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Zach Parnes

UPDATED Mock Draft!

  • Posted by: Zach Parnes
  • April 24, 2009, 7:08 PM


The NFL Draft is just hours away! Here's an update on how I see the first round playing out on Saturday, including a third star quarterback moving into Round 1... 

 
1 Detroit Lions
Lions
MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, Georgia
The Lions had Stafford work out for them, and it couldn’t have gone better. Reportedly, he was flawless. Detroit really needs a quarterback, and Stafford is the best one available.
 
2 St. Louis Rams
Rams
JASON SMITH, OT, Baylor
The Rams need to strengthen up the offensive line Smith could help them put their talented skill players to use. The St. Louis defense is bad, but not as bad as the offense.
 
3 Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs
AARON CURRY, LB, Wake Forest
Curry won the Butkus Award as college football’s best linebacker. He looked incredible out there. K.C. had no problem scoring last season, but their defense is a big problem.
 
4 Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks
EUGENE MONROE, OT, Virginia
Seattle has a couple of choices. Their o-line is bad, and Monroe could protect Matt Hasselbeck's (or Senece Wallace's) blind side for years to come.
 
5 Cleveland Browns
Browns
BRIAN ORAKPO, DE/LB, Texas
Though Cleveland failed to score an offensive touchdown in the last six weeks of 2008, the defense also performed poorly. They were tied for 30th in sacks last season (17). Orakpo would boost that stat.
 
6 Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals
B.J. RAJI, DT, Boston College
It seems like the Bengals have never had a good defense, and Raji is the best defensive tackle available.
 
7 Oakland Raiders
Raiders
MICHAEL CRABTREE, WR, Texas Tech
They have Darren McFadden and their o-line is pretty good. They’re set at quarterback with JaMarcus Russell and Jeff Garcia, but they need someone to throw to. The only really talented receiver they have is return man Johnny Lee Higgins. Crabtree’s the most talented receiver out there; he has the talent to be a top 5 pick.
 
8 Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars
JEREMY MACLIN, WR, Missouri
The Jaguars were hoping for Michael Crabtree, but new wide receiver Torry Holt can coach Maclin into one of the best young receivers in the NFL.
 
9 Green Bay Packers
Packers
EVERETTE BROWN, DE/LB, Florida State
A lot of people think they’ll take Vontae Davis, but I don’t think he’s the kind of player that Green Bay needs. Brown had 13.5 sacks last season, which is great. He’s an extremely talented pass rusher. The Packers are switching to a 3-4 defense. And I think if you have some talented rush linebackers like Brown can be, that 3-4 defense will work.
 
10 San Francisco 49ers
49ers
VONTAE DAVIS, CB, Illinois
San Francisco has struggled to make plays on defense. Davis can bring those big plays to the secondary. Plus, he’d get to play alongside brother Vernon, the Niners' starting tight end.
 
11 Buffalo Bills
Bills
ANDRE SMITH, OT, Alabama
They landed Terrell Owens, but they still need an offensive tackle. Smith wasn’t great at the combine, so he should still be happy he’s still in the top 20. He could replace Jason Peters, the starting left tackle who was traded to the Eagles.
 
12 Denver Broncos
Broncos
KNOWSHON MORENO, RB, Georgia
I can’t even count how many running backs Denver had to use last year. I think I saw Terrell Davis in there at one point. So with so many injury questions at running back, the Broncos should take the best runner available in the Draft. There is some question whether or not the Broncos should take Chris Wells with this pick. But Wells has had several injuries last season, which could mean that Moreno is the better back.
 
13 Washington Redskins
Redskins
MARK SANCHEZ, QB, USC
Jason Campbell has not been the franchise quarterback the Redskins were hoping for. Sanchez could be the new quarterback of the future for the 'Skins.
 
14 New Orleans Saints
Saints
PERCY HARVIN, WR, Florida
The Saints could go a bunch of different ways here, like Ohio State running back Chris Wells or USC linebacker Rey Maualuga. But when I saw Harvin in last year’s BCS title game, I thought he was unstoppable. With Drew Brees throwing to Harvin and Reggie Bush, you don’t even need a traditional receiver.
 
15 Houston Texans
Texans
REY MAUALUGA, LB, USC
Maualuga is like the hard-hitting Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans need another threat on defense to prevent other teams from scoring, which was their problem last year.
 
16 San Diego Chargers
Chargers
ROBERT AYERS, DE, Tennessee
I was going to give the Chargers Malcolm Jenkins, but Antonio Cromartie is still the star cornerback there. The Chargers will need to improve their D-line. With linebacker Shawne Merriman coming back, taking Ayers would give them a star on every level of the defense.
 
17 New York Jets
Jets
JOSH FREEMAN, QB, Kansas State
With Brett Favre (supposedly) retired, they’ll take the third-best QB in the draft. Freeman has the athletic ability to become a great quarterback, and that is what the Jets need right now.
 
18 Denver Broncos
Broncos
MALCOLM JENKINS, CB/S, Ohio State
With cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins getting up there in age, Jenkins could be the long-term replacement for either one. He could start at cornerback opposite Bailey as a rookie.
 
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs
BRIAN CUSHING, LB, USC
This was a difficult pick; they could go with Ohio State running back Chris Wells. But I think the loss of linebacker Derrick Brooks means that they need a new linebacker to fill his spot. Cushing is extremely athletic and would be a great fit in Tampa.
 
20 Detroit Lions
Lions
MICHAEL OHER, OT, Mississippi
They’ll need to get help if they take Matthew Stafford first overall. Detroit doesn’t need a receiver because they already have Calvin Johnson, so they’ll take a pass protector in Oher. It’s extremely important to protect Stafford.
 
21 Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles
CHRIS WELLS, RB, Ohio State
Wells would be the perfect back-up for Brian Westbrook. He has the talent to become one of the NFL's next great running back. Although his injury history is a concern, the Eagles will have to take a risk and Andy Reid would soon have to decide who will start in his backfield.
 
22 Minnesota Vikings
Vikings
TYSON JACKSON, DE, LSU
They could go with a linebacker, defensive end, quarterback, or wide receiver. I say they go with help of the defensive side of the ball and take Jackson. He's 6' 4" and 295 pounds, one of the most physical defensive ends in the Draft.
 
23 New England Patriots
Patriots
JAMES LAURINAITIS, LB, Ohio State
Laurinaitis could help make up for the loss of linebacker Mike Vrabel. He'll play alongside Tedy Bruschi and bring youth to an aging Patriots defense.
 
24 Atlanta Falcons
Falcons
DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY, WR, Maryland
They need a wide receiver for Matt Ryan to throw to besides Roddy White. I think Heyward-Bey would be a great pick for Atlanta. He’s another one of those talented guys who could prove a lot of people wrong for passing on him on draft day.
 
25 Miami Dolphins
Dolphins
HAKEEM NICKS, WR, North Carolina
Besides Ted Ginn Jr., the Dolphins don't have a lot of talent at receiver. Nicks would be their go-to guy and should be a key target for Chad Pennington.
 
26 Baltimore Ravens
Ravens
SEAN SMITH, CB, Utah
They will continue to take defensive players in the draft. I don’t think there’s an offensive tackle on the board at this point that they should grab. They’re still running the ball well and Flacco was great last year. With the departrure of cornerback Chris McAlister, Smith could fill his spot.
 
27 Indianapolis Colts
Colts
AARON MAYBIN, DE, Penn State
Between Dwight Freeney and Maybin, the Colts will be a force when pressuring the quarterback. Those two will be able to get by offensive tackles.
 
28 Buffalo Bills
Bills
BRANDON PETTIGREW, TE, Oklahoma State
Buffalo hasn’t had a great tight end in a while. They could have an all-star offense that includes Terrell Owens, Lee Evans, and Pettigrew, along with Andre Smith joining the o-line.
 
29 New York Giants
Giants
PERIA JERRY, DT, Mississippi
He's the best defensive tackle on the board. Jerry will hopefully increase the Giants' sack total.
 
30 Tennessee Titans
Titans
CLAY MATTHEWS, DE/LB, USC
Matthews looked great last season, especially in the Rose Bowl. Tennessee needs a good linebacker who could get to the QB. Matthews would be great for them.
 
31 Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals
LESEAN MCCOY, RB, Pittsburgh
Edgerrin James is too old to carry the load. Plus, he wanted to leave earlier this offseason. You can’t put your trust in a guy who wanted to leave. McCoy is extremely talented and very underrated. He may be a bit on the small side, but he’s a good fit for a team like Arizona who has big offensive linemen.
 
32 Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers
EBEN BRITTON, OT, Arizona
They need someone on the offensive line. You can’t have your quarterback going down as many times as Ben Roethlisberger did last season. Britton’s obviously an offensive tackle who can really protect Ben. And he can help block for Willie Parker as well.

 

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