2009 Mock Draft: Groundhog Day Draft

groundhogdayMy first Mock Draft of the year — always fun. We may have six more weeks of Winter, woodchuck chuckers, but we’ll have mocks to get us through it — just not every morning at 6 AM with Sonny and Cher blaring.

Here’s what stood out:

1. The Lions have a great chance of doing what Cleveland did several years back when they drafted Brady Quinn and Joe Thomas in the first round — getting a franchise quarterback and a bodyguard to protect him. Personally, I prefer Mark Sanchez or trying to trade for one of the other Matts — Cassel or Leinart. I think the Lions go with Stafford, though. That’s the buzz, anyway. Maybe it’s because he has that big arm and would be able to bomb to Megatron? Not sure. I don’t like the kid.2. The Eagles can have the best offense they’ve ever had with D-McNabb in 2009 by going offense skill players with their two first-round picks. I went with WR Percy Harvin and then RB LeSean McCoy. DeSean one year, LeSean  the next!

3. The Chiefs take Michael Crabtree. As a Chiefs die hard and the lead writer over at Arrowhead Addict, I honestly believe Scott Pioli takes the best player on the board. This pick especially makes sense if Todd Haley becomes the new head coach, allowing Dwayne Bowe and Michael Crabtree to play Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

4. The Seahawks are going to be irrate if that happens. Maybe they can trade down for a team that wants Sanchez, who I have slipping to 10.

5. Josh Freeman goes to Da Bears at No. 18. With his size, strength and arm, I think he’ll have a good combine and rise like Joe Flacco did a year ago.

6. Aaron Curry goes No. 5. A linebacker isn’t going to go any higher than that in the modern-day NFL. Unless he comes equipped with a cape and blue-and-red spandex, of course.

7. Lots of offensive tackles, which means somebody gets a steal sometime in round two.

Feel free to leave me feedback! Enjoy…

# Team Pick
1 Detroit Lions
QB Matt Stafford, Georgia
2 St. Louis Rams
OT Andre Smith, Alabama
3 Kansas City Chiefs
WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
4 Seattle Seahawks
OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
5 Cleveland Browns
OLB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
6 Cincinnati Bengals
OT Jason Smith. Baylor
7 Oakland Raiders
WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
8 Jacksonville Jaguars
DT B.J. Raji, Boston College
9 Green Bay Packers
CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
10 San Francisco 49ers
QB Mark Sanchez, USC
11 Buffalo Bills
DE Brian Orakpo, Texas
12 Denver Broncos
ILB Rey Maualuga, USC
13 Washington Redskins
DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State
14 New Orleans Saints
OLB Brian Cushing, USC
15 Houston Texans
CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
16 San Diego Chargers
RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
17 New York Jets
RB Beanie Wells, Ohio State
18 Chicago Bears
QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State
20 Detroit Lions
(9-7, Pick via Cowboys)
OT Michael Oher, Mississippi
21 Philadelphia Eagles
WR Percy Harvin, FL
22 Minnesota Vikings
C Alex Mack, Cal
23 New England Patriots
ILB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
24 Atlanta Falcons
OLB Larry English, Northern Illinois
25 Miami Dolphins
DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
26 Baltimore Ravens
DE Everette Brown, FSU
27 Indianapolis Colts
DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi
28 Philadelphia Eagles
(12-4; Pick via CAR)
RB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh
29 New York Giants
WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
30 Tennessee Titans
DE Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
31 Arizona Cardinals
OT Eben Britton, Arizona
32 Pittsburgh Steelers
CB D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt

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