How Did My Team Do in the 2009 Draft?

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IApril 27, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduces 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)

How did your team do in the 2009 NFL draft?

Obviously, it takes about two or three years to objectively analyze a draft. Our immediate analysis reflects a draft’s potential.

As expected, the Detroit Lions selected Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall.

As unexpected, at least by me, via a trade with Cleveland, the New York Jets selected QB Mark Sanchez from USC.

Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree surprisingly fell to No. 10 in round one. Crabtree joins a San Francisco 49ers team in need of a big-play receiver.

Recall that Crabtree was unable to run for scouts due to a stress fracture in his left foot that was repaired surgically. He is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp.

The last pick, Mr. Irrelevant, is South Carolina Gamecocks placekicker Ryan Succop,who went to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 256th pick, the final selection of the 7th round.

How did my team do in the 2009 draft?

I think that the Carolina Panthers drafted significant value despite not having a first-round pick, and therefore, they  had a very good couple of days.

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The Panthers prudently moved up to the No. 43 spot in the second round in order to select FSU DT Everette Brown. Brown is not a sure thing but he has strong reputable character and will look good as a pass rusher either opposite Julius Peppers.

Corvey Irvin, DT, Georgia, was Carolina's third-round pick. He is a solid pick but he may not be ready to start in his rookie season.

Texas A&M RB Mike Goodson was an interesting pick in round four, given that the team passed up local talent, Andre Brown of N.C. State, to take a player who will be no better than a third-stringer.

With their next pick, the Panthers made Tony Fiammetta  from Syracuse the first fullback selected. The fifth-rounder Duke Robinson of Oklahoma can play all three offensive line positions and he is likely to play a role with the Panthers reasonably soon.

The Panthers wrapped up their draft by taking South Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn in the seventh round. Carolina had traded their sixth rounder for this pick with the Oakland Raiders. Munnerlyn also returned punts and kickoffs for the Gamecocks.

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