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Rick Gosselin's final NFL mock draft
12:33 AM CDT on Saturday, April 25, 2009
Here is the final of three mock draft offerings from DMN pro football columnist Rick Gosselin:
 
1. Detroit Lions:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia [/b]
Team needs: QB, MLB, TE, DT
Comment: Bobby Layne was a Pro Bowl quarterback the last time the Lions won a
championship in 1957. Detroit hasn't had an elite quarterback or won a championship since then.
Stafford, a Highland Park product, gives the franchise hope for the future.

2. St. Louis Rams:
Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

Team needs: OT, WR, MLB, QB
Comment: The Rams had the second pick of the 2008 draft and took the safest player on the
board in DE Chris Long. St. Louis repeats that philosophy in this draft by taking W.T. White's
Smith. The Rams need to replace Pro Bowl LT Orlando Pace.

3. Kansas City Chiefs:
Tyson Jackson, DE, LS
U
Team needs: LB, OT, WR, TE
Comment: New GM Scott Pioli is retooling the Chiefs' defense in the image of the 3-4 scheme
he left behind in New England. The Patriots love those LSU linemen and so does Pioli. He also
sees some Ty Warren in Jackson.

Some talk of the Pats angling to trade into the top 10.  Jackson?  Highest I've seen him mocked, BTW.
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4. Seattle Seahawks:
Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

Team needs: WR, LB, LT, RB
Comment: The Seahawks finished 30th in defense in the NFL last season. The best player in the
draft slides to Seattle at four. Curry also addresses a pressing defensive need: He makes plays on
both sides of the line.

5. Cleveland Browns:
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

Team needs: WR, Pass rusher, S, OL
Comment: Like Seattle, the Browns benefit from a sliding value. Crabtree, of Carter, has been
compared to Larry Fitzgerald. If the Browns trade Braylon Edwards, they would need Crabtree.
If they keep Edwards, Crabtree would make him better.

6. Cincinnati Bengals:
Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Team needs: DT, LB, Pass rusher, OT
Comment: Smith showed up at the combine overweight and then performed poorly at his pro
day. All that said, he's still the most talented tackle in the draft. He started as a freshman in the
SEC and won the Outland Trophy as a senior.

7. Oakland Raiders:
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Team needs: WR, OT, S, DL
Comment: Tim Brown was a Pro Bowl play-maker for a long time for the Raiders. Maclin is
Tim Brown 20 years later. Of the four top wideouts on this draft board, Maclin will have the
greatest impact as a rookie because of his return skills.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Team needs: LT, DT, CB, RB
Comment: The Jaguars are in dire need of a left tackle since Khalif Barnes left in free agency.
Monroe would be an upgrade at the position. He won the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker in
the ACC in 2008.

9. Green Bay Packers:
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Team needs: DE, LB, OT, CB
Comment: The Packers have two Pro Bowl-caliber cornerbacks in Al Harris and Charles
Woodson, but both are in their 30s. With Detroit expected to draft Stafford, and with Jay Cutler
now in the division, Green Bay had better load up on pass defenders.

10. San Francisco 49ers:
Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi <11. Buffalo Bills:
Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

Team needs: LT, pass rusher, S, TE
Comment: Left tackles will have left the board before the Bills could go on the clock. The next
priority is upgrading the pass rush. Buffalo mustered only 24 sacks in 2008. Maybin had 12 on
his way to Big Ten defensive player of the year.

12. Denver Broncos:
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Team needs: DE, DT, OLB, WR
Comment: New coach Josh McDaniels is overhauling the defense, installing a 3-4 scheme after
releasing four starters from a year ago. He needs size, and the best defensive tackle in this draft
falls into his lap at 12.

Having the Broncos select Raji over Sanchez surprises everyone but me.
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13. Washington Redskins:
Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

Team needs: OL, DL, LB, QB
Comment: After failing to land Jay Cutler, Redskins owner Dan Snyder explored his options all
week for possible trade-ups for Sanchez. Jacksonville is a potential partner at 8. Snyder needs a
QB to compete in the NFC East.

14. New Orleans Saints:
Vontae Davis, CB, Illinoi
s
Team needs: CB, S, RB, OLB
Comment: The offense is Super Bowl-ready with Drew Brees. But the defense needs lots of
help, especially at cornerback. The Saints ranked 23rd in pass defense. Davis gives New Orleans
much needed size and ability there.
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On my value board (unfinished), Davis and Oher were the only two guys worthy of trading into the 20s for.
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15. Houston Texans:
Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

Team needs: OLB, CB, pass rusher, RB
Comment: Why not? Bruce Matthews carved out a Hall of Fame career in Houston. There's a
positive vibe attached to the Matthews name in Houston. He is the son of Clay and nephew of
Bruce Matthews.

16. San Diego Chargers:
Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

Team needs: RB, LB, DE, WR
Comment: Better players equal better defense. The Chargers finished 25th in defense last
season. The return of Shawne Merriman and the selection of Cushing would dramatically
improve both the linebacking play and the scheme.

17. New York Jets:
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

Team needs: TE, QB, WR, OT
Comment: With the departure of Laveranues Coles in free agency, the Jets need speed opposite
Jerricho Cotchery. Heyward-Bey is the fastest player in the draft with a 4.25 clocking in the 40.

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This one I'm not sure about.  DHB = overrated; will Ryan really go for him?  Jets fans should boo this one.  Oh, Matthews before Cushing and Maualuga = entirely possible.
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18. Denver Broncos:
Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

Team needs: DE, DT, OLB, WR
Comment: Taking B.J. Raji at nose tackle at 12 would give the Broncos a building block in the
run defense in the new 3-4 scheme. Orapko would give the Broncos some much-needed pass
rush. They managed 26 sacks last year. Orakpo had 12.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

Team needs: DE, DT, CB, WR
Comment: New coach Raheem Morris hired Jim Bates to run the defense, and he loves to rotate
his ends and tackles. So you need quantity as well as quality up front. The Bucs managed 29
sacks last season.

20. Detroit Lions:
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Team needs: QB, MLB, TE, DT
Comment: QB Matthew Stafford was the first step toward building a playoff-caliber offense in
2010. Pettigrew is the next step. Include WR Calvin Johnson and RB Kevin Smith, and the
Lions may actually score some points in 2010.

21. Philadelphia Eagles:
Knowshon Moreno, HB, Georgia <22. Minnesota Vikings:
Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

Team needs: CB, OL, WR, QB
Comment: With Aaron Rodgers emerging in Green Bay, Jay Cutler now in Chicago and
Matthew Stafford on his way to Detroit, there's a sense of urgency for the Vikings to find a
quarterback. Freeman could be the answer.

23. New England Patriots:
Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

Team needs: DT, DE, TE, QB
Comment: Bill Belichick won two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator of the New York
Giants and three more as head coach of the Patriots with a dominating defensive front. You can
never have enough quality linemen.

24. Atlanta Falcons:
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

Team needs: CB, DT, S, TE
Comment: Like NFC South lodge brother New Orleans, Atlanta has an offense that's playoff-
ready with Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White. But the defense needs
help, and the glass-smooth Butler provides it.

25. Miami Dolphins:
Paul Kruger, DE, Utah

Team needs: CB, WR, OLB, TE
Comment: Elite pass-rushers are few and far between in this draft. Kruger qualifies as elite but
is off a few draft boards medically because he has one kidney. One kidney slow down Antonio
Rodgers-Cromartie any at Arizona in 2008.

Wow, very high for Kruger.  Not only is he a med red flag, but IIRC he's 24 or 25. 

Would have guess Barwin to the Pats.

 
26. Baltimore Ravens:
Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC

Team needs: RT, WR, pass-rusher, CB
Comment: Bart Scott left in free agency, leaving a hole at inside backer alongside Ray Lewis.
Over the next two years, Lewis can teach Maualuga the Ravens way, and the legacy of Pro Bowl
inside backers in Baltimore would be secure.

27. Indianapolis Colts:
Beanie Wells, HB, Ohio State

Team needs: S, LB, WR, P
Comment: With Dominic Rhodes leaving in free agency, the Colts need a second back to pair
with oft-injured Joseph Addai in the rotation. Wells would represent a substantial upgrade with
his 5.8-yard career average and 30 TDs.

28. Buffalo Bills:
Max Unger, C, Oregon

Team needs: LT, pass-rusher, S, TE
Comment: Buffalo missed out at left tackle at the top of the draft, but Unger is a nice
consolation prize. He's one of the three elite centers in the draft, a Bills weakness in 2008, and
also has college experience at left tackle.

29. New York Giants:
Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri <30. Tennessee Titans:
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest <31. Arizona Cardinals:
Donald Brown, HB, Connecticut

Team needs: RB, LB, OL, KR
Comment: The Cardinals reached the Super Bowl but found themselves a running game away
from the Lombardi Trophy. Arizona finished last in the NFL in rushing with an aging Edgerrin
James. Brown, the NCAA rushing champion, brings fresh legs.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers:
Eric Wood, C, Louisville

Team needs: OL, WR, CB, S
Comment: QB Ben Roethliserger and HB Willie Parker are Pro Bowl play-makers who absorb
too much of a beating behind a porous blocking front. Wood started 49 consecutive games at
Louisville and can also play guard.

Wow Unger before Wood before Mack.  That takes stones.  Perfectly happy with E. Wood, as stated. 
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49. Chicago Bears:
Patrick Chung, S, Oregon

Team needs: WR, S, DT, DE
Comment: The Bears and Cowboys share the same shopping list, but Chicago drafts two picks
higher than the Cowboys. So the Bears will get first crack at any sliding safety or wide receiver
the Cowboys may covet.

51. Dallas Cowboys:
Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State <59. Carolina Panthers:
Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond <

Best mock of the year, IMO.  Not running with the pack, some very good projections IMO.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 09:38 »

On the offhand chance you didn't know, a few years back one of Goose's mocks nailed the first 23 picks.  So far he has one in a row correct!
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 13:23 »

On the offhand chance you didn't know, a few years back one of Goose's mocks nailed the first 23 picks.  So far he has one in a row correct!

Damn that's impressive.  It seems like 1 or 2 oddball picks happen all the time early in the draft, which of course messes up everything else on the way down.

Like Finny, I would be very happy with Wood.  I'd like to see Vontae Davis fall to us, but it seems pretty unlikely (Peter King has him falling to us, FWIW).  I also like Jarron Gilbert in this spot but I don't see how the FO can ignore the O-line in Rd 1 (without reaching, of course).
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 15:40 »

Goose is 4 for 4, including the slightly improbable Curry --> Seattle and the surprise to most, Tyson Jackson --> KC.

Damned impressive just to nail those.  This guy is good.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 15:42 »

Goose is 4 for 4, including the slightly improbable Curry --> Seattle and the surprise to most, Tyson Jackson --> KC.

Damned impressive just to nail those.  This guy is good.

True dat, I've enjoyed reading the guy for years.  And then the Jets trade with the  Brownstains, moving up for Mark "Dirty" Sanchez to ruin it all as give'emthaboot mentioned.

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 15:46 »

No word yet what the Jets gave up to move there. 

Well, they just said:  (DE) Kenyan Coleman, (QB) Brett Ratliff, (FS) Abram Elam plus 1st (17) and 2nd (57).

Pretty good haul for the Brownstains, really.  Coleman was a 3-4 DE starter for the Jets.  The other two guys were primary backups at their positions.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 15:54 »

The Goose is back on track with the next pick, Smith to Cincy.

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 16:07 »

And the Raiders knock him off the rails with Heyward-Bey.  He should have anticipated that, everyone knows Davis likes raw speed and hyphen Bey was tops in the draft.

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« Reply #8 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 16:10 »

And he steers it back on track with Monroe to the Jags.  He's rocking side-to-side, another blow could put him down.

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 25, 2009 at 16:15 »

BAM!  The Pack takes BJ Raji.  Goose goes down.
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