Creating a mock draft before the college season starts is very difficult. My mock is a mix between what I think could happen and what I think should happen. I am 99 percent sure I will get every single pick wrong one way or another. The reason I created this is to give the viewers an idea of where I feel NFL teams will be picking next year and name some guys football fans should pay attention to during the 2009 college season.
4. Seattle Seahawks - Taylor Mays, S, USC
Mays is a physical freak at 6'2, 230 pounds. He is a big-time hitter that blows up receivers over the middle and does a great job in run support. Mays must become more of a ball-hawk in 2009 to prove he's worth a top-five selection. The Seahawks are going to have their pick and the Broncos' first-round pick in 2010.
5. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver Broncos) - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Okung is dominating both as a run and pass blocker. He may need to add some weight, but has the skills to be a very good left tackle in the NFL. The Seahawks need a lot on both sides of the ball, but with Walter Jones nearing the end of his career they need to address the offensive line early in 2010.
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Cody will provide great size and strength. With so many teams switching to the 3-4 defensive, Cody could easily go higher than six. He could be like Tyson Jackson and provide a defensive line "need" for an NFL team earlier than expected. Either way, Cody could be a force in a 3-4 or 4-3. The Bengals must upgrade their defensive line in 2010.
7. Oakland Raiders - The Fastest Guy at the combine. Brandon Spikes, OLB, Florida
Spikes doesn't just provide great athletic ability, he is a leader on the field too. He is the quarterback of the Gators defense and leads by example. He sticks to his responsibilities and has a knack for making big plays. If he runs a great 40, then maybe the Raiders will take him.