|2009 NFL Draft
|Player, Position, School
|QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
|Stafford has impressive skills, and the Lions needed to make this pick. Stafford didn't really have to carry his team at UGA, as talented as they were, so it remains to be seen how he does in such a talent-poor situation.
|LT Jason Smith, Baylor
|mith is an impressive athlete, and a good player on tape. By my evaluation, he isn't as good as Clady, Otah, or Long last season, but he's ahead of Chris Williams and Sam Baker. In this Draft, Smith is fine as the 2nd Pick.
|DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
|This is not surprising, considering the team has been leaking this to the media for a week, so as to limit the criticism for reaching. Jackson is talented, and will fit well in the scheme that KC is implementing. This is philosophy over value, because there are better players available.
|SLB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
|here is a lot to like about this pick. Curry is a player who can help Seattle compete with Arizona for a division title now. I think Curry is an instant upgrade over the departed Julian Peterson, and I credit Seattle for doing something smart here.
|QB Mark Sanchez, Southern Cal
|You have to hand it to the Jets for doing what it takes to get their guy. Sanchez seems to be a guy who can be successful under the NYC microscope. He's more likely to play right away than Stafford, due to the lack of good incumbent options for the Jets.
For the Browns, they got a nice haul for the pick, and it was pretty unconventional, favoring players over picks. Well-played by both teams.
|T Andre Smith, Alabama
|This is a Bengals type of O-Lineman, and he will be good for a lot of years. He's not really the quick-footed guy you usually see on the Left, but he's physically dominant. He's like Jake Long. Cincinnati did well here, assuming he grows up and does the right things.
|WR Darius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
|Al Davis takes the second-coming of Ashley Lelie. Evidently, he's not satisfied with only having the first-coming on his roster. An "interesting" pick, like Mike Mayock said.
|LT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
|Monroe is very good in pass protection, and very well-coached. He comes from a UVA program which has been churning out good pro offensive linemen. Jacksonville had a huge need on the O-line, and made a great value pick here.
|NT BJ Raji, Boston College
|The Packers bolster their new 3-4 scheme with the addition of the Draft's best NT. Their priorities are questionable, as they have the worst OT situation in the NFL, and Michael Oher is still on the board, but Raji is a great pick for shoring up the defense.
|WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
|Crabtree is going to be terrific in San Francisco. The 49ers just hit a homerun with this pick. The delicious part is that he's right across the bay from Oakland, and will serve as a constant reminder of Al Davis's foolishness.
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