It’s been four years since the 2009 NFL draft. That’s more than enough time to fully evaluate the performances each team has gotten from its first-round pick.
The Detroit Lions got themselves a franchise quarterback when they made Matthew Stafford the first overall pick in the draft. After that though, the following picks have been extremely subpar. Jason Smith, Tyson Jackson, Aaron Curry and Mark Sanchez have all underperformed.
That means just one of the top five picks has been a star player. Even the sixth overall pick, Andre Smith, has been very good but may leave in free agency. Still, others like Michael Crabtree and Eugene Monroe started very slow but have started to gain strides as of late.
The following ranks the players in order of the performances they’ve given their teams so far. Players like Stafford who were drafted first overall will be graded on a stricter scale. A player's departure from his team in free agency (A. Smith) will not negatively affect his rating because it is based solely on what he’s done so far in the league.