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I would love for this to be true, Cushing is a monster.

LINK http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d80f330d5&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true

1.

Lions

Jason Smith

OT

Baylor

Jason Smith

The popular choice with the first pick is QB Matt Stafford, and he may very well end up at the top of the draft. But until he works out I will keep Smith at the top spot. Smith has been to Detroit for a private visit and he looks like a 10-year starter from day one. Do the Lions have their eye on another QB later in round one or even the top of round two?

2.

Rams

Eugene Monroe

OT

Virginia

Eugene Monroe

The Rams released Orlando Pace this week and have cleared the way to draft the best left tackle available.

Combine highlights: Eugene Monroe

3.

Chiefs

Brian Orakpo

LB

Texas

Aaron Curry

Orakpo has better pass-rush production than Aaron Curry and that is the reason he has moved up to this spot. Curry is going to be a fine player, but so is Orakpo, who can play standing up or with his hand on the ground.

Combine highlights: Brian Orakpo

4.

Seahawks

Matthew Stafford

QB

Georgia

Matthew Stafford

Time for the Seahawks to start thinking about their long-range future at quarterback. They would like an offensive tackle here but if Stafford falls to this spot, then that changes the plans.

Combine highlights: Matthew Stafford

5.

Browns

Aaron Curry

LB

Wake Forest

Brian Orakpo

The Browns need to rush the quarterback and build up the outside linebacker position. They could be tempted to take a wide receiver like Michael Crabtree here, but the defense has to get better now.

Combine highlights: Aaron Curry

6.

Bengals

Michael Crabtree

WR

Texas Tech

Michael Crabtree

The Bengals lost T.J. Houshmandzadah and Crabtree is more than an adequate replacement for him. He will excel right away at the receiving end of Carson Palmer's passes.

7.

Raiders

Jeremy Maclin

WR

Missouri

Jeremy Maclin

Maclin can run, which is a prerequisite for being a Raider, and he can figure on contributing as a return specialist as well. They could really use B.J. Raji at this spot.

Combine highlights: Jeremy Maclin

8.

Jaguars

Mark Sanchez

QB

USC

Mark Sanchez

A young QB who needs a year or more on the bench is a wise pick, and the signing of former Eagles OT Tra Thomas clears the way if Sanchez is here.

Combine highlights: Mark Sanchez

Pick

Team

Player

Pos.

School

Previous pick

9.

Packers

Andre Smith

OT

Alabama

Malcolm Jenkins

Mark Tauscher has not yet been re-signed and Smith is a mauling right tackle candidate who will creep back up the draft boards in the next month as he repairs his mistake of leaving the combine early.

Pro day highlights: Andre Smith10.

49ers

Michael Oher

OT

Mississippi

Andre Smith

The 49ers need tackle help and Oher is the best on the board as the run on tackles reaches four in the top 10 picks.Combine highlights: Michael Oher

11.

Bills

Everette Brown

DE/LB

Florida State

Everette Brown

The Bills need a pass rusher and a linebacker and Everett provides both. His 20 sacks over the last two years are impressive.

Combine highlights: Everette Brown

12.

Broncos

B.J. Raji

DT

Boston College

B.J. Raji

The Broncos may not have enough front seven players to make the switch to a 3-4 defense, but it all starts with the nose tackle andRaji is the right guy, even if they stay in a hybrid defense.

Combine highlights: B.J. Raji

13.

Redskins

Aaron Maybin

DE/LB

Penn State

Brian Cushing

The Redskins will be tempted to take an offensive tackle here, but it looks like a reach at this point if the top four OTs are off the board. They need a linebacker with pass rush skills and Maybin had a big year in 2008 getting upfield and making plays.

Combine highlights: Aaron Maybin

14.

Saints

Malcolm Jenkins

CB

Ohio State

Vontae Davis

It's a dream come true for the Saints if Jenkins falls to them. If not, they take the next best corner.

Combine highlights: Malcolm Jenkins

15.

Texans

Chris Wells

RB

Ohio State

Peria Jerry

The Texans may take a defensive tackle at this spot -- perhaps Peria Jerry -- but it is looking more and more like a running back to split the duties with Steve Slaton is a possibility.

Combine highlights: Chris Wells

16.

Chargers

Rey Maualuga

LB

USC

Rey Maualuga

The Chargers need a fiery inside linebacker to pair up with outside backer Shawne Merriman. They could seriously look at the best 5-technique defensive end to replace Igor Olshansky.

Combine highlights: Rey Maualuga

Pick

Team

Player

Pos.

School

Previous pick

17.

Jets

Hakeem Nicks

WR

North Carolina

Hakeem Nicks

Laveranues Coles is gone and a playmaking wide receiver is needed. A QB like Sanchez might have been the pick but he's off the board by now.

Combine highlights: Hakeem Nicks

18.

Bears

Eben Britton

OT

Arizona

Michael Oher

The Bears need a tackle, as John Tait is retired and John St. Clair is unsigned and over 30 years old.

Combine highlights: Eben Britton

19.

Buccaneers

Evander Hood

DT

Missouri

Aaron Maybin

Not everyone sees Hood as a first-round pick, but his height-weight-speed ratio is impressive and he is a powerful man who runs all day long.

Combine highlights: Evander Hood

20.

Lions

Peria Jerry

DT

Mississippi

Evander Hood

The Lions take care of the run-stopping problems up front and hold off on a QB until the next round, where they take a good look at Kansas State's Josh Freeman.

21.

Eagles

Knowshon Moreno

RB

Georgia

Eben Britton

The perfect guy to be the ultimate replacement for an aging Brian Westbrook. He has receiving skills and runs with enough power to take over the short-yardage role right away.

Combine highlights: Knowshon Moreno

22.

Vikings

Percy Harvin

WR

Florida

Percy Harvin

The Vikings wanted Houshmandzadeh and missed out on him. Now they turn to the draft for a playmaker.

Combine highlights: Percy Harvin

23.

Patriots

Larry English

DE/LB

Northern Illinois

Larry English

English is a guy who has fallen out of the first round on some boards, but his 31 college sacks and his intensity is just what the Patriots need. They could easily take Brian Cushing here if available.

Combine highlights: Larry English

24.

Falcons

Brian Cushing

LB

USC

Tyson Jackson

Atlanta let two linebackers go in free agency and replaced one with Mike Peterson. Cushing fits right in as Coy Wire goes back to being a situational player.

Combine highlights: Brian Cushing

Pick

Team

Player

Pos.

School

Previous pick

25.

Dolphins

Clay Matthews

LB

USC

Clay Matthews

The Fish constantly have to retool the 3-4 outside linebacker position and Matthews has turned himself into a solid player.

Combine highlights: Clay Matthews

26.

Ravens

Darrius Heyward-Bey

WR

Maryland

Darius Butler

With a big, strong-armed quarterback like Joe Flacco, it is time to get him a vertical threat and Heyward-Bey is the fastest player in the draft.

Combine highlights: Darrius Heyward-Bey

27.

Colts

James Laurinaitis

LB

Ohio State

James Laurinaitis

The Colts could go running back but there is enough depth to wait and it is time to get a linebacker to run this defense. Laurinaitis had 375 tackles, nine interceptions and 13 sacks at Ohio State.

Combine highlights: James Laurinaitis

28.

Eagles

William Beatty

OT

Connecticut

Knowshon Moreno

The loss of Tra Thomas and the age of unsigned Jon Runyan means it is time for a tackle. Beatty has good feet for the left side but needs work on his functional strength.

Combine highlights: William Beatty

29.

Giants

Kenny Britt

WR

Rutgers

Kenny Britt

The Giants need a big receiver to replace Plaxico Burress. It may be a bit high for Britt, but the Giants know the local kid from Rutgers.

Combine highlights: Kenny Britt

30.

Titans

Robert Ayers

DE

Tennessee

Robert Ayers

The Titans love tough defensive players and Ayers' showing at the Senior Bowl and combine put him in the first round. The Freak can't play forever at LDE.

Combine highlights: Robert Ayers

31.

Cardinals

Michael Johnson

DE

Georgia Tech

Michael Johnson

Some say he's soft, but at 6-foot-7, 266 pounds with 4.6 speed, 19 sacks and 10 forced fumbles, he is a rare athlete. He could be an outside linebacker or a pass rusher.

Combine highlights: Michael Johnson

32.

Steelers

Jarron Gilbert

DE

San Jose State

Jarron Gilbert

By the time we get to the draft, Gilbert may be projected higher than this spot. He's a steal for the Steelers here and an excellent candidate as a 5-technique. The Steelers could also look at a corner like Vontae Davis here.

Combine highlights: Jarron Gilbert

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I would love for this to be true, Cushing is a monster.

LINK http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d80f330d5&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true

1.

Lions

Jason Smith

OT

Baylor

Jason Smith

The popular choice with the first pick is QB Matt Stafford, and he may very well end up at the top of the draft. But until he works out I will keep Smith at the top spot. Smith has been to Detroit for a private visit and he looks like a 10-year starter from day one. Do the Lions have their eye on another QB later in round one or even the top of round two?

2.

Rams

Eugene Monroe

OT

Virginia

Eugene Monroe

The Rams released Orlando Pace this week and have cleared the way to draft the best left tackle available.

Combine highlights: Eugene Monroe

3.

Chiefs

Brian Orakpo

LB

Texas

Aaron Curry

Orakpo has better pass-rush production than Aaron Curry and that is the reason he has moved up to this spot. Curry is going to be a fine player, but so is Orakpo, who can play standing up or with his hand on the ground.

Combine highlights: Brian Orakpo

4.

Seahawks

Matthew Stafford

QB

Georgia

Matthew Stafford

Time for the Seahawks to start thinking about their long-range future at quarterback. They would like an offensive tackle here but if Stafford falls to this spot, then that changes the plans.

Combine highlights: Matthew Stafford

5.

Browns

Aaron Curry

LB

Wake Forest

Brian Orakpo

The Browns need to rush the quarterback and build up the outside linebacker position. They could be tempted to take a wide receiver like Michael Crabtree here, but the defense has to get better now.

Combine highlights: Aaron Curry

6.

Bengals

Michael Crabtree

WR

Texas Tech

Michael Crabtree

The Bengals lost T.J. Houshmandzadah and Crabtree is more than an adequate replacement for him. He will excel right away at the receiving end of Carson Palmer's passes.

7.

Raiders

Jeremy Maclin

WR

Missouri

Jeremy Maclin

Maclin can run, which is a prerequisite for being a Raider, and he can figure on contributing as a return specialist as well. They could really use B.J. Raji at this spot.

Combine highlights: Jeremy Maclin

8.

Jaguars

Mark Sanchez

QB

USC

Mark Sanchez

A young QB who needs a year or more on the bench is a wise pick, and the signing of former Eagles OT Tra Thomas clears the way if Sanchez is here.

Combine highlights: Mark Sanchez

Pick

Team

Player

Pos.

School

Previous pick

9.

Packers

Andre Smith

OT

Alabama

Malcolm Jenkins

Mark Tauscher has not yet been re-signed and Smith is a mauling right tackle candidate who will creep back up the draft boards in the next month as he repairs his mistake of leaving the combine early.

Pro day highlights: Andre Smith10.

49ers

Michael Oher

OT

Mississippi

Andre Smith

The 49ers need tackle help and Oher is the best on the board as the run on tackles reaches four in the top 10 picks.Combine highlights: Michael Oher

11.

Bills

Everette Brown

DE/LB

Florida State

Everette Brown

The Bills need a pass rusher and a linebacker and Everett provides both. His 20 sacks over the last two years are impressive.

Combine highlights: Everette Brown

12.

Broncos

B.J. Raji

DT

Boston College

B.J. Raji

The Broncos may not have enough front seven players to make the switch to a 3-4 defense, but it all starts with the nose tackle andRaji is the right guy, even if they stay in a hybrid defense.

Combine highlights: B.J. Raji

13.

Redskins

Aaron Maybin

DE/LB

Penn State

Brian Cushing

The Redskins will be tempted to take an offensive tackle here, but it looks like a reach at this point if the top four OTs are off the board. They need a linebacker with pass rush skills and Maybin had a big year in 2008 getting upfield and making plays.

Combine highlights: Aaron Maybin

14.

Saints

Malcolm Jenkins

CB

Ohio State

Vontae Davis

It's a dream come true for the Saints if Jenkins falls to them. If not, they take the next best corner.

Combine highlights: Malcolm Jenkins

15.

Texans

Chris Wells

RB

Ohio State

Peria Jerry

The Texans may take a defensive tackle at this spot -- perhaps Peria Jerry -- but it is looking more and more like a running back to split the duties with Steve Slaton is a possibility.

Combine highlights: Chris Wells

16.

Chargers

Rey Maualuga

LB

USC

Rey Maualuga

The Chargers need a fiery inside linebacker to pair up with outside backer Shawne Merriman. They could seriously look at the best 5-technique defensive end to replace Igor Olshansky.

Combine highlights: Rey Maualuga

Pick

Team

Player

Pos.

School

Previous pick

17.

Jets

Hakeem Nicks

WR

North Carolina

Hakeem Nicks

Laveranues Coles is gone and a playmaking wide receiver is needed. A QB like Sanchez might have been the pick but he's off the board by now.

Combine highlights: Hakeem Nicks

18.

Bears

Eben Britton

OT

Arizona

Michael Oher

The Bears need a tackle, as John Tait is retired and John St. Clair is unsigned and over 30 years old.

Combine highlights: Eben Britton

19.

Buccaneers

Evander Hood

DT

Missouri

Aaron Maybin

Not everyone sees Hood as a first-round pick, but his height-weight-speed ratio is impressive and he is a powerful man who runs all day long.

Combine highlights: Evander Hood

20.

Lions

Peria Jerry

DT

Mississippi

Evander Hood

The Lions take care of the run-stopping problems up front and hold off on a QB until the next round, where they take a good look at Kansas State's Josh Freeman.

21.

Eagles

Knowshon Moreno

RB

Georgia

Eben Britton

The perfect guy to be the ultimate replacement for an aging Brian Westbrook. He has receiving skills and runs with enough power to take over the short-yardage role right away.

Combine highlights: Knowshon Moreno

22.

Vikings

Percy Harvin

WR

Florida

Percy Harvin

The Vikings wanted Houshmandzadeh and missed out on him. Now they turn to the draft for a playmaker.

Combine highlights: Percy Harvin

23.

Patriots

Larry English

DE/LB

Northern Illinois

Larry English

English is a guy who has fallen out of the first round on some boards, but his 31 college sacks and his intensity is just what the Patriots need. They could easily take Brian Cushing here if available.

Combine highlights: Larry English

24.

Falcons

Brian Cushing

LB

USC

Tyson Jackson

Atlanta let two linebackers go in free agency and replaced one with Mike Peterson. Cushing fits right in as Coy Wire goes back to being a situational player.

Combine highlights: Brian Cushing

Pick

Team

Player

Pos.

School

Previous pick

25.

Dolphins

Clay Matthews

LB

USC

Clay Matthews

The Fish constantly have to retool the 3-4 outside linebacker position and Matthews has turned himself into a solid player.

Combine highlights: Clay Matthews

26.

Ravens

Darrius Heyward-Bey

WR

Maryland

Darius Butler

With a big, strong-armed quarterback like Joe Flacco, it is time to get him a vertical threat and Heyward-Bey is the fastest player in the draft.

Combine highlights: Darrius Heyward-Bey

27.

Colts

James Laurinaitis

LB

Ohio State

James Laurinaitis

The Colts could go running back but there is enough depth to wait and it is time to get a linebacker to run this defense. Laurinaitis had 375 tackles, nine interceptions and 13 sacks at Ohio State.

Combine highlights: James Laurinaitis

28.

Eagles

William Beatty

OT

Connecticut

Knowshon Moreno

The loss of Tra Thomas and the age of unsigned Jon Runyan means it is time for a tackle. Beatty has good feet for the left side but needs work on his functional strength.

Combine highlights: William Beatty

29.

Giants

Kenny Britt

WR

Rutgers

Kenny Britt

The Giants need a big receiver to replace Plaxico Burress. It may be a bit high for Britt, but the Giants know the local kid from Rutgers.

Combine highlights: Kenny Britt

30.

Titans

Robert Ayers

DE

Tennessee

Robert Ayers

The Titans love tough defensive players and Ayers' showing at the Senior Bowl and combine put him in the first round. The Freak can't play forever at LDE.

Combine highlights: Robert Ayers

31.

Cardinals

Michael Johnson

DE

Georgia Tech

Michael Johnson

Some say he's soft, but at 6-foot-7, 266 pounds with 4.6 speed, 19 sacks and 10 forced fumbles, he is a rare athlete. He could be an outside linebacker or a pass rusher.

Combine highlights: Michael Johnson

32.

Steelers

Jarron Gilbert

DE

San Jose State

Jarron Gilbert

By the time we get to the draft, Gilbert may be projected higher than this spot. He's a steal for the Steelers here and an excellent candidate as a 5-technique. The Steelers could also look at a corner like Vontae Davis here.

Combine highlights: Jarron Gilbert

I hate Brian Cushing more than any linebacker in this draft he is injury prone and only a 2 down backer!! We need football players not workout warriors

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I have two issues with this mock. I don't think that two OT's are going to go with the First two picks. Also, I can't see the Seahawks taking Stafford with the 4th pick. I will say that if Cushing does fall that far it would be a really good pick for us. I think that he will go in the Top 20 though.

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I don't want to spend a 1st round pick on a "two-down" linebacker. I was a Cush supporter early on but the steroid "suspicions" have soured me on the guy. And its not so much my own personal suspicions but reported suspicions by scouts and GMs - they know what to look for.

Cush may be a great pro but there are too many red flags for me right now.......if he falls to #24 then that will mean there are too many red flags for a lot of other GMs as well.......I bet some teams won't even put him on the draft board because of there steroid suspicions.

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michael lombardi said something interesting that i never paid attention too........ Brian Cushing did not play 3rd downs at USC

1. He was literally surrounded by the best defense in the nation. He needed to cover very little ground and was never the focus of attention.

2. There are suspicions of steroid use. Maybe unfounded, but a first round choice should be above an such suspicions.

3. Now, I hear that he was taken out on third downs. Is that true? You realize that we will be running the Cover-2 a lot. We need LB's that can cover.

I don't buy the Cushing hype.

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I don't want to spend a 1st round pick on a "two-down" linebacker. I was a Cush supporter early on but the steroid "suspicions" have soured me on the guy. And its not so much my own personal suspicions but reported suspicions by scouts and GMs - they know what to look for.

Cush may be a great pro but there are too many red flags for me right now.......if he falls to #24 then that will mean there are too many red flags for a lot of other GMs as well.......I bet some teams won't even put him on the draft board because of there steroid suspicions.

That is my take on him too. Is it a violation of some nfl policy to give these kids lie detector tests? It seems like it would be a good idea on some of the questionable candidates. You'd hate for him to be passed over if he is clean.

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