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Predicting the top 10 NFL picks

Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | February 2nd, 2009

1. Detroit Lions — Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Many would expect quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford at this spot but Detroit cannot take a franchise QB unless they have fixed their offensive line issues. There are, undoubtedly, several issues in the Detroit organization but offensive line is the most important at the moment. They cannot bring a young QB into an organization that has a weak pocket. There is a possibility of them using their #20 pick to snag Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman (if they drop that deep). They could also hope Freeman drops to the second round and choose him there.
Alternate Pick: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

2. St. Louis Rams — Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Andre Smith is the next best offensive tackle in the NFL draft. Orlando Pace is 33-years-old and he isn't getting any younger especially with the workload he has now. Andre Smith seems to be the only option at this point to cover the gaping hole Orlando Pace will leave. There is the possibility of Michael Oher or Jason Smith if St. Louis feels they would fit better into their organization.
Alternate Pick: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio

3. Kansas City Chiefs — Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
Tyler Thigpen and Damon Huard cannot lead their team to a winning record and that's why QB standout Matthew Stafford is the franchise player for the Chiefs. He is considered the most NFL-ready QB in the draft as well as having the potential to be a dominant player.
Alternate Pick: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas

4. Seattle Seahawks — Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas
When push comes to shove, the Seahawks need the most help at wide receiver. Michael Crabtree is the most talented wide receiver in this draft and will give the Seahawks a big boost in their vertical game.
Alternate Pick: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

5. Cleveland Browns — Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
Willie McGinest is 37-years-old and he's no longer the championship caliber player he was during his younger days. Cleveland Browns are extremely solid on offense and have defensive needs at CB and DE but Willie McGinest needs to be replaced first as Cleveland's ground defense was very poor.
Alternate Pick: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio

6. Cincinnati Bengals — Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Eugene Monroe and Andre Smith, the two best offensive linemen, are both taken at this point and Jason Smith is the next best offensive lineman. The Bengals have some pressing issues on the offensive line as Willie Anderson has left, Levi Jones and Stacy Andrews are both battling injuries, and Andrews is a free agent as well. Smith seems like the logical pick here.
Alternate Pick: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

7. Oakland Raiders — Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Al Davis is a general manager who prefers to acquire flashy players as opposed to meeting the needs of the team. Since this is the case, Jeremy Maclin is the ideal player for Davis. Maclin is a player that will give QB Jamarcus Russell a deep and red zone threat.
Alternate Pick: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

8. Jacksonville Jaguars — Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio
If Oakland takes Jeremy Maclin expect Jacksonville to snag Malcolm Jenkins. The Jaguars were torched through the air in the 2008 regular season--ranked 24th in pass defense-- and need a lot of help at CB. LB Mike Peterson is an aging veteran but LB can be address in later rounds.
Alternate Pick: Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

9. Green Bay Packers — Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Everette Brown could be a possible pick here but it is almost impossible to pass up Orakpo; he is a unique player that won best linemen/linebacker, best defensive end, and best defensive player of the year awards during college. Orakpo is also considered a freakishly athletic player and is expected to give great numbers at the combine. Green Bay is in dire need of some excellent pass rushing for their new 3-4 defensive scheme and Orakpo fills that hole.
Alternate Pick: Everette Brown, DE, Florida St.

10. San Francisco 49ers — Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Mike Singletary is a defensive mind who would have loved Malcolm Jenkins here. CBs D.J. Moore, Vontae Davis, and Alphonso Smith are possibilities but QB is a pressing need. Smith has been a big flunk and Shaun Hill seems only mediocre. The 49ers are here to win and Mark Sanchez is a USC factory QB.
Alternate Pick: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
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