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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Mocking with McShay

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Todd McShay has his latest first-round mock draft up and he's got some interesting choices for the three NFC South teams (Carolina doesn't have a first-round pick).

Let's break down his choices a bit.

No. 14: New Orleans

McShay's pick: Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State

My thoughts: I'm thinking all this talk about getting a power back is a smoke screen. Yeah, the Saints can use a short-yardage runner, but why use a first-round pick on a role player? I say draft Wells' college teammate, defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and give defensive coordinator Gregg Williams another toy.

No. 19: Tampa Bay

McShay's pick: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

My thoughts: It's possible, but I don't think Jerry is the big defensive tackle the Bucs are looking for. I could see them going after Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson. But I'm thinking Raheem Morris is a former defensive backs coach. Right now, my guess is cornerback Vontae Davis.

No. 24: Atlanta

McShay's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

My thoughts: This would make sense for value. But I just don't see the Falcons using their tight end enough in the passing game to justify a first-round pick. I think a linebacker or a defensive tackle are possibilities, but I'm going with Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas -- at least for now.