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April 21, 2009
Almost time to mock n' roll

Some of you have asked when I'm going to pull the veil off of Barrows Mock 1.0. I learned last year that it's wise to wait until the very last minute in order to get the latest news. (Maiocco trick). I realize this is like waiting for Christmas morning to arrive when you're six years old, but try to be strong. ... In the meantime, here are some pre-draft predictions to keep you occupied.

BodogLife.com has come out with some draft odds, including which player various teams will select in the first round:

Who will be the tenth player (San Francisco 49ers) selected in the NFL draft?
Aaron Maybin........7/4
Brian Orakpo.........2/1
Tyson Jackson......9/2
Malcolm Jenkins...10/1
Jeremy Maclin......10/1

I might switch the list up to read like this:
Brian Orakpo. Everything the 49ers like. But will he still be there? Unlikely.
Jeremy Maclin. A playmaker, but Maclin is not the big body the 49ers typically pick.
Aaron Maybin. Nice burst, but too light, too inexperienced for no. 10?
Tyson Jackson. Perfect fit ... if the 49ers hadn't picked Kentwan Balmer in '08.
Malcolm Jenkins. Is he a safety or cornerback? Risky Top 10 pick.

Barrows moonlights as a The Sporting News correspondent. The other beatwriters and I held a mock draft late last week. Here's the results. Do I make an awesome GM or what? Note: No Percy Harvin in the first round...

1. Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

2. Rams: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

3. Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

4. Seahawks: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

5. Browns: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

6. Bengals: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

7. Raiders: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

8. Jaguars: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

9. Packers: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

10. 49ers: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

11. Bills: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee

12. Broncos: Everette Brown, OLB/DE, Florida State

13. Redskins: Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

14. Saints: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

15. Texans: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

16. Chargers: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State

17. Jets: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

18. Broncos: Peria Jerry, DL, Mississippi

19. Bucs: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

20. Lions: Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

21. Eagles: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

22. Vikings: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

23. Patriots: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

24. Falcons: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

25. Dolphins: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

26. Ravens: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

27. Colts: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

28. Bills: William Beatty, OT, UConn

29. Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

30. Titans: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

31. Cardinals: Donald Brown, RB, UConn

32. Steelers: Fili Moala, DL, USC

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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