Mock Draft

Jim Sabo makes every pick for every team in the first round.

1. Detroit – Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia. The rebuilding of the franchise has to begin with a QB. Stafford has a legitimate NFL arm.

2. St. Louis – Jason Smith, OT, Baylor. The Rams recently terminated their stalwart OT Orlando Pace. Smith has a chance to be their left tackle for the next decade.

3. Kansas City – Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest. Curry may be the best player in this draft. You can never go wrong taking the best player. The Chiefs score big here.

4. Seattle – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. Even though they signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh you can never have enough playmakers. Crabtree has enormous upside.

5. Cleveland – Brian Orakpo, LB, Texas. The Browns have an anemic pass rush and Orakpo could turn that around. He has the potential to be a sack artist.

6. Cincinnati – Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia. The Bengals OL has been hit in free agency and they have age concerns as well. Monroe will be a big help.

7. Oakland – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri. The Raiders need help at WR and Al Davis loves speed. Maclin seems like a perfect fit.

8. Jacksonville – B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College. Raji is the best defensive lineman in this draft. He has an explosive first step and will help their front four.

9. Green Bay – Everette Brown, LB, Florida State. The Packers are switching to a 3-4 defense and they need outside pass rushers. Brown has the great burst outside rushers need.

10. San Francisco – Mark Sanchez, QB, USC. We do not like the 49ers QB situation with Shaun Hill and Alex Smith. It's time to start over with Sanchez.

11. Buffalo – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State. Picking Pettigrew with the 11th pick is a bit of a reach, but the Bills need a TE so badly that it is worth the reach.

12. Denver – Aaron Maybin, LB, Penn State. The Broncos are another team switching to the 3-4 so they need help on their front seven. Maybin is one of the draft's best outside pass rushers.

13. Washington – Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU. The departure of Jason Taylor has causing a gaping hole at defensive end. Jackson is a perfect fit with excellent size.

14. New Orleans – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia. The Saints bid farewell to Deuce McAllister and now they are short at RB. Moreno is the best RB in this draft and a steal at 14.

15. Houston – Malcolm Jenkins, CB/S, Ohio State. The Texans need help in their secondary. Jenkins ran a poor forty at the combine, but his tapes show he is a good player. Teams are now looking at him as a possible safety.

16. San Diego – Peria Jerry, DE, Mississippi. Jerry is a perfect fit as a 3-4 DE. The Chargers lost Igor Olshansky and Jerry's bulk and quickness should make him a viable replacement.

17. Jets – Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State. The Jets have spent a lot of money reconstructing the team, but they still have a huge hole at QB. They will be better off without Favre. A trade for a veteran QB (Cutler?) is still possible.

18. Chicago – Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi. The Bears took some offseason hits at OT when John Tait retired and John St. Clair signed with the Browns. Oher is good enough to be a starter in a short time.

19. Tampa Bay – Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois. With Ronde Barber getting up in age the Bucs are thin at CB. Davis is strong and he shows great athleticism. He could turn out to be the best CB in this draft.

20. Detroit from Dallas – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida. After Calvin Johnson at WR, there is not a whole lot else in Detroit. Harvin shows great route-running ability and breakaway speed. He will be a nice target for Stafford.

21. Philadelphia – Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State. They got rid of Correll Buckhalter just in time, but they have no one to pair with oft-injured and aging Brian Westbrook. Wells could be the feature back they are looking for.

22. Minnesota – Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina. With Bernard Berrian and not much else behind him, Nicks will be an ideal pick. Nicks can be an outstanding possession receiver to pair with Berrian.

23. New England – Rey Maualuga, LB, USC. The Pats are trying to get younger at LB. Maualuga will look very nice next to Jerod Mayo. These two will form a great inside duo for years to come.

24. Atlanta – Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Mississippi. Nelson has emerged as one of the top TEs. He has tremendous ability and athleticism and will provide a strong target for Matt Ryan.

25. MiamiDarrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland. This is not strictly a need pick, but he was too good to pass up. He was very fast at the combine and his upside is very good as a deep threat.

26. Baltimore – Andre Smith, OT, Alabama. No one had a worse offseason than Smith. He was overweight and out of shape, but he is still a very good player. He is the type of run blocker that is needed in the AFC North.

27. Indianapolis – Clay Matthews, LB, USC. The Colts are rebuilding their LB corps and Matthews is versatile enough to play either of the outside LB positions. He could be an immediate starter.

28. Philadelphia from Carolina – Eben Britton, OT, Arizona. The Eagles desperately need a left tackle to replace Tra Thomas. Britton is the best OT still on the board.

29. Giants – Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers. We are of the opinion that Plaxico will not be back with the Giants. Unless they trade for an established receiver, Britt will eventually provide the deep threat as well as help in the red zone.

30. Tennessee – Connor Barwin, DE, Cincinnati. Barwin is a prospect at either TE or DE. The Titans will use him as a DE. Both Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch were injured last season and both are over 30. Barwin has great athletic ability.

31. Arizona – Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut. It looks like Edgerrin James will be released in the near future. Brown will pick up the slack caused by James' departure.

32. Pittsburgh – James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State. The Steelers need immediate depth at ILB and an eventual replacement for Larry Foote. Laurinaitis is another player who does not time well, but he plays extremely well on the field.

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