Detroit Lions: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
If Evander Hood and Peria Jerry are off the board, the Lions almost have to look at James Laurinaitis. They can't go into camp with Jordon Dizon and Cody Spencer competing for the middle linebacker job.
Pick change; previously Evander Hood, DT
New England Patriots: Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati
Connor Barwin had an incredible performance at Cincinnati's Pro Day. He ran a 4.47 40 and notched a 41.5-inch vertical. Barwin is drawing comparisons to Mike Vrabel, so he could be a candidate to go to New England at No. 23. I can't see him falling past this selection.
St. Louis Rams: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
If the Rams can't get Rey Maualuga or James Laurinaitis by either staying here or trading up, they almost have to look at corner; Tye Hill sucks, while Justin King isn't much of a factor in this decision because Billy Devaney didn't draft him.
Pick change; previously James Laurinaitis, ILB
Cleveland Browns: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
If the Browns trade away Braylon Edwards and can't get Michael Crabtree at No. 5, they almost have to go receiver with this selection. With Edwards gone and Donte' Stallworth likely to be suspended, Cleveland has absolutely nothing at the wideout position.
Seattle Seahawks: Patrick Chung, SS, Oregon
The Seahawks have major problems in their secondary, particularly at free safety. Adding Patrick Chung to the roster would allow Deon Grant to slide back to that position.
Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Wood, C, Louisville
More help up front for the Bengals, who must upgrade the center position this offseason. Eric Wood is the type of center Cincinnati needs to counter all of the massive 3-4 nose tackles in its division.
Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
The Jaguars need to go corner early in the 2009 NFL Draft. They paid a ton of money to the predictably horrific Drayton Florence a year ago. Florence was recently cut, so Jacksonville needs a new starter across from Rashean Mathis to move Brian Williams back to strong safety. Wide receiver is an option here as well.
Pick change; previously Alphonso Smith, CB
Oakland Raiders: Chris Baker, DT, Hampton
I'm cutting out the Al Davis joke I've used here in the past few updates. If you want more of the crazy Raiders owner, however, you can check out the 2009 April Fools NFL Mock Draft, where he utilizes two first-round picks on "great players," one of whom is a woman.
Davis is going to have a tough time resisting Chris Baker here. Baker is a 6-2, 326-pound beast who somehow ran a 4.9. Davis seldom drafts defensive tackles in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, but the guys he has taken have all been really athletic. Baker would be another "great player" to join Oakland's roster.
Green Bay Packers: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
The Packers had major problems getting to the quarterback last year. They had 27 sacks on the season, and if you take away Aaron Kampman's total, they compiled only 17.
With the move to the 3-4, Green Bay needs a rush linebacker across from Kampman, though I wouldn't count out Ron Brace here either.
Buffalo Bills: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
This team really needs pass-rushing help. Buffalo mustered a laughable 24 sacks in 2008, and no player had more than four. Aaron Schobel missed most of the season, but the Bills had similar problems even when he was in the lineup.
Michael Johnson has some motivational concerns, but Dick Jauron and his front office will be looking for the best available talent; if the team misses the playoffs, everyone will be fired.
San Francisco 49ers: Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State
The 49ers need someone to get to the quarterback across from Parys Haralson. Manny Lawson has failed in that department. Everette Brown takes a huge fall. He'll be targeted in the 20s, but I believe Brown is very prone to slipping on Draft Day.
Pick change; previously Clint Sintim, DE/OLB
Miami Dolphins: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
Ted Ginn and Davone Bess both have their strengths, but neither wideout is a massive target. At 6-3, 207, Brian Robiskie could be the solid split end Miami was looking for when it signed Ernest Wilford.
New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
It's clear that the Giants really missed Burress' massive presence in their 23-11 loss to the Eagles. At 6-1, 226, Hakeem Nicks is the closest thing to Burress available to the Giants at this juncture. He'll be the pick here if New York doesn't trade for Braylon Edwards.
Houston Texans: Max Unger, C/G, Oregon
I think this pick makes a lot of sense for the Texans, who could use help at both center and right guard. Max Unger, able to play both positions, fits the team's zone-blocking scheme perfectly.
New England Patriots: Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State
With three second-round selections, the Patriots can use two on a defensive end and left tackle, as Richard Seymour will see his contract expire after the 2009 NFL season. Jarron Gilbert had an amazing Pro Day, running a 4.80 40 and notching a 37-inch vertical at 6-5, 288 pounds.
Denver Broncos: Fili Moala, DE/DT, USC
The Broncos need to keep adding talent to their new three-man defensive line. If they get B.J. Raji, they'll target Fili Moala or Jarron Gilbert in Round 2. If they land Tyson Jackson, it'll be Ron Brace here.
Chicago Bears: Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma
The ultra-conservative Bears take a huge risk and draft a receiver in the second round. Devin Hester showed a lot of improvement at wideout toward the end of the 2008 NFL season, but Jay Cutler needs a reliable possession receiver to complement the former return specialist.
Cleveland Browns: Louis Delmas, FS, Western Michigan
The Browns need tons of help in so many places, one of which is at safety. Sean Jones defected for Philadelphia, meaning Cleveland needs someone to pair with Brodney Pool, who can move to strong safety. All they have is Mike Adams, a backup who was just re-signed to a 3-year deal worth $4.1 million.
Dallas Cowboys: Rashad Johnson, FS, Alabama
Ken Hamlin was torched repeatedly last season, primarily against the Ravens in a must-win game. The Cowboys needed upgrades at both safety positions before they signed Gerald Sensabaugh.
New York Jets: Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State
Laveranues Coles is gone. The Jets needed a pure No. 1 wideout even before his release, but now they're even more desperate for help at the position. Derrick Williams saved his draft stock with a 4.37 at Penn State's Pro Day.
Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland
Andy Reid is a consistent man. On third- or fourth-and-goal, he'll always run right guard. He'll always call way too many passes in games. His press conferences will always be boring. And whenever someone speaks out against the Eagles organization, he'll disown that particular player.
There have been many players who have been cut/traded or "mysteriously" fallen to the bottom of the depth chart in Reid's tenure. Some players include Jeremiah Trotter, Terrell Owens and Lito Sheppard. The Eagles even drafted Kevin Kolb after Donovan McNabb had some negative things to say about the organization.
In the wake of Sheldon Brown's comments, I believe Reid will target a corner early in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Pick change; previously D.J. Moore, CB
Minnesota Vikings: Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
Once again, the Vikings take a player who can help Brad Childress immediately and pay long-term dividends. Right tackle Ryan Cook is terrible and needs to be upgraded.
Atlanta Falcons: Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia
Why not let Emmitt have a crack at this pick? "The Falcon have been destimated by free agencies. They have... have... has lost Michael Bolton and Al Brookings in the doggone offseason."
I couldn't have said it better myself. Now that Michael Boley and Keith Brooking are gone, Atlanta has Mike Peterson and Coy Wire currently penciled into the two starting outside linebacker slots. That really needs to be fixed.
Pick change; previously William Moore, SS
Miami Dolphins: Ron Brace, NT, Boston College
Jason Ferguson just turned 34, and his contract expires after the 2009 season. The Dolphins will need to acquire a new nose tackle in the near future.
Baltimore Ravens: Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
Mark Clayton started playing really well down the stretch, but with Derrick Mason, who just turned 35, a year away from hitting free agency, it's time the Ravens begin developing their next No. 1 receiver for Joe Flacco.
New England Patriots: William Moore, SS, Missouri
William Moore seems like the strong safety-linebacker tweener the Patriots love to have on their roster. With retirement knocking down Rodney Harrison's door, the Patriots would love to add someone like Harris to their roster.
Pick change; previously Jamon Meredith, OT
Carolina Panthers: Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech
At this selection, Carolina needs to address the defensive tackle or corner position. Ken Lucas is gone, and Richard Marshall apparently doesn't have what it takes to start at corner in this league.
New York Giants: Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida
With Mathias Kiwanuka staying at defensive end, New York could really use a talented strongside linebacker to complement Antonio Pierce and the newly signed Michael Boley.
Indianapolis Colts: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh
This is quite a bargain for a talented running back who was a projected first-round pick before the Combine. The Colts need someone to play alongside the injury-prone Joseph Addai now that Dominic Rhodes is gone.
Tennessee Titans: Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond
Both Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch are in their 30s and have expiring contracts. Look for the Titans to select a defensive end in the first few rounds of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas
There's no reason why Lyle Sendlein should be starting again in 2009. He's a capable backup, but it seems like he's good for botching a few snaps or stepping on Kurt Warner's foot every Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma
If the Steelers want to increase Ben Roethlisberger's lifespan in the NFL, they'll have to acquire better protection up front. If Duke Robinson doesn't make it this far, the Steelers could still add a right tackle, which would allow Mike Tomlin to move Willie Colon inside.