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Posted: Wednesday February 25, 2009 11:55AM; Updated: Wednesday February 25, 2009 3:10PM
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2009 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (cont.)

11 DE Aaron Maybin Penn State So. 6-3 250
Maybin added weight since the end of his collegiate season and at 6-3, 250 pounds, there's hope he could stand up to the pounding of playing end in a 4-3 formation. His 12 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles as a junior last season were eye-opening, but he's viewed as something of a risk this high due to his limited track record. The Bills pass rush needs a jolt, but Maybin is just a maybe to rise as high as the top of the draft's second 10.
12 OLB Brian Cushing USC Sr. 6-3 255
As they join the crowd and switch to the 3-4 defensive formation, the Broncos look to be beyond the range of many of their most prized targets, like Curry, Arakpo, Raji, Jenkins and Maybin. We're giving them Cushing, but don't forget about his fellow ex-Trojans outside linebacker, Clay Matthews, who came out of combine week with a sense of momentum behind him.
13 OT Andre Smith Alabama Jr. 6-4 330
After the disastrous impression Smith left at the combine, I'm willing to admit this could be a bit high for the tackle, who some teams feel could now last into the 20s of the first round. But I'm factoring in the Redskins being desperate for a tackle, and that there's time for Smith to execute some rehabilitation to his reputation. Some scouts downgrade Smith because his body is really more guard-like than tackle-like, and say he's not worth stretching for.
14 CB Vontae Davis Illinois Jr. 6-0 204
Davis is the consensus second-best corner in this draft, but this is about as high as he could possibly go. The Saints' pass defense has been a perennial concern, and Davis gives them an infusion of youth in a secondary that's showing some age. LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson or even USC outside linebacker Clay Matthews could be intriguing options as well.
15 DE Tyson Jackson LSU Sr. 6-4 295
The Texans are in the market for a defensive end to play opposite Mario Williams and draw away some of the double-team attention that routinely comes his way. Jackson isn't rated as highly as Florida State end Everette Brown, but Brown is more of an outside linebacker than a 4-3 end in the NFL. At 6-4, 295, Jackson has the size the Texans need to balance out their defensive front.
16 RB Knowshon Moreno Georgia Jr. 5-11 207
While it has been proven you don't have to go shopping in the first round to find a running back, I seem to remember LaDainian Tomlinson was a first-round pick. Moreno is a good value in this slot and gives the Chargers their future replacement for LT. And don't overlook Connecticut's Donald Brown, a fast riser who some believe will be in the discussion to be the first or second back taken before everything's said and done.
17 WR Jeremy Maclin Missouri So. 6-1 200
The Jets on my board have their pick of four first-round receivers: the speedsters Maclin, Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and Percy Harvin of Florida, as well as North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks. But Maclin is the highest rated talent among that group and he'd help stretch defenses vertically while lining up opposite Jerricho Cotchery.
18 OT Eben Britton Arizona Jr. 6-6 309
John Tait's retirement puts the Bears in the market for another offensive tackle, and while the higher-rated Michael Oher remains on the board, the word is he started taking on water at the combine and will continue to sink as the scouting process continues. Teams just don't have as much patience for draft prospects with character issues as they did in the pre-Roger Goodell days.
19 WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Maryland Jr. 6-3 206
The Terps' receiver had a tremendous combine workout and ran a blazing 40 in the range of 4.3. That will entice the Bucs, who need some speed to replace the aging Joey Galloway and draw some of the coverage away from franchised receiver Antonio Bryant.
20 DT Peria Jerry Ole Miss Sr. 6-2 300
Having snagged a linebacker at No. 1, the Lions turn back to their needs up front. Jerry is an athletic 300-pounder who can help fill the gaps on run defense. This may look a little high for him right now, but by April it won't. Quality defensive tackles never last long in the first round.

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