Rankings by Position June 7, 2015

These do not, and should not, influence my mock draft. My rankings are how I view the players, while a mock draft is how I feel the teams will select the players. However, often times, the two are similar.

I’m only doing the top five by position for now. Expect me to expand upon the list after the combine. The one noticeable aspect of this year’s draft is that the difference between the third quarterback and the rest is enormous. Simply put, the top three quarterbacks are in a league of their own.

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2009 NFL Mock Draft 4.05

FIRST ROUND

1. Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia*
6-3 | 237 lbs. | Junior
Tampa Bay, FL

The Lions should not expect to turn things around as quick as the Miami Dolphins did this season. However, a Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination should give fans some optimism. A new identity is needed for the team that struggled so much in 2008. Stafford has the best arm in the draft, hands down. He could make any throw on the next level, and to be honest, he probably should have been slotted at the top spot a couple weeks ago. There is an option out there that would allow the Lions to select an offensive tackle here and then a quarterback at No. 20. However, that’s a bit too risky for a team that desperately needs a franchise quarterback.

2. St. Louis Rams — Andre Smith, OLT, Alabama*
6-4 | 341 lbs. | Junior
Birmingham, AL

Jake Long was probably going to become a member of the St. Louis Rams at the 2008 draft, had the Dolphins not snatch him up with the first overall pick. Furthermore, with that being said, the team has done little to improve at either tackle position. Andre Smith could step in for Orlando Pace or become the team’s starting right tackle in 2009. Smith was high on my list before the season started, and he has performed well against fierce SEC competition. There is no question the team should start to get the running game rolling again, and Smith is arguably the best run-blocker in the draft.

3. Kansas City Chiefs — Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech*
6-3 | 214 lbs. | Sophomore (RS)
Dallas, TX

Tyler Thigpen has actually performed well in his first season as a starter, an interesting twist of fate for a team that last year held Brodie Croyle as their future quarterback. Additionally, the cost of signing a quarterback like Mark Sanchez here would be overwhelming. Instead, Michael Crabtree gives the team a viable option to pair with Dwayne Bowe for the future. Crabtree, with his combination of size, speed, and productivity, is clearly the best wide receiver in this draft class. The signing of former Cardinals OC Todd Haley solidifies Crabtree as the third pick. After all, Haley knows what it’s like to have a two stud wide receivers on offense. Kansas City will hope that Dwayne Bowe and Michael Crabtree will turn into the AFC version of Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

4. Seattle Seahawks — Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
6-3 | 247 lbs. | Senior
Fayetteville, NC

The Seahawks would be extremely disappointed to see Michael Crabtree get snatched up before they get the opportunity to pick. Crabtree would be the obviously selection, but now the debate begins about whether Curry would be a good pick for the Seahawks. In our mind, he is worth the selection. Aaron Curry has all the tools to be a productive linebacker at the next level. Good size, and unbelievable athleticism allowed Curry to establish himself as the best defensive player in this draft class. With Leroy Hill’s expected departure, the Seahawks have a hole to fill at outside linebacker. Aaron Curry would give them an excellent linebacker corps along with Julian Peterson and Lofa Tatupu.

5. Cleveland Browns — Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
6-1 | 201 lbs. | Senior
Piscataway, NJ

This particular mock draft leaves the Browns with their worst case scenario. The team would love to grab Aaron Curry at this spot, however the Chiefs do not appear they are going to pass him up. Instead, Malcolm Jenkins is still a fantastic corner back prospect. One could argue that pass defense was one of the reasons why Eric Mangini got fired in New York. While Cleveland has a better pass defense, there’s no doubt that last year still resonates in Mangini’s mind. Jenkins would be the lock down corner the Browns need. He has been a fixture in the Ohio State secondary, and opposing quarterbacks always will have to know where he is on the field. Considering the amount of underclassmen that are expected to be in this year’s draft, Jenkins should be widely considered one of the safer selections. He was the 2008 winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, previously won by Charles Woodson, Antonine Winfield, Terence Newman, Carlos Rogers, and Aaron Ross. Not so bad company.

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2009 NFL Mock Draft 4.06

FIRST ROUND

1. Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia*
6-3 | 237 lbs. | Junior
Tampa Bay, FL

Nothing is expected to change here barring any unforeseen decision to sign a prospect player before the draft (see: Reggie Bush/Mario Williams). The Lions should not expect to turn things around as quick as the Miami Dolphins did this season. However, a Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination should give fans some optimism. A new identity is needed for the team that struggled so much in 2008. Stafford has the best arm in the draft, hands down. He could make any throw on the next level, and to be honest, he probably should have been slotted at the top spot a couple weeks ago. There is an option out there that would allow the Lions to select an offensive tackle here and then a quarterback at No. 20. However, that’s a bit too risky for a team that desperately needs a franchise quarterback.

2. St. Louis Rams — Eugene Monroe, OLT, Virginia
6-5 | 310 lbs. | Senior
Plainfield, NJ

Jake Long was probably going to become a member of the St. Louis Rams at the 2008 draft, had the Dolphins not snatch him up with the first overall pick. Furthermore, with that being said, the team has done little to improve at either tackle position. Recently, I’ve become a little concerned about Andre Smith’s ability to play the pass. Eugene Monroe is an overall more rounded offensive lineman and should fit nicely along the Rams’ offensive line. Assuming the Rams go offensive tackle, Monroe is clearly the more polished and experienced offensive tackle.

3. Kansas City Chiefs — Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech*
6-3 | 214 lbs. | Sophomore (RS)
Dallas, TX

Tyler Thigpen has actually performed well in his first season as a starter, an interesting twist of fate for a team that last year held Brodie Croyle as their future quarterback. Additionally, the cost of signing a quarterback like Mark Sanchez here would be overwhelming. Instead, Michael Crabtree gives the team a viable option to pair with Dwayne Bowe for the future. Crabtree, with his combination of size, speed, and productivity, is clearly the best wide receiver in this draft class. The signing of former Cardinals OC Todd Haley solidifies Crabtree as the third pick. After all, Haley knows what it’s like to have a two stud wide receivers on offense. Kansas City will hope that Dwayne Bowe and Michael Crabtree will turn into the AFC version of Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

4. Seattle Seahawks — Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
6-3 | 247 lbs. | Senior
Fayetteville, NC

The Seahawks would be extremely disappointed to see Michael Crabtree get snatched up before they get the opportunity to pick. Crabtree would be the obviously selection, but now the debate begins about whether Curry would be a good pick for the Seahawks. In our mind, he is worth the selection. Aaron Curry has all the tools to be a productive linebacker at the next level. Good size, and unbelievable athleticism allowed Curry to establish himself as the best defensive player in this draft class. With Leroy Hill’s expected departure, the Seahawks have a hole to fill at outside linebacker. Aaron Curry would give them an excellent linebacker corps along with Julian Peterson and Lofa Tatupu.

5. Cleveland Browns — Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
6-1 | 201 lbs. | Senior
Piscataway, NJ

Everette Brown has a chance to get the nod at this selection. However, I’m sure Eric Mangini is a little weary about taking an 3-4 outside linebacker after what happened last year. This particular mock draft leaves the Browns with their worst case scenario. The team would love to grab Aaron Curry at this spot, however the Chiefs do not appear they are going to pass him up. Instead, Malcolm Jenkins is still a fantastic corner back prospect. One could argue that pass defense was one of the reasons why Eric Mangini got fired in New York. While Cleveland has a better pass defense, there’s no doubt that last year still resonates in Mangini’s mind. Jenkins would be the lock down corner the Browns need. He has been a fixture in the Ohio State secondary, and opposing quarterbacks always will have to know where he is on the field. Considering the amount of underclassmen that are expected to be in this year’s draft, Jenkins should be widely considered one of the safer selections. He was the 2008 winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, previously won by Charles Woodson, Antonine Winfield, Terence Newman, Carlos Rogers, and Aaron Ross. Not so bad company.

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2009 NFL Mock Draft 4.07

FIRST ROUND

1. Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia*
6-3 | 237 lbs. | Junior
Tampa Bay, FL

Nothing is expected to change here barring any unforeseen decision to sign a prospect player before the draft (see: Reggie Bush/Mario Williams). The Lions should not expect to turn things around as quick as the Miami Dolphins did this season. However, a Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination should give fans some optimism. A new identity is needed for the team that struggled so much in 2008. Stafford has the best arm in the draft, hands down. He could make any throw on the next level, and to be honest, he probably should have been slotted at the top spot a couple weeks ago. There is an option out there that would allow the Lions to select an offensive tackle here and then a quarterback at No. 20. However, that’s a bit too risky for a team that desperately needs a franchise quarterback.

2. St. Louis Rams — Eugene Monroe, OLT, Virginia
6-5 | 310 lbs. | Senior
Plainfield, NJ

Jake Long was probably going to become a member of the St. Louis Rams at the 2008 draft, had the Dolphins not snatch him up with the first overall pick. Furthermore, with that being said, the team has done little to improve at either tackle position. Recently, I’ve become a little concerned about Andre Smith’s ability to play the pass. Eugene Monroe is an overall more rounded offensive lineman and should fit nicely along the Rams’ offensive line. Assuming the Rams go offensive tackle, Monroe is clearly the more polished and experienced offensive tackle.

3. Kansas City Chiefs — Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech*
6-3 | 214 lbs. | Sophomore (RS)
Dallas, TX

Tyler Thigpen has actually performed well in his first season as a starter, an interesting twist of fate for a team that last year held Brodie Croyle as their future quarterback. Additionally, the cost of signing a quarterback like Mark Sanchez here would be overwhelming. Instead, Michael Crabtree gives the team a viable option to pair with Dwayne Bowe for the future. Crabtree, with his combination of size, speed, and productivity, is clearly the best wide receiver in this draft class. The signing of former Cardinals OC Todd Haley solidifies Crabtree as the third pick. After all, Haley knows what it’s like to have a two stud wide receivers on offense. Kansas City will hope that Dwayne Bowe and Michael Crabtree will turn into the AFC version of Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

4. Seattle Seahawks — Andre Smith, OT, Alabama*
6-4 | 341 lbs. | Junior
Birmingham, AL

This pick changes due to the franchise tag assigned to LeRoy Hill. Seattle would be extremely disappointed to see Michael Crabtree get snatched up before they get the opportunity to pick. Crabtree would be the obviously selection at this selection. However, offensive tackle is still a pressing need for the Seahawks. Walter Jones is not getting any younger, and the Seahawks would like to get back to running the football. Andre Smith provides the Seahawks with a mauler of an offensive tackle. Additionally, Smith would be able to play the right tackle position while Walter Jones plays out his remaining years with the Seahawks.

5. Cleveland Browns — Aaron Curry, OLB/ILB, Wake Forest
6-3 | 247 lbs. | Senior
Fayetteville, NC

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Here is a dream scenario for the Cleveland Browns. Aaron Curry has the ability to play any linebacker position in Eric Mangini’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Curry has all the tools to be a productive linebacker at the next level. Good size, and unbelievable athleticism allowed him to establish himself as the best defensive player in this draft class. Furthermore, Curry gives the team a franchise player to build around the rest of the defense. Malcolm Jenkins is an option here, but there’s no question the Browns would go with Curry over Jenkins at this point.

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2009 NFL Mock Draft 4.08

1. Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia*
6-3 | 237 lbs. | Junior
Tampa Bay, FL

Both Jason Smith and Aaron Curry have the chance to dethrone Stafford from the top overall position. However, the Lions desperately need a quarterback. Detroit should not expect to turn things around as quick as the Miami Dolphins did this season. However, a Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination should give fans some optimism. A new identity is needed for the team that struggled so much in 2008. Stafford has the best arm in the draft, hands down. He could make any throw on the next level and could be the quarterback Detroit has lacked for so long. There is an option out there that would allow the Lions to select an offensive tackle here and then a quarterback at No. 20 (the Miami Dolphins method). However, that’s a bit too risky for a team that desperately needs a franchise quarterback, so they will opt for the alternative method of drafting a quarterback then offensive tackle (the Atlanta Falcons method).

2. St. Louis Rams — Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
6-5 | 305 lbs. | Senior
Dallas, TX

Jake Long was probably going to become a member of the St. Louis Rams at the 2008 draft, had the Dolphins not snatch him up with the first overall pick. Furthermore, with that being said, the team has done little to improve at either tackle position. A few weeks ago, this was Andre Smith’s spot to lose. After a bad combine performance, coupled with concerns about his true position at the next level, that’s exactly what happened to Andre Smith. Contrarily, Jason Smith has done nothing but impress NFL teams since the point Andre Smith started to fall. Jason Smith has proved to be the prospect with the most potential in the draft, and a player the Rams cannot resist.

3. Kansas City Chiefs — Aaron Curry, OLB/ILB, Wake Forest
6-3 | 247 lbs. | Senior
Fayetteville, NC

Kansas City silenced all fans that clamored for a quarterback at the third spot by going out and trading for Matt Cassel. This deal instantly means the Chiefs will not be an easy opponent for AFC foes. However, the team could still needs to address concerns on the defensive side of the football. All signs indicate that the Chiefs are moving to a 3-4, and Curry would be the ideal linebacker to have in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He reminds me a lot of Adailus Thomas, alluding to the fact that he could play any linebacker position within the scheme. Furthermore, Curry gives the team a franchise player to build around the rest of the defense. He has all the tools to be a productive linebacker at the next level. Good size, and unbelievable athleticism allowed Curry to establish himself as the best defensive player in this draft class. Michael Crabtree is still an option here, but the team can’t resist Curry after an impressive combine performance.

4. Seattle Seahawks — Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech*
6-3 | 214 lbs. | Sophomore (RS)
Dallas, TX

In this scenario, Seattle would select Crabtree with little debate in the war room. Mark Sanchez here is an option, but this still might be a bit high for him at this point. Crabtree, with his combination of size, speed, and productivity, is clearly the best wide receiver in this draft class. Michael Crabtree’s foot injury should not alarm the Seahawks in any fashion. In fact, one could argue that the injury helps Crabtree fall to the Seahawks.

5. Cleveland Browns — Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
6-4 | 260 lbs. | Senior
Houston, TX

It would be an understatement to say that Cleveland is drafting in a bad position, especially after Malcolm Jenkins stock slipped a bit. Brian Orakpo is a bit of a reach, but the team will most likely take the best available linebacker. I’m still not sold on Eric Mangini selecting another 3-4 outside linebacker after the Vernon Gholston experience. However, there’s no question the Browns have to find a way to put more pressure on the quarterback. Orakpo and Kamerion Wimbley could become a dynamic pass rushing that the Browns need.

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