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Writers' 2009 mock draft


Pick Team Player Pos. School Writer Comment Other Needs
1. Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford QB Georgia Nicholas Cotsonika, Detroit Free Press Fills biggest long-term need. Stafford's big arm fits the system and begins the rebuilding process. MLB, DT, T, G

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         <td>2.</td>
         <td>St. Louis Rams</td>
         <td>Jason Smith</td>
         <td>T</td>
         <td>Baylor</td>
         <td>Nick Wagoner, stlouisrams.com</td>
         <td>Obviously fills a great need at tackle and Smith is the best player on the board at that position.  
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         <td>WR, LB</td>
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         <td>3.</td>
         <td>Kansas City Chiefs</td>
         <td>Aaron Curry</td>
         <td>LB</td>
         <td>Wake Forest</td>
         <td>Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star</td>
         <td>Fills a huge need and Chiefs can't afford to gamble on a guy who will be switching positions. Curry is a true LB.  
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         <td>DL, OL, WR</td>
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         <td>4.</td>
         <td>Seattle Seahawks</td>
         <td>Eugene Monroe</td>
         <td>T</td>
         <td>Virginia</td>
         <td>Greg Johns, Seattle Post-Intelligencer</td>
         <td>With perennial Pro Bowler Walter Jones now 35 and coming off knee surgery, it's time to groom a replacement.  
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         <td>QB, WR, CB</td>
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         <td>5.</td>
         <td>Cleveland Browns</td>
         <td>Michael Crabtree</td>
         <td>WR</td>
         <td>Texas Tech</td>
         <td>Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer</td>
         <td>WR has become a greater need after losing Kellen Winslow, Joe Jurevicius and given Donte' Stallworth's legal problems.  
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         <td>OLB, S, RB</td>
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         <td>6.</td>
         <td>Cincinnati Bengals</td>
         <td>Michael Oher</td>
         <td>T</td>
         <td>Mississippi</td>
         <td>Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati Enquirer</td>
         <td>Bengals were surprised to lose T Stacy Andrews via FA and will be in the hunt for a tackle. With Monroe gone, Oher is the pick.  
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         <td>DE/OLB, C, DT</td>
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         <td>7.</td>
         <td>Oakland Raiders</td>
         <td>B.J. Raji</td>
         <td>DT</td>
         <td>Boston College</td>
         <td>Steve Corkran, Contra Costa Times</td>
         <td>Raiders are horrible against the run and need help there immediately. Oakland won't be scared off by Raji's drug tests.  
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         <td>WR, DE</td>
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         <td>8.</td>
         <td>Jacksonville Jaguars</td>
         <td>Mark Sanchez</td>
         <td>QB</td>
         <td>USC</td>
         <td>Michael Wright, Florida Times-Union</td>
         <td>Jags have adopted a best player available philosophy under new GM Gene Smith and Sanchez fills the bill.</td>
         <td>DT, WR, T</td>
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         <td>9.</td>
         <td>Green Bay Packers</td>
         <td>Brian Orakpo</td>
         <td>OLB</td>
         <td>Texas</td>
         <td>Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette</td>
         <td>Packers switching to 3-4 and need a lot of help along the front seven, particularly with the pass rush.</td>
         <td>T, DL, OLB</td>
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         <td>10.</td>
         <td>San Francisco 49ers</td>
         <td>Andre Smith</td>
         <td>T</td>
         <td>Alabama</td>
         <td>Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee</td>
         <td>The Niners don't have any long-term answer at tackle and have allowed 55 sacks in each of the last two seasons.</td>
         <td>OLB, RB, WR</td>
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         <td>11.</td>
         <td>Buffalo Bills</td>
         <td>Aaron Maybin</td>
         <td>DE/OLB</td>
         <td>Penn State</td>
         <td>Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News</td>
         <td>Bills are badly in need of pass rush help. Either Maybin or Florida State's Everette Brown would make sense.</td>
         <td>TE, C, DE</td>
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         <td>12.</td>
         <td>Denver Broncos</td>
         <td>Tyson Jackson</td>
         <td>DE</td>
         <td>LSU</td>
         <td>Mike Klis, Denver Post</td>
         <td>Broncos have to go defense and Jackson could give Denver a Richard Seymour type in the new 3-4.  
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         <td>OLB, WR, QB</td>
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         <td>13.</td>
         <td>Washington Redskins</td>
         <td>Brian Cushing</td>
         <td>LB</td>
         <td>USC</td>
         <td>David Elfin, Washington Times</td>
         <td>Redskins really need help at strong side LB and DE but would likely opt for the best LB over the fourth-best pass rusher.  
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         <td>DE, LB, T</td>
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         <td>14.</td>
         <td>New Orleans Saints</td>
         <td>Malcolm Jenkins</td>
         <td>CB</td>
         <td>Ohio State</td>
         <td>Patriots Football Weekly staff</td>
         <td>Whether Jenkins winds up at corner or safety he'll fill a major hole in the Saints secondary.</td>
         <td>OLB, RB, DB</td>
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         <td>15.</td>
         <td>Houston Texans</td>
         <td>Clay Matthews</td>
         <td>LB</td>
         <td>USC</td>
         <td>John McClain, Houston Chronicle</td>
         <td>As long as the stories about Matthews' steroid tests are untrue he's the pick. Otherwise look for the Texans to trade down.</td>
         <td>OLB, FS, RB</td>
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         <td>16.</td>
         <td>San Diego Chargers</td>
         <td>Chris Wells</td>
         <td>RB</td>
         <td>Ohio State</td>
         <td>Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune</td>
         <td>It's time for the Chargers to look to the future and their post LT needs. They like Wells enough to take him at 16.  
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         <td>DE, ILB, T</td>
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         <td>17.</td>
         <td>New York Jets</td>
         <td>Jeremy Maclin</td>
         <td>WR</td>
         <td>Missouri</td>
         <td>Rich Cimini, New York Daily News</td>
         <td>Jets got rid of Laveranues Coles and need another receiver with speed. Not sure QB Josh Freeman is worth taking here.  
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         <td>QB, DE, TE</td>
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         <td height="72">18.</td>
         <td>Denver Broncos</td>
         <td>Darrius Heyward-Bey</td>
         <td>WR</td>
         <td>Maryland</td>
         <td>Mike Klis, Denver Post</td>
         <td>Brandon Marshall is coming off hip surgery and facing a lengthy suspension. Broncos would love Maclin here.  
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         <td>OLB, WR, QB</td>
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         <td>19.</td>
         <td>Tampa Bay Buccaneers</td>
         <td>Rey Maualuga</td>
         <td>LB</td>
         <td>USC</td>
         <td>Roy Cummings, Tampa Tribune</td>
         <td>Very talented linebacker and new coordinator Jim Bates' scheme requires a lot of active linebackers.</td>
         <td>DT, CB, QB</td>
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         <td>20.</td>
         <td>Detroit Lions</td>
         <td>Everette Brown</td>
         <td>DE/OLB</td>
         <td>Florida State</td>
         <td>Nicholas Cotsonika, Detroit Free Pass</td>
         <td>Brown is the highest-rated player on the board and he fills a need. LB James Laurinaitis is a possibility as well.</td>
         <td>MLB, DT, T, G</td>
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         <td>21.</td>
         <td>Philadelphia Eagles</td>
         <td>Knowshon Moreno</td>
         <td>RB</td>
         <td>Georgia</td>
         <td>Dave Spadaro, philadelphiaeagles.com</td>
         <td>Need a guy to be the future once Brian Westbook is no longer there and Moreno has all the skills to thrive in Eagles system.  
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         <td>TE, OL, WR, LB</td>
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         <td>22.</td>
         <td>Minnesota Vikings</td>
         <td>Percy Harvin</td>
         <td>WR</td>
         <td>Florida</td>
         <td>Sean Jensen, St. Paul Pioneer Pres</td>
         <td>Harvin would be the perfect complement to Adrian Peterson and would give Vikings a big-timer return threat as well.  
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         <td>T, CB</td>
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         <td>23.</td>
         <td>New England Patriots</td>
         <td>Larry English</td>
         <td>OLB</td>
         <td>Northern Illinois</td>
         <td>Patriots Football Weekly staff</td>
         <td>Depending on how the pursuit of an OLB winds up, the Pats may need to find some help on the edge.</td>
         <td>CB, S, WR</td>
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         <td>24.</td>
         <td>Atlanta Falcons</td>
         <td>Robert Ayers</td>
         <td>DE</td>
         <td>Tennessee</td>
         <td>Patriots Football Weekly staff</td>
         <td>His stock is on the rise and he fills a major need for the Falcons. Gives Atlanta some size up front.</td>
         <td>DT, OLB, S</td>
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         <td>25.</td>
         <td>Miami Dolphins</td>
         <td>Hakeem Nicks</td>
         <td>WR</td>
         <td>North Carolina</td>
         <td>Edgar Thompson, Palm Beach Post</td>
         <td>Physical receiver with good size who can line up outside and gives Dolphins a much-needed weapon.  
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         <td>WR, G, T</td>
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         <td>26.</td>
         <td>Baltimore Ravens</td>
         <td>Brandon Pettigrew</td>
         <td>TE</td>
         <td>Oklahoma State</td>
         <td>Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun</td>
         <td>Ravens would love to get a weapon for Joe Flacco and would jump at the chance to land Pettigrew.  
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         <td>CB, WR, LB</td>
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         <td>27.</td>
         <td>Indianapolis Colts</td>
         <td>Peria Jerry</td>
         <td>DT</td>
         <td>Mississippi</td>
         <td>Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star</td>
         <td>Indy needs to get bigger and better up front on defense and the 290-pound Jerry works. The Colts could go WR as well.  
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         <td>WR, DT, CB</td>
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         <td>28.</td>
         <td>Philadelphia Eagles</td>
         <td>Kenny Britt</td>
         <td>WR</td>
         <td>Rutgers</td>
         <td>Dave Spadaro, philadelphiaeagles.com</td>
         <td>The Eagles need a big, red-zone threat for Donovan McNabb and the athletic Britt qualifies.</td>
         <td>TE, OL, WR, LB</td>
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         <td>29.</td>
         <td>New York Giants</td>
         <td>James Laurinaitis</td>
         <td>LB</td>
         <td>Ohio State</td>
         <td>Mike Garafolo, Newark Star-Ledger</td>
         <td>The Plaxico Burress situation leaves the Giants badly needing help at WR but the value isn't there. Laurinaitis is best on board.</td>
         <td>WR, LB, T</td>
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         <td>30.</td>
         <td>Tennessee Titans</td>
         <td>Alphonso Smith</td>
         <td>CB</td>
         <td>Wake Forest</td>
         <td>Jim Wyatt, The Tennesseean</td>
         <td>Smith could potentially help the Titans early while also serving as a long-term replacement for the aging Nick Harper.</td>
         <td>WR, DL, LB</td>
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         <td>31.</td>
         <td>Arizona Cardinals</td>
         <td>LeSean McCoy</td>
         <td>RB</td>
         <td>Pittsburgh</td>
         <td>Bob McManaman, Arizona Republic</td>
         <td>With Edgerrin James soon to be released and Tim Hightower not a lead back, McCoy is the best solution for Cards.  
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         <td>RB, DE/OLB, C</td>
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         <td>32.</td>
         <td>Pittsburgh Steelers</td>
         <td>Eric Wood</td>
         <td>C/G</td>
         <td>Louisville</td>
         <td>Jim Wexell, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat</td>
         <td>Right guard is a gaping hole for Pittsburgh and Wood could represent the Steelers future at center as well.</td>
         <td>CB, DE, WR</td>
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