Black and Gold X's and O's | 2009 NFL Draft Day One Recap

Will Osgood@@BRwillosgoodAnalyst IApril 26, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 06:  Malcolm Jenkins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks down the field during the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Well, we all knew Matthew Stafford was going to go number one, although yours truly didn't understand why.

And Jason Smith seemed like the logical choice for the Rams with the second pick. But from pick three and on, the suspense and drama rivaled any reality TV series.

Tyson Jackson is a good fit for Kansas City at the defensive end position. But was he really worth the third pick in the draft? I'm sure Kansas City wanted to trade down, but was probably unable to do so. When they realized a trade was not possible, they just decided to take the guy who was the best fit.

Aaron Curry, while being chosen fourth and by a team that runs the 4-3 defense as Seattle does, pretty much locked up a good if not better career, assuming he stays healthy. He is fast, strong, and can cover pretty much all tight ends and running backs. I think he has a chance to become a Hall of Fame-type player.

Then a huge splash came when the New York Jets gave up about half their draft in order to acquire the services of Southern California's Mark Sanchez, who has that "it factor".

He has the arm strength and football IQ which will allow him to be successful at the NFL level.

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Cincinnati once again disregarded character and went with Alabama OL Andre Smith. Smith is one of the most talented players in the entire draft, but has had some much-publicized offseason ignorance, which caused many to believe he could fall out of the top-10.

Oakland provided the first round's biggest shocker by selecting Darrius Heyward-Bey over better prospects, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe.

As I spent the day watching the draft with a Raiders fan, Chargers fan, and Broncos fan there was a lot of interest in the entire draft, but especially this pick. Our predictions were either Monroe or Crabtree.

The Raiders fan is a Youth Minister at a non-denominational church, and never curses. But when Heyward-Bey was announced as the seventh pick, he couldn't help but let out a big giant F-Bomb.

I tried to explain that the former Terp was a middle of the first round guy who has a lot of potential. Nonetheless, the jokes persisted about Crabtree. 

The Raiders fan is considering leaving his team.

He even made jokes about Crabtree blossoming right in front of the Raiders' eyes just across the bay.

But Oakland made an even more shocking pick in the second round, when they took Michael Mitchell, a safety from Ohio.

That's not a typo. It would make some sense if it were a guy from Ohio State. But I've never heard of the guy.

And while I have a low opinion of Mel Kiper Jr., the guy had Mitchell as his 73rd best safety in the draft. And that's not a typo either.

Al Davis showed the world today he is officially cenile.

Jacksonville made a good pick with Eugene Monroe, while Green Bay and San Francisco made the obvious picks with B.J. Raji from Boston College, who fits the 3-4 very well, and Michael Crabtree, the best player on the board.

Buffalo chose Aaron Maybin from Penn State, who I thought was headed to a team that ran a 3-4 as an outside linebacker.

Then came my friends' Broncos. The pick: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia.

While I love Moreno, I think Denver had more pressing needs, like working on their defensive line.

Moreno's addition leads me to believe that Josh McDaniels may not be going exclusively to a zone-blocking system, as Moreno is more of a slashing-type of runner.

Washington raced to the podium with their pick of Brian Orakpo, a defensive end from Texas. I had him as a second round pick, but his pass rushing ability makes sense for Washington.

Next up, our Saints. At 2:41 PM PT, New Orleans selected Malcolm Jenkins, the defensive back from Malcolm Jenkins. I let out a huge roar at the announcement. In fact, I was the only one able to do that, since the Saints were the only team of the four who made a logical pick.

Jenkins provides tremendous depth at both the corner and safety positions for the Saints, and will likely become a starter at safety when Darren Sharper retires, or his contract runs out.

I will talk a little more about the decision in the coming weeks, but let's just say I would rate the pick initially as an A-. In reality, though, they really couldn't have done much better. Jenkins was the best player available in most people's eyes, and fit a need for the Saints, which made it a win-win.

When the Chargers picked at 16, Chris "Beanie" Wells appeared to be an option, as did Rey Maualuga. Instead, the Chargers selected OLB Larry English from Northern Illinois. The pick shocked me, if for no other reason than the fact the team already possesses two very good pass rushers.

I was reminded of one of my own beliefs by the Raiders fan, "you can never have enough good pass rushers". I had to question if he was thinking rationally though, since he was clearly still pissed off about the seventh pick.

By the way, I can tell already this will forever be a running joke amongst the group in the room on Saturday April 25, 2009. "You could've had Crabtree yet you took Darrius Heyward-Bey." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tampa Bay stupidly moved up two spots for Josh Freeman, despite recently signing Byron Leftwich.

Denver was up again at 18, and made a somewhat logical pick in Robert Ayers, a defensive end from Tennessee. The questions about him are whether he's a one-year wonder, and whether he really can play outside linebacker. Perhaps they expect him to put on some more weight and play the five-technique in their 3-4 defense.

After the Denver pick, my interest went from team's picks to seeing who would go when.

Some of the surprises:

D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt- Hasn't been drafted yet in either of the first two rounds, despite being my 10th best player in the entire draft.

Michael Mitchell, DB, Ohio- Seriously? Did Davis accidentally forget the name of some other safety? If the first pick was any indication, he actually picked who he meant.

I can't wait to see who he pulls out of his hat tomorrow. Maybe they'll take someone who played college basketball a season ago. Maybe they'll take a chance on LeBron James. At this point, literally anything is possible.

Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa- I had him as a first rounder, and realistically believed he'd be a second rounder. He's yet to be drafted.

Jarron Gilbert, DE/DT, San Jose State- I know less about him, but his talent is amazing. There must be a character issue, or people seriously question whether he can be consistent.

Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina- While I realize him making the first round was a little unlikely, I am surprised he didn't get drafted in the second. I could see the Eagles making a play for him if he's still available at 85. My guess, though, is they'll have to trade up to get him, assuming they like him as much as I do.

There are others, but those were the main surprises.

The Saints need to find two good players in the fourth round tomorrow and one in the seventh, but so far so good.

Until tomorrow, GEAUX Saints!