Matt McGuire reviews Seattle's options heading into the 2009 draft. He lists four prospects they could look at in round one - Michael Crabtree, B.J. Raji, Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe. On drafting an offensive tackle, "They are paying Sean Locklear $18.75 million over the next four years. They are paying Walter Jones $6.2 million in 2009. Financially, it doesn’t seem probable that the Hawks go here". The team also recently signed Ray Willis to an undisclosed contract.
Kyle Rota publishes his scouting report on Jason Smith (OT, Baylor). Rota labels Smith "a project" and suggests that although there is elite potential on offer, he's still not a polished product. He was impressed with his nastiness and determination and suggests Smith is a safer pick than Eugene Monroe.
Rob Rang takes a look at Kansas State quarter back Josh Freeman. He's being touted as a potential first round pick. Rang: "The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Freeman might be the finest all-around athlete among the 2009 quarterback class. His combination of size, arm strength and mobility has drawn comparisons to Daunte Culpepper, Jason Campbell and JaMarcus Russell."
Chad Reuter believes Matt Stafford is still the best option for Detroit with the first overall pick. He argues that there's no such thing as a safe pick (a topic I discussed here a few weeks ago). Reuter: "Selecting a tackle or linebacker, no matter how talented, cannot be labeled as a safe pick."
Jeremy Maclin speaks to ESPN about his preparations for the NFL Draft. The Missouri receiver picked up an injury at the combine which hampered his ability to work out. He's still a dynamic wide out with blistering speed - in a strong receiver class this year he could be a top 15 pick.
Football Diner published a prospect profile I wrote for Knowshon Moreno (RB, Georgia). There's no doubting Moreno's talent and infectious personality, but team's might be reluctant to draft a running back in the top 10 this year. With two back system's in fashion and gems found in the middle rounds last year - Moreno could be a bargain in the first round.