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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Mocking with McShay

By Pat Yasinskas

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

Todd McShay's got a new mock draft up -- this one goes the full seven rounds -- and I like most of his NFC South picks.

Here's the link to McShay's mock, but I'll share his first-round pick for each team with you and provide my take.

New Orleans

McShay's pick -- No. 14: Malcolm Jenkins, defensive back, Ohio State
My take: Todd had running back Beanie Wells going here in his last draft, but has switched over to Jenkins. I'm with him all the way. I've been saying all along Jenkins is the guy the Saints should pick. They need defense and can get their power runner somewhere else.

Tampa Bay

McShay's pick -- No. 19: Brian Cushing, linebacker, Southern California
My take: I definitely can see this happening, if Cushing's available. A lot of mocks have him gone before No. 19, but you never know. I can also see Florida State defensive end Everette Brown, Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry or Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis going to the Bucs. And, no -- I'll say it again -- I don't see Tampa Bay taking quarterback Josh Freeman.


McShay's pick -- No. 24: Brandon Pettigrew, tight end, Oklahoma State
My take: It could happen and Pettigrew certainly is a great prospect. But I still think Atlanta goes with defense. I think Davis and Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas are possibilities. I also could see the Falcons going with Jerry to help the middle of the run defense or any one of about four linebackers.


McShay's pick -- No. 59: Michael Johnson, defensive end, Georgia Tech
My take: Although some have Johnson going in the first round, a lot of people in the know think he'll fall to the second round. If he's available, I think this would be a solid pick for the Panthers. No matter if Julius Peppers stays or goes this season, the Panthers eventually will need someone to replace him. Johnson has a similar skill set.