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Sunday, March 29, 2009

NFL Mock Draft Version II 3/29/09

*Version II Updated 3/29/09
Numerous Changes from Mock Draft 1 because of free agency, rumors and pro days.
You can find a large mock draft data base at http://dcprosportsreport.com/mockdraftdatabase/nfl.html

1. Detroit Kittens
Team Needs: QB, MLB, DE, CB
Matthew Stafford – QB- GA
They need a QB who does not run out of the back of the End zone, Stafford has the tools but does he have ‘it’.

2. St Louie Rams
Team Needs: OT, CB, MLB
Eugene Monroe- OT- Virginia
An OT is a must here: Its either Baylor Smith or Monroe.

3. KC Chefs
Team Needs: LB, OT, DE, WR
Aaron Curry- OLB – Wake
Could be the best player in the draft. With Pioli there I see them taking a defensive player.

4. Seattle Super Sonics
Team Needs: WR, DT, FS,
Jason Smith- OT- Baylor
A stacked year for OTs.

5. Cleveland Brownies
Team Needs: LB, OT, TE, CB, and a COACH (haha)

Brain Orrakpo- OLB- Texas
The Brownies will bulster their defense with a solid pass rusher.

6. Bungals
Team Needs: WR, OT, C, DT
Micheal Crabtree- WR- Tech
I think Crabtree is the next Larry Fitz. He falls to the Bungals because of his injury but is a steal and is a must for the Bungals with the loss of whosurmomma.

7. Da Raiiiiders
Team Needs: OT, DT, WR
BJ Raji- DT_ Boston College
I think Al Davis would love it, if Crabtree dropped to them but Raji will be a star in this league but is he flashy enough for davis and the Raiders to pick up

8. Jaguars
Team Needs: OT, WR, CB
Jermey Maclin- WR- Mizz
Recently Matt Jones (a first round WR) got drunk on probation and got kicked off the team. Jags need a playmaker to help out their QB.

9. Packers
Team Needs: CB, OLB, OT, DE
Everett Brown- OLB- FSU
A guy who can get after the QB, will help the Packers defense tremendously.

10. Niners
Team Needs: QB, CB, OT, OLB, WR,
Mark Sanchez- QB- USC
They can not go any longer with Hill or Smith at the helm. They could be a sleeper team this year.

11. Bills
Team Needs: TE, DE, OG, OT
Aarron Maybin- DE- Penn St.
The Bills need an outside rusher and Maybin can get off the edge like no one else in this draft but is he just a one year wonder.

12. Broncos
Team Needs: DT, LB, DB
Rey Maualuga- LB- USC
Broncos can score but can not prevent a score. Rey gives them a solid LB for the future.


13. Redskins
Team Needs: OT, OLB, DE
Andre Smith – OT- Alabama
Skins need an OT and this is a great year to have that need. This guy is talented but very immature. Hes a top 3 talent but will he grow up?

14. Saints
Team Needs: OLB, CB, C
Malcom Jenkins- CB- Ohio State
Jenkins will be the first corner taken off the board. The Saints like the Broncos have trouble stopping anyone on defense. Jenkins will be plugged into the starting line up right away.

15. Texans
Team Needs: S, OLB, RB
Brain Cushing- LB- USC
Versatile LB who can play inside or outside.

16. Chargers
Team Needs: OL, DE, ILB
Tyson Jackson- DE – LSU
Outside rusher to compliment Steriods Lights Out.

17. Jets
Team Needs: Their own stadium, QB, WR, S
Percy Harvin - Harvin is a all around tool who can make plays.

18. Bears
Team Needs: WR, OL, DE
Darius Heywood Bey- WR- Maryland
This guy is a stud and personally think he will be the second best WR in this draft.

19. Buccs
Team Needs: QB, DT, WR, RB, OLB
Josh Freeman- QB- K State
Buccs have released everyone on their roster and badly need a QB, this year will be a rebuilding year.


20. Lions
Team Needs: QB, MLB, DE, CB
Clay Matthews- LB- USC
The third LB from USC taken. Lions get two solid picks in the first round.

21. Eagles
Team Needs: TE, S, RB, WR
Chris Wells- RB- Ohio State
Maybe Wells can get those 3rd and 1, 4th and 1 and goal line carries that killed the Iggles last season.

22. Vikings
Team Needs: OT, CB, DL
Micheal Oher- OT- Ole Miss
A great story from Oher, read his life story in the Book: Blind Side of the Game by Michael Lewis- He will pave holes for AP for years to come.

23. Patriots
Team Needs: OLB, OT, DB, MLB, WR of future,
Connor Barwin- OLB/TE/Everything- Cincy

Last Mock I went with Sintim here and still think its up in the air between these two guys along with Larry English out of N. Illinois.
They recently hosted Barwin at Foxboro and came away impressed. So the momentum swings towards Barwin who is a Vrabel type of player. He is veristile, agile and hostile. He can get after the passer and even catch passes from Brady if it comes down to it (Playing TE in college before moving to OLB).



Here is a breakdown of the three players from NFL DraftCountdown:

Clint Smith- OLB- Virginia
Strengths:Excellent size...Long arms...Good athlete...Fantastic pass rusher and blitzer...Good strength...Tough...Physical...A powerful tackler...Looks comfortable in coverage...Does a nice job of taking on and shedding blockers...Decent range...Aggressive with a non-stop motor...Makes plays in pursuit...Solid instincts...Is intense and competitive...Offers some versatility...Productive...Has a lot of experience...A team leader.

Weaknesses:Relatively average timed speed...Limited reps in coverage...Hips aren't real fluid...Tends to play too tall...Will struggle to turn and run in man...Does not use his hands well...Didn't make many plays on the boundaries...Possible conditioning issues...Minor durability concerns. Notes:Was a four-year starter in the ACC...Named 2nd Team All-ACC in 2008...Led the entire country in linebacker sacks as a senior...Played through a serious shoulder injury in 2006 that eventually required surgery...Started his final 49 games with the Cavs...Could project outside or inside...Best fit at the next level will likely come on the strongside in a 4-3 scheme or outside in a 3-4...Big, versatile 'backer who makes a ton of impact plays...Excellent pro prospect who could end up being a stud in the NFL like Ahmad Brooks was supposed to be.


Connor Barwin- OLB- Cincy

Strengths:Outstanding athleticism...Great speed...Quick with a tremendous first step...Relentless with a non-stop motor...Smooth with good balance and agility...Terrific range...Does a great job in pursuit and has a burst to close...Is comfortable in space...Very instinctive with good awareness...Excellent special teamer...Extremely versatile...Intense and competitive...Smart...A fantastic work ethic...Has a ton of upside.

Weaknesses:Doesn't have great bulk...Still very raw and needs a lot of work in the technique department...Pass rush repertoire is pretty limited...Is not stout at the point of attack and can get pushed around...Doesn't do a great job against the run...Must get stronger...May lack a true position. Notes:Actually played tight end his first three seasons in college and finished his career with 53 receptions for 692 yards (13.1 avg.) and 6 touchdowns...Could also project to outside linebacker at the next level and some scouts still like him as a tight end...Played 41 games in two seasons as a walk-on with the Bearcats basketball team and scored 45 points...Moved to defensive end as a senior and was a genuine revelation, earning 1st Team All-Big East honors and even leading the conference in sacks...Also blocked three punts and broke up eight passes in 2008...Basically got by on pure talent in 2008 but was still able to made a lot of impact plays and it's scary to think how good he could eventually be...Really improved his draft stock as much as any prospect in the country as a senior...What position he will ultimately end up playing is still up for debate but his intriguing mix of physical tools and potential will make him a valuable commodity on Draft Day.

Larry English- DE/OLB- N. Illinois

Strengths:Good natural athlete...Has long arms...Very quick with a burst to close...Physical...Aggressive...Can deliver the big hit...Uses his hands well...Has a terrific motor...Employs a wide array of pass rush moves...Good strength and power...Shows the ability to beat double teams...Smart...Good instincts and awareness...Extremely productive.

Weaknesses:Does not have the size or bulk you look for in an NFL defensive end...Lacks elite timed speed...May have to make a position change at the next level...Durability is a real concern...Does not have fluid hips...Struggles in space...Did not always play against top competition. Notes:Uncle, Charles Richardson, lettered as a fullback at Wisconsin in 1972...Named the Mid-American Conference's Most Valuable Player two years in a row ('07 and ''08)...Also named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Owns the Huskies career sack record...Redshirted as a true freshman after he missed the final 11 games with an ankle injury...Tore his ACL in the Poinsettia Bowl as a sophomore...Tore a pectoral muscle prior to his senior campaign...Underwent surgery to place pins in his broken right thumb during the 2008 season...College defensive end who will probably have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL (most likely in a 3-4 scheme) but may not have the physical tools to do so successfully...Superb college player with an impressive resumé but a classic 'tweener who appears to be getting overrated as a pro prospect.

24. Falcons
Team Needs: DL, OLB, S
Larry English- DL- N. Illinois
See Above

25. Dolphins
Team Needs: WR, CB, OLB
Clint Sintim- OLB
See Above


26. Baltimore
Team Needs: WR, LB,
Hakeem Nicks- WR- UNC
Need some help for Joey Flacco.

27. Colts
Team Needs: DT, WR, DB, new commercial for Peyton
Ron Brace- DT- BC
He is a guy whose been climbing up the draft boards and will be a solid DT inside the colts defense.

28. Eagles
Team Needs: TE, S, RB, WR
Brandon Pettigrew- TE- Ok State
Best TE in the draft will have an immediate impact with McNabb because of the loss of LJ Smith

29. Giants
Team Needs: WR, OT, OLB, RB, TE, S
Kenny Britt- WR- Rutgers
Need to fill the void of Cheddar Bob aka Plaxico Buress.

30. Titans
Team Needs: WR, DT, MLB
Peria Jerry – DT- Miss.
Fills the need of the 100 million dollar man.

31. Cards
Team Needs: OL, RB, CB
Knoshawn Moreno- RB – GA
What a steal this deep in the draft. Moreno is the real deal and the Cards get another weapon.

32. Steelers
Team Needs: OL, DL, CB
Vonte Davis- CB – Illinois
Davis is the 2nd best CB in a weak CB draft.

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