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April 25, 2009
Making a mock-ery of the draft

I killed a lot of brain cells crafting this mock this morning. And for what? Chances are Danny Snyder or someone is going to swoop into the Top 10 and mess the whole thing up anyway. And what about the 49ers? I think they're in a nice spot and will have a chance to draft one of the following: Michael Oher, Brian Orakpo, Tyson Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. In other words, someone solid should be there. The boys at Niners Nation aggregated every mock they could find. The results? Oher and Orakpo seemed to land at No. 10 the most.

1. Detroit: QB Matt Stafford.
Nail-ed it!

2. St. Louis: OT Jason Smith.
The Rams' offensive line has been in disarray for years. Smith will keep Markc Sanchez Bulger upright.

3. Kansas City: LB Aaron Curry.
He's a leader and the safest pick in the draft. Besides, if I don't pick him here it screws up my mock.

4. Seattle: WR Michael Crabtree
The Seahawks remember how bare the cupboard was at this position last year.

5. Cleveland: DT B.J. Raji.
You need a big interior lineman when you play in the AFC North.

6. Cincinnati: OT Andre Smith.
He never fell as far as the stupid, no-account media assumed. Oh, wait - I'm part of the media.

7. Oakland: OT Eugene Monroe.
Al gets his speedy receiver in the second round.

8. Jacksonville: QB Mark Sanchez.
Ah, but is it the Jaguars who take him here?

9. Green Bay: DL Tyson Jackson.
A real value, especially for a team switching to a 3-4.

10. San Francisco: OT Michael Oher.
Jeremy Maclin and Brian Orakpo would tempt Scot McCloughan. He also could entertain offers to trade down. Yes, Barrows is engaging in the time-honored art of CYA...

11. Buffalo: DE Robert Ayers.
The Bills get perhaps the best 4-3 defensive end in the draft.

12. Denver: LB Brian Orakpo.
You would need a plastic surgeon to remove the smile from Mike Nolan's face.

13. Washington: DE Everette Brown.
A lot of teams have dropped Brown down their draft boards. The Redskins aren't that bright.

14. New Orleans: DB Malcolm Jenkins.
Mike Triplett owes me a beer if it's anyone other than the Ohio State CB, er S, uh, CB.

15. Houston: WR Jeremy Maclin.
The Texans need defense, but can they pass on the perfect complement to Andre Johnson?

16. San Diego: RB Chris Wells.
LaDainian Tomlinson's replacement is the thunder to Darren Sproles' lightning.

17. New York Jets: QB Josh Freeman.
Quarterback-needy Jets get most physically gifted passer in the draft.

18. Denver: LB Rey Maualuga.
Nolan's smile gets even wider.

19. Tampa Bay: DL Peria Jerry.
He was one of the top 3 players in January's Senior Bowl game.

20. Detroit: OT Eben Britton.
After finding their QB of the future, the Lions need to ensure there is a future.

21. Philadelphia: RB Knoshown Moreno.
When Brian Westbrook gets hurt - not if, when - the Eagles will have a legitimate backup.

22. Minnesota: WR Percy Harvin.
The Vikings select perhaps the most talented player in the draft. That hole in his foot only makes him faster.

23. New England: LB Clay Matthews.
Yeah, but can he catch goal-line touchdown passes?

24. Atlanta: DT Evander Hood.
A hard-working 4-3 linemen for the middle of the Falcons D.

25. Miami: LB Larry English.
A good pass-rushing threat with the ability to play in a two-point stance.

26. Baltimore: WR Kenny Britt.
The Ravens return to the state of New Jersey, which produced last year's first rounder, Joe Flacco.

27. Indianapolis: DE Aaron Maybin.
Dwight Freeney's heir apparent?

28. Buffalo: TE Brandon Pettigrew.
The Bills would love an offensive tackle here but can't pass up the draft's top tight end.

29. New York Giants: WR Brian Robiskie.
Like Marvin Harrison, but bigger.

30. Tennessee: CB Darius Butler.
The Titans hope for a speedy receiver, but go for a top cover man.

31. Arizona: RB Donald Brown.
A huge need for the Super Bowl runners up.

32. Pittsburgh: C Alex Mack.
He thoroughly outplayed Max Unger at the Senior Bowl, so it would be a shame if Unger gets picked ahead of him.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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