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1. Matthew Stafford

QB

Georgia The curse of Bobby Layne ends. It's time to find his replacement. Nothing happens without a quarterback. -- KS

2. Eugene Monroe

OT

Virginia The Rams need a tackle, no question, but they have options with this pick. Aaron Curry or Michael Crabtree would certainly make sense as well. --MS

3. Aaron Curry

LB

Wake Forest Trading down will be tough, so the Chiefs take the best defensive player on the board. Curry may not be a perfect fit for the 3-4, but he'll instantly help this weak defense. -- BW

4. Michael Crabtree

WR

Texas Tech Crabtree and Curry would make sense in this spot because both would contribute right away. A quarterback or tackle might not. -- MS

5. Brian Orakpo

DE/OLB

Texas The Browns will need an elite edge rusher to run a successful 3-4 defense. Orakpo is the best prospect at getting to the quarterback and he has the ability to play the hybrid DE/OLB role. -- JW

6. Jason Smith

OT

Baylor The Bengals turn cartwheels in their draft room as Smith falls to them. Cincinnati was nervous about landing one of the top two offensive tackles -- Smith or Eugene Monroe -- but winds up with arguably the top-rated player in the draft. -- JW

7. Jeremy Maclin

WR

Missouri Maclin reminds some of Cliff Branch, who just happens to be one of Al Davis' all-time favorite players. Maclin gives Oakland an instant vertical threat. -- BW

8. B.J. Raji

DT

Boston College New GM Gene Smith believes in building from the inside out. The versatile Raji can do whatever the Jaguars ask inside. That should mean helping restore the personality Jacksonville had when it was largely identified by the John Henderson-Marcus Stroud duo of defensive tackles while helping leave favorable matchups outside for Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves. -- PK

9. Andre Smith

OT

Alabama Packers GM Ted Thompson faces a tough choice, but ultimately he chooses the best available player on the board, despite some conditioning and judgment concerns. -- KS

10. Michael Oher

OT

Mississippi The 49ers need pass-rush help, too, but they're happy to find one of the four top-rated tackles available. -- MS

11. Aaron Maybin

DE

Penn State The Bills had trouble generating a pass rush when defensive end Aaron Schobel was out of the lineup, and Spencer Johnson has been a colossal disappointment. Maybin is the best available player at one of the Bills' many critical positions of need. -- TG

12. Mark Sanchez

QB

USC The Broncos are going to have a difficult time bypassing defense here, but Sanchez has a chance to make folks forget about Jay Cutler fairly quickly. -- BW

13. Brian Cushing

OLB

USC The Redskins try to move up to take Sanchez, but can't find a partner. They wanted Aaron Maybin, but Cushing will give them an immediate starter on the strong side. -- MM

14. Malcolm Jenkins

DB

Ohio State There are rumblings about the Saints going with a running back, but they need more bodies to make the defensive overhaul complete. Jenkins can play cornerback or safety. -- PY

15. Clay Matthews

LB

USC Matthews' uncle, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce, is now on the Texans' coaching staff, and the Texans love bringing in people to which they have connections. Clay is a high-character athlete who hasn't come close to maxing out yet and has the bloodlines to suggest he'll bring the Texans the sort of durability they desire. -- PK

16. Rey Maualuga

LB

USC He gives San Diego's defense an instant burst. Maualuga could be the playmaker San Diego needs to finally become a Super Bowl team. -- BW

17. Josh Freeman

QB

Kansas State As much as Rex Ryan insists he's OK with the quarterbacks on his roster, Freeman will be difficult to overlook. The Jets also crave help at receiver, but the only two players worth taking this early are long gone. --TG

18. Tyson Jackson

DE

LSU Jackson could go to San Diego, but Denver is thrilled he is on the board. Jackson will be an instant contributor and a great fit for the 3-4 defense. --BW

19. Everette Brown

DE

Florida State The Bucs need help across the defensive line, but there are no run-stuffing tackles that make sense at this point. The other option is to get a pass rusher. -- PY

20. Knowshon Moreno

RB

Georgia The Lions can't allow need to trump talent, and in this mock draft, Moreno is the best player remaining. -- KS

21. Chris Wells

RB

Ohio State The Eagles are elated to find Wells available in this spot. Wells is a big back with big-play ability and a worthy successor to Brian Westbrook. -- MM

22. Eben Britton

OT

Arizona The Vikings need help at right tackle far more urgently than they do at receiver. -- KS

23. Vontae Davis

CB

Illinois

Davis is the best pure corner in the draft. The Patriots signed free agents Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs, but Bill Belichick knows the value of growing the position. In his past five drafts, he has selected 21 defensive players and 10 were defensive backs. -- TG

24. Peria Jerry

DT

Mississippi After scraping through last season with an aging Grady Jackson, the Falcons need a young set of legs to pair with Jonathan Babineaux. -- PY

25. James Laurinaitis

LB

Ohio State Even though the Dolphins crave a receiver and Percy Harvin, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Hakeem Nicks are on the board, Bill Parcells loves defense. The Dolphins weren't thrilled with Channing Crowder, and Laurinaitis could be great. -- TG

26. Darrius Heyward-Bey

WR

Maryland The Ravens get a superb combination of size and speed. Heyward-Bey is the deep threat quarterback Joe Flacco is looking for, and Heyward-Bey also is a local product who played at the University of Maryland and grew up in Owings Mills, where the Ravens have their practice facility. -- JW

27. Hakeem Nicks

WR

North Carolina Nicks is a quality route runner with great body control and hands, and a nice ability to run after the catch -- qualities that might just mirror those of the guy he'll be asked to help replace -- Marvin Harrison. Nicks will likely be able to work as Peyton Manning's weapon opposite Reggie Wayne on opening day. -- PK

28. Brandon Pettigrew

TE

Oklahoma St. The Bills would have to take the best tight end in the draft if available. They're hurting at the position. Although they need an offensive lineman, a dangerous tight end would fill out their skill positions nicely. -- TG

29. Kenny Britt

WR

Rutgers Even if the Giants land Braylon Edwards by trade, there's a good chance they'll select a receiver. Britt is a No. 1 receiver in waiting. -- MM

30. Alphonso Smith

CB

Wake Forest Has the instincts, ball skills and smarts to play in the Titans' multiple defensive schemes effectively. He may not be tall or super fast, but he's got the game, brains and attitude to work well opposite Cortland Finnegan in a year when he's likely to inherit Nick Harper's job. -- PK

31. Donald Brown

RB

Connecticut Value matches need as the Cardinals, seeking more offensive balance, find their likely starter and successor to Edgerrin James. -- MS

32. Alex Mack

C

California Pittsburgh finally addresses its offensive line. Mack provides depth, competition and versatility in the interior to give the Steelers options for 2009. -- JW

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Doesn't KC also have tons of cap? I doubt it would hurt them that much if they traded him.

Well I'm not sure if I have ever seen a 1st round pick traded after their first season with the team. There's always a first I guess.

Paying all the money up front to the guy and trading him would sorta be like buying a new car with a large downpayment, deciding you don't like it after a year, and trading it in. You sorta lose a lot of money there. lol

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I dont see if espeically if he cant maintain a playing weight of at least 300, he weighed in at his pro-day at 290, too close to Babs weight. I would rather have Hood.

I strongly feel that we need to upgrade with a DT, but not a UT. We need a NT. We stunk against the run last year.

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Well I'm not sure if I have ever seen a 1st round pick traded after their first season with the team. There's always a first I guess.

Paying all the money up front to the guy and trading him would sorta be like buying a new car with a large downpayment, deciding you don't like it after a year, and trading it in. You sorta lose a lot of money there. lol

If he doesn't fit in the 3-4, they have no choice to trade him or watch him become a bust...their choice really.

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