NFL Network experts Brian Billick, Charley Casserly, Charles Davis, Jamie Dukes, Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Jon Gruden and Steve Mariucci participated in a mock draft roundtable, with each expert making four picks.

These experts will have the draft covered this weekend with over 25 hours of wall-to-wall coverage on NFL Network.

Mike Mayock, the moderator, gets the festivities started.

Mike Mayock: "Gentlemen, welcome to the 2009 NFL Draft. I'm pretty excited about a lot of things, but most especially the fact that Rich Eisen is not hosting for the first time in his life. He's in a role that is very uncomfortable for him, which is that he has a specified amount of time and then he's gotta shut up. And I like that a lot. So, starting out, Rich, it's only proper that we go to you with the first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Rich, you're on the clock with the Detroit Lions."

 

Mock draft: Round 1
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
1.
LB
Wake Forest

Rich Eisen: "I've already come to terms with the first pick in this draft. We love this player. We think he's fantastic, and we think he'll be great in Detroit. We've thought long and hard about this pick. Even though a lot of people in this town think we need a quarterback, I'm going to go ahead and announce Aaron Curry as the first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Also just to throw a big curveball, because most mocks have Matthew Stafford going first, and he may just do that. I'd like to see how Stafford drops here."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Are you being a contrarian, or do you really believe in this pick?"

Rich Eisen: "I believe in this pick. I think Detroit will love him. And I think he'll love Detroit. I feel much more comfortable that he'll come in and contribute on snap one to a team that hasn't won in two years."

Mike Mayock: "Gentlemen, any thoughts?"

Charley Casserly: "Well, you just saved yourself $20 million. Because Stafford wasn't going for $30 million."

Charles Davis: "You got the Curry discount. That's good. He's good for the economy in Detroit."

Marshall Faulk: "You just saved your job. If you would have taken Stafford, and Stafford didn't pan out, after those two to three years, you'd be out."

Rich Eisen: "I think this guy is the safest pick in the draft. I think the Lions can't afford to mis-fire. I also chose this because I really wanted to see what Marshall Faulk really thinks about Marc Bulger in St. Louis, who picks second on the clock with Stafford on the clock."

Mike Mayock: "Rich can't help himself. He segued right to Marshall Faulk and bypassed me. Here's the deal: With the first pick, Rich, that's an interesting pick. You can also go left tackle. If you took a tackle, Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe, you'd have bookend tackles and you could find your quarterback down the road. I'm not a Stafford guy. It's a legitimate pick, you saved yourself some money. Marshall Faulk is on the clock with the St. Louis Rams."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
2.
OT
Virginia

Marshall Faulk: "This pick is fairly easy for us to make when you look at what we have and don't have. With no Orlando Pace, that lets you know that we're going left tackle, and we're taking Eugene Monroe."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Any thoughts guys? Why him over Jason Smith?"

Marshall Faulk: "I like Monroe. I think he's a better fit for what we want to do in St. Louis. He's a Pace prototype, he has good feet, and he's a gifted pass blocker. He'll do better in the run. I think the competition level he faced in the ACC was bar-none. "

Rich Eisen: "Let me ask this question. If Stafford is on the board at No. 2, do the Rams even get a hitch in their giddy-up at all?"

Marshall Faulk: "No. They don't. Our plan is to get a quarterback, maybe in the second or third round, and develop him. We don't have anyone behind (Marc) Bulger."

Mike Mayock: "You have to believe that Bulger can still play if you're going to pass up on a quarterback. Our GM thinks Bulger can still play. We're moving on to the third pick, which I think is an interesting pick. There is a new GM in town, and a lot of different ways for Kansas City can go. What's going to happen?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
3.
OT
Baylor

Jon Gruden: "We've addressed our quarterback issue. We only had 10 sacks last year on defense. We need some defense. But the Chiefs, this is a traditional franchise, this is a proud franchise. We got Brandon Albert last year, and Brian Waters is a Pro Bowler at left guard. We have to get Larry Johnson going and take care of our quarterback. I'm going to take Jason Smith, and move him over to right tackle and put together one of those Chiefs lines from the 1990s. We're going back to that style of football, and we're taking this big tackle."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Jon Gruden: "We have to get Larry Johnson going. As soon as Marshall picked Monroe, I did cartwheels."

Brian Billick: "If you were K.C. right now, at that developmental stage, and if you believe that's where it's going to end up -- Smith on the left side and Albert on the right -- is there an inclination to put these guys where they will eventually end up and let them develop there? Is there a thought about that?"

Jon Gruden: "I think our new line coach Joe D'Alessandris is one of the veteran deans of line coaches, and he'll know what to do. I think that right tackle is a power player. He ignites the running game. I don't think there is anyone better in this draft or a lot of drafts than Smith. I think he's going to give you some real thump in the running game. You're going to have two pretty good young tackles now."

Mike Mayock: "That's why I like the pick. You have invested in (Matt) Cassel. What you're showing him is that you're investing the money in protecting him. I think it's a solid move. We're moving on to Mooch. All of a sudden, because of Eisen at the top of this draft, you have two quarterbacks staring you in the face? Are you going quarterback?"

Steve Mariucci: "Well, I might. But first, I'm going to try and trade this pick because I would have liked Aaron Curry. I would have liked an offensive tackle to protect the quarterback. They're gone. So I'm going to call Denver and see if they want to move up and take this guy at No. 4."

Rich Eisen: "Wait! You're Denver also!"

Steve Mariucci: "Calling myself! 'Hey, Mr. Bowlen, you know that quarterback thing is a bit up in the air. Would you like to move up to No. 4? I'll take your 12 and 18 for the No. 4.'"

Charles Davis: "You know you're calling yourself."

Steve Mariucci: "Yes, I'm calling myself. 'Oh, wait a minute, so you guys think you can coach Kyle Orton into being a Pro Bowler? OK. You can move up to No. 4 here. Let me know. Call me back.' Ok, they're thinking about it."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
4.
QB
USC

Steve Mariucci: "I'm thinking this -- I like Matt Hasslebeck, but he has an issue. We've been around with injured quarterbacks. So I'm going to protect myself. If I can't get this trade done, and I would have liked one of the three picks before me, I would have taken Aaron Curry. I would have taken a tackle. I don't want Andre Smith here. Too much risk. I'm worried about his conditioning. So I'm going to go with a quarterback. We're going to take a quarterback, and yes, it's Mark Sanchez."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "What do you think guys? Ahead of Stafford?"

Rich Eisen: "I think that's Denver calling you back about the trade."

Brian Billick: "I don't understand the connection between Sanchez and the West Coast offense. They don't run that. I'm intrigued by what makes Sanchez a West Coast guy?"

Steve Mariucci: "When we watch film on this guy, he is running plays and making similar reads as a West Coast offense. They're very similar to what we would do in a West Coast offense. That's not to say that Stafford can't do that. He hasn't shown that as often as Sanchez. He's been very well-coached and is a little bit more mature. The risk is that with the younger quarterbacks coming out, there's more of a bust risk. So, it's a bit of a coin-flip. But we're very comfortable with a West Coast kid from Southern Cal. He played against pro defenses with good competition. He played very well in the big games."

Mike Mayock: "OK. So we have the first quarterback off the board. It's a different one than we expected. Sanchez goes at No. 4. Cleveland is at No. 5. Charley, it's wide open. What are you going to do?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
5.
WR
Texas Tech

Charley Casserly: "Start timing me. I think B.J. Raji is too much of a risk, and you already have Shaun Rogers in there. Crabtree is the highest-rated receiver and the highest player on our board. The only legitimate discussion would be with Andre Smith at right tackle. But I had Crabtree rated higher. If we keep Edwards, we'd have no one opposite. Edwards has been inconsistent. If we trade him, we at least have someone. If we don't, we have two."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Comments?"

Jon Gruden: "Great pick Charley. That's why you're the GM."

Charles Davis: "All he does is catch touchdowns."

Mike Mayock: "We've got the first receiver off the board. So far, there has been only one defensive player taken. We move on to Charles Davis with the Bengals at No. 6. I have a feeling, Charles, you're going to keep the offensive ball rolling."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
6.
OT
Alabama

Charles Davis: "The possibilities with the Bengals are wide open. I thought about Raji on the defensive front. But I'm going with Andre Smith."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Did you take into consideration that they have to play Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice?"

Charles Davis: "I took into consideration that they want to keep their quarterback upright. Whether it was (Carson) Palmer or (Ryan) Fitzpatrick, they got killed last year. They're getting Palmer back, they want to run the football. They have (Cedric) Benson now. I think they want to start running the football."

Mike Mayock: "I agree with the pick."

Charles Davis: "I'm going with the big guy. When you turn the tape on, he's sloppy in the 40, but knocks people over. For the good of the nation, he will keep his shirt on. We'll put it in his contract."

Mike Mayock: "Moving on now, three offensive tackles in the first six picks. I anticipate that to happen, by the way, on Saturday. With the seventh pick, Jamie, you wanted Andre Smith badly. That's the nature of the beast here. Are you going to take a big, fast wide receiver or the fastest guy in the combine? What are you going to do?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
7.
WR
Missouri

Jamie Dukes: "Smith would have helped in the running game. Based on that, I would take Michael Oher, but I can't take him here. Against my better judgement, since I can't trade it away, I'm going to take the kid Maclin."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Jeremy Maclin goes No. 7!"

Charles Davis: "But Al (Davis) likes speed! All we've heard about is Darrius Heyward-Bey, the fastest receiver in the draft. They ought to take him. I'm just saying."

Jamie Dukes: "Don't necessarily have to take the fastest guy. A wise coach told me one time, 'You can't tell the difference between a guy running a 4.43 and a 4.21. You can't see that time.'"

Charles Davis: "I like the pick. I like Jeremy Maclin."

Jamie Dukes: "I like the redemption play, also. The kid is a good kid."

Mike Mayock: "He's a real good kid. But I also think he's about two years away from learning how to run an intermediate route. I like that you're complimenting your quarterback and your tailback. We're going to move on to No. 8, which I think is the natural trade-up position. We still have Matthew Stafford on the board, folks. This is a natural spot for teams to trade up. I think some teams are thinking about that. But since we're not trading, coach Billick, what are you going to do?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
8.
DT
Boston College

Brian Billick: "Well, self-preservation is a strong motivation. Even though you deliver a quarterback the quality of Stafford here, but my job if I'm Jack Del Rio is on the bubble. All you're doing by picking him is making a really interesting job for the next guy. So I just can't do it. We lost Marcus Stroud last year, and that hit us hard on defense. I need help on the offensive line. But it's too early for Michael Oher. I need defensive help, and I like outside pass rushers, but I'm going with B.J. Raji."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Rich Eisen: "I was about to take him."

Mike Mayock: "Here's the deal with Raji. Jacksonville has cleaned out their locker room. They've already taken some guys off the board. With that as a backdrop -- that's your pick -- but do you think Jacksonville would do that?"

Brian Billick: "When it comes to character, you have one basic question: Is it really a character issue, is there a history of this, or has he done some dumb things like we all did when we were young? At the end of the day, talent is talent. Obviously, character is important. Not that they're not looking toward the future, but if I'm Del Rio, I'm on the hot seat and I need someone who is going to shore up the defense this year."

Mike Mayock: "That's a good pick. Let's move on. No. 9, Rich, get your nose out of the other team's books."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
9.
DE/LB
Texas

Rich Eisen: "I wanted Raji in the worst way. I'm going to go defense. There are a lot of defensive players on the board. Brian Orakpo intrigues me. I may go him or Everette Brown. I'm sort of on the table right now."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Orakpo is the pick at No. 9. Guys?"

Marshall Faulk: "He can play standing up."

Charles Davis: "They're in a 3-4 now, so he'll have to play standing up. So, you're saying now that he'll have to compete with Brady Poppinga on that side if you play Aaron Kampman on the other side."

Rich Eisen: "I like competition in my camp, Charles. There are jobs that many people think should just be given to you because you perform. But I like keeping guys on their toes. I think Jon Gruden appreciates that. Plus, I think Jay Cutler needs to be taught a lesson about how they play football in the NFC North. You're not in the twinkle-toe AFC West anymore."

Mike Mayock: "So you're taking Orakpo. The school of thought with him is 50-50. Some people think that he'll be a great rush linebacker. Others worry that his motor doesn't run consistently. Some people think they could take Michael Oher there. We're going with Orakpo, which I think it's a scheme fit which makes some sense."

Rich Eisen: "It's a scheme fit!"

Mike Mayock: "Moving on to No. 10, the 49ers. Matthew Stafford is still on the board."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
10.
QB
Georgia

Marshall Faulk: "This won't get to 59 seconds on the clock. We are taking Matthew Stafford, without a doubt. We were talking about this earlier. If you can get yourself a quarterback, this guy has a big arm. It's been awhile since we've had a quarterback like that. If he comes in during minicamps and he's progressing, we're not expecting him to come in and be the guy right now -- but we have all of the elements for him to be successful."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Steve Mariucci: "That's how the coach (Mike Singletary) wants to play it, too. Hand it off and play defense."

Mike Mayock: "I have a question. If Stafford was off the board and Sanchez was there, is this a quarterback pick either way?"

Marshall Faulk: "Yes. Either way, I would have taken either guy."

Charles Davis: "Oher isn't off the board yet. Was he a consideration?"

Jon Gruden: "Don't talk him into Oher. I'm on the clock next."

Mike Mayock: "In the real world, and I like your logic, but on Saturday in the real world I don't think they take a quarterback. I think they're looking at offensive tackles and outside edge rushers."

Jamie Dukes: "If one of those two guys are there, I think they'll take him."

Mike Mayock: "I've had the conversation with some people. I'm assuming Stafford is gone, and they're looking hard at Sanchez."

Marshall Faulk: "Here's the thing, it doesn't matter how well we play defense or how well we run the ball, because the quarterbacks, they've been bad."

Rich Eisen: "I think we can all agree, if this scenario plays out, and the Lions take Curry and one of the quarterbacks drops, at No. 8 or 9, someone is going to jump in there."

Mike Mayock: "That's my point. The eighth pick is the hot spot for teams trying to move up. OK, so now we're moving on, the Bills are at No. 11, 28 and 42. Coach Gruden, at No. 11, they lost their left tackle. They have a terrible pass rush. Where you going here?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
11.
OT
Mississippi

Jon Gruden: "We have pass rushers. I've got the best receiving core in football. I'm going to throw the rock now, I'm going to spread you out and throw it. I could use some defensive help, but I have to keep my quarterback healthy. If Edwards is healthy, Edwards can play. I'm going to Ole Miss to find Michael Oher."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Charles Davis: "Are you going to play yourself in the movie now? Now that you've selected him, you can play yourself in the movie."

Jon Gruden: "I'll have season tickets to the Buffalo Bills, and I'll be watching."

Charles Davis: "Can I get a ticket to Toronto?"

Rich Eisen: "That's on the NFL Network!"

Jamie Dukes: "Can you get him to read the book that's about him before he gets camp?"

Jon Gruden: "This football player, he's a four-year starter. He's backed it up on tape."

Rich Eisen: "They'd be estatic if this happens, right?"

Mike Mayock: "He's a Buffalo Bill. I think four offensive tackles will go in the first 10, if not the first 11. The tackles are coming off the board, just like last year. Now we go from the Bills to one of the most intriguing teams in the draft, the Broncos."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
12.
LB
USC

Steve Mariucci: "We would have taken one of the quarterbacks if they fell to us. But they're not there. Our defense isn't very good, so we're going to have Mike Nolan run a 3-4 defense. We need someone in the front seven. I would have liked Raji. I'm going to take an outside guy. I'm trying to decide between Tyson Jackson at end and Brian Cushing or even Everette Brown. I'm going to take Cushing and play him on the outside."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "A conversion guy that high in the draft? Go ahead guys before I comment."

Charles Davis: "Go ahead. I think we're all thinking the same thing."

Mike Mayock: "Houston could take him at No. 15. The point is, I think you're a 3-4 team, and now you're projecting, coach. You think he can play the 3-4 outside linebacker? This is a big-time projection here. When you have Jackson sitting right there, who is the best five-technique in the draft, and you have nothing at that position."

Steve Mariucci: "We signed a lot of free agents on defense. We're going to get a young guy that we can train, who can drop into coverage, he's got some athleticism. We like Cushing. A USC guy."

Mike Mayock: "He's taking Brian Cushing. In all honesty, I disagree with that pick. But it doesn't matter what I think. The pick is made. Now we're moving to the fastest guy on board."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
13.
DE
Tennessee

Charley Casserly: "Robert Ayers, the defensive end from Tennessee."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "That's one of my favorite players right there. He's a great scheme fit. Guys, any questions there?"

Charles Davis: "Yeah. All of a sudden you have this one year out of him and he's the greatest thing since sliced bread?"

Charley Casserly: "We'll take the one year. We'll build on one year."

Marshall Faulk: "One year, then wait for his contract to come up, and he'll play well again."

Charley Casserly: "That's how it works, you know. If you don't like him, go get me the next guy, OK?"

Marshall Faulk: "Charley, hopefully he'll sign all one-year deals."

Mike Mayock: "That pick makes a ton of sense to me. The one year production is the question with him, there's no doubt about it. He was a situational pass rusher as a Junior, and Tennessee does have a history of one-year players."

Charley Casserly: "What it comes down to, if you look at Jackson, he's a 3-4 defensive end."

Mike Mayock: "Let's move on. We're now on the clock with the Saints at NO. 14. Charles?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
14.
RB
Ohio State

Charles Davis: "The Saints cannot help themselves. They're going for more offense. They need that big back. I'm going with Beanie."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Guys, go get him."

Jon Gruden: "What makes you think they're going to run the ball?"

Marshall Faulk: "Pierre Thomas did a great job."

Charles Davis: "I know. Every year they try to replace Thomas. Don't ask me why. But that's what they're going to do. They're going with the thumper."

Marshall Faulk: "I know they would love to have Percy Harvin. That's another guy they could dump the ball to."

Jamie Dukes: "You can't draft another receiver. They just can't."

Marshall Faulk: "Why not?"

Mike Mayock: "Guys, there's the issue - whether or not they can help themselves -- their offense was No. 1 in points scored. But their defense is lacking in the secondary and somewhat at linebacker. I look at this, and I think it's a no-brainer -- they take Malcolm Jenkins, who can play both corner and safety."

Jon Gruden: "Taking a big back that can run out the clock when they have the lead makes pretty good sense. I agree with you, Charles."

Brian Billick: "Short yardage killed them last year."

Charley Casserly: "I think, in reality, is Gregg Williams going to win the argument for the defense versus the head coach? Will he stay for offense?"

Marshall Faulk: "You look at the OLBs, and that's what could be next."

Jamie Dukes: "But they like Cushing. And he's gone."

Mike Mayock: "Alright, Saints are off the clock. On the clock are the Houston Texans. Big Daddy, you're on the clock."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
15.
DE/LB
Florida State

Jamie Dukes: "I'm going with the guy from the Harvard of the South. Everette Brown of Florida State."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Rich Eisen: "The Harvard of the South!"

Charley Casserly: "The Harvard of the South?"

Jamie Dukes: "Super Mario (Williams) is a one-man wrecking crew there. They need someone off the edge."

Mike Mayock: "Did you really pick Everette Brown? We now have our first second-round pick who has just made the first round."

Jamie Dukes: "Do you want to make a wager on where he goes?"

Mike Mayock: "We'll talk after this. Brown goes at No. 15. To me, you have a team that has a bunch of needs on that side of the ball. The top-rated corner hasn't even gone yet, folks. We have some corners that can play, and that's a position of need on that defense. I would say to you, rather than projecting on Brown -- and he has questions."

Jamie Dukes: "I'm going to put him on the edge and let him rush the passer."

Mike Mayock: "You think he can get three downs out of him his rookie season? Because he probably can't play first and second downs. So, we're going to go Brown at No. 15. At No. 16, the Chargers and coach Billick are on the clock."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
16.
LB
USC

Brian Billick: "I'm sitting in good shape. I have maybe the most talented team in the league, with good depth on defense. I'm pretty set offensively. I like Rey Maualuga from USC."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Jon Gruden: "Does that mean you're drafting him?"

Brian Billick: "Yes. He energizes the linebacker corps. I don't know that he's the best player available, but I think he's the best player who fits what we want to do."

Charles Davis: "I hear everyone say that they don't think he's a three-down linebacker. But I'm not convinced he's not a three-down linebacker. I like the pick."

Marshall Faulk: "With the Chargers, he might not have to be."

Mike Mayock: "Tyson Jackson is still on the board. Did you think about him?"

Brian Billick: "Yes I did. Hard and long. I think he will energize the area, not that it's a reason why you make this pick. San Diego is in a unique position, this high up. Normally a team this good isn't picking this high. I have some latitude here. I don't have to go with need."

Mike Mayock: "San Diego is off the clock. What a surprise, we have Eisen on the clock with the Jets."

Charley Casserly: "Hey they're the Jets! Jets, Jets, Jets, let's go! J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! We want Freeman! We want Freeman!"

Rich Eisen: "I had no idea that was rum in your Coke."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
17.
RB
Georgia

Rich Eisen: "I've got all sorts of options here. They'll be screaming for Freeman. My gosh, they need a wide receiver here in the worst possible way. I'm also looking down the road. I'm seeing Thomas Jones with my new head coach ... Knowshon Moreno. He's a Jet. He's a local kid from Jersey. I'm going Knowshon Moreno."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Marshall Faulk: "I just knew you were going (Josh) Freeman there."

Rich Eisen: "I'm passing on a quarterback, because my new head coach wants to win 7-6. I think Kellen Clemens can do that. I have other picks in this draft. I think Freeman is dropping out of the first draft. I really think that. Clemens, I still don't think the Jets know what they have in him. Everyone says that they do, but the year that he was back there, every quarterback was getting beat up."

Mike Mayock: "Alright fellas. The Jets are off the clock."

Rich Eisen: What's wrong with Knowshon Moreno?

Charley Casserly: "Thomas Jones wants a new contract, and his best years are behind him. I'm not sold on Josh Freeman."

Marshall Faulk: "He never played during his best years. You have to realize, in Arizona, he didn't play. In Chicago, he was just hitting his stride in Chicago the two years he was there. Right now, he's probably playing the best football he can play."

Charley Casserly: "I don't think he'll play that much longer."

Jamie Dukes: "You can get backs a dime a dozen."

Mike Mayock: "Guys, guys. OK fellas. We're off the clock. Moving on to Denver."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
18.
QB
Kansas State

Marshall Faulk: "Earlier, we took Cushing. We feel like we're going to play the 3-4, and the five-technique guy is hard to find. But we've been dealt a quarterback, and my head coach (Josh McDaniels) really believes he can develop a quarterback. We're going with Josh Freeman."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "I think that's a good pick. Freeman at No. 18 to Denver. Any desent? I think we're good with that."

Charley Casserly: "I would take Tyson Jackson."

Charles Davis: "I know you thought defense. So you're saying is that you don't want to go long-term with (Kyle) Orton?"

Marshall Faulk: "None of the quarterbacks we have are long term. How long will it take Freeman?"

Charles Davis: "This is a situation you didn't think you'd even see him here. Now that you see him, you have to go with Freeman."

Steve Mariucci: "If you don't take him, Tampa Bay probably does."

Mike Mayock: "Next up is Tampa Bay. I wish we had someone in the room who knew something about them."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
19.
DB
Ohio State

Jon Gruden: "My opinion? OK. We need some defensive linemen. My problem is that I just don't see anyone who plays defensive tackle that I get fired up about here at No. 19. We need a defensive back, too. I'm going to look at Vontae Davis. I liked his workout, but didn't like his tapes. I'm going with the Ohio State kid. I love this kid. Just wish he ran a little faster. I'll take Malcom Jenkins, and I'll find something for him to do."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Jamie Dukes: "You can't tell the difference between a 4.5 and a 4.47!"

Jon Gruden: "That's my feeling exactly. I think he's a winner. He's a game-day player. He was a great college player."

Mike Mayock: "Coach, you make a really interesting point, though. Tampa has had a lot of quick three-technique guys along the interior defensive line in recent years. But Jim Bates likes big guys, the big-bodied defensive tackles."

Jon Gruden: "We'll find a bigger body later on in the third round. I can't miss on this pick."

Mike Mayock: "That's the first corner off the board. That's a pretty good pick at No. 19."

Marshall Faulk: "Do you want a receiver there? You have some guys you're rolling the dice with at wideout?"

Rich Eisen: "I'm really glad you didn't pick a WR, because Steve Mariucci is up next picking for the Lions, and isn't that what you do? He just can't help picking receivers."

Mike Mayock: "Folks, he just can't help himself."

Rich Eisen: "I'm just wondering! If the Lions are on the clock, are they taking a receiver?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
20.
DE
LSU

Steve Mariucci: "We've stunk on defense for a long time. And offense. We've got some good linebackers now. I still need help on the defensive line. How about this Tyson Jackson kid? He's the best player left on this board."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "From a scheme perspective, do you think he can play end in the 4-3 defense? He played on a four-man line at LSU."

Jamie Dukes: "I don't like this."

Mike Mayock: "Let's move on to No. 21. The Eagles have already secured both offensive tackles during the offseason. What's up next coach?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
21.
RB
Connecticut

Charley Casserly: "This is a discussion. We have Brandon Pettigrew, the tight end, who would be a dominating blocker for us. Then you have the running back position with Donald Brown. I like him a lot. I spent a lot of time looking at Brown and Moreno, and didn't see much difference between the two. So I'm going with Brown here."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Donald Brown, the third running back at No. 21."

Charley Casserly: "I'll take him. Maybe a little bit of a reach."

Jamie Dukes: "It is."

Charley Casserly: "In reality, I think Pettigrew is a late first-round pick or an early two. And we don't have a backup running back."

Mike Mayock: "I have a question. Keep in mind, we have two really talented guys who are sliding here -- Percy Harvin and Vontae Davis -- did you think about them at all?"

Charley Casserly: "Harvin is off my board."

Mike Mayock: "Did you consider a corner with all of the things going on with Sheldon Brown there?"

Charley Casserly: "Based on what little I know of Davis, I dropped him there. If we're talking just talent, then you're looking at Harvin and Davis here. You might take Davis, because in our system corner is more important than receiver."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
22.
WR
Florida

Charles Davis: "Percy Harvin! Percy Harvin! I know he's off of people's boards, but what do you call that tape, Gruden? Splash tape? Every time a splash went off, the band was playing. And it was his own band. I love his run after catch. I love his strength. I'll teach him to run routes. I'll get a security guy with him. I don't care. Whatever it takes. I'm very happy."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Percy Harvin is a top-10 talent, going to Minnesota. Charles is going to ignore his own dictation of predictive behavior."

Brian Billick: "Just don't buy him a boat."

Charles Davis: "'The Love Boat' will not be sailing."

Rich Eisen: "That's a different splash tape."

Mike Mayock: "Well said. Next up is New England. They've got six of the first 100 picks."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
23.
CB
Illinois

Jamie Dukes: "Davis just fell into my lap. I'm hedging my bet here. For all of you worried about deviant behavior, guys who have 'issues' don't come in and change a locker room with structure. Everyone last year was worried about DeSean Jackson. This kid will conform just like everyone else because we have the rings and a pretty good coach."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "I think that's great value with that pick. Now, Atlanta with Thomas Dimitroff, who spent years in New England with Bill Belichick, is on the clock."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
24.
DT
Mississippi

Brian Billick: "Mike Smith, a defensive guy, knows if he takes an offensive guy he'll have a mutiny. He has to help the defense."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "That's good value again at that pick. Any questions?"

Charles Davis: "Getting him there, at that point, Jerry is off most peoples' boards. So getting him there is big."

Mike Mayock: "I think they're estatic he's there. Fits a need badly. They still need a big space-eater in there. But he's not there. I think they like Darius Butler there too."

Charles Davis: "I've heard two things here. Defense, I keep hearing that. I keep hearing Clint Sintim."

Mike Mayock: "I agree. They have to upgrade the defense here."

Jamie Dukes: "It might be a rush end, too. Jamaal Anderson has been a bust. John Abraham, you can't depend on him to be healthy. I think he's a great player."

Brian Billick: "Mike Smith will build the defense inside-out."

Mike Mayock: "Let's move on to No. 25 and the Dolphins."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
25.
LB
Ohio State

Rich Eisen: "I am now the official grocery shopper of this draft. I am on the clock channeling Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano. I'm cooking, I'm shopping, I'm doing all of it. Gosh we need a receiver. Darrius Heyward-Bey is out there. But don't write him down. I'm not doing that. I'm Bill Parcells, and I'm going with James Laurinaitis. I think I can stick him right in the middle and he'll beat up the AFC East for years. He speaks to me. Just to show you that I go the way I feel, I took someone from the Ohio St. University. Just shows how professional I'm taking this endeavor."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Jon Gruden: "Bobby Carpenter played so well for you."

Mike Mayock: "Did you think about any of the rush linebackers available at this point? (Clay) Matthews or (Larry) English?"

Rich Eisen: "I did think about Matthews."

Charles Davis: "A rusher off the edge. Plus, is Laurinaitis big enough to hold up in there all the time?"

Rich Eisen: "To me, Laurinaitis is the perfect Parcells guy."

Charles Davis: "It's a good pick."

Mike Mayock: "You're off the clock. It's a good pick. We're moving on to No. 26 and Baltimore."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
26.
WR
Ohio State

Marshall Faulk: "We have a great opportunity here. Our young quarterback stepped up big time. But we're lacking something. We're lacking a play-maker at receiver. Our defense, we did lose some guys. But guys always step in. At receiver, there's a bunch of guys, but I think about the team we compete with the most -- the Steelers -- and who gives us fits. So I think we're going to that school and getting Brian Robiskie. He's not a blazer, but he can do all the things you need a receiver to do."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Charles Davis: "Wow."

Marshall Faulk: "I like him to be a reliable receiver who will be where he needs to be and help the QB."

Brian Billick: "Him over a guy like Kenny Britt? He is more stable."

Marshall Faulk: "I went with the reliable route runner who will catch the ball. He won't have off-the-field problems. He's stable."

Mike Mayock: "I think you have to take a step back and remember how Ozzie Newsome drafts. He's less specific toward needs and more toward the best player on his board. I think the best player on his board will be Brandon Pettigrew if he gets to that point."

Marshall Faulk: "That may be true. But if you watched them play, they didn't have that guy. If you're going to have a quarterback like Flacco, get him a guy he can depend on. That's what you want to do. You want to provide him with weapons."

Mike Mayock: "I agree with everything you've said, but here's the hole: Ozzie Newsome will take the highest-rated player on his board. At No. 26, they won't take a player rated lower than 26. If Robiskie is rated 32, or 29, they will not take him. They will not go and reach for a specific player."

Brian Billick: "But they will drop back They only have six picks in the draft. They're in a prime spot to trade back."

Mike Mayock: "They would trade back, and that's what they could do to get Robiskie. I don't think at No. 26 they would take him. But they could get him and multiple picks."

Rich Eisen: "That's why they call it a 'mock draft' and not a 'Mayock draft' right?"

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
27.
DT
Missouri

Jon Gruden: "I'm going to check with Peyton Manning and see who he likes. Darrius Heyward-Bey doesn't fit our offense. In the films I watch, he doesn't catch a pass. We're going to go defense. We need an inside player to go with our defensive ends. I'm deciding between Jerry and ... oh he's gone? I'm glad he's gone! The guy I've wanted all day is Ziggy Hood. He's bigger, he's better and he's younger!"

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "That was classic!"

Jon Gruden: "You know what Perry's nickname is? It's 'Pooh.' When I heard that, that did it. I got my guy. Thank you very much."

Mike Mayock: "I've watched a lot of tape on him, and the league take on him is that he's an up-the-field one-gap penetrator with a lot of skills. But in the run game he struggles. If the game were played on skates, he'd be an All-Pro. The knock on him is the run game, but I think he goes right around here. Next up are the Bills. You already had an offensive tackle with the first pick."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
28.
TE
Oklahoma State

Steve Mariucci: "We needed an offensive tackle. What we need to help out our young quarterback is my highest-rated player on the board, Brandon Pettigrew. Not so much the greatest receiving tight end, but he'll block you. We're going to try and run the football a little bit better. We have our receiver, now we have our tight end. Let's play ball."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Jon Gruden: "Who is your tight end if you don't take him? Great pick."

Mike Mayock: "I think if Buffalo had their wishes on Saturday, what happened today would be exactly what happens. An offensive tackle with the first pick and a tight end with their second pick, that would be ideal. I think that's exactly what they want."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
29.
WR
Maryland

Charley Casserly: "Darrius Heyward-Bey. Coach Gruden, I saw some tapes where he caught the ball. You have to look pretty far for it -- there were some games he didn't get thrown to. He has rare speed. A big-play guy. I saw enough that at this point in the draft, I think this is good value."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Rich Eisen: "What are the odds that in the real draft, Braylon Edwards will be a Giant?"

Mike Mayock: "I would say 50-50. Let's move on now. We're now at No. 30 and the Titans are on the clock."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
30.
DE
Penn State

Charles Davis: "He's an edge rusher. Every year it screams receiver for the Titans, and they never do it in the first round. I'm going to take Maybin at this point."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Mike Mayock: "Can he play in that scheme?"

Charles Davis: "He's going to have to now, I just picked him. Otherwise I'm getting fired. I'm bringing him in to rush the passer."

Mike Mayock: "I have less of a problem with him at No. 30."

Charles Davis: 'Lock him in the weight room, get him a little bigger, give me a couple years with him and turn him loose."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
31.
LB
USC

Jamie Dukes: "I'm in a real bind here, because I need a running back. The three we considered are gone."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Charley Casserly: "Or, maybe an outside linebacker or edge rusher?"

Jamie Dukes: "I'm going to go with Clay Matthews."

Mike Mayock: "Interesting. Anyone dislike that pick? I would have gone with Larry English."

Charley Casserly: "I would have gone with English, too."

Mike Mayock: "But it's the same philosophy. OK coach Billick, let's finish this off on a high note."

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
32.
C
Oregon

Brian Billick: "I need an offensive lineman. I like a few, but they're a little ways off at this pick. I'm going to change it up, I'm going to secure my inside for a long, long time with Max Unger."

The experts weigh in ...

 

Charley Casserly: "Good pick."

Charles Davis: "I like it."

Mike Mayock: "There's a school of thought out there that he and Alex Mack are about the same at that spot."

Brian Billick: "The thing I like about these centers is they're all big. They're all 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, and they can all swing to different positions at guard. You need those types of guys. It's a good group."

Mike Mayock: "When you look at what we just did here guys, we had Stafford fall a long ways. Guys that didn't get drafted here today that could get drafted on Saturday are Phil Loadholt and Eben Britton. Remember, we had four offensive tackles go in the first 11 picks. I think they'll get pushed up in the real draft. Percy Harvin went off the board."

Charles Davis: "I got the problem child. Touchdown!"

Mike Mayock: "That's a great fit for Minnesota. So, Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks did not go. On the defensive side, Darius Butler and Larry English were the two guys who have a chance of being first-round picks. So we had only two corners go."

Mike Mayock: "I think the biggest surprise was Stafford. I do this every night, and I start with Detroit taking each of three different players."

Brian Billick: "The Cushing pick. He physically winced when that happened."

Steve Mariucci: "You do this every night? You need to get a life."

Mike Mayock: "I'm going to give coach Gruden an 'A' because I thought he was the funniest guy in the group. The best one-liners. I'm giving Charley an 'A' because he made the fastest picks. I'm giving Dukes a 'D' because he went with his Florida State homeboy. Way higher than he belonged. I think everyone did a great job."


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