HQ Mock Draft

Updated: April 20/2009

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1. Detroit Lions:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

Logic: Really not sure if this is the correct decision, but Stafford’s lights out post-season workouts, his first-class character and his pure arm-strength have catapulted him to the top of draft boards. Yes, the Lions are reportedly pleased with Culpepper’s conditioning, so Stafford may have the luxury of carrying the clip-board as a rookie.

2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor University
Logic: Laurent Robinson’s arrival from Atlanta is not the solution to St. Lou’s aerial woes, but it’s an indication that LT is the pick here, and Smith is the cream of the crop.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Logic: Scott Pioli has to protect his new franchise QB, and the slew of LB signings makes Curry passable. Kick Brandon Albert over to RT, and lock Monroe in at LT for a dominant set of bookends.

4. Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
Logic: With Julian Peterson gone and franchise player LeRoy Hill skipping off-season activities, the best defensive player in the draft finds himself in the perfect situation.

5. Cleveland Browns: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Logic: No Kellen Winslow, no Joe Jurevicius, no Dante Stallworth, and an inconsistent Braylon Edward’s in a contract year— this one makes too much sense.

orakpo6. Cincinnati Bengals: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Logic: Tank Johnson’s addition makes Raji passable, and allows the Bengals to add the pash-rush threat they’ve lacked for years. Orakpo is seen as being more natural as a 4-3 defensive end.

7. Oakland Raiders: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Logic: Oakland’s O-line has been mediocre for too long, and JaMarcus Russell deserves more than patchwork protection. Plug this kid in, and the blocking will improve.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Logic: Whether or not the Jags are brave enough to draft another WR in the first, they will simply have to due to the undeniable lack of personnel on the roster.

9. Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Logic: The Packers have a slew of DT’s, none of which fit the mold of a legit one-technique nose-tackle. Harrell’s been a bust, and an upgrade is needed.

Sanchez10. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California

Logic: If you don’t have a franchise QB, don’t pass one up. Sanchez is a top-5 talent that could be long-gone at this point on draft-day. Alex Smith and his reduced salary will be cut, and the bay-area will have their next glorified signal-caller.

11. Buffalo Bills: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
Logic: Depth must be restored at the offensive tackle position with the widely publicized loss of Jason Peters. Oher is great talent regardless of his oft-questioned mental capacity.

12. Denver Broncos: Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State
Logic: The Broncos have several young hybrid DE’s, much-like Maybin, but none have the superior skill-set and pure pass-rush ability that Maybin possesses. This kid could be a dominant QB killer.

13. Washington Redskins: Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State

Logic: Losing out on the four top-tier tackles is unfortunate, but the Skins improve their pass-rush with the addition of Brown. A younger, quicker and more promising substitute for Jason Taylor.

14. New Orleans Saints: Malcolm Jenkins, FS, Ohio State
Logic: New Orleans has attempted to address their secondary, but it’s been feeble. Malcolm Jenkins is the ideal fit at Free Safety, to quarterback the defensive back-field.

15. Houston Texans: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

Logic: An extremely athletic corner, with great measurables, who will complement Dunta Robinson nicely, and should prove to be a better pro than his brother.

16. San Diego Chargers: Rey Maualuga, ILB, Southern California
Logic: A hard-nose middle linebacker to rejuvenate a defense that was demoralized on a number of occasions this past season. A perfect fit in SD’s 3-4 defensive alignment.

610x17. New York Jets: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

Logic: The Jets are ecstatic to have the speed demon fall to them, and instantly fill the hole that Laverneus Coles left.

18. Denver Broncos (from Chi): Tyson Jackson, DE, Louisiana State
Logic: The Broncos need help on their d-line in every shape and form. Jackson’s poor work-outs raise some flags, but he should ease the transition to the 3-4 for the Broncos.

Harvin19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

Logic: The Bucs lack an explosive play-maker at WR. Dexter Jackson’s poor performance as a rookie and the loss of Galloway makes Harvin a great fit. Regardless of the failed drug test, Harvin’s pure talent will prevent him from dropping out of the top-20.

20. Detroit Lions (from Dal): Eben Britton, OT/OG, Arizona
Logic: When you spend close to 80 million dollars on a rookie QB, you have an obligation to do everything in your power to protect him.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
Logic: The Eagles have reportedly elevated Knowshon to the top of their draft-board. Much-like Wells, he will provide the perfect complement to Brian Westbrook.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
Logic: Both Jackson and Rosenfels are not long term solutions, and drafting another wide-receiver will just continue to mask the true problem. Vikes find a QB of the future.


23. New England Patriots: Brian Cushing, OLB/ILB,

Southern California

Logic: Youth on the Pats front seven is urgently needed. Cushing brings versatility to the NE 3-4, and can pound it as an inside backer, or rush from the outside.

24. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Logic: The ideal all-around tight end. This gives Matty-Ice another weapon in his arsenal. Pettigrew’s ability as an in-line blocker will also aid Ryan’s continued growth.

alphonsosmith25. Miami Dolphins: Alphonso Smith, CB,
Wake Forest

Logic: Two Wake Forest players taken before a single Miami Hurricane? Yikes. Smith has drawn criticism for his size, but he has the best footwork in this draft, bar-none.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
Logic: The Ravens would have loved a speedy wide-out here, but the value at the WR position is gone. Ayers brings a nasty size-speed combo to an aging d-line, and is a steal at this point.

27. Indianapolis Colts: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
Logic: This is the ideal selection for the Colts who have one of the most abysmal interior d-lines in the league. Peria Jerry is a inside penetrator who will assist Freeney and the Indy pass-rush.


28. Buffalo Bills (from Phil, via Car): Michael Johnson, DE,

Georgia Tech

Logic: The Bills are reportedly shopping DE Chris Kelsay. Regardless, Johnson is an absolutely terrifying specimen who falls because of his game-tape. Incredible potential with a Julius Peppers-like physique.

29. New York Giants: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
Logic: The Giants have a knack for taking pure football players at the bottom of the first-round (see Kenny Phillips last year). JL will be groomed to replace Antonio Pierce as the Mike.

30. Tennessee Titans: Alex Mack, OC, California

Logic: Mack is one of the most versatile interior linemen I’ve seen in a while, and he satisfies a huge need for the Titans here. He can effectively play all interior line positions.

Chris Wells31. Arizona Cardinals: Chris Wells, RB,
Ohio State

Logic: ‘Zona needs to draft a young feature back, and Wells is exactly what the doctor ordered. Edge is all but done, and Hightower didn’t show much when given the opportunity. Wells is an absolute steal this low in the first round.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
Logic: A physical beast who is an absolute wolverine at the point-of-attack, He will keep Big Ben off his back side, which was all too common this past season.

13 responses to “HQ Mock Draft

  1. Franchise

    I dont think Oakland passes on Macklin but if they do, Oher will probably be the selection. You really think that Tyson Jackson drops to 27? Wow!

    Great mock dude.

  2. James

    Crabtree will fall to at least 6, maybe 5 depending on what the Browns with Edwards. Solid mock but even if Crabtree is gone, I also don’t think that Oakland passes on Maclin.

  3. Antonino Cerminara

    To Franchise:

    Maclin falls in the same talent category as Santonio Holmes, who was picked in the late twenties. There has been a visible trend in the league to avoid wide-outs in the top-10 because of their susceptibility of being busts. The raiders do well to avoid temptation and invest in their O-line, which will directly benefit their QB situation.

    That being said, I have the Jags taking Maclin purely on a basis of need, compounded by the lack of noticeable holes on their roster. However, if Torry Holt signs, the Jags could shift priority to the BPA, and grab a Nicks or a Britt at the top of the second round.

    To James:

    Crabtree falling is a sacrilege. I refuse to believe it.

    I think the Raiders would be doing themselves a favor grabbing a top-tier tackle, and then grabbing a seasoned senior wide-out in the second, much-like a Robiskie or a Derrick Williams. They already have speedy options in Higgins and Schillens, so Maclin doesn’t really add much diversity to their current crop of WR’s.

  4. your mom

    oher @ 7?
    ayers @ 12?
    clay matthews in the 1st round?
    wow dude, put the pipe down.

  5. Antonino Cerminara

    Yea I’ve taken some heat for the Oher pick. Might have to reconsider, even though I think there is value there at number 7. I’m not sure of the concern.

    Ayers is a non-issue. He is a tremendous athlete with, incredible upside, and has every right to be in the top-15. He has shot up boards everywhere, similar to the way Jarod Mayo did last year.

    Where do you think Clay Matthews goes?

  6. Eric Saue

    E.J Henderson is the Vikings starting middle linebacker. He was hurt last year but will be back this year.

  7. Curtis

    There is no way that Clay Matthews will fall out of the the 1st round. He is a lock, and I think the farthest that he falls is New England. He could go as high as Houston or San Diego, but will not fall past NE.

    Pretty good mock. I like the Ayers pick. He has been shooting up draft boards and that is a very possible destination in Denver.

    I think Cushing goes higher than Baltimore, he could be in the same boat as Matthews. I think that the 3 SC LB’s will all be top 23 picks.

    Good mock.

  8. Antonino Cerminara

    The Rukavina seal of approval. Thanks man.

  9. TP

    I like the comments on each pick, but have a few oppositions. One is Oakland taking Michael Oher. His journey is admirable and well chronicalled, but you can’t use a top 10 pick on a kid with severe learning disabilities, no matter what he has overcome. Plus..he just struggled last year. He is great for a 15-20 pick..but I don’t think it fits at 7.

    Not sure how Alex Smith can get cut when he just reworked his contract last week to stay on the team.

    Last..Malcolm Jenkins at 14. It might just be me, but this kid is a lock for a top 10 pick. I really feel he could go even as high as 4 to Seattle if Curry goes top 3. More likely, he goes 9 to GB. Woodson/Harris both on the wrong side of 30.

    Great looking Mock. I will come back to check your final..

    TP

  10. Giff

    Nice mock with some interesting possibilities. Look for the Bills to pick up Ayers with their first pick @ 12 and pick up a tackle with #28 pick. Tight end like Coffman will come in the 2nd. I like how Sanchez may affect the rest of the Board. Good work!

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  12. This mock is almost as bad as don bank's 1.0

    OOPS… Duke Robinson.

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