2009 DRAFT

Pick      Team      Player      Pos      Ht      Wt      School/Country
Round 1 1 (1)     Detroit Lions     Matthew Stafford      QB     6’3     237     Georgia
Matthew Stafford

Analysis: The Lions get their guy with the first pick and Stafford gives them the building block they need for the future. His big arm and ability to get the ball down the field in the passing game makes him an ideal fit for what Detroit wants to do on offense.
Round 1 2 (2)     St. Louis Rams     Jason Smith      T     6’6     305     Baylor
Jason Smith

Analysis: The Rams fill their big void at left tackle by getting one of the most athletic lineman in this year’s draft. Smith, a former tight end, possesses rare feet for the position and should be able to anchor the St. Louis offensive line for the next 10 years.
Round 1 3 (3)     Kansas City Chiefs     Tyson Jackson      DE     6’5     290     LSU
Tyson Jackson

Analysis: Jackson might be a bit of a reach here, but he is one of the few “pure” five-technique defensive ends in this year’s draft and should make an immediate impact on the Chiefs defensive line. He is a long, stout lineman who knows how to set the edge and make plays vs. the run.
Round 1 4 (4)     Seattle Seahawks     Aaron Curry      LB     6’3     247     Wake Forest
Aaron Curry

Analysis: Seattle does have a void at linebacker and Curry certainly should be able to instantly come in and contribute from day one.
Round 1 5 (5)     New York Jets     Mark Sanchez      QB     6’3     225     USC
Mark Sanchez

Analysis: The Jets make the move all the way up from pick 17 in order to get their franchise quarterback. Sanchez is a smart, accurate quarterback who should be an ideal fit in the Jets’ West Coast offense. Finally, Jet fans have something to cheer about on draft day.
Note: (from Cleveland)
Round 1 6 (6)     Cincinnati Bengals     Andre Smith      OL     6’4     330     Alabama
Andre Smith

Analysis: Even with the character concerns, the tape doesn’t lie and Alabama OT Andre Smith is one of the most talented prospects in this year’s draft. He is a physical, long-armed lineman who can play both tackle spots and reminds me a bit of Eagles OT Jason Peters.
Round 1 7 (7)     Oakland Raiders     Darrius Heyward-Bey      WR     6’3     206     Maryland
Darrius Heyward-Bey

Analysis: A major reach here as the Raiders take the fastest wideout in the draft. Heyward-Bey is an explosive vertical threat; however, he is very raw as a route-runner, lacks great hands and might end up being one of the worst values in the 2009 draft.
Round 1 8 (8)     Jacksonville Jaguars     Eugene Monroe      T     6’6     315     Virginia
Eugene Monroe

Analysis: The Jaguars needed to find a young body for the left tackle position and Eugene Monroe is a great value here. Monroe has smooth feet, polished technique and he has the ability to develop into one of the NFL’s best offensive lineman.
Round 1 9 (9)     Green Bay Packers     B.J. Raji      DT     6’1     323     Boston College
B.J. Raji

Analysis: The Packers get a great value at pick nine as they find the anchor needed for their new 3-4 defense. Raji is a thick, stout nose tackle who should be able to eat up blockers and clog run lanes next season in Green Bay.
Round 1 10 (10)     San Francisco 49ers     Michael Crabtree      WR     6’3     214     Texas Tech
Michael Crabtree

Analysis: Crabtree’s stock has fallen in recent days because of character concerns. However, he is one of the draft’s true “elite” prospects and gives the 49ers the type of No. 1-caliber wideout they need. He should instantly upgrade the San Francisco receiving core.
Round 1 11 (11)     Buffalo Bills     Aaron Maybin     DE     6’4     245     Penn St.

Analysis: The Bills needed to find an explosive pass rusher off the edge and Maybin fits the bill. He is a gifted pass rusher who has the first step to consistently reach the corner and close on the quarterback. Maybin should become a real factor this year on third down as he continues to add weight and develop physically.
Round 1 12 (12)     Denver Broncos     Knowshon Moreno      TB     5’11     207     Georgia
Knowshon Moreno

Analysis: A bit of a surprise here as Denver gets one of the most instinctive runners to come along in years. However, with all the concerns about the defensive front seven, this pick makes little sense for the defense-starved Broncos.
Round 1 13 (13)     Washington Redskins     Brian Orakpo      DE     6’4     260     Texas
Brian Orakpo

Analysis: The Redskins get one of the most physically gifted athletes in this year’s draft as Orakpo should be able to instantly improve the Washington pass rush. He can get a bit lazy at times, but he possesses all the tools to develop into a very good every-down defensive end.
Round 1 14 (14)     New Orleans Saints     Malcolm Jenkins      DB     6’1     201     Ohio St.
Malcolm Jenkins

Analysis: Jenkins is the type of instinctive defensive back the Saints need for Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense. I think Jenkins will be best served to make the move the free safety as he has the skill set to develop into a real ball hawk.
Round 1 15 (15)     Houston Texans     Brian Cushing      LB     6’3     255     USC
Brian Cushing

Analysis: The Texans have holes all over their defense, but getting a versatile linebacker like Brian Cushing should give Houston plenty of options in their front seven. However, we don’t think Cushing is a good fit in a 4-3 scheme and expect him to really struggle vs. the pass game at the next level.
Round 1 16 (16)     San Diego Chargers     Larry English      DE     6’3     254     Northern Illinois

Analysis: A bit of a surprise here, but English is an explosive pass rusher who is an ideal fit in the Chargers’ 3-4 defense. He has a tendency to get a bit high and will struggle if asked to play in space vs. the pass, but English knows how to get after the quarterback and rush off the edge.
Round 1 17 (17)     Tampa Bay Buccaneers     Josh Freeman      QB     6’6     250     Kansas St.
Josh Freeman

Analysis: Josh Freeman is as talented as any quarterback in this draft and gives the Buccaneers a player who they can build their team around. However, Freeman needs time to develop and is one of the biggest “boom” or “bust” picks in this year’s draft.
Note: (from N.Y. Jets through Cleveland)
Round 1 18 (18)     Denver Broncos     Robert Ayers      DE     6’3     270     Tennessee
Robert Ayers

Analysis: The Broncos finally addressed their defensive front seven and got one of the draft’s best D-linman in the form of DE Robert Ayers. Ayers gives defensive coordinator Mike Nolan a lot of options as he has the ability to be very productive vs. both the run and pass at the next level.
Round 1 19 (19)     Philadelphia Eagles     Jeremy Maclin      WR     6’1     200     Missouri
Jeremy Maclin

Analysis: The Eagles moved up in the draft from pick 21 to finally get QB Donovan McNabb a big-time weapon in the pass game. Maclin is as explosive as any wideout in this year’s draft and should be able to not only create plays down the field, but also help out in the return game.
Note: (from Tampa Bay through Cleveland)
Round 1 20 (20)     Detroit Lions     Brandon Pettigrew      TE     6’6     255     Oklahoma St.
Brandon Pettigrew

Analysis: The Lions have holes at OT and on the D-line, but instead opt for Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew is a physical run blocker who can also make plays in the underneath pass game. However, I don’t think he offers the type of explosion to warrant a selection at pick 20.
Note: (from Dallas)
Round 1 21 (21)     Cleveland Browns     Alex Mack      C     6’4     316     California

Analysis: After some wheeling and dealing on draft day, the Browns finally made a selection at pick 21 and brought in center Alex Mack. I think this a bit high for Mack, however, he has the power and toughness to start from day one and should anchor the Browns offensive line for the next 10 years.
Note: (from Philadelphia)
Round 1 22 (22)     Minnesota Vikings     Percy Harvin      WR     5’11     195     Florida
Percy Harvin

Analysis: Harvin is an explosive playmaker who knows how to create with the ball in his hands. He gives the Vikings a lot of options on offense and I would compare his potential impact on the Vikings to the one Chris Johnson had last year for the Titans.
Round 1 23 (23)     Baltimore Ravens     Michael Oher      OT     6’5     318     Mississippi
Michael Oher

Analysis: The Ravens get great value at the 23rd pick finding a potential left tackle in the form of Michael Oher. Oher possesses all the physical and athletic skills to become a starting left tackle in the NFL. However, I worry about his instincts as he might be best suited to play on the right side.
Note: (from New England)
Round 1 24 (24)     Atlanta Falcons     Peria Jerry      DT     6’2     290     Mississippi
Peria Jerry

Analysis: Jerry is a tough, explosive interior lineman who will instantly improve the Falcons’ pass rush inside. He is a bit older then most prospects. However, he possesses a real love for the game and is a great value at pick 24.
Round 1 25 (25)     Miami Dolphins     Vontae Davis      DB     6’0     204     Illinois
Vontae Davis

Analysis: The Dolphins needed to address their defensive secondary and they get possibly the draft’s most gifted corner. However, I worry about Davis’ immaturity, raw technique and willingness to work. I think he might struggle once he finds out everyone is just as talented as he is at the next level.
Round 1 26 (26)     Green Bay Packers     Clay Matthews      DE     6’3     240     USC
Clay Matthews

Analysis: The Packers needed to add another edge rusher to their new 3-4 scheme and Matthews should fit in nicely. He is a gifted athlete who plays with a good motor and has a nose for the ball. This is a nice value at the end of the first round and Matthews should be able to play on all three downs in Green Bay.
Note: (from New England)
Round 1 27 (27)     Indianapolis Colts     Donald Brown      RB     5’10     208     Connecticut
Donald Brown

Analysis: Colts RB Joseph Addai has struggled staying healthy of late and Brown makes some sense here. Brown does a nice job attacking the line of scrimmage and catching the ball out of the backfield. However, I still think the Colts would have been better served going with a DT like Ziggy Hood.
Round 1 28 (28)     Buffalo Bills     Eric Wood      C     6’4     309     Louisville
Eric Wood

Analysis: This pick won’t make the fans happy, but Wood is a tough mauler inside who immediately upgrades the interior of the Bills’ offensive line. Wood does struggle playing in space, but when he gets his hands on you, the battle is over. He should be starting very early on in his career.
Note: (from Philadelphia via Carolina)
Round 1 29 (29)     New York Giants     Hakeem Nicks      WR     6’1     210     North Carolina
Hakeem Nicks

Analysis: Hakeem Nicks fills the Giants’ biggest need and should be able to contribute right away. He is as polished as any receiver in this year’s draft and is a bear to bring down after the catch. I expect him to become Eli Manning’s go-to guy in the coming years.
Round 1 30 (30)     Tennessee Titans     Kenny Britt      WR     6’4     215     Rutgers

Analysis: Britt is a big, physical wideout who should add balance to the Titans’ passing game and take some pressure off the run game. He has the ability to beat press coverage, work the middle of the field and will block in the run game, a characteristic that is vital for Tennessee wideouts.
Round 1 31 (31)     Arizona Cardinals     Chris Wells      RB     6’1     237     Ohio St.
Chris Wells

Analysis: The Cardinals got one of the best values in this year’s draft; however, I don’t think Wells is a great fit in the Arizona offense. Wells is at his best wearing down opposing front sevens and pounding the rock 25 times a game. He does catch the ball better then he is given credit for, but I don’t know how effective he will be in the Cardinals’ spread offense.
Round 1 32 (32)     Pittsburgh Steelers     Ziggy Hood      DT     6’4     295     Missouri
Ziggy Hood

Analysis: The Steelers needed to add some youth to their defensive front three. However, I don’t know if Hood is an ideal fit in the Steelers’ 3-4 defense and think he is better suited to play the three-technique in a 4-3.

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