So, with one week left until the real thing, here is my (hopefully) final mock draft:
1. Lions- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
I’ve had Matt Stafford slated into this pick since Sam Bradford announced he was
staying in college, but why not take the sure thing here and take Bradford or
McCoy next year?
2. Rams- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
They need a tackle, and with Smith gone, they go with the second best available.
3. Chiefs- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
I’m thinking this is as close to a lock as there is in a draft. That is, if Detroit or St.
Louis don’t take him.
4. Seahawks- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
I just don’t see them going QB here, and a Crabtree-Houshmandzadeh-Burelson
would look good for Hasselbeck. However, if Smith, Monroe, and Curry go
1-2-3, I could see the Hawks trading down and looking for a RB.
5. Browns- Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
This pick hasn’t changed since my first mock. The Browns need help on defense.
6. Bengals- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Protecting Carson Palmer is key for this team, but Maclin could be an option here.
7. Raiders- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Maclin is the second best receiver in the draft, and the Raiders will complete a
8. Jaguars- Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
If the Lions take Smith, there could be a very long wait for Stafford and Sanchez.
The Jaguars take the possibly best value pick of the draft in Matt Stafford.
9. Packers- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
This guy is good. The Packers will take advantage of Raji’s mistakes, and stop his
10. 49’s- Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
The 49’s made a push for Kurt Warner over the offseason, and Sanchez will take over the most disappointing position on this squad.
11. Bills- Aaron Maybin, LB, Penn State
Maybin is a good, versatile player from Linebacker U. I have had this pick happening from day one.
12. Broncos- Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
With the first of their two first round picks, I think the Broncos will go with Brown after their top two choices (Sanchez and Raji) are off the board.
13. Redskins- Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
The run on defensive front seven players affects the Skins drafting, and they go with Ayers.
14. Saints- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
This is another pick I’ve had, and I’ll keep with it. I think the Saints’ biggest need is at corner.
15. Texans- Clay Matthews, LB, USC
His uncle Bruce Matthews is a linebacker coach in Houston, so Matthews could blossom in a perfect environment.
16. Chargers- Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
Maualuga seems to be a perfect fit for the Chargers, and he could be a boom-or-bust type of player.
17. Jets- Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
18. Broncos- Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
This may be a bit of a stretch here, but the glaring need for a NT is Denver is inescapable.
19. Buccaneers- Brian Cushing, LB, USC
I’ve had Freeman going here, but if the Jets take him, look for the Bucs to replace (or attempt to replace) Derrick Brooks.
20. Lions- James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
The Lions need a fearless, big-time MLB. Laurinaitis will bring that intensity back to the Lions defense.
21. Eagles- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
The future of this pick is unsure with Philly contemplating another deal for a big name WR, but with Westbrook turning 30, this is the pick if they stay put.
22. Vikings- Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Heyward-Bey could be the pick, as well as Oher. For now, however, I think Harvin will really complement Adrian Peterson.
23. Patriots- Connor Barwin, LB, Cincinnati
Barwin is the most versatile player in the draft, and some have compared him to Mike Vrabel. Who better to have a Vrabel-like player than the team that once had Vrabel?
24. Falcons- Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Pettigrew is an exceptional talent at the TE position, and Matt Ryan will quickly find just how exceptional.
25. Dolphins- Malcom Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Jenkins has had a pretty huge fall from glory since January. I could see him teaming up with Gibril Wilson in Miami.
26. Ravens- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Heyward-Bey could go one pick ahead of Baltimore to Miami, but if he falls this far, Baltimore would be delighted to have him. I have had Laurinaitis at this pick, but it seems like the Lions will take him at 20.
27. Colts- Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
With the top two DTs off the board, the Colts look to improve the inside of their line with Hood.
28. Bills- Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
The Bills took Maybin with their first pick, and a quality tackle is always a good way to spend a pick.
29. Giants- Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
The Giants need a WR, and there is a big possibility that they trade this pick for one. But, if they keep the pick, Hakeem Nicks or Britt would both be good picks.
30. Titans- Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
Nick Harper’s career is getting close to ending, and the Titans take the third best corner here.
31. Cardinals- Chris “Beanie” Wells, RB, Ohio State
The Cardinals are expected to release Edgerrin James, and Wells would be a great complement to Hightower. This would be a great value.
32. Steelers- Max Unger, C, Oregon
Unger would help with their offensive line’s depth. It’s about the only thing they can improve.