2009 NFL Mock Draft 8.0

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Updated (April 24, 2009)

Total Pro Sports – Introducing the Total Pro Sports Mock Draft, version 8.0, the “Final Version” before draft day.  Many changes have occurred in the first three rounds as a result of the recent scouting combine, pro days, free agency, and other off-season transactions.   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.  Thanks to all you crazy fanatics for making this a memorable blog.  For the last time in 2009, 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: 8.0

Round 1

Pos Team Player Comments Best Case/Worst Case Change
1 Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford, Georgia, QB Supposedly, contract negotiations are underway.  It now appears that the Lions will take Stafford if they can sign him before draft day…unfortunately. B Jay Cutler

W Kyle Boller

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 Orlando Pace. B Walter Jones

W D’Brickeshaw Furgeson

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3 Kansas City Chiefs Aaron Curry, Wake Forrest, OLB/ILB Curry is the best player available here, and will be a versatile addition to the Chiefs revamped D. This might become Denver’s pick, who may trade up to take Sanchez. B Demarcus Ware

W Julian Peterson

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4 Seattle Seahawks Mark Sanchez, USC, QB Seattle never picks in the top ten. Matt Hasselbeck has two years left–TOPS. Sanchez will take that long before he’s ready. This is the only pick that makes sense, and is the best one for the long term future of the franchise. B Carson Palmer

W Trent Edwards

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5 Cleveland Browns Brian Orakpo, Texas, OLB It looks like Mangini will be going defense with this pick. Orakpo is a risk for me, in the 3-4, but has all the tools to get it done. B Julius Peppers

W Adawale Ogunleye

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6 Cincinnati Bengals Eugene Monroe, Virginia, OT What a gift for the Bengals! Cinci badly needs a left tackle and Monroe is the top one in the draft, by some accounts. BTony Boselli

W Chris Samuels

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7 Oakland Raiders Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, WR I’ve gone back and forth on this one.  If no one slides, it’s either OT or WR. DHB was in this spot in my last mock, but Crabtree is a better overall value with his collegiate production. I don’t buy them taking another WR over Crab. BMichael Irvin

W Keyshawn Johnson

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8 Jacksonville Jaguars Vontae Davis, Illinois, CB Jacksonville will be trying desperately to trade back.  If they stay at eight, it’s either Davis or reach on an OT. BNnamdi Asomugha

WWill Allen

9 Green Bay Packers Tyson Jackson, LSU, DT Jackson’s stock has been on the rise since January. He fills a bigger need than the other possibility here, BJ Raji. BRichard Seymore

W Philip Merling

10 San Francisco 49ers Michael Oher, Ole Miss, OT If the Niners don’t trade up to take Sanchez, they should take the top LT on the board: Oher or Andre Smith. Oher has a better shot to start at left tackle than Smith. BOrlando Pace

W Levi Brown

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11 Buffalo Bills Andre Smith, Alabama, OT With the Williams trade complete, Buffalo should take the top tackle on the board. Smith is it. BJeff Otah

W Tony Mandarich

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12 Denver Broncos BJ Raji, Boston College, DT The ideal nose tackle, filling a huge need for this 3-4 conversion team. They may also trade up to select QB Mark Sanchez. We’ll see. BKris Jenkins

W Barry Coefield

13 Washington Redskins Robert Ayers, Tennessee, DE Two pressing needs: Pass rusher, OT. Ayers has been rocketing up draft boards. Mike Mayock recently stated that Ayers would be the best defensive player coming out of this draft. BMario Williams

W Jamal Anderson

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14 New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, CB In a weak draft for DB’s, New Orleans takes arguably the best one in the draft. There is a strong possibility that he will play free safety for the Saints. A need either way. BChamp Bailey

WMarlon Jackson

15 Houston Texans Clay Matthews, USC, OLB Recent off-season acquisitions have all but eliminated D-line as a possibility here. With both value corners gone, a versatile OLB, like the fast-rising Trojan, is a likely choice. BKevin Green

W Manny Lawson

16 San Diego Chargers Rey Maualuga, USC, ILB Rey’s stock has yo-yo’d for much of the evaluation period. If he falls to San Diego, I can’t see them passing. BJunior Seau

W Antonio Pierce

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. Maclin is another possibility here. BBen Roethlisburger

W Jim Druckenmiller

18 Denver Broncos Larry English, Northern Illinois, OLB Trade From Chicago: The Broncos add the top pass rusher on the board to help form their new 3-4.  They’d better be looking to trade up to take Sanchez.  This selection should be considered a consolation prize if they cannot. BJoey Porter

W Karlos Dansby

19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Peria Jerry, Ole Miss, DT Should’ve been Percy Harvin here, but his positive drug test will cause him to slide. Jerry fills a big hole in the Tampa defensive front. BKevin Williams

WBroderick Bunkley

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20 Detroit Lions William Beatty, Connecticut, OT Trade From Dallas: Taking Stafford number one demands the selection of a left tackle here. Beatty is the best LT prospect on the board, NOT EBEN BRITTON. BMatt Light

W Levi Brown

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21 Philadelphia Eagles Knowshon Moreno, Georgia, RB After locking up their left tackle in the Williams trade, the Eagles should target either a receiver or a future replacement for aging Brian Westbrook. Moreno was better than Westbrook as a teenager! All teams that pass on him will regret it. BLadainian Tomlinson

W Brian Westbrook

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22 Minnesota Vikings Eben Britton, Arizona, OT Minnesota has had a weakness at right tackle for some time. Britton is the solution. BJordan Gross

W Ryan Diem

23 New England Patriots Aaron Maybin, Penn State, OLB The Pats OLB’s aren’t the youngest group in the league. Maybin will bring youth, athleticism, and versatility. BShawn Merriman

W Manny Lawson

24 Atlanta Falcons Brian Cushing, USC, OLB After trading for Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons can focus on the defense. BKeith Brooking

W Scott Fujita

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25 Miami Dolphins Everette Brown, Florida State, DE Everette Brown slides to Miami, in a bit of a surprise. They could take Darius Butler here, but Brown provides the most upside and impact. BMario Williams

W Jamal Anderson

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26 Baltimore Ravens Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, WR Baltimore needs a speed receiver badly and are thrilled that Maclin slides to 26. If he’s available here, this is as close to a “lock” as it gets. BChad Johnson

W Devin Hester

27 Indianapolis Colts Brian Robiskie, Ohio State, WR With Marvin Harrison’s release, the Colts must fill a huge hole. Robiskie is a high character guy, highly intelligent, and is an excellent route runner. Could be a DT here, but Bill Polian’s draft history indicates that he’ll fix the offense first. BBraylon Edwards

W Amani Toomer

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28 Buffalo Bills Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State, TE Trade From Philadelphia: This trade pays off big for Buffalo. They get a young left tackle early and their TE late. They’d like a DE, but none have any value at 28. BJason Witten

W Algae Crumpler

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29 New York Giants Kenny Britt, Rutgers, WR Unless the Giants pull off a trade for Braylon Edwards or Anquan Boldin, Britt should be their guy at 29. BPlaxico Burress

W Reggie Williams

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30 Tennessee Titans Darius Butler, Connecticut, CB If Butler slides, Tennessee will take him here. There is now a chance that he could be the first corner off the board, since the rumors about Vontae Davis’s character surfaced. BAsante Samuel

W Nick Harper

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31 Arizona Cardinals Chris Wells, Ohio State, RB I just want to go on record as saying this will not happen. Someone will take Wells earlier, probably via trade. Wells would carry the load for AZ in ’09 were he to fall to 31. BLarry Johnson

W Lendale White

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32 Pittsburgh Steelers Alex Mack, California, C Mack is the logical choice with no value OT on the board. He will upgrade the interior line, improve the running game, and keep Big Ben upright more often. BAndre Gurode

W Matt Birk

Round 2

Pos Team Player Comments Change
33 Detroit Lions James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, ILB Value is the key for Detroit in this draft. Laurinaitis poses the best value, defensively, at 33 overall. Green Arrow1
34 New England Patriots Sean Smith, Utah, S Trade From KC: Smith is a versatile DB with excellent size. He should be able to start opposite Brandon Merriweather immediately. Green Arrow9
35 St Louis Rams Max Unger, Oregon, C/G So many needs, so few draft choices. Unger is the answer to their prayers at center or guard. Newly signed Jason Brown could stay put but will likely kick out to guard. WR is a possibility here, but I get the feeling that the Rams are happy with their young group of WR’s.
36 Cleveland Browns Percy Harvin, Florida, WR Harvin’s positive drug test has him sliding a long way. Cleveland badly needs receiver help. Harvin is one of the fastest receivers off the ball in the sport. Red Arrow17
37 Seattle Seahawks Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland, WR Passing on Crabtree in round one paid off big for the Seahawks. They have come away with two starters with their first two picks. DHB should be able to play opposite TJ by mid-season at worst. He should provide a deep threat to open up everything underneath. Red Arrow30
38 Cincinnati Bengals Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, DE Johnson is a freakish athlete with explosive speed at the snap. He struggles with his consistency and in the run game, but will add a much needed pass rush for the porous Cincinatti defense. Green Arrow2
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, WR Jacksonville signed aging Torry Holt. Who better to mentor one of the most complete receivers in this draft? Drug test asside, Nicks is a man and should be awesome from day one. Red Arrow12
40 Oakland Raiders Jamon Meredith, South Carolina, OT Meredith is a solid tackle who had an excellent combine. He should start at right tackle for Oakland out of training camp, protecting a quarterback who loves to hold the football. Red Arrow2
41 Green Bay Packers Ron Brace, Boston College, DT Passing on Raji in round one wasn’t such a bad idea if this actually pans out. Brace should eventually anchor this defense.
42 Buffalo Bills Paul Kruger, Utah, DE The Bills fill a glaring hole with this pick. Kruger will provide a pass rush which ranked last in the NFL in sacks in 2008. Green Arrow7
43 San Francisco 49ers Clint Sintim, Virginia, OLB Sintim could go higher, but will not go lower than San Fran at 43. He is the pass rushing OLB that Singletary has been salivating over. Red Arrow5
44 Miami Dolphins Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, G Trade From Washington: It is unlikely that Robinson will slide to 44 but if he does, Parcels will be all over this. They badly need a left guard along side Jake Long. Look no further than the best one in the draft.
45 New York Giants Donald Brown, Connecticut, RB Trade From New Orleans: Brown will replace departed Derrick Ward, adding even more big play ability. The Giants’ biggest need is WR, but value dictates this as it did in in the first.
46 Houston Texans William Moore, Missouri, S Filling another hole in the secondary, Houston takes Moore to upgrade the strong safety position.  Moore will be excellent in the box or in coverage.  Huge upside.
47 New England Patriots LeSean McCoy, Pittsburg, RB Trade From San Diego: McCoy will bring youth and speed to the Pats’ backfield. Best case, he eventually shares the load with Lawrence Maroney. Worst case, he eventually replaces Kevin Faulk as the third down back.
48 Denver Broncos Jarron Gilbert, San Diego St., DE/DT Gilbert is an amazing physical speciman. He will be converted from DT to DE in the Denver 3-4. He could be as good as Tyson Jackson by the time it’s all said and done.
49 Chicago Bears Ramses Bardon, Cal Poly, WR A wildly talented, though raw, wide receiver. Bardon will need some work, but could develop into Chicago’s version of Brandon Marshall. Green Arrow11
50 Cleveland Browns Jared Cook, South Carolina, 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. Cook is a blazing fast receiving tight end and should be able to fill Winslow’s shoes quickly.
51 Dallas Cowboys Louis Delmas, Western Michigan, S Dallas has more needs than in recent history to fill.  No better place to start than by replacing hard hitting Roy Williams.  Delmas is also a hard hitter and excellent in run support. He reminds me a lot of Bob Sanders; another undersized thumper. Hopefully he can stay healthier than Bob has. Green Arrow13
52 New York Jets Victor Harris, Virginia Tech, CB A physical corner in press coverage and a sure tackler, “Macho Harris” improved his stock greatly by running a sub 4.5 at his pro day, moving back into round two. Green Arrow5
53 Philadelphia Eagles Herman Johnson, LSU, G Another o-lineman who could alleviate the very strange Shawn Andrews situation. Johnson can start at either guard spot if needed. This move would allow left guard, Todd Heremans, to move to tackle at worst. Need pick, in any case.
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. Undersized at 5’8″, but so is starter Antoine Winfield. Need pick.
55 Atlanta Falcons Chris Baker, Hampton, DT Atlanta’s run defense needs a stout force in the middle. With Ron Brace long gone, Baker is the next best option at 55.
56 Miami Dolphins Louis Murphy, Florida, WR At 6’2″, Murphy runs a consistent 4.4. He could become the possession receiver the Dolphins badly need accross from Ted Ginn. His speed will be an added bonus. Red Arrow17
57 Baltimore Ravens DJ Moore, Vanderbilt, CB Slightly undersized, like Zo Smith, but great ball skills in zone or man. Could go higher, but will not slide past the Ravens at 57. Green Arrow5
58 New England Patriots Andy Levitre, Oregon State, G NE’s interior line is beginning to slip and age. Depth is a major concern. Levitre is arguably the best guard in the draft and will be perfect for NE’s offense. Green Arrow11
59 Carolina Panthers Sen’Derrick Marks, Auburn, DT Carolina’s run defense badly needs a solid D-tackle who can contribute immediately. With Jarron Gilbert off the board, Marks is the best fit for their scheme. Green Arrow3
60 New York Giants Darry Beckwith, LSU, ILB A fierce linebacker, out of the Antonio Pierce mold. He will add some much needed youth to the Giants LB Corps. Green Arrow5
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. Gap perpetrator who is perfect for Indy’s scheme.
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 Arrow10
63 Arizona Cardinals Connor Barwin, Cincinnati, OLB Barwin is a highly athletic and versatile player who lit up the scouting combine. A DE in college, Barwin could play both DE and rush linebacker in Arizona’s highly diverse scheme. Perfect fit for this team!
64 Pittsburgh Steelers Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma, OT A mammoth tackle who protected Sam Bradford’s blind side in college, Loadholt should be able to step in right away at right tackle for the world champs. With the o-line fixed, it should be “best player available” going forward.

Round 3

Pos Team Player Comments Change
65 Detroit Lions Rashad Johnson, Alabama, S A steal atop round three. Johnson is a very intelligent player who is always in the right place on the field. He will improve one of the worst secondaries in football history immediately. Red Arrow5
66 St Louis Rams Patrick Chung, Oregon, S The Rams have many defensive needs. A starting strong safety is chief among them. Chung poses excellent value at 66 overall. He should be able to crack the starting lineup right away.
67 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Wood, Louisville, C A very deep center class bears fruit in round three for KC. This has been a need for some time and is a step in the right direction to rebuild that O-line. Red Arrow25
68 Seattle Seahawks Keenan Lewis, Oregon State, CB Lewis has excellent size at 6’0″, 208 lbs. Seattle will be targeting a tall physical corner with speed. Lewis pumped out 20 reps on the bench, and ran a sub 4.5 at his pro day. He will fit the bill perfectly. He could easily go in round two.
69 Dallas Cowboys Derrick Williams, Penn State, WR Trade from Cleveland: With T.O. shoveling snow in Buffalo, Williams is a need pick who will add speed from the slot for Romo and the Cowboys’ offense. Green Arrow24
70 Cincinnati Bengals Shonn Greene, Iowa, RB There is no way that Cedric Benson miraculously becomes a player. He has never been an effective featured back in the NFL. Greene will compete with Benson for carries and should win that battle outright by mid-season.
71 Oakland Raiders Kevin Barnes, Maryland, CB Barnes is a fast riser recovering from shoulder surgery. His 6’0″, 190 lb frame and 4.45 speed are just what the Raiders are looking for to improve the secondary. Green Arrow5
72 Jacksonville Jaguars Troy Kropog, Tulane, OT Kropog will add depth at tackle, and should compete to start on the right side immediately. He blocked for Matt Forte in college and is highly underrated. Red Arrow1
73 Green Bay Packers Gerald Cadogan, Penn State, OT The Pack cannot get enough Big Ten smash-mouthers. Cadogan has propelled himself into the third round, and may stil be rising. Green Bay needs depth and youth at tackle.
74 San Francisco 49ers Asher Allen, Georgia, CB San Francisco has too many needs to count, but corner is one of them. Allen is a guy they like a lot and should be able to start at nickel in ’09. Green Arrow23
75 Buffalo Bills Trevor Canfield, Cincinatti, G Canfield is a nasty phisically dominant run blocker who will fit right in with the Bills’ smashmouth offense, adding depth inside. Green Arrow22
76 New York Jets Mike Wallace, Ole Miss, WR Trade from N.O.: Wallace runs a consistent 4.35 with good size. He is a little raw, technically, but should contribute. Green Arrow21
77 Houston Texans Rashad Jennings, Liberty, RB Jennings is a beast, as he demonstrated at the Senior Bowl. This is the power back Houston needs to compliment elusive Steve Slaton. Steal at 77.
78 San Diego Chargers Fili Moala, USC, DE San Diego takes another USC talent on defense. Moala will convert to 3-4 end permanently in this defense replacing Igor Olshansky.
79 Denver Broncos Danell Ellerbe, Georgia, ILB An excellent tackler who will provide athleticism and versatility. Injury concerns have him sliding, but lack of quality inside backers keep him in round three.
80 Washington Redskins Fenuki Tupou, Oregon, OT Solid tackle. Decent pass blocker. Excellent run blocker. He is the top tackle on the board. Washington needs one badly, simply put. Red Arrow6
81 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lawrence Sidbury, Richmond, DE Sidbury is an explosive pass rusher, but a very raw talent. His upside should be enough to put some pressure on Gaines Adams to improve. Red Arrow1
82 Detroit Lions Cornelius Ingram, Florida, TE Trade from Dallas: Gifted athlete who missed ’08 with an injury. He was a first round talent before his injury and has been impressive in off-season workouts. Ingram’s upside has no ceiling and Detroit could use another reliable target.
83 Green Bay Packers Mike Mickens, Cincinatti, CB Trade from NYJ: Mickens is another tall corner, at 6’0″, just like the NFL likes them. He is a bit of a question mark, having not worked out much for scouts. The one forty time he ran was over 4.5. That shouldn’t be a problem on the “frozen tundra”.
84 Denver Broncos Jairus Byrd, Oregon, CB Trade from Chicago: Excellent zone corner with tremendous ball skills. He will be an ideal nickel back in his rookie season and could become the number two corner by season’s end.
85 Philadelphia Eagles Chase Coffman, Missouri, TE Donovan McNabb needs a reliable third down target outside of Brian Westbrook. Coffman would be an excellent fit if the Eagles pass on Brandon Pettigrew in round one. Red Arrow10
86 Minnesota Vikings Dorell Scott, Clemson, DT Excellent height/weight/speed ratio guy.  Will add depth to an aging Minnesota defensive front.
87 Miami Dolphins Travis Beckum, Wisconsin, TE A throwback player with speed. Beckum should compete with Fasano for playing time in ’09 but should become the starter by 2010. Red Arrow2
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.
89 New England Patriots James Casey, Rice, TE Casey has huge upside and could start in 2010. This has been an exceptional draft for the Patriots. Combined with all the moves NE has made in free agency, they should be making a run at 16-0 again! Green Arrow8
90 Atlanta Falcons Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest, S A very gifted athlete who was nothing but a play maker 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 Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina, CB The Giants need depth at corner. Munnerlyn could be the nickelback by mid-season.
92 Indianapolis Colts Andre Brown, NC State, RB I think this is a steal at 92, 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. Colts need a big back to close out games. Brown is that guy.
93 Carolina Panthers Pat White, West Virginia, QB/WR An excellent pick for a team that badly needs receiver help and could use a developmental quarterback prospect. White is both but should play immediately in the slot. Red Arrow21
94 Tennessee Titans Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas, C Luigs is a brute who faired extremely well blocking for the likes of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. He will soon replace Kevin Mawae and block for Johnson and White in Tennessee. Red Arrow27
95 Arizona Cardinals Antoine Caldwell, Alabama, C All American over the likes of Mack, Unger, Wood, and Luigs. Caldwell will immediately upgrade Arizona’s sub-par interior line.
96 Pittsburgh Steelers Sherrod Martin, Troy State, S Pittsburgh needs to upgrade the free safety spot. Martin will develop in the complex scheme in ’09 but could start in 2010. Current 30 year old starter, Ryan Clark, is entering the final year of his contract.