attributes I've read about, he reminds me of Cleveland's QB Derek Anderson. Both Stafford and Anderson can start for a handful of NFL teams, but neither would be worth the money the top overall selection receives.
Another issue to think about are the trades that will occur. Trades are inevitable in the NFL Draft, with eight taking place in last year's first round alone. This will obviously throw off the accuracy to any mock you find.
Finally, remember this is Volume I of my mock drafts. All mocks available right now are long-shots due to two factors: 1) team needs aren't clear yet because of factors such as free agency and retirement; and 2) the NFL Combine and individual player workouts have not taken place yet.
The Combine always has a major impact on different players' draft statuses. It can shoot a relative unknown to being a Day One selection or it can drop a favorite to an embarrassing later-than-expected pick.
Keep these issues in mind and check back often as more mock volumes are released.
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