UPDATE UPDATE, There is an UPDATE to this Mock Draft. To view it go hear 2009 NFL Mock Draft Update 3/12
We’re a little under two months from the 2009 NFL Draft and its time for My Sports Rumors to join the other bloggers in creating a NFL Mock Draft. Most places have been creating these for months but we decided to hold off till the free agency period began, and with good reason. Many teams addressed their glaring needs this past weekend and made a very good amount of mock drafts completely irrelevant. In our mock draft, we’re not going to give you a pick by pick explanation. We’re just going to address the picks where we are different then the others. Some of our picks are the same as many people have had for months, so why beat a dead horse? Ok no more delays let’s get this draft started!!!!
1st Pick – Detroit Lions – QB Matthew Stafford – Georgia
Do I agree with this pick? Not at all, but really what else are the Lions going to do. This franchise needs a complete make over which is why I feel drafting a quarterback this year is a mistake. Personally, I’d draft anywhere else and wait till next years draft to address the need. But the Lions can’t with the #1 pick they’ve got to make a statement and attempt to get some fans interested.
2nd Pick – St. Louis Rams – LB Aaron Curry – Wake Forest
Almost everyone is taking Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith here for the Rams. I don’t buy it. Yes, they’ve got a dire need on the offensive line but look who the coach is. It’s Steve Spagnuolo. If he’s got any say on player personnel he’s going to the defensive side. Adding Curry will help him implement his aggressive style and quick.
3rd Pick – Kansas City Chiefs – OT Eugene Monroe – Virginia
4th Pick – Seattle Seahawks – OT Jason Smith – Baylor
Most people have the ‘Hawks taking Michael Crabtree, I’ll admit I did too for many weeks now. But this is why we waited for free agency to hit. After signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh they have less of a need at the wide receiver position. With that being the case its time to shore up that offensive line.
5th Pick – Cleveland Browns – DE/LB Brian Orakpo – Texas
6th Pick – Cincinnati Bengals – DT B.J. Raji – Boston College
Most people would again consider Crabtree here after the departure of T.J., it only makes sense. But really the Bengals biggest needs are on the offensive and defensive lines. Their defense was pretty bad last year so I think they start there by solidifying the middle of the line.
7th Pick – Oakland Raiders – WR Michael Crabtree – Texas Tech
It’s Al Davis and the Raiders, this pick just makes to much damn sense. Don’t you agree?
8th Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Jeremy Maclin – Missouri
9th Pick – Green Bay Packers – DE/LB – Everette Brown – Florida State
Most people have the Packers addressing their needs in the secondary here. I agree its a position they need to take care of BUT there is a new defensive coordinator in town, Dom Capers. He’ll be changing things over to a 3-4 defense and this guy Brown is the best available in making that defense work.
10th Pick – San Francisco 49ers – QB Mark Sanchez – USC
11th Pick – Buffalo Bills – DE Aaron Maybin – Penn State
12th Pick – Denver Broncos – LB Rey Maualuga – USC
13th Pick – Washington Redskins – OT Andre Smith – Alabama
This has been the Redskins pick for a while now, most will agree. Offense is definitely the biggest need now after the signing of Albert Haynesworth and re-signing of DeAngelo Hall. So its time to protect Jason Campbell and really see if he’s the QB that could lead this team.
14th Pick – New Orleans Saints – CB Malcolm Jenkins – Ohio State
15th Pick – Houston Texas – LB Brian Cushing – USC
16th Pick – San Diego Chargers – OT Michael Oher – Virginia
I’ll admit the Chargers really need a running back, especially if LaDainian Tomlinson walks. Personally I think they’ve got a greater need at the tackle position. Does anyone really think Jeromey Clary is going to get the job done? He didn’t last year and eventually he’ll just get Philip Rivers hurt. It’s time to make a change. They’ll be plenty of quality running backs available in the second round.
17th Pick – New York Jets – WR Darsius Heyward-Bey – Maryland
18th Pick – Chicago Bears – OT William Beatty – UCONN
19th Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Percy Harvin – Florida
20th Pick – Detroit Lions – DE Tyson Jackson – LSU
21st Pick – Philadelphia Eagles – OT Eben Britton – Arizona
Andy Reid loves drafting lineman with his first pick and this year will be no different, he’s got to replace Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas. Britton is the best still on the board, so Eagles fans get ready to yell when you hear another lineman has been drafted in the first round.
22nd Pick – Minnesota Vikings – CB Vontae Davis – Illinois
Surprisingly I think Davis falls this far if teams are drafting based off need. If he does fall this far the Vikings are going to waste no time and jump all over him.
23rd Pick – New England Patriots – LB Clay Matthews – USC
24th Pick – Atlanta Falcons – CB DJ Moore – Vanderbilt
25th Pick – Miami Dolphins – LB James Laurinaitis – Ohio State
26th Pick – Baltimore Ravens – CB Alphonso Smith – Wake Forest
27th Pick – Indianapolis Colts – DT Perria Jerry – Ole Miss
28th Pick – Philadelphia Eagles – RB Knowshon Moreno – Georgia
The Eagles have a need at running back after losing Correll Buckhalter to the Broncos and the announcement of Brian Westbrook having his knee scoped. Even without BWest’s need being scoped they needed to start planning for the future. Moreno would be a perfect compliment, but I wonder if Reid would actually draft a skill position here. I have a sneaking suspicion he won’t but this would be the wisest pick for them.
29th Pick – New York Giants – WR Hakeem Nicks – North Carolina
After addressing their defensive needs in free agency the Giants only have one glaring need, wide receiver. We all know the story without Plaxico Burress they lack the big wide out who can run the jump ball route. Nicks is 6’2 with some decent speed to him, he really seems like the perfect guy to take the jump ball in the end zone from Eli.
30th Pick – Tennessee Titans – DE Robert Ayers – Tennessee
31st Pick – Arizona Cardinals – RB Chris Wells – Ohio State
32nd Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers – C Alex Mack – California
So there we go, that’s My Sports Rumors first Mock Draft. In the future we’ll be giving more analysis, most likely for all the picks. For this first one we just wanted to let you know where we differ from the others. So as we get closer to draft day we’ll give you more insight into our thinking and even increase to a second round. Let us know your thoughts. Do you agree with these picks? Are we pretty far off on a certain player? Make sure to subscribe to our RSS Feed to keep updated.
You can view our mock draft against other bloggers at a few different sites.
Like what you read? Then follow us on TWITTER for more updates