2009 NFL Mock Draft

ESPN Draft Expert Analyst Todd McShay’s 2009 Mock Draft

1. Atlanta Falcons — Fili Moala, DT, USC

Atlanta finally gets its playmaking interior defensive lineman. Moala has flown under the radar to this point but he should emerge from the shadow of 2008 No. 7 overall pick Sedrick Ellis and become one of the elite defenders in college football this fall.

2. Detroit Lions — Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

Coach Rod Marinelli’s defense is predicated on speed up front, and Johnson is blessed with plenty of that. Johnson was overlooked while playing in a rotation last season, but it won’t take long for the rangy edge-rusher to make his mark in 2008.

3. Kansas City ChiefsMatt Stafford*, QB, Georgia

Another injury-plagued and disappointing season out of fragile QB Brodie Croyle will force the Chiefs to address the position with this high draft pick in 2009. If the supremely talented Stafford continues to progress as he did last fall, he could easily emerge as a top-five pick next April.

4. Miami Dolphins — Al Woods, DT, LSU

At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Woods is a physically imposing defensive tackle with enough size and strength to anchor the middle of a 3-4 defense.

5. Cincinnati Bengals — Sen’Derrick Marks*, DT, Auburn

The Bengals got shut out in their pursuit of an elite defensive tackle in this year’s draft, but 2009 will be more kind. Marks is an undersized playmaker with the first-step quickness to disrupt as a 3-technique tackle, which is exactly what Marvin Lewis’ defense needs along its front.

6. Oakland Raiders — Andre Smith*, OT, Alabama

Smith stepped in immediately as the Tide’s starting left tackle and continues to improve with more coaching and game experience. The Raiders could enlist a player with his kind of skills to take care of their most recent first-round investments in QB JaMarcus Russell and RB Darren McFadden.

7. Chicago BearsTim Tebow*, QB, Florida

It’s almost certain that the Bears will need a quarterback come next offseason. Unfortunately, next year’s crop of signal-callers does not look promising at this point. Bears fans won’t be thrilled if the team uses a high pick on another Gators quarterback following the failed Rex Grossman experiment, but Tebow’s unique blend of skills and rare intangibles might be too good to pass up. Should Tebow elect to leave school early, however, his uncommon skill set could make him the most difficult prospect at any position to grade.

8. San Francisco 49ers — Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

Oher, who possesses the size and athletic ability to develop into an upper-echelon starting tackle in the NFL, would make an ideal bookend opposite 2007 first-rounder Joe Staley.

9. St. Louis Rams — Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

Maualuga is the top senior prospect on my 2009 draft board at this insanely early point in the process, although he wouldn’t be the first senior off the board. I’ve never seen a defensive player take over a game the way Maualuga did versus Illinois in the Rose Bowl, and his recognition skills are clearly catching up with his rare physical tools.

10. New York JetsKnowshon Moreno*, RB, Georgia

Moreno burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2007 and he should build on that momentum as a first-year starter behind a more mature offensive line during the upcoming season. The Jets were not able to land McFadden in this year’s draft but Moreno would be worth the wait if he’s available in 2009.

11. Tennessee TitansMichael Crabtree*, WR, Texas Tech

Do not pigeonhole Crabtree; he’s not just a product of coach Mike Leach’s pass-crazy offense. The tall, long-armed receiver could be the go-to-target QB Vince Young so desperately needs.

12. Houston Texans — Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Jenkins made a wise decision to return as a senior. He needs to improve his footwork and overall man-to-man cover skills to prove to scouts he’s capable of playing corner in any scheme at the next level. Regardless, the Texans could use his ball-hawking skills in their secondary, no matter whether it’s at cornerback or safety.

13. Denver Broncos — James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State

Laurinaitis surprised many NFL scouts when he elected to return to Columbus for his senior season. Assuming he continues to make progress in 2008, there’s no reason to believe he will fall out of the top 20 picks in next year’s draft. The instinctive, high-motor inside linebacker would be a nice addition to a Denver defense in search of more stout defenders up the middle.

14. Baltimore Ravens — Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

The Ravens need an upgrade at corner and a young playmaker like Davis, who possesses rare athleticism for his size, would be an ideal fit.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR) — Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

The Eagles failed to land a go-to-receiver in the 2008 draft (no, DeSean Jackson does not qualify). Instead of going the free-agent route to land a weapon for veteran QB Donovan McNabb, they might as well use one of two first-round picks in ’09 on a future primary target for future QB Kevin Kolb.

16. Arizona CardinalsLeSean McCoy*, RB, Pittsburgh

After Arizona failed to find a complement for Edgerrin James in this year’s draft, the Cardinals’ need at running back will be far more pressing in the spring of ’09. McCoy is a supremely talented sophomore who is draft eligible after spending a year in prep school, and he is reportedly already eyeing the 2009 draft.

17. Buffalo BillsTravis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin

Beckum could emerge as a top-20 pick if he can add 10-15 pounds to his frame while maintaining his big-play ability as a receiver during his senior season.

18. Philadelphia Eagles — Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma

After failing to land one of the record-setting seven offensive tackles selected in the first round of this year’s draft, coach Andy Reid will be craving a big fella like Loadholt in 2009.

19. Washington Redskins — Greg Hardy*, DE, Mississippi

Hardy is flying under the radar right now despite notching 10 solo sacks the past two seasons, and the Redskins will be looking for a young pass-rushing threat after failing to land one during the latest draft.

20. Minnesota VikingsPercy Harvin*, WR/RS, Florida

Staying healthy for a full season would all but guarantee Harvin a spot in the first round of the NFL draft, either next year or in 2010.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Ciron Black, OT, LSU

The Bucs will be looking to enlist the services of a talented left tackle prospect such as Black, who displays quick feet for a 6-5, 315-pounder.

22. Green Bay Packers — Max Unger, OT, Oregon

Unger, who projects as a first-day pick in next year’s draft, is the type of versatile lineman the Packers typically covet.

23. Cleveland Browns — Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson

Sapp is an up-and-coming talent with outstanding speed and pass-rushing potential. He should fit perfectly as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme like the one employed in Cleveland.

24. Seattle Seahawks — Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma

The Seahawks are still looking for a long-term solution at left guard, so why not use this pick on the player who is at this point the top prospect at that position.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers — Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

Jackson is among the elite senior defensive prospects right now but that might not hold up for 12 full months, as he’s simply not a great fit for every team’s defensive scheme. At 6-5 and 290, Jackson is best suited to play defensive end in a three-man front like the one employed in Pittsburgh.

26. New Orleans Saints — Gerald McRath, OLB, Southern Miss

The Saints will be looking for an injection of youth and athleticism at linebacker and the speedy, undersized McRath falls in line with that objective.

27. New York Giants — Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida

The Giants could use a quick and powerful tackling machine like Spikes after failing to address that need early in the 2008 draft.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars — William Moore, S, Missouri

Moore emerged as a playmaking machine in 2007, when he notched 114 tackles and eight interceptions. At 6-1 and 215 pounds he could be the versatile strong safety Jacksonville needs opposite FS Reggie Nelson.

29. Indianapolis Colts — Vance Walker, DT/DE, Georgia Tech

Walker has the right blend of tools to provide depth along the interior of Indianapolis’ quick-but-undersized defensive line.

30. San Diego Chargers — Auston English, DE/OLB, Oklahoma

English is an instinctive, high-motor player with very good speed and fluid hips for a young defensive end. He already has experience dropping into coverage on zone-blitz looks within Oklahoma’s complex defensive scheme.

31. Dallas CowboysDemetrius Byrd, WR, LSU

Wide receiver is the one area Dallas did not address during an otherwise promising 2008 draft. Byrd has a lot to prove as a senior but he certainly has the blend of size and deep speed it takes to emerge as a first-round draft pick.

32. New England Patriots — Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

The Patriots continue a recent trend of drafting linebackers by using this selection on the versatile Cushing. The 6-5, 248-pounder has experience on the strong side and as a rush linebacker, which will be attractive to a New England coaching staff that likes versatility in its linebackers.

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17 Responses to “2009 NFL Mock Draft”

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  3. Alvin says:

    You guys should take a look at Christopher Owens CB out of San Jose State his 2007 stats was 6 int and 75 tackles what CB in college had that many tackles not to mention he need 3 picks to break school record and is the top rated CB in the conference, with the #2 raking in the country who’s in-charge over there look at all the players coming out before you start putting names down just alittle FYI THANKS!!!

  4. Russ says:

    Alvin, Why don’t you learn how to write first before you respond back talking smack – big guy…

    Fix your grammar and work on that, then you can start writing messages!

    Owens is from San Jose State – I doubt he will go into the 1st round.

    This isn’t my mock it’s Todd McShay’s from ESPN!

    Read the title Bro.

    Malcom Jenkins is a much better corner than your Owens – plus mock drafts at this point are crazy because more than half these players will not even be 1st rounders next season not to mention the fact there will be a lot injuries like always and as usual – there will be many talented juniors applying for the draft early coming out of college into the NFL for the big $.

  5. Alvin says:

    Thanks Russ I really like the english lesson, I agree with you on one point it’s way to early to say how high a player will go but Malcom Jenkins better than Owens ( 07′ season 75 tackles 6 ints / 4 yr starter) you must lost your last mind! Jenkins is a SUSPECT corner he gets ran by on deep routes and is’nt physical at all and never brake blocks from lineman and would’nt dare to make an open field tackle wow Malcom Jenkins watch some San Jose State games this year if you really want to see a true corner. THANKS

  6. victor hobbs says:

    todd mc shay what the hay is wrong with you i’m a bears fan and tim tebow sucks and is hot garbage. he’s not that good i will not be a bears fan no more if you draft tim tebow.if matthew stafford is taken. draft curtis painter Quarterback from purdue in the first round. in the second,third ,fourth and so on draft some weapons like wide receivers,runningbacks, and offensive line come on bears its time to grow up. another reason for not drafting tim tebow is because he’s from florida and if rex is a failure then tim tebow is to.

  7. Greg says:

    How about Chris Wells or Alex Boone. I think you are are favoring SEC too much. Michigan did beat Florida in the Capitol 1 bowl which was supposed to be the biggest blowout….

  8. Dave says:

    Where is George Selvie?

  9. Steve says:

    I agree that Malcolm Jenkins is not the corner everybody thinks. He is highly overated in my opinion and it would all come out at the senior bowl. However, because of his number one rating on all the website charts he probably will not go when invited. All his flaws would come out there. He has no where to go but down on the boards just watch by the end of season. He gets burnt too much and his press man skills and technique are not the best. I think he is a better safety. In my opinion the cornerback sleeper for this years draft is Mark Parson Ohio U who has never been beat for a TD or reception over thirty yards in three years. He is number three in career breakups with 26 and would have more stats but teams avoid throwing to his side of the field. I think he is the best cover corner in this class. He also shut down Ohio States WR Robiskie to 8 yards.

  10. Kevin says:

    Tennesse picking 11th thats just crazy. Look at there record 5 and right now and incounting. They got one of the easiest schedule and quite frankily their divison is pretty easy right now. I see them winning thier divison by a landslide. Again, the only way the take Micheal Crabtree if the trade up or if they dont aquire Roy Williams from the Lions. Otherwise you can see them between picks 27-32. There is no way they will finish 5-11 or play 500 ball or less. Tennessee is one of the more elite teams this surrprisingly.

  11. allan says:

    i have a question
    how do they estimate the falcons will have the first overall pick
    i mean
    they’re going 4-2 for christs sake
    they already tied with the number of wins they had last year
    and the only way they can have the overall first is if the lose 10 games in a row
    and then they’ll have to pray no team goes 3-13 or 2-14

  12. allan says:

    and the dude about me {kevin}
    the cowboys picked up roy williams

  13. Dustan says:

    guys this draft was done like a little bit after the 08 draft was done so these predictions are very old. i would have to say though for as early as this came for the most part most of these names will be going in the round with the exception of possible 5 to 10 that have slipped up, most of these are potential first rounders and todd has done a good job with his very early predictions.

  14. Sargey says:

    Mcshay were is jarret dillard from Rice University he is twice the player Demetrius Byrd is!!!

  15. ROY says:

    Tim Tebow first round ? maybe 3/4 round. HOW ABOUT A WR. TO PASS TO.CRABTREE?

  16. David says:

    The Rams will never trade there 2nd pick. they will never give up andre smith

  17. fiona says:

    Hey, this draft was done like a little bit after the 08 draft was done so these predictions are very old. i would have to say though for as early as this came for the most part most of these names will be going in the round with the exception of possible 5 to 10 that have slipped up, most of these are potential first rounders and todd has done a good job with his very early predictions.

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