2009 NFL Mock Draft: Preview and Predictions
Here is my first 2009 NFL Mock Draft. I threw in a few twists and turns, because it gets a little boring seeing all of the same old stuff regurgitated on national television.
1. Detroit – Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
The Detroit Lions have holes on their roster everywhere. When you are this bad, you can’t afford to swing and miss with a pick. Aaron Curry is the top prospect in this years draft and he will immediately be able to start making an impact for the team.
2. St. Louis – Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Last year the Rams were devastated when Jake Long was taken with the first overall pick. Here they can select a guy in Jason Smith who is the number one offensive tackle, and have him eventually take over for Orlando Pace. Smith can start at RT for this season, he has experience doing so, and then refine his techniques for when he becomes the franchise left tackle.
3. Kansas City – Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
I am actually a big fan of Tyler Thigpen, but history shows when a new regime comes in, they usually like to draft “their guy.” Stafford has incredible physical tools, and he could potentially be this teams quarterback of the future. They would have liked to have Aaron Curry, but in this scenario he went to the Lions. Keep an eye out for someone like BJ Raji to pair with Glenn Dorsey though.
4. Seattle – BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
Normally you would see Michael Crabtree being the selection here, but I have more than one reason why have the Seahawks passing. I think it is very possible they could shock people and land free agent prize TJ Houshmandzadeh. If that is the case then Crabtree is clearly not the pick. Even if TJ is not signed in free agency, I think the injury concerns of Crabtree knock him a few spots lower than anticipated. The Seahawks have no game changer in the middle of their defensive line, and you could really see Patrick Kerney benefit from an addition like Raji. He would also take up defenders and allow the Seahawks impressive linebacking corp to run free.
5. Cleveland – Brian Orakpo, OLB, Texas
The Browns could really use some youth and speed on their defense. A guy like Brian Orakpo is a physical freak, and he could bring a spark to the pass rushing game of the Browns.
6. Cincinnati – Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Eugene Monroe is in contention to be the number one tackle in this draft, but with Jason Smith’s athleticism being the key factor, Monroe slides a little. The Bengals desperately need to get someone who will be able to protect Carson Palmer; he is the future of their franchise. If the Bengals continue to ignore their lack of talent on the offensive line, they will not improve and may eventually lose Carson Palmer for good.
7. Oakland – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Is there anyone in the NFL who loves big name guys more than Al Davis? JaMarcus Russell needs some help at wide receiver and Crabtree would be a great addition. Crabtree has the foot injury, but he will be ready to go for the season and you could really see an improvement in the Raiders offense. With Crabtree providing a true possession receiver, it could free up things for up and comer Johnnie Lee Higgins. Once the Raiders develop a respectable passing game it should keep teams from stacking the box, allowing more room for last years first round pick, Darren McFadden.
8. Jacksonville – Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
The Jaguars were plagued by injuries last year across the offensive line. They have no real stand out on the unit, and the Jags very well may benefit from Andre Smith’s idiocy at the combine. There is no denying Smith has talent, he will just need a coach to keep him in check and make sure he fulfills his potential. Perhaps Jack Del Rio can be that guy.
9. Green Bay – Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State
Green Bay is making the transition to the 3-4 defense, and need a pass rusher opposite Aaron Kampman. Brown is an athletic freak who has an exceptional nose for the ball.
10. San Francisco – Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
This pick may shock a few people. No Mark Sanchez? You have to think of Mike Singletary’s mentality and Michael Oher fits the bill. You will struggle to find a more devastating run blocker in this year’s draft, and Frank Gore could really benefit from this addition. Oher has a mean streak that Singletary will fall in love with. Hey, the last Ole Miss Rebel they selected worked out pretty well.