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Curt Popejoy's 1 Round Mock Draft - 4/22/2009

Written by Curt Popejoy on 04/22/2009

1.1 Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
It seems unless the Lions lock Jason Smith into a contract before the draft, Stafford is the pick. Good luck with that.
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1.2 St Louis Rams Jason Smith OT Baylor
No Orlando Pace means a massive hole on the left side of the line. Smith is the most talented lineman in this draft.
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1.3 Kansas City Chiefs Aaron Curry OLB Wake Forest
I have a suspicion this pick is made by a team other than KC when it finally happens, but if they are stuck picking here, Curry makes the most sense.
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1.4 Seattle Seahawks Mark Sanchez QB Southern Cal
Seems the Seahawks have a big man crush on Sanchez. This is the player I think could see the most trade action ahead of Seattle, so the Seahawks will feel fortunate to get him.
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1.5 Cleveland Browns Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
This pick is Brian Orakpo is Braylon Edwards isn't traded. Crabtree is a scary talent,and I'd draft him regardless.
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1.6 Cincinatti Bengals Eugene Monroe OT Virginia
Cinci needs lots of help, and it starts on the offensive line. Getting a franchise LT is a top priority.
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1.7 Oakland Raiders Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri
Poor Jamarcus Russell just can't catch a break on skill players. Al Davis would be wide to get him a weapon in the passing game.
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1.8 Jacksonville Jaguars Andre Smith OT Alabama
I am not going to hate on Smith like so many media types have. He's a great blocker and just a mauler in the run game.
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1.9 Green Bay Packers Tyson Jackson DE LSU
I keep waffling on this pick. One day it's Jackson, the next it's Raji. I don't think they can go wrong either way.
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1.10 San Francisco 49ers Aaron Maybin DE Penn State
I almost gave SF Josh Freeman. I won't be shocked it he's the pick on Saturday, but Maybin as a rush OLB, looks to be the real deal.
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1.11 Buffalo Bills Brian Orakpo DE Texas
I realize that Buffalo has to consider LT a major need now, but Orakpo adds a physical pressence on the dline. There will be a tackle to be had later.
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1.12 Denver Broncos B.J. Raji DT Boston College
This could end up being a huge steal for Denver with their move to a 3-4. Fills a huge need with a huge man.
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1.13 Washington Redskins Michael Oher OT Mississippi
I have changed this pick many times, but with Orakpo gone it seems to make the most sense. Of course if Campbell is really that far out of favor with the coaches, Freeman is an option.
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1.14 New Orleans Saints Beanie Wells RB Ohio State
Malcolm Jenkins is probably a greater need here, but Wells is the big back that they have to get to take some of the heat off Reggie Bush.
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1.15 Houston Texans Robert Ayers DE Tennessee
Ayers would make a great addition across from Mario Williams. They probably need a safety more, but this isn't the draft to take one in the first round.
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1.16 San Diego Chargers Rey Maualuga ILB Southern Cal
More indecision here for me. Rey is a great pick, and probably BPA, and would fill a need. But with the RB situation tenuous Knowshon Moreno would be an interesting pick as well. Don't rule out Malcolm Jenkins either.
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1.17 New York Jets Josh Freeman QB Kansas State
If Freeman doesn't fall this far, I suspect the Jet will go RB or WR, but in this case, he does make it down, and the Jets snatch him up.
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1.18 Denver Broncos (from Chicago) Brian Cushing OLB Southern Cal
More help on defense. Cushing can play inside or outside in the 3-4 which give the Bronco's a lot of options.
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1.19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Clay Matthews OLB Southern Cal
A team in a start of change on defense, and looking to get more physical and bigger would benefit from an all around player like Matthews.
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1.20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) William Beatty OT Connecticut
Not a bad consolation prize for passing on Smith and should replace Jeff Backus nicely.
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1.21 Philadelphia Eagles Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
With the Eagles adding a LT, they can look at other positions, like adding a complementary player for Brian Westbrook.
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1.22 Minnesota Vikings Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
At this point, Jenkins should be long gone, but if not, he's BPA, and trumps any need for a wide out or center.
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1.23 New England Patriots Everette Brown DE Florida State
New England loves versatile guys, and Brown looks to be able to stand up and play some linebacker and put his hand on the ground and get after the quarterback.
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1.24 Atlanta Falcons Vontae Davis CB Illinois
I have had Brandon Pettigrew in this spot for awhile, but Atlanta's pass D was pretty bad, and Matt Ryan did alright without a TE last season. Davis looks to be better value for them.
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1.25 Miami Dolphins Larry English DE Northern Illinois
I don't like this pick, but it just seems like a Parcells type of player. He loves a beefy defense and English is a good fit.
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1.26 Baltimore Ravens Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland
Word is the Ravens have a big man crush on DHB, so if he falls to 26 they will snatch him up.
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1.27 Indianapolis Colts Peria Jerry DT Mississippi
The Colts are puddin' soft in the middle of the line, and Jerry is a great value at the end of the round.
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1.28 Buffalo Bills (from Carolina via Philadelphia) Eben Britton OT Arizona
Buffalo gets their replacement for Stacy Andrews at the end of the round and can breathe a sigh of relief that they passed on a tackle early.
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1.29 New York Giants Kenny Britt WR Rutgers
Just like the Giants had to get rid of Plaxico Burress, they have to get his replacement, and Britt is a really underrated player in this draft.
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1.30 Tennessee Titans Evander Hood DT Missouri
Probably a bit of a reach, but the end of the round things always go a little screwy. Losing Albert Haynesworth was big, so replacing him, and allowing Jason Jones to move back to end will be big too.
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1.31 Arizona Cardinals Donald Brown RB Connecticut
As much as I think Tim Hightower has a future in the league as a situational back, he's not an every down player like Brown is.
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1.32 Pittsburgh Steelers Alex Mack C California
I realize that Eric Wood is the hot name to the Steelers and their FO may consider him a better fit for their line, but Mack is the best pure C prospect to come along in several years.
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Last Edited: 04/22/2009




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