1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia- Stafford is a solid quarterback with a big arm and great running ability. He reminds me of John Elway, only not as accurate.
2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor- The Rams have passed on taking an elite offensive tackle the last several years. I highly doubt they will do that this year with two great offensive tackles sitting in front of them. I think the Rams decide to go with Smith because of his run-blocking ability and his finisher’s mentality.
3. Kansas City Chiefs: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia- Though the Chiefs drafted tackle Branden Alberts with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 draft, I think there is no way they pass on Monroe. They need to protect their new quarterback, Matt Cassel. And what better way to do that than drafting an elite left tackle.
4. Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest- The Seahawks luck out with this pick, and get arguably the best player in the draft. Curry will make the Seahawks linebacking core the best in the NFL.
5. Cleveland Browns: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College- I know almost every mock draft out there has the Browns taking a rush outside linebacker. I think they decide to take Raji and sure up a defensive line that is forced to stop the run in a division that constantly runs the ball.
6. Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama- Even if Smith does not turn out to be a premiere left tackle, he will likely become a solid right tackle. Nonetheless it is an improvement to their offensive line.
7. Oakland Raiders: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech- I have heard talks that the Raiders could take Darrius Heyward-Bey with this pick. He may not be the fastest wide receiver in the draft, but he is the best.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri- The Jaguars constantly draft wide receivers in the first round and every time they miss. This time they get it right with Maclin, he is going to be special for the Jaguars because of his versatility, speed and ball skills.
9. Green Bay Packers: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas- Though the Packers are hoping that Raji falls to nine, they will be more than happy to take Orakpo.
10. San Francisco 49ers: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss- Oher gets drafted this high because tackles in the NFL have become more of a commodity. And I do not expect the 49ers to give up on quarterback Alex Smith just yet.
11. Buffalo Bills: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee- Ayers stock has sky rocketed over the past month and with good reason, he is arguably the best 4-3 defensive end.
12. Denver Broncos: Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California- Sanchez is, in my opinion, the best quarterback in the draft.
13. Washington Redskins: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State- The Redskins have no pure pass rusher, and Brown could possibly be that guy.
14. New Orleans Saints: Brian Cushing, OLB, Southern California- I would not be surprised to see Cushing go as soon as 11, he is the most versatile defensive player in this draft.
15. Houston Texans: Chris “Beanie” Wells, RB, Ohio State- Though the Texans have Steve Slaton, they know the biggest trend in the NFL is a two back system, and Wells brings the thunder to compliment Slaton’s lightning.
16. San Diego Chargers: Tyson Jackson, DE, Louisiana State- They have to replace Igor Olshansky, he was important to that front seven.
17. New York Jets: Malcolm Jenkins, CB/S, Ohio State- The Jets need more help in their secondary and having solid nickel back is a must.
18. Denver Broncos (From Chicago): Rey Maualuga, ILB, Southern California- Maualuga will bring Denver a defensive presence they lack.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Clay Matthews, OLB, Southern California- Matthews will be a great replacement for Derek Brooks. They could also go with Peria Jerry.
20. Detroit Lions (From Dallas): Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State- Maybin will not drop this far, but if he does, it is because he is looked upon as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona- We all know the Eagles, they love their tackles.
22. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State- Pettigrew will be great for the Vikings run game with his blocking.
23. New England Patriots: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State- Laurinaitis will be a great replacement for Tedy Bruschi in the near future.
24. Atlanta Falcons: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss- The Falcons will be ecstatic to take Jerry, he is the quickest defensive tackle in the draft, and they need him.
25. Miami Dolphins: Evander “Ziggy” Hood, DE/DT, Missouri- Hood will be a solid 3-4 defensive end, the Dolphins need more defensive help.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia- Willis McGahee is not exactly a dependable running back. And at 26 Moreno is a steal and the best running back in the draft.
27. Indianapolis Colts: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland- The Colts have no burning needs, but Heyward-Bey is a solid wide receiver, why not take him?
28. Philadelphia Eagles (From Carolina): Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut- Brown will help give Brian Westbrook a break when he needs it.
29. New York Giants: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State- Though the Giants could go running back, Robiskie is the big receiver they need to help replace Plaxico Burress.
30. Tennessee Titans: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois- Wide receiver is an option, but English helps improve the defensive line. There will be lots of receivers to choose from in the second round.
31. Arizona Cardinals: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh- McCoy is a steal at 31; he has the best footwork of all the running backs in the draft.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: William Beatty, OT, Connecticut- Beatty has a brighter future than any of the Steelers offensive lineman.