With the 23rd Pick in the 2009 MCM Mock Draft....

....the New England Patriots (represented by theologic) select....

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Brian Cushing, LB, USC

If I were the Patriots I would trade for Julius Peppers. If they had done so prior to this pick I would've gone CB, but from what I'm hearing this deal isn't looking as likely as it did before. There's still a chance they could sign Jason Taylor, but it hasn't happened yet. I think the Patriots go a long way towards reestablishing their pass rush and getting younger on defense with this pick. Cushing will likely line up at OLB for the Patriots. Cushing lined up at DE, ILB, and OLB while at USC so Belichick will his love his versatility. Cushing played TE in high school so his understanding of offense makes him effective in coverage, but he doesn't shy away from contact and attacks the QB with aggression. To quote nfldraftdog.com "He doesn't hit to make a tackle; he hits because he likes to. The harder the better." With an aging defense that has been soft the last couple years, the Patriots can use that kind of attitude. Cushing combined with last years pick, Jerod Mayo, will give the Patriots a solid young dou to rebuild the D around and allow them to continue cheating and annoying me for many years to come.    

The Atlanta Falcons are on the clock..

Click through the jump to see the entire draft.

  1. Detroit- Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
  2. St. Louis- Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
  3. Kansas City- B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
  4. Seattle- Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
  5. Cleveland- Brian Orakpu, DE, Texas
  6. Cincinnati- Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
  7. Oakland- Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
  8. Jacksonville- Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
  9. Green Bay- Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
  10. San Francisco- Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
  11. Buffalo- Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
  12. Denver- Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
  13. Washington- Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
  14. New Orleans- Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
  15. Houston- Clay Matthews, LB, USC
  16. San Deigo- Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
  17. New York Jets- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
  18. Chicago- Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
  19. Tampa Bay- Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
  20. Detroit- Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
  21. Philadelphia- Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State
  22. Minnesota- Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
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