|1||Detroit Lions |
|QB Matt Stafford, Georgia |
The Lions need a QB and with Bradford pulling out of the draft they are only left with 2 options; Stafford and Sanchez and I think they will go with the more experienced QB.
|2||St. Louis Rams |
|OT Andre Smith, Alabama |
The Rams missed out on Jake Long last year and need to find a replacement for the aging Orlando Pace. Andre Smith is the premier tackle in this year’s draft.
|3||Kansas City Chiefs |
|DE Brian Orakpo, Texas |
The Chiefs are one of the hardest teams to figure out at the top of the draft. They have a new GM and will probably have a new coach and the need a lot of players. They finished last in the NFL with a total of 10 sacks for the whole season so I say they take the top DE in the draft.
|4||Seattle Seahawks |
|WR Michael Crabtree |
The most explosive and sexy pick in the draft goes to the Seahawks. With Hasselback back and healthy next year, new coach Jim Mora will be looking for someone to throw to. In comes Crabtree.
|5||Cleveland Browns |
|LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest |
Mangini will want to implement a 3 – 4 Defense when he takes over the Browns next season and who better to fit that system than a swift, pass rushing LB.
|6||Cincinnati Bengals |
|RB Chris Wells, Ohio State |
Who was the Bengals running back at the end of last season? Cedric Benson? They will take Beanie Wells and make a giant upgrade to their running game.
|7||Oakland Raiders |
|OT Eugene Moore, Virginia |
The Raiders will fight every bone in their body and not take a WR/RB here and draft the thing that they need the most, a solid Offensive Lineman. Don’t think that Al Davis still doesn’t surprise everyone and take Jeremy Macklin.
|8||Jacksonville Jaguars |
|OT Michael Oher, Ole Miss |
And now to my beloved Jaguars who took Derrick Harvey at this same spot last year. This year the Jags will replace Khalif Barnes with the last of the elite OT in this year’s draft Michael Oher.
|9||Green Bay Packers |
|DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State |
The Packers’ defense is starting to show its age, both along the line and in the secondary so I wouldn’t be surprised if they took Malcolm Jenkins here but I think they will try to improve their pass rush with the tweener Aaron Maybin.
|10||San Francisco 49ers |
|QB Mark Sanchez, USC |
With Stafford gone and Bradford back at Oklahoma, the 49ers are still left will a huge need at QB. Sanchez had a great season at USC and they will take a chance on him.
|11||Buffalo Bills |
|DE Everette Brown, FSU |
The Bills started the season looking as though they would walk away with the AFC East but crumbled at the end of the year. A big reason for their failure was the lack of a pass rush which they will try to fix with this pick.
|12||Denver Broncos |
|MLB Ray Maualuga, USC |
The Bronco’s rush defense was horrible last year. They would have made it to the playoffs if they had just been able to stop the run. Ray Maualuga will help them in the middle of the field.
|13||Washington Redskins |
|OT Jason Smith, Baylor |
The Redskins have an aging Offensive Line and Jason Smith will bring them youth, size and speed.
|14||New Orleans Saints |
|CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State |
The Saints know how to throw the ball well but they need to defend against the pass better. Malcolm Jenkins will give them an immediate upgrade at CB.
|15||Houston Texans |
|SS Taylor Mays, USC |
The Texans are definitely a team to watch out for in 2009 but the one thing they have always been missing is a center fielder to drive opposing receivers crazy. Taylor Mays is that player.
|*The order of the following teams could change based on the playoffs.|
|16||San Diego Chargers |
|RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia |
LT is getting older and will hit the big 3-0 next season and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chargers dealt him on or before the draft. They will resign Sproles but he is not a long term solution. They will take the best available RB here which is Knowshon Moreno.
|17||New York Jets |
|CB Vontae Davis, Illinois |
The Jets need help badly in the secondary, I mean Shawn Hill threw for 285 yards against them at the end of the season. Vontae Davis should be able to help them their.
|18||Chicago Bears |
|WR Percy Harvin, Florida |
The first and only player from the national champion Gators to go in the first round, Percy Harvin is a home run threat that the Bears desperately need.
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers |
|OLB Clint Sintim, Virginia |
I hate to say this Bucs fans, but Derrick Brooks won’t be around forever. At age 35, they need to look for a replacement for the future and Clint Sintim is that future.
|20||Detroit Lions |
(9-7, Pick via Cowboys)
|OT Eben Britton, Arizona |
Now that the Lions have a brand new franchise QB they might as well pick up a new OT to try and protect him.
|21||Arizona Cardinals |
|RB LeSean Mccoy, Pittsburgh |
They’ve been trying to work Edge back into the rotation with Hightower but the Cardinals don’t have any long term solutions at RB and Edge wants out anyway. They try to fill that gap here.
|22||Philadelphia Eagles |
|TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma St. |
L.J. Smith is a free agent after the end of this season and he has underperformed for years. They will get younger and better with this pick.
|23||Minnesota Vikings |
|CB D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt |
With no QB or OT worthy of a pick at this spot I say the Vikings look at the needs in their secondary with their first round pick.
|24||New England Patriots |
|OLB Brian Cushing, USC |
The Patriots are old at LB. I mean really old. They will draft Cushing to bring some youth back to this group
|25||Atlanta Falcons |
|DT B.J. Raji, Boston College |
The Falcons will eventually have to find a replacement for the aging big man Grady Jackson and Mike Smith loves big hole clogging Defensive Linemen.
|26||Miami Dolphins |
|S William Moore, Missouri |
The Dolphins need some help in their passing game. William Moore is an athletic player who can help them not only against the pass but isn’t afraid of laying hits in the running game. He’s a Parcells type of player.
|27||Baltimore Ravens |
|WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri |
The Ravens are old at WR and Joe Flaco definitely needs more weapons at his disposal. Jeremy Maclin could be the answer to these problems.
|28||Indianapolis Colts |
|DT Peria Jerry, Ole Miss |
The Colts need help in stopping the run and they will take the best available DT at this spot who will be Peria Jerry.
|29||Philadelphia Eagles |
(12-4; Pick via Panthers)
|G Duke Robinson, Oklahoma |
The Eagles would love to take an OT here but they would be reaching so why not go with a Guard instead? Robinson is a big, run blocker who will help Philly pound the ball.
|30||Pittsburgh Steelers |
|C Alex Mack, Cal |
What is being touted as one of the best Centers to come out of the draft in years, Mack should be able to help protect Roethlisberger stay healthy.
|31||New York Giants |
|WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland |
The Giants will need to draft a new WR after the Plaxico Burress fiasco. They will turn to the speedy Darrius Heyward-Bey to stretch the field.
|32||Tennessee Titans |
|MLB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State |
The Titans need some new WRs but they typically don’t draft them, especially not in the first round. I think they get excellent value here with Laurinaitis.