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Bloggers’ mock draft pick #64

April 24, 2009 By: Admin Category: Draft/Free Agency

April 24, 2009
By Donald Starver

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.

To recap, the picks to date have gone as follows.  You can click on each pick to read the blogger’s rationale for the selection.

Round 1

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)
16. San Diego Chargers, Eben Britton, OT (Arizona)
17. New York Jets, Tyson Jackson, DE (LSU)
18. Chicago Bears, Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR (Maryland)
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Percy Harvin, WR  (Florida)
20. Detroit Lions, Aaron Maybin, DE (Penn State)
21. Philadelphia Eagles, Vontae Davis, CB (Illinois)
22. Minnesota Vikings, Mark Sanchez, QB (Southern California)
23. New England Patriots, Knowshon Moreno, RB (Georgia)
24. Atlanta Falcons, Clint Sintim, LB (Virginia)
25. Miami Dolphins, Larry English, LB (Northern Illinois)
26. Baltimore Ravens, Kenny Britt, WR (Rutgers)
27. Indianapolis Colts, Peria Jerry, DT (Mississippi State)
28. Philadelphia Eagles, Alex Mack, C (California)
29. New York Giants, Hakeem Nicks, WR (North Carolina)
30. Tennessee Titans, D. J. Moore, CB (Vanderbilt)
31. Arizona Cardinals, Chris Wells, RB (Ohio State)
32. Pittsburgh Steelers, Fili Moala, DT (USC)

Round 2

33. Detroit Lions, James Laurinaitis, LB (OSU)
34. New England Patriots (from Kansas City) Connor Barwin, LB (Cincinnati)
35. St. Louis Rams, Brian Robiske, WR (OSU)
36. Cleveland Browns, William Moore, S (Missouri)
37. Seattle Seahawks, Robert Ayers, DL (Tennessee)
38. Cincinnati Bengals, Brandon Pettigrew, TE (Oklahoma State)
39. Jacksonville Jaguars, Ron Brace, DT (Boston College)
40. Oakland Raiders, Michael Johnson, DE (Georgia Tech)
41. Green Bay Packers, William Beatty, OT (Connecticut)
42. Buffalo Bills, Max Unger, G/C (Oregon)
43. San Francisco 49ers, Josh Freeman, QB (Kansas State)
44. Miami Dolphins (from Washington), Darius Butler, CB (UConn)
45. New York Giants (from New Orleans), Marcus Freeman, OLB (Ohio State)
46. Houston Texans, Tyrone McKenzie, OLB (South Florida)
47. New England Patriots (from San Diego), Evander Hood, DT (Missouri)
48. Denver Broncos, Cody Brown, OLB (UConn)
49. Chicago Bears, Duke Robinson, OG (Oklahoma)
50. Cleveland Browns (from Tampa Bay), Eric Wood, C, Louisville
51. Dallas Cowboys, Patrick Chung, S (Oregon)
52. New York Jets, Donald Brown, RB (UConn)
53. Philadelphia Eagles, Jared Cook, TE (South Carolina)
54. Minnesota Vikings, Phil Leadholt, OT (Oklahoma)
55. Atlanta Falcons, Shawn Nelson, TE (Southern Miss)
56. Miami Dolphins, Sean Smith, CB (Utah)
57. Baltimore Ravens, Victor Harris, CB (VA Tech)
58. New England Patriots, Louis Delmas, S (Western Michigan)
59. Carolina Panthers, Alphonso Smith, CB (Wake Forest)
60. New York Giants, Shonn Green, RB (Iowa)
61. Baltimore Colts, LeSean McCoy, RB (Pitt)
62. Tennessee Titans, Derrick Williams, WR (Penn State)
63. Arizona Cardinals, Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond

With the 64th pick in the 2009 bloggers’ mock draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select…….

Coye Francies, Cornerback, San Jose State

Steelers fans have been burning up message boards expressing their desire to see the Steelers select a player from San Jose State.  Unfortunately, that player was Jarron Gilbert, and not Coye Francies.

I looked hard at Gilbert.  honestly, I did.  Moreover, when the Steelers signed former Colts’ CB Keiwan Ratliff today, I almost backed away from this selection.  However, Ratliff was only signed to a one year deal, and Francies is too good to pass up.

Some fans will say “Coye Who?”.  Francies started his career at a junior college before transfering to Oregon State. Unfortunately, he was kicked off the Oregon State team due to an off-field issue.  Since transferring to San Jose State, Francies has been a model citizen and a team captain.  His coaches have nothing but positive things to say about him.

Francies had outstanding performances in both the East-West Shrine game and in the Senior Bowl.  He’s tall, fast, and very athletic.  He is a bit light for his height, but he has the frame to put on weight.  More importantly, he plays very physical, and likes to deliver hits.  He is definitely the most under-rated CB in the draft, and now he is a Pittsburgh Steeler.

I know that Steelers fans are going to disagree with this pick, so let me know your thoughts.  Frankly, I predict that once fans look into Francies, they’ll find that he is a hidden gem.

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2 Comments to “Bloggers’ mock draft pick #64”

  1. Boy, not too many comments recently. I guess everyone is becoming worn out after being inundated with draft analysis over the past few months. But, here we are - it’s finally draft day.

    Now, we only have to wait until…oh, say 8-9 PM for Pittsburgh to pick. Hopefully later since, is someone surprising doesn’t fall to them at 32, I would hope they would trade down in order to get ammunition to move up from 64 or 96.

    I think trading up from 32 is out of the question. To even move into the mid-20′s would require them to give up their 3rd and 4th round picks, leaving them with only 2 picks before the end of the 5th round. Pittsburgh needs to add too much quality depth to afford that.

  2. I hope they can trade down to add some picks. Honestly, at 32 there isn’t a big difference if you slip back to 40 or a bit further. We can probably get one of the good centers and let him develop for a year behind Hartwig, and then add a DL and CB later


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