NFL Draft Jabber | Pick by Pick First- Round Jabber

Lee Johnson@FantasyFBSchemeSenior Analyst IApril 26, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands with Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford at  Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

I have to say, this more streamlined NFL Draft that the Commish put together is pretty sweet.  It was, however, tough to wait until 3 p.m. to get started.  Business as usual…trades, people falling, people going sooner than expected.  .  Here is some pick by pick first round NFL Draft Jabber…

1) Detroit Lions: Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia

To this team in 2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Versions-14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

For three months this shot was call, so much so that in the last week people tried to make any case they could think of for it not to happen.  Word is he will watch Dante Culpepper from the sidelines next season, or most of the season.

2) St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts:  Versions-14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6

I walked away to get some food and came back to see a smiling Eugene Monroe on the phone. I learned soon enough that they would do this often. It did not mean that the person shown was the picked player.  Made me often wonder why these guys were not keeping their line open.

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Anyway, Smith goes to the Rams despite all the Mark Sanchez talk. Good pick. Once Orlando Pace was shown the door they HAD to get one of the top tackles.

3) Kansas City Chiefs: Tyson Jackson, DE/DT, LSU

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Zero…zilch

The first somewhat surprise of the draft.  It made sense…but Aaron Curry was sitting there and sometimes people expect you to take the best player on the board…especially if he is a linebacker and linebacker is a HUGE part of the scheme you use. Still, Jackson makes sense and should help the LB crew the Chiefs have behind him.

4) Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Zero

Curry almost made it here in the last mock draft. Otherwise he had been expected to slide past No. 3 since sometime in late January, I believe.

Of course there is Sanchez talk here…also Eugene Monroe. Once Curry fell though it was all over.  He addressed a major need for the team and was looked at as the safest pick in the draft.

5) New York Jets (from Browns): Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Versions-11, 8, 7, 6

The first trade. It would seem like unlikely partners since the Jets gave Mangini the boot recently. The Jets just seem like a team that needs a QB with charisma. It was kinda funny to watch the two guys booing and throwing their arms about in the Jets jerseys.  Didn’t look like they were upset so much as simply acting as Jets fans are supposed to at the draft.

6) Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Versions-13, 12, 1

This was a great pickup for the Bengals. There will be all the character jokes, but we are used to that, so much that they are losing some zing for me.

7) Oakland Raiders: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Zip…nada.

The first pick to be bashed by the media experts. Todd McShay kinda wondered out loud why Al Davis has not learned that speed isn’t everything. He also pointed out that this is one of the main reasons why the Raiders are picking so high every season.

8 ) Jacksonville Jaguars: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Version-1

After acquiring Tra Thomas in the offseason, offensive tackle was kind of put on the back burner as a need. This pick still makes sense, though, as Thomas is not a spring chicken and Monroe can play as soon as you want. Kind of shocking to see them not take Michael Crabtree since the WR spot is still very shallow and Torry Holt is not a long-term answer.

9) Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Versions-13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 6

By now have you noticed that the family surrounding the prospects wants to be on TV more than the prospects themselves? This was an awesome pickup for the Packers (especially since they got their pass rusher later). It will make the transition to the 3-4 that much smoother.

10) San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech 

To this team in  2009 Football Jabber Mock Drafts: Zero

It would likely be tough to find a projection this season that found Crabtree fall past pick No. 10. Although all signs pointed to defense—well, not all, they need help at OT, QB, and WR—the Niners found themselves with a gift on their lap. We already heard the Jerry Rice comparisons before the video delay of the news reaching Crabtree.

For the rest of the first round and highlight videos for the prospects, visit the article's home HERE.

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