With the draft about a month away, I thought now would be an appropriate time to put together a mock draft. Listed below are my picks for Round 1, picks 1-16.
Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Analysis: Even though a franchise quarterback is staring them down, the Lions decide to go the
Analysis:Yes, with only three receivers on the Rams roster Michael Crabtree seems to be the easy choice here. However, with Marc Bulger
aging, and no real franchise quarterback behind him,
Aaron Curry, LB,
Analysis: According to the
Kansas City Star the Chiefs may employ the 3-4 defense. This means with Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams and Mike Vrabel occupying just three spots, a fourth linebacker is needed. Curry has been labeled as the “safest pick” by some scouts due to his NFL ready body and natural instincts, and the Chiefs will waste no time taking him off the board as they continue to revamp their Achilles heel — the defense. Look for them to grab an offensive lineman in round two.
Eugene Monroe, OT,
Analysis: Is Ted Thompson in house? No, seriously, the Seahawks filled their need for a big play wide receiver earlier this offseason with the signing of T.J. Housmandzadeh, and with Curry going off the board just a pick ahead of them
is just too pro ready and too good for the Seahawks to pass up if they can’t find a trade partner. B.J. Raji would fill a major need if they do trade down.
Michael Crabtree, WR,
Analysis: The Browns do have major needs to fill, but with trade rumors swirling around Braylon Edwards and Donte’ Stallworth in trouble with the law, this pick makes sense. Plus, injury aside, Crabtree is the best player on the board at this point in the draft. He’s just too good for the Brownies to pass up. Brian Orakpo was also considered here as he would fill a gap in their defensive pass rush.
Andre Smith, OT,
Analysis: With Monroe and Crabtree off the board, the Bengals take their next best available player who fills a huge void — their biggest void of any position. Smith may have had a poor combine, but, according to
CincyJungle.com, an NFL source claimed that the Bengals have Smith high on their draft board. He should become an immediate starter.
Jeremy Maclin, WR,
Analysis: The Raiders have been built on speed and 4.3-40 speed is what they’ll get with the selection of Maclin. In desperate need of a true playmaking wide receiver, the Raiders waste not a second in drafting the wideout they wanted all along. JaMarcus Russell may finally get a receiver who will catch more than Johnnie Lee Higgins’ 22, 2008 team-high receptions. And did I mention that Maclin could be the best return man in this draft?
Analysis: With a major gap at wide receiver, the Jaguars were hoping that Maclin or Crabtree would fall, but because they didn’t they’re left with no choice but to fill a need in their secondary with the selection of Jenkins. The former