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    Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    Cause you know it's never too early...

    Defenders earn four of top five spots in first 2009 mock draft

    1. Atlanta Falcons -- Fili Moala, DT, USC
    Atlanta finally gets its playmaking interior defensive lineman. Moala has flown under the radar to this point but he should emerge from the shadow of 2008 No. 7 overall pick Sedrick Ellis and become one of the elite defenders in college football this fall.


    2. Detroit Lions -- Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
    Coach Rod Marinelli's defense is predicated on speed up front, and Johnson is blessed with plenty of that. Johnson was overlooked while playing in a rotation last season, but it won't take long for the rangy edge-rusher to make his mark in 2008.


    3. Kansas City Chiefs -- Matt Stafford*, QB, Georgia
    Another injury-plagued and disappointing season out of fragile QB Brodie Croyle will force the Chiefs to address the position with this high draft pick in 2009. If the supremely talented Stafford continues to progress as he did last fall, he could easily emerge as a top-five pick next April.


    4. Miami Dolphins -- Al Woods, DT, LSU
    At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Woods is a physically imposing defensive tackle with enough size and strength to anchor the middle of a 3-4 defense.


    5. Cincinnati Bengals -- Sen'Derrick Marks*, DT, Auburn
    The Bengals got shut out in their pursuit of an elite defensive tackle in this year's draft, but 2009 will be more kind. Marks is an undersized playmaker with the first-step quickness to disrupt as a 3-technique tackle, which is exactly what Marvin Lewis' defense needs along its front.


    6. Oakland Raiders -- Andre Smith*, OT, Alabama
    Smith stepped in immediately as the Tide's starting left tackle and continues to improve with more coaching and game experience. The Raiders could enlist a player with his kind of skills to take care of their most recent first-round investments in QB JaMarcus Russell and RB Darren McFadden.


    7. Chicago Bears -- Tim Tebow*, QB, Florida
    It's almost certain that the Bears will need a quarterback come next offseason. Unfortunately, next year's crop of signal-callers does not look promising at this point. Bears fans won't be thrilled if the team uses a high pick on another Gators quarterback following the failed Rex Grossman experiment, but Tebow's unique blend of skills and rare intangibles might be too good to pass up. Should Tebow elect to leave school early, however, his uncommon skill set could make him the most difficult prospect at any position to grade.


    8. San Francisco ***** -- Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
    Oher, who possesses the size and athletic ability to develop into an upper-echelon starting tackle in the NFL, would make an ideal bookend opposite 2007 first-rounder Joe Staley.


    9. St. Louis Rams -- Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
    Maualuga is the top senior prospect on my 2009 draft board at this insanely early point in the process, although he wouldn't be the first senior off the board. I've never seen a defensive player take over a game the way Maualuga did versus Illinois in the Rose Bowl, and his recognition skills are clearly catching up with his rare physical tools.



    10. New York Jets -- Knowshon Moreno*, RB, Georgia
    Moreno burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2007 and he should build on that momentum as a first-year starter behind a more mature offensive line during the upcoming season. The Jets were not able to land McFadden in this year's draft but Moreno would be worth the wait if he's available in 2009.


    11. Tennessee Titans -- Michael Crabtree*, WR, Texas Tech
    Do not pigeonhole Crabtree; he's not just a product of coach Mike Leach's pass-crazy offense. The tall, long-armed receiver could be the go-to-target QB Vince Young so desperately needs.


    12. Houston Texans -- Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
    Jenkins made a wise decision to return as a senior. He needs to improve his footwork and overall man-to-man cover skills to prove to scouts he's capable of playing corner in any scheme at the next level. Regardless, the Texans could use his ball-hawking skills in their secondary, no matter whether it's at cornerback or safety.


    13. Denver Broncos -- James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
    Laurinaitis surprised many NFL scouts when he elected to return to Columbus for his senior season. Assuming he continues to make progress in 2008, there's no reason to believe he will fall out of the top 20 picks in next year's draft. The instinctive, high-motor inside linebacker would be a nice addition to a Denver defense in search of more stout defenders up the middle.


    14. Baltimore Ravens -- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
    The Ravens need an upgrade at corner and a young playmaker like Davis, who possesses rare athleticism for his size, would be an ideal fit.


    15. Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR) -- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
    The Eagles failed to land a go-to-receiver in the 2008 draft (no, DeSean Jackson does not qualify). Instead of going the free-agent route to land a weapon for veteran QB Donovan McNabb, they might as well use one of two first-round picks in '09 on a future primary target for future QB Kevin Kolb.


    16. Arizona Cardinals -- LeSean McCoy*, RB, Pittsburgh
    After Arizona failed to find a complement for Edgerrin James in this year's draft, the Cardinals' need at running back will be far more pressing in the spring of '09. McCoy is a supremely talented sophomore who is draft eligible after spending a year in prep school, and he is reportedly already eyeing the 2009 draft.


    17. Buffalo Bills -- Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
    Beckum could emerge as a top-20 pick if he can add 10-15 pounds to his frame while maintaining his big-play ability as a receiver during his senior season.


    18. Philadelphia Eagles -- Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
    After failing to land one of the record-setting seven offensive tackles selected in the first round of this year's draft, coach Andy Reid will be craving a big fella like Loadholt in 2009.


    19. Washington Redskins -- Greg Hardy*, DE, Mississippi
    Hardy is flying under the radar right now despite notching 10 solo sacks the past two seasons, and the Redskins will be looking for a young pass-rushing threat after failing to land one during the latest draft.


    20. Minnesota Vikings -- Percy Harvin*, WR/RS, Florida
    Staying healthy for a full season would all but guarantee Harvin a spot in the first round of the NFL draft, either next year or in 2010.


    21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Ciron Black, OT, LSU
    The Bucs will be looking to enlist the services of a talented left tackle prospect such as Black, who displays quick feet for a 6-5, 315-pounder.


    22. Green Bay Packers -- Max Unger, OT, Oregon
    Unger, who projects as a first-day pick in next year's draft, is the type of versatile lineman the Packers typically covet.


    23. Cleveland Browns -- Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson
    Sapp is an up-and-coming talent with outstanding speed and pass-rushing potential. He should fit perfectly as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme like the one employed in Cleveland.


    24. Seattle Seahawks -- Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma
    The Seahawks are still looking for a long-term solution at left guard, so why not use this pick on the player who is at this point the top prospect at that position.


    25. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
    Jackson is among the elite senior defensive prospects right now but that might not hold up for 12 full months, as he's simply not a great fit for every team's defensive scheme. At 6-5 and 290, Jackson is best suited to play defensive end in a three-man front like the one employed in Pittsburgh.


    26. New Orleans Saints -- Gerald McRath, OLB, Southern Miss
    The Saints will be looking for an injection of youth and athleticism at linebacker and the speedy, undersized McRath falls in line with that objective.


    27. New York Giants -- Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
    The Giants could use a quick and powerful tackling machine like Spikes after failing to address that need early in the 2008 draft.


    28. Jacksonville Jaguars -- William Moore, S, Missouri
    Moore emerged as a playmaking machine in 2007, when he notched 114 tackles and eight interceptions. At 6-1 and 215 pounds he could be the versatile strong safety Jacksonville needs opposite FS Reggie Nelson.


    29. Indianapolis Colts -- Vance Walker, DT/DE, Georgia Tech
    Walker has the right blend of tools to provide depth along the interior of Indianapolis' quick-but-undersized defensive line.


    30. San Diego Chargers -- Auston English, DE/OLB, Oklahoma
    English is an instinctive, high-motor player with very good speed and fluid hips for a young defensive end. He already has experience dropping into coverage on zone-blitz looks within Oklahoma's complex defensive scheme.


    31. Dallas Cowboys -- Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU
    Wide receiver is the one area Dallas did not address during an otherwise promising 2008 draft. Byrd has a lot to prove as a senior but he certainly has the blend of size and deep speed it takes to emerge as a first-round draft pick.


    32. New England Patriots -- Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
    The Patriots continue a recent trend of drafting linebackers by using this selection on the versatile Cushing. The 6-5, 248-pounder has experience on the strong side and as a rush linebacker, which will be attractive to a New England coaching staff that likes versatility in its linebackers.


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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    Oh!! Please NO!!!!...My head is still spinning from the 2008 draft. I need a break.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    I kinda knew who would be the pick for us before I opened the thread. I wonder how I did that. haha.

    I'm not quite ready for the 09 draft yet.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    Yeah, this is way too early. And I doubt Tebow goes in the top ten...

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    OK pick for us I like him, but I don't know about over Lauranatis. I thought this was supposed to be a deep safety class and william Moore is the only one taken? Myron Rolle calling it now great SS

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    Taylor Mays Out of USC is going to be special. He has everything u want in a safety with speed, hard hitting, and great ball skills. I read another mock on SI.com, saying we would draft James Laurainitis with the 5th pick?... Well I'd like the Mauluaga pick but im hopeing we have a better season than that...then again..this is wayy to early for this.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    So are they saying that the Patriots are going to beat the Cowboys in the Superbowl? I don't see either team in the SB.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    We'll definitely pick later than 5....last year was a fluke. We have too much talent, even with a horrible head coach to fall that far again.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    I agree with a shower beers, last year was a fluke. We are picking much later than 9.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramer View Post
    I agree with a shower beers, last year was a fluke. We are picking much later than 9.
    Great to see the excitement. True Rams fan right here man.

    I too believe we'll be better than a top ten pick next year, unless we trade up. I see us being atleast 8-8 next year. Atleast second place in the NFC West.

    Only thing we can do is pray and hope our line stays healthy next season.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    We have the coaches in Haslett, Linehan, Saunders, the playmakers in Holt and Jackson and Will Witherspoon, and the reliable quarterback in Bulger. The only thing that can hold us back are injuries...

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    The only thing this should really be used for is to create a list of prospects to keep your eye on in the fall. Other than that, prognostication this early about next year's draft is generally useless.

    And I say that as someone who loves doing mock drafts.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    I hope your right eric2810. I do think we are going to have a really good season this year.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    Tebow is my early front-runner for "biggest bust" in the 2009 draft.

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    Re: Todd McShay's 2009 NFL Mock Draft

    It's a good bet the Rams will be better than last year, how much is still a question mark. For the sake of this, I think the Rams will pick anywhere between 13 and 15 in 2009. If that's the case, and Laurinitis is still available, I will be extremely satisfied if the Rams draft him.

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