This time of year, everybody seems to love a good mock draft. I created my first 2009 mock draft over a month ago. But since then, free agency kicked off and potential draft picks took part in the Scouting Combine. So now it's time update my mock draft. So check it out below and then leave your comments.
And don't forget to check out our Dolphins mock draft database - which was updated today.
1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
I previously thought the Lions would go with a tackle with their first pick. But it might make more sense to take Stafford, who has a ton of potential, and then spend their 2nd first round pick on a tackle. This is a deep draft at tackle and no one particular tackle has set themselves apart as the clear choice as best of the class.
2. St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
The Rams took their first step towards improving their offensive line by signing center Jason Brown. They can take that next step by getting their stud left tackle to replace the aging Orlando Pace. Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe are the top 2 tackles in the draft. But there are some reports that Monroe is being "red-flagged" with potential injury concerns. Of course, the Rams could surprise everyone and take Michael Crabtree to replace Torry Holt since Holt has asked out of St. Louis.
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
Now that the Chiefs traded for Matt Cassel, they could go a couple different directions here. But I think that getting the draft's top defensive player in the draft would be a great way for Scott Pioli to begin KC's rebuilding process.
4. Seattle Seahawks - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
With the signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, I don't see Seattle taking Crabtree here as I once thought. Instead, they'll probably decide between either a tackle or BC DT B.J. Raji. But I think Seattle's need to improve their offensive line will dictate their selection of Monroe.
5. Cleveland Browns - Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
I previously thought that Malcolm Jenkins could go here because Cleveland's secondary is terrible. But his stock is falling. Meanwhile, a top pass rusher is still a need. Orakpo needs to prove at his pro day that he can play outside linebacker. And if he does, he will probably be Cleveland's selection.
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Leave it to the Bengals to make the controversial pick in the top 10. Smith might have the most physical talent of all the tackles in the draft. But his off-the-field issues have raised some red flags. However, he can still recover with solid workouts between now and draft day. While the Bengals could look at taking Crabtree, I think the signing of Laveranues Coles makes WR less of a need.
7. Oakland Raiders - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
This would be a shame, really, for a guy like Crabtree to land in Oakland - where great potential seems to be wasted on a regular basis. But Crabtree is the kind of talent Al Davis loves - and for good reason. I think he's going to be something special. Hopefully for him, the fact that he'll have to play in the silver and black will not kill his career.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
The Jaguars need a left tackle, but the top three are already off the board. They could also use a corner, but I just don't think that the top corners deserve to be taken this high. The Jaguars have lacked a play-making receiver for a long time, too, and Maclin fills that role perfectly. He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
9. Green Bay Packers - B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
The Packers are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme this offseason and Raji would give Green Bay the dominant nose tackle they need. While they could also take a pass-rushing OLB here, Raji provides more value with the 9th overall pick - and less of a risk.
10. San Francisco 49ers - Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State
While many will make a case for Mark Sanchez landing in San Francisco, I just don't think he deserves to be picked this high. And I think Mike Singletary will push for a defensive play-maker with his first ever draft choice as head coach. Brown will provide SF with that much needed pass-rush specialist.
11. Buffalo Bills - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
12. Denver Broncos - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
13. Washington Redskins - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Chicago Bears - Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
19. Tampa Bay Bucs - Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
20. Detroit Lions - Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
22. Minnesota Vikings - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
23. New England Patriots - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
24. Atlanta Falcons - Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
25. Miami Dolphins - Larry English, OLB, Northern Illinois
I'll admit it - this is the first year in a while where I'm completely stumped on what the Dolphins will do with their first round pick. It's that wide open - and Bill Parcells never lets any info leak out. Theoretically, they could go with an OLB, WR, or CB at this spot. And truth be told, this isn't the pick I would make myself. But what does that matter - I'll trust Parcells and Jeff Ireland over myself.
So until it gets closer, I'm just going to stick with the most likely scenario - and that's the Dolphins taking an outside linebacker that could provide some pressure on the quarterback and eventually replace Joey Porter as the team's premier pass rusher. English is more of a risk than Clint Sintim, who has spent his college career playing OLB in a 3-4, but he has more upside and his stock is going to rise as we get closer to the draft. As much as I'd like to see a corner taken here, I think the safe bet is on a linebacker - with a WR like Brian Robiskie on Miami's radar in round 2.
26. Baltimore Ravens - D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
27. Indianapolis Colts - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
28. Philadelphia Eagles - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
29. New York Giants - Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
30. Tennessee Titans - Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
31. Arizona Cardinals - Michael Johnson, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alex Mack, C, Cal