Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Mock drafts for Tuesday

With the draft order starting to take a more confirmed shape a plethora of mocks have come to the surface as people try to predict how the 2009 draft will unfold.

Lets start with Drafttek. They have the Seahawks selecting Michael Oher (OT, Ole Miss) fourth overall. The top two picks in his mocks are also offensive linemen - Andre Smith and Eugene Monroe.

Dane Brugler at NFL Draft Source also thinks Seattle will take a tackle, but has Tim Ruskell picking up Eugene Monroe. The Virginia prospect has had mixed reviews over the year but remember - this guy stopped Branden Albert playing left guard in college. That has to count for something.

New Sport Draft has the 'Hawks picking Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech). He's been a popular pick for Seattle in a lot of mocks this year.

Robert Davis at Football's Future also goes with Seattle taking the talented receiver. He also has Brian Orakpo going third overall to the Chiefs, that would be a rather big reach for Kansas City even though they need a pass rush.

Michael Abromowitz at the football expert also says the Seahawks take Crabtree. He hasn't got Andre Smith (OT, Alabama) going in the top five, instead suggesting Cleveland will take the local boy Chris Wells at running back. A bookend of Joe Thomas on the left and Andre Smith on the right sounds pretty good to me.

Bronco Madness follow the trend by sending Crabtree to the northwest. This time the Chiefs take Aaron Curry third overall. Is there a chance his stock rises that much?

The Draft King has the 'Hawks picking Crabtree too. He also has Sam Bradford going to the Lions first overall. With their second pick at number 20 (taken from Dallas) he has them taking a linebacker (Clint Sintim) ahead of tackles Eugene Monroe and Jason Smith who are still on the board. Not sure about that move personally. If the Lions can get a left tackle and a franchise quarter back in the first round, they can begin to rebuild from that platform.

NFL Mock Draft Aces have the Seahawks taking Georgia prospect Matt Stafford (QB).

18 comments:

jjhsix said...

I will go on record early as saying Monroe is my favourite tackle in the draft. Rob - do you think Detroit has given up on Cherilus already as a left tackle prospect because wouldn't it be unusual to go franchise left tackle 2 years in a row in the 1st? Then again this is the Detroit Lions.

Rob Staton said...

Hi jjhsix, when Cherilus was graded before the 2008 draft he was projected to suit the right tackle position and had the perfect skill set for that role. I know when he started the year in Detroit he was appearing on the right with Jeff Backus at left tackle. I'm not entirely sure if this changed during the year, but Cherilus has the ability to play RT. If they draft a tackle first overall there's a good chance Cherilus will remain at right tackle indefinitely.

Nighthawk said...

Personally I don't see Bradford coming out as a sophomore QB, but who knows for sure. Detroit's offense is the brighter spot, what they need is defense. They used a 2nd round pick on a QB in 2007 and didn't play him much at all after Kitna was put on IR. So apparently even Marinelli didn't think much of him although Millen had to have discussed it with him before the pick was made. QB first overall, Stafford or Bradford, is going to be hugely expensive. They'd be better off trading down if they can, or taking Oher and going defense at 20 (I suspect Sintim might go earlier but he'd be a good pick there).

jjhsix said...

Good points Rob. I always thought Cherilus projected as a better right tackle at the NFL level. I'm now wondering if the Chiefs are considering drafting their second bookend and having Alberts play his more natural right tackle position?

Rob Staton said...

The Chiefs could go in a number of directions. If their new GM wants his own man, they could go QB. If they are more sold on Thigpen, they could draft Crabtree to give them a really potent passing game alongside Gonzalez and Bowe. A lot of mock have them taking a defensive end like Orakpo - I think that's a bit of a reach but they DO need a pass rush.

Alternatively, as you suggest jjhsix, they could look at an offensive tackle. A lot of the scouts and the pundits are saying this is a great draft for offensive tackles so maybe they take advantage of that? Albert is pretty much capable of playing anywhere along the offensive line. The only thing that puts me off them doing that is the fact they drafted Albert quite highly to be a LT and they just spent a whole year training him for that position. It'd be a bit of a U-turn to look anywhere else.

Michael said...

Is it a stretch to think that Hunter Cantwell simply needs some seasoning, and may be the QB we all desire in three years? Is there that much separation between a guy with talent all around (Stafford, Bradford) and a guy that has next to nothing notable to work with?

Thanks in advance!

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