Updated 2009 Mock Draft
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