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2009 bloggers’ mock draft: pick #15

March 15, 2009 By: Admin Category: Draft/Free Agency

Steelers Today has hooked up with 31 other NFL bloggers from around the country to do a bloggers’ mock draft. All 32 NFL teams are represented in the mock draft.

The mock draft is sponsored by Cleveland Browns blog No Logo Needed. For more details on the bloggers’ mock draft, click here.

With the fifteenth pick of the 2009 NFL Draft the Houston Texans blog Houston Diehards selects…

Michael Oher, offensive tackle, Ole Miss

Well, this is unexpected. The Texans picked their LT of the future in the
first round last year, but with all the players I wanted off the board -
and an elite talent like Oher slipping, I have no choice but to take him.
Oher will be the LT, Duane Brown can move to RT, and current RT Eric
Winston can move inside, which would be a significant upgrade to an
already drastically-improved offensive line.

Quick, nimble, and athletic, Oher weighs 309 and is a great fit for the
zone blocking scheme that helped to make RB Steve Slaton a rookie of the
year candidate last season.

Houston’s two biggest positions of need are OLB and DT. However Oher is
an ELITE talent, whereas the best players left at those positions may or
may not slip to Houston’s 2nd round pick.

This was a difficult choice to make because for weeks now I’ve been
railing against mocks that have the Texans taking ANY offensive players,
but since I’m a “build from front to back” guy, I can’t help but jump all
over a player of Oher’s caliber.

The draft results so far are shown below. Click on the individual pick to read the blogger’s rationale for his selection.

1. Detroit Lions: Mathew Stafford, QB (Georgia)
2. St. Louis Rams: Eugene Monroe, OT (Virginia)
3. Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB (Wake Forest)
4. Seattle Seahawks: Michael Crabtree, WR (Texas Tech)
5. Cleveland Browns: Rey Maualuga, LB (Southern California)
6. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Smith, OT (Baylor)
7. Oakland Raiders: Jeremy Maclin, WR (Missouri)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: B.J. Raji, DT (Boston College)
9. Green Bay Packers, Brian Orakpo, DE (Texas)
10. San Francisco 49ers, Everette Brown, OLB (Florida State)
11. Buffalo Bills, Clay Matthews, OLB (Southern California)
12. Denver Broncos, Malcolm Jenkins, CB (Ohio State)
13. Washington Redskins, Andre Smith, OT (Alabama)
14. New Orleans Saints, Brian Cushing, OLB (Southern California)
15. Houston Texans, Michael Oher, OT (Ole Miss)

The San Diego Chargers are on the clock.

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