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Bob Glauber's mock draft

It isn't often the Jets and Giants go into a draft looking for the same thing, but that's the case with this year's NFL draft. At least for now. Both teams are looking for a playmaking receiver - the Giants because starters Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer are no longer with the team, the Jets because Laveranues Coles is gone and there's no legitimate starter opposite Jerricho Cotchery.

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But draft days have a funny way of unfolding, so the receivers they wind up with might not be drafted ones. The Giants are still open to trading for Cleveland's Braylon Edwards, although talks have stalled. And the Jets have inquired about Arizona's Anquan Boldin. There's also talk of the Jets moving up for USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, and there's even some buzz that Eric Mangini's Browns might trade Brady Quinn to his old team.

A horde of top 10 teams will consider trades, especially the Chiefs, Browns and Jaguars, all of whom are looking to trade down. But in a lot of these cases, they wind up standing pat because the proposed deals from would-be trade partners simply aren't good enough.

Florida receiver Percy Harvin's stock could be affected by his positive test for marijuana at the Scouting Combine, but we're hearing a number of teams won't hold that against him, so he could wind up going high.

1. Lions. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia. The Lions haven't had much luck with quarterbacks since, oh, say Bobby Layne in the Fifties. And the Joey Harrington nightmare is still fresh in their memories. But it's tough for them to pass up the strong-armed Stafford, who can at least sit behind Daunte Culpepper for a year or two while he learns the NFL ropes. Stafford is coming off a year in which he threw for 3,459 yards, 25 TDs and 10 INTs. Stafford comes into the NFL with a year of NCAA eligibility remaining, so inexperience is a potential risk. But if the Lions do take him, they insist they'll bring him along slowly and not rush the process.

2. Rams. Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia. The Rams are making noises about having interest in USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. And while there is concern about incumbent QB Marc Bulger's durability and long-term prospects, most NFL executives believe new coach Steve Spagnuolo and newly appointed GM Billy Devaney will opt for a lineman to make up for the loss of Orlando Pace. Monroe is generally regarded as the best all-around blocker in the draft, although the Rams are also considering Baylor's Jason Smith, who isn't far behind in terms of being polished and ready to play immediately.

3. Chiefs. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest. Curry is likely the Lions' fallback candidate in the event they believe that Stafford will be too difficult to sign. And with the Chiefs actively looking to trade down and acquire more picks - and also avoid having to pay a huge signing bonus at No. 3 overall - they'll consider other options. But Curry looks like a solid choice, especially for a team that is moving to a 3-4 defense. Curry can play strongside or weakside linebacker, although he wasn't asked to rush the passer on a consistent basis in college, finishing with a combined 8½ sacks over his last three seasons.

4. Seahawks. Jason Smith, T, Baylor. There has been some talk of the Seahawks having an interest in Sanchez, but GM Tim Ruskell says the team is satisfied with 33-year-old Matt Hasselbeck. If Ruskell stays true to his word - and how often have we seen GMs say one thing and do another on draft day? - then all indications are he'll draft one of the remaining blue chip tackles left on the board. Why a tackle? Because perennial Pro Bowler Walter Jones is 35 years old and coming off knee surgery. The Seahawks need to re-stock the position, and Smith certainly fills the need. A converted tight end, Smith started his last three seasons at left tackle, and displayed excellence in both pass and run blocking.

5. Browns. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri. The Browns are all over the map as to what they might do. Take a receiver. Take a quarterback. Trade down. Trade up. Take a defensive tackle. Take a cornerback. New coach / GM combo Eric Mangini / George Kokinis aren't giving anything away, and everything is on the table. If they take a receiver, it comes down to Maclin or Michael Crabtree. And with reports out of Cleveland suggesting that the Browns weren't enamored with Crabtree's cocky demeanor, Maclin appears to be the safer pick. Maclin is the complete package as a receiver and a kick returner. Last year, he had 102 catches for 1,260 yards and 13 TDs. He had an 11.7-yard punt return average and a 24.1-yard kickoff return.

6. Bengals. Andre Smith, T, Alabama. Bengals also like Crabtree, but they need to re-tool the offensive line. Smith's weight is an issue, but his talent is unquestioned.

7. Raiders. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. What's the one thing Al Davis likes above all else? Speed. And Crabtree has it..

8. Jaguars: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College. Jags talking trade, and Sanchez is a possibility. But they also need help along the defensive line, and Raji looks like the goods.

9. Packers: Brian Orakpo, DE/LB, Texas. Packers switching to a 3-4 defense, so Orakpo would be a solid addition.

10. 49ers: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC. Sanchez is rumored to be going to any number of teams, but it'll be hard for the Niners to pass him up if he falls into their laps. Sanchez is an intriguing choice, but does not come without risk. The inexperience factor is mentioned most often, since he's had only one full season as a starter. It was a great season in 2008 with 3,207 yards, 34 TDs and 10 INTs, but USC coach Pete Carroll thought Sanchez needed another year before entering the draft.

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11. Bills: Michael Oher, T, Mississippi. Bills dealt Jason Peters to the Eagles.

12. Broncos: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU. Broncos' defense hasn't been good in years. At 6-4, 296 and with pass-rushing ability, Jackson hard to pass up here.

13. Redskins: Rey Maualaga, LB, USC. Redskins actively seeking to trade up to get Sanchez. Barring a deal, hard-hitting Maualaga fills a need at middle linebacker.

14. Saints: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State. Saints have had one of the NFL's worst pass defenses the last several years. Jenkins the best of a thin group of elite corners.

15. Texans: Brian Cushing, LB, USC. An excellent strong-side linebacker, Cushing combines speed and strength like few others.

16. Chargers: Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State. Yes, the Chargers have LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles. But Tomlinson has been injured the last two years, and Sproles is undersized.

17. Jets: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida. Yes, they're interested in Josh Freeman. Yes, they're exploring a trade for Sanchez. But if the Jets are convinced that Harvin's positive test for marijuana at the Combine doesn't send up the kind of red flag that might have other teams dropping him out of the first round, then he makes a lot of sense here. Harvin is a game-breaking type receiver who can stretch the field and help any quarterback - even Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff - look better. He played a unique role at Florida, both catching passes and rushing the football. In only 36 games for the Gators, he scored 32 times.

18. Broncos: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi. Jerry had a monster year in 2008, establishing Ole Miss as the nation's fourth-best run defense. The Broncos could use a run-stuffer to shore up their chronically weak defense.

19. Buccaneers: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State. Bucs need help on defense, and they signed QB Byron Leftwich as a stopgap. But Freeman offers long-term upside.

20. Lions: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee. Lions' rush defense last year was awful.

21. Eagles: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia. Brian Westbrook is 30 years old and coming off knee surgery.

22. Vikings: Eben Britton, T, Arizona. A solid performer among a class of elite tackles.

23. Patriots: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut. Bill Belichick personally attended Butler's workout and came away impressed.

24. Falcons: Clay Matthews Jr., LB, USC. Falcons said goodbye to Keith Brooking. Time to say hello to his replacement.

25. Dolphins: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State. Bill Parcells knows the value of a quality tight end.

26. Ravens: Aaron Maybin, DE / OLB, Penn State. A solid replacement for Bart Scott.

27. Colts. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland. Goodbye Marvin Harrison, hello Heyward-Bey . . . if he lasts this long.

28. Bills: Evander Hood, DT, Missouri. Bills' defensive line has been awful.

29. Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina. The Giants need a big-time target after releasing Plaxico Burress. The pickings are slim at this point in the draft, but Nicks certainly has solid upside and is a big enough target at 6-foot, 212 pounds. He'd gained some weight during the offseason and scared off some teams, but he's back down to his playing weight. The Giants are still interested in the idea of trading for Braylon Edwards, but only if the price is right. They simply won't overpay. Another alternative is offensive tackle, which is a good value here. One possibility: Will Beatty of UConn.

30. Titans: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers. Tennessee desperately needs quality receivers, although Britt will need some time to develop.

31. Cardinals: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut. Brown has risen up the charts in the offseason, and Arizona could certainly use a quality back.

32. Steelers, Alex Mack, C, California. Incumbent center Justin Hartwig has consistency problems.

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