After months of mock drafts and over analyzing things, the NFL draft for the year 2009 is here in about 11 hours as of the posted date. Coverage is everywhere in the morning (PT) and the draft will be on at 1:00 p.m. PT on the NFL Network and ESPN. Personally, I'll be watching it on ESPN because Chris Berman is the man!
As first reported by Rayder K on here, the Detroit Lions have inked Matthew Stafford to a six-year, $78 million deal. In the deal, $41.7 million is guaranteed and the former Georgia quarterback will become the first overall pick in the 2009 draft.
On the trade front, the newest piece of information I've come around involves the Seattle Seahawks. According to The Olympian, Seattle's 37th pick is more attractive than the fourth overall pick.
Now that we officially know who the No. 1 pick is, anyone's guess is good as anybody's now as to who will go where. The unpredictably of this draft is crazy. Although it looks like we know the St. Louis Rams have their sights set on either offensive tackle Eugene Monroe of Virginia and offensive tackle Jason Smith of Baylor. After that, it really gets interesting. Seven different scenarios could see the Raiders taking either Curry (if Chiefs take a defensive lineman and/or Browns trade fifth pick), J. Smith (if Rams take Monroe and Bengals take A. Smith), A. Smith (if Rams take J. Smith and Bengals take Monroe) or Crabtree, Monroe, Orakpo or Raji (if draft goes according to Kiper in picks 1-6). Hell, if you believe in what some are saying about potentially Jeremy Maclin and Darrius Heyward-Bey, there's nine different possibilities. It's just insane!
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle has this article written about wide reciever Darrius Heyward-Bey being potentially the Raiders' No. 7 overall pick.
Well, the waiting game begins. While I am not confident in who the Raiders will pick, I think they'll be unable to pass on Crabtree assuming that he's there. What do you think? That deals with today's poll question.
Official 2009 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
2. St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, MLB, Wake Forest
4. Seattle Seahawks - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
5. Washington Redskins - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
7. Oakland Raiders - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
9. Green Bay Packers - B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
10. San Francisco 49ers - Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas
11. Buffalo Bills - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
12. Denver Broncos - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
13. Cleveland Browns - Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State
14. New Orleans Saints - Michael Jenkins, FS, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
17. New York Jets - Chris Wells, HB, Ohio State
18. Denver Broncos - Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
20. Detroit Lions - Ray Maualuga, MLB, USC
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Knowshon Moreno, HB, Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings - William Beatty, OT, Connecticut
23. New England Patriots - Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati
24. Atlanta Falcons - Donald Brown, CB, Connecticut
25. Miami Dolphins - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
26. Baltimore Ravens - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
27. Indianapolis Colts - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
28. Buffalo Bills - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
29. New York Giants - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
30. Tennessee Titans - Sean Smith, CB/S, Utah
31. Arizona Cardinals - Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alex Mack, C, California
Yes, I swapped Cleveland and Washington because I think some deal gets done. If anyone else has a mock draft, they're most definitely welcome to post it.