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News » Predicting the draft, start to finish


Predicting the draft, start to finish


Predicting the draft, start to finish

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20. Detroit (from Dallas) — Eben Britton, OT, Arizona, Junior: Britton's a good kid with solid footwork and great smarts for the game. He started all 37 games he played at 'Zona and has experience at both the left and right tackle positions. Let's face it — Detroit needs help just about everywhere on the field. Let Britton work with 2008 first-round pick Gosder Cherilus as anchors to Matt Stafford's offensive line and see if they can all grow old together, hopefully giving the Detroit fans something to be proud of at Ford Field.

21. Philadelphia — Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State, Junior: Wells is a curious case. He's got Top 5 talent and could, in fact, go as high as fifth overall to Cleveland. But there are lingering questions about his health and the thought that a quality running back could be found in the later rounds, where a top DT, DE or OT perhaps cannot. If he falls to No. 21, the Eagles brass would be doing cartwheels. How many games did Philly lose on Sunday night last year with failed runs up the gut? Two? Three? Brian Westbrook's needed a thunder to his lightning for years. At last, the Eagles have a pick where they can grab that player. Wells, despite some durability questions, is a beast. Philly fans will love what he brings to the table. So will Westbrook.

22. Minnesota — William Beatty, OT, Connecticut, Senior: Minnesota will be wise to pounce if Beatty falls to them here. The Vikings have needs at receiver, but with right tackle being an even larger question mark Beatty makes sense. Consider this the Sam Baker/Duane Brown rule. If you're considered a sure-fire first- or second-round talent at offensive tackle, you'll likely be taken in the top 25.

23. New England — Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia, Sophomore: If Moreno's still on the board by No. 23, it'll be a nightmare for the other 31 NFL teams. A multipurpose threat with an extra gear, the Georgia star would make for yet another weapon in the most dangerous offense in football. Yeah, the Pats can use another young defensive lineman. And sure, some linebacker help wouldn't hurt. And of course, Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris are likely a perfectly suitable running back crew. But if you add Moreno to that offense? Well, that's just plain scary.

24. Atlanta — Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State, Senior: Matt Ryan gets a big target up the middle who can pass block a bit too. Pettigrew is the best tight end prospect in this draft. Though Atlanta does have other areas of need, snagging Pettigrew at No. 24 seems like the right move.

25. Miami — Everette Brown, DE/LB, Florida State, Junior: FSU churns out top-flight defenders year after year. Brown is the next in line to represent the Seminoles on the big stage. Joey Porter's not getting any younger. Brown, who could likely play either the DE or the OLB spot, would be a suitable successor.

26. Baltimore — Larry English, DE/LB, Northern Illinois, Senior: English won't necessarily "replace" Bart Scott, but he could certainly help the Ravens D rebuild after a tough offseason in which Baltimore lost a handful of starters. English can be that hands-down pass rusher at defensive end or an outside linebacker in the 3-4. He's a solid player that will add depth to one of the best units in football.

27. Indianapolis — Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss, Senior: Jerry came into his own in '08 and will immediately help the Colts defensive line. His draft stock is a bit of a question mark, as some pundits have him going in the top 15, while others have him slipping all the way to the second round. Whereas B.J. Raji has received all the attention at DT in the past few months, Jerry's performed and worked out just as well. The Colts like what they got out of Eric Foster last year, but could still use some beef at the DT spot.

28. Buffalo (from Philadelphia from Carolina) — Max Unger, C/OT, Oregon, Senior: This is about 20-25 picks earlier than where most draftniks have Unger going, but I'm sticking to my guns. His versatility — he played both center and tackle at Oregon — as well his off-the-charts high football IQ make Unger a future NFL offensive line leader and anchor.

29. New York Giants — Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland, Junior: All bets are off on this pick if the Giants do, indeed, trade for Braylon Edwards. If Edwards (or Anquan Boldin) aren't traded to the Swamplands of East Rutherford, the Giants will need to look at the wideout position as an area of dire need. Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin and even the hometown boy Kenny Britt may be intriguing options if still on the board as they are here, but I see Darrius Heyward-Bey, the 4.30 40 man out of Maryland as the pick.

30. Tennessee — Percy Harvin, WR, Florida, Junior: Though the Titans seem to defy the pundits and shy away from drafting wideouts in the first round year after year, the thought of Percy Harvin in the same offense as Chris Johnson might be just too tempting to pass up. Johnson runs a 4.29 40. Harvin runs a 4.30 40. Forget thunder and lightning. That's fire and brimstone. The Titans were a few plays away (an Alge Crumpler fumble) from playing in the AFC championship game last season. Harvin's the gamebreaker that can put them over the top in '09.

31. Arizona — Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State, Senior: So you've probably seen Gilbert's "jump out of the pool" clip by now. Great. Wow. Cool! Gilbert's more than that, though, and his senior season was a crazy productive one. Gilbert recorded nine sacks and 22 tackles for loss at SJSU last season, and was an absolute stud in the postseason all-star game and workout circuits. With the departure of Antonio Smith, Gilbert would bring some athleticism and versatility to an above average D-line in Arizona.

32. Pittsburgh — Alex Mack, C, Cal, Senior: The Steelers are thin across the offensive line, and Mack — though center might not be the most pressing of needs for Pittsburgh — would be a welcomed addition. Mack's one of the higher-rated center prospects to come out of college in the past 15-20 years. Pittsburgh could use a cornerback here, but should look to Mack, the future perennial Pro Bowler.

Round 1 | Round 2 | Rounds 3-7



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 23, 2009

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