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Mock draft: Round 1
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
1.
QB
Georgia
There's still plenty of discussion with who the Lions will take No. 1, but they feel like they can't afford to pass on the big-armed Stafford. This guy can make all the throws, and Detroit will try to build around him. Stafford wants to be the "new" face of the Lions franchise.

  Matthew Stafford: Combine highlights | Vignette | Draft journey

» Lions: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

2.
OT
Baylor
Orlando Pace's locker is now available. There's really not much difference between Smith and Eugene Monroe -- and maybe Andre Smith when he gets in shape -- but Jason Smith is a mauler and the Rams will build around him.

  Jason Smith: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette

» Rams: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

3.
LB
Wake Forest
Curry possesses the rare combination of smarts, versatility and consistency. He's the most complete guy in the draft, and he could kick-start things from the defensive side for the Chiefs.

  Aaron Curry: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette | Exclusive interview

» Chiefs: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

4.
OT
Virginia
Do the Seahawks go with a defensive tackle? Quarterback? There will be a lot of discussion about this pick and there are a number of directions they could go, but picking Monroe will help protect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's blind side. Walter Jones is returning from microfracture surgery, and if you watch the NBA, guys don't come back from that kind of injury the same.

  Eugene Monroe: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Seahawks: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

5.
DE/LB
Texas
The Browns need an edge rusher, and Orakpo appears to be the guy. People talk about him playing linebacker as well -- he can play either position. Could the Browns surprise everyone by selecting Michael Crabtree? I've also heard the possibility of B.J. Raji.

  Brian Orakpo: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette | Exclusive interview

» Browns: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

6.
OT
Alabama
I still like Andre Smith going to Cincinnati. I know his workout was infamous because he didn't look so great, but when you turn on the tape, you see that he's a tremendous player. The Bengals want to be able to run the ball more effectively and he could help them do that. He could also keep Carson Palmer upright. Smith must continue to dedicate himself to his workouts.

  Andre Smith: First draft | Vignette | Exclusive interview

» Bengals: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

7.
WR
Missouri
Maclin is a speed guy. Could a faster receiver be a surprise pick here? Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey is that fast. There will be a discussion -- do the Raiders want an offensive tackle? -- but speed kills and the Raiders love it. Maclin can hurt you from the wide receiver position and as a kick returner.

  Jeremy Maclin: Combine highlights | Vignette | Pro day

» Raiders: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

8.
WR
Texas Tech
What will Jack Del Rio do? Will the Jaguars try to shore up the offensive line with someone like Michael Oher? Will they try to address the defense? There is a lot of chatter here surrounding the quarterback position, but incumbent David Garrard just needs help. Look for them to take Crabtree to kick-start the wide receiver corps. They're still looking for their next Jimmy Smith, and Crabtree can be that guy.

  Michael Crabtree: Vignette

» Jaguars: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
9.
CB/S
Ohio State
Green Bay needs an edge rusher and an offensive tackle. The Packers are also looking for linebackers and cornerbacks. I wanted to put Everette Brown here, but after Jamal Reynolds (No. 10 pick in 2001) didn't pan out for the Packers, they're leery of taking another Florida State defensive end. Jenkins, a flat-out excellent football player who can play Cover-2 corner and safety, will be the pick.

  Malcolm Jenkins: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Packers: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

10.
QB
USC
Sanchez may be picked to lead the 49ers or as a coveted value pick. Do they take Sanchez to compete with Shaun Hill and Alex Smith or do they want him as trade bait for a number of other teams who are looking for a quarterback?

  Mark Sanchez: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette | Pro day interview

» 49ers: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

11.
DE/LB
Florida State
Bills severely need a pass rusher.

  Everette Brown: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Bills: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

12.
DT
Boston College
Raji to the Broncos may just be too perfect of a match -- if the Boston College defensive tackle is still available at this pick. Raji could wind up as a top-five selection.

  B.J. Raji: Combine highlights | Vignette | D-line demo

» Broncos: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

13.
DE
LSU
It will be hard for the Redskins to pass up an "old-school" huge defensive end.

  Tyson Jackson: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette | Exclusive interview

» Redskins: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

14.
LB
USC
Saints would be happy to add Cushing's speed, ferocity and versatility to their defense.

  Brian Cushing: Combine highlights | Vignette | Exclusive interview

» Saints: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

15.
CB
Illinois
Davis could help bookend Dunta Robinson on the Texans' defense.

  Vontae Davis: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Texans: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

16.
LB
USC
The Chargers could add a real thumper to defensive coordinator Ron Rivera's crew.

  Rey Maualuga: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Chargers: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
17.
QB
Kansas State
A year after trading for future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre, Jets could acquire another big arm for the Big Apple.

  Josh Freeman: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Jets: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

18.
DE/LB
Penn State
With the Broncos acquiring this pick from the Bears in the Jay Cutler trade, the focus at this spot turns to defense. Denver figures to execute an extreme makeover on its defense.

  Aaron Maybin: Combine highlights | First draft

» Broncos: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

19.
DT
Mississippi
If you figure in the loss of Jovan Haye and the age of Chris Hovan, you will understand why Jerry would be so attractive to the Buccaneers.

  Peria Jerry: Vignette

20.
OT
Mississippi
The Lions could follow the Falcons' formula from 2008, and with no trade needed to get an offensive tackle for new franchise QB Matthew Stafford.

  Michael Oher: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette

» Lions: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

21.
RB
Georgia
Brian Westbrook, help is on the way.

  Knowshon Moreno: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Eagles: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

22.
WR
Florida
Harvin's explosiveness will take pressure off of No. 28.

  Percy Harvin: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette | Exclusive interview

» Vikings: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

23.
LB
USC
The Patriots continue their youth movement on the defensive side of the ball with Matthews, the athletic USC linebacker.

  Clay Matthews: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Patriots: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

24.
TE
Oklahoma State
Pettigrew = "Alge Crumpler, Jr."?

  Brandon Pettigrew: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette

» Falcons: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
25.
WR
Rutgers
The Dolphins can add a tough receiver to aid Ted Ginn, Jr. in the passing game.

  Kenny Britt: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Dolphins: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

26.
LB
Ohio State
Laurinaitis dreamed of playing next to Ray Lewis.

  James Laurinaitis: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette

» Ravens: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

27.
DT
Missouri
Hood contines to rise in esteem around the league.

  Evander "Ziggy" Hood: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Colts: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

28.
OT
Arizona
Form holds for Eagles ... draft a running first, then an offensive tackle.

  Eben Britton: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Eagles: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

29.
WR
Maryland
With Plaxico Burress officially gone, Giants could opt to select a receiver. Heyward-Bey is a human wind shear.

  Darrius Heyward-Bey: Combine highlights | First draft | Vignette

» Giants: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

30.
DE
Tennessee
Volunteer State claims one of its own.

  Robert Ayers: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Titans: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

31.
RB
Ohio State
Wells may be plucked earlier in the draft, but wouldn't he take the "Edge" off?

  Chris "Beanie" Wells: Combine highlights | Vignette

» Cardinals: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room

32.
OT
Connecticut
In Beatty, Big Ben gets a new bodyguard.

  William Beatty: Combine highlights

» Steelers: Draft Tracker | Fan War Room


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