Saturday, April 25, 2009

First Round Mock Draft and Jets Draft Projection

Mock draft (No trades)

1. Detroit Lions – QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
2. St. Louis Rams – OT Jason Smith, Baylor
3. Kansas City Chiefs – DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
4. Seattle Seahawks – LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
5. Cleveland Browns – QB Mark Sanchez, USC
6. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
7. Oakland Raiders – WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
8. Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
9. Green Bay Packers – DT BJ Raji, Boston College
10. San Francisco 49ers – OT Andre Smith, Alabama
11. Buffalo Bills – DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State
12. Denver Broncos – DE Brian Orakpo, Texas
13. Washington Redskins – OT Michael Oher, Mississippi
14. New Orleans Saints – CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans – DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee
16. San Diego Chargers – LB Rey Maualuga, USC
17. New York Jets – WR Percy Harvin, Florida
18. Denver Broncos – LB Brian Cushing, USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
20. Detroit Lions – DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi
21. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings – OT Eben Britton, Arizona
23. New England Patriots – DE Everette Brown, Florida State
24. Atlanta Falcons – DT Ziggy Hood, Missouri
25. Miami Dolphins – CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
26. Baltimore Ravens – WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
27. Indianapolis Colts – LB Clay Matthews, USC
28. Buffalo Bills – TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma
29. New York Giants – WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
30. Tennessee Titans – CB Darius Butler, Connecticut
31. Arizona Cardinals – RB Chris “Beanie” Wells, Ohio State
32. Pittsburgh Steelers – OG Eric Wood, Louisville

New York Jets mock draft.

***The Jets trade WR Brad Smith, their 2nd round pick and their 6th round pick for Brady Quinn***

You might ask why I’m putting a trade in now without any in the first round? Well, II think the Browns will take Mark Sanchez and outside of that, there aren’t a ton of confirmed trade rumors, so I just didn’t do any. But if Cleveland takes Sanchez, Brady Quinn will surely go elsewhere. I’d be shocked if Cleveland settled for just a 2nd round pick so soon after trading up to get Quinn in the first round in 2007. Smith would be of interest to Browns’ coach Eric Mangini, and the addition of Harvin combined with the desire to give David Clowney a chance would make the former 4th round pick expendable.

Quinn would give the Jets the quarterback they appear to desire. Depending on who wins the Mark Sanchez sweepstakes, either Washington quarterback Jason Campbell or Quinn will be dealt. The Jets are said to be the team most interested in the former Notre Dame star. He would be the favorite to win the starting job right away over Kellen Clemens. He’s only played in four NFL games, three starts, and he’s completed 48 of 97 passes for 563 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He was the 22nd pick in the NFL draft, and he has the size (6’4”, 230), arm strength, and intangibles to succeed at a much more reasonable price than Sanchez.

Now, onto the actual picks.

1. WR Percy Harvin, Florida – If the Jets are high on Harvin as Rich Cimini suggests, there is a good chance he is the guy. This pick would cause a lot of bewilderment for Jets fans, even though most of the alternatives have many questions as well. He’s 5’11” with a history of foot/heel/ankle injuries. Plus, he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine and has built a diva reputation. For the Jets to select him means that they feel they can get him the ball effectively in various ways and that he can be a good receiver. Despite his numerous red flags, the upside is tremendous. He has excellent speed and athleticism and has many of the qualities that made Reggie Bush such a valued commodity. Still, his bust potential makes me think the Jets would try to move down a few picks before they pull the trigger. Since I haven’t heard a specific rumor yet, I didn’t put a trade in. Also, Minnesota at pick 22 is said to be very interested in Harvin, so a trade down may not even be feasible.
3. DT/DE Alex Magee, Purdue – Struggled as a senior as a 4-3 defensive end after b, but he looks like a good fit in the 3-4
4. TE Richard Quinn, North Carolina – Strong blocking tight end who would be a great complement to Dustin Keller.
7. OG Trevor Canfield, Cincinnati – Would fit the Jets’ zone blocking scheme. Good player who ran into some trouble off the field.

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