Commentary

Linemen, linebackers a big part of 2009's first complete mock draft

Todd McShay offers up his first complete mock draft of the 2009 draft season and it's chock-full of underclassmen.

Originally Published: December 31, 2008
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) -- Aaron Maybin**, DE/OLB, Penn State

Maybin is only a third-year sophomore and he could use another year in school to develop physically. Still, his explosive initial burst as a pass-rusher is hard to ignore. Maybin can turn the corner in a hurry and he displays a powerful upper body for his size. The Bengals need a sack artist like Maybin, even if he would serve as nothing more than a situational edge rusher early in his career.

7. Oakland Raiders (5-11) -- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

Although Crabtree won't wow anyone with his 40-yard dash time, it's not hard to imagine Raiders owner Al Davis pulling the trigger on the premier pass-catcher in this year's draft. Let's assume, though, that Oakland goes in a different direction and looks to find protection for its investments in QB JaMarcus Russell and RB Darren McFadden. With Smith off the board in this scenario, Monroe looks like the best available option. He's not quite as dominant as former teammate Brandon Albert (No. 15 overall to the Chiefs in 2008), but Monroe has the size and athleticism to protect Russell's blindside for many years.