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Posted Feb. 11, 2009
Holding the Mayo in 2009
It really irritates me when people are so closed-minded in their views this far away from Draft Day '09.
We have our views and we feel like they will be set in stone from now until late April, but it does not happen like that.
If you didn't have Devin Thomas in the first round of your mock last year, you would have been laughed at on draft forums. If you had Donnie Avery as the first receiver off the board, then do not even dare posting again.
And if you had Jerod Mayo going in the top 10 - let's not even dare think of the consequences of putting a "third-round draft pick" in the top 10.
Let's discover one part of why we love the draft: Who is this year's Jerod Mayo - or will the draft hold the "Mayo" in 2009?
As far as linebackers go, I think Jason Phillips of TCU is the most underrated in the 2009 NFL Draft. I have a 3-star, second-round grade on Phillips. He had 84 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks on the season. Phillips is instinctive and active, and has good range. He has solid size at 6-1, 234 with the frame to put on more bulk without losing speed. I was really impressed when I put on the Oklahoma-TCU tape, and have been raving about him ever since.
A team like Tennessee is desperate for inside linebacker help toward the end of the first round. If James Laurinaitis and Rey Maualuga are both off the board, they could go with a sleeper like Phillips. Other teams that need an inside linebacker in that range are Detroit, Kansas City, possibly Cleveland and Cincinnati in the second round.
We really do not have a clear idea on who that third linebacker is, and I think someone will eventually get hot at that position.
I have my poker chips on Jason Phillips, and I am going all-in.