2009 NFL mock draft

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Last year the Patriots drafted inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, and he started right away. Laurinaitis may be a slight reach, but he can team with Mayo for years.

24. Atlanta: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia

The Falcons parted ways with Keith Brooking and need immediate help on the weak side. Sintim played in a 3-4 defense but should be able to make the transition.

25. Miami: Alex Mack, C, California

The Dolphins added center Jake Grove in free agency, but Mack can play right guard while preparing to be the center of the future.

26. Baltimore: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

Unless the Ravens trade this pick in a package for Anquan Boldin, taking Heyward-Bey is a no-brainer. He’s the fastest player in the draft.

27. Indianapolis: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State

One of the late risers of the draft, the Colts hit with Ohio State’s Anthony Gonzalez two years ago. Taking Robiskie would allow Gonzalez to stay in the slot.

28. Buffalo: William Beatty, OL, Connecticut

The Bills acquired this pick in the Jason Peters deal with Philadelphia, and they need a new left tackle. Beatty is equally efficient as a run and pass blocker.

29. N.Y. Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina

The Giants are trying to acquire Braylon Edwards from Cleveland, but the fallback to add size at receiver is Nicks, who averaged 18 yards a catch last year.

30. Tennessee: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

Despite durability and character issues, Harvin’s production - 16.1 yards a catch last year - is too good for the passing-starved Titans to pass up.

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