With the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine finishing today, a few changes need to be made to my NFL Mock Draft.
Here is my second update:
1) Detroit Lions: Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia:
I am now one-hundred percent sure that this pick will be Stafford. It just makes too much sense. The Lions are in the same position as the Falcons were last year. They need a franchise QB to begin to put an 0-16 season behind them. The Lions have a new regime, and a new regime almost always equals a new QB. Stafford looked good in the combine and after looking at some tape of him, I believe there is nothing to be worried about Lions fans.
2) St. Louis Rams: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia:
The Rams offensive line over the past few years have been terrible. No wonder Marc Bulger has not found any success lately. By drafting Monroe, who I believe is the top Tackle in the draft, they are solving a huge problem. He can take over for Orlando Pace when he retires or gets injured, as he does every year.
3) Kansas City Cheifs: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC:
This is a really tough pick. I believe that it is basically between Sanchez and Aaron Curry. Sanchez had a pretty good combine and the tape on this kid is great. Of course, Curry had a better combine than Sanchez did, but I am not sure that an Inside LB gets chosen this early. It rarely happens. Todd Haley needs "His Guy", someone that fits his system. Sanchez does just that. And KC has a new regime, which will equal a new QB.
4) Seattle Seahawks: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor:
Crabtree is an option here, but his stock has fallen with his injury concern. CB is also an option, but it is way to early to choose any of the top CB's. That brings us to the LT position. Seattle desperately needs help along their O-Line, and Jason Smith will end up replacing Walter Jones when he retires.
5) Cleveland Browns: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest:
Wow, did Aaron Curry ever blow it up at the Combine. Curry cemented himself as a top five pick in this years draft, and the Browns look like the most likely destination for him. The Browns desperately need help at inside linebacker, given that the ineffective Andra Davis is a free agent, so this is a good pick.
6) Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss:
If this pick is anything but an Offensive Tackle, then I am not sure what I am going to do. Carson Palmer needs protection. Levi Jones is in danger of being cut and the Bengals had a great deal of trouble protecting the QB last season. With Smith and Monroe off the board, Oher is the best Tackle available.
7) Oakland Raiders: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech:
Well Raiders fans (and Al David), you get what you want. Crabtree will probably fall to them at number seven and it will solve a massive issue in Oakland. Curry was cut a week ago, Javon Walker is in danger of being cut as well, and there is not another decent receiver on the roster at the moment. WR is a huge need.
8) Jacksonville Jaguars: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State:
With all the premier Left Tackles off the board, Jacksonville will take Jenkins. Although the Jags do need to upgrade their O-Line, CB is also a need. Drayton Florence was just awful last year, and Jacksonville will need an elite corner opposite of Rashied Mathis.
9) Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College:
With the Packers moving to a 3-4 defense, a run stuffing nose tackle is needed. Although they are going to move Ryan Pickett to NT, Raji is the best player available and is an immediate upgrade from Pickett, who has no experience in a 3-4.
10) San Francisco 49ers: Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas:
It is time for the Niners to find another sack artist, as Manny Lawson has been a bust. Brian Orakpo could be their guy. He can play end or rush linebacker and definitely fits San Fran's scheme.
11) Buffalo Bills: Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State:
The Bills struggled last season because they could not get to the QB. They only had 24 sacks in 2008. Buffalo can use an upgrade in the pass rusher department. Everette Brown can fill that hole.
12) Denver Broncos: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC:
Although I do not agree with this pick, it is what I think will happen that really matters. Denver really needs help on defense, specifically LB. With their new 3-4 scheme, they need two inside linebackers. They didn't even have one in a 4-3 last year! Maualuga is the top 3-4 inside LB prospect available, so this pick makes sense.
13) Washington Redskins: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss:
Andre Smith is an option here, but his weight issues may cause Dan Snyder to look elsewhere. Peria Jerry's stock has been rising for a while now, and he will probably be drafted in the top fifteen. Defensive line is a huge need for the Skins.
14) New Orleans Saints: Brian Cushing, LB, USC:
I love Cushing. I really do. The Saints need an upgrade at LB, and Cushing can step right in and make an impact. There is a possibility that Jonathan Vilma will not resign with New Orleans, so if that happens, a LB at this spot makes even more sense.
15) Houston Texans: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois:
Vontae Davis had a good combine. Any secondary position is a need in Houston, but since there are no good safeties available at this pick, the best CB is a great option. In this case, Vontae Davis is the man.
16) San Diego Chargers: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama:
I am very disappointed in Andre Smith. Not only is he out of shape, but he really hurt his draft stock. However, I do not see him going past San Diego. The Chargers need help at RT, and Smith can slip right into the lineup when he is in shape (we hope he is).
17) New York Jets: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State:
Running Back is not the Jets biggest need, but with a talent like Chris Wells on the board, can they pass on him? I don't think so. Thomas Jones turns 31 this August and Leon Washington is not starting material, so New York can use an upgrade.
18) Chicago Bears: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech:
Michael Johnson did not have the amazing combine like everyone thought he would, but he still had a very solid one. The Bears can use help on the D-Line, as they only generated 28 sacks last year. No player recorded more than six sacks. Johnson can help get to the QB, that is for sure.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia:
Like the Jets, RB is not this team's biggest need. They probably need to draft a QB, but all the top tier kids are off the board, and taking Josh Freeman here is a massive reach, so with a talent like Moreno here, the Bucs will settle with the Georgia kid. Tampa's running back corpse is really in danger. Warrick Dunn is 34, Cadillac Williams is always injured and Ernest Graham is old as well.
20) Detroit Lions: William Beatty, OT, Connecticut:
I believe the Lions will mirror the Falcons' 2008 draft by taking a QB with their first pick, and a Tackle with their second. Beatty is a bit of a reach here, but the demand for Tackles in the NFL is huge. The Lions can use some help to protect their new franchise QB.
21) Philadelphia Eagles: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona:
John Runyan and Tra Thomas are both old, and are both Free Agents. Both are unlikely to be in prime form, even if they do resign with the Eagles, so upgrading the O-Line makes a lot of sense, especially with Andy Reid drafting.
22) Minnesota Vikings: Alex Mack, C, California:
Matt Birk is a Free Agent, and it is looking like he will not resign with the Vikings. Therefore, Minnesota needs a replacement. Enter Alex Mack. He is a very smart and tough player that can anchor the Viks offensive line for years.
23) New England Patriots: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois:
Larry English had a rough combine. His stock may slip slightly, but the Patriots are in need of a rush linebacker. English will do a great job complementing the talented Jarrod Mayo. He is a great fit for the Pats scheme.
24) Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State:
This is a very solid pick for Atlanta fans. Just imagine what Matt Ryan could do with a weapon like Pettigrew at Tight End. He is also a very good run blocker, which is the focal point of the Falcons offense.
25) Miami Dolphins: Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State:
Aaron Maybin ran an awful forty time at the combine, which is very disappointing. He might have hurt his draft stock a bit, but the Dolphins need some help rushing the QB opposite of Joey Porter. Maybin fits Miami's scheme well.
26) Baltimore Ravens: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri:
Maclin is a very good pick this late in the first round. He is a great receiver and adds value as a kick returner. Derek Mason is old and Mark Clayton hasn't proven himself, so the Ravens need to add a primary target for Joe Flacco.
27) Indianapolis Colts: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers:
With the Colts cutting ties with Marvin Harrison, WR now becomes a need. They do have Anthony Gonzalez, but I never liked him anyways. Kenny Britt is a solid possession receiver that can complement Reggie Wayne very well.
28) Philadelphia Eagles: Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma:
Don't be surprised if Phily takes two Lineman with their first two picks. The coaching staff of the Eagles consider their Offensive Line a number one priority this off-season. Andy Reid loves big lineman, and Duke Robinson fits that description perfectly. He can allow Todd Herremans to possibly slip outside to Tackle.
29) New York Giants: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State:
The Giants have plenty of options with this pick. They need a receiver, but they just simply cannot pass on Laurinaitis. This season could be Antonio Pierce's last in New York, and the WILL LB spot needs upgrading. The WR position is very deep, so the Giants can take a receiver in the second round.
30) Tennessee Titans: Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland:
The Titans don't draft recievers in the first round, but things can change this time around. Hayward-Bey ran an outstanding 40 time, and the Titans love fast kids that can make plays. He is a great fit for Tennessee.
31) Arizona Cardinals: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh:
This is a bit of a reach, but there are no glaring needs in Arizona. Although they were able to run the ball in the postseason, Edgerin James is done and Tim Hightower isn't much better. LeSean McCoy makes sense here.
32) Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyson Jackons, DE, LSU:
A great value pick here, and possibly a steal. Tyson Jackson is great against the run, and fits in well with the 3-4 defense that the Superbowl Champs run. He is a great replacement for Aaron Smith.