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2009 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (cont.)

 
11DERobert AyersTennesseeSr.6-3272
I've gone with Penn State's Aaron Maybin in some previous mocks, but Ayers is on the move up everyone's boards. Mayock, for one, believes he'll be viewed within a span of three years as the best defensive player to come out of this year's draft. Must admit I don't know how the Bills feel about Ayers, but he's got less boom-bust potential than Maybin.
12DETyson JacksonLSUSr.6-4296
The Broncos are the team everyone is watching to see if they try to make a move up in pursuit of a quarterback, probably Sanchez. Quick question: Will that wind up hurting Kyle Orton's feelings, prompting him to demand a trade? But if Denver sits tight and takes its two first-rounders at 12 and 18, the defensive line likely gets attention first. Jackson is the draft's best 3-4 end.
13OTMichael OherOle MissSr.6-4309
The Redskins will feel fortunate if Oher lasts this long, given their need at right offensive tackle. If he's gone, that could push one of the two defensive ends who went right before -- Ayers and Jackson -- into their laps. Either way they should get a major need addressed.
14CBMalcolm JenkinsOhio StateSr.6-1201
Chris "Beanie" Wells has been the popular pick of late for the Saints, but an offensively-loaded team in need of this much help on defense shouldn't lose sight of where improvement needs to be made. Jenkins might wind up at safety in the NFL, but the Saints secondary can use the upgrade there too.
15OLBBrian CushingUSCSr.6-3255
Even with the Texans' recent free-agent additions at linebacker, Cushing upgrades the entire unit and is the first of three USC 'backers off the board. Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry is another solid option.
16RBChris "Beanie" WellsOhio StateJr.6-1237
The Chargers don't really have a prospect available here who would both fill a top need and carry the value of a mid-round pick. In that scenario, San Diego general manager A.J. Smith often will take the highest-rated player, regardless of position. Darren Sproles doesn't have the size to be a No. 1 back, and the clock is at least running on the end of the LaDainian Tomlinson era in San Diego.
17QBJosh FreemanKansas StateJr.6-6248
The Broncos could very well be interested in the draft's No. 3 quarterback at No. 18, and if so, it'd be intriguing to question if they'd take him at No. 12. The Jets may really be comfortable with the notion of Brett Ratliff as their starter in 2009, but I guess I'll only believe it when they pass on Freeman.
18DEAaron MaybinPenn StateSo.6-3½250
The Broncos would probably have to show some patience with Maybin, letting him develop into a 3-4 outside linebacker with some great edge rush potential. If the Broncos don't take a defensive lineman, linebackers such as Clay Matthews Jr. and Rey Maualuga might be next in line.
19LBClay MatthewsUSCSr.6-3240
The Bucs need a defensive tackle, but Mississippi's Peria Jerry doesn't really fit the wide-body type they're looking for. That might elevate outside linebacker to the top of the list, and Matthews is the top-rated one remaining.
20DTPeria JerryOle MissSr.6-2300
Having gone offense with their No. 1 pick, the Lions will then address a defensive need with their second first-rounder. Jerry is a run-stuffer, and the defense that Lions head coach Jim Schwartz brought with him from Tennessee requires one or two of those in the middle.