2009 NFL Mock Draft

Updated 12 April 2009 (Final Pre-Draft)

Team   Player Comments:
Lions 1. QB Matt Stafford Stafford has all the skills of a franchise quarterback including a cannon for an arm.
Rams 2. OT Jason Smith, Baylor Smith (6' 5" 309 lbs) is a super talented offensive lineman and can move in and start right away at left tackle.
Chiefs 3. LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest They need a pass rushing defensive end and a right tackle, but Curry is the best value here by far and he fills a huge need.
Seahawks 4. LB Brian Orakpo, Texas A pass rushing specialist (6' 4" 258 lbs.) Orakpo won the 2008 Bronco Nagurski Award and gives the Seahawks a dominant defense player.
Browns 5. WR, Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (Soph) Measured a little short at the Combine at 6' 1 3/8" but he is still a supreme talent and the Browns need a big time receiver. His injury shouldn't be an issue.
Bengals 6. OT, Eugene Monroe, Virginia Monroe (6' 5" 315 lbs) has great feet, but doesn't stay on his blocks as long as Jason Smith. Levi Jones has been very injury prone and they lost Stacey Andrews to the Eagles.
Raiders 7. WR, Jeremy Maclin, Missouri (soph) Maclin (6' 1" 200) was solid but not spectacular at the NFL Combine where he ran a 4.46 forty. Maclin has that second gear though and can score from anywhere on the field.
Jags 8. DT, B. J. Raji, Boston College Raji is a monster at 6' 1" 330 pounds. In 2008 he recorded 11 tackles for loss (TFLs) and 6.5 sacks. They need a receiver but Maclin and Crabtree will likely already be gone
Packers 9. OLB, Aaron Maybin, Penn State
The Packer's Dom Capers will be switching to the 3-4 defense. Maybin (6' 4" 240 lbs) is a quick sack master. In 2008 he recorded 12 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
49ers 10. OLB, Everette Brown, Florida State (JR) Brown (6' 4" 257 lbs) recorded 12.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss for 2008. A perfect 34 outside linebacker. The closest thing to DeMarcus Ware in this draft.
Bills 11. OT, Andre Smith, Alabama (JR) Smith has incredible talent, size and long arms, he is just lazy and soft. Very powerful and can move people out of the way. He might be a right tackle in the NFL.
Broncos 12. DE, Robert Ayers, Tennessee A big (6' 3" 272 lbs) strong, active defensive end that can get after the passer. Made a shocking rise up the draft boards after a fantastic Senior Bowl performance.
Redskins 13. LB, Brian Cushing, USC A stud linebacker (6' 4" 248 lbs). Cushing was the strongest linebacker (30 reps) and had the fastest 3-cone time (6.84 seconds) at the Combine.
Saints 14. RB, Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (Soph) Moreno is to good to pass up. He (Moreno) (5' 10" 212 lbs) and one of the the best running backs in the nation. Had the 2nd fastest 3-cone time (6.84) at the combine.
Texans 15. CB, Malcolm Jenkins,
Ohio State
A very talented defensive back, Jenkins won the 2008 Jim Thorpe Award. He might even end up at safety at 6' 1" 206 lbs due to average foot speed and good size.
Chargers 16. DE Tyson Jackson, LSU Jackson has been an under-achiever, but he has excellent size (6' 4" 298 lbs) and athleticism and he fills a huge need with the departure of Igor Olshansky.
Jets 17. QB Mark Sanchez, USC (JR) A powerful, accurate arm with a long wind-up delivery. Brett Favre's retirement leaves the Jets thin at QB. Kellen Clemens will have some serious competition at camp.
Broncos 18. DT, Peria Jerry,
Ole Miss
From Bears: Jerry (6' 3" 313 lbs) is a stud. After getting surgery in week one, he only missed one full game and has played great all year recording 17 TFLs and 6 sacks
Bucs 19. CB, Vontae Davis, Illinois (JR) Davis is the younger brother of 49er TE Vernon Davis. He has as much talent as any DB in the nation. Had a good workout and ran a speedy 4.49 at the combine. Current starter Ronde Barber will be 34 this season.
Lions 20. LB, Rey Maualuga, USC From Dallas Cowboys: Maualuga (6' 2" 254 lbs) battled injuries this year, but when healthy he is as good as it gets. The Lions finally get tough on the inside of their defense.
Eagles 21. TE, Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State The Eagles need a tight end and Pettigrew (6' 6" 260 lbs) is one of the most talented prospects in this draft. Don't worry about his slow run at the combine, he plays fast.
Vikings 22. OT, Michael Oher, Ole Miss Oher (6' 5" 309 lbs) has been inconsistent at times, but he has all the tools to be a pro bowl tackle. Oher has huge hands (10 3/8"). He will likely be moved to right tackle in Minnesota.
Patriots 23. OLB, Clay Mathews, USC Nice size, (6' 4" 244 lbs), athletic and very instinctive. Mathews is a blue collar athlete that will give the Pats much needed help at linebacker.
Falcons 24. CB, Darius Butler, Connecticut This is a little high for Butler, but he fills a huge need. He (Butler) is a blue chip cornerback with nice size 5' 11" 186 lbs) and blazing speed (4.37). Butler can also play receiver and return punts.
Dolphins 25. DE/OLB, Larry English, Northern Illinois English has been one of the most productive pass rushers in the nation. He has recorded 29 sacks in his career and has nice size (6' 2" 254 lbs).
Ravens 26. WR, Percy Harvin, Florida (JR) This would be the biggest coup in the draft. Harvin is a top 10 talent and will likely be drafted much sooner. He (Harvin) is blazing fast (4.41). A little banged up in 2008, but a threat to score on every play.
Colts 27. RB, Chris (Beenie) Wells, Ohio State (JR) Not the biggest need, but Wells is to good to pass up here. Wells (6' 1" 235 lbs) is not blazing fast (4.59), but a load. The Colts are dangerously thin at running back and Joseph Addai has had trouble staying healthy.
Eagles 28. OG/C, Alex Mack, California From Eagles thru Panthers: Guard and center are both huge needs. Plug Mack (6' 4" 311 lbs) into the interior of your line and you will have a pro bowler for years to come.
Giants 29. WR, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland (JR) Bey hasn't put up huge receiving numbers, but he will be hot property due to his size (6' 3" 206 lbs) and elite speed. Blazed a 4.30 at the NFL Scouting Combine!
Titans 30. WR, Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina,
Nicks just exploded this year. Very talented, and hugely productive catching 68 passes for 1,222 receiving yards and 12 TDs. He ran a 4.49 at the scouting combine.
Cardinals 31. RB, Donald Brown, Connecticut (JR) Brown is vastly talented, led the nation in rushing in 2008 with 1,822 yards and 17 TDs. At the combine he ran a 4.51 forty and had the top vertical jump at 41.5".
Steelers 32. WR, Brian Robiskie, Ohio State A late run on receivers, Robiskie has a decent speed (4.51) and size (6' 3" 209 lbs) combination. Very quick in and out of his cuts. A blue collar athlete that is one of the safest picks in the 2009 NFL Draft.