Here is Pewter Report's first mock draft of 2009, but with the NFL Scouting Combine starting earlier this week and free agency beginning on February 27, it certainly won't be the last. We will update our mock draft a few times this offseason.
PEWTERREPORT.COM 2009 MOCK DRAFT
1. Detroit Lions – QB Matthew Stafford – Georgia The Lions start the rebuilding of their team with a franchise quarterback.
2. St. Louis Rams – OT Andre Smith – Alabama Smith could fall and another tackle could go here, but Smith is the most battle tested.
3. Kansas City Chiefs – LB Aaron Curry – Wake Forest Curry may be the best pure football player in this year's draft class.
4. Seattle Seahawks – WR Michael Crabtree – Texas Tech A great match of need and talent for the Seahawks with Crabtree.
5. Cleveland Browns – CB Malcolm Jenkins – Ohio State The Browns need help at corner, although some think Jenkins may move to safety.
6. Cincinnati Bengals – DT B.J. Raji – Boston College The Bengals missed out on Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis last year. They'll get their DT this year.
7. Oakland Raiders – WR Jeremy Maclin – Missouri A perfect Al Davis receiver comes along when the Raiders need one.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Jason Smith – Baylor Smith could end up being the best of a great group of left tackle prospects.
9. Green Bay Packers – OT Eugene Monroe – Virginia Monroe is solid player that will be the long-term protector of Aaron Rodgers.
10. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mark Sanchez – USC Sanchez can develop behind Shaun Hill, and is good value for the 49ers.
11. Buffalo Bills – DE Michael Johnson – Georgia Tech Johnson will move up boards in the workouts. He has been a consistent pass rusher.
12. Denver Broncos – DE/OLB Everette Brown – Florida State Brown will be an edge rusher in the Broncos 3-4 defense, and they need a pass rusher badly.
13. Washington Redskins – OT Michael Oher – Mississippi Oher is great value here, and the Redskins need help for an aging offensive line.
14. New Orleans Saints – LB Brian Cushing – USC The Saints have had problems at linebacker. Cushing is versatile and productive.
15. Houston Texans – DE Brian Orakpo – Texas The Texans need an edge rusher to pair with Mario Williams. Orakpo stays in-state.
16. San Diego Chargers – LB Rey Maualuga – USC Maualuga could be a good middle linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme.
17. New York Jets – RB Beanie Wells – Ohio State Thomas Jones is older, and the Jets could use a true replacement to Curtis Martin.
18. Chicago Bears – DE Larry English – Northern Illinois The Bears need an edge rusher, and English is a great fit for their scheme.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Peria Jerry – Mississippi Jerry could easily go much earlier, but if he falls this far it will be the Bucs' good luck.
20. Detroit Lions – CB Vontae Davis – Illinois The Lions have had issues at corner for years, and Davis will fill one of the voids.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Knowshon Moreno – Georgia The Eagles could use a back to pair with oft-injured Brian Westbrook.
22. Minnesota Vikings – CB D.J. Moore – Vanderbilt The Vikings need help at corner and Moore is great value pick at this point in the draft.
23. New England Patriots – LB James Laurnaitis – Ohio State Teddy Bruschi and Junior Seau won't play forever. Laurnaitis is a good fit scheme-wise.
24. Atlanta Falcons – TE Brandon Pettigrew – Oklahoma State Matt Ryan gets another weapon, but Pettigrew could go much earlier.
25. Miami Dolphins – OLB/DE Aaron Maybin – Penn State Maybin could go sooner, but has character concerns. He is a good fit for the 3-4.