Updated NFL Mock Draft

#1. Detroit Lions (0-16)

Proj – Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

2008 – Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
-I think this pick will come down to Sanchez and Stafford since the Lions absolutely need to address their QB situation. After seeing the quick success of rookie QBs Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco this season, their front office may feel more comfortable spending big money on a rookie QB than perhaps they would’ve otherwise. Sanchez gets my vote but it’s really a toss up. I expect Sanchez to separate himself from Stafford somewhat by the time the draft rolls around but again, it could go either way. 

#2. St. Louis Rams (2-14)
Proj – Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
2008 – Chris Long, DE, Virginia
-The Rams could go in several directions with this pick. They could address their offensive line, add a WR like Crabtree or could continue to build their defense and take one of the heralded linebackers or defensive ends. There’s a slight chance they could take Malcolm Jenkins with this pick to address their woefully poor cornerback situation as well. Given Orlando Pace’s age, Alex Barron’s sub-par play and their lack of depth at the position, Alabama’s Andre Smith seems like a logical choice. He’s easily the best linemen in the draft and has excellent size for a book-end tackle (6’5, 340 Ibs.). 
#3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
Proj – Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2008 – Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
-Some analysts believe that Curry is not only the best defensive player in the draft but the best player overall. The Chiefs would have an excellent defensive foundation if they are able to land Curry the season after they drafted Glenn Dorsey. If not Curry, I would expect they’d probably take Crabtree to line up opposite of Dwayne Bowe. It’s possible that they could take whatever quarterback is left over but I’d be surprised. Tyler Thigpen played well last season and isn’t locked into a big-money deal so why would they want to take a major cap-hit taking a QB with the 3rd overall pick? It wouldn’t make much sense. A middle linebacker like Rey Maualuga would make a lot more sense for them in that regard and I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they passed up on Curry for him. It really depends on whether they want an outside or inside linebacker. 
#4. Seattle Seahawks (4-12)
Proj – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
2008 – Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
#5. Cleveland Browns (4-12)
Proj – BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
2008 – Beau Bell, LB, UNLV
#6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
Proj – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
2008 – Keith Rivers, LB, USC
#7. Oakland Raiders (5-11)
Proj – Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
2008 – Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
#8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
Proj – Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
2008 – Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
#9. Green Bay Packers (6-10)
Proj – Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
2008 – Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State
#10. San Francisco 49’ers (7-9)
Proj – Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
2008 – Kentwan Balmer, DT, UNC
#11. Buffalo Bills (7-9)
Proj – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
2008 – Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
#12. Denver Broncos (8-8)
Proj – Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
2008 – Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
#13. Washington Redskins (8-8)
Proj – Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
2008 – Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State
#14. New Orleans Saints (8-8)
Proj – Brian Cushing, LB, USC
2008 – Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
#15. Houston Texans (8-8)
Proj – Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State
2008 – Duane Brown, OT, Virginia Tech
#16. San Diego Chargers (8-8)
Proj – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
2008 – Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
#17. New York Jets (9-7)
Proj – Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
2008 – Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State
#18. Chicago Bears (9-7)
Proj – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
2008 – Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
#19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
Proj – Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
2008 – Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
#20. Detroit Lions (from DAL)
Proj – Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
2008 – Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
#21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)
Proj – LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh
2008 – Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
#22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
Proj – James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
2008 – Tyrell Johnson, S, Arkansas State
#23. New England Patriots (11-5)
Proj – Clay Matthews, LB, USC
2008 – Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee
#24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Proj – Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
2008 – Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
#25. Miami Dolphins (11-5)
Proj – DJ Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
2008 – Jake Long, OT, Michigan
#26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Proj – Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
2008 – Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware
#27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4)
Proj – Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
2008 – Mike Pollak, C, Arizona State
#28. Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR)
Proj – Michael Ohler, OT, Mississippi
2008 – Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
#29. New York Giants (12-4)
Proj – Hakeem Nicks, WR, UNC
2008 – Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
#30. Tennessee Titans (13-3)
Proj – Alex Mack, C, California
2008 – Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina
#31. Arizona Cardinals* (9-7)
Proj – Fili Moala, DT, USC
2008 – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State
#32. Pittsburgh Steelers* (12-4)
Proj – Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama
2008 – Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
* pending the Super Bowl