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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Your turn to Mock the Beast

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

If you're looking for a good way to kill two or three hours of your workday, let me suggest the ESPN.com 2009 NFL Draft Machine. With the help of this interactive slice of heaven (am I reading that right?), I've been even more unproductive than usual this afternoon.

After a slow start (the Lions accidentally took Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar No. 1 overall), I produced my very own mock draft, which will be posted on the Beast later this week. Once you submit your mock draft by clicking -- of all things -- the red "submit" button, your draft will become part of SportsNation lore. You'll also be able to taunt Todd McShay (from afar) if your mock draft turns out better than his.

Here's a nice little draft nugget from "Tuesdays with Mel" for you Redskins fans:

This draft isn't about replacing Campbell, who is still the man in Washington. Instead, it's about helping him. Last year, the Redskins drafted Michigan State receiver Devin Thomas in the first round, but he has not been productive thus far. Also, second year receiver Malcolm Kelly needs to step it up, too.

This year, they may opt to get help on the offensive line. A good pick would be right tackle Andre Smith out of Alabama, who was once projected by some as the top player in the draft. But Smith tumbled down draft boards after off-field problems.

However, if they choose to address their defense, the Redskins will look to find help at defensive end and outside linebacker. A great pick at this spot would be DE Aaron Maybin from Penn State, a defensive end.