Two events in the first week of free agency have sent the mockosphere back to the drawing board. The first was New England shipping QB Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, which eliminated QB Mark Sanchez from contention at the No. 3 spot. The second was Seattle’s acquisition of WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, which is being read as a sign that the Seahawks won’t take Michael Crabtree with the fourth pick. Instead, Kansas City is now projected to take a top defender such as Aaron Curry or Brian Orakpo, while the new conventional wisdom says the Seahawks will pursue an offensive tackle to replace the aging Walter Jones.
These changes have trickled down to impact the Cincinnati Bengals at six. It seems more and more likely that the two top tackles, Eugene Monroe and Jason Smith, will be off the board by the time the sixth pick rolls around. And with the next two OTs, Andre Smith and Michael Oher, now viewed as reaches at six, mockers are starting to eye other positons. In the last update, 78 of 115 mocks went with an OT. This time, that’s dropped to 66 of 113 mocks tracked.
The primary beneficiary is Crabtree, who leaps into double-digits for the first time. Also climbing is DT B.J. Raji, who crashes the top 3 with a personal-best 13 nods. However, for the moment Monroe continues to rule the roost, with more than twice as many votes as second-place Jason Smith.
As always, the Big Board was assembled by combing through Fansided’s Mock Draft Database. It uses only mocks that have been updated in the past 30 days. As we get closer to the draft, I will trim that time frame down further so as to more closely reflect the most up-to-date standings.
|B.J. Raji||DT||Boston College||13||+3|
|Michael Oher||OT||Ole Miss||11||-1|
|Michael Crabtree||WR||Texas Tech||10||+8|
|Chris “Beanie” Wells||RB||Ohio State University||4||-2|
|Everette Brown||DE||Florida State||3||+2|
|Aaron Curry||LB||Wake Forest||3||no change|
|Aaron Maybin||DE||Penn State||2||-1|
By position, that’s 66 (-12) votes for offensive tackle, 13 (no change) for defensive end, 13 (+3) for defensive tackle, 10 (+7) for wide receiver, 7 (-1) for running back and 4 (+1) for linebacker.