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NFL 2009 Draft: Grading Each First Round Selection

Mark Jones@@CanesReportSenior Analyst IApril 26, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with with San Francisco 49ers #10 draft pick Michael Crabtree at Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

At the conclusion of yesterday's first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the picking stopped, but the grading and reviewing of each and every selection had just begun.

Although the draft has fully ended by now, NFL fans everywhere are still defending and criticizing picks all across the board.

However, NFL fanatics and analysts are now beginning to come to a conclusion. And you've found out where to find it. So, without further introduction, let the grading begin...

Grading System

How good the selection is based on the players talents and performance in college football (75%) as well as the NFL combine (25%). However, it is not just comparing their pick to the other picks. Selection number is also factored in considerably.

 Pick     Team                             Player (Position)                                         GRADE

1LionsMatthew Stafford (QB)
    B
2RamsJason Smith (OT)
    B-
3ChiefsTyson Jackson (DE)
    C-
4SeahawksAaron Curry (OLB)
    A-
5JetsMark Sanchez (QB)
    B+
6BengalsAndre Smith (OT)
    B
7RaidersDarrius Heyward-Bey (WR)
    F
8JaguarsEugene Monroe (OT)
    C+
9PackersB.J. Raji (DT)
    B+
1049ersMichael Crabtree (WR)
    A+
11Bills

Aaron Maybin (DE)

    C+
12BroncosKnowshon Moreno (RB)
     A
13RedskinsBrian Orakpo (DE)
     B
14SaintsMalcolm Jenkins (CB)
     A-
15TexansBrian Cushing (OLB)
    C+
16ChargersLarry English (DE)
    D+
17BuccaneersJosh Freeman (QB)
    D
18BroncosRobert Ayers (LB)
    C-
19EaglesJeremy Maclin (WR)
    C+
20LionsBrandon Pettigrew (TE)
    B
21BrownsAlex Mack (C)
    A
22VikingsPercy Harvin (WR)
    A+
23RavensMichael Oher (OT)
    B-
24FalconsPeria Jerry (DT)
    C-
25DolphinsVontae Davis (CB)
    A
26PackersClay Matthews (OLB)
    B-
27ColtsDonald Brown (RB)
     B+
28BillsEric Wood (C)
     B
29GiantsHakeem Nicks (WR)
     A+
30TitansKenny Britt (WR)
     C+
31CardinalsChris Wells (RB)
     A
32SteelersEvander Hood (DT)
     A

Top Six Steals

  • Michael Crabtree (WR)....Pick 10, San Francisco 49ers
  • Alex Mack (C)....Pick 21, Cleveland Browns
  • Percy Harvin (WR)....Pick 22, Minnesota Vikings
  • Hakeem Nicks (WR)....Pick 29, New York Giants
  • Chris Wells (RB).....Pick 31, Arizona Cardinals
  • Evander Hood (DT).....Pick 32, Pittsburgh Steelers
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