NFL Gridiron Gab’s Mock Draft 3.0

1. Detroit Lion – Eugene Monroe: The Lions need to rebuild starting in the trenches. It doesn’t matter who is behind center, because if they’re not protected then they will not succeed. In all reality, this pick will probably come down to contract negotiations that are happening right now.

2. St. Louis Rams – Jason Smith: The Rams cut Orlando Pace and don’t really have a viable replacement. That should be enough reason alone to give Bulger and Jackson a promising young guy on the O-Line.

3. Kansas City Chiefs – Aaron Curry:
The Chiefs rebuilding in the trenches began last year, so they can afford to take the highest rated defensive play-maker in the draft. Curry will provide a spark to a dfense that needs exactly that.

4. Seattle Seahwaks – Michael Crabtree:
Housh does not solve the ‘Hawks problems at wide out. Adding a guy off Crabtree’s talent will help the offense get back on track. This pick is made easier by the top two tackles being off the board.

5. Cleveland Browns – Mark Sanchez: Say WHAT!?! Yeah, I think Mangini is not pleased with his choice being between Anderson and Quinn in Cleveland. While this may not be the best choice (since when does Mangini make the best choice?) to fill an immediate need, this would further justify an effort to deal Anderson or Quinn during or after the draft.

6. Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Oher: The Bengals pass protection is terrible and Oher would go a long ways towards fixing it. The Bengals need a lot of help in a lot of places, but getting a great tackle can’t be a bad thing by any means.

7. Oakland Raiders – B.J. Raji: It’s always hard to tell what the heck Al Davis might do. However, I think he can’t pass up on Raji at this point. The guy could be a demon in the middle of their D-line for years to come.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brian Orakpo: Adding the draft’s top pass-rusher would help the Jaguar defense play at a level they’re more used to. The Jags secondary isn’t bad, so getting a little pressure on opposing QB’s could pay big dividends.

9. Green Bay Packers – Everette Brown: When a team goes from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, that means they need to go out and find themselves a new toy. Brown is an athletic OLB in the 3-4 that would be a great compliment to Kampann.

10. San Francisco 49ers – Matt Stafford: Singletary wont hesitate to take one of the top 2 QB’s if they fall to him. I don’t think he’s too keen on going into the 2009 season with the current signal callers, even with Alex Smith’s easier-to-swallow contract.

11. Buffalo Bills – Knowshon Moreno: Marshawn Lynch has been a great player and a not-so-great citizen in his short time with the Bills. I think the Bills will look to try and make the T.O. signing a success to it’s fullest extent by focusing heavily on juicing up the offense.

12. Denver Broncos – Malcolm Jenkins: The Broncos gave Dre Bly walking papers this offseason, and could use major help in the safety position as well. Jenkins has been labeled kind of a “tweener” when it comes to whether or not he’s an NFL safety or cornerback, but something tells me he’s good enough to play either. Jenkins could come in, start, and be an instant upgrade to one of the roster spots in the secondary.

13. Washington Redskins – Michael Johnson: The Redskins biggest problem last year was their inability to get to the quarterback (only 24 sacks) so drafting Johnson would be a step in the right direction.

14. New Orleans Saints – Chris Wells: Deuce is gone and Reggie hasn’t proven to be an every down back by any stretch of the imagination. Wells will be a rookie-of-the-year candidate right out of the gate and could prove the Saints with a legitimate ground game.

15. Houston Texans – Jeremy Maclin:
The Texans are only one player away from having a Patriots-style passing offense. With Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels leading the way, Maclin would provide a speedy threat who can make a variety of plays.

16. San Diego Chargers – Andre Smith: Eventually, a team that needs a tackle bad enough will have to take this nut job. Smith could prove to be a great fixture on an NFL O-Line if he can just get a grip on reality and keep distractions out of his life.

17. New York Jets – Josh Freeman: In the wake of the Favre experiment, nobody seems to know what the jets plan on doing at quarterback. Even if they find a reliable veteran, it couldn’t hurt to have Freeman waiting in the wings.

18. Chicago Bears – Eben Britton:
With John St. Clair signing with Cleveland, the Bears three current tackles have a combined starts total of one. While drafting a rookie to fill in wouldn’t change that number, Britton would likely be an upgrade over the current crew.

19. Tampa Bay Bucs – Brian Cushing: With Derrick Brooks being cut, Cushing would be a great playmaker to sign as a replacement.

20. Detroit Lions – Duke Robinson: The Lions continue to upgrade the O-Line. Remember, with Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith this is an offense that could be somewhat successful in 2009. Especially with good protection and run blocking. The defense needs a ton of help, true, but later round picks will help them rebuild for the long term, while this offense is ready to go now.

21. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Pettigrew: The Eagles need to keep giving McNabb credible threats. They also need to improve the blocking on the line. Pettigrew does both.

22. Minnesota Vikings – Alex Mack: With Matt Birk being allowed to leave, the Vikings could choose to fill his void with the best center prospect to enter the draft in years. Drafting Mack would allow John Sullivan to become an adequate backup at both center and guard.

23. New England Patriots – Vontae Davis: T.O. is in the division now and the Pats could use a good young cornerback anyways. He’d be able to step in and start, and would be great value at this point.

24. Atlanta Falcons – Rey Maualuga: The Falcons take the best player available and get a good defensive playmaker.

25. Miami Dolphins – D.J. Moore: The Fins are desperate for good corners at this point with T.O. and Moss looking to run past their secondary all season long. Will Allen will need help. Moore can also be a viable return man option.

26. Baltimore Ravens – Aaron Maybin: The Ravens have seen too many defensive players walk away this offseason, and the process of replacing them begins now. Maybin would be a great pickup who should have instant impact this season.

27. Indianapolis Colts – Darrius Heyward-Bey: With Marvin Harrison off the books, the Colts need a legitimate threat across from Reggie Wayne, allowing Anthony Gonzalez to slide back into the slot.

28. Philadelphia Eagles – William Beatty: Offensive tackle is a huge need even with the Eagles being able to re-sign some linemen. Beatty is a steal at this point and fills a major need.

29. New York Giants – Jared Cook: The Giants may or may not end up needing a wide out to replace Plaxico and they may or may not end up trading for Braylon Edwards. Regardless, Jared Cook provides the team with an exciting tight end to give Eli yet another reliable target.

30. Tennessee Titans- Darius Butler: Corner is the most pressing need for the Titans and Butler is a pretty good option at this point. If Brian Cushing falls to this spot, the Titans will pounce.

31. Arizona Cardinals – Donald Brown: Arizona needs to release Edge, not make Hightower do too much, and draft a stud running back who’ll make a great offense even better this season.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tyson Jackson: Aaron Smith is getting old, and drafting a replacement now would be a great proactive way to address a need.

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