Thursday, January 22, 2009
2009 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 1 through 5)
1) DETROIT LIONS: Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
The Lions are in a tough position because they can upgrade in a lot of areas. They need help at quarterback with no one stepping up to the plate this year. But they also need an offensive line, and upgrades everywhere on the defensive side on the ball. With Stafford they get a proven collegiate quaterback that knows how to win big games. Although the quarterback class isn't as strong at the class that will be coming next year, the Lions make the right move and draft their leader.
2) ST. LOUIS RAMS: Andre Smith OT Alambama
Andre Smith is an absolute freak on the line at just over 6'4" and 341 pounds. The Rams know how important a solid offensive line is, and have had success taking linemen early (see Orlando Pace). With Bulger being a servicable quaterback, and a stud runningback in Steven Jackson, the Rams give their offensive weapons some protection.
3) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Aaron Curry LB Wake Forrest
Curry has moved up the scouts' charts to be considered the best linebacker available. He can make plays and force turnovers. The Chiefs defense last year ranked 31st out of 32 teams in yards given up per game, and ranked 29th in points given up. The Chiefs have said that they trust Tyler Thigpen as their starting quaterback, thus fixing their defensive struggles with Curry.
4) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
A no brainer here. Crabtree is the best receiver prospect in football hands down, and the Seahawks had problems at the position all year. The team has said it trusts Hasselback, and they will want to reward him with perhaps the best player in the draft overall. Crabtree displayed his speed and his ability to make plays in big games, and will be a great addition to the Seahawks.
5) CLEVELAND BROWNS: Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
A breakout season in 2007 made eyebrows raise and put the Browns as a playoff contender for 2008. However, poor play by Derek Anderson, and disapointing production from others made the Browns the 5th worst team in football last year. The team may not be as bad as their record indicated, and with some key additions, the Browns could be contenders again in 2009. The Browns need help in their secondary, and Jenkins is the best player at his position. Jenkins is an Ohio kid that would excell in the Browns defense. If he falls to five, the Browns couldn't pass him up.