Updated 2009 Mock Draft

New Mock Draft: A Shake Up at the Top. Who Goes Number 1 Now?

3/18/09 in NFL   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

I has been a little over a week since I last posted my mock draft, and this version has some major shake ups. A lot has changed after the free agency period and the closer we get to draft time the more you see players rising and falling. So who will your team take?  
 
1. Detroit – Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
 
The closer we get to the draft, the more likely it seems that Detroit is looking at an offensive tackle. Jason Smith has the freak athleticism and unlimited potential that makes him very intriguing to the NFL scouts. I previously had Aaron Curry as the number one overall pick, but with the trade to acquire OLB Julian Peterson from Seattle; it doesn’t seem likely that Detroit would add another linebacker. By adding Smith, the Lions would have a very good duo at opposite ends of the line.
 
2. St. Louis – Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
 
While I’m sure the Rams would love to have Jason Smith; Eugene Monroe is a great alternative. Monroe is one of the more well-rounded tackles in this draft and he could very well be the most polished. Monroe will be able to step in at left tackle immediately and help fill the void left by Orlando Pace. Don’t rule out Michael Crabtree at this spot though. There were rumors circulating before the Torry Holt release that St. Louis may be interested, and now with Holt gone Crabtree would definitely be an option.
 
3. Kansas City – Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
 
In my opinion, Aaron Curry is the best player in the draft. The only reason I can see him falling the slightest bit is the fact that he is a linebacker, and they don’t usually go too high in the draft. The Chiefs acquired veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel as part of the Matt Cassell trade, and Vrabel would be a perfect role model for a young player coming in to the league. Curry has a solid game all around and he is ready to produce from day one.
 
4. Seattle – Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
 
Yes Andre Smith has been very disappointing throughout the offseason workouts and combine period, but there is no denying his talent. If there wasn’t the knock on his character, he could very well be in play for the first overall pick. Seattle addressed a need at defensive tackle with the trade for Corey Redding, and now they need to focus on the offensive tackle position. Walter Jones is not getting any younger and he is coming off of injury. Securing a guy like Andre Smith would allow him to learn from a respected veteran while getting playing time at right tackle. When it is time for Jones to move on from his NFL career, Andre Smith will be seasoned and ready to go.
 
5. Cleveland – Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
 
Cleveland really needs speed on defense. Kamerion Wimbley hasn’t been anything to special this far in his career, and perhaps adding a guy like Brian Orakpo would help him improve his game. Orakpo is the best pass rusher in this draft and he is an absolute freak of an athlete. With a guy like Shaun Rogers in the middle, it helps make the job easier for Orakpo and you could see him in play for defensive rookie of the year.
 
6. Cincinnati – B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
 
This may not be the spot that you see B.J. Raji go in most mock drafts, but I love the fit. Cincinnati needs help on the defensive side of the ball and B.J. Raji is the type of defensive tackle who can really impact a game. If you pair him with the 325 pound Domata Peko; the Bengals would have a total of over 650 pounds in the center of their d-line. This wouldn’t only help their poor pass rushing, but it would really help free up space for last year’s first round pick, and potential star, Keith Rivers.
 
7. Oakland – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
 
Al Davis can not let his love for fast players lead him away from Michael Crabtree. Jeremy Maclin is the kind of guy that Al falls in love with, but he is too similar to Johnnie Lee Higgins. Higgins is a great return man and a very good slot receiver. Adding Crabtree to the mix would form a very dangerous trio. Crabtree is the perfect compliment to what the Raiders have in place; he should be the pick.
 
8. Jacksonville – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
 
The Jaguars just cut their big play receiver due to some drug issues, so why not replace him for a faster, better route runner who doesn’t dabble in cocaine (as far as we know). Maclin is a great vertical threat and a game changer which is a dynamic this team has been lacking for quite some time. Offensive tackle is also a possibility, but the way things fall in this draft, there isn’t a tackle worth selecting at this position. A dark horse for this pick may be one of the two quarterbacks, Stafford and Sanchez.
 
9. Green Bay – Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State
 
With the transition to the 3-4 defense, Green Bay needs to find some more pass rushers. Aaron Kampman is going to occupy one of the positions, but outside of him they really don’t have anyone else capable of being a force. Everette Brown is another of the “athletic freak” defensive end/outside linebacker hybrids, and he is a perfect fit for this defense.
 
10. San Francisco – Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern Cal
 
In what may be a surprising move to some, I have Mark Sanchez being the first quarterback taken.  Sanchez has everything you want in a franchise quarterback. He is poised, confident, incredible accuracy, mobility, and most of all he is a natural leader. Sanchez is a local guy who could really build up some hype for the 49ers if they draft him. Out of all the guys in this draft, I think Sanchez is exactly the kind of person and player that you want to be the face of your franchise.
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3/18/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4216 respect

I want Brian Orakpo to fall to the Packers at #9 so bad.  Then again, we'll probably trade it for some team's 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 6th round pick.

3/18/09   |   kelski1974

Maclin and Crabtree I can see either one with the Raiders or Jaguars. But Percy Harvin Buccaneers? Bears Oh please have a good draft.

3/18/09   |   mattdawg105013

i agree with every thing but that michael crabtree is going to got to the raiders? come on hes going to go probably in the top 5 and Mark Sanchez rocks!!!

3/18/09   |   Derrich

joshsanchez wrote:
He would fill Vrabel's void perfectly. He's exactly the kind of player that New England falls in love with, and he is the type of player that they always get... which is why they are always so damn good.

MFword.

3/18/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

wrote:
I'd love to see NE get a player like Barwin

He would fill Vrabel's void perfectly. He's exactly the kind of player that New England falls in love with, and he is the type of player that they always get... which is why they are always so damn good.

3/18/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

Derrich wrote:
I like 1-5, Josh. I think any one of those 3 tackles can go in any of those spots. I think KC will take Orakpo; they like Longhorns. Not keen on the Maclin call, but I suppose if there's a team that can adapt to a special player (slot/possession/reverse/hamburgerhelper) like Maclin, it's Jax. Same for Percy Harvin. They better get a pure possession guy to replace Harrison. You already know who I like.

I'm also still not sold on Brian Cushing. A classic case of "cush lash" (i.e. A.J. Hawk is to Bobby Carpenter as Rey Maualuga is to Brian Cushing). I predict a bust despite his hausiness.

Orakpo is a very strong possibility at pick 3. I almost had the Chiefs passing on Curry for him with the addition of Vrabel, but we shall see!

3/18/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 sweet! I am looking forward to that - you write great stuff. 

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

3/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

joshsanchez wrote:
I am working on an article now doing just that!

 sweet! I am looking forward to that - you write great stuff. 

3/18/09   |   Derrich

I like 1-5, Josh. I think any one of those 3 tackles can go in any of those spots. I think KC will take Orakpo; they like Longhorns. Not keen on the Maclin call, but I suppose if there's a team that can adapt to a special player (slot/possession/reverse/hamburgerhelper) like Maclin, it's Jax. Same for Percy Harvin. They better get a pure possession guy to replace Harrison. You already know who I like.

I'm also still not sold on Brian Cushing. A classic case of "cush lash" (i.e. A.J. Hawk is to Bobby Carpenter as Rey Maualuga is to Brian Cushing). I predict a bust despite his hausiness.

3/18/09   |   joshsanchez   |   57 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
It will be interesting to see how Sanchez does as a starting QB in the NFL - I think he has the potential to do really well. I am always fascinated to follow those guys taken in the top 10 (especially QBs) and see how they turn out. 

I would love to see something written examining the top 10 picks of the NFL draft over the last 10 years and how they are doing....

I am working on an article now doing just that!

3/18/09   |   MIKELIN8   |   1388 respect

I just don't see the Eagles picking two skill players in the first. I would love to see it happen, but I doubt it. Andy Reid values linemen much higher than he does RBs and WRs.

3/18/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I love the idea of the Saints getting Malcom Jenkins.  He can step right in and replace Josh Bullocks at free safety.  Tracy Porter showed promise as a rookie last year and will be healthy, so will top corner Mike McKenzie.  Jenkins will provide coverage help at safety, as most of our safeties were more run support/big hitter types.

3/18/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The Lions shouldn't take a QB at #1 (They should go with Curry, Smith, or Monroe), but they definitely should take one at #20.

3/18/09   |   niseton

This is a very good top 10, I can see sanchez even falling farther back, because of free agency. What is it with the 49ers and USC QB's, will they get one who can play good ball in the NFL

3/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

It will be interesting to see how Sanchez does as a starting QB in the NFL - I think he has the potential to do really well. I am always fascinated to follow those guys taken in the top 10 (especially QBs) and see how they turn out. 

I would love to see something written examining the top 10 picks of the NFL draft over the last 10 years and how they are doing....

3/18/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

(Edited by Heyhey1970)

I would love to see Darrius Heyward-Bey in a Bears uniform.  The guys at the top can't go wrong with those offensive tackles.