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In case you missed it, Mel Kiper Jr. has published his first 2009 Mock Draft. The Beast will be releasing its first mock the week after the Super Bowl.
Kiper has the Redskins selecting Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo at No. 13. And given the fact that Mel's from the Baltimore area and knows Vinny Cerrato really well, I think that's a solid name at this point in the proceedings. I've seen Orakpo in person three or four times. Unbelievably quick off the ball and a savvy pass-rusher. I'm not sure he's one of those guys who will have an immediate impact, though. And the Redskins need impact players.
Kiper has the Eagles taking Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells at No. 21, which doesn't sound right to me. I think the Eagles will take a running back, but not this high. The fact that teams are hitting on running backs in the third or fourth rounds means that Philly will be a little more patient at that position.
The Detroit Lions will use the first-round pick they received from Dallas (No. 20) in the Roy Williams trade to select USC linebacker Rey Maualuga, according to Mel's Big Board. Now there's a player the Cowboys could use at linebacker. Was the trade worth it? Early returns suggest no.
Mel has the New York Giants taking Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis. That's certainly a position the Giants need to consider. Danny Clark is an aging player and Antonio Pierce isn't happy about his current contract. Also check out Hakeem Nicks out of North Carolina if he falls to No. 29. I know the Giants think very highly of him.