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Posted on: April 14, 2009 5:23 pm
 

2009 Buyline NFL Mock Draft

 

2009 Buyline NFL Mock Draft as posted on thebuyline.wordpress.com

 

     

  1. Detroit Lions - Needs: Everything (hey they went 0-16) OL, Playmaker on defense. Ever since the Lions have been "on the clock" which has been since about week 12 of last season, Most of the talk has been about Georgia QB Matthew Stafford as being the pick for the Lions. However I think new Head Coach Jim Schwartz has convinced management that he needs to put his stamp on his team. As much as the defensive minded Schwartz would love to anchor his defense with Aaron Curry the linebacker out of Wake Forest, he spent enough time under Jeff Fisher at Tennessee to realize the importance of establishing a running game. So with the first pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select Jason Smith, tackle from Baylor. Smith, who has emerged as the top offensive lineman in the 2009 class will be a building block along the lines of the Dolphins Jake Long in last year’s draft.
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  3. St. Louis Rams - Needs: OL, WR. Two all-time Rams greats are no longer with the team. Future Hall-of-Famers tackle Orlando Pace and wide receiver, Torry Holt both were released this off-season. The offense is in desperate need for a playmaker to take the pressure off RB Steven Jackson and WR Michael Crabtree would be a tremendous addition to the team. But protecting QB Marc Bulger is an even higher priority so look for the Rams to use the second pick of the draft on an offensive tackle of their own by selecting Virginia’s Eugene Monroe. Monroe is huge at 6’5" and 315 lbs and will takeover for Pace in covering Bulger’s blindside.
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  5. Kansas City Chiefs - Needs: DE, OLB. Another team with a new regime at the helm. This is the start of the Scott Pioli era in Kansas City. Pioli, part of the braintrust that built the New England dynasty takes over and looks to make his mark. While the Chiefs could use offensive line help themselves, Pioli’s draft history in New England shows he rarely selected offensive lineman in the first round. He also might be intrigued with taking a QB for new coach Todd Haley to develop, but again his history shows he knows how to find gems later in the draft i.e. Tom Brady and Matt Cassell. I look for Pioli to go for a playmaker on defense in the mold of the Patriots Richard Seymour, so with the 3<sup>rd</sup> pick in the draft the Kansas City Chiefs select Brian Orakpo, defensive end from Texas. The Lombardi, Hendricks and Nagurski award winner will bring his rough, tough, competitive style of play to the Chiefs defense.
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  7. Seattle Seahawks Needs: OL, QB, OLB Both QB Matt Hasselback and tackle Walter Jones are old and the Seahawks need to address replacing them. The free agent signing of WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh filled a huge need for an offensive go-to-guy. The Seahawks would take Smith or Monroe if either are still available, if not they will go to the defensive side and choose between Curry and B.J. Raji, the best defensive tackle in this year’s draft. I say Seahawks pick B.J. Raji, DT out of Boston College.
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  9. Cleveland Browns - Needs: RB, Pass rusher. The Browns main problem on defense has been putting pressure on the quarterback. This will cause them to look long and hard at two edge rushers Penn State’s Aaron Maybin and Florida State’s Everette Brown. However I think they will shocked to see Curry still on the board so with the 5<sup>th</sup> pick in the 2009 NFL draft the Cleveland Browns select Aaron Curry, linebacker, Wake Forest University. Curry is cut from the same cloth as the 49ers Patrick Willis and will be the leader of the Browns defense for the next decade.
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  11. Cincinnati Bengals - Needs: DL, WR, OL. The Bengals are another team that will find it to hard to pass on a player that has slipped right in their laps. Although they could really use offensive line help and tackles Michael Oher from Ole Miss and Bama’s Andre Smith are still on the board, the Bengals can not afford to pass on perhaps the top player in the draft WR from Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree. Crabtree will immediately fill the void created by Houshmandzadeh’s departure and provide security should the "Ocho Cinco" show starts getting out of hand again.
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  13. Oakland Raiders - Needs: WR, DB. Al Davis loves speed. He will take this opportunity to look to round out his own offensive "triplets" and he adds to his last two years first round choices QB JaMarcus Russel and RB Darren McFadden the speed and ability of Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin. Not only will Maclin step right in to the number one receiver’s role but should add excitement to the return game as well.
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  15. Jacksonville Jaguars - Needs: LB, WR, QB. The Jaguars haven’t had a top receiver since Jimmy Smith was in his prime and they were so close to getting one of the top two receivers in Crabtree and Maclin. Fortunately for them this is a deep draft at the WR position and the Jaguars will still be able to grab a quality receiver in the 2<sup>nd</sup> round. Here they will have to decide to take QB Matthew Stafford or trade the pick to any of the teams that will sure to come calling. Either way the 8<sup>th</sup> selection in this year’s draft is Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.
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  17. Green Bay Packers - Needs: DB, TE, DE/OLB. New defensive coordinator Dom Capers will be campaigning for the Packers to give him another edge rusher to play opposite Aaron Kampman. With both Brown and Maybin available, they will have their choice. I look for the Packers to select Penn State’s defensive end Aaron Maybin.
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  19. San Francisco 49ers - Needs: LB, OL, WR. While new coach Mike Singletary would surely like to add a pass rusher to his defense, I think he really wants to go back to the grind it out rushing game he was so familiar with during his playing days with the Bears. The 49ers have one of the top backs in the game in Frank Gore and I think the 49ers will jump at the chance to add a huge left tackle to help open the running lanes for him. With the 10<sup>th</sup> pick in the 2009 NFL draft the San Francisco 49ers select form Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher. Oher has been rising up teams draft boards and his huge size and strength will give Singletary exactly what he is looking for.
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  21. Buffalo Bills - Needs: OL, DL, TE. So how many times will we have to listen to Chris Berman and all the other draft analysts mention T.O. leading up to this pick? Owens has definitely raised the Bills media profile if nothing else. While my initial reaction was the Bills should and would select TE Brandon Pettigrew out of Oklahoma State, the addition of T.O. brought back memories of Owens and Jason Witten’s issues vying for the quarterback’s attention. Instead I think they use the spotlight-grabbing Owens as a distraction to select the troubled tackle out of Alabama Andre Smith. With questionable work ethics during the combine and pro day has dropped Smith from a top three pick he still has the natural ability and with the focus on Terrell Owens maybe the Bills are just what Smith needs to fit in and learn what it takes to be a professional.
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  23. Denver Broncos - Needs: DE/OLB. Talk about distractions. Has any team had more distractions this off-season then the feud between new Head coach Josh McDaniels and star quarterback Jay Cutler? The Broncos will turn from the offensive madness and use their first draft choice to fill their major need of rushing the passer. The Broncos use the 12<sup>th</sup> pick in the draft to select Everette Brown defensive end from Florida State.
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  25. Washington Redskins Needs: OL, LB. The tackle position is definitely an area of need for the Redskins. Both their starters Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen have over 10 years in the league. They stepped out and signed this year’s premier free agent DT Albert Haynesworth to fill the middle of the line. Now they must decide to they "reach" for 5<sup>th</sup> best offensive tackle in the draft or do they look for help in the linebacker corps? I think the age at tackle is just too much to ignore and the Washington Redskins will make offensive tackle Eben Britton of Arizona the 5<sup>th</sup> offensive tackle taken in the first 13 picks.
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  27. New Orleans Saints - Needs: LB, DB. The saints have a need in the defensive backfield both at the corner and at free safety and they find themselves in the position of having their choice of all available defensive backs in this years draft. And although I tend to discount CB’s from the Big Ten, come on how many great passing teams are there to defend in the Big Ten, I think the Saints will use the 14<sup>th</sup> pick in the draft to select Malcolm Jenkins from The Ohio State University. A poor showing at the combine has caused this Buckeye to drop out of the top ten but his size and ball awareness makes him a candidate to fill either the cornerback or free safety need the Saints are faced with.
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  29. Houston Texans - Needs: WR, OL, OLB It sure seems like they have gone heavy on defense the last 3 drafts and if they are finally going to make play-offs they need to score points. A compliment to Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson is a definite possibility here as is a trade down with a team looking for a quarterback. Would the Jets, Bears, Bucs, or Lions pull the trigger on a trade to move up a few slots for a chance at USC’s Mark Sanchez or K-State’s Josh Freeman? If I were the Lions or Bucs I would sure strongly consider it. But the clock runs out and the Texans are going to use the 15<sup>th</sup> pick in the draft to select Brian Cushing LB, USC. By the way get ready Trojan fans there will be a lot of "from USC" being heard in the next half dozen picks.
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  31. San Diego Chargers - Needs: LB. Boy did the Chargers miss Shawn Merriman. Granted Phillip Rivers could use an upgrade at wide receiver to go along with Vincent Jackson but really was the offense the problem? No the defense needs to get back on track and San Diego will make it two Trojan linebackers in a row when they select linebacker, from USC, Rey Maualuga. Maualuga's size and explosiveness would make him a great fit at inside linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 defense
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  33. New York Jets - Needs: QB, WR. Yes the loss of WR Laverneous Coles creates a huge hole in the offensive attack of the Jets but really can you believe their starting quarterback will be Kellen Clemens? Or Erik Ainge? Or Brett Ratliff? Now Thomas Jones may not end up leading the league in yards rushing but my money’s on him to lead the league in number of carries. How are the Jets going to move the ball? New head coach Rex Ryan will have the defense ready. Especially with the additions of LB Bart Scott, CB Lito Sheppard and S Jim Leonhard. The Jets will use the 17<sup>th</sup> pick in the draft to select their quarterback of the future, a quarterback who is at least to "big city" lights as they announce the 3<sup>rd</sup> Trojan in a row quarterback Mark Sanchez from USC as their pick.
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  35. Denver Broncos (from Chicago in the Jay Cutler trade) - Needs: QB, LB, DT. Is Kyle Orton the answer? Probably not. Will the Broncos select Josh Freeman to replace him? Probably not. Denver may try and trade up and select Sanchez or they could be tempted to add RB Knowshon Moreno out of Georgia but the Broncos still need help on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos will look to solidifying their front seven by selecting DE from LSU Tyson Jackson. Jackson and Everette Brown, the Broncos earlier pick at #12 will give the Broncos an instant makeover pass rush.
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  37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Needs: WR, QB, LB, DL. Joey Galloway is gone, Mark Clayton might as well be so you figure the Bucs need a receiver. But LB Derrick Brooks is also gone. How do you replace the leader of your defense? The Bucs are looking to copy the Steelers road to success by hiring a young defensive Mike Tomlin-like coach in first year coach Raheem Morris. So to follow that blueprint you must start with defense. The Bucs use the 19<sup>th</sup> pick to select defensive tackle Peria Jerry from the University of Mississippi to be the foundation of their front seven.
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  39. Detroit Lions (from Dallas Cowboys) - Needs: see #1. Well it looks like it might just work out for the Lions. First they went away from conventional wisdom and selected OT Jason Smith with the first overall pick to start the rebuilding the offensive line. Now via the trade of WR Roy Williams last season they sit with the 20<sup>th</sup> pick poised to select their quarterback of the future. Kansas State’s Josh Freeman will be the Lions selection.
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  41. Philadelphia Eagles - Needs: RB, OL. Who is the Eagle’s best player? Brian Westbrook without a doubt. Who breaks down at some point during the season? Brian Westbrook without a doubt. The Eagles also need to look for OT Jon Runyon’s eventual successor but with five tackles off the board already and no running backs selected yet, the Eagles have their choice and they will select Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno. He will be the perfect compliment to Westbrook and the Eagles offense will add a very dangerous weapon to Donovan McNabb’s arsenal.
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  43. Minnesota Vikings - Needs: WR, LB, OL. The Vikings have the est running back in the game, Adrian Peterson. The traded for quarterback Sage Rosenfals to come in to lead the offense. Visanthe Shiancoe emerged as quality TE, but Bernard Berrian was disappointment as the number one WR option. So I look for Coach Brad Childress to add another play-maker to his offense by selecting WR from Maryland Darrius Heyward-Bey. He has a rare combination size, speed and athleticism to make an instant impact. His speed on the turf in the Metrodome will bring a new dimension to the Vikings offense.
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  45. New England Patriots - Needs: DL, LB. First of all Tom Brady is back. Patriots fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The leader of this team is healthy and will be back to lead the offense. However the leader of the defense is gone as the Patriots traded Mike Vrabel to Kansas City this off season. So what will the Patriots do? Re-load naturally. The will select a player in this year’s draft with the best NFL pedigree. LB from USC Clay Matthews. Matthews has the versatility the Patriots look for at the linebacker position.
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  47. Atlanta Falcons - Needs: DL, TE, OL. The Falcons will be tempted to look for defensive line help, so LSU’s Tyson Jackson, Georgia Tech’s Michael Johnson and Tennessee’s Robert Ayers are all possibilities. But what I think the Falcons can really use is another dimension to their offense to continue the development of 2<sup>nd</sup> year QB Matt Ryan. A field stretching tight end that can run the seam routes will continue to help open it up for the Falcons running game as well as the emergence of receivers Roddy White and Michael Jenkins. I look for the Falcons to select Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew with the 24<sup>th</sup> selection.
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  49. Miami Dolphins - Needs: CB, DL, WR. It would be very "un-Parcells" like to select a wide receiver in the first round but for the Dolphins to continue to compete in the tough AFC East they will have to score points. A definite possibility is Hakeem Nicks the receiver out of North Carolina. He has plenty of big-play potential and would change the dynamics of the Dolphins offense. However with the Dolphins having to go up against Randy Moss and now Terrell Owens twice during the season a big corner to match-up makes more sense in this deep WR draft. So I look for Parcells to pull a surprise and select the 6’3", 210 lbs corner out of Utah Sean Smith with this pick.
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  51. Baltimore Ravens - Needs: LB, WR, CB. Rest assured the Ravens will use an early pick to select a WR to add to Joe Flacco’s attack it just won’t be their first pick. They first must address the defensive side of the ball. Not only did they lose defensive coordinator Rex Ryan who is now head coach of the Jets but they lost LB Bart Scott and CB Chris McAllister. Plus Ray Lewis is not getting any younger. While an inside backer like Ohio State’s James Laurinaitis would be a natural fit in the Baltimore defense, I think they look outside and go with Northern Illinois’ Larry English. English played defensive end in college and earned MAC defensive player-of-the-year honors but he projects to an outside linebacker in the pros and should slip in nicely for the departed Bart Scott.
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  53. Indianapolis Colts - Needs: DL, WR, LB. Can you imagine Peyton Manning without Marvin Harrison? Believe it or not that time has come. The Colts will be tempted to use this late first round pick to find his replacement and I am sure Ohio State’s Brian Robiskie will peak their interest. He is a "mini Marvin" while lacking dazzling speed he is an effective route runner and knows how to get separation. Sound familiar? But as I’ve said many times this is a deep WR draft and they can grab a quality WR in round 2 so I look for the Colts to give Dwight Freeney and the defense some help by selecting DE from Tennessee Robert Ayers.
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  55. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina Panthers) - Needs: OL. By using their earlier first round pick to take the work load off Brian Westbrook, the Eagles can now look to add depth to their offensive line. LT Tre Thomas left for Jacksonville via free agency and we previously discussed RT Jon Runyon’s age so the logical pick is the 6<sup>th</sup> offensive tackle selected in the first round UConn’s William Beatty. Beatty is 6’6" and will fit in nicely along the Eagles offensive front.
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  57. New York Giants - Needs: WR, DL. The Plaxico factor. Now that they have severed ties with Burress the Giants will take no chances and get Eli Manning a receiver he can count on. While UNC’s Hakeem Nicks could be the pick here, look for the G-men to select local Jersey product out of Rutgers Kenny Britt. After just three years at Rutgers Britt is the Big East’s all-time leading receiver with over 3,000 yards. He is a tall, lanky receiver with no fear going over the middle a la Keyshawn Johnson.
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  59. Tennessee Titans - Needs: WR, DT. Any other year the obvious would be select a defensive tackle to fill the void created by Haynesworth leaving. But this year is weak as far as options at defensive tackle. The one possibility would be Mizzou’s Evander Hood but he has second round grades. So why not follow last year’s philosophy and add another playmaker to the offense. It worked with the addition of RB Chris Johnson and this year the Titans will add WR Percy Harvin from Florida. Johnson and Harvin will give the Titans two of the fastest players in the NFL.
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  61. Arizona Cardinals - Needs: OL, RB. Is Tim Hightower an every down back? Will Edgerrin James depart? Regardless to the answers to those questions the Cardinals will select a running back and there are still plenty of options available. There are four RB’s that could squeeze their way into first round money. Pittsburgh’s LeSean McCoy, Iowa’s Shonn Greene, UConn’s Donald Brown and Ohio State’s Chris Wells. While I think the Cards should go with McCoy who is not only a great rusher but an excellent receiver I think they will go with the Buckeye and select Beanie Wells.
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  63. Pittsburgh Steelers - Needs: OL, CB. The Steelers need a cornerback and there are still three available that would be quality picks. Vanderbilt’s D.J. Moore, Wake Forest’s Alphonso Smith and Illinois’ Vontae Davis. While it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Steelers select Davis, I think D.J. Moore fits their scheme better and is better in run support and he will be the last pick of the first round in 2009.
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