Aaron Weinberg from NextSeasonSports has once again asked us to participate in a 2009 Mock Draft. Below is our current selection and article that will appear on their site:
The St. Louis Rams have the number two pick in the 2009 NFL draft, which can be quite costly. The Rams under Steve Spagnuolo are moving quickly in the direction they wish to go. In 2008 character was a strong issue for Billy Devaney. I believe character as well as Spagnuolo wanting bigger, stronger NFC East type players will be a large factor in this year’s draft. Previously I thought Michael Crabtree would be a great pick for the Rams, and with Torry Holt asking for his exit from the Rams that pick would still make sense. However since putting up remarkable numbers in 2008; 93 catches for 1135 yards and 18 touchdowns Crabtree is now having size, speed, and injury issues. These issues make him a big risk at #2, a risk the Rams probably will not be willing to take. Most teams do not rebuild a franchise by drafting a QB. This week a league source stated, the Rams are “trying like hell” to trade Orlando Pace. With that being said we now believe the Rams will change course and select Jason Smith, OT from Baylor. Smith is 6-5, 305 and has tremendous footwork having previously been a TE. The tackle position right now is a crap shoot; Smith has had a knee injury and previously played TE so he is not as experienced as some. Andre Smith has character issues and appears too slow to play left tackle. Eugene Monroe has also had knee problems. That leaves Michael Oher the main character of the best-selling book by Michael Lewis titled The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The list of issues for Oher may be many but on field it appears he may be a better Guard prospect. So this week we will select Jason Smith for the St. Louis Rams.
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