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2009 NFL Mock Draft, Version 7.0 (Mid March)
Authored by Jeff Risdon - 18th March, 2009 - 11:06 am

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Updated: 03/17/09

No write-ups in this version, but I did extend it out to four full rounds. Several readers correctly pointed out I had some mistakes in the draft order. Thanks for catching my errors; this is the updated order, minus the yet-to-be-determined compensatory picks.

Some quick notes:

I do not buy the doom-and-gloom around Andre Smith. Bottom line: the guy is a special player, but not a great athlete or businessman. I'll be real surprised if he falls below #10 overall.

If you see a CB, WR, or RB a lot higher or lower than you expect, it's almost certainly because of speed, or lack thereof. The last two drafts have taught that raw speed overrides more polished talent in a slightly slower package at those spots, at least in terms of draft order. I do not expect that to change this year.

The two Eagles picks in the first round are huge variables to the entire 20-40 range. There are so many if/then scenarios that could play out. Most everyone I talk to believes they are taking a tackle with one of those picks, but which tackle and with which pick is anyone's guess.

I do not expect New England to keep more than two of their first four picks (all in the top 58). I slotted players with the draft position and not necessarily the Patriots to some extent with all three second rounders. I do strongly believe they will take at least one RB with those picks -- they have just one RB on the roster who figures in their plans beyond next season. And if the Patriots think that just the #34 pick will be enough to get Julius Peppers from Carolina, they are sorely mistaken.

I get a lot of comments about "Why would Team X take two players at the same position in these rounds?"

Some quick research turned up the following: In each of the last five drafts, at least 11 teams have used multiple picks on the same position in every single draft. Most common are CB, interior OL (the Colts took 3 G/C last year), and DL, though the Patriots have taken three safeties in one draft (none of which made the team -- be real wary of the proclamations of Scott Pioli's draft acumen, Chiefs fans!) It happens for a variety of reasons, none of which those of you who send the derogatory emails would probably comprehend.

Lions fans: I know the team has delved deep into Josh Freeman's background, and I know they rate him higher than Mark Sanchez. This is just a gut hunch, but I feel stronger by the day that they will take Freeman, either at #20 or spending the price to move up if they feel the 49ers, Bears or Jets are interested.

Three hardest players to slot: Mark Sanchez, Aaron Maybin, and D.J. Moore -- all of whom have realistic ranges of more than 15 slots. I can see Maybin going anywhere from #11 to #50.

Round 1

1. Detroit Lions: Jason Smith, T, Baylor
2. St. Louis Rams: Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
4. Seattle Seahawks: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
5. Cleveland Browns: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
6. Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Smith, T, Alabama
7. Oakland Raiders: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
9. Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
10. San Francisco 49ers: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
11. Buffalo Bills: Clay Matthews, LB, USC
12. Denver Broncos: Tyson Jackson, DL, LSU
13. Washington Redskins: Michael Oher, T, Ole Miss
14. New Orleans Saints: Brian Cushing, LB, USC
15. Houston Texans: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
16. San Diego Chargers: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Maclin, KR/WR, Missouri
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Darrius Heymard-Bey, WR, Maryland
20. Detroit Lions (from DAL): Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Chris ?Beanie? Wells, RB, Ohio State
22. Minnesota Vikings: Alex Mack, C, California
23. New England Patriots: Evander ?Ziggy? Hood, DT, Missouri
24. Atlanta Falcons: Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan
25. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
26. Baltimore Ravens: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
27. Indianapolis Colts: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
28. Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR): William Beatty, T, Connecticut
29. New York Giants: Vontae Davis, CB/S, Illinois
30. Tennessee Titans: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
31. Arizona Cardinals: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eben Britton, T, Arizona

Round 2

33. Detroit Lions: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
34. New England Patriots (from KC): Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
35. St. Louis Rams: Percy Harvin, ATH, Florida
36. Seattle Seahawks: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
37. Cleveland Browns: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
38. Cincinnati Bengals: Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Fili Moala, DT, USC
40. Oakland Raiders: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
41. Green Bay Packers: Connor Barwin, OLB, Cincinnati
42. San Francisco 49ers: Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma
43. Buffalo Bills: Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
44. Miami Dolphins (from WAS): Asher Allen, CB, Georgia
45. New York Giants (from NO): Max Unger, G/C, Oregon
46. Houston Texans: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
47. New England Patriots (from SD): Kraig Urbik, G, Wisconsin
48. Denver Broncos: Brandon Tate, WR, North Carolina
49. Chicago Bears: Pat White, QB, West Virginia
50. Cleveland Browns (from TB): Cedric Peerman, RB, Virginia
51. Dallas Cowboys: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
52. New York Jets: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Smith, DB, Utah
54. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona
55. Atlanta Falcons: Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss
56. Miami Dolphins: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
57. Baltimore Ravens: Jarron Gilbert, DT, San Jose State
58. New England Patriots: Jairus Byrd, CB, Oregon
59. Carolina Panthers: Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond
60. New York Giants: Coye Francies, CB, San Jose State
61. Indianapolis Colts: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut
62. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Freeman, LB, Ohio State
63. Arizona Cardinals: Cody Brown, LB, Connecticut
64. Pittsburgh Steelers: Paul Kruger, DE, Utah

Round 3

65. Detroit Lions: Chris Owens, CB, San Jose State
66. St. Louis Rams: Ladarius Webb, CB, Nicholls State
67. Kansas City Chiefs: Greg Isdaner, G, West Virginia
68. Seattle Seahawks: Ron Brace, DT, Boston College
69. Dallas Cowboys (from CLE): Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh
70. Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Wood, C, Louisville
71. Oakland Raiders: Mitch King, DT, Iowa
72. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State
73. Green Bay Packers: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama
74. San Francisco 49ers: Austin Collie, WR, BYU
75. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Luigs, C/G, Arkansas
76. New York Jets (from NO): Andre Brown, RB, North Carolina State
77. Houston Texans: Darcel McBath, S, Texas Tech
78. San Diego Chargers: Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
79. Denver Broncos: Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati
80. Washington Redskins: Ashlee Palmer, LB, Ole Miss
81. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: T.J. Lang, T, Eastern Michigan
82. Detroit Lions (from DAL): Jason Watkins, T, Florida
83. Green Bay Packers (from NYJ): Cary Harris, CB, USC
84. Chicago Bears: Herman Johnson, G, LSU
85. Philadelphia Eagles: Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama
86. Minnesota Vikings: Tyron McKenzie, LB, South Florida
87. Miami Dolphins: Zack Follett, LB, California
88. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Mickens, CB, Virginia
89. New England Patriots: Myron Pryor, DT, Kentucky
90. Atlanta Falcons: Alex Magee, DT, Purdue
91. New York Giants: Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
92. Indianapolis Colts: Darry Beckwith, LB, LSU
93. Carolina Panthers: Nate Davis, QB, Ball State
94. Tennessee Titans: Jamon Meredith, T, South Carolina
95. Arizona Cardinals: James Casey, TE, Rice
96. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny McKinley, WR, South Carolina

Round 4

97. Dallas Cowboys (from DET): Chip Vaughn, S, Wake Forest
98. Kansas City Chiefs: Juanquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma
99. St. Louis Rams: DeAngelo Smith, DB, Cincinnati
100. Cleveland Browns: Patrick Chung, S, Oregon
101. Seattle Seahawks: Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon State
102. Cincinnati Bengals: Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
103. Jacksonville Jaguars: Patrick Turner, WR, USC
104. Oakland Raiders: Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
105. Green Bay Packers: Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
106. Buffalo Bills: Troy Kropog, T, Tulane
107. San Francisco 49ers: Dorrell Scott, DT, Clemson
108. Houston Texans: Gerald Cadogan, T, Penn State
109. San Diego Chargers: Derek Pegues, S, Mississippi State
110. Denver Broncos: Michael Hamlin, S, Clemson
111. New York Jets (from WAS): Jarrett Dillard, WR, Rice
112. New Orleans Saints: C.J. Spillman, S, Marshall
113. Dallas Cowboys: Xavier Fulton, T, Illinois
114. New Orleans Saints (from NYJ): Corey Irvin, DT, Georgia
115. Chicago Bears: Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly
116. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mohammad Massaquoi, WR, Georgia
117. Philadelphia Eagles: Darius Hill, TE, Ball State
118. Houston Texans (from MIN): Sherrod Martin, CB, Troy
119. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Morrah, TE, Cal
120. New England Patriots: Kory Sheets, RB, Purdue
121. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Underwood, CB, Cincinnati
122. Miami Dolphins: Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State
123. Indianapolis Colts: Marko Mitchell, WR, New Mexico
124. Carolina Panthers:Jason Phillips, LB, TCU
125. New York Giants: Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
126. Tennessee Titans: Richard Quinn, TE, North Carolina
127. Arizona Cardinals: Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina
128. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jason Williams, LB, Western Illinois


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- Jeff Risdon is RealGM's Senior Football expert and can be reached via email at Jeff.Risdon@RealGM.com