Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 is the NFL Draft. The Draft has become a huge deal for all NFL fans. Mock drafts are extremely popular. The Fantasy Sports Counselor is trying his hand at it below. If you would like to try your hand at it before Saturday's kickoff, you can join a Mock Draft Challenge at either Cowboys Pride or Sports Jabber, I know I did.
I will be blogging the draft live on FSC.
Smith is a no brainer for the Rams after losing LT Pace to
Curry is the best player in the draft. The Chiefs badly need to revitalize their defense and Curry may be the next coming of Derrick Thomas.
4. Seattle – Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia Mark
I am not confident with this pick. I could see them going with Crabtree to bring in their WR of the future to go along with Housh. I could see them pick a stud DL like Orakpo or Raji or Maybin. Many believe that they will pick QB Sanchez as the future replacement for Hasselbeck. But with their stud LT Walter Jones coming to the end of his career, I think they will go with
5. Cleveland – Michael Crabtree, WR,
The Browns could also go many ways but with Edwards being shopped by
The Bengals have plenty of needs. If Crabtree is still around, he might be too much temptation to avoid. Their biggest needs are their lines and Raji is a stud. With the allegations against him proven false, I think Raji will be their pick.
With Al Davis making the calls, you never know who he will draft.
After trading off Cutler,
The Packers will be very excited if Orakpo falls to them at nine. They are switching to the 3-4 and need a OLB/DE hybrid and Orakpo is the best one on the board.
Mike Singletary is a defensive kind of guy. He wants to improve the 49ers and he will do it with his stamp on them. Maybin has great potential and should be a great pick for the 49ers.
The Bills need a pass rusher. Brown is quick and powerful enough to get to the QB.
13. Washington – Andre Smith, OT,
LT Chris Samuels is not a spring chicken. Smith can come in and start at RT and develop as their LT of the future. They could take Oher here if he is still on the board.
The Saints could go for a complimentary RB for Bush or a stud LB but I think they will try to fill their need in the secondary. Jenkins can play either CB or Safety but will probably be their starting CB.
15. Houston – Brian Cushing, OLB,
The Texans need to upgrade their safeties badly but should be able to find a major upgrade in the second round. They need a RB to help out Slaton and may be tempted by Wells. They could use another good DE to rush the passer but they did spend the money in free agency so that will not be their top priority. They also need a stud OLB and Cushing is just what they orders.
The Chargers are looking for the best player available. Maualuga has been free falling on the draft board for a couple of months and this is a great value pick for the Chargers. Maualuga is a from USC and should fit in just fine in
17. NY Jets – Chris “Beanie” Wells, RB,
The Jets could try to move up for a chance at QB Sanchez or go after a WR like Heyward-Bey. Thomas Jones is aging and Wells can be RB of the future for the Jets.
The Broncos need a stud DE.
The Bucs have not have a QB to get excited about for many years and Freeman appears to have the skills of a Pro QB. The Bucs could easily try to fill some of their Defensive needs with this pick but I think Freeman is too inviting for them to pass up with this pick.
The Lions could easily go OL with this pick. I think they will look to help their poor defense with a pick like Ayers.
The Eagles need a stud TE and RB to compliment Westbrook.
The Vikes are looking OL and CB help. Britton is a rock solid RT. They could look at Center or CB Davis but I think they will go with a tackle.
23. New England – Clay Matthews, OLB,
The Patriots need to develop youth in the linebacker corp. Matthews is a really good OLB and may be better than his highly touted USC counterpart- Cushing.
The Falcons need a top notch TE. Pettigrew is the best in the class. He can catch and block which is a plus in this TE class. They will be very excited if Pettigrew is still available at 24.
The Dolphins could draft any numerous players with this pick. They could pick a DL or LB. It is likely that they will check out the WRs at this level. With
26. Baltimore – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR,
The Ravens need a WR that can make plays. Heyward-Bey is a very fast but also big target. He should have been off the board much earlier. This pick will help Flacco instantly.
The Colts need a run stopping tackle to help plug the leak up the middle. Jerry is a perfect fit for them. They could pick a WR at this spot but I think they will go with Defense.
28. Buffalo (f/CAR via PHI) – Alex Mack, C,
The Bills can go a lot of different ways with this pick. I think they will be looking to pick up a good lineman. Mack can play several different roles on the OL.
The Giants need a WR that can makes plays for them like Burress used to. Britt is a big WR like Burress. They may choose to go with WR like Harvin.
The Titans need to find a DT after losing Haynesworth. Hood is not at that level yet but he was a stud at Mizzou and should develop into one with the Titans.
Beatty has a ton of potential as a O-Lineman.
The Steelers pick up a steal (literally) with picking Laurinaitis at the very end of the first round.
The Counselor is OUT: