Its been a couple weeks since my first mock and already it is obsolete after the blockbuster trade involving Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton. Let me know what you think.
Changed picks denoted with ***
1) Detroit Lions - Matt Stafford - QB Georgia ***
Update: Matt Stafford apparently had a good workout for the Lions and all signs are now pointing to Stafford as the 1st overall pick.
2)St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith OT Baylor ***
Comment: Stephen Jackson just hasn't had the room to run in since Orlando Pace lost his edge. They love that the Lions take a QB so they can get the #1 OT.
The Rams have let it be known that they would be more than happy to trade out of this spot. With rookie contracts being such cap hogs these days, who wouldnt. Sorry St. Louis but I doubt there will be any takers.
3)Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest
Comment: The Chiefs can go a number of ways with this pick as they have numerous needs. The one area they wont go is QB of course with Mr. Cassel now at the helm. The safest bet here is to take the most game ready player in the draft in Aaron Curry. Another possibility is a trade down with somebody looking to get ahead of the Seahawks to take a QB.
4) Seattle Seahawks - Mark Sanchez QB - USC
Comment: With Hasselbeck being week to week throughout '08 and father time not being in Matt's favour, the Seahawks draft their QB of the future in Mark Sanchez.
5)Cleveland Browns - Brian Orakpo - DE Texas ***
Comment: Now that the Edwards trade talks have cooled off, I no longer like them to grab a WR.
Orakpo is a workout wonder and has shot up the draft boards. Mangini couldnt resist Gholston last year, and he wont be able to resist Orakpo now.
6)Cincinnati Bengals - Eugene Monroe OT Virginia ***
Comment: The Bengals in 2 years went from having one of the better O-lines in the league to having it be the #1 area of concern. With the Lions taking a QB instead of a OT, the Bengals benefit with one of the top to linemen falling to them. It will be interesting to see how the Bengals use Levi Jones if they draft their LT of the future. Update: With the signing of Tank Johnson BJ Raji looks less likely here. OT for the Bengals is a foregone conclusion. Crabtree is still available and the Bengals may have an opportunity to trade back with somebody looking to get ahead of Oakland.
7)Oakland Raiders - Michael Crabtree- WR Texas Tech ***
Comment: There has been talk of the Raiders traiding for Chad Johnson which if it happens would have the Raiders going another direction with this pick. They wont be trading another 7th overall pick for a WR after the disaster that was Randy Moss. The trade talk just solidifies their interest in a WR.
8)Jacksonville Jaguars - Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri ***
Comment: My last mock had them going CB but that was only because the top 2 WRs were off the board. They released Matt Jones and there was little else to throw to on the team last year. Maclin is the obvious choice.
9) Green Bay Packers - BJ Raji - DT Boston College
Comment: With the Packers moving to a 3-4 next year, the Pack is thrilled to see Raji still available at #9. There are alot of tweener DE/LB that would fit well for them, but a true nose tackle is exactly what they need.
10) San Fransisco 49ers - Andre Smith - OT Alabama ***
Comment: I liked the Niners to grab a QB here but it doesnt look like there will be any available at #10. Smith gives the Niners the #1 rated OT at the end of the college season with the tenth pick in the draft. He may look out of shape, but he gets the job done.
11) Buffalo Bills - Aaron Maybin - DE/OLB Penn State ***
Comment: The Bills D took a step back last year and Maybin fills a great need for the Bills as a solid pass rush can hide weakness elsewhere.
12)Denver Broncos - Everette Brown - DE/LB Florida State.
Comment: The Broncos are another team who will be making the switch to a 3-4 and they need tweeners like Brown to help in the transition. He is a perfect fit. If Orakpo is still available at #10, look for the Broncos to try and get ahead of the Bills.
Update: With the trade for Cutler the Broncos now have two midrange picks and will likely be very active on draft day. Do not look for them to take a QB in the first round as they know its their D that needs the most help.
13)Washington Redskins - Michael Oher - OT Mississippi
Comment: The Redskins saw their O-line get a little long in the tooth last year and they spent big money on the D-line in free agency. OT is their pick and Oher is the best one left.
14) New Orleans Saints - Malcom Jenkins -DB Ohio St. ***
Comment: The Saints need help on defense and they need it badly. Seeing the #1 CB still there at #14 is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Saints.
15)Houston Texans - Rey Maualuga, LB - USC
Comment : The Texans can solidify their LB core for years to come with the hardest hitting Trojan in the draft.
16)San Diego Chargers - Knowshon Moreno - RB Georgia
Comment: This gives the chargers a three headed monster at RB next season, but its obvious that Tomlinson will be playing in his last season in San Diego this year.
17)NY Jets - Percy Harvin - WR Florida
Comment: With Coles gone and nobody to replace him, the Jets now have nobody to throw or catch the ball. With no QBs worth of this pick, the Jets grab the best WR left.
Update: The Jets have been poking around Miles Austin to replace Laverneous. They would give up a 2nd if they get him so this pick likely becomes QB Josh Freeman if that materializes.
18) Denver Broncos - Tyson Jackson - DE LSU ***
Comment: The Broncos grab two DE with their first rounders. One to play with his hand on the ground and another to step back and play LB.
19) Tampa Bay Bucaneers - Robert Ayers - DE Tennessee
Comment: The Bucs need help on defense after some bad collapses last year. They consider Freeman at QB, but do the wise choice and grab Ayers.
20) Detroit Lions - Eben Britton - OT Arizona ***
Comment: The Lions recently got a veteran LB in Julian Peterson and can now focus further on the pass rush. Tyson Jackson is a good fit.
21) Philiadelphia Eagles - Chris Wells - RB Ohio St.
Comment: Westbrook looks like he will fall apart any minute now. He still flashes greatness, but it's obvious he is over the hill. Look for Wells to be the heir apparent in the Philly running attack.
22) Minnesota Vikings - Darrius Heyward Bey - WR Maryland
Comment: After a 4.3 40, the Vikings cant resist grabbing the WR they couldn't get in free agency.
23) New England Patriots - Clay Matthews - LB USC
Comment: Second USC LB goes to a team with a great system and aging LBs (with the exception of Mayo). He steps into a situation where he could put up the best numbers of the three great USC LBs.
24) Atlanta Falcons - Peria Jerry - DT Mississippi
Comment: Falcons need D-line help and Jerry is the man to provide it. LB is also an area of need but Laurinaitis is not as big a help as Jerry will be.
25)Miami Dolphins - Vontae Davis - DB Illinois
Comment: The Dolphins need DBs and feel very lucky he is still around at 25. Otherwise, look for Alphonso Smith to go here if Davis is already gone.
26) Baltimore Ravens - Brandon Pettigrew - TE Oaklahoma St.
Comment: With an aging and often injured Todd Heap, the Ravens look for youth with a great TE who can block and catch.
Update: The Ravens may need some help at corner and Darius Butler is looking better and better with this pick everyday.
27) Indianapolis Colts - James Laurinaitis LB Ohio St.
Comment: LB seems to always be an area of need for the Colts. Laurinaitis is an immediate upgrade.
28) Philiadelphia Eagles - William Beatty - OT Connecticut
Comment: Just like last year, the run on tackles continue. Eagles get the RB and OT they were looking for in round 1.
29) NY Giants - Brian Cushing LB - USC ***
Comment: Brian steps into the Sam spot in the Giants 4-3 and completes the run on USC LBs.
30)Tennessee Titans - Darius Butler - DB Connecticut
Comment: The Titans needs DT,CB and WR. But as the always seem to need WR I dont think they go that way here. Butler is big and is fast enough, so they make him their boy.
31) Arizona Cardinals - Michael Johnson -DE Georgia Tech
Comment: They lost Antonio Smith in free agency and try to put a band-aid on a pretty weak pass rush with a physical freak in TJ.
32) Pittsburgh Steelers -Alex Mack OG/C - California ***
Comment: On occasion you see a C/G taken in the first round. Alex Mack is special enough for that to happen this year and fills a need for the Superbowl champs.