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Rick Gosselin's first NFL mock draft

06:29 PM CDT on Friday, April 10, 2009

The Detroit Lions obviously do not know what a Pro Bowl quarterback looks like.

The last time a Detroit quarterback went to the Pro Bowl was 1972 (Greg Landry). The Lions have used a first-round draft choice on a quarterback three times since then and whiffed each time: Chuck Long in 1986, Andre Ware in 1990 and Joey Harrington in 2002.

Three strikes and you're out, right? Not when it comes to quarterbacks. If you don't have one in the NFL, you don't stand a chance. The Lions won three NFL titles in the 1950s in large part because they had a Hall of Fame quarterback in Bobby Layne. So the search continues.

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Georgia's Matthew Stafford attended the same high school (Highland Park) as Detroit Lions Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne.

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Georgia's Matthew Stafford is the top-rated quarterback in the 2009 NFL draft, and the Lions have the first overall selection. Coincidentally, Stafford attended the same high school as Layne – Highland Park in suburban Dallas. So pencil in Stafford to the Lions at the top of this draft board.

Here's the first of three mock draft offerings from The Dallas Morning News this month. The second will come next Sunday, and the final mock on the actual day of the draft. The first mock is based on my draft board of the top 32 players, the second focuses more on team need and the third is how I see the draft playing out.

1. Detroit Lions:

Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

Lions are hoping Stafford can be their next Bobby Layne

2. St. Louis Rams:

Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

Huge hole at left tackle with release of Orlando Pace

3. Kansas City Chiefs:

Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

The NFL's 31st-ranked defense needs a playmaker

4. Seattle Seahawks:

Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

Seahawks desperate for a threatening offensive weapon

5. Cleveland Browns:

B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Success starts with run defense in AFC North

6. Cincinnati Bengals:

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Bengals need WR/KR to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh

7. Oakland Raiders:

Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

Raiders need more weapons to give QB Russell a chance

8. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Jaguars allowed 42 sacks last season

9. Green Bay Packers:

Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

Going to a 3-4, the Packers get best 3-4 DE in draft

10. San Francisco 49ers:

Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

Success has always started at QB for the 49ers

11. Buffalo Bills:

Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

The NFL's 29th-ranked pass rush needs help

12. Denver Broncos:

Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

Without Jay Cutler, the Broncos need a quarterback

13. Washington Redskins:

Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

Like Buffalo, the Redskins managed only 24 sacks in 2008

14. New Orleans Saints:

Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

The NFL's 23rd-ranked pass defense needs a shutdown corner

15. Houston Texans:

Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

Pro Bowler DE Mario Williams had 12 of Texans' 25 sacks

16. San Diego Chargers:

Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC

Maualuga plays with same reckless abandon as Junior Seau

17. New York Jets:

Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

Jets need to replace the speed of Laveranues Coles

18. Denver Broncos:

Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

The NFL's 29th-ranked defense needs across-the-board help

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Beanie Wells, HB, Ohio State

With Gruden gone, Bucs become power-oriented on offense

20. Detroit Lions:

Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri

Detroit's two starting DTs gone from a year ago

21. Philadelphia Eagles:

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Eagles lost TE L.J. Smith in free agency

22. Minnesota Vikings:

Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

Vikings need a physical presence in 18th-ranked pass defense

23. New England Patriots:

Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

Bill Belichick also coached Clay's dad at Cleveland

24. Atlanta Falcons:

Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

The Falcons lost their two starting OLBs in free agency

25. Miami Dolphins:

James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio State

Give him a month and Laurinaitis will be running Miami D

26. Baltimore Ravens:

Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

Another gift for the Ravens – great player, bad workout

27. Indianapolis Colts:

Knowshown Moreno, HB, Georgia

Joseph Addai can't stay healthy, so help is on the way

28. Philadelphia Eagles:

LeSean McCoy, HB, Pittsburgh

McCoy is a clone of Brian Westbrook

29. New York Giants:

Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

Gives Giants the luxury of moving Dave Diehl back to G

30. Tennessee Titans:

Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

Deep speed eases pressure on Pro Bowl RB Chris Johnson

31. Arizona Cardinals:

Donald Brown, HB, Connecticut

NFL's worst rushing attack gets a boost

32. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Alex Mack, C, California

Steelers need to re-establish identity as running team

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May I direct your attention to the following pertinent information to those that don't read the whole article:

Here's the first of three mock draft offerings from The Dallas Morning News this month. The second will come next Sunday, and the final mock on the actual day of the draft. The first mock is based on my draft board of the top 32 players, the second focuses more on team need and the third is how I see the draft playing out.
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May I direct your attention to the following pertinent information to those that don't read the whole article:

yeah that explains it. i dont really like this mock, but hes not going for accuracy really. just what he thinks should happen based on his top 32. the next couple will be way better.

-Mr. Offseason

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