Tuesday, April 21, 2009
NFL Draft Preview
Well folks, a couple months removed from my post about wanting the NFL Draft to be in February, it is finally Draft Week. With no clear cut favorite, or player that has already signed like Jake Long last year, this year's draft should be very interesting. Many of the lottery choices have no idea to which team they might go. I will try to make sense of it all here with my official first round mock draft. I might be biting off more than I can chew here trying to imitate Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, but here goes:
1. Detroit Lions - Jason Smith, OT Baylor U.
The Lions didn't follow my advice of hiring a black coach, so why should they follow it by drafting Matt Stafford? They will draft a nice bookend in Jason Smith, and it appears that they are giving a serious look to starting Dante Culpepper at QB again. I disagree with this move, but I suppose Detroit could make some better picks in the late first round.
2. St. Louis Rams- Eugene Munroe, OT UVA
For probably the first time ever, I have offensive tackles going 1 and 2. The Rams need a tackle to replace Orlando Pace (saw his first ever preseason game against Dallas a long time ago) and because Detroit is stupid, will get the 2nd best tackle in the draft.
3. KC Chiefs - Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest
The Chiefs will follow the Patriots draft guide and pick a solid linebacker to mix in with their old linebackers. Unfortunately they are no longer playing "to win the game" with Herm Edwards out as head coach.
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB Georgia
The Seahawks have Stafford fall right into their lap here and take him because he is the best player available. Hasselbeck is still decent, and Seneca Wallace is a capable backup, but if Stafford is available the Seahawks don't pass him up. If he is not, look for them to take Michael Crabtree to form an elite receiving corps with T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
5. Cleveland Browns - Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech
It seems like the Browns might be losing all of their offensive weapons this offseason. Kellen Winslow was traded, Donte Stallworth killed a man, and Braylon Edwards has been rumored to be on the trade block. Therefore they take a chance on Crabtree who injured his ankle, but should be solid in the NFL.
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Brain Orakpo, DE Texas
This dude is a freak. The Bengals need everything, but this guy could be an amazing pick for them at #6.
7. Oakland Raiders - Michael Oher, OT Mississippi
The Raiders have some big time weapons in place, so here they add a tackle that can protect their quarterback. Even though he is big enough to protect himself. This is a very un-Al Davis pick so I could see it also being whatever big name guy is still available here.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Mark Sanchez, QB USC
The Jags get lucky here and grab Sanchez, who they were hoping would fall to them at 8.
9. Green Bay Packers - B.J. Raji, DT Boston College (LESSSGOEEEGULLLSSS)
Green Bay goes best available here even though he is a pothead. Team him with a defense featuring Aaron Kampman, A.J. Hawk, Nick Barnett and Ryan Pickett and Green Bay's D looks pretty stout.
10. San Francisco 49ers - Andre Smith, OT Alabama
Losers in the Sanchez/Stafford derby the 9ers take the fourth Offensive Tackle in the top 10 picks. This is going to be a modern day record of some sort.
11. Buffalo Bills - Aaron Maybin, DE Penn St.
The Bills "upgraded" their offense with the addition of T.O., so here they add a pass rusher with Aaron Maybin. Look for them to go after a lower tier tackle in the late first round after trading Jason Peters to the Iggs.
12. Denver Broncos - Tyson Jackson, DE LSU
The new Broncos regime begins with Kyle Orton as the ugly face of the franchise. Tyson Jackson will step in as the rock in their 3-4 defense.
13. Washington Redskins - Ray Maualuga, LB USC
Dan Snyder will go with the sexy pick here. Maualuga will most likely become as hated as Troy Polamalu.
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio St.
The Saints offense was awesome last year, but their defense was so bad. They draft a solid CB here to help shutdown the opposing teams passing attack.
15. Houston Texans - Brian Cushing, LB USC
The Texans love going 8-8, but this year the pieces might be in place for a playoff push. With a little help on defense, the Texans and Matt "Stump the" Schaub could finally make the playoffs.
16. San Diego Chargers - Everette Brown, DE Florida St.
The Chargers spent big bucks to keep both of their running backs in the offseason. With Brown they have another rusher and potential insurance for Shawne Merriman.
17. New York Jets - Josh Freeman, QB Kansas St.
The Jets need a QB after the whole Pennington/Favre/Mangenius mess. Josh Freeman is the best available. They might also go after Beanie Wells and trade Thomas Jones for some scrub QB.
18. Denver Broncos - Beanie Wells, RB Ohio St.
The Broncos make the most of the Cutler trade and pick up a solid running back to replace their revolving door of injured running backs last year.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jeremy Maclin, WR Mizzou
The Bucs don't get a QB, but get a solid replacement for Joey Gallaway and rejuvenate their wide receiving corps.
20. Detroit Lions - Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma St.
The Lions get more help blocking, but also a playmaking Tight End with their second first round pick. This will give whoever their quarterback is a checkdown option.
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia
With all the offensive lineman gone, the Eagles will finally have to draft a skilled player in the first round. With Westbrook reaching the magical age of 30 which scares the Eagles more than anything, they will go with Moreno here. I like it.
22. Minnesota Vikings - Percy Harvin, WR Florida
I seem to remember the Vikings gambling a late first round pick on another talented but loco wide receiver in the past. If it works out, Harvin and AP could make for a dangerous combo.
23. New England Patriotts - Vontae Davis, CB Illinois
The Pats offense is pretty stout, but their pass defense is pretty poor. I witnessed this first hand in the OT loss to the Jets last year. Look for them to go with a corner, or perhaps a linebacker to replace Mike Vrabel.
24. Atlanta Falcons - James Lauranaitis, LB Ohio St.
The Falcons need some help on defense and go with Lauranaitis, a solid pick.
25. Miami Dolphins - Darius Butler, CB UConn
The Dolphins still have a lot of work to do if they want to make the playoffs again. Darius Butler should be a good help to their secondary.
26. Baltimore Ravens - Darrius Heyward Bey, WR Maryland
With Stupid Flacco Hair under center, the Ravens need a few more weapons on offense. They could go a with a number of different guys at wide receiver here.
27. Indianapolis Colts - Ziggy Hood, DT Mizzou
The Colts always need help on defense. They might also go with a secondary guy here to provide help for oft injured Bob Sanders.
28. Buffalo Bills - Eben Britton, OT Arizona
The Bills add a guy to both lines with their two first round picks. Britton will replace the departed Jason Peters.
29. New York Giants - Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers
In Kohut's wet dream, the Giants draft the local boy from Rutgers to replace Plaxico Burress. That is if they don't get Braylon Edwards first.
30. Tennessee Titans - Perria Jerry, DT Mississippi
The Titans draft another defensive tackle to try to replace Albert Haynesworth who signed with Washington for 100 trillion dollars.
31. Arizona Cardinals - Donald Brown, RB UConn
Brown was nasty last year. He could provide a great replacement for Edgerrin James. The Cardinals could also go WR here depending on what happens with Anquan Boldin.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alphonso Smith, CB Wake Forest
The Steelers are pretty solid just about everywhere. That is why they won the Super Bowl. Smith could add some depth to the secondary. They take him over reaching for an offensive lineman.
That was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It will certainly be interesting to see how wrong I am come Saturday. The first three picks could drastically change the outcome of the entire draft. But anyway, let the debating begin.