With the 9th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft....

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With the 9th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft....

The Green Bay Packers have selected: B.J. Raji, DT from Boston College.

Analysis: The Packers pick up a dominating nose tackle to anchor their new 3-4 defense. Raji excels at beating double teams, and his presence in the middle will keep blockers off A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett. Though many thought the Packers would opt for a pass rusher, such as defensive ends Brian Orakpo from Texas or Aaron Maybin from Penn State. The decision to fortify their run defense will go a long way toward helping them increase their sack total.

My Take: I like this pick. I'm glad GM Ted Thompson didn't go with his usual draft plan of taking the best player available, which was Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree. The Packers needed to find someone to take up two gaps on the line, freeing up linebackers Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk. Raji should plug the holes that Bears RB Matt Forte and Vikings phenom Adrian Peterson run through.

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