NFL FanHouse Mock Draft 6.0

The draft has become one of the biggest events of the year for NFL fans. Maybe because everybody’s a winner on draft day, or maybe because hope springs eternal and all that. Whatever the reason, we’re fully trying to horn in on the action. The final round of the FanHouse mock draft follows. And we’d like to stress “mock.”



  • 1. Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
    This is about the worst thing the Lions could do. Why am I not surprised that I still think they’ll do it?. (Previously: Matthew Stafford)
    — Bruce Ciskie
  • 2. Rams: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
    Orlando Pace is out and Alex Barron is just a stopgap at left tackle. (Previously: Jason Smith)
    — Matt Snyder
  • 3. Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
    Football Outsiders’ Doug Farrar thinks Curry is the best linebacker he’s seen since Derrick Brooks was in his prime. (Previously: Aaron Curry)
    — Shane Bacon
  • 4. Seahawks: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
    Back-to-back mentions for Farrar, serious draftnik and hardcore Seahawks fan. He recently told FanHouse that he loves Sanchez because of his meticulous footwork, great mechanics, and football smarts. Even if the former USC star started 16 college games. (Previously: Eugene Monroe)
    — Will Brinson
  • 5. Browns: Brian Orakpo, DE/LB, Texas
    Kamerion Wimbley desperately needs the help. (Previously: Brian Orakpo)
    — SB


  • 6. Bengals: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
    I know I’m supposed to pick a defensive player, but I can do that later. Game-breaking wide receivers don’t come along all that often, and I have to find someone who can catch Carson Palmer’s passes and not name himself after his jersey number. (Previously: Michael Crabtree)
    — BC

  • 7. Raiders: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
    Al Davis. Fast wide receiver. Take it to the bank, it’s a given. (Previously: Jeremy Maclin)
    — Adam Gretz

  • 8. Jaguars: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
    Somehow Monroe is still on the board and the Jags are happy to find him there. He immediately upgrades an o-line decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness (mostly injuries) last season. (Previously: Mark Sanchez)
    — WB

  • 9. Packers: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
    Instead of whining about who’s not there, the Packers decide to select someone who is. (Previously: Everette Brown)
    — BC

  • 10. 49ers: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
    Marvel Smith is a stopgap signing. And when you have a chance to draft a top-flight left tackle, you do it. (Previously: Andre Smith)
    — AG

  • 11. Bills: Everette Brown, DE, Florida St.
    Despite a now-glaring need at offensive tackle, there’s still a void at pass rusher, and there’s more value still on the board at that position. (Previously: Tyson Jackson)
    — WB

  • 12. Broncos: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
    He can move inside on passing downs, giving the Broncos a flexible, athletic lineman to build their 3-4 around. (Previously: B.J. Raji)
    — Josh Alper

  • 13. Redskins: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
    Jon Jansen vows to keep his job, but age and injuries are conspiring against him. (Previously: Michael Oher)
    — MS

  • 14. Saints: Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio St.
    There are concerns that Malcolm Jenkins isn’t an NFL cornerback and Wells could go a long way in making Reggie Bush’s life easier. (Previously: Malcolm Jenkins)
    — Ryan Wilson

  • 15. Texans: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio St.
    Note: Not running to the podium, actively seeking trade downs, and knowing that the Texans are likely to pick someone that nobody thinks they will pick because they always do. (Previously: Clay Matthews)
    — Stephanie Stradley

  • 16. Chargers: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
    It’s not a “need” pick, but why should the Chargers reach on an offensive lineman here with the elite guys gone? Especially when the guy that Mike Mayock is calling the “best defensive player in this draft” is still sitting there. A trade could be likely, too, if Jenkins or an offensive lineman doesn’t fall; as could Moreno. (Previously: Aaron Maybin)
    — WB

  • 17. Jets: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
    The best combination of need and talent on the board for the Jets, who absolutely need to juice up their passing game. If not a receiver, Moreno or Beanie Wells are more likely picks than Josh Freeman. (Previously: Darrius Heyward-Bey)
    — JA

  • 18. Broncos: Brian Cushing, LB, USC
    He could play inside or outside in the 3-4, a useful trait on a defense that doesn’t have enough players at either spot. (Previously: Josh Freeman)
    — JA

  • 19. Buccaneers: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas St.
    Raheem Morris knows Freeman during his time as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator, and he has compared him to Ben Roethlisberger. (Previously: Peria Jerry)
    — AG

  • 20. Lions: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
    Yes, the Lions still need a left tackle. Maybe they’ll worry about that at some point. (Previously: Brian Cushing)
    — BC

  • 21. Eagles: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
    Brian Westbrook has battled injuries in recent seasons and he could use some help. Moreno is arguably the best back in the draft. (Previously: Brandon Pettigrew)
    — RW

  • 22. Vikings: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
    A little bit of a reach, but Vikings need a long-term answer at offensive tackle. (Previously: Percy Harvin)
    — JJ Cooper

  • 23. Patriots: Larry English, LB, Northern Illinois
    New England used free agency to add depth at cornerback and it will use the draft to replace Mike Vrabel. (Previously: Larry English)
    — AG

  • 24. Falcons: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma St.
    This is the easy pick if he gets past the Eagles. He would be Michael Turner’s new best friend as a tight end who can block linebackers to help Turner get outside. (Previously: Robert Ayers)
    — JJ

  • 25. Dolphins: Clay Matthews, LB, USC
    Miami would love to get a wideout here, but there’s also a need at outside linebacker. (Previously: Darius Butler)
    — AG

  • 26. Ravens: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
    Not every team is worried about Harvin’s off-field issues. (Previously: Rey Maualuga)
    — SB

  • 27. Colts: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
    With the Bucs going after Freeman, Jerry falls to the Colts. (Previously: Evander Hood)
    — MS

  • 28. Eagles: William Beatty, OT, UConn
    Beatty is raw and will need time to develop, but the guy he’ll replace — Jason Peters — was once that way, too. (Previously: Eagles’ Pick)
    — RW

  • 29. Giants: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
    With Plaxico Burress no longer with the team, the Giants could choose to draft a big down-the-field target for Eli Manning. (Previously: Kenny Britt)
    — BC

  • 30. Titans: Hakeem Nicks, WR, UNC
    Slowly, surely, Tennessee cobbles together a big-play offense. Just waiting on Vince. (Previously: Alphonso Smith)
    — JJ

  • 31. Cardinals: Donald Brown, RB, UConn
    Because Edgerrin James wants out of Arizona. (Previously: Beanie Wells)
    — MS

  • 32. Steelers: Eric Wood, C, Louisville
    The Steelers would love a tackle, but they’ll settle for an interior lineman who can start immediately. (Previously: Max Unger)
    — JJ

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