2009 NFL Mock Draft: 4.0

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Updated (Mar 2, 2009)

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Total Pro Sports – Introducing the Total Pro Sports Mock Draft, version 4.0.  Many changes have occurred in the first two rounds as a result of the recent scouting combine and the new third round has just been added!  With the free agency period now underway, expect frequent changes in the coming weeks as team needs change.

It is our intention to add more, more, MORE to this section as the draft approaches, making TPS your one stop shop for draft analysis.  Changing team needs, player workout results, in-depth film study, character assessments, and all the other “measurables” play significant roles in where players are drafted. As new information becomes available, watch as players move up or down the draft board, possibly landing on your favorite team’s roster.

Leave your comments or questions below and share your thoughts with us, as well as other NFL fans around the globe. I will respond to as many questions and comments as I can, so check back often.  Let’s talk talent!

Best Case – Refers to a player’s “up-side”. My view of what a player is likely to become in the NFL, in terms of production or equivalent talent, assuming that he reaches his full potential.

Worst Case – Refers to a player’s “down-side” or “bust” potential. If you find a great NFL player’s name used to describe a draftee’s worst case scenario, then I am not concerned about a bust possibility, as is the case with Knowshon Moreno.

(Best Case/Worst Case are used only in the first round)

Lets take a look at the 2009 Mock NFL Draft: 4.0

Round 1

Pos Team Player Comments Best Case/Worst Case Change
1 Detroit Lions Matt Stafford, Georgia, QB Grudgingly, Stafford goes number one overall. There’s no doubting his ability, but time will tell if he ever realizes his great potential. B Jay Cutler

W Kyle Boller

Green Arrow2
2 St Louis Rams Jason Smith, Baylor, OT A top heavy class of tackles allows the Rams to select the franchise left tackle to replace aging, and often injured, Orlando Pace. B Tony Boselli

W Chris Samuels

Green Arrow8
3 Kansas City Chiefs Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, OLB With Cassel now a Chief, KC is able to take the top defender in the draft. Curry is one of the most talented football players I’ve ever seen–PERIOD. B Demarcus Ware

WJulian Peterson

Green Arrow2
4 Seattle Seahawks Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, WR Crabtree’s recent injury has many wondering if he’ll slide. With no value tackle available, the decision for Seattle is still easy. That will not be the case if Monroe or J. Smith slide. B Michael Irvin

W Keyshawn Johnson

Red Arrow2
5 Cleveland Browns Brian Orakpo, Texas, OLB An explosive pass rusher who could produce ten plus sacks as a rookie. A no brainer for a team that needs a lot of help. BJulius Peppers

WAdewale Ogunleye

Green Arrow6
6 Cincinnati Bengals Eugene Monroe, Virginia, OT With Jason Smith’s stock rising, Monroe slides a little. Cincinatti certainly doesn’t mind. BWalter Jones

WD’Brickeshaw Furgeson

Red Arrow5
7 Oakland Raiders Derrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland, WR Yes, a shocker! What else is new for Al Davis. Heyward-Bey ran a 4.3 at the combine. Davis can’t resist that kind of speed. BJoey Galloway

WCharles Rogers

Green Arrow23
8 Jacksonville Jaguars Michael Oher, Ole Miss., OT Jacksonville lands the franchise tackle they desperately need, but takes a slight risk on Oher.  Great tangibles, but must improve consistency. BOrlando Pace

WJoe Staley

9 Green Bay Packers BJ Raji, Boston College, DT With the hiring of Dom Capers as the new DC, Green Bay needs a monster nose tackle to anchor its new 3-4 scheme. Look no further at 330 plus pounds. BKris Jenkins

WBarry Cofield

10 San Francisco 49ers Mark Sanchez, USC, QB The 49ers need a left tackle and a rush linebacker. None are available that pose the value Sanchez does. The Alex Smith era is officially over. Sanchez is perfect for this offense. BCarson Palmer

WTrent Edwards

Red Arrow6
11 Buffalo Bills Everett Brown, Florida State, DE Buffalo desperately needs a pass rusher, as they finished near the bottom of the league in sacks. Brown is a gifted athlete with a huge upside. BMario Williams

WJamaal Anderson

Green Arrow2
12 Denver Broncos Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC The ideal 3-4 inside backer. Maualuga will play side by side with newly signed Andre Davis in the middle of Denver’s new 3-4. BJunior Seau

WAntonio Pierce

13 Washington Redskins Andre Smith, Alabama, OT A need pick here. The Skins badly need a right tackle and Smith, despite his apparent immaturity, is still the best one in the draft. BJeff Otah

WLeonard Davis

Red Arrow6
14 New Orleans Saints Vontae Davis, Illinois, CB In a weak draft for DB’s, New Orleans takes arguably the best one in the draft. Could be Malcolm Jenkins here instead. BNnamdi Asomugha

WWill Allen

Green Arrow1
15 Houston Texans Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, CB Texans fill a huge need here, and finally have a corner to play opposite Duante Robinson. BChamp Baily

WAntoine Winfield

Red Arrow1
16 San Diego Chargers Knowshon Moreno, Georgia, RB A chain reaction at the top of the draft causes Moreno to slide. It looks like LT may be traded or released. Moreno is perfect for the Charger system. BLaDainian Tomlinson

WBrian Westbrook

Red Arrow10
17 New York Jets Josh Freeman, Kansas State, QB Huge arm and huge upside. The Jets QB situation is sad, to say the least. With all the value corners off the board, Freeman is their guy. BBen Roethlisburger

WJim Druckenmiller

Green Arrow5
18 Chicago Bears Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, DE Pure speed and agility! A sack specialist, which the Bears have a great need for. A freakish athlete with an enormous upside. BJavon Kearse

WGaines Adams

19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chris Wells, Ohio State, RB The new regime in Tampa is committed to building an explosive offense.  Wells is a productive bruiser with a burst. Could be a two-back system with Cadillac Williams. BLarry Johnson

WLendale White

Green Arrow8
20 Detroit Lions William Beatty, Connecticut, OT Trade From Dallas: Beatty will protect a rookie quarterback and a huge investment. He can play both left and right tackle, but should start at left in week one. BMatt Light

WLevi Brown

Green Arrow15
21 Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State, TE McNabb needs this for Philly to stay in the hunt. There are no wide outs available at 21 that pose good enough value to pass up the best TE in this draft. BJason Witten

WAlgae Crumpler

22 Minnesota Vikings Alex Mack, California, C With Matt Birk gone, the Vikings must replace him with an equal to keep that explosive running game intact. Tough to do, but Mack can do it. BAndre Gurode

WMatt Birk

Green Arrow10
23 New England Patriots Aaronn Maybin, Penn State, OLB Slightly undersized backer who plays big with speed off the edge. The Pats OLB’s aren’t the youngest group in the league. Maybin will fit well in the New England 3-4, and produce some much needed sacks. BShawn Merriman

WManny Lawson

24 Atlanta Falcons Brian Cushing, USC, OLB Cushing is a complete linebacker and will eventually replace aging Keith Brooking. BLance Briggs

WScott Fujita

Green Arrow2
25 Miami Dolphins Larry English, Northern Illinois, OLB This draft is not short on rush linebackers, and the Dolphins are thrilled. They have more pressing needs, but won’t find better value. BJoey Porter

WKarlos Dansby

Green Arrow20
26 Baltimore Ravens Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, WR Baltimore needs a speed receiver badly and are thrilled that Maclin slides to 26. BChad Johnson

WDevin Hester

Red Arrow9
27 Indianapolis Colts Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, WR With Marvin Harrison’s release, the Colts must fill a huge hole. Nicks is perfect for Indy’s system with great hands and runs precise routes. BReggie Wayne

WMuhsin Muhammad

Green Arrow9
28 Philadelphia Eagles Ebon Britton, Arisona, OT Trade From Carolina: Both Eagle starting tackles are in their mid 30’s.  Britton can play either side, and will replace Tra Thomas eventually. BJordan Gross

WRyan Diem

29 New York Giants Kenny Britt, Rutgers, WR Britt is 6’4″ and highly athletic. If he runs in the 4.4 area at the combine, he will go higher. Britt will begin filling the void left by Plaxico Burress, if Plex does not return, or will be a nice compliment to him. BPlaxico Burress

WReggie Williams

30 Tennessee Titans Peria Jerry, Ole Miss, DT Albert Haynesworth is gone and must be replaced. Jerry is the best candidate. BTommy Harris

WBroderick Bunkley

Red Arrow10
31 Arizona Cardinals Max Unger, Oregon, C Running back is an obvious weakness, but no back will be productive in Arizona without upgrading the interior O-line first. Unger can play either G or C. BKevin Mawae

WRyan Kalil

Green Arrow4
32 Pittsburgh Steelers Tyson Jackson, LSU, DE An excellent player against the run, and perfect for Pitt’s 3-4. Jackson will eventually replace aging Aaron Smith. BJustin Tuck

WPhilip Merling

Red Arrow17

Round 2

Pos Team Player Comments Change
33 Detroit Lions Paul Kruger, Utah, DE Detroit looks to improve their pass rush with sack specialist, Kruger.  Electing to go offense with its first two picks, Kruger is the best pass rushing end available and should start from day one.
34 New England Patriots Darius Butler, Connecticut, CB Trade From KC: Filling a huge need here, Butler is the most complete corner on the board. Green Arrow15
35 St Louis Rams Sean Smith, Utah, S The Rams land the top safety in the draft. Smith possesses freakish measurables, at 6’4 and 215 lbs, he ran a 4.53 at the combine and is a converted corner, if you can believe that. Green Arrow30
36 Cleveland Browns Percy Harvin, Florida, WR Inconsistent play from Braylon Edwards and the other Cleveland wideouts demands that the Browns draft another weapon for young Brady Quinn. Harvin slides into round two, possessing ideal value. Red Arrow17
37 Seattle Seahawks Jason Meredith, South Carolina, OT Meredith is a fast riser who had an excellent combine. He can start day one on the right side, and will add depth on the left, protecting an injury-prone quarterback. Green Arrow28
38 Cincinnati Bengals Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, G The best guard in the draft with first round talent. A beast of a run blocker which will improve that sub-par offensive line. Robinson is the steal of the draft, to this point.
39 Jacksonville Jaguars DJ Moore, Vanderbilt, CB Slow combine times have all the corners sliding in this draft. Moore is no exception, but is an excellent value at 39 for a team that needs corners–plural. Red Arrow14
40 Oakland Raiders Connor Barwin, Cincinatti, DE Barwin is one of the few players that actually helped himself at the combine. His athletic ability impressed everyone, especially Al Davis. Another speed player that is extremely versatile. He’s played everything but head coach at Cincinatti. Green Arrow25
41 Green Bay Packers Clint Sintim, Virginia, OLB Sintim is the best rush linebacker on the board and fills a huge need for the converting 3-4 defense. Green Arrow1
42 Buffalo Bills Eric Wood, Louisville, C The Bills fill a glaring hole with this pick. Wood will provide some stability inside for the Bills and can play anywhere between the tackles. Green Arrow23
43 San Francisco 49ers Clay Matthews, USC, OLB Matthews is a versatile linebacker who can rush the passer. He ran a better 40 times than most of the rush linebackers that went ahead of him. Green Arrow13
44 Miami Dolphins Louis Delmas, Western Michigan, S Trade From Washington: Parcels and company draft another small school player with big talent. Delmas reminds me a little of a younger Bob Sanders. He needs to add some weight, but is a big hitter with range and ball skills. Red Arrow1
45 New York Giants James Laurinaitis, ILB Ohio State Trade From New Orleans: Laurinaitis slides to New York in round two allowing them to replace aging Antonio Pierce. He adds much needed spped to the Giants LB corps. Red Arrow15
46 Houston Texans William Moore, Missouri, S Filling another hole in the secondary, Houston takes the 223lb safety from Missouri. Moore is a big hitter with excellent speed. He should start week one. Red Arrow22
47 New England Patriots Patrick Chung, Oregon, S Trade From San Diego: Need pick to replace Rodney Harrison. Chung is in the same mold, a big hitter who plays smart. Green Arrow5
48 Denver Broncos Ron Brace, Boston College, DT A dominant nose tackle is an absolute must when converting to the 3-4. We’ll find out if Brace will become a dominant player, but he will certainly occupy space. Red Arrow4
49 Chicago Bears Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma, OT A mammoth tackle at over 340 lbs! He should start on the right side, opposite Chris Williams, from day one, bringing the “Bear” back to Chicago’s running game. Green Arrow1
50 Cleveland Browns Cornelius Ingram, Florida, TE Trade from Tampa Bay: With Winslow now gone, there is a glaring hole at TE. Cleveland nabs the tight end with the biggest upside in the draft. Had Ingram not missed the entire ’08 season, he would have been a top 15 pick. A solid combine reminded scouts who he was. Green Arrow15
51 Dallas Cowboys Robert Ayers, Tennessee, DE Chris Canty is gone and Dallas needs to get younger defensively. Ayers has the size to play in Dallas’ 3-4, but will add some speed. Red Arrow4
52 New York Jets Brian Robiskie, Ohio State, WR Robiskie vaulted himself with an impressive combine. He is a technically sound, sure-handed receiver with decent speed. He is the son of an NFL receivers coach and is well schooled. The Jets will need to replace Lavernius Coles, and Robiskie should be able to play right away. Green Arrow13
53 Philadelphia Eagles Donald Brown, Connecticut, RB The second most complete back in the draft behind Moreno, Brown will provide quality depth for the Eagles and could replace Brian Westbrook within two years. Red Arrow2
54 Minnesota Vikings Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, CB The Vikings defense lacks corners with ball skills. Smith is probably the best “ball hawk” in the draft. Need pick. Red Arrow14
55 Atlanta Falcons Jared Cook, South Carolina, TE Atlanta nabs a speed tight end with a huge upside. Cook is a better blocker than most realize and will give Matt Ryan another reliable red-zone target to go with Roddy White. Green Arrow10
56 Miami Dolphins Andy Levitre, Oregon State, G Some have him rated ahead of Duke Robinson as the top guard in the draft. He will join Jake Long on the left side in Miami. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams couldn’t be happier. Green Arrow1
57 Baltimore Ravens Mike Mickens, Cincinnati, CB A physical corner in press coverage, Mickens was a four year starter for Cincinnati. At roughly 6’0″, 190 lbs, he has an excellent frame and should add weight. Injury concerns have caused his slide into the late second round. Green Arrow5
58 New England Patriots LeSean McCoy, Pittsburg, RB The value is too great to pass up McCoy here. The addition of Fred Taylor gives McCoy a year to grow and learn. McCoy is the long term replacement to aging Kevin Faulk on third down. Red Arrow27
59 Carolina Panthers Sen’Derrick Marks, Auburn, DT Extremely high value pick. Marks would have been a first rounder had he stayed in school another year. Some “motor” issues but tons of ability. Red Arrow6
60 New York Giants Chase Coffman, Missouri, TE Finally the receiving tight end to replace Jeremy Shockey. The Giants weren’t the same team without Shockey. Coffman is a huge target at 6’6″ and will give Eli a reliable third down target. Red Arrow14
61 Indianapolis Colts Evander Hood, Missouri, DT The Colts have to get stronger at the point of attack, on both sides of the ball. Hood is always in the backfield, and will improve that porous run defense while providing some added pressure on the passer. Perfect for Indy’s scheme. Red Arrow3
62 Tennessee Titans Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma, WR A solid wide receiver who runs precise routes and has consistent hands. Iglesias is an excellent open field runner and should be able to start at WR2 by mid season. Red Arrow9
63 Arizona Cardinals Herman Johnson, LSU, G A 380 lb monster guard!  To find a consistent running game, Arizona will need more than good backs.
64 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashad Johnson, Alabama, S A highly intelligent player with great intangibles and superb ball skills. If the World Champions have a weakness on defense, free safety is it. Not anymore! Red Arrow4

Round 3

Pos Team Player Comments Change
65 Detroit Lions Macho Harris, Virginia Tech, CB Harris is a physical player who is excellent in run support. He, like most corners in this class, lacks blazing speed but will be excellent in zone coverage. Red Arrow17
66 St Louis Rams Jarius Byrd, Oregon, CB The Rams need quality corners and Byrd is an excellent value at 66 overall. He should be able to crack the starting lineup by midseason at worst.
67 Kansas City Chiefs Troy Kropog, Tulane, OT KC needs to solidify that offensive line. LT Branden Albert is a natural guard. Kropog could be the answer on the left side but will start on opening day on the right. Red Arrow12
68 Seattle Seahawks Keenan Lewis, Oregon State, CB Lewis is a big physical corner at 6’0″ and 208 lbs. He is good in zone or bump, and will be great against the run as well. Fills a huge need.
69 Dallas Cowboys Jason Phillips, TCU, ILB Trade from Cleveland: I really like Phillips. He could be the most underrated prospect in the draft. Dallas needs to replace and upgrade Zach Thomas. Phillips will do that immediately.
70 Cincinnati Bengals Shonn Greene, Iowa, RB The biggest steal of the draft! A slow 40 time has Greene sliding into round three. He should start from day one in Cincinatti and, barring injury, be a 1000 yard back. With Cedric Benson (who) gone, Greene should win the job outright out of training camp. Red Arrow33
71 Oakland Raiders Fenuki Tupou, Oregon, OT Athletic tackle who can also play guard. A perfect fit for the Raiders rushing attack.
72 Jacksonville Jaguars Fili Moala, USC, DT Excellent quickness. A gap penetrator who will pressure the quarterback. Played some 3-4 end in college, but at this point in the draft, he can be bulked up and could eventually become a dominant DT.
73 Green Bay Packers Mithc King, Iowa, DE Going to the 3-4 requires new personnel and King is the best 3-4 end on the board.  He is a high-motor guy with excellent quickness. He will need some time to adapt to the 3-4, as he was a DT in college. Too athletic to pass on in round three. Green Bay loves the big ten!
74 San Francisco 49ers Xavier Fulton, Illinois, OT Athletic tackle with good feet. Fulton drops due to injury concerns, but will add much needed depth at tackle for San Francisco.
75 Buffalo Bills Trevor Canfield, Cincinatti, G Big physical guard with a mean streak. Canfield will try to fill the void left by Derrick Dockery’s departure. Red Arrow29
76 New York Jets Mark Parson, Ohio, CB Trade from N.O.: Parson is an under-the-radar guy with big upside. He has excellent cover skills and is a sure tackler. Absolute need pick.
77 Houston Texans Chris Baker, Hampton, DT Imposing and athletic physical speciman who ran just over five flat in the forty and jumped over 35 inches…at a mere 328 lbs. He will instantly improve Houston’s run defense. His stock is still rising, I’m sure.
78 San Diego Chargers Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin, G LT may have lost a step, but interior line play is why he has been less productive. Urbik is a steal at 78, and will immediately add at least .2 to LT’s average per carry all by himself.
79 Denver Broncos Lawrence Sidbury, Richmond, OLB Raw talent with all the tangibles. Very fast off the edge but will need lots of work on technique.
80 Washington Redskins Danell Ellerbe, Georgia, ILB An excellent tackler who will provide athleticim and versatility. Injury concerns have him sliding, but lack of quality inside backers keep him in round three.
81 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jarron Gilbert, San Diego St., DT A truly amazing speciman. At 6’5″ and 288 lbs, he ran a 4.87 at the combine. Obviously, he’ll need to add about 20 lbs to be an every down player in the NFL, but that will happen by the end of this year. Huge upside and should be drafted higher.
82 Detroit Lions Travis Beckum, Wisconsin, TE Trade from Dallas: A need pick here. Beckum will be a solid NFL tight end and, like most of Detroit’s draft picks, he should start right away.
83 Green Bay Packers Asher Allen, Georgia, CB Trade from NYJ: A good hitter and zone coverage guy. Could have gone much higher had his 40 time been better. Has experience as a returner also.
84 Chicago Bears Sherrod Martin, Troy State, S Mike Brown in done. Martin is another smal school guy with lots of ability. He is a hitter and has that big play ability that Brown had is his prime.
85 Philadelphia Eagles Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas, C Extremely high value pick. The deep and highly talented center class bears fruit in the third round for the Eagles. What a steal! There will be several instances like this in April, due to the overall depth of this draft. Red Arrow23
86 Minnesota Vikings Louis Murphy, Florida, WR Very fast receiver with good size. I actually think he’s a more polished receiver than his Florida teammate Percy Harvin. Excellent value at 86. Several receivers slid. None farther than Murphy. Minnesota’s gain. Red Arrow47
87 Miami Dolphins Pat White, West Virginia, WR/QB Miami should finally be able to choose one of its two young quarterbacks, to go along with Chad Pennington, and let everyone else go. Pat White is a capable #3 quarterback who will maintain a “day job” as a wideout. Do I have to mention the Wildcat possibilities? Good receiver and save a roster spot. Good pick Bill!
88 Baltimore Ravens Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida, OLB McKenzie is a ferocious and intense player who is very versatile. The Ravens need depth at LB and McKenzie can play three different roles in their scheme. Red Arrow27
89 New England Patriots Darry Beckwith, LSU, ILB Tenacious heavy hitter. New England needs youth at depth at linebacker. In a couple years Becwith will make an excellent tandem with Jarod Mayo.
90 Atlanta Falcons Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest, S A very gifted athlete who was nothing but a playmaker in college. At over 220 lbs, Vaughn will replace future HOFer Lawyer Milloy. I actually have Vaughn rated as a second round pick unlike most. Great value here, if you asked me.
91 New York Giants Gerald McGrath, Southern Miss, OLB McGrath will add speed and depth the the Giants slow group of linebackers. He can play any of the three linebacker spots, but will need to add weight to be able to play every down. In a couple years, he could become a great pro.
92 Indianapolis Colts Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina, CB A need pick here. Depth at corner is an issue for Indy, and Munnerlyn is a very talented cover corner. Some work ethic concerns have him sliding some, but the value is excellent at 92.
93 Carolina Panthers Nate Davis, Ball State, QB Jake Delhome needs some competition to improve. If he does not, Davis will be waiting in the wings with more athleticism and a better arm.
94 Tennessee Titans Antoine Caldwell, Alabama, C

First team All-American, ahead of Mack, Unger, and the rest. Caldwell is an extremely intelligent technician who will eventually replace Kevin Mawae.
95 Arizona Cardinals Andre Brown, NC State, RB I think this is a steal at 95, though some have Brown going later. If you watched the Senior Bowl, you know what I’m talking about. He is a 224 lb running back who can catch, block, and run. Had he played at Georgia, he’d easily be a first round back. Great for the Cards offense.
96 Pittsburgh Steelers A.Q. Shipley, Penn State, C Underrated prospect due to relatively small frame and short arms. Very intelligent player with fast motor. Great technician.

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