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Chris Brown's 2009 Mock Draft

Below is my fifth annual mock draft on 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 Monroe
With 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 Curry
GM 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 Sanchez
Instead of getting Matt Hasselback's eventual replacement they get him more protection.
5. Cleveland OLB, RB, WRTop choice:DE Brian Orakpo - Texas
LB Aaron Curry
The 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 Curry

The hole at tackle is cavernous and Smith can capably fill it.
7. OaklandOLB, WR, S

Top choice:WR Michael Crabtree - Texas Tech
WR Jeremy Maclin

Al Davis can't pass up a playmaker.
8. JacksonvilleLB, DT, DBTop choice: LB Aaron Curry - Wake Forest
WR Jeremy Maclin
Jack 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 Cushing
Broncos overpay with their second round pick (#48) to ensure they land Sanchez.
10. San FranciscoQB, WR, OLTop choice:OT Michael Oher - Mississippi
WR Jeremy Maclin
Niners get beat to Sanchez so they fortify their pass protection.
11. BuffaloDE, OL, SLBTop choice:DE Everette Brown - Florida St.
LB Brian Cushing
After 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 Jackson
Packers get pass rush help for Kampman.
13. WashingtonDE, OLB, OLTop choice:LB Brian Cushing - USC
DE Robert Ayers
Redskins 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 Jenkins
Def. 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 Jenkins

Texans create dynamic duo inside with Demeco Ryans and big USC hitter.
16. San DiegoILB, OL, DBTop choice:DE Tyson Jackson - LSU
RB Knowshon Moreno
Jackson 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 Jenkins

Needing 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-Bey
The Bucs need an interior penetrator and Jerry fits the bill.
20. DetroitDT, MLB, CBTop choice:DB Malcolm Jenkins - Ohio St.
LB James Laurinaitis
Lions address the back end of their defense.
21. PhiladelphiaRB, TE, LBTop choice:RB Knowshon Moreno - Georgia
TE Brandon Pettigrew
Andy Reid grabs the heir apparent to Brian Westbrook.
22. MinnesotaCB, OL, QBTop choice:CB Darius Butler - UCONN
CB Vontae Davis - Illinois
Vikings add more playmaking talent to secondary.
23. New EnglandDL, S, LBTop choice:DT Ziggy Hood - Missouri
LB James Laurinaitis
With 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 Smith
Falcons have options after acquiring Gonzalez in trade with Chiefs.
25. MiamiLB, WR, CB

Top choice:OLB Larry English - No. Illinois
CB Alphonso Smith

Dolphins add another pass rusher as complement to Porter.
26. BaltimoreLB, CB, WRTop choice:CB Alphonso Smith - Wake Forest
WR Hakeem Nicks
Ravens add another playmaker on defense with Smith.
27. IndianapolisDT, LB, WR

Top choice:LB James Laurinatis - Ohio St.
WR Kenny Britt

Though 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 Britton
Buffalo 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 Barwin
Giants take local kid to revitalize the passing game post-Plaxico.
30. TennesseeCB, LB, DTTop choice:OLB Connor Barwin - Cincinnati
CB Alphonso Smith
Titans will address their back seven on defense early.
31. ArizonaRB, OLB, OLTop choice:RB Donald Brown - UCONN.
RB Beanie Wells
Cards need to give Tim Hightower some help with league's worst running game.
32. PittsburghOL, DE, CBTop choice:C Alex Mack - Cal
C Max Unger
Steelers re-tool the offensive interior.

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