Seahawk Nation Updated 2009 1st-round NFL mock draft

Published on February 23, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic
Team Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
1. Lions Matthew Stafford QB 6-2 235 Georgia
A new regime and a new coach means the Lions must make a statement with the No. 1 pick. Stafford has all the tools, but is by no means a guarantee. The coaching staff must develop his talent.
2. Rams Michael Oher OT 6-5 330 Mississppi
A giant of a man who should be able to anchor the Rams offensive line for the next decade. He has a chance to match Orlando Pace’s production at tackle, but he also can play guard.
3. Chiefs Aaron Curry LB 6-2 247 Wake Forest
New GM Scott Pioli might pull the trigger on a quarterback if Stafford is available or if he can trade down for USC’s Mark Sanchez. However, Pioli will want to focus on defense and Curry is a smart, aggressive player.
4. Seahawks Michael Crabtree WR 6-2 208 Texas Tech
No reason to let this outstanding receiver slip past here. Crabtree has the skills and tools to be a dominant wideout. He also comes from an advanced system that should help his understanding of the Seahawks’ offense.
5. Browns Brian Orakpo DE 6-3 255 Texas
The kind of high-motor player who causes fits for opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators. Orakpo has a quick first step and at least two other moves that can wreak havoc on opposing offensive linemen.
6. Bengals Andre Smith OT 6-5 341 Alabama
This pick would make Carson Palmer the happiest. Smith is a solid pass blocker and an even better run blocker because of his mauling technique and nasty disposition.
7. Raiders Brian Cushing LB 6-3 253 USC
The Raiders need help everywhere. Cushing would give them a solid every-down linebacker who excels at rushing the passer. He has the composure and confidence needed to become a steady player.
8. Jaguars Malcolm Jenkins CB 6-2 235 Ohio State
The best lock-down corner available. Jenkins is experienced, mature and should be a solid player by the middle of his first season. He has the physical gifts and know-how to make a quick adjustment to the NFL.
9. Packers Jason Smith OT 6-4 300 Baylor
The Packers need upgrades on the offensive and defensive lines. Orapko would be a nice option, but if he is not available they will go for Smith, who has quick feet, long arms and excellent athletic ability.
10. 49ers Mark Sanchez QB 6-2 225 USC
The Niners swung and missed on Alex Smith when they made him the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft. Time to rectify that. Sanchez’s stock is high right now because of his strong finish to the regular season and his performance against an excellent Penn State defense in the Rose Bowl. He’ll have many questions to answer before draft day, though.
11. Bills Eugene Monroe OT 6-5 310 Alabama
The Bills have had problems with offensive consistency for more than a decade and if they want to get stronger the right way, they will try to help themselves on the offensive line. Monroe is a gifted athlete who has a chance to be an outstanding player.
12. Broncos Knowshon Moreno RB 5-10 207 Georgia
Under Mike Shanahan, the Broncos specialized in finding middle-round running back gems. It’s time for a running back who can make life easier for Jay Cutler. Moreno has the talent to be a big-time contributor and a rookie-of-the-year candidate.
13. Redskins Everette Brown LB 6-4 252 Florida State
The Redskins need more athleticism and speed on defense. Brown is just starting to tap into his potential and could turn out to be a dominant pro.
14. Saints Jeremy Maclin WR 6-0 198 Missouri
The wide open Saints offense will get even better by giving Drew Brees a target like Maclin. His reach, speed, leaping ability and hands give him a chance to be a headliner for years.
15. Texans Vontae Davis CB 5-11 203 Illinois
Nothing fancy about this pick because the Texans are in the process of building a championship defense. They need more help in the secondary and Davis is skilled and athletic.
16. Chargers Rey Maualuga LB 6-2 260 Chargers
A playmaker who can give the Chargers some aggressiveness that was missing most of last season. The combination of Maualuga and a healthy Shawne Merriman could be dynamic for defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.
17. Jets James Laurinaitis LB 6-2 240 Ohio State
This pick may not go over well with Jets fans who attend the draft, but Laurinaitis is an accomplished and skilled player. He can help Rex Ryan establish a dominant defense.
18. Bears D.J. Moore CB 5-10 184 Vanderbilt
Coach Lovie Smith was shocked by how poorly his defense performed last season, which makes Laurinaitis an interesting prospect. Moore would be a nice addition to a shaky secondary.
19. Bucs Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells RB 6-1 235 Ohio State
The Bucs collapsed because their offense was inconsistent. Wells would boost the undependable running game. Wells hits like a heavyweight boxer and will run like a tractor as long as he stays healthy.
20. Lions (from Cowboys) B.J. Raji DT 6-2 334 Boston College
The Lions couldn’t do anything a year ago and that includes stopping the interior run. Raji can help make that change.
21. Eagles Percy Harvin WR 5-10 190 Florida
Philly could use a pass rusher, but it might be unable to pass on Harvin, who would be another gamebreaker to go along with DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook. Harvin’s presence would change the whole dynamic and face of the team.
22. Vikings William Moore S 6-1 228 Missouri
Moore didn’t have a great season, but he has great size and speed and is a top prospect because he will tackle and make plays. His skills don’t quite match his athleticism yet.
23. Patriots Alphonso Smith CB 5-9 190 Wake Forest
The Patriots have always been unpredictable because they don’t follow any one drafting style. New England does need to get younger, quicker and stronger on defense, which means picking a great ball athlete like Smith (20 interceptions during his college career).
24. Falcons Brandon Pettigrew TE 6-6 260 Oklahoma State
Huge and talented, Pettigrew will give quarterback Matt Ryan a new weapon. Pettigrew has soft hands, runs routes well and is the top tight end prospect.
25. Dolphins Michael Johnson DE 6-7 250 Georgia Tech
Bill Parcells wants to build a nasty, mean defense. Johnson’s relentlessness makes him a first-rate pass rusher with a hunger to get to the quarterback.
26. Ravens Darrius Heyward-Bey WR 6-2 206 Maryland
Heyward-Bey didn’t produce consistently, but he has great talent and knows how to get open. With a bit more work he has a chance to become an impact player.
27. Colts LeSean McCoy RB 5-11 210 Pittsburgh
The Colts have Joe Addai, but McCoy has the special talents and characteristics that will make him difficult to pass up.
28. Eagles (from Panthers) William Beatty OT 6-6 291 Connecticut
Scouts love Beatty’s size, long arms and toughness. The Eagles could use a blocker with his toughness and sense of purpose that allows him to do his job thoroughly.
29. Giants Tyson Jackson DL 6-4 295 LSU
The Giants were left shorthanded on the defensive line because Michael Strahan retired and Osi Umenyiora got hurt in the preseason. Jackson has great versatility and would be a boon to an already great defensive line.
30. Titans Aaron Maybin DE 6-3 250 Penn State
A tough and relentless pass rusher. Maybin is coming off a sensational 12 sack season. A bit undersized at 235 pounds, but Maybin makes up for that with quickness and attitude.
31. Cardinals Alex Mack C 6-4 316 California
Mack has the skills to fit in right away and give the Cardinals depth and talent up front.
32. Steelers Peria Jerry DT 6-3 310 Mississippi
A powerful force with quickness, Jerry may go before the Steelers can take him. Jerry is a natural run stuffer and he should not have a problem fitting in a 3-4 scheme.

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