Insider NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0

Some movement in the top-10 and within the last few picks in this third and final update of the 2009 insider mock draft.

Insider Mock Draft Version 1.0

Insider Mock Draft Version 2.0

1) Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford/QB/Georgia

Second Mock Selection: Matthew Stafford.

First Mock Selection: Matthew Stafford.

Analysis: They never considered anyone else and they finally have their franchise quarterback.

Needs: QB, TE, G, DT, DE, MLB

Other Possibilities: Jason Smith, if the contract negotiations for Stafford fall through.

2) St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith/OT/Baylor

Second Mock Selection: Jason Smith.

First Mock Selection: Jason Smith.

Analysis: He has more upside than Monroe and has better athleticism.

Needs: WR, OT, G, SLB

Other Possibilities: Eugene Monroe.

3) Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry/LB/Wake Forest

Second Mock Selection: Eugene Monroe.

First Mock Selection: Eugene Monroe.

Analysis: Tough call here as they could also use an upgrade at RT. With the move to a 3-4 defensive scheme or at least a mixture of fronts, Curry is capable of playing in either system and they could use an upgrade at linebacker.

Needs: WR, RT, DE, OLB, ILB

Other Possibilities: Eugene Monroe or a trade down.

4) Seattle Seahawks: Eugene Monroe/OT/Virginia

Second Mock Selection
: Aaron Curry.

First Mock Selection
: Aaron Curry.

: Here's your replacement for Walter Jones. If they decided to release Jones, there would only be about a $4 million cap hit despite having four years left on his contract.

Needs: RB, LT, G, DT, WLB

Other Possibilities: Mark Sanchez, Jeremy Maclin, or a trade down.

5) Cleveland Browns: Michael Crabtree/WR/Texas Tech

Second Mock Selection: Michael Crabtree.

First Mock Selection: Michael Crabtree.

Analysis: They like him and have him ranked higher on their draftboard than some of the offensive tackles.

Needs: RB, WR, TE, RG, DE, OLB, ILB, CB, S

Other Possibilities: Brian Orakpo, Tyson Jackson

6) Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Smith/OT/Alabama

Second Mock Selection: Brian Orakpo.

First Mock Selection: Brian Orakpo.

Analysis: They need a RT and he could eventually move to LT if need be.

Needs: RB, WR, DE, MLB, S, CB

Other Possibilities: Jeremy Maclin, Brian Orakpo.

7) Oakland Raiders: Jeremy Maclin/WR/Missouri

Second Mock Selection: Jeremy Maclin.

First Mock Selection: Jeremy Maclin.

Analysis: This team needs help at receiver and they'll get the speedy Maclin involved right away.

Needs: WR, RT, DT, DE, SS

Other Possibilities: Andre Smith, B.J. Raji, Brian Orakpo.

8) Jacksonville Jaguars: Darrius Heyward-Bey/WR/Maryland

Second Mock Selection: Andre Smith.

First Mock Selection: Andre Smith.

Analysis: They are in dire need of help at receiver and Heyward-Bey could come in and play immediately.

Needs: RB, WR, DT, CB, S

Other Possibilities: Mark Sanchez or a trade down.

9) Green Bay Packers: Brian Orakpo/DE-OLB/Texas

Second Mock Selection: Everette Brown.

First Mock Selection: Everette Brown.

Analysis: Here's yet another team that is transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme and Orakpo will help their pass rush.

Needs: G, RT, DE, OLB

Other Possibilities: Everette Brown.

10) San Francisco 49ers: Mark Sanchez/QB/USC

Second Mock Selection: Mark Sanchez.

First Mock Selection: Mark Sanchez.

Analysis: The future at the quarterback for this team is now solved.

Needs: QB, RB, WR, OLB, ILB, FS

Other Possibilities: Robert Ayers, Everette Brown.

11) Buffalo Bills: Everette Brown/DE-OLB/Florida St.

Second Mock Selection: Michael Oher.

First Mock Selection: Michael Oher.

Analysis: Their pass rush was poor last season and this team has shown strong interest in Brown.

Needs: LT, LG, TE, DE, OLB

Other Possibilities: Brandon Pettigrew, Michael Oher, or a trade up for Andre Smith.

12) Denver Broncos: Tyson Jackson/DE/LSU

Second Mock Selection: B.J. Raji.

First Mock Selection: Aaron Maybin.

Analysis: They need a DE who fits in a 3-4 scheme.

Needs: QB, C, DE, OLB, ILB, CB

Other Possibilities: Aaron Maybin, Robert Ayers

13) Washington Redskins: Robert Ayers/DE-OLB/Tennessee

Second Mock Selection: Brian Cushing.

First Mock Selection: Brian Cushing.

Analysis: They really need another pass rusher.

Needs: DE, SLB

Other Possibilities: Brian Cushing or a trade up for Sanchez.

14) New Orleans Saints: Brian Cushing/OLB/USC

Second Mock Selection: Peria Jerry.

First Mock Selection: Peria Jerry.

Analysis: They need an upgrade at SLB.

Needs: RB, C, DT, OLB, FS

Other Possibilities: Peria Jerry, Chris Wells, or a trade down since they don't own second or third-round picks.

15) Houston Texans: Malcolm Jenkins/CB/Ohio St.

Second Mock Selection: Malcolm Jenkins.

First Mock Selection: Malcolm Jenkins.

: He'll compete for playing time at cornerback this season, but could eventually transition over to safety.

Needs: RB, RG, DE, CB, S

Other Possibilities: Chris Wells, Darius Butler.

16) San Diego Chargers: Rey Maualuga/LB/USC

Second Mock Selection: Tyson Jackson.

First Mock Selection: Tyson Jackson.

Analysis: They're seeking an upgrade next to Stephen Cooper.

Needs: G, RB, DE, ILB

Other Possibilities: Knowshon Moreno.

17) New York Jets: Josh Freeman/QB/Kansas St.

Second Mock Selection: Darrius Heyward-Bey.

First Mock Selection: Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Analysis: He's a bit of a project, but Freeman has a high upside.

Needs: QB, RB, WR

Other Possibilities: Trade up for Sanchez or a trade down to take a receiver.

18) Denver Broncos (via Chicago Bears): B.J. Raji/DT/Boston College

Second Mock Selection: Aaron Maybin.

First Mock Selection: B.J. Raji.

Analysis: They're transitioning to a 3-4 on defense and Raji is a perfect fit for that scheme.

Needs: QB, C, DE, OLB, ILB, CB

Other Possibilities: James Laurinaitis, Darius Butler.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Peria Jerry/DT/Mississippi

Second Mock Selection: Ziggy Hood.

First Mock Selection: Ziggy Hood.

Analysis: They need major help at DT.

Needs: QB, DE, DT, CB

Other Possibilities: Michael Johnson, Darius Butler, Ziggy Hood.

20) Detroit Lions (via Dallas Cowboys): James Laurinaitis/LB/Ohio St.

Second Mock Selection: James Laurinaitis.

First Mock Selection: James Laurinaitis.

Analysis: They swung and missed on Jordon Dizon last year.

Needs: QB, TE, G, DT, DE, MLB

Other Possibilities: Brandon Pettigrew, Ziggy Hood.

21) Philadelphia Eagles: Knowshon Moreno/RB/Georgia

Second Mock Selection: Knowshon Moreno.

First Mock Selection: Knowshon Moreno.

Analysis: Getting help behind RB Brian Westbrook is essentially to their success this season and in the future.

Needs: RB, WR, TE

Other Possibilities: Brandon Pettigrew or a trade down or a trade up to grab Moreno.

22) Minnesota Vikings: Hakeem Nicks/WR/North Carolina

Second Mock Selection: Hakeem Nicks.

First Mock Selection: Eben Britton.

Analysis: He's high on their draft board and this is a need pick.

Needs: WR, C, RT

Other Possibilities: Kenny Britt. Surprise pick here would be Darius Butler since the team had problems at the nickel back position last season and he could eventually take over for Antoine Winfield. They could look for a right tackle in the next round (Phil Loadholt). Another surprise pick would be Percy Harvin considering all of his off-the-field issues in his career. As I suggested weeks ago on a local radio show, they should meet with him before the draft and just see what's behind off of his problems. Harvin has special talent, but they also know the risk involved with him which is why I ultimately believe they will pass on him.

23) New England Patriots: Darius Butler/CB/Connecticut

Second Mock Selection: Robert Ayers.

First Mock Selection: Robert Ayers.

Analysis: Ellis Hobbs is on the final year of his contract and they have no one ready to go opposite him.

Needs: WR, RT, OLB, CB

Other Possibilities: Larry English, Eben Britton.

24) Atlanta Falcons: Aaron Maybin/DE/Penn St.

Second Mock Selection: Rey Maualuga.

First Mock Selection: Rey Maualuga.

Analysis: They need another pass rusher badly.

Needs: DT, DE, OLB, CB

Other Possibilities: Michael Johnson, Larry English, Clay Matthews.

25) Miami Dolphins: Larry English/DE-OLB/Northern Illinois

Second Mock Selection: Kenny Britt.

First Mock Selection: Kenny Britt.

Analysis: They need another pass rusher.

Needs: WR, TE, DT, OLB, CB

Other Possibilities: Brandon Pettigrew, Clay Matthews, Kenny Britt.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Pettigrew/TE/Oklahoma St.

Second Mock Selection: Brandon Pettigrew.

First Mock Selection: Hakeem Nicks.

Analysis: L.J. Smith is on a one-year deal and Todd Heap might be on the downside of his career.

Needs: WR, RT, DE, ILB

Other Possibilities: Eben Britton, Kenny Britt.

27) Indianapolis Colts: Kenny Britt/WR/Rutgers

Second Mock Selection: Ron Brace.

First Mock Selection: Ron Brace.

Analysis: They'll still be able to use Anthony Gonzalez in the slot.

Needs: WR, DT

Other Possibilities: Ron Brace.

28) Buffalo Bills (from Philadelphia Eagles via Carolina Panthers): Eben Britton/OT/Arizona

Second Mock Selection: Clay Matthews.

First Mock Selection: Brandon Pettigrew.

Analysis: Here's the replacement for Jason Peters.

Needs: LT, LG, TE, DE, OLB

Other Possibilities: Clay Matthews, Michael Oher.

29) New York Giants: Clay Matthews/LB/USC

Second Mock Selection: Max Unger.

First Mock Selection: Max Unger.

Analysis: They need help at LB.

Needs: WR, SLB

Other Possibilities: Clint Sintim.

30) Tennessee Titans: Alphonso Smith/CB/Wake Forest

Second Mock Selection: Michael Johnson.

First Mock Selection: Michael Johnson.

Analysis: They need someone to challenge veteran CB Nick Harper.

Needs: WR, DE, CB

Other Possibilities: Vontae Davis, Michael Johnson.

31) Arizona Cardinals: Chris Wells/RB/Ohio St.

Second Mock Selection: Chris Wells.

First Mock Selection: Chris Wells.

Analysis: Tough call here as they need a back or an interior offensive lineman. Wells would carry the rushing load for a team that needs to find their feature back.

Needs: RB, C, DE

Other Possibilities: Eric Wood, Max Unger, Alex Mack.

32) Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Wood/C/Louisville

Second Mock Selection: Darius Butler.

First Mock Selection: Darius Butler.

Analysis: Keep in mind starting C Justin Hartwig is on the final year of his contract and Wood could wind up being his replacement. Wood played some at guard during Senior Bowl week and could also challenge for playing time against RG Darnell Stapleton. Wood is seen by scouts as having good knee bend and having more upside than Unger and Mack.

Needs: G, C, WR, CB

Other Possibilities: Darius Butler, Max Unger, Alex Mack.

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