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Craig’s 2009 NFL Mock Draft Pt. 3

Craig Trapp’s NFL Mock Draft – March 5th, 2009

Part three of Craig’s Mock Draft 1st round breakdown. We are getting to the teams that made the playoff last year so these teams have much less glaring needs and could see some surprise picks in this area.

Also many of these teams have cap issues and are looking to save money so don’t rule out them trading out of the first round.

Part 12 — 3

21. Philadelphia Eagles

• Needs: Offensive tackle was a position of great need but have signed the #1 available OT free agent Stacy Andrews so now the Eagles can take the best available player. They are really hoping that one of the top players slides to them.

• Pick: Beanie Wells RB from Ohio State will make a nice power addition to there running game. Not a position of dire need with Westbrook getting older would be a great luxury to have a power running back that could be the next Eddie George.

22. Minnesota Viking

• Needs: No way this team does not take a defensive secondary player. Both CB and Safety for the Vikings were very up and down last year and need to get more consistent play from the secondary.

• Pick: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt would be a great pick at this spot. Might be a little high for Moore but he is the next best CB behind Jenkins. If Jenkins would slide they definitely would take him but don’t look for him to slide.

23. New England Patriots

• Needs: Young defensive players are first on the list for NE. Look for them to pick the future MLB and would not be surprised if they trade down.

• Pick: James Lauranitis, MLB Ohio State would go well with last years ILB pick Jerod Mayo the beast from Tennessee. I think Laurinaitis is going to show he isn’t a great ILB but in the Patriot scheme he could be very good I believe.

24. Atlanta Falcons

• Needs: Who would think that this year we could say this team is going to take best available defensive play maker. In one years time this team has went from worst to almost first in their division.

• Picks: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC would be a great addition to an improving defense. They lost there starting LB in free agency so Matthews can step right in and become the play maker they need.

25. Miami Dolphins

• Needs: Not any glaring weakness have a feeling though Parcells will be taking either best OL or DE available.

• Pick: Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State would be a nice fit for a team that could use a speed outside rusher and someone that is athletic enough to drop into coverage.

26. Baltimore Ravens

• Needs: An aging defense could use some help also could use a weapon at WR for young Joe Flaco.

• Pick: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina would be a definite upgrade to an aging Derrick Mason. Nicks could fly up the draft board if he runs a great time at his pro day. His hands are #1 in this draft and play making is extraordinary.

27. Indianapolis Colts

• Needs: Stopping the run has to improve this year. Sure they will take the biggest DT left in this draft they need to get bigger on the defensive line.

• Pick: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss will help Indianapolis’ run defense. Defensive tackle has always been a problem for the Colts, especially after the Ed Johnson marijuana scandal. #2 ranked DT would be steal at this spot.

28. Philadelphia Eagles

• Needs: As we stated above this team will most likely draft best available player and with addressing the RB position earlier think in this spot a defensive play maker would be best.

• Pick: Sean Smith, S/CB, Utah could really step in and start and make big plays in the secondary for the Eagles. Improved depth here would be really nice.

29. New York Giants

• Needs: WR is a position of great need with Burress legal problems possibly keeping him out this year will have to address the position here unless they trade for a big name receiver.

• Pick: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida would be a welcome addition to a team that lacks blinding speed. Injuries to Harvin are the only thing holding him back from being a top 10 pick. Worth the risk this late in the first round.

30. Tennessee Titans

• Needs: Losing Haynsworth makes this a possible DT need but also need play makers at WR.

• Pick: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers would be a really nice compliment to there great running game. Brit reminds me of Burress for the Giants think he can make huge plays down the field something this team could really use.

31. Arizona Cardinals

• Needs: The defense for the Cards needs to be addressed maybe a DE pass rusher or another shut down CB. With this high powered offense any defensive improvement makes this team dangerous.
• Pick: Michael Johnson, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech is one of those players that has not lived up to great hype. His athletic gifts are way too good to pass up. If he lives up to hype watch out.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers

• Needs: Offensive line help for this team is much needed. Worst offensive line the Steelers have had in recent years. Center spot here looks really attractive

• Pick: Alex Mack, C, California would be a great upgrade to last years center who gave up most sacks of any center in the NFL.
Hope everybody has enjoyed Craig’s three part article breaking down the 2009 NFL draft. Can’t wait until draft day and see how many teams start dealing trading up or down.

This might be one of the more interesting drafts with so many teams really loving the same players.

Position that will be very interesting is the Wide Receiver spot with as many as 6 players going in the first round.


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  1. With Eagles 28th pick I think it will come down to the best available athlete on the board. They could use a safety, but after signing Sean Jones that may not be an immediate need. Do not be surprised if they draft another wide receiver as they are still trying to upgrade their targets for McNabb.