Stlvinnie's 2009 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Created 1/1/09

This will be the first of many version of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. Don’t get too upset too early. Remember much of the order will change after the playoffs. In addition free agency will start soon and many teams are still without a head coach. So take this for exactly what it is, a conversation started, and a way to stat kicking some ideas around on how every team can improve prior to the 2009 NFL season. Thanks for checking this one out, feel free to make some comments and look for the latest versions probably weekly.

# Team Pick
1 Detroit Lions
(0-16)
QB Matt Stafford, Georgia – The Lions are in major need of a franchise QB. Stafford will not be the sexy pick here, however he is the most ready for the NFL like Matt Ryan.
2 St. Louis Rams
(2-14)
WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech – The Rams really wanted Jake Long last year so everything points to them taking Andre Smith. However I love the idea of getting a top play maker and a replacement for Tory Holt. Pace and Barron still have a year left on their contract.
3 Kansas City Chiefs
(2-14)
DE Brian Orakpo, Texas – The Chiefs had only 10 sacks for the entire year. Time to line up a stud like Orakpo next to Glenn Dorsey. The time is now for the Chiefs to rebuild their porous defense
4 Seattle Seahawks
(4-12)
OT Andre Smith, Alabama – With Crabtree off the board the Seahawks will take Andre Smith to be the eventual replacement for Walter Jones.
5 Cleveland Browns
(4-12)
RB Chris Wells, Ohio State – The Browns were just awful on offense. It is time to get rid of the Jamal Lewis experiment. Wells will be a welcomed addition to this teams, and one the fans will love. They could also go with Malcolm Jenkins another Buckeye.
6 Cincinnati Bengals
(4-11-1)
OT Michael Oher, Mississippi – The Bengals could go lots of ways with this pick. I would love to see them pick up Aaron Curry or Rey Maualuga, but they have to start protecting their QBs so I am going with Oher here.
7 Oakland Raiders
(5-11)
WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri – Al Davis loves athletes and he will get one here with Maclin. The Raiders are simply unable to throw the ball. We could go with a Tackle here but the Raiders need receivers.
8 Jacksonville Jaguars
(5-11)
OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia – The run on tackles will continue. The Jags need a lot of help but they can start by repairing and upgrading their lines.
9 Green Bay Packers
(6-10)
DE Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech – The Packers need to build their pass rush back up to help their secondary.
10 San Francisco 49ers
(7-9)
QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma – Sam falls all the way down to the 49ers and they will snap him up. With Mike Martz gone it is time to start over with this offense. Singletary will run the D and the O will get a fresh start with a franchise QB in Bradford.
11 Buffalo Bills
(7-9)
OLB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest – The Bills can’t pass up Curry here. They can play him next to POZ. They also need a DE but they can create pass pressure by getting Curry as well. Curry is just too good to fall further.
12 Denver Broncos
(8-8)
MLB Rey Maualuga, USC – Denver needs to find a way to stop the run. They can fill that need with Maualuga. Denver could also go with a DE at this possition.
13 Washington Redskins
(8-8)
DE Everette Brown, Florida State – Washington was 28th in points scored and 23rd in passing offense. They are very careful with the ball. However there really is no receiver worthy of #13 so time to upgrade their pass rush.
14 New Orleans Saints
(8-8)
CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State – The Saints were 23rd against the pass and need to upgrade their secondary. They can not pass on Jenkins at #14. If Jenkins is gone Vontae Davis from Illinois would also be a nice pick up.
15 Houston Texans
(8-8)
SS Taylor Mays, USC – If Mays lasts until #15 the Texans will run to the podium. With a real hammer at the back end the Texans can be a real force in 2009.
*The order of the following teams could change based on the playoffs.
16 San Diego Chargers
(8-8)
OG Duke Robinson, Oklahoma – The Chargers may lose Mike Goff in free agency and if they do Duke would be a great pick for them. The Chargers are loaded so they could go in any direction. You can never have too many lineman or players named Duke.
17 New York Jets
(9-7)
ILB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State – A blue collar player for a blue collar team. The fans will love Laurinaitis. This is another spot Vontae Davis could go as well. J.E.T.S. Jets Jets Jets
18 Chicago Bears
(9-7)
CB Vontae Davis, Illinois – Well we can’t let Davis get past the Bears can we? The Bears really could use Jason Smith the OT out of Baylor here but no way can I let an Illinois player get past Da Bears.
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(9-7)
RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia – With question marks all around Dunn and Williams, Moreno is a nice pick here. Gruden would love to rebuild the running game.
20 Detroit Lions
(9-7, Pick via Cowboys)
OT Jason Smith, Baylor – If Smith on the board they can protection for Stafford and finish off a great first round of a draft for the first time in a long time. Here come the Lions!
21 Arizona Cardinals
(9-7)
ILB  Brandon Spikes, Florida – The Cardinals need a stud RB but you do not have to draft one in the first round for them to be successful. I love the Cardinals getting Spikes at this spot. The Cardinals will continue to fly to the ball in 2009.
22 Philadelphia Eagles
(9-6-1)
OT Eben Britton, Arizona – With Runyan and Thomas as older free agents the Eagles will need more lineman which is what Reid loves to pick. I would love for the Eagles to take Gresham or Pettigrew.
23 Minnesota Vikings
(10-6)
C Max Unger, Oregon – This assumes that the Vikings will lose Matt Birk in free agency. If they do not I like the Vikings taking Percy Harvin. The Vikings really really need a QB but it would be a real reach to draft one in this spot.
24 New England Patriots
(11-6)
OLB Brian Cushing, USC – As usual the Patriots fall right in it. With a lot of the players on D getting to social security it is time for another valuable piece like Cushing to play next to Mayo.
25 Atlanta Falcons
(11-5)
DT B.J. Raji, Boston College – Raji will be a great fl time replacement for Grady Jackson. The Falcons could use Pettigrew, Gresham, or Coffman here but they will look for a big TE later in the draft.
26 Miami Dolphins
(11-5)
WR Percy Harvin, Florida – Miami played way over their head in 2008. I expect a down year in 2009 but they are improved. They have a lot of areas without stars but manage to get the job done. I would like to see the fins get a big receiver but a play maker like Harvin can’t hurt.
27 Baltimore Ravens
(11-5)
DE/OLB/ILB Clint Sintim, Virginia – I can believe Baltimore will be able to hold on to Lewis, Scott, and Suggs. Sintim is a perfect replacment and a player that can play all over the field.
28 Indianapolis Colts
12-4)
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma – If McCoy does not come out I believe Peria Jerry will be the Colts pick in this selection.
29 Philadelphia Eagles
(12-4; Pick via Panthers)
FS/SS William Moore, Missouri – The Eagles will get ready to replace Dawkins with another thumper. “Dawk” can groom him to be his replacement or “Dawk” may retire if the Eagles win it all.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers
(12-4)
OT Ciron Black, LSU – Pittsburgh will start to rebuild their O-line. I also like Herman Johnson from LSU at this spot to play OG.
31 New York Giants
(12-4)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland – With Buress a question mark with the Giants I think they need a WR here. They could also use another linebacker or corner.
32 Tennessee Titans
(13-3)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma – A lot of things will change for Tennessee before the draft so this is a hard one. Since the best TE is still on the board at #32 we are going to snap him up here.

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