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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Making of the bloggers' mock draft


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

NFL general manager is a pretty simple job when your opponents leave players such as Vontae Davis and Brandon Pettigrew on the board in the bottom third of the first round.

ESPN.com's eight divisional bloggers put our heads together for a first-round mock draft, and I'd like to think I served the AFC East quite well.

Although I have to admit I screwed up the process because I didn't realize nobody had taken Davis, the Illinois cornerback, when the New England Patriots were on the clock at No. 23.

Assuming he was long gone, I gave them Cincinnati outside linebacker Connor Barwin -- until I realized Davis was sitting there like Napoleon Dynamite at the prom.

The rest of my selections were straightforward. If the Buffalo Bills can get out of the first round with Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin and Pettigrew -- can the Oklahoma State tight end really slide to No. 28? -- then Ralph Wilson will do cartwheels.

I did have some mulling to do for the New York Jets at No. 17. Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin were the only receivers off the board, giving the Jets several options there. But I had to go with Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman.

My selection for the Miami Dolphins' at No. 25 was a pure hunch, but in my mind it seems like a great fit. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis would've been a top-10 pick had he entered the draft after his junior season. He has the potential to be explosive.