2009 NFL Draft: First Round


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Team Player About the Pick

1. Detroit
Matthew Stafford
Quarterback
Georgia
6-2, 225
Those who wonder if Stafford can have the same rookie success as Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Baltimore's Joe Flacco need to keep in mind that with the Lions, he won't have the same help from the running game. Full story

2. Rams
Jason Smith
Tackle
Baylor
6-5, 309
The converted tight end excels at pass blocking.

3. Chiefs
Tyson Jackson
Defensive End
LSU
6-4, 295

Could be a defensive tackle for a 4-3 team or an end for a 3-4 defense.

4. Seahawks
Aaron Curry
Linebacker
Wake Forest
6-2, 254
Overcame off-field family struggles to become one of the top available players. Considered entering the draft after his junior season but decided against it after being given a third-round grade by the advisory committee.

5. Jets
Mark Sanchez
Quarterback
Southern Cal
6-2, 227

Jets traded with the Browns to move up to the fifth pick. Sanchez doesn't have Stafford's physical skills, but some in the league consider Sanchez the top passer available. Passed up his senior season. Only 16 collegiate starts.

6. Bengals
Andre Smith
Tackle
Alabama
6-4, 332
Outland Trophy winner raised questions when he left the scouting combine early but still should go in the top 10. Smith was suspended for the Sugar Bowl against Utah this year for violating team rules.

7. Raiders
Darrius
Heyward-Bey

WR, Maryland
6-2, 210
He can run, but is he consistent enough? Full Story

8. Jaguars
Eugene Monroe
Tackle
Virginia
6-5, 316
Monroe was the second tackle taken and the latest from Virginia. The Chiefs picked Branden Albert No. 15 last year, and the Jets chose D'Brickashaw Ferguson No. 4 in 2006. Full story

9. Packers
B.J. Raji
Defensive Tackle
Boston College
6-2, 337
An effective pass rusher, with eight sacks last season, as well as a run-stuffer.

10. Niners
Michael Crabtree
Wide Receiver
Texas Tech
6-2, 215
Had 231 catches for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in only two collegiate seasons after a redshirt season, but his draft stock dropped a bit after he underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot.

11. Bills
Aaron Maybin
DE/LB
Penn State
6-4, 249
The question about the Ellicott City product is whether he's big enough to play defensive end for a 4-3 team.

12. Broncos
Knowshon Moreno
Running Back, Georgia
5-11, 217
Joined Herschel Walker as the only Georgia running backs to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. The first running back selected after declaring early for the draft.

13. Redskins
Brian Orakpo
DE/LB
Texas
6-4, 260
Widely regarded as the draft's top pass-rushing prospect. Full Story

14. Saints
Malcolm Jenkins
Cornerback/Safety
Ohio State
6-0, 204
Acclaimed as the top corner available, but some in the NFL wonder if he should be moved to free safety.

15. Texans
Brian Cushing
Linebacker
Southern Cal
6-3, 243
The second pure linebacker taken.

16. Chargers
Larry English
DE/LB
Northern Illinois
6-2, 255
Sack total dipped to eight last season after getting 12 as a sophomore and 10 as a junior.

17. Bucs
Josh Freeman
Quarterback
Kansas State
6-6, 248
Bucs traded up from 19. Freeman has been in the shadows of Stafford and Sanchez during the predraft buildup. Running threat had 20 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

18. Broncos
Robert Ayers
Defensive End
Tennessee
6-3, 272
Not a big-time pass rusher, with only nine sacks in four college seasons, but had 31½ other tackles for losses.

19. Eagles
Jeremy Maclin
Wide Receiver
Missouri
6-0, 198
Eagles traded up from 21. Maclin had 102 catches last season, and many expect him to join Crabtree in coming off the board in the top 10.

20. Lions
Brandon Pettigrew
Tight End
Oklahoma State
6-5, 263
Widely regarded as the most complete tight end in the draft. Excelled both as a pass catcher and blocker. Second tight end in Oklahoma State history to be drafted in the first round.

21. Browns
Alex Mack
Center
California
6-4, 316
Browns traded down three times, picking up a 2nd and two 6ths in the process. Mack was Cal's co-offensive MVP and a two-time Pac-10 first-team pick and a third-team all-American.

22. Vikings
Percy Harvin
Wide Receiver
Florida
5-11, 192
Questions about size and whether he has a true position or is a mix between wide receiver and running back. Fox reported this week Harvin tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine.

23. Ravens
Michael Oher
Tackle
Mississippi
6-5, 309
Ravens traded up from 26th. Key cog in the Rebels' offensive line. Oher was a starter for Mississippi since the second game of his freshman season. He was converted to left tackle as a sophomore.

24. Falcons
Peria Jerry
Defensive Tackle
Mississippi
6-2, 299
Recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery in August to lead SEC defensive tackles in tackles for loss (18). Had 10½ sacks over the past two seasons.

25. Dolphins
Vontae Davis
Cornerback
Illinois
5-11, 203
D.C. native and All-Met at Dunbar is the younger brother of 49ers TE Vernon Davis. Passed up his final year of eligibility at Illinois to enter the draft.

26. Packers
Clay Matthews
Linebacker
Southern Cal
6-3, 240
Packers traded with Patriots to get a second first-round pick. The son of former NFL linebacker Clay Matthews walked on for the Trojans after having no big-school scholarship offers out of high school.

27. Colts
Donald Brown
Running Back
Connecticut
5-10, 210
Explosive player who ran for 2,083 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Became the first player in history of the program to lead the country in rushing.

28. Bills
Eric Wood
Center
Louisville
6-4, 10
Started 49 consecutive games Lousiville, the second longest streak in school history. Named first-team all-Big East and third-team all-American.

29. Giants
Hakeem Nicks
Wide Receiver
North Carolina
6-1, 212
He and Britt, who went to the Titans with the next pick, were considered the most borderline of the possible first-round wide receivers.

30. Titans
Kenny Britt
Wide Receiver
Rutgers
6-3, 218
Big target excels at running after the catch and fills a huge need for the Titans. Finished as the Big East Conference's all-time receiving leader with 3,043 yards in 34 games.

31. Cardinals
Chris (Beanie) Wells
Running Back
Ohio State
6-1, 235
Averaged just under 5.8 yards per carry in his college career. Injuries throughout college career may be a concern.

32. Steelers
Ziggy Hood
Defensive Tackle
Missouri
6-3, 300
League-wide opinion was divided about whether he was a first-rounder. The Steelers obviously thought he was.

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