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2009 NFL Mock Re-Draft: Round 3

Last update: Sunday, April 26, 2009.

This is a third-round mock re-draft. I'll be lucky to get one of these selections correct, but it's fun to speculate.

One thing that was reinforced on Saturday is that if you put a logical mock draft together, you're probably going to get the picks wrong because there are just so many general managers in this league who don't understand the concept of positional value. That's why teams like the Giants, Ravens, Patriots, Colts, Steelers, etc. are contenders almost every year, while inept organizations like Detroit, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Oakland and Kansas City never make the playoffs.
  1. Detroit Lions: Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, Georgia
    I have to say that I'm extremely disappointed in the Lions. If they went Matt Stafford, left tackle and BPA on defense, I was going to give them a shocking 7-9 or 8-8 projection in my season preview.

    Well, Detroit's new regime proved that like the last one, it simply doesn't understand the positional value of left tackles. Stafford's bust factor has now increased exponentially because he won't get adequate protection. And by the way, the two left tackles Detroit passed on - Michael Oher and William Beatty - were drafted by Baltimore and the Giants, two of the more successful organizations in the league.

    At any rate, the Lions will probably look at a middle linebacker here.

  2. St. Louis Rams: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
    Nice job by the Rams thus far, securing Jason Smith and James Laurinaitis. This team looks like it's on the rise.

    The Rams need a corner to start across from Ronald Bartell.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Barnes, CB

  3. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Williams, DE/OLB, Texas Tech
    I can't say I'm surprised that the Chiefs passed on a lesser prospect (Tyson Jackson) in favor of the top defensive player on the board (Aaron Curry). By putting so much faith in Matt Cassel, Scott Pioli has shown us that he wasn't responsible for New England's success.

    The Chiefs need a pass-rusher. Actually, they need a lot of things, so it's pretty tough to predict this selection.

  4. Chicago Bears: Rashad Johnson, FS, Alabama
    Jerry Angelo warned the media that he wasn't going receiver. Free safety is also a big need.

  5. Dallas Cowboys: Fenuki Tupou, OT, Oregon
    Might as well keep this pick from my original mock, right? The Cowboys will be looking for a successor for Flozell Adams.

  6. Cincinnati Bengals: Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
    The Bengals would be crazy not to find an insurance policy at the running back position, just in case Cedric Benson is getting a DUI as you're reading this.

  7. Oakland Raiders: Chris Baker, DT, Hampton
    Breathe, Raider fans... breathe... exhale... think good thoughts... breathe... don't think about overdosing on pills... don't think about the pills... think about a nice ocean breeze... breathe...

    Al 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. Undead Al 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.

  8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
    Another offensive tackle? Very likely. Jacksonville plans on running the Fat Man formation, where they use 11 offensive tackles at once.

    Actually, what Gene Smith has shown us is that he's willing to go best player available, no matter what. That's Michael Johnson.

  9. New England Patriots: Jarron Gilbert, DE/DT, San Jose State
    The Patriots continue to laugh at inept GMs and add top talent to their roster. It's disgusting how stacked this team is.



  10. San Francisco 49ers: Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina
    Great job by the 49ers picking up a future first-round pick from Carolina. They seem pretty smart, so maybe they'll actually understand how important offensive tackles are.

  11. Dallas Cowboys: Chip Vaughn, SS, Wake Forest
    The Cowboys will probably be looking for a safety early on Day 2.

  12. New York Jets: Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State
    The Jets drafted their quarterback. Now, they'll have to find a deep threat for him. New York needs to sell as many jerseys and tickets as possible, as the team is moving into a new stadium in 2010.

  13. Houston Texans: Dorell Scott, DT, Clemson
    This new Texans regime really knows what it's doing. The front office seems to recognize that to beat the Colts, they'll have to pressure Peyton Manning and shut down Joseph Addai/Donald Brown. Dorell Scott would be a nice upgrade at nose tackle.

  14. San Diego Chargers: Alex Magee, DE/DT, Purdue
    The Chargers are really unpredictable, but they have to address the 3-4 end position at some point, right?

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma
    Nice job by the Steelers ripping off the Broncos and stealing both of their third-round picks. I hope Pittsburgh upgrades the offensive line for Ben Roethlisberger's sake.



  16. Washington Redskins: Gerald Cadogan, OT, Penn State
    The Redskins almost have to go right tackle here, unless they believe that Mike Williams is the answer. That's a scary prospect.

  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Roy Miller, DT, Texas
    The Buccaneers seem to understand positional value and they have a huge need at defensive tackle.

  18. Detroit Lions: Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon State
    Based on what this team did yesterday, I'm convinced they're going to wait on a left tackle and defensive line help until the later rounds.

  19. New England Patriots: Lawrence Sidbury, DE/OLB, Richmond
    The Patriots continue to snatch up the top talent available. They really need to address their pass rush in the third round.

  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama
    I still say center is a huge need, as Justin Hartwig gave up the most sacks of any player at his position last year.

  21. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Moore, DE, USC
    Andy Reid gets back to business and satisfies his desire for defensive linemen. An every-down left end is needed.

  22. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas
    Matt Birk's play fell off a bit last year. He signed with the Ravens anyway, so the Vikings will be looking for a new center to compete with John Sullivan.



  23. Miami Dolphins: Sammie Lee Hill, NT, Stillman
    With Jason Ferguson turning 35 in November, the Dolphins will be hunting for a successor.

  24. Baltimore Ravens: Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma
    I still find it amazing that the Ravens were able to land Michael Oher at No. 23. Baltimore had a great first day, but it still needs to find another weapon for Joe Flacco.

  25. New England Patriots: Darry Beckwith, ILB, LSU
    Quantity over quality? How about both, thanks to dumb general managers allowing great prospects to fall to New England! More linebacking help is needed here.

  26. Atlanta Falcons: Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida
    Tyrone McKenzie is a steal here, and of course a smart team takes him off the board.

  27. New York Giants: Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina
    Tight end isn't a huge need, but Jerry Reese will once again take a top-rated prospect off the board.

  28. Indianapolis Colts: Austin Collie, WR, BYU
    The Colts are looking for a receiver to replace the recently released Marvin Harrison, which would allow them to keep Anthony Gonzalez in the slot.

  29. Carolina Panthers: Herman Johnson, G, LSU
    With the departure of Frank Omiyale, the Panthers are really hurting for depth up front.

  30. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Freeman, OLB, Ohio State
    Keith Bulluck, who turns 32 next April, will hit free agency after the 2009 season. I don't see the Titans giving Bulluck a huge contract with his age being a factor.

  31. Arizona Cardinals: A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn State
    The weird center run continues. Arizona needs an upgrade at the position. Let's just hope Josh McDaniels doesn't invade their draft room and trade up for a blocking tight end.

  32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Victor Harris, CB/S, Virginia Tech
    With Bryant McFadden gone, the Steelers need some help at corner. A successor for Ryan Clark is needed as well.



  33. New England Patriots: Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
    I doubt the Joey Galloway signing works out. The Patriots could use another wideout, and Bill Belichick seems to have a thing for Florida receivers.

  34. Cincinnati Bengals: James Casey, TE, Rice
    The Ben Utecht signing doesn't look like a lucrative one. The Bengals could be looking for a tight end who fits their system.

  35. Chicago Bears: Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly-SLO
    The possession receiver Bear fans are hoping for.

  36. New York Giants: Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland
    There's nothing wrong with adding depth to the secondary, especially when you're drafting one of the top players available.

    By the way, you can see all of my individual draft grades in the 2009 NFL Draft Grades section.





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