Dan the Man actually requested this blog. I’ve never had a blog requested before; so I figured I better write it.
We’re going to go back 5 years and look at the 1st round of the 2009 National Football League (NFL) draft. Any time the general manager or coach of your favorite team talks about the draft that team had they say something close to; it takes 5 years to really see how good or bad this draft was.
With the 1st pick of the draft the Detroit Lions picked Matthew Stafford quarterback (QB) from the University of Georgia. Stafford has had some injuries during his career, but he’s pretty much been the franchise QB the Lions where looking for. Stafford has played every game the last 3 seasons and had a career high 5038 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011.
With the 2nd pick the St. Louis Rams selected offensive tackle Jason Smith from Baylor University. Smith never really worked out with the Rams. He played in 29 games for them starting 26 in the 3 seasons he was there. In August of 2012, the Rams traded Smith to the New York Jets for offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. Smith played in all 16 games for the Jets in 2012, but didn’t start any games for them. Smith didn’t play in 2013.
The Kansas City Chiefs had the 3rd pick and selected defensive end Tyson Jackson from LSU. Jackson has played in 74 games for the Chiefs starting 55 of those games. Jackson has 9 career sacks with a high of 4 last season. Jackson also has 137 tackles and 62 assists through his 5 years with Kansas City.
The Seattle Seahawks had the 4th pick and took linebacker Aaron Curry from Wake Forest. Curry spent 3 seasons with the Seahawks playing in 35 games starting 30 of them. Curry totaled 5 1/2 sacks for the Seahawks before they traded him to the Oakland Raiders for 2012 7th round pick and a 2013 5th round pick. Curry played in 13 games for the Raiders starting 9, but is currently out of the NFL.
The New York Jets traded up to the 5th pick; so they could take QB Mark Sanchez from USC. Things started well for Sanchez with the Jets as he quarterbacked them to back to back playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010 in his first 2 seasons there. Sanchez started 62 games for the Jets before missing all of the 2013 season with an injury. Sanchez was sacked 126 times in 4 seasons as the Jets starter. Sanchez is currently a back up QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cincinnati Bengals had the 6th pick and they took Andre Smith offensive tackle from Alabama. Smith has played in 59 games since being drafted starting 50 of them. In the last 2 seasons Smith has started 31 of a possible 32 games for the Bengals.
With the 7th pick the Oakland raiders took Darrius Heyward-Bay a wide receiver from Maryland. Heyward-Bay spent 4 seasons with the Raiders playing in 56 games while starting 53 games. He had 140 catches for 2071 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last season Heyward-Bay was with the Indianapolis Colts. He started 11 games for the Colts, but played in all 16 games. Heyward-Bay caught 29 passes for 309 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Jacksonville Jaquars had the 8th pick and selected Eugene Monroe offensive tackle from Virginia. Monroe was with the Jaquars for 4 seasons playing in 65 games; starting 62 of those games. Jacksonville traded Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens for a 4th and 5th round picks in the 2014 draft. Last season in Baltimore, Monroe played in and started 11 games for the Ravens.
The Green Bay Packers where picking 9th and took B.J. Raji defensive tackle out of Boston College. In 5 seasons with the Packers Raji has played in 76 games and has started 63 of those games. He has 10 1/2 career sacks with a season high of 6 1/2 sacks in 2010. Raji has made 91 career tackles and has assisted on 42 other. In 2011 Raji rushed 1 time for 1 yard scoring a touchdown.
The San Francisco 49ers had the 10th pick and took Michael Crabtree wide receiver from Texas Tech. Crabtree has been injury plagued during his career playing only one full season for the 49ers in 2012. Crabtree has 279 career receptions for 3629 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best year was 2012 with 85 catches for 1105 yards and 9 touchdowns.
The Buffalo Bills had the 11th pick and selected Aaron Maybin defensive end from Penn State. Maybin spent just 2 seasons with the Bills. He played in 27 games, but only started 1. He made 14 tackles and assisted on 9 others in his two seasons with Buffalo, but never got a sack. Maybin spent the next two seasons with the New York Jets. Maybin played 21 games for the Jets, but didn’t start any. He did however record his only career sacks with the Jets in 2011 when he got 4 of them.
The Denver Broncos had the 12th pick and they selected Knowshon Moreno running back out of the University of Georgia. Moreno has battled injuries while with Denver, but played in every game last season putting up 1038 yards; his 1st 100 yard season and 10 touchdowns, both career highs. Moreno has rushed for 3468 yards and scored 26 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 157 passes with Denver for 1401 yards and 9 more touchdowns. Moreno left Denver for the Miami Dolphins as a free agent this off-season.
With the 13th pick the Washington redskins pick Brian Orakpo a defensive end from the University of Texas. Orakpo has played in and started 64 games for the Redskins. Injury forced him to miss 14 games in 2012. Orakpo has 39 1/2 career sacks with his career high coming in his rookie season when he got 11 sacks. He has 157 career tackles and 75 career assists and last season he had his 1st career interception which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown.
At 14 the New Orleans Saints took cornerback Malcolm Jenkins from Ohio State. Jenkins has played in 71 games for the Saints starting 63 of those games. Jenkins has 6 career interceptions and has returned 2 of those for touchdowns. He also has 4 1/2 career sacks with a high of 2 1/2 coming last season. Jenkins has also returned a fumble for a touchdown.
The Houston Texans had the 15th pick and selected Brian Cushing linebacker from USC. Cushing has had an injury plagued career, but when healthy he’s a good player. He’s played 56 games starting all of them for the Texans in five seasons. He has 11 career sacks getting season highs of 4 in his rookie season 2009 and then again in 2011. He also has 8 career interceptions and has return 1 of them for a touchdown. Cushing has 278 career tackle and 133 assists with 1 of those tackles going for a safety.
The San Diego Chargers had the 16th pick and took Larry English a defensive end from Northern Illinois. English didn’t become the pass rusher the Chargers had hoped he would. He did record 11 sacks while with the Chargers. His season high was 3 sacks in 2010. English played in 52 games, but started just 9 of them. English signed with the Tampa bat Buccaneers in the off-season.
Speaking of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They had the next pick, #17 and they took QB Josh Freeman from Kansas State. Freeman played 4 plus season with the Buccaneers before they cut him last season. Freeman played 60 games starting 59 of them for Tampa Bay. He had a record of 24-35 as the starter. He threw for 13,534 yards and 80 touchdowns for Tampa Bay. The Minnesota Vikings picked him up last season and he started 1 game for them. The New York Giants signed him in the off-season, but he was released before the pre-season started. Currently Freeman isn’t on a NFL roster.
The Denver Broncos have there second 1st round pick at #18 and they selected Robert Ayers defensive end from the University of Tennessee. Ayers has played in 72 games for the Broncos, but has started just 27 of them. Ayers is used mostly on passing downs and has 12 career sacks with a high of 5 1/2 coming last season. Ayers does have 1 fumble return for a touchdown that came during his rookie season.
With the 19th pick the Philadelphia Eagles selected Jeremy Macklin wide receiver from Missouri. Macklin has missed some time due to injuries including all of last season. He has played in 59 games for Philadelphia starting 57 of those games. He has 258 career receptions for 3453 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career. Macklin has also handle some of the punt and kick return duties for the Eagles.
At #20 the Detroit Lions took Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew has missed a couple of games with injuries the last two seasons, but has played 71 games starting 68 of them for the Lions. He has 284 career receptions for 2828 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pettigrew never really solved the Lions issues at tight end as they spent this years 1st round draft pick on Eric Ebron.
With the 21st pick in the draft the Cleveland Browns took center Alex Mack from the University of California. Mack has started all 80 games for the Browns since he was drafted. On April 9, 2014, it was announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars had offered Mack a five-year contract, worth reportedly $42 million. The Browns had a maximum of five days to match Jacksonville’s offer, which they did on April 11. Mack had been previously assigned the transition tag, nullifying his free agency unless a team signed Mack to an offer sheet.
With the 22nd pick the Minnesota Vikings selected wide receiver Percy Harvin from the University of Florida. Harvin spent four seasons with the Vikings missing quite a few games do to migraine headaches. Harvin played in 54 games starting 43 games for the Vikings. He caught 280 passes for 3302 yards and 20 touchdowns in Minnesota. Harvin made his mark as a kickoff returner. He had 5 kickoff returns for touchdowns and averaged 27.9 yards per return for Minnesota. Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks before the 2013 season for a 2013 1st round, a 2013 7th and a 2014 3rd round draft pick. Do to injuries Harvin played in just 1 regular season game for Seattle last season.
The Baltimore Ravens had the 23rd pick and they took offensive tackle Michael Oher out of Ole Miss. A lot of people know Oher from the movie the Blind Side. They might not know that Oher has played in and started all 80 games for the Ravens since they drafted him. Oher is versatile and has played both tackle spots along the Ravens offensive line.
At #24 the Atlanta falcons took defensive tackle Peria Jerry from Ole Miss. Jerry has played up and down the Falcons defensive line. He’s played 64 games, but has only started 29 of them. Jerry has 5 1/2 career sacks with his season high coming last season when he recorded 3 1/2 sacks. Jerry also had a career high in tackles last season with 25.
The 25th pick belonged to the Miami Dolphins and they selected cornerback Vontae Davis out of the University of Illinois. Davis played 3 seasons for the Dolphins before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2013 2nd round draft pick. Davis played 44 games with the Dolphins starting 36 of those games. He had 1 sack and 9 interceptions while playing for Miami and returned 1 of those interceptions for a touchdown. In 2 seasons with the Colts Davis has played in 26 games; all starts. He has 1 sack and 4 interceptions playing with Indianapolis.
With the 26th pick the Green Bay packers took USC linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews has had some injuries, but has been a 4 time Pro Bowl player for the Packers. He has 50 career sacks with a season high of 13 1/2 sacks in 2010. Matthews has played in 69 games starting 66 of those games. Matthews is a pass rush specialist at linebacker, but does have 4 Career interceptions. He’s returned 2 of those interceptions for touchdowns and also has a fumble return for a touchdown.
At #27 the Indianapolis Colts selected running back Donald Brown from the University of Connecticut. Brown played in 66 games for the Colts starting 20 of them. Brown scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for 2377 yards. He also caught 83 passes for 767 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown signed with the San Diego chargers as a free agent this off-season.
The Buffalo Bills had the 28th pick and selected Eric Wood a center from Louisville. Wood has played in 63 games for the Bills starting all of them including every game last season. Wood has spent some time at right guard as well as center for Buffalo.
The New York Giants where next at #29 and selected wide receiver Hakeem Nicks out of UNC. Nicks struggled with some injuries while playing for the Giants. He played in 70 games and started 59 of them for New York. He caught 311 passes for 4622 yards and 27 touchdowns. Nicks had back to back 100 yard seasons in 2010 and 2011. Nicks signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent in the off-season.
With the 30th pick the Tennessee Titans selected Kenny Britt a wide receiver from Rutgers. Britt was a problem child for the Titans. He played in 57 games, but started only 30 of those games. He caught 157 passes for 2450 yards and 19 touchdowns. Britt was Tennessee’s many kick returner in 2009. He returned 24 kickoffs for an average return of 21.8 yards. Britt is now with the St. Louis Rams being reunited with Jeff Fischer.
At #31 the Arizona cardinals selected Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells. Wells battled injuries through out his career. He played in 51 games for Arizona starting 23 of those games. He rushed for 2471 yards in his career and broke the 1000 yard mark in 2011 with 1047 yards. Wells had 24 career rushing touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 293 yards in his career. On October 9th 2013, Wells tore his ACL during a work out with the Baltimore Ravens.
With the last pick of the 1st round #32 the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Missouri defensive tackle Evander “Ziggy” Hood. Hood has played all three spots along the Steelers defensive line. He’s appeared in 80 games starting 46 of them for Pittsburgh. Hood has 11 1/2 career sacks with a season high of 3 in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Hood set a career high in tackles last season with 26.
That was the 2009 1st round. How did your teams pick turn out? Did they even have a pick?
Just a couple of other picks for you. In the 5th round pick the Saints got Pro Bowl punter Thomas Morstead. In the 7th round the Jaquars drafted running back Rashad Jennings; who may be the Giants #1 back this season. The Chiefs had the last pick in the draft and selected kicker Ryan Succop with pick #256. Succop is still the Chiefs kicker.
How about some guys that weren’t even drafted that might be familiar to you. How about running back Arian Foster of the Houston Texans. Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. 49ers hold out offensive lineman Alex Boone and Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett all went undrafted in 2009.