Mock drafts
While Steve Wyche has the Lions taking Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick, Pat Kirwan thinks Detroit will be better served going with a different position of need at that spot.

» Kirwan: Lions' QB need can wait
» Dukes: Stafford has Cutler-like skills
» Davis: Plenty of OT talent

My pre-combine, pre-free agency mock draft looks a lot different than this version as combine performances, or lack thereof, affected perceptions. I still have Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford going No. 1 to Detroit, but that's hardly a lock. A good pro day on March 19, at which I will atttend, could make it one, though.

Alabama tackle Andre Smith's disappearing act at the combine hurt him, but if he interviews well and shows that he is in shape at his pro day and during private workouts for teams, I can't see Cincinnati, which just lost OT Stacy Andrews to free agency, passing. If Smith continues to falter, he still might not get past San Francisco at No. 10. Sure the Bengals need a WR, but they can get one in free agency or find a good one, like T. J. Houshmandzadeh-type Brian Robiskie, in the second round.

Though Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins didn't run a blazing 40 at the combine, I think coaches know he can play ball and could still be a top-five pick, even if he's moved to safety. Though the Raiders love speed, they need somebody who can catch for still-learning quarterback JaMarcus Russell, which is why I don't think Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree falls past Oakland at No. 7, despite his pending foot surgery that will leave teams guessing about his speed.

What is it GMs say? "The film doesn't lie." If that's the case, Crabtree is still the best receiver in the draft.

» Previous mock draft: Version 1.0


Mock draft: Round 1
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
1.
QB
Georgia
As much as they could address offensive line, defensive line and linebacker, Stafford's potential could be tough to bypass.

2.
OT
Baylor
Smith looked fit, focused and professional at combine. Moved to the top of good tackle list.

3.
LB
Wake Forest
They got their quarterback in Matt Cassel, and this gives them a defensive linchpin.

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4.
OT
Virginia
Moderate experience in zone-blocking scheme should help as 'Hawks transition to run-based system.

5.
CB
Ohio State
Un-ideal 40 time could force move to safety, but Browns need help at both spots.

6.
OT
Alabama
Disappearance at combine added more red flags, but private interviews and solid pro day could quell fears about this talented player, who could take over at left tackle.

7.
WR
Texas Tech
Raiders love speed, but new coach Tom Cable knows ballers, and Crabtree -- despite foot surgery and unknown 40 time -- is a baller.

8.
QB
USC
Not the biggest need, but there already is talk about grooming David Garrard's replacement.
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
9.
DE/LB
Texas
Biggest and best of the hybrid edge defenders. Packers must address this area as they move to 3-4 defensive set.

10.
OT
Mississippi
Another run on offensive tackles moves Oher into top 10.

11.
DE/LB
Florida State
The Bills love defensive playmakers, and Brown can add to a team whose division is stacking up on defense.

12.
DT
Boston College
Tough and cerebral nose tackle could begin the process of strengthening the middle of the defense.

13.
LB
USC
Help really is needed on offense, with RB Knowshon Moreno being a surprise option, but the lure of Cushing's versatility to complete defensive stockpiling is too tempting.

14.
CB
Illinois
Saints tried, but failed to address this position in free agency, so it is a priority.

15.
RB
Ohio State
Tried to sign Cedric Benson in free agency. Wells could be the big back to complement Steve Slaton.

16.
LB
USC
Big-hitting thumper is too tempting to bypass.
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
17.
WR
Missouri
Loss of Laveranues Coles to free agency shifts focus to the most dangerous playmaker in the draft.

18.
DE
LSU
Offensive line is a bigger need and OT Eben Britton could be the best fit, but Jackson could seriously help a defense in need.

19.
DT
Mississippi
Loss of Jovan Haye and desire to beef up the line makes landing a D-tackle a must.

20.
LB
Ohio State
The defense was a sieve, the linebackers are undersized and the 6-foot-2, 244-pound Laurinaitis can provide some needed muscle and athleticism.

21.
OT
Arizona
Eagles have to use first of two picks in this round on an offensive tackle because someone may snap one up before their selection at No. 28.

22.
WR
Florida
The Vikings want a receiving threat, based on failed pursuit of Houshmandzadeh. May need a center if Matt Birk leaves via free agency.

23.
CB
Wake Forest
Patriots could go with OLB/DE Larry English.

24.
DE/LB
Northern Illinois
Loss of two starting linebackers makes this a desperate need. A cornerback also is a priority. Patriots' pick could determine which way Falcons go.
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
25.
DE
Tennessee
Has the size (6-3, 272), motor and athleticism to play on the line and provide an aggressive push against the run and pass.

26.
C
Oregon
Ravens could go wide receiver here with Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey, but they need some interior grit after the free-agent departure of Jason Brown and Unger can bring it.

27.
DT
Missouri
The Colts are trying to get bigger up front and this rising gap-plugger seems like an ideal fit.

28.
RB
Georgia
Jersey kid somehow falls to a team that would capitalize on his versatility and toughness. Don't be surprised, though, if Eagles try to move up into top 5 to grab one of the premier tackles in this draft.

29.
WR
North Carolina
Big, strong and can make plays. Can fill void of, or complement, Plaxico Burress.

30.
DE
San Jose State
Titans hoped to get combo DE/DT Chris Canty in free agency but lost out to the Giants, Gilbert is that combo type. USC DT Fili Maola, cousin of Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata, might be a reach, but is a possibility.

31.
RB
Pittsburgh
Combination of tough, shifty, runner who also can catch the ball. Perfect fit for this scheme.

32.
C
California
A sprained ankle kept him out of the combine so he's lost some luster. Pittsburgh doesn't care about luster. It likes tough guys, and Mack fits the bill.


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