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Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | February 23rd, 2009

22. Minnesota Vikings: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
The Minnesota Vikings need a DE to compliment Jared Allen. Tyson Jackson is an incredible DE with outstanding size (6'5, 290lbs), long arms, and great strength. If Jackson is drafted, the Vikings will have the most dominant defensive line in the NFL.
Alternate Pick: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

23. New England Patriots: Aaron Maybin, OLB/DE, Penn State
Adalius Thomas is 31-years-old and Mike Vrabel is 33-years-old and they're both OLBs. Aaron Maybin is extremely underrated and his stock has begun to rise as the months have gone by especially since he's a quality hybrid player. The Patriots have a knack for picking diamonds in the rough and Maybin is just one of those guys.
Alternate Pick: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

24. Atlanta Falcons: Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
Grady Jackson is 36-years-old and Jonathan Babineaux is a pretty decent DT, but improvements need to be made here. B.J. Raji is gone at this point and Peria Jerry is the next best DT in the draft with awesome physical stats (6'3, 313lbs) and recorded six sacks with 17 TFLs (tackles for losses) in his 2008 season. Tight end is a big possibility here as well for the Falcons to give Matt Ryan more weapons.
Alternate Pick: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

25. Miami Dolphins: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
Bill Parcells has made a huge turn around with the Miami Dolphins and he's ready to make the team better. By examining Parcells history, one can notice that he chose great OLBs. In Dallas, he picked DeMarcus Ware; In New England, Willie McGinest, and with the Jets he chose James Farrior. USC made Brian Cushing is the next best OLB on the board and Parcells will be more than happy to pick him.
Alternate Pick: Max Unger, C, Oregon

26. Baltimore Ravens: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Samari Rolle is 32-years-old and only played 10 games this past season. The Ravens need someone to compliment Fabian Washington and Alphonso Smith is the next best CB in the draft after Jenkins and Davis.
Alternate Pick: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt

27. Indianapolis Colts: Ron Brace, DT, Boston College
The Colts have two needs: wide receiver and defensive tackle. With a big need at DT, the Colts will most likely draft at DT. B.J. Raji and Peria Jerry are both off the board leaving Ron Brace (6'3, 324lbs) as the DT pick for the Colts. Brace provides outstanding size and strength to help the dynamic duo (Mathis and Freeney) in the trenches.
Alternate Pick: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

28. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Philadelphia Eagles will continue to give Donovan McNabb more offensive weapons and Pettigrew is the number one ranked TE. At pick #28, Pettigrew is an absolute steal. There are some needs on offensive line and Pettigrew will help as he's an outstanding blocker.
Alternate Pick: Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma

29. New York Giants: Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia
When Michael Strahan retired and Osi Umenyiora was injured, Mathias Kiwanuka was moved to DE. Kiwanuka was originally drafted to be an OLB but Kiwanuka did so extremely well at DE, they're going to leave him there. As such, Danny Clark is currently residing in one of the OLB spots. He's 31-years-old and not that great. Clint Sintim is the next best OLB on the board right now and he will the defense against the pass and the run, as well as an outstanding pass rusher and blitzer.
Alternate Pick: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
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