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Rick Gosselin's first NFL mock draft

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1. Detroit Lions:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Lions are hoping Stafford can be their next Bobby Layne

20. Detroit Lions:
Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri
Detroit's two starting DTs gone from a year ago


April 13th, 2009, 2:10 pm
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The Goose's first mock draft usually has a couple of "ah ha" pieces that later fit right into place but he does change things up quite a bit by his final mock.

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Please... I don't want us drafting Staff Infection.

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2nd of his 3 mocks. This is the need draft. His 3rd mock is usually one of the best, it should be released by Saturday morning.

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1. Detroit Lions:
Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
The first linebacker selected first overall since 1988



2. St. Louis Rams:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
The Rams aren't sold on Marc Bulger


3. Kansas City Chiefs:
Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Best player available at any position upgrades the Chiefs


4. Seattle Seahawks:
Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California
Matt Hasselbeck turns 34 in September


5. Cleveland Browns:
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
The Browns may trade Braylon Edwards before the draft


6. Cincinnati Bengals:
Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
The Bengals need to protect QB Carson Palmer better


7. Oakland Raiders:
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Al Davis sees Tim Brown all over again


8. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Forget his weight – Smith is the best blocker in this draft


9. Green Bay Packers:
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Both starting cornerbacks are in their 30s


10. San Francisco 49ers:
Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
Could be the Ben Roethlisberger of this draft


11. Buffalo Bills:
Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
NFL's 22nd ranked run defense becomes more stout


12. Denver Broncos:
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
Broncos need to get bigger, better in defensive front seven


13. Washington Redskins:
Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
Redskins hope Maybin can give them what Jason Taylor didn't


14. New Orleans Saints:
Beanie Wells, HB, Ohio State
Saints envision Beanie as their new Deuce McAllister


15. Houston Texans:
Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Texans need help for Mario Williams up front


16. San Diego Chargers:
Knowshown Moreno, HB, Georgia
LaDainian Tomlinson older, Darren Sproles headed toward free agency in 2010


17. New York Jets:
Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
With WR Laveranues Coles gone, Jets need big plays on flank


18. Denver Broncos:
Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
Broncos need to get bigger, better in defensive front seven


19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Brian Cushing, OLB, Southern California
Both starting outside linebackers gone from 2008


20. Detroit Lions:
Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Both starting defensive tackles gone from 2008 gone



21. Philadelphia Eagles:
Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
Andy Reid loves offensive and defensive linemen


22. Minnesota Vikings:
Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Better receiver play means better quarterback play


23. New England Patriots:
Rey Maualuga, MLB, Southern California
Maualuga and Jerod Mayo would forge a dynamic middle


24. Atlanta Falcons:
Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
The NFL's 21st ranked pass defense needs his cover skills


25. Miami Dolphins:
Clay Matthews, OLB, Southern California
Bill Parcells loves stocking the defensive front seven


26. Baltimore Ravens:
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Ravens always draft the best value on the board


27. Indianapolis Colts:
Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri
GM Polian is tired of playing with free agents at DT


28. Buffalo Bills:
Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
Trading Pro Bowler Jason Peters to Eagles creates a huge hole at LT


29. New York Giants:
Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
Giants need a size receiver to replace Plaxico Burress


30. Tennessee Titans:
James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio State
Quality linebackers will go fast in this draft


31. Arizona Cardinals:
Donald Brown, HB, Connecticut
The heir apparent to Edgerrin James


32. Pittsburgh Steelers:
Eric Wood, C, Louisville
Wood can play inside at center or guard



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Seems zoned in on a DT with our second first round pick (had Ziggy in his first mock).

Interesting how he has guys like Oher and Maualuga still available when we pick.

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The second draft actually coincides with Killer's reports of how awful the defense has looked in practice. He targets the same top two picks.

I do like the fact that it's the Goose, someone whose opinion is respectable, has us taking Curry. Gosselin's mocks are based on his information of what teams are targeting rather than who he thinks fits best for each team.

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These first two drafts are interesting, but the only one to put much stock in comes out just prior to the draft, and we should already know who the #1 is going to be by then (because he will already be inked by then). Goose put this one together strictly based on need (not what he thinks the teams will actually do); that is why it looks so good for the Lions. I am just glad to finally see some media types with the rationality to realize that our greatest need to be competitive at all is on the defense.

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Honolulu_Blue wrote:
The second draft actually coincides with Killer's reports of how awful the defense has looked in practice. He targets the same top two picks.

I do like the fact that it's the Goose, someone whose opinion is respectable, has us taking Curry. Gosselin's mocks are based on his information of what teams are targeting rather than who he thinks fits best for each team.


Actually Goose's second draft is based more on what he see's as pressing needs for each team rather than what he think they will do. His third mock will be based on what he is hearing from the teams themselves and trying to put all the pieces together.

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I like Jerry, but just not for the Lions. They have 290 pound DT's in Fluellen and Cohen. They don't need another. They need beef. Ron Brace. That's all i'm saying.

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Rick's final mock is out:

1. Detroit Lions:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Team needs: QB, MLB, TE, DT
Comment: Bobby Layne was a Pro Bowl quarterback the last time the Lions won a championship in 1957. Detroit hasn't had an elite quarterback or won a championship since then. Stafford, a Highland Park product, gives the franchise hope for the future.


2. St. Louis Rams:
Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Team needs: OT, WR, MLB, QB
Comment: The Rams had the second pick of the 2008 draft and took the safest player on the board in DE Chris Long. St. Louis repeats that philosophy in this draft by taking W.T. White's Smith. The Rams need to replace Pro Bowl LT Orlando Pace.

3. Kansas City Chiefs:
Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Team needs: LB, OT, WR, TE
Comment: New GM Scott Pioli is retooling the Chiefs' defense in the image of the 3-4 scheme he left behind in New England. The Patriots love those LSU linemen and so does Pioli. He also sees some Ty Warren in Jackson.

4. Seattle Seahawks:
Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
Team needs: WR, LB, LT, RB
Comment: The Seahawks finished 30th in defense in the NFL last season. The best player in the draft slides to Seattle at four. Curry also addresses a pressing defensive need: He makes plays on both sides of the line.

5. Cleveland Browns:
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Team needs: WR, Pass rusher, S, OL
Comment: Like Seattle, the Browns benefit from a sliding value. Crabtree, of Carter, has been compared to Larry Fitzgerald. If the Browns trade Braylon Edwards, they would need Crabtree. If they keep Edwards, Crabtree would make him better.

6. Cincinnati Bengals:
Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Team needs: DT, LB, Pass rusher, OT
Comment: Smith showed up at the combine overweight and then performed poorly at his pro day. All that said, he's still the most talented tackle in the draft. He started as a freshman in the SEC and won the Outland Trophy as a senior.

7. Oakland Raiders:
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Team needs: WR, OT, S, DL
Comment: Tim Brown was a Pro Bowl play-maker for a long time for the Raiders. Maclin is Tim Brown 20 years later. Of the four top wideouts on this draft board, Maclin will have the greatest impact as a rookie because of his return skills.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Team needs: LT, DT, CB, RB
Comment: The Jaguars are in dire need of a left tackle since Khalif Barnes left in free agency. Monroe would be an upgrade at the position. He won the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker in the ACC in 2008.

9. Green Bay Packers:
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Team needs: DE, LB, OT, CB
Comment: The Packers have two Pro Bowl-caliber cornerbacks in Al Harris and Charles Woodson, but both are in their 30s. With Detroit expected to draft Stafford, and with Jay Cutler now in the division, Green Bay had better load up on pass defenders.

10. San Francisco 49ers:
Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
Team needs: OT, DT, pass rusher, WR
Comment: The 49ers ranked 27th in rushing and allowed 55 sacks last season. If San Francisco can't block, it doesn't matter who's at quarterback – Shaun Hill, Alex Smith or Joe Montana. Oher allows the 49ers to move Joe Staley to RT.

11. Buffalo Bills:
Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
Team needs: LT, pass rusher, S, TE
Comment: Left tackles will have left the board before the Bills could go on the clock. The next priority is upgrading the pass rush. Buffalo mustered only 24 sacks in 2008. Maybin had 12 on his way to Big Ten defensive player of the year.

12. Denver Broncos:
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
Team needs: DE, DT, OLB, WR
Comment: New coach Josh McDaniels is overhauling the defense, installing a 3-4 scheme after releasing four starters from a year ago. He needs size, and the best defensive tackle in this draft falls into his lap at 12.

13. Washington Redskins:
Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Team needs: OL, DL, LB, QB
Comment: After failing to land Jay Cutler, Redskins owner Dan Snyder explored his options all week for possible trade-ups for Sanchez. Jacksonville is a potential partner at 8. Snyder needs a QB to compete in the NFC East.

14. New Orleans Saints:
Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
Team needs: CB, S, RB, OLB
Comment: The offense is Super Bowl-ready with Drew Brees. But the defense needs lots of help, especially at cornerback. The Saints ranked 23rd in pass defense. Davis gives New Orleans much needed size and ability there.

15. Houston Texans:
Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
Team needs: OLB, CB, pass rusher, RB
Comment: Why not? Bruce Matthews carved out a Hall of Fame career in Houston. There's a positive vibe attached to the Matthews name in Houston. He is the son of Clay and nephew of Bruce Matthews.

16. San Diego Chargers:
Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
Team needs: RB, LB, DE, WR
Comment: Better players equal better defense. The Chargers finished 25th in defense last season. The return of Shawne Merriman and the selection of Cushing would dramatically improve both the linebacking play and the scheme.

17. New York Jets:
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Team needs: TE, QB, WR, OT
Comment: With the departure of Laveranues Coles in free agency, the Jets need speed opposite Jerricho Cotchery. Heyward-Bey is the fastest player in the draft with a 4.25 clocking in the 40.

18. Denver Broncos:
Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Team needs: DE, DT, OLB, WR
Comment: Taking B.J. Raji at nose tackle at 12 would give the Broncos a building block in the run defense in the new 3-4 scheme. Orapko would give the Broncos some much-needed pass rush. They managed 26 sacks last year. Orakpo had 12.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
Team needs: DE, DT, CB, WR
Comment: New coach Raheem Morris hired Jim Bates to run the defense, and he loves to rotate his ends and tackles. So you need quantity as well as quality up front. The Bucs managed 29 sacks last season.

20. Detroit Lions:
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Team needs: QB, MLB, TE, DT
Comment: QB Matthew Stafford was the first step toward building a playoff-caliber offense in 2010. Pettigrew is the next step. Include WR Calvin Johnson and RB Kevin Smith, and the Lions may actually score some points in 2010.


21. Philadelphia Eagles:
Knowshon Moreno, HB, Georgia
Team needs: DL, OL, TE, RB
Comment: Emmitt Smith gave the Eagles fits in the 1990s in the NFC East. Moreno would give Philadelphia an Emmitt clone to attack the Cowboys. Moreno is the most complete back in this draft – a triple-threat, just like Emmitt.

22. Minnesota Vikings:
Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
Team needs: CB, OL, WR, QB
Comment: With Aaron Rodgers emerging in Green Bay, Jay Cutler now in Chicago and Matthew Stafford on his way to Detroit, there's a sense of urgency for the Vikings to find a quarterback. Freeman could be the answer.

23. New England Patriots:
Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Team needs: DT, DE, TE, QB
Comment: Bill Belichick won two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants and three more as head coach of the Patriots with a dominating defensive front. You can never have enough quality linemen.

24. Atlanta Falcons:
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
Team needs: CB, DT, S, TE
Comment: Like NFC South lodge brother New Orleans, Atlanta has an offense that's playoff-ready with Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White. But the defense needs help, and the glass-smooth Butler provides it.

25. Miami Dolphins:
Paul Kruger, DE, Utah
Team needs: CB, WR, OLB, TE
Comment: Elite pass-rushers are few and far between in this draft. Kruger qualifies as elite but is off a few draft boards medically because he has one kidney. One kidney slow down Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie any at Arizona in 2008.

26. Baltimore Ravens:
Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC
Team needs: RT, WR, pass-rusher, CB
Comment: Bart Scott left in free agency, leaving a hole at inside backer alongside Ray Lewis. Over the next two years, Lewis can teach Maualuga the Ravens way, and the legacy of Pro Bowl inside backers in Baltimore would be secure.

27. Indianapolis Colts:
Beanie Wells, HB, Ohio State
Team needs: S, LB, WR, P
Comment: With Dominic Rhodes leaving in free agency, the Colts need a second back to pair with oft-injured Joseph Addai in the rotation. Wells would represent a substantial upgrade with his 5.8-yard career average and 30 TDs.

28. Buffalo Bills:
Max Unger, C, Oregon
Team needs: LT, pass-rusher, S, TE
Comment: Buffalo missed out at left tackle at the top of the draft, but Unger is a nice consolation prize. He's one of the three elite centers in the draft, a Bills weakness in 2008, and also has college experience at left tackle.

29. New York Giants:
Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri
Team needs: WR, LB, CB, KR
Comment: The most-talented team in the NFC takes the best player available. New York's defensive tackles are stout run players, but Hood would inject a pass-rush threat into the mix, with 14½ career sacks at Missouri.

30. Tennessee Titans:
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Team needs: WR, CB, G, DL
Comment: Smith is the most productive cornerback in this draft but has the worst measurables – he's 5-9 and runs a 4.50 in the 40. The same knocks kept Brandon Flowers out of the first round in 2008, but he made the all-rookie team.

31. Arizona Cardinals:
Donald Brown, HB, Connecticut
Team needs: RB, LB, OL, KR
Comment: The Cardinals reached the Super Bowl but found themselves a running game away from the Lombardi Trophy. Arizona finished last in the NFL in rushing with an aging Edgerrin James. Brown, the NCAA rushing champion, brings fresh legs.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers:
Eric Wood, C, Louisville
Team needs: OL, WR, CB, S
Comment: QB Ben Roethliserger and HB Willie Parker are Pro Bowl play-makers who absorb too much of a beating behind a porous blocking front. Wood started 49 consecutive games at Louisville and can also play guard.

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The Goose was number one in the country again amongst major mockers. He got an 84/100 for the top 100. Not too shabby considering he's up there or on top every year.

Also, good job Mike, I know I saw Pettigrew on a couple of your mocks as well.

Also, his grades for the draft were almost identical with mine, calling all picks great value except for Levy and Brown. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy, lol.


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