Chris Brown's 2009 Mock Draft

Below is my fifth annual mock draft on Buffalobills.com. As I state every year I don't claim to know any more than the collection of other media types who put a mock draft together. This is just how I think, and to a certain degree hope, things could pan out in round one. My intent here, as always, is to be informative and entertaining. As we all know anyone who puts a mock draft together would be fortunate to nail a third of the actual selections.

TeamTop 3 NeedsPossible Selections
1. DetroitQB, DT, MLBTop choice:QB Matt Stafford - Georgia
LB Aaron Curry

Plain and simple the Lions need an offensive leader and Stafford fits the bill.2. St. LouisOT, WR, LBTop choice:OT Jason Smith - Baylor
OT Eugene MonroeWith Alex Barron their only starting caliber tackle, the Rams need more protection for Marc Bulger.3. Kansas CityNT, LB, OTTop choice:DT B.J. Raji - Boston College
LB Aaron CurryGM Scott Pioli will try to trade out, but Raji would give the Chiefs a D-line similar in talent to Pioli's former front in New England.4. SeattleOT, DB, RBTop choice:OT Eugene Monroe - Virginia
QB Mark SanchezInstead of getting Matt Hasselback's eventual replacement they get him more protection.5. ClevelandOLB, RB, WRTop choice:DE Brian Orakpo - Texas
LB Aaron CurryThe need to improve the pass rush is something the defensive-minded Eric Mangini will not ignore.6. CincinnatiOT, DE, C

Top choice:OT Andre Smith - Alabama
LB Aaron CurryThe hole at tackle is cavernous and Smith can capably fill it.7. OaklandOLB, WR, S

Top choice:WR Michael Crabtree - Texas Tech
WR Jeremy MaclinAl Davis can't pass up a playmaker.8. JacksonvilleLB, DT, DBTop choice: LB Aaron Curry - Wake Forest
WR Jeremy MaclinJack Del Rio plugs Curry in at middle linebacker to run his defense.9. Denver (from GB)DT, LB, CBTop choice:QB Mark Sanchez - USC
LB Brian CushingBroncos overpay with their second round pick (#48) to ensure they land Sanchez.10. San FranciscoQB, WR, OLTop choice:OT Michael Oher - Mississippi
WR Jeremy MaclinNiners get beat to Sanchez so they fortify their pass protection.11. BuffaloDE, OL, SLBTop choice:DE Everette Brown - Florida St.
LB Brian CushingAfter getting a playmaker for the offense in Owens, Bills try to do the same for the defense.12. Green Bay (from Den)DE/OLB, CB, OLTop choice: OLB Aaron Maybin - Penn State
DE Tyson JacksonPackers get pass rush help for Kampman.13. WashingtonDE, OLB, OLTop choice:LB Brian Cushing - USC
DE Robert AyersRedskins don't have picks this year to trade up for Sanchez, replace the released Marcus Washington instead.14. New OrleansOLB, OL, RBTop choice:LB Clay Matthews - USC
DB Malcolm JenkinsDef. coordinator Gregg Williams can't resist taking Bruce Matthews nephew after his years with the HOF linemen in Houston.15. HoustonLB, OL, S

Top choice:LB Rey Maualuga - USC
DB Malcolm JenkinsTexans create dynamic duo inside with Demeco Ryans and big USC hitter.16. San DiegoILB, OL, DBTop choice:DE Tyson Jackson - LSU
RB Knowshon MorenoJackson is too good a fit up front in San Diego's 3-4 system.17. New York JetsQB, CB, WRTop choice:WR Jeremy Maclin - Missouri
DB Malcolm Jenkins

The Jets can't believe their good fortune as Maclin finally gives New York's passing game a deep threat.18. DenverDT, LB, CB

Top choice:DE Robert Ayers - Tennessee
DB Malcolm JenkinsNeeding help just about everywhere on defense Ayers is just too good to pass up.19. Tampa BayOLB, DT, RBTop choice:DT Peria Jerry - Mississippi
WR Darrius Heyward-BeyThe Bucs need an interior penetrator and Jerry fits the bill.20. DetroitDT, MLB, CBTop choice:DB Malcolm Jenkins - Ohio St.
LB James LaurinaitisLions address the back end of their defense.21. PhiladelphiaRB, TE, LBTop choice:RB Knowshon Moreno - Georgia
TE Brandon PettigrewAndy Reid grabs the heir apparent to Brian Westbrook.22. MinnesotaCB, OL, QBTop choice:CB Darius Butler - UCONN
CB Vontae Davis - IllinoisVikings add more playmaking talent to secondary.23. New EnglandDL, S, LBTop choice:DT Ziggy Hood - Missouri
LB James LaurinaitisWith three of their top four defensive linemen all in the final year of their contracts, they can't keep them all.24. AtlantaOLB, CB, STop choice:CB Vontae Davis - Illinois
CB Alphonso SmithFalcons have options after acquiring Gonzalez in trade with Chiefs.25. MiamiLB, WR, CB

Top choice:OLB Larry English - No. Illinois
CB Alphonso SmithDolphins add another pass rusher as complement to Porter.26. BaltimoreLB, CB, WRTop choice:CB Alphonso Smith - Wake Forest
WR Hakeem NicksRavens add another playmaker on defense with Smith.27. IndianapolisDT, LB, WR

Top choice:LB James Laurinatis - Ohio St.
WR Kenny BrittThough they're desperate for a DT, Bill Polian won't reach and lands quality linebacker help.28. BuffaloOL, SLB, TETop choice:TE Brandon Pettigrew - Oklahoma St.
OT Eben BrittonBuffalo lucks out and lands best tight end in draft. Must address offensive tackle in round two (Phil Loadholt?)29. New York GiantsWR, LB, DTTop choice:WR Kenny Britt - Rutgers
OLB Connor BarwinGiants take local kid to revitalize the passing game post-Plaxico.30. TennesseeCB, LB, DTTop choice:OLB Connor Barwin - Cincinnati
CB Alphonso SmithTitans will address their back seven on defense early.31. ArizonaRB, OLB, OLTop choice:RB Donald Brown - UCONN.
RB Beanie WellsCards need to give Tim Hightower some help with league's worst running game.32. PittsburghOL, DE, CBTop choice:C Alex Mack - Cal
C Max UngerSteelers re-tool the offensive interior.

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