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Spending the better part of the week at the NFL Annual Meeting provided another set of clues as to what teams were thinking for the draft. My Sirius Radio show partner, Tim Ryan, and I interviewed 13 head coaches, 12 general managers and four owners at the meetings.

Club officials were not going to come right out and say who they wanted to select, but they were able to talk about what is important to them. As one GM said, "We will not be taking one player with any off-the-field issues." Another GM said, "We have to get bigger on defense, especially at the linebacker position." The Lions want their first pick signed before the draft, so that will be a determining factor.

I feel like I'm getting closer to what may actually happen on April 25, but there is still time left and a few critical pro days to finish up. I have completed an eight-game film study of Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman, and I have a much better feel for what they are all about and where they might fit in the draft. I also got a chance to watch tape of every one of Knowshon Moreno's runs last season, as well as looking at two tapes for each of the top five offensive tackles in the draft.

Here's a look at my latest mock draft, version 5.0, as well as what each team might do in the second round. The order is different in the second round, so the selection number is indicated next to the pick.

» Previous Kirwan mock drafts: Version 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0



Mock draft: Round 1
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
1.
OT
Baylor
The Lions want the top pick signed before the draft, and that might eliminate picking a quarterback. Smith knows he could slip to at least the No. 4 spot and he should be very signable. Plus, he's worthy of the top spot.
Second round: No. 33, Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia

  Jason Smith: Combine highlights | Draft buzz | Report card

2.
OT
Virginia
With the Rams' release of Orlando Pace, Monroe could step in from Day 1 and man the left tackle spot, leaving Alex Barron on the right side. The Rams want high-character guys, and the Virginia tackle fits the bill.
Second round: No. 35, Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

  Eugene Monroe: Combine highlights

3.
DE/LB
Texas
After Orakpo's pro day this past week, this is an easy decision for a team starving for a pass rusher in its new 3-4 defense. It would not surprise me if the Chiefs moved down in order to get more picks.
Second round: No pick

  Brian Orakpo: Combine highlights | First draft | Interview

4.
QB
Georgia
The Seahawks have many needs, but a franchise quarterback falling into their lap is hard to resist. They may even like Mark Sanchez in this spot.
Second round: No. 37, Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

  Matthew Stafford: Combine highlights | Draft journey | Interview | Schwartz on QB

5.
LB
Wake Forest
The Browns need quality players in the back seven on defense, and Curry can do it all. Don't worry about his lack of sack production in college -- they didn't send him that often.
Second round: No. 36, Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan; No. 50: Asher Allen, CB, Georgia

  Aaron Curry: Combine highlights | First draft | Interview

6.
OT
Alabama
The Bengals may struggle with this pick, but Smith can line up from Day 1 and instantly make the Bengals a better running team. Smith had the longest arms of all the tackles and he can pass block as well.
Second round: No. 38, Alex Mack, C, California

  Andre Smith: Pro day highlights | First draft | Interview

7.
WR
Texas Tech
A wide receiver who caught 231 passes in two college seasons is too hard to pass up.
Second round: No. 40, William Beatty, OT, Connecticut

  Michael Crabtree: Combine chat | Surgery decision | Draft journey

8.
QB
USC
The Jaguars can't pass up a quarterback who is rising up draft boards. They can get out of David Garrard's present quarterback contract in 2010 with no problem.
Second round: No. 39: Eric Wood, C, Louisville

  Mark Sanchez: Combine highlights | First draft | Interview | Connections
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
9.
CB
Ohio State
The Packers like solid citizens as much as they like athletes. They need a right tackle, for sure, but with Andre Smith gone, they turn to the best player on the board.
Second round: No. 41, Ron Brace, DT, Boston College

  Malcolm Jenkins: Combine highlights | Interview

10.
WR
Missouri
The 49ers are another team in search of a right tackle, but they will not reach for one. They like tough, productive players, and no one is more productive than Maclin, who led the nation in total yards per game with just over 200.
Second round: No. 43, Sean Smith, CB/S, Utah)

  Jeremy Maclin: Combine highlights | Pro day

11.
DE/LB
Florida State
Buffalo needs a pass rusher opposite Aaron Schobel, who is 32 years old and coming off an injury. Brown put up 20 sacks over the past last two years.
Second round: No. 42, Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

  Everette Brown: Combine highlights | Interview

12.
DT
Boston College
The Broncos are trying to build a 3-4 defense and they don't have a nose tackle to start the project. Raji is a 330-pound cornerstone.
Second round: No. 48, Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State

  B.J. Raji: Combine highlights | Interview | 40-yard dash secrets

13.
DE
LSU
Washington needs to find a left defensive end opposite Andre Carter. Jackson is a 300-pound guy who is not flashy but is a very solid player.
Second round: No pick.

  Tyson Jackson: Combine highlights | First draft | Interview

14.
RB
Ohio State
Here's the replacement for Deuce McAllister. The Saints have needs on defense and should move down to collect some extra picks.
Second round: No pick.

  Chris "Beanie" Wells: Combine highlights | Interview

15.
LB
USC
Cushing would answer many questions. He can play the Sam, Will or Mike linebacker spots and has lined up at defensive end. He will remind coach Gary Kubiak of Bill Romanowski.
Second round: No. 46, D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt

  Brian Cushing: Combine highlights | All-access

16.
LB
USC
The Chargers take a guy who will remind fans of Junior Seau. When Maualuga teams up with OLB Shawne Merriman, this defense will be tough to stop.
Second round: No pick.

  Rey Maualuga: Combine highlights | Interview
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
17.
QB
Kansas State
The Jets might pass on Freeman or sell the spot to a team like the Bucs. For now, the 6-foot-6 quarterback with a very strong arm is headed to the Big Apple.
Second round: No. 52, Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State

  Josh Freeman: Combine highlights

18.
DT
Mississippi
The Bears solved their tackle situation by signing Kevin Shaffer, so now they can start to repair the defensive line. Jerry gives them a tandem inside like they haven't had since Tank Johnson lined up next to Tommie Harris.
Second round: No. 49, Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State

19.
DE
Penn State
Maybin can really get after the passer and is athletic enough to play linebacker. The Bucs may really want quarterback Josh Freeman, but they have to move up to get him. With no second-round pick, that'll be tough.
Second round: No pick.

  Aaron Maybin: Combine highlights | First draft

20.
DE
Tennessee
I wasn't sure about a one-year starter like Ayers until I watched a tape of 100 plays from the 2008 season. This guy has some of the traits of Dwight Freeney.
Second round: See No. 1 pick.

  Robert Ayers: Combine highlights

21.
RB
Georgia
Moreno can do it all. As his college coach, Mark Richt, told me this week, Moreno doesn't want to be tackled, he's good out of the backfield, and he blocks. Moreno is next in line for Brian Westbrook's job when Westbrook retires.
Second round: No. 53, Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri

  Knowshon Moreno: Combine highlights | First draft

22.
WR
Florida
Harvin gives the Vikings a guy who can help as a returner, slot receiver and runner. He should be a terror in that indoor stadium. He has more to offer than some of the other receivers.
Second round: No. 54, Max Unger, C/G, Oregon

  Percy Harvin: Combine highlights | Interview

23.
LB
USC
If the Patriots trade for Julius Peppers or sign Jason Taylor, then this pick is either gone or changes. For now, the rising star from USC is the perfect fit for Bill Belichick's defense. They come right back in the second round with another outside linebacker -- one who reminds me of Mike Vrabel.
Second round: No. 34, Connor Barwin, OLB/DE/TE, Cincinnati; No. 47, Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut; No. 58, Paul Kruger, DE, Utah

  Clay Matthews: Combine highlights

24.
DT
Missouri
The Falcons need to shore up the inside of their defense. Hood is a powerful 300-pound tackle with quickness and a motor.
Second round: No. 55, Michael Johnson, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech

  Evander Hood: Combine highlights | First draft
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
25.
WR
Rutgers
The Dolphins didn't have enough receivers last year to scare anyone. Britt just ran a 4.47 at his pro day and he's a big target from New Jersey, home of Bill Parcells.
Second round: No. 44, Larry English, OLB/DE, Northern Illinois

  Kenny Britt: Combine highlights

26.
WR
Maryland
Joe Flacco has a big arm and no deep-speed targets. Heyward-Bey runs a 4.3 and is big. He opens up the whole passing attack for the Ravens.
Second round: No. 57, Patrick Chung, S, Oregon

  Darrius Heyward-Bey: Combine highlights | First draft | Draft stock

27.
LB
Ohio State
The Colts have to help their defense. After four games of watching Laurinitis key and diagnose, drop into coverage and just make plays, he is a good fit for the Colts.
Second round: No. 61, Fili Moala, DT, USC

  James Laurinaitis: Combine highlights | Interview

28.
OT
Mississippi
Eagles offensive line assistant Juan Castillo will coach this young, talented tackle. Oher is a bit raw but his issues look correctable.
Second round: See No. 21.

  Michael Oher: Combine highlights | First draft

29.
WR
North Carolina
Nicks comes from a program where he ran all of the routes in a pro-style offense. He gained too much weight between the combine and his pro day and the red flag went up for some teams, which drops him right into the Giants' lap. Watch his bowl game, Giants fans, and you will see why New York can move on from Plaxico Burress.
Second round: No. 45, Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa; No. 60: James Casey, TE, Rice

  Hakeem Nicks: Combine highlights

30.
CB
Illinois
Davis is big and talented. He may not be mature enough yet for some coaches, but Jeff Fisher will have no problem getting this guy ready to play.
Second round: No. 62, Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly

  Vontae Davis: Combine highlights | Interview

31.
RB
Pittsburgh
As soon as the Cardinals find a running back, they can release Edgerrin James. McCoy and Tim Hightower would be the tandem for the future.
Second round: No. 63, Andy Levitre, OG, Oregon State

32.
OT
Arizona
The Steelers need offensive-line help, and they will be surprised if Britton falls to them. If he doesn't, Michael Oher just might.
Second round: No. 64, Jairus Byrd, CB, Oregon

  Eben Britton: Combine highlights

51.
OG
Oklahoma
--
No first-round pick.

59.
DE
Connecticut
--
No first-round pick.


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