Earlier this summer, the 2009 NFL Draft occurred. The top rookies from college went to Radio City Music Hall to see who their future team in the NFL would be.
Some of the picks were obvious, like Matthew Stafford going first to the Lions, but others were not, such as Josh Freeman going to the Bucs with the 17th pick.
Though next year's draft may have much more potential, this year's draft class still has some future NFL stars. It will be interesting to see which draft picks blossom and which do not. These are the players I chose as the best player at their position.
This article focuses on the offensive side of the ball. There will be an article on the defensive side of the ball in the near future.
This was a very difficult decision between Mark Sanchez and Matt Stafford. They were both great players in college, and both will be future NFL stars. Sanchez gets the spot on my list as top QB because his team has much more experience than Stafford's and he will make an immediate impact on his team.
In college last year, Sanchez threw for 3,207 yards with 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, with a QB rating of 164.64.
The running back position was also a very difficult choice. Moreno and Beanie Wells were both great players in college. Moreno was drafted with the No. 12 pick, and Wells was all the way down at 31.
Moreno got the spot at RB because he had 10 more total touchdowns last year then Wells. Last year, Moreno had a rushing average of 107.7 yards a game with seven games over 100 yards, and 18 total touchdowns.
I know everyone reading this is amazed I don't have Crabtree as the No. 1 rookie receiver, but Maclin will be the best rookie WR in the NFL this year. Maclin was drafted with the 19th pick, only nine behind Crabtree.
They are very even players if you compare their stats, but Maclin gets the spot because he will have an experienced QB throwing to him. Last year, Maclin caught 102 passes for 1,260 yards with an average of 90 yards per game.
Crabtree was supposed to be the No. 1 wide receiver taken in the draft, but everyone was surprised when the Raiders, with the seventh pick in the draft, took Darrius Heyward-Bey over Crabtree.
Crabtree was taken with the 10th pick, which made him the second WR taken in the draft. Last year, Crabtree caught 97 passes for 1,165 yard with an average of 89.6 yards a game. Crabtree still hasn't signed his contract with the 49ers.
Pettigrew is the obvious pick to be the best rookie tight end in the NFL this year. Pettigrew was the only TE taken within the first 63 picks in the draft. Last year, Pettigrew caught 42 passes for 472 yards.
Smith was the No. 1 offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft. He was taken with the second pick overall. Smith will be a major impact on the offensive line blocking for Steven Jackson.
Oher was the third offensive tackle taken in the draft. Oher will help the Ravens block for second-year QB Joe Flacco and the young RB Ray Rice.
Smith was the second offensive lineman taken in the draft. He still hasn't reached a contract with the Bengals. He will need to help the Bengals block for Carson Palmer.
Britton was taken with the 39th pick in the draft. Britton will have to help the Jaguars block for their RB, Maurice Jones-Drew.
Mack was the first center taken in the draft. Mack will be snapping the ball to either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson this season.