Scout Network Mock Draft: Round 1

Scout.com's draft and NFL team experts have combined forces in a two-round mock draft. Here's how the first round played out, and why. Who did your team take?

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There are lots of mock drafts available on the web, but only one combines the expertise of Scout.com's NFL experts and the network's team experts. One weekend each year, this group gets together and performs a two-round mock draft based on their knowledge of the available talent and the needs of their team.

Here is round one.

1. Detroit Lions -- QB Mark Sanchez, USC

Detroit may have tipped its hat with the restructuring of Daunte Culpepper's contract, and a not-so-hush indication that Culpepper will be the team's starter in 2009. The Lions now have a serviceable veteran during a rebuilding year, and a skilled offensive mind in Scott Linehan to help develop a young quarterback within this period. It also gives a franchise in need of  revival a face to build around. While offensive tackle is a need, quarterback is a necessity -- and no position is more important in Detroit than the one behind center. Sanchez has been quietly climbing draft boards and has more tools and upside than his counterpart, Matthew Stafford (still a real possibility here), who seems to have already hit his ceiling. - Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com

2. St. Louis Rams -- OT Jason Smith, Baylor

When the Rams released Orlando Pace, GM Billy Devaney said their plan was to move Alex Barron to left tackle and try Jacob Bell at right tackle. Barron has never lived up to his potential and Bell couldn't keep his weight up last season so the Rams need help at the tackle position especially with all the offensive line problems the last couple years.  - Benjamin Boyd,  GridironGateway.com

3. Kansas City Chiefs -- LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

There is no question the Kansas City Chiefs have upgraded their offense with the addition of Quarterback Matt Cassel at the onset of free agency.  With that offseason issue resolved, new General Manager Scott Pioli, who will be shopping the pick until the final minute, will likely use it to upgrade the Chiefs defense.  After adding linebackers Mike Vrabel and Cory Mays, to go along with their 2005 first round pick Derrick Johnson, the Chiefs 3-4 defensive conversion will be completed by adding the final piece to their linebacking puzzle: Wake Forest Linebacker Aaron Curry.  He is regarded by some as the best player in the NFL draft and he'll be an impact starter his rookie season. - Nick Athan, Warpaint Illustrated

4. Seattle Seahawks -- OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia

The Seahawks traded Julian Peterson to the Lions in part because they needed to spread some cap dollars around. With Lofa Tatupu entering the golden years of a huge deal, and Leroy Hill franchised with no long-term deal on the horizon, the Seahawks need to look elsewhere. Most mocks have the team taking Michael Crabtree, but remember that between Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks have major bank tied up in that position as well.

The team will be guided by Walter Jones' age and recent microfracture surgery, and they'll take Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe with the fourth pick. Monroe is agile enough to be a great fit in Seattle's new zone blocking scheme, and is familiar enough with pro-style offenses to make a quick impact. There are no character issues, which is very important to general manager Tim Ruskell, and Seattle's line is a work in progress as the skill players change over the next couple of years. Ruskell passed on the greatest group of offensive tackles in any draft class last year. He can't afford to do it again. - Scout.com

5. Cleveland Browns -- LB Brian Orakpo, Texas

Although several players they could use are already gone, the Browns still many different ways they could go. They might consider WR Michael Crabtree to shore up a thin receiver corps, CB Malcolm Jenkins to challenge at either corner or safety, or even reach a bit for a running back. In the end, though, the defensive-minded Eric Mangini opts to replace Willie McGinest with the gifted and quick-rising Orakpo, providing a counterpart to 2006 top pick Kamerion Wimbley and providing the a rebuilding team with the opportunity to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. After stumbling with Vernon Gholston as the Jets head coach in 2008, Mangini gets it right for his new employer and helps to create the strongest Cleveland front seven since their return in 1999.  - Barry McBride, Orange and Brown Report

6.  Cincinnati Bengals -- DT B.J. Raji, Boston Collage

With Monroe off the board, the Bengals address their defense with the emerging B.J. Raji. The Bengals defense recorded just 17 sacks last year, which tied Cleveland for the second worst total in the league. Raji's ability to take on double teams, penetrate up the middle and pressure the quarterback will be a major addition upfront. - Chris Steuber, Scout.com

WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

7. Oakland Raiders -- WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

Signing Khalif Barnes erased the necessity to use their first pick on an offensive lineman and Crabtree is the perfect fit for what the Raiders are trying to do offensively. Oakland still doesn't know what it's going to get from Javon Walker this season and the rest of the receivers, while showing some potential, are still relative unknowns. Crabtree's fractured foot has been surgically repaired and all indications are that Crabtree will be fine. If that proved out, it could be a steal for Al Davis and company. - Michael Wagaman, Silver and Black Illustrated

8. Jacksonville Jaguars -- QB Matt Stafford, Georgia

The draft simply could not work out any better for the Jaguars if Stafford fell into their laps at pick #8.  After peaking with a playoff run in 2007, the franchise flat-lined in 2008, and a big part of the disappointing season was the play of quarterback David Garrard.  Stafford would give the team a legitimate franchise quarterback that they can develop while still having a veteran starter.  The local connection with Stafford playing at Georgia couldn't hurt a team that struggles to sell tickets. - Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com

9. Green Bay Packers -- DE Everette Brown, Florida State

If B.J. Raji is off the board, as was the case in this mock draft and likely will be the case in April, then they go with the best defensive on the player available. Brown is the best pass rusher in this draft and appears to be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker because of his athleticism and strength. Never mind the too-easy comparisons to Jamal Reynolds. These are two totally different players and people. He'd make a great bookend for the other outside linebacker, Aaron Kampman, and immediately turns the Packers' pass rush from a decided weakness into a strength. - Bill Huber, Packer Report

10. San Francisco 49ers -- OT Andre Smith, Alabama

Disappointed to see Everette Brown - the edge rusher they really coveted - scooped up by the Packers one selection before they go on the clock, the 49ers decide not to reach for another edge prospect for their 3-4 defense and instead settle on one of the bona fide tackle prospects available to chore up their void on the right side. They feel that Smith, despite some issues, has more upside than the more polished Michael Oher of Mississippi and will fit right in with the powerful line they envision for their offense of the present and future. -- Craig Massei, SFIllustrated.com

11. Buffalo Bills -- DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State

The Bills must add some bite to their pass rush with this pick. No player last season had more than four sacks for Buffalo and the front office did not opt to fill the void via free agency. Everette Brown would be the ideal pick, but Buffalo may need to settle with Maybin. It's not a bad consolation prize. Maybin has the exceptional first-step that the Bills' defensive ends lacked last season. Though undersized (6-3, 249), Maybin is an instant upgrade to a sorry pass rush. While draft busts Courtney Brown, Michael Haynes and Tamba Hali suggest to steer clear of PSU ends, Maybin is smaller, quicker and has more upside. -- Tyler Dunne, BuffaloFootballReport.com

12. Denver Broncos -- LB Rey Maualuga, USC

The signing of Andra Davis gives the Broncos depth at linebacker, but with a newly installed 3-4 scheme the Broncos need a star quality defender in the middle to help against the run. The Broncos added a lot of pieces during the offseason, but Maualuga becomes the young franchise defender Denver builds their defense around. - Chris Steuber, Scout.com

13. Washington Redskins -- OT Michael Oher, Mississippi

The immediate need is at right tackle and Oher could be plugged in there immediately. Then, as age catches up with Chris Samuels, Oher could be shifted to the left side. He's effective both run and pass blocking, a needed asset in Jim Zorn's smashmouth version of the West Coast. - Rich Tandler, Warpath

14. New Orleans Saints -- CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

The Saints can score points through the air with the best teams in the league, but over the years they've had problems defending against the pass. After running in the mid-4.5's this offseason, Malcolm Jenkins finds his draft stock falling and is now labeled as a tweener. The Saints lack depth at FS after they allowed former second round pick Josh Bullocks sign with the Chicago Bears, and Jenkins' versatility and playmaking ability will fit perfectly in the Saints secondary. - Chris Steuber, Scout.com

15. Houston Texans -- DE Tyson Jackson, LSU

If the Giants postseason run of 2008 taught us anything, it's that you simply can't have too many solid defensive ends.  Even though Houston signed defensive end Antonio Smith in free agency, they can't pass on Tyson Jackson, who could play on the outside or inside next to Amobi Okoye.  The pick would've been Malcolm Jenkins if he would've still been on the board, as he represented both the best player available and would address a need, but Jackson is the top player on the Texans draft board. -- Charlie Bernstein, BattleRedNation.com

16. San Diego Chargers -- RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia

After side-stepping a PR nightmare by getting LaDainian Tomlinson to agree to a new contract, the Chargers jump on another landmine by selecting Moreno at No. 16. The team hopes Moreno can help extend LT's career the same way Maurice Jones-Drew did for Fred Taylor in Jacksonville. If the Chargers were looking solely to complement LT, Ohio State's Chris Wells would be the pick. But with the team also seeking an heir apparent, Moreno gets the nod. – Michael Lombardo, SDBoltReport.com

WR Darrius Heywood-Bey, Maryland

17. New York Jets - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland

Would have considered Moreno with Thomas Jones holdout, but the Jets could use a game-breaker at wide receiver, and Bey, who ran around 4.3 at the combine, would give them the additional firepower they need at wideout with the departure of Laveranues Coles. They will also give a long, hard look at cornerback here. They have little depth behind Darrelle Revis and the oft-injured Lito Sheppard. - Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential

18. Chicago Bears -- Jeremy Maclin, Missouri

The Bears are in desperate need for a No. 1 wide receiver to elevate their passing game to the next level, so general manager Jerry Angelo is thrilled to take Maclin off the board at No. 18 because he's a top-10 talent. Chicago won't need much from Maclin on special teams since they've already got Devin Hester to return punts and Danieal Manning to return kickoffs, but he'll have a chance to make an immediate impact offensively. While Angelo was hoping Oher would drop to this spot since he really needs another young tackle, Maclin is quite the consolation prize. - John Crist, Bear Report

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi

The Buccaneers have an obvious need for a wide receiver and with Florida's Percy Harvin still on the board he's a possibility. But a more pressing issue resides in the trenches on defense. With Chris Hovan's production fading and the departure of Jovan Haye to Tennessee, the selection of Peria Jerry gives the Bucs an explosive interior  presence who can rush the passer. The Bucs managed just 2.5 sacks from the DT position last year. – Chris Steuber, Scout.com

20. Detroit Lions -- LB Brian Cushing, USC

Cushing can play the middle on a 4-3 defense, which will be exactly what the Lions ask him to do. With Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson flanking him, the rookie's transition will be made easier. While his counterpart, James Laurinaitis, is also intriguing at this position, Cushing is more physically gifted and much more versatile. - Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com

21. Philadelphia Eagles -- TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State

The Eagles clearly have a few needs on offense that they'll look to fill with some of their 12 draft selections--tight end, running back, and left tackle. They would have loved to get Moreno with this selection, who would have been the eventual replacement for veteran RB Brian Westbrook. But with the University of Georgia back off the board, they'll go with the most complete tight end available in this draft. Pettigrew's coaching tape stands out from the rest of the crowd. Not only is he fluid in his movements, but he also is a willing blocker. Philadelphia has been looking for an upgrade at this position and they'll get one with Pettigrew, who will turn out to be a big upgrade over L.J. Smith. - Adam Caplan, Scout.com

22. Minnesota Vikings -- CB Vontae Davis, Illinois

With the top offensive tackles off the board and receivers that might have been a reach at 22, the Vikings may have to fill those needs in subsequent rounds, but Davis is the best value left and fills a future need. The Vikings have been trying to improve their depth at cornerback for two years and need to protect themselves with Antoine Winfield scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Most of the other nickel guys are on one-year contracts as well. Davis' physical attitude is perfect for the Vikings' version of the Tampa-2 defense that requires cornerbacks to support the run. At worst, Davis would contribute in the nickel defense and be ready for a starting role in 2010. – Tim Yotter, Viking Update

23. New England Patriots -- LB Clay Matthews III, USC

With the 23rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the New England Patriots select Clay Matthews, LB USC.  Matthews is the perfect player to fit the Patriots' defensive scheme; smart, selfless, determined, a company man.  After living in the shadow of his father and his uncle, two long time NFL players, Matthews found himself again in the shadows behind his better known Trojan teammates Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing. As a two-time Co-Special Teams Leader of the Year winner, Matthews can not only contribute on special teams, but use his size, speed and football smarts to support an aging New England linebacking group led by Tedy Bruschi. - Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com

24. Atlanta Falcons -- CB Darius Butler, Connecticut

With the USC linebacker triumvirate gone and Vontae Davis headed to Minnesota, the Falcons firm up their defensive  secondary with the versatile Butler. Butler doesn't just have good experience and ability in both man and zone coverage situations -- he wasn't just hanging back in Quarters coverage for four years -- he's also seen time as a receiver in various offensive packages and can fly around end with a pitchout in option situations. The Falcons need to replace Domonique Foxworth in the secondary, and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will enjoy having another weapon as well. Butler's a four-year starter (44 games) and two-year team captain, which means that there won't be any re-run of the DeAngelo Hall nightmare. Butler's as solid as they come. - Doug Farrar, Falcons Insider

25. Miami Dolphins -- CB Sean Smith, Utah

The Dolphins signed former Arizona starter Eric Green in free agency to replace departed starter Andre' Goodman, but Green hardly is a difference-maker, as evidenced by the fact he lost his job to rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last year. The truth is the Dolphins still have a hole opposite veteran corner Will Allen and the tall, athletic Smith fits the bill -- particularly since Darius Butler no longer is on the board. The other options at this spot would be a playmaking linebacker or a true No. 1 wide receiver, but there's some question as to whether James Laurinaitis truly is that kind of linebacker and the Dolphins easily can get a good wideout with one of their two second-round picks. Smith's combination of size (6-4) and playmaking ability should make him an instant starter in  the secondary. - Alain Poupart, Dolphin Digest

26. Baltimore Ravens -- WR Percy Harvin, Florida

The Ravens need an influx of speed and athleticism at wide receiver and go for the Gators' speedster after considering Larry English and Alphonso Smith. They might be mildly disappointed that Darrius Heyward-Bey went to the Jets, who might wind up tabbing Kansas State's Josh Freeman potentially when Mike Tannenbaum turns in his card next month.  - Aaron Wilson, Ravens Insider

27. Indianapolis Colts -- DT Evander Hood, Missouri

While Bill Polian may be tempted to pick a wide receiver or running back to boost Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense, in the end, Indianapolis needed to take the player with the best chance of making an impact right away. The Colts no doubt took a long look at Wake Forest defensive back Alphonso Smith and Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis, but ultimately elected to grab a defensive tackle. They got their man in Hood, a quick, penetrating DT that will fit in well with their defense. – Eric Hartz, Coltpower.com

RB Chris Wells, Ohio State

28. Philadelphia Eagles -– RB Chris Wells, Ohio State

This selection came down to Wells, Donald Brown, and Eben Britton. Wells has much better size than Brown and some might say he's better suited than Brown is to handle a lot of work at the next level. Wells won't have to do it alone since Brian Westbrook is back for another season and the hope is that Lorenzo Booker can contribute a few touches each game. The issue with Britton, according to scouting sources, is some feel he projects more to right tackle than left. Philadelphia has the right side locked up with free agent acquisition, Stacy Andrews. – Adam Caplan, Scout.com 

29. New York Giants -- Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

With the Giants in limbo regarding the future of Plaxico Burress, they're certainly in the hunt for a big-time receiver. While they'll think long and hard about North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks at this spot, they'll ultimately decide to go with Britt, whom they believe can be an eventual replacement for Burress. At 6-4, 215, he has the freakish size, speed and athletic ability to be that guy. The fact that he's a good-character, local product (from Bayonne, NJ), only makes the pick that much easier. – Ken Palmer, The Giant Insider

30. Tennessee Titans -- DE Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech

With Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch in their thirties, the Titans could use some more depth and youth at DE. Michael Johnson has the size and ability to be a player the Titans can build their defensive line around, and has the same kind of freakish ability that Kearse had when the Titans took him in the first round of the '99 draft. - Chris Steuber, Scout.com

31. Arizona Cardinals -- RB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh

It's no secret the Cardinals struggled on the ground last season. But they were impressed with themselves when their playoff run yielded as close to a 50-50 pass-rush ration as they've ever seen. The powers at be would like to see the trend continue. Thirty-year-old RB Edgerrin James has one foot (and an arm for that matter) out the door and Tim Hightower can't carry the load himself. Newly signed five-year vet Justin Wright will help bridge the gaps J.J. Arrington's departure created, but the Wright addition isn't enough. The Cardinals would be amiss not to select a first-round back. McCoy boasts the versatility, character and promise to become a franchise back for Arizona. The only problem is, the Cardinals may have tangoed one too many times with his agent Drew Rosenhaus. - Amberly Richardson, AzRedReport.com

32. Pittsburgh Steelers -- C/G Eric Wood, Louisville

The more reasonable voices in the war room talk Mike Tomlin out of stockpiling passrushers in order to patch a unit that was dragged along for the Super Bowl ride. Yes, interior linemen can be found everywhere, but by the next pick they'll all be as hopelessly average as the crew on hand. Eric Wood over Max Unger is this site's preference because of better strength, mobility and passion for the game. - Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.com

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