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Mock draft: Round 1
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
1.
QB
Georgia
Stafford has Jay Cutler-type physical skills. The Lions will take their time getting him on the field, starting the season with Daunte Culpepper.

  Matthew Stafford: Combine higlights

2.
OT
Virginia
Monroe is a polished product at tackle. He is not as physically dominating as Andre Smith, but he is a quality left tackle.

  Eugene Monroe: Combine higlights

3.
WR
Texas Tech
After succeeding with Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in Arizona, Todd Haley won't be able to pass on Crabtree -- that is, if the Chiefs believe he will recover from the stress fracture.

  Michael Crabtree: Combine chat | Surgery decision

4.
OT
Alabama
Walter Jones is still one of the best tackles in the league, but he has 12 seasons under his belt. Smith can play guard for a year or so and move into the tackle spot when Jones retires.

  Andre Smith: Pro day highlights | First draft

5.
LB
Wake Forest
Curry might be what the Browns need in their desperate attempt to find a way to regularly get to the quarterback.

  Aaron Curry: Combine highlights | First draft

6.
OT
Baylor
After two years as a starting tackle for the Bengals, Stacy Andrews is now wearing an Eagles jersey, and Levi Jones might not be on the roster much longer. One of the Smiths (Andre or Jason) will be available and will be taken.

  Jason Smith: Combine highlights

7.
WR
Missouri
I hope I'm wrong with this pick because the Raiders need a tackle.

  Jeremy Maclin: Combine highlights

8.
DT
Boston College
The signing of Tra Thomas has taken the pressure off to sign an O-lineman. It was a mistake to get rid of Marcus Stroud, and Raji would address that problem.

  B.J. Raji: Combine highlights

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
9.
DE/LB
Texas
The Pack is making the switch to the 3-4 defense. Aaron Kampman is moving to the "Elephant" position, but Orakpo would provide flexibility to allow Kampman to play defensive end and rush outside linebacker.

  Brian Orakpo: Combine highlights | First draft

10.
DE/LB
Florida State
Mike Singletary's priorities are offensive tackle and defensive end. Should one of the top three offensive linemen (Smith, Smith or Monroe) fall to this position, the Niners will select one of them to replace Jonas Jennings.

  Everette Brown: Combine highlights

11.
DE/LB
Penn State
Penn State's pass-rushing maven has the best first step of all of this year's defenders.

  Aaron Maybin: Combine highlights | First draft

12.
LB
USC
New Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan would love to have Maybin fall to him because of his freakish pass-rushing abilities. Cushing is a different style of player, but he's a Nolan-type player.

  Brian Cushing: Combine highlights

13.
LB
USC
The Redskins said goodbye to Marcus Washington. Despite his slow 40-yard dash at the combine (unofficially a 4.83, with an injury during or right after his run), Maualuga would be a good fit.

  Rey Maualuga: Combine highlights

14.
CB
Illinois
Michael Oher would have been a consideration here had New Orleans not re-signed Jonathan Stinchcomb. But the Saints did, and now the team that ranked 23rd in pass defense in 2008 has to do something about the holes in its defensive backfield.

  Vontae Davis: Combine highlights

15.
DE
Georgia Tech
The Texans need a complement to Mario Williams. They signed Antonio Smith, but he's not considered a pressure guy. The biggest acquisition this offseason might be defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who will get the most out of the inconsistent Johnson, who holds up at this spot unless Dunta Robinson is slow to heal. If he is, a cornerback could be the pick here.

  Michael Johnson: Combine highlights

16.
RB
Georgia
Moreno is the perfect successor to LaDainian Tomlinson, who might be playing his final season in San Diego despite just reworking his contract.

  Knowshon Moreno: Combine highlights | First draft

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
17.
CB
Wake Forest
Rex Ryan's "organized chaos" defense puts tremendous pressure on the cornerbacks, who will be called upon to play man-to-man. Smith reminds me of Samari Rolle, whom Ryan coached in Baltimore.

  Alphonso Smith: Combine highlights | First draft

18.
QB
USC
The Bears are going to be forced to take Sanchez, who in some scouts' books is better than Matthew Stafford. Sanchez, I believe, will have an Aaron Rodgers or Brady Quinn-type draft day.

  Mark Sanchez: Combine highlights | First draft

19.
QB
Kansas State
As Sanchez begins to fall, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Buccaneers make a move up to get to him. But if they don't, they likely will take Freeman.

  Josh Freeman: Combine highlights

20.
DT
Mississippi
Lions GM Martin Mayhew has Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to thank for this pick. Mayhew owes this pick to his best player on defense (Ernie Sims), and if Jerry is available, this is the kind of penetrator that new coach Jim Schwartz will need.

21.
RB
Ohio State
Eagles coach Andy Reid needs a thumper back to spell Brian Westbrook.

  Chris "Beanie" Wells: Combine highlights

22.
WR
Florida
Harvin might be the most dangerous player in the draft. He also might be the most unknown commodity as it pertains to what he will bring to the team as a wide receiver.

  Percy Harvin: Combine highlights

23.
CB
Connecticut
This is one of those "best guy on the board" scenarios, as the Patriots have depth all over the place. However, you can never have enough cornerbacks. The acquisition of Shawn Springs is a short-term answer, and Butler is a smart kid from a great family, meaning he has the mental stability to be a Bill Belichick player.

  Darius Butler: Combine highlights

24.
TE
Oklahoma State
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff will stick to his board, and cornerback is high on the list. If Pettigrew is available, Dimitroff will be hard-pressed to pass on another quality weapon for Matt Ryan. Remember, pure tight ends Daniel Graham and Ben Watson were taken by the Patriots, Dimitroff's former team. Pettigrew is the complete package.

  Brandon Pettigrew: Combine highlights

Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
Previous pick
25.
WR
North Carolina
This is a true coin toss. Depending on his 40 time, Nicks could be the guy, but Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey also could go here.

  Hakeem Nicks: Combine highlights

26.
LB
Ohio State
Speed issues have dropped a top-10 football player into the bottom of the first round.

  James Laurinaitis: Combine highlights | Interview

27.
DT
Missouri
Colts GM Bill Polian is in desperate need of a power pig in a division where every team likes to run the football. Hood is a reach, but Polian has been known to go get the guy who fits the Colts' scheme. But with the loss of Marvin Harrison, I would not be surprised to see Brian Robiskie picked here.

  Evander "Ziggy" Hood: Combine highlights | First draft

28.
OT
Mississippi
Tra Thomas signed with the Jaguars, Jon Runyan is an unrestricted free agent and, more importantly, they are both old.

  Michael Oher: Combine highlights

29.
DE
LSU
Jackson can play defensive end or three-technique. The Giants' defense wore down late in the season after the retirement of Michael Strahan and the season-ending injury to Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora will return and leave Mathias Kiwanuka in limbo, and that's where he should stay (i.e. he should be a hybrid player whom the Giants allow to play both LB and DE). I could see Tennessee's Robert Ayers going here because he is a little more active.

  Tyson Jackson: Combine highlights

30.
DE
Tennessee
With Albert Haynesworth gone, the reins will be turned over to Jason Jones. But it will be important to replace the explosion of Haynesworth with an explosive player at defensive tackle or end.

  Robert Ayers: Combine highlights

31.
RB
Connecticut
With Edgerrin James' imminent departure, Iowa's Shonn Greene also could be an option.

  Donald Brown: Combine highlights

32.
OT
Arizona
This is another coin toss with William Beatty. The Steelers pulled the miracle of miracles because they won the championship with arguably the worst offensive line of all the Super Bowl title teams. To show you what I know, they franchised Max Starks. Ideally, the Steelers will kick Willie Colon in at guard because he has a nasty streak I like.

  Eben Britton: Combine highlights


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