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I was going to start a thread to display the mock draft from profootballweekly.com, but I thought it might be better to just have 1 thread for links to different mock drafts???

Maybe we can make this a "sticky"????

Here is the link to this draft:http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFLDraft/Draft+Extras/2008/mock2329.htm

By Nolan Nawrocki
Jan. 25, 2009

First round

1. Detroit Lions
QB Matthew Stafford* / Georgia


The odds are against one-year wonders such as Mark Sanchez panning out in the NFL, and Stafford clearly has more physical tools. The key for new head coach Jim Schwartz will be finding an offensive coaching staff that can develop QB talent — something Mark Richt and his staff struggled to do at Georgia.



2. St. Louis Rams
OLT Eugene Monroe / Virginia

The Rams had targeted OLT Jake Long in last year’s draft but were forced to settle for DE Chris Long instead, leaving a gaping hole on an offensive line that needs to be completely rebuilt. The Rams should have their choice of tackles and will create another run on the position like there was a year ago. It would not be a surprise if Baylor’s Jason Smith wound up being the Rams’ top-rated tackle when the dust settles.

3. Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Everette Brown* / Florida State

New GM Scott Pioli is expected to put his stamp on the organization quickly and, having scouted for a 30-front most of his career, is expected to make the transition sooner than later. It may seem early for a pass rusher, but the Buccaneers seriously discussed drafting DeMarcus Ware in the week before the 2005 draft, when they wound up selecting Cadillac Williams, and instead now have a china doll in the backfield instead of the best defensive player in football. Not since the days of Derrick Thomas have the Chiefs had a pass rusher as dynamic as Brown. His character is very strong and will give Pioli comfort if he could get past the “bust” label that too many Florida State pass rushers have earned in the NFL.

4. Seattle Seahawks
OLT Jason Smith / Baylor

With Walter Jones not able to finish the season as a result of injuries, GM Tim Ruskell needs to begin thinking about securing the edges before he thinks about upgrading the QB position. The fast-learning Smith has the aggressive temperament to begin his career on the right side opposite a future Hall of Famer and eventually slide in at left tackle.

5. Cleveland Browns
RB Chris “Beanie” Wells* / Ohio State

After Vernon Gholston failed to get on the field even on special teams, Eric Mangini could be gun-shy about selecting another 3-4 rush linebacker projection. Jamal Lewis is not getting any younger, and in the black-and-blue AFC North division, the Browns sorely need a young bell cow to pound the rock inside to complement Jerome Harrison. Wells’ durability and practice habits could be issues that force his stock to slide. Still, there’s a good chance the Browns wind up with a Buckeye in the first round this year, as Wells’ teammate Malcolm Jenkins would fill a glaring need at cornerback and has the size and emotional leadership qualities so difficult to find in a cornerback.

6. Cincinnati Bengals
WR Michael Crabtree* / Texas Tech

With T.J. Houshmandzadeh hitting free agency and Chad Ocho Cinco’s mood changing every time the wind blows, the Bengals could rebuild the offense around a big-play receiver. Some questions have begun to emerge about Crabtree’s character, but owner Mike Brown has shown he is willing to roll the dice on immense talent.

7. Oakland Raiders
WR Jeremy Maclin* / Missouri

Al Davis selected JaMarcus Russell two years ago and must continue to find pieces to support his growth. Darren McFadden did not make nearly the instant impact that Adrian Peterson made in his first season, not surprisingly, but adding a versatile vertical threat like Maclin would open up the offense for Russell and McFadden and give the Raiders a dynamic group of triplets.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars
OLB Aaron Curry / Wake Forest

With GM Gene Smith making the final call, expect the Jaguars to put a greater emphasis on character and recognize true value. Curry’s ability to interchange at any LB spot makes him extremely valuable for a defensive-minded head coach like Jack Del Rio.

9. Green Bay Packers
CB Malcolm Jenkins / Ohio State

With Charles Woodson likely to be transitioned to safety, as he was late this season when injuries struck the Packers’ secondary, the Packers need to bolster what was one of the NFL’s best secondaries. What better environment for a cornerback to be groomed than under the wing of a future Hall of Famer such as Woodson?

10. San Francisco 49ers
ILB Rey Maualuga / USC

Maualuga may not fit Mike Singletary’s character profile, but the Niners struck gold with the selection of a linebacker at the No. 11 spot two years ago and could have the game’s top inside linebacking tandem in the league by adding this fearless striker next to Pro Bowler Patrick Willis. What better way to begin the Samurai era by the bay than to bolster the middle of the defense?

11. Buffalo Bills
TE Brandon Pettigrew / Oklahoma State

The value of a complete tight end who can dominate as a blocker will not be lost on Dick Jauron and draft boss Tom Modrak, and after losing Kevin Everett to injury two years ago, the Bills need to address the TE position.

12. Denver Broncos
OLB Brian Orakpo / Texas

With new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan likely to install his preferred 30-front in Denver, it will be critical to have a pass-rushing dynamo off the edges, and Orakpo knows how to bring it.

13. Washington Redskins
OT-OG Andre Smith* / Alabama

Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen both are showing signs of their age and have been unable to stay healthy in recent years, creating a need to be addressed on the offensive line. Smith could wind up being best inside and begin his career at guard and potentially kick outside when needed.

14. New Orleans Saints
OLB James Laurinaitis / Ohio State

GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton tried trading up to draft A.J. Hawk four years ago. Jonathan Vilma is coming off a fine season, but he could use more help on his flanks where Laurinaitis could be best. Laurinaitis never will be a thumper, but he is big, strong and fast and has all the intangibles that Payton seeks to bring a presence to the defensive side of the ball.

15. Houston Texans
DT B.J. Raji / Boston College

Gary Kubiak knows the value of a good lineman and has made a habit of drafting in the trenches since he took over the club. Amobi Okoye has turned out to be the flash in a pan that some evaluators thought he was in college, creating a pressing need inside. Raji has the strength to hold the point and enough quickness to create some pressure and could bring value at either DT position.

16. San Diego Chargers
LB Brian Cushing / USC

Cushing can play inside or outside and has the physical, all-out playing demeanor that a hardened, old-school GM such as A.J. Smith tends to fall in love with. With Shawne Merriman entering the final year of his contract and coming off injury, it’s time to beef up the linebacking unit.

17. New York Jets
QB Mark Sanchez* / USC

Brett Favre’s arm was dead at the end of the season, and the Jets could sorely use a live arm to throw in the strong Meadowlands winds. GM Mike Tannenbaum is starting fresh with a new head coach and could give the organization a new face, as well, with the spunky, young signalcaller.

18. Chicago Bears
DE Aaron Maybin* / Penn State

GM Jerry Angelo will be craving another taste of the Penn State apple after Michael Haynes turned out to be too much of a nice guy five years prior. Maybin has elite first-step quickness and could bring the edge burst that the Bears’ defense sorely lacked last season. With DL specialist Rod Marinelli now in tow, the Bears have the right man in place to develop pass-rushing talent.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DLE Tyson Jackson / LSU

With Kevin Carter entering what may be his final year, the Buccaneers have a mentor in place who could help groom Jackson into the rock they need on the left side to stop the power “0” and improve their run defense. Many league insiders have suggested the Bucs could be hesitant to ever draft another LSU defensive lineman after they had problems with Booger McFarland, but the Bucs do a good job of maintaining their poker face about their draft intentions.

20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas)
CB Vontae Davis* / Illinois


It is still highly debated what carries a bigger premium — a shutdown cornerback or an elite pass rusher. Physically, there is no more gifted cornerback in the draft than Davis. The question is whether he can be managed, and after having dealt with a loose cannon like Albert Haynesworth for so many years in Tennessee, here’s guessing that Jim Schwartz will think he can keep another high-maintenance, elite talent in line.[/size]

21. Philadelphia Eagles
OT Eben Britton* / Arizona

With Tra Thomas deteriorating fast and Jon Runyan hitting free agency, Andy Reid must address the OT position early. With two first-round picks this year, the Eagles are a prime player to package the picks to land their guy. All indications are that Winston Justice is a bust, but he could be given a chance on the left side, while Britton could plug the hole on the right. The demand for tackles could force Britton to be drafted sooner than his talent warrants similar to Sam Baker last year.

22. Minnesota Vikings
ORT Michael Oher / Mississippi

The Vikings’ most pressing need is clearly at quarterback, but with Brad Childress’ clock winding down, he will need to find a veteran quarterback who can help immediately. With ORT Ryan Cook’s short arms giving him too much trouble on the outside, the Vikings could use another tackle opposite Bryant McKinnie to clear holes for the game’s most competitive runner, Adrian Peterson.

23. New England Patriots
OLB Clint Sintim / Virginia

Jerod Mayo was a stallion inside in 2008, and the Patriots need to continue finding fresher legs for an aging group of linebackers. Sintim hails from one of the few programs that runs a 30-front similar to the Patriots’, and Bill Belichick could feel comfortable trusting that he knows every detail about Sintim from one of his former coaches, Al Groh.

24. Atlanta Falcons
DT Peria Jerry / Mississippi

GM Thomas Dimitroff fooled many prognosticators when he went against the Patriots’ philosophy of drafting defensive linemen and selected a surefire solution at the QB position, but expect Dimitroff to get back on course this year and plug the hole that remains in the middle of his defense.
25. Miami Dolphins
OLB Clay Matthews / USC

Joey Porter proved he could still rush the passer once he was moved to the weak side, but he is not getting any younger, and the Dolphins could use another spark on the other side where Matt Roth was OK. Matthews has the size, toughness, athletic ability and bloodlines to command strong attention from Fins grand poobah Bill Parcells.

26. Baltimore Ravens
OLB Larry English / Northern Illinois

With Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Bart Scott hitting free agency at the same time, the Ravens could have a difficult time keeping the core of their LB unit intact. The most valuable piece of a 30-front is its edge rushers, and if English can be groomed under Suggs for a season, it could give the Ravens options next year.

27. Indianapolis Colts
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey* / Maryland

With Marvin Harrison on his last legs, the Colts’ offense was not quite as explosive last year. Heyward-Bey has the blazing speed to run by defenses and would be an excellent speed complement to Reggie Wayne.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina)
CB Alphonso Smith / Wake Forest

With Lito Sheppard likely on his way out, the Eagles could use a third cornerback. Smith’s diminutive size will scare some teams, but he could be very efficient in Jim Johnson’s defense the same way Antoine Winfield has been for Johnson protégé Leslie Frazier in the same scheme in Minnesota.

29. New York Giants
WR Kenny Britt* / Rutgers

With Plaxico Burress not likely to return amidst legal trouble, the Giants need another big target for Eli Manning. GM Jerry Reese has shown he likes big-time talent with a swagger. Britt has never been short on confidence.

30. Tennessee Titans
QB Josh Freeman* / Kansas State

The Titans are in position to think about the future, and with solid receivers to be found in coming rounds, they could take a gamble on the only other bona fide passing prospect in the draft with Kerry Collins hitting free agency and not guaranteed to be back.

31. Arizona Cardinals**
RB Knowshon Moreno* / Georgia

Edgerrin James’ time has run out in Arizona, and Tim Hightower has shown he can handle some of the hard carries between the tackles. What the Cardinals could sorely use is a dynamic complementary back, and Moreno perfectly fits the mold of a tough Ken Whisenhunt-type back. Moreno’s talent suggests he should be drafted sooner, but with few teams needing a premier runner, backs could slide this year.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers**
C Max Unger / Oregon

The Steelers’ most glaring hole is on the offensive line. What better way to improve than select a five-position player who can be plugged in at any spot? Unger’s versatility could potentially bring him off the draft board in the first round, especially once the elite OT talent clears out early.


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OK, guess I'll be the first.

1. Detroit - OT Eugene Monroe
Quarterbacks go for a premium, and I believe the coaches know that neither Stafford nor Sanchez are can't miss prospects. While I believe Aaron Curry is the best overall prospect in this draft, the Lions need to address their lines. Backus isn't as bad as what many say he is, but he's definitely not a Pro Bowl player. Eugene Monroe was good enough to force Virginia to use Brandon Albert as a guard. That speaks volumes to his talent level. Andre Smith has issues with weight and height, Oher has some motivational issues. Monroe has neither problem.

2. St. Louis - OT Michael Oher
Orlando Pace is physically done, and Alex Barron is not very good. If you think the Lions got O-line problems, look to St. Louis for bigger issues yet. Like Detroit, the Rams probably could use any number of players, but it ultimately comes down to protecting the quarterback. The Rams may go with Andre Smith here, feeling that he could be a dominant RT and give him his shot at LT when Pace does retire. But Oher is the more gifted athlete, and is a better fit for their offense.

3. Kansas City - LB Aaron Curry
KC could go with a QB here, but I think Scott Pioli knows this defense is in dire need of some talent. Derrick Johnson is good on the outside, but they need another playmaker. Curry can play any of the linebacking spots, and many feel he will be better as a pro than he was in college....and he was VERY good in college.

4. Seattle - WR Michael Crabtree
Taking receivers in the first round is tricky, but Crabtree has everything you look for in a downfield receiver, something that the Seahawks desperately need for their offense. The Seahawks could use a QB to groom as well, and could also look for a LT to groom behind Walter Jones, who is beginning to show wear and tear. Crabtree is as close to a Blue Chip prospect as there is in this draft.

5. Cleveland - CB Malcolm Jenkins
The Browns have a good cornerback in Eric Wright, but nobody else really is starting quality there. Unless they land one in free agency, I think the Brown realize they have to upgrade their secondary, particularly if they lose a defensive back in free agency. A pass rush OLB would be good as well, to replace Willie McGinest. And if the Browns do get another starting CB in free agency, they will take a hard look at Orakpo, Brown or Maybin.

6. Cincinnati - DT B.J. Raji
The Bengals seem to always need defense, and they equally always seem to draft defense. More of a value pick than a need pick, Raji would be an immediate starter on their defensive front and hopefully occupy some blockers and open up pass rush opportunities or blitz lanes so that the Bengals can get to the quarterback. He will also help a defensive front who has had trouble stopping the run in recent seasons.

7. Oakland - OT Andre Smith
With Al Davis pulling the strings, who knows? But Oakland still hasn't gotten their offensive line right, and the Raiders need to continue trying to improve that area. Smith may not fall this far, but I don't see his value being much beyond this level. Oakland nees to hope he's not another Robert Gallery....a guard posing in tackles clothing.

8. Jacksonville - OT Jason Smith
Four tackles in eight picks? You bet. The need is THAT high across the NFL folks. Khalif Barnes isn't going to hold up at LT, and Smith is a big athletic improvement over him. A former tight end with a nasty streak, the Jags will have to allow him to grow into the position. However, with the right coaching and some patience, Smith could become the best of the four tackles taken so far in this draft.

9. Green Bay - DE Everette Brown
KGB was given his walking papers, and Cullen Jenkins is strictly a run stopper. Brown is an excellent pass rusher and could jump ahead of Brian Orakpo after the Combines. Brown worked in relative obscurity in a ho hum season at Florida State, but he had a standout season.

10. San Francisco - QB Matt Stafford
The 49ers need to get their next star quarterback. Stafford has a pro arm, without a doubt, but it remains to be seen whether he has the moxie to make it in the NFL. Stafford should be given the opportunity to sit on the bench a year or two. I don't know if Mike Singletary will be given that much time, or will feel the pressure and play him early. One thing is for certain, Alex Smith is done as a 49er.

11. Buffalo - DE Brian Orakpo
Maybe not their greatest need, but Orakpo would hold great value here. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Buffalo trade out of this pick, as it is well known that they'd like to get a top notch tight end. However, at number 11 that would be too great a reach. Washington might be interested in moving up to get Orakpo, as there is a drop off in talent at the DE position after him.

12. Denver - LB James Laurinaitis
Denver needs to address their defense in a big way. D.J. Williams should not be playing inside, and is better suited back at the Will. Laurinaitis is an every down linebacker and as such is a better fit for the Broncos than Maualuga, who gets lost in coverage too often.

13. Washington - DE Michael Johnson
If they don't swing a deal to move up, the Redskins will reach and take Michael Johnson here. Aaron Maybin is a better athlete, but is better suited to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. Jason Taylor showed nothing in Washington last season, and his career is all but over. The Redskins still lack a legitimate pass rushing threat, and they will hope Johnson works himself into one.

14. New Orleans - CB Vontae Davis
Davis is quite possibly the best natural cornerback in this draft, but his attitude flat out sucks. With Mike McKenzie likely to be cut or demoted to nickel back, the Saints need a top notch cover corner. Davis can run with anyone, and has the size to play against bigger receivers. If the coaches can teach him just a little humility, he could be a great cover corner. If not, he could be the next "Pac-man".

15. Houston - DE Aaron Maybin
Mario Williams is a beast. What the Texans need is another pass rusher to set up opposite him, and Maybin is a solid pass rusher. He may be better as a rush LB in a 3-4, but he has the frame to add some weight to take on bigger LTs in the NFL. He has a great first step and makes good use of his hands to get to the body and not allow blockers to set their feet.

16. San Diego - LB Rey Maualuga
The Chargers may need to get a big defensive end, but Tyson Jackson or Peria Jerry would be a reach here. However, Rey Maualuga would be solid for them as a run stopping linebacker and would be a hometown pick for this team, which is always good for selling some extra tickets.

17. NY Jets - QB Mark Sanchez
With Brett Favre likely pulling a one and done in the Big Apple, the Jets are left without a real starter. Kellen Clemens isn't the answer, so the Jets could look at free agency, yet again, to find their starter in 2009. However, they need to get serious about grooming a franchise player. Sanchez here would be good value, too good to pass up.

18. Chicago - WR Jeremy Maclin
A great combination value/need pick for the Bears. They have Devin Hester and......? Exactly. They need to get a top notch receiver for whoever their quarterback is going to be in 2009. Maclin is considered top ten talent in some circles, and top fifteen for just about every draft analyst in existence.

19. Tampa Bay - RB Chris Wells
Tampa Bay could use a QB, and may try to move up to get one. However, if they get shut out they may elect to get a big back to establish a stronger running game. Wells has some durability questions, but he can wear defenses down, and would help an offense who has had some question marks in the backfield the past couple seasons.

20. Detroit (Dallas) - CB Alphonso Smith
Leigh Bodden is due some BIG money, and there's nobody else on this roster that is a bonafide starter. Detroit has a HUGE need at cornerback and needs to get it taken care of. Smith may be the best overall corner in this draft, but his lack of ideal height causes him to slip. Still, he would be a great selection here.

21. Philadelphia - RB Knowshon Moreno
Philly's Brian Westbrook may be the best all around back in the NFL, LT included. However, he has been wore down over the past couple seasons and the Eagles have little acceptable depth behind him. Moreno is a dynamic runner who can play immediately and help Westbrook extend his career another year or two through platooning.

22. Minnesota - LB Brian Cushing
The Vikings have a very good weakside linebacker in Chad Greenway, but need to give him some help. Cushing could find a home on the strong side or in the middle in Minnesota. If he can overcome his injury history, Cushing could be excellent value here. He has great athleticism and plays both the run and the pass very well.

23. New England - CB D.J. Moore
The Patriots didn't do too much to replace Asante Samuel, but hopefully realize that their secondary is missing a good cover man. Moore has the skill set to do what it takes to shut down an opposing number one receiver, and the Patriots would love to have a top notch guy again.

24. Atlanta - TE Brandon Pettigrew
Last season the Falcons let Alge Crumpler go and didn't really replace him with solid talent. Pettigrew is an excellent receiving tight end, something every young QB in the NFL should have to help out. Pettigrew could go much higher than this, but few teams are willing to spend a first round pick on that position. Atlanta could go in a number of directions, but Pettigrew represents the best value here.

25. Miami - CB Sean Smith
It seems the 'phins are always looking for a cornerback, and this draft is no exception. Smith doesn't have top grade talent, but he does all the little things needed to get the job done. While he didn't get much national attention playing at UConn, Smith is well known to NFL coaches and scouts.

26. Baltimore - OT Eben Britton
Few offensive tackles selected out of the top twenty become perennial Pro Bowlers. Britton could be the exception. He has a great skill set and just needs to put it all together on the field. NFL coaching and playing on a much better pro team than his college team could help. Britton is climbing draft boards, and the Ravens could find a gem if they pick him here.

27. Indianapolis - DT Peria Jerry
Like many other teams, the Colts could go in a variety of ways. With Marvin Harrison retiring soon, they may want yet another receiver. But the Colts lack depth on the inside of their defensive line, and that has to be addressed. Peria Jerry would be a very good value here and would fill a big need.

28. Philadelphia (Carolina) - FS William Moore
The Eagles may want a linebacker here, and Clay Matthews or Clint Sintim would be a good fit. They also need an offensive tackle, but most of the good ones are gone. So, instead they look to add quality depth in the secondary. Brian Dawkins can't play forever, and Moore is the best safety available in this draft.

29. NY Giants - LB Clint Sintim
The Giants have few holes to fill, but outside linebacker is one of them. Sintim can play either outside spot, but would probably immediately slide into the weakside position. A great natural athlete with good ball instincts.

30. Tennessee - DT Sen'Derrick Marks
It is widely believed that the Titans are going to lose Albert Haynesworth in free agency. His asking price will be astronomical, and I don't feel the Titans want to pay it. While Marks isn't and may never be the player Haynesworth is, he would be a good back fill at that spot.

31. Arizona - RB LeSean McCoy
The Cardinals are still looking for their every down, do-it-all style running back. Edge has lost his edge and J.J. Arrington is definitely not an everydown back. McCoy is a great talent who would be a very good pick for the surprise team of 2008.

32. Pittsburgh - OC Alex Mack
Mack was considered by many to be the best performing offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl in both practice and the game. It wouldn't surprise me if he was off the board by this pick. But should all the other teams pass him by, the Steelers would love to have a shot at taking him.


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Here's Todd McShay's latest (I'm not an 'insider' therefore I can only post 1-15 1st round)

ESPN wrote:
The college all-star games have come and gone, and NFL prospects and teams are looking toward the upcoming combine. Individual workouts and combine showings will certainly affect the stock of many top prospects over the next few weeks, but enough questions have been answered for Scouts Inc. to present its first two-round mock draft of 2009. Here's how we see things shaking down at this point:



1. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-16): Matthew Stafford*, QB, Georgia
Yes, his inconsistency can be frustrating. His footwork needs polishing, and he must learn to take some heat off his fastball when throwing underneath. But after studying the game tape of the entire 2009 quarterback class, it's clear to us that Stafford is the top dog. His combination of accuracy, arm strength, surprising mobility and experience in a pro-style offense (in the SEC) is second to none.

Here's the catch-22 for the Lions, though: While they need a franchise quarterback and there isn't enough depth in this year's class to feel good about the chances of finding one 19 picks later, Stafford does not grade out as highly as Matt Ryan did a year ago, and eight of the past 11 underclassmen quarterbacks drafted in the first round have either failed to meet expectations or have been outright busts. This is the type of franchise-defining decision that could make or break the career of new general manager Martin Mayhew.


2. St. Louis Rams (2-14): Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
The Rams desperately need to upgrade their offensive front, and Jason Smith, Andre Smith and Eugene Monroe will all be in the discussion. Don't be surprised if the senior from Baylor wins out on potential. He is a converted tight end and has the best feet of the group.


3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14): Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
Tyler Thigpen might not be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Chiefs, but it's hard to imagine new GM Scott Pioli veering from the "Patriot way" he learned during his time in New England. Drafting a defensive lineman like DE Everette Brown or DT B.J. Raji is a possibility, and beefing up the offensive line isn't out of the question, either. But the Chiefs spent a pair of first-round picks on those spots last year, and Pioli hit a home run with the first-round pick of linebacker Jerod Mayo in New England last season. Plus, Curry has the versatility Pioli looks for, and he fits an area of need.


4. Seattle Seahawks (4-12): B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
Michael Crabtree appears to be the obvious selection for a Seahawks team in desperate need of a playmaker at wide receiver, but Raji's stock is soaring after his dominant showing at the Senior Bowl, and a top priority for the Seahawks this offseason is to find a difference-maker at defensive tackle.


5. Cleveland Browns (4-12): Everette Brown*, DE, Florida State
Brown's pass-rushing skills would be a welcome addition to a Cleveland defense that notched only 17 sacks in 2008.


6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1): Andre Smith*, OT, Alabama
The Bengals need to solidify their offensive line. RT Stacy Andrews took a step backward before his knee injury, and Smith is a good fit to step in immediately as a starter on the right side.


7. Oakland Raiders (5-11): Michael Crabtree**, WR, Texas Tech
Crabtree has Larry Fitzgerald-type potential. Though his 40-yard dash time might not excite owner Al Davis, even Davis is capable of recognizing the opportunity to select the best athlete in the draft at No. 7.


8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
WR/RS Jeremy Maclin's speed and game-breaking skills would be enticing here. However, the Jags need to find an upgrade over Khalif Barnes at left tackle, and Monroe has the feet and pass-blocking skills to eventually provide that.


9. Green Bay Packers (6-10): Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State
The Packers' secondary is aging. Jenkins isn't an ideal fit from a man-to-man cover corner perspective, but his versatility and playmaking skills make him the most complete defensive back in the 2009 class.


10. San Francisco 49ers (7-9): Jeremy Maclin**, WR/RS, Missouri
QB Mark Sanchez will be in the discussion, but can the 49ers afford to spend another high first-round pick on a quarterback who has only 16 collegiate starts under his belt? That's just not good business. Assuming they go in a different direction, Maclin would be high on the list because he's one of only a few individuals in this year's draft capable of providing the home-run-hitting ability the Niners lack on the perimeter.


11. Buffalo Bills (7-9): Aaron Maybin**, DE/OLB, Penn State
TE Brandon Pettigrew is an obvious possibility, but the Bills are looking to improve the edges of their defensive front, and Maybin's upside as a pass-rusher is huge. In the Bills' 4-3 defense Maybin would fit best at SAM linebacker, but could also serve as a situational edge rusher, help that DEs Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel need.


12. Denver Broncos (8-8): Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
The Broncos need to beef up their run defense after finishing 30th in the NFL in 2007 and 27th in 2008. Maualuga plays out of control at times, but there isn't a linebacker in the 2009 class with a better size-speed combo, and he loves setting the tone physically.


13. Washington Redskins (8-8): Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
The Redskins could use this pick on an offensive lineman if the right one falls this far, but in this scenario Orakpo makes the most sense because he can provide some youth at either defensive end or outside linebacker. Most importantly, he has the burst and athleticism to make an immediate impact rushing the passer, which is critical in the NFC East.


14. New Orleans Saints (8-8): Vontae Davis*, CB, Illinois
The Saints should continue to focus on defense this year. Davis is a bit of a risk, considering he comes with a reputation for inconsistency and questionable work habits. However, there isn't a cornerback in this year's class with better pure man-to-man cover skills. That's a gamble New Orleans might be willing to make at No. 14, especially after watching its defense surrender 53 plays of 20-plus yards last season.


15. Houston Texans (8-8): Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
Cushing is a gifted athlete with a reckless approach. He flies around looking to make the big hit, and he also provides a lot of versatility in the passing game. He could eventually develop into an upgrade over Zac Diles at SAM linebacker, and initially he could help boost a pass rush that ranked 27th in the league last season with 25 sacks.


16. San Diego Chargers (8-8): Chris Wells*, RB, Ohio State
Let's preface this by saying we would take Knowshon Moreno (Georgia) over Wells if presented with the choice. However, we understand that's a minority opinion. Plus, in San Diego's situation, Wells appears to be a better complement to pint-sized scatback Darren Sproles. Remember, though, that the team has some tough decisions



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Here's the rest.

17. New York Jets (9-7): Mark Sanchez*, QB, USC
There's a lot of drama yet to play out in the Jets' organization between now and the draft. But with or without QB Brett Favre, it's obvious the Jets are not particularly high on backup Kellen Clemens as the future of the franchise. So if Sanchez falls all the way to No. 17, they would have to think long and hard before passing on the talented but inexperienced signal-caller.



18. Chicago Bears (9-7): Percy Harvin*, WR, Florida
It will be interesting to see if the Bears pull the trigger on Sanchez if he slips one more spot. In this scenario, though, they face a tough decision. They obviously need playmakers on offense, and nobody can break a game open more quickly than Harvin. Despite injuries and increased time spent at running back in 2008, Harvin is clearly a much more experienced pass-catcher than current starter Devin Hester was coming out of college. But Harvin's skills are similar to those of Hester otherwise, and with no other receiver worthy of the 18th overall pick, this would be a tough call.



19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
The Bucs need to square away their quarterback situation, but reaching for Kansas State's Josh Freeman here doesn't seem like the right answer. Bucs LDE Kevin Carter is running out of time, so Jackson could provide some much-needed depth as a rookie. Jackson is not an elite edge rusher but he can provide good size and strength versus the run, and could move inside to rush the quarterback on obvious passing downs.



20. Detroit Lions (from 9-7 DAL) (0-16): D.J. Moore*, CB, Vanderbilt
Moore lacks ideal size but he's a flat-out playmaker with great athleticism and instincts. He's also a high-character player with intelligence and a strong work ethic, which would be helpful to new coach Jim Schwartz during what could be a long rebuilding process.



21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1): Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Offensive tackle is the biggest priority for the Eagles, but there's much more depth at that position than there is at tight end this year. Pettigrew is a complete prospect with excellent blocking skills, good athleticism and soft hands. He's the only tight end in the 2009 class worthy of a first-round pick, so it would be tough for Philly to pass on him if he falls this far.



22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6): Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
The Vikings are in the market for an upgrade at right tackle, and Oher is a good candidate this late in the first round. He needs some polishing but clearly possesses the size and feet to develop into a solid starter in the NFL.



23. New England Patriots (11-5): Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
Matthews' draft stock continues to soar. He's an instinctive playmaker who always seems to be in on the action. Most importantly for the Patriots, he is versatile enough to play multiple roles on defense, and is also a special-teams demon.



24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
The team is preparing for some turnover at linebacker, and it also needs to ramp up its pass rush. English, an undersized college end who projects as a SAM or rush linebacker in the NFL, could help on both fronts. The Falcons will need to look for better values in later rounds at their other positions of need, such as nose tackle and safety.



25. Miami Dolphins (11-5): James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
Inside linebacker is one of a few spots -- including wide receiver and offensive line -- that Miami is likely to target early in the draft. Laurinaitis has some physical limitations that will keep him out of the top half of the first round, but he fits well with the Dolphins because he's a high-motor player with good instincts, quickness and toughness.



26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5): Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
The Ravens' lack of depth at cornerback became evident in their playoff loss to Pittsburgh. Smith lacks ideal top-end speed and size, but he's an instinctive cover corner with elite playmaking skills. He is ready to contribute as a sub package defender right now.



27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4): Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Jerry's disruptive tendencies are a perfect match for the Colts' version of the Tampa-2 defense.



28. Philadelphia Eagles (from 12-4 CAR) (9-6-1): Knowshon Moreno**, RB, Georgia
The Eagles would prefer an offensive tackle of value here, but adding the best all-around running back prospect in the 2009 class wouldn't be such a bad option, especially this late in the first round. Moreno could help take some of the burden off Brian Westbrook's shoulders early in his career before eventually maturing into the starting role.



29. New York Giants (13-3): Hakeem Nicks*, WR, North Carolina
Nicks is one of the few receivers in this year's class that appears ready to contribute immediately in the NFL. QB Eli Manning would certainly welcome such a physical receiver, as the Giants presumably look to move forward without the troubled Plaxico Burress.



30. Tennessee Titans (13-3): Darrius Heyward-Bey*, WR, Maryland
Heyward-Bey is a bit overrated in our eyes, but his ability to stretch the field vertically will be enticing to a team like Tennessee, which is in need of exactly that kind of weapon.



31. Arizona Cardinals (9-7): LeSean McCoy**, RB, Pittsburgh
Adding McCoy is obviously a luxury pick here. He is versatile playmaker who would serve as a nice complement to the Cardinals' bruising backfield tandem of Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower.



32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Alex Mack, C, California
The Steelers would like to boost their offensive front, and Mack is this year's top interior prospect.













Mock Second Round
Pick Player Position School
33. Detroit Clint Sintim OLB Virginia
34. Kansas City Josh Freeman* QB Kansas State
35. St. Louis Rashad Johnson S Alabama
36. Cleveland Sean Smith* CB Utah
37. Seattle Kenny Britt* WR Rutgers
38. Cincinnati Paul Kruger* DE Utah
39. Jacksonville Ron Brace DT Boston College
40. Oakland Eben Britton* OT Arizona
41. Green Bay Robert Ayers DE Tennessee
42. Buffalo Cornelius Ingram TE Florida
43. San Francisco Louis Delmas S Western Michigan
44. Miami (from WAS) Patrick Chung S Oregon
45. New York Giants (from NOR) Fili Moala DT USC
46. Houston William Moore S Miami
47. New England (from SDG) Darius Butler CB Connecticut
48. Denver Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
49. Chicago Max Unger C/G Oregon
50. Tampa Bay Evander Hood DE Missouri
51. Dallas Phil Loadholt* OT Oklahoma
52. New York Jets Asher Allen* CB Georgia
53. Philadelphia Carey Harris CB USC
54. Minnesota Jarius Byrd* CB Oregon
55. Atlanta Shawn Nelson TE Southern Miss
56. Miami Jamon Meredith OT South Carolina
57. Baltimore Connor Barwin OLB Cincinnati
58. New England William Beatty OT Connecticut
59. Carolina Ricky Jean-Francois* DT LSU
60. New York Giants Shonn Greene* RB Iowa
61. Indianapolis Brandon Tate WR North Carolina
62. Tennessee Duke Robinson G Oklahoma
63. Arizona David Veikune OLB Hawaii
64. Pittsburgh Victor Harris CB Virginia Tech

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No linemen in the first three picks would seriously get me heated. We wouldn't be addressing our biggest issue. I guess the arguement would be that we could get a DT and G in round 3, which would be the only way I'd be ok with these first three picks.


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No linemen in the first three picks would seriously get me heated. We wouldn't be addressing our biggest issue. I guess the arguement would be that we could get a DT and G in round 3, which would be the only way I'd be ok with these first three picks.


About half of us don't think the Oline is our biggest issue. That half think Defense is the major issue.

Last season we had a good Offense.
This season, with pretty much the same players, ( Kevin Smith is = to Kevin Jones. No better, no worse.), plus Gosder - The offense stunk to Hell.

What was the big difference? Mike Martz>Jim Coslett.

I'm betting if we make NO CHANGES to our OFFENSE, we will have a good offense next season.


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I think part of the problem with the defense wasn't so much with the lack of talent on the field, so much as the lack of talent on the sidelines. Joe Barry was just horrific as a DC. He planned poorly and if he made any in game adjustments, they made things worse. One of the big problems I see, however, in defensive personnel is at cornerback. With Leigh Bodden effectively being told he's a goner, we have no starters on the roster. Travis Fisher shouldn't even be coaching high school football, let alone starting for an NFL team. Keith Smith is acceptable in a nickel role, but nothing else. Stanley Wilson is yet another shining example of the Millen ineptitude at drafting.

This team does need defensive talent from this draft, more so than offensive talent. That said, our first pick isn't likely to be a defensive player. Linebackers don't get taken first overall, and there really is no standout defensive lineman that I've seen.

I think our 20th and 33rd pick should be spent on corner and linebacker, in that order. Our two third rounders can be used on the lines, either offense or defense. We could also consider a highly regarded tight end with a third round pick, since I am not very happy with what we have on the roster right now for that position.


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I think part of the problem with the defense wasn't so much with the lack of talent on the field, so much as the lack of talent on the sidelines. Joe Barry was just horrific as a DC. He planned poorly and if he made any in game adjustments, they made things worse. One of the big problems I see, however, in defensive personnel is at cornerback. With Leigh Bodden effectively being told he's a goner, we have no starters on the roster. Travis Fisher shouldn't even be coaching high school football, let alone starting for an NFL team. Keith Smith is acceptable in a nickel role, but nothing else. Stanley Wilson is yet another shining example of the Millen ineptitude at drafting.

This team does need defensive talent from this draft, more so than offensive talent. That said, our first pick isn't likely to be a defensive player. Linebackers don't get taken first overall, and there really is no standout defensive lineman that I've seen.

I think our 20th and 33rd pick should be spent on corner and linebacker, in that order. Our two third rounders can be used on the lines, either offense or defense. We could also consider a highly regarded tight end with a third round pick, since I am not very happy with what we have on the roster right now for that position.


I pretty much agree with you. But, to hell with a TE. That is the last thing we even need to worry about. Our TE's are serviceable. We can get by with them for a year or two.


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No linemen in the first three picks would seriously get me heated. We wouldn't be addressing our biggest issue. I guess the arguement would be that we could get a DT and G in round 3, which would be the only way I'd be ok with these first three picks.


About half of us don't think the Oline is our biggest issue. That half think Defense is the major issue.
Last season we had a good Offense.
This season, with pretty much the same players, ( Kevin Smith is = to Kevin Jones. No better, no worse.), plus Gosder - The offense stunk to Hell.

What was the big difference? Mike Martz>Jim Coslett.

I'm betting if we make NO CHANGES to our OFFENSE, we will have a good offense next season.


The word linemen includes both offensive and defensive lineman. You can't help but look at our stats (last in running and last in stopping the run) and see that our linemen were by far the weakest part of our team (you could argue that the cause were the players or coaches/scheme, but thats not my point)

Whether you think our offense or our defense was worse, it was the line that was the root of the problem.


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Tyler Thigpen might not be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Chiefs, but it's hard to imagine new GM Scott Pioli veering from the "Patriot way" he learned during his time in New England. Drafting a defensive lineman like DE Everette Brown or DT B.J. Raji is a possibility, and beefing up the offensive line isn't out of the question, either. But the Chiefs spent a pair of first-round picks on those spots last year, and Pioli hit a home run with the first-round pick of linebacker Jerod Mayo in New England last season. Plus, Curry has the versatility Pioli looks for, and he fits an area of need.


I found this VERY INTERESTING!!!

I know some here like the idea of drafting a QB #1 overall.

And then some will say....."there is only 1 New England! You can't compare anyone to New England."

Maybe... just maybe... that is because only a handful of teams have tried to build a team the same way that New England has succeeded.


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I think part of the problem with the defense wasn't so much with the lack of talent on the field, so much as the lack of talent on the sidelines. Joe Barry was just horrific as a DC. He planned poorly and if he made any in game adjustments, they made things worse. One of the big problems I see, however, in defensive personnel is at cornerback. With Leigh Bodden effectively being told he's a goner, we have no starters on the roster. Travis Fisher shouldn't even be coaching high school football, let alone starting for an NFL team. Keith Smith is acceptable in a nickel role, but nothing else. Stanley Wilson is yet another shining example of the Millen ineptitude at drafting.

This team does need defensive talent from this draft, more so than offensive talent. That said, our first pick isn't likely to be a defensive player. Linebackers don't get taken first overall, and there really is no standout defensive lineman that I've seen.

I think our 20th and 33rd pick should be spent on corner and linebacker, in that order. Our two third rounders can be used on the lines, either offense or defense. We could also consider a highly regarded tight end with a third round pick, since I am not very happy with what we have on the roster right now for that position.


I pretty much agree with you. But, to hell with a TE. That is the last thing we even need to worry about. Our TE's are serviceable. We can get by with them for a year or two.


While I agree that we have other needs, you have to review quality of talent versus level of need versus importance of position when drafting. If a really good TE falls to us at 65 or 84, it has to be considered because of what a solid TE can bring to an offense. A really good TE allows so many different things to be done and basically ties up a linebacker or safety due to the coverage needs.

Again, I am not saying we HAVE to draft a TE in round three or above....but if a really good player falls that can give us an improvement in both blocking and receiving at that position, then you make the pick. I'd rather have a starting quality TE out of the pick than another backup at LB, DE or CB.


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Didn't want to start a new thread for this......

Here's Mike Mayock's take on a few things:

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Tuesday February 10, 2009, 2:36 PM

Mike Mayock, draft expert for the NFL Network, held a conference call with media from around the country today and here is Part One of the highlights:

--- On the first overall pick: "Matt Stafford's probably going No. 1 to Detroit, but it's way too early to say that (definitively).''


Mayock said if a team is looking for a franchise type quarterback who can play immediately, it's Stafford or Mark Sanchez. He said Josh Freeman is something of a project (even though he might go in the first round).

About the quarterback position, Mayock said, "When building a franchise, the first thing I'm going to do is underwrite the quarterback position.''

--- On linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest: "Scott Pioli will look at him (with the No. 3 pick). I think Curry is the safest pick in the draft. When sitting at No. 3, you can't make a mistake - he has to be a good football player and Curry is that kind of guy.''

Mayock said he couldn't really draw a comparison between Curry and an NFL linebacker because he's so unique. Mayock said Curry could play equally well as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or a 4-3 alignment.

--- On the offensive tackles: Mayock has them listed, in order, as Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe and Andre Smith. He said all three could be taken in the top 10 picks.

Mayock compared Jason Smith to Ryan Clady, who had a Pro Bowl-type year with the Broncos. "Smith is very athletic and he'll be a good pass protector on day one. He needs to work on his run blocking, but I said the same thing about Joe Thomas. The key is his ability to pass protect immediately and Monroe has the same thing.''

Mayock said Monroe isn't as physically tough as Smith and that Andre Smith has issues with his weight. Mayock said he still has more film work to do on Andre Smith but "there's been some weight fluctuation and that worries me. He's fought the weight his entire life.''

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Tuesday February 10, 2009, 3:05 PM

Mike Mayock, draft expert for the NFL Network, held a conference call with media from around the country today and here is Part Two of the highlights:

--- A writer from Dallas asked Mayock if, looking back, the Cowboys' trade with Detroit was a good one. The Lions got a first- and third-round pick in exchange for receiver Roy Williams. The Lions now have the Cowboys' 20th overall pick.


"Roy Williams is a pretty good football player,'' Mayock said. "To think you're going to get a guy who can be as productive as him (at No. 20), that's a little bit of a leap of faith. (Michael) Crabtree and (Jeremy) Maclin are going to be gone. (Darrius) Heyward-Bay is probably gone, too. Percy Harvin maybe, but he reminds me more of Reggie Bush than a traditional receiver.

"That's the long way of saying I think they're pretty good with Roy Williams.''

--- The Lions are going to be looking for guards in this draft but Mayock said the overall group is "poor compared to the last few years.'' Mayock does like the center position and said some of those guys could be moved to guard.

--- Mayock said he expects Mississippi tackle Michael Oher to go in the top 15 picks. He said Oher has all the physical tools to be a top 10 pick, but that his play is too inconsistent from snap to snap.

--- Mayock is very high on Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew. "He won't run 4.6 - a lot of coaches want him to run slow so he'll slide. He should go 15th to 20th. He's a good blocker and catches the ball well but he doesn't have explosive speed.''

Mayock also said that Southern Mississippi tight end Shawn Nelson has made a big impression: "At the Senior Bowl, he was as good as anybody. He knocked (Rey) Maualuga on his butt in a couple of drills. He's a willing blocker, but not a great blocker. He has innate toughness.''

--- On the 40-yard dash times for defensive backs, Mayock thinks people put too much emphasis on them. Part of the problem, he says, is that the players start from a three-point stance so it's more of a track skill than a football one.

"How often does a cornerback go into a three-point stance?'' Mayock said. "If a guy runs a 4.6 and then learns how to run out of the blocks and runs a 4.48, is he really any faster as a football player?

"I love the competition of the combine but sometimes where people get burned is when they fall in love with speed and times.''

--- Someone asked Mayock about Seattle's pick at No. 4 and he mentioned offensive tackles and possibly Crabtree, adding "It's too early for B.J. Raji.''

--- About West Virginia quarterback Pat White, Mayock said, "He's one of my favorite guys in the draft. He has the 'it' factor. I don't care how big he is or how accurate he is, but I want him on my team. To me, he's the best Wildcat quarterback in the league right now - he's better than anybody (currently) in the league. As long as he buys into the 'play slot and return punts and do whatever I have to do' ... if he does, he's a second-round guy. I don't know if people have him that high.''

--- About Iowa running back Shonn Greene: " He's got to win the interview (at the combine). I'm really not concerned with him on the field, but there are a bunch of off-field issues he has to deal with. I think he'll be fortunate to slip into the second round - I have five running backs rated ahead of him.''

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No linemen in the first three picks would seriously get me heated. We wouldn't be addressing our biggest issue. I guess the arguement would be that we could get a DT and G in round 3, which would be the only way I'd be ok with these first three picks.


About half of us don't think the Oline is our biggest issue. That half think Defense is the major issue.
Last season we had a good Offense.
This season, with pretty much the same players, ( Kevin Smith is = to Kevin Jones. No better, no worse.), plus Gosder - The offense stunk to Hell.

What was the big difference? Mike Martz>Jim Coslett.

I'm betting if we make NO CHANGES to our OFFENSE, we will have a good offense next season.


The word linemen includes both offensive and defensive lineman. You can't help but look at our stats (last in running and last in stopping the run) and see that our linemen were by far the weakest part of our team (you could argue that the cause were the players or coaches/scheme, but thats not my point)

Whether you think our offense or our defense was worse, it was the line that was the root of the problem.


I was just going to say that. Last time i checked, both the O and D had lineman.

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Mel Kiper: Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez come with risks
by Tom Kowalski
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 10:36 AM
During a conference call today, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said he believes quarterback Matt Stafford will go to the Detroit Lions with the No. 1 pick because "that's what Detroit needs.'' Kiper, though, also said that Stafford -- and Mark Sanchez -- are not "super elite prospects'' and they both come with risks.


Kiper said that Stafford has a better arm than Sanchez, but that Sanchez is more instinctive. "Sanchez doesn't have Stafford's arm but he throws more accurately on the move,'' Kiper said. "They both have qualities you like and some thing that bother you a little bit.

"Somebody's going to roll the dice on these quarterbacks. Both of these kids are worthy of being the No. 1 pick.''

In trying to compare Stafford and Sanchez to last year's Rookie of the Year, Matt Ryan, Kiper said there is some revisionist history going on now: "Nobody thought he was a certain franchise quarterback. A week before the draft, I said that he could go at No. 8 because there was a chance Atlanta wouldn't take him. Miami didn't take Ryan -- they took (left tackle) Jake Long (with the first pick) and then took Chad Henne. They didn't take Ryan and they had a need at quarterback.''

Kiper said that Ryan and Joe Flacco, who went to the Ravens in the first round, both came out after their senior years while Stafford and Sanchez are leaving college early.

"They both came out as underclassmen and that's dangerous,'' he said. "Everybody knows the more experience you get in college, the better you are.

"But to say the Lions are in bad spot here, it's not necessarily the case. They're not super elite prospects ... but they're both worthy of being early first-round picks.''

Kiper compared Stafford to Denver's Jay Cutler, another former first-round pick.

"Stafford's in the Cutler mode, he's inconsistent like Cutler. The inconsistency sometimes doesn't leave you -- it hasn't left Cutler,'' Kiper said. "You're raving about him one week and criticizing him the next week. Cutler still has those disappointing games. That's something that Stafford has to prove otherwise.''

One other thing -- Kiper was asked whether teams like Detroit and Kansas City (which picks third) would be better off in acquiring Matt Cassel (who the Patriots put the franchise tag on).

"If I was Detroit or Kansas City, I would make that move in a heartbeat -- but he's not available,'' Kiper said. "If you're asking if I would rather have Cassel than Stafford or Sanchez, I'd rather have Cassel.''

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Wednesday February 11, 2009, 11:18 AM
Mel Kiper, an ESPN draft analyst, believes that Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford is worthy of being the Detroit Lion's No. 1 pick, but he still has some things to prove in the coming weeks and months before the draft.

"He's got a great arm, everybody knows that,'' he said. "He has to show that he's not just a thrower, but a pitcher. We know he can throw the 100 mile-an-hour fastball and make some throws that others can't make. But he needs to show that he can take a little off, be more precise and control his arm.

"Stafford can power throws,but can he feather them? We know he'll wow everybody on certain throws. Is he a pitcher or a thrower? That's the No. 1 thing that will make him (the top draft pick).''

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Wednesday February 11, 2009, 12:26 PM
On Tuesday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said that Wake Forest outside linebacker Aaron Curry was the "safest'' pick in the draft. Today, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper was asked who the safest pick in the draft.

"Nobody,'' he said. "Everybody comes with risk.''

However ...

Kiper then added: "People would say Aaron Curry. He's not going to be a bust ... he can rush the passer and drop in coverage. He would fall into that category. Maybe not a boom, but certainly not a bust. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say Curry.''

While most draft analysts have the Lions taking Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford with the team's first overall pick in the draft, the Lions are also in need of an outside linebacker.

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