Nfl Draft 2009

April 26, 2009

FIRST ROUND

No. Team Player Pos. School Ht. Wt. Comment

1. Lions Matthew

Stafford QB Georgia 6-2 210 Can he end the curse of Bobby Layne? Stafford didn't win the big ones at Georgia.

2. Rams Jason

Smith OT Baylor 6-5 308 Rams begin process of rebuilding offensive line. It worked for Dolphins last year.

3. Chiefs Tyson

Jackson DE LSU 6-4 296 With their 3-4 defense, Chiefs needed someone who can get after the quarterback.

4. Seahawks Aaron

Curry LB Wake Forest 6-1 254 Get player ready to step in and play immediately. QB of future will have to wait. 5. Jets Mark Sanchez QB USC 6-2 227 Rex Ryan gets his rookie quarterback to lead the Jets to the AFC championship game.

6. Bengals Andre Smith OT Alabama 6-4 332 Combine meltdown didn't scare off Bengals; will have to step in and start right away.

7. Raiders Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland 6-1 209 Al Davis sure does love speed. Heyward-Bey has it, and he's the first WR taken.

8. Jaguars Eugene Monroe OT Virginia 6-5 309 Solidifies the Jaguars' offensive line, can be bookend tackle with Tra Thomas.

9. Packers B.J. Raji DT Boston College 6-1 337 Perfect nose tackle for their 3-4 defense; has potential to be a star in the NFL.

10. 49ers Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech 6-1 215 Dropped because of recent surgery, but could end up as best player in the draft.

11. Bills Aaron Maybin DE Penn State 6-3 249 Mount Hebron product should fit nicely into defense desperately needing pass rush.

12. Broncos Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia 5-10 213 Team that needed defense, defense, defense picks a running back with first pick.

13. Redskins Brian Orakpo DE Texas 6-3 263 Fortunate that Orakpo fell this far and they didn't blow the pick. This fills a big need.

14. Saints Malcolm Jenkins DB Ohio State 6-0 204 Saints begin to rebuild their defense. Jenkins should start right away, can also play safety.

15. Texans Brian Cushing LB USC 6-2 243 Gives them some versatility and help for Mario Williams. Can play inside or outside LB.

16. Chargers Larry English LB Northern Illinois 6-2 255 Chargers get insurance policy in case Shawne Merriman isn't 100 percent. Might be a reach.

No. Team Player Pos. School Ht. Wt. Comment

17. Buccaneers Josh Freeman QB Kansas State 6-5 248 Big quarterback with a strong arm. Still raw but doesn't have to start right away for Bucs.

18. Broncos Robert Ayers DE Tenn. 6-3 272 Broncos finally fill an area of need. In fact, any defensive player would have helped here.

19. Eagles Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri 6-0 198 Gives Donovan McNabb another option, but Eagles usually whiff with WRs.

20. Lions Brandon Pettigrew TE Okla. St. 6-5 263 Teams with WR Calvin Johnson to give rookie QB Stafford some weapons.

21. Browns Alex Mack C Cal 6-3 311 Solid, but unspectacular pick help offensive line. Browns still need someone to catch the ball.

22. Vikings Percy Harvin WR Florida 5-11 192 Baggage off the field scared some teams, but Vikings willing to take chance to help offense.

23. Ravens Michael Oher OT Miss. 6-4 309 Will likely contend for starting right tackle position. Ravens traded up to get him.

24. Falcons Peria Jerry DT Miss. 6-1 299 Falcons started to rebuild offense last year, add building block for defense this year.

25. Dolphins Vontae Davis CB Illinois 5-11 203 More help for the Dolphins on defense. Many considered him the top corner in the draft.

26. Packers Clay Matthews LB USC 6-3 240 A walk-on at USC who became a starter, he comes from a family with a long line of NFL players.

27. Colts Donald Brown RB Conn. 5-10 210 Perfect fit for Colts' offense. Can run inside, outside and catches the ball extremely well.

28. Bills Eric Wood C Louisville 6-3 310 Shored up defensive line with first pick, this selection brings help to offensive line.

29. Giants Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina 6-0 212 Giants find replacement for Plaxico Burress with taking on the salary of Anquan Boldin.

30. Titans Kenny Britt WR Rutgers 6-2 218 As Titans showed against Ravens, they need offensive help. Britt is an upgrade at WR.

31. Cardinals Chris Wells RB Georgia 6-2 210 Edgerrin James' days look numbered in Arizona as Cardinals select his successor.

32. Steelers Ziggy Hood DT Missouri 6-2 300 Steelers took another big body for defensive line. Still need help on offensive line.

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