Re-Drafting The Disappointing First Round Of The 2009 NFL Draft

The first round of the 2009 NFL Draft didn't produce great talent like it usually does. Sometimes referred to as one of the worst draft of all time. The first round of the 2009 NFL Draft produced 11 Pro Bowlers out of the 32 selections which may sound like a decent average but many were one season wonders. Several of those Pro Bowlers enjoyed one good season, but their careers quickly tailed off. The Lions selected Matthew Stafford who is a solid starting quarterback, but not the franchise quarterback you look for when selecting 1st overall. The draft was also full of disappointments like Mark Sanchez, Jason Smith, Tyson Jackson, Aaron Curry, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eugene Monroe and Michael Crabtree all going in the top 10.  The draft did have some diamonds in the rough, however. Players like LeSean Mccoy, Jairus Byrd and Glover Quin all got drafted outside of the first round but have been great talents in the league.

Re-drafting NFL drafts is tough because positions are valued differently. It's hard to say if I'd rather have Matt Stafford who is an average quarterback or someone like Jeremy Maclin or Alex Mack. Maclin and Mack are better at what they do than Stafford but Stafford plays a much bigger role in team football. The quarterback is obviously the most important position in football. It is much more important than a wide receiver and an offensive lineman can't even compare. The o-lineman's job is to protect the franchise behind him. It is always a tough decision but it just becomes a game of weighing your options and how the player fits the team.

The players that I am choosing from come from anyone drafted or anyone who declared and went undrafted. If they were eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft, they were fair game. So, would you rather have the guy that your team re-drafted or the one they actually drafted?

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32 Detroit Lions - Matt Stafford

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Original Pick: Matt Stafford

Matt Stafford will end up staying on the Lions. He hasn't been as advertised, but he keeps his number one status anyway. There weren't any other starting quarterbacks in this draft so he didn't have much competition. Detroit badly needed someone capable. Stafford probably has benefited from having Calvin Johnson running routes for him, but we'll see how he fares this season without him. At least he didn't turn out like Mark Sanchez.

31 Los Angeles (St. Louis) Rams - LeSean McCoy 

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Original Pick: Jason Smith

Shady McCoy ran all over the league while he was with the Eagles, and why wouldn't he do the same with the Rams? McCoy didn't even get drafted in the first round of the real NFL Draft and he seems like a huge steal now. Coming out of Pitt, no one knew the impact he would have on the league. The real question is how did he slip through the cracks? The Rams have Todd Gurley now, but pairing McCoy with Steven Jackson would have been something.

30 Kansas City Chiefs - Jeremy Maclin 

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Original Pick: Tyson Jackson

Maclin will end up back on the Chiefs even though they didn't draft him. They could have saved themselves some time here. In the real NFL draft, Maclin was selected by the Eagles. The Eagles were one of the only teams to have a good 2009 draft. They selected the best players they could have with the draft position they had. Maclin has found his home now on the Chiefs and I won't be moving him from home.

29 Seattle Seahawks - Alex Mack 

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Original Pick: Aaron Curry

Alex Mack is a great center for the Cleveland Browns. Although offensive lineman rarely get any glory, they are the engine that makes the car go. It must be tough to be an offensive lineman in the NFL clearing paths for running backs who score touchdowns and get the credit and fame. Mack would have fit in nicely with the Seahawks and their run first offensive scheme. He also would have enjoyed some much deserved team success.

28 New York Jets - Clay Matthews 

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Original Pick: Mark Sanchez

The Jets needed just about everything in 2009 and Mark Sanchez wasn't the answer. They traded up to no.6 with the Browns because they were convinced the "Sanchize" was their savior.

An outside linebacker in Clay Matthews probably wouldn't have solved all of their problems either, but at least they'd be one step closer to an answer. Matthews is the best talent available and this point in the re-draft.

27 Cincinnati Bengals - Connor Barwin 

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Original Pick: Andre Smith

Connor Barwin was drafted 46th overall by the Houston Texans. The athletic specimen will be moving up 40 draft picks because of his explosiveness and versatility. Barwin is constantly blowing up the other team's offensive line and he even lines up against the opposing team's tight ends and on rare occasions, their receivers. The man can do it all. The Bengals already have a deep defense today, but why not throw in Barwin too?

26 Oakland Raiders - Glover Quin (S)

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Original Pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey

Glover Quin was another steal by the Houston Texans. Drafted in the fourth round, he joins Connor Barwin as Texans draft steals. Unfortunately for the Texans they don't have either of these studs shoring up their defense anymore. A defense with Barwin, Watt, and Quin wouldn't have been too shabby. But instead he goes to the Raiders to form a dynamic duo with Charles Woodson, who re-joined the Raiders a few year after this draft.

25 Jacksonville Jaguars - Brian Orakpo 

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Original Pick: Eugene Monroe

Orakpo was originally drafted five picks later at 13. Washington, who had the pick, snagged him to sure up their front seven. Orakpo has been a good pass rusher in his NFL career whether it be from the outside linebacker or the defensive end position. He produces good numbers from either spot. Just put him in the line-up and let him go to work. Monroe was reliable for Jacksonville but Orakpo is an impact player when on the field.

24 Green Bay Packers - Malcolm Jenkins 

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Original Pick: B.J. Raji

The Saints originally drafted Malcolm Jenkins and won't be too happy that they aren't getting him in this re-draft. Jenkins didn't have a strong start to his NFL career. At one point Pro Football Focus ranked him as the worst safety in the league. This season with the Eagles, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the best. Talk about improvement. Raji had a solid start to his career but has struggled in consistency.

23 San Francisco 49ers - Brian Cushing 

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Original Pick: Michael Crabtree

The Texans seemed to hit on all of their picks. Cushing, another defensive stud, just can't stay healthy. When he is playing he is one of the league's elite MLBs. Cushing has torn up his knee, wrist and ankle, and had surgery on all three. Cushing just needs to stay healthy and the rest will fall into place. Even with his injury issues, in this disappointing draft, he squeaks into the top 10.

22 Buffalo Bills - B.J. Raji 

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Original Pick: Aaron Maybin

One thing that hasn't changed about Raji is his big body. Raji will be moving down in this re-draft, even though he has been a solid player. Raji is a good run stuffer because he clogs up the running lanes. Even if he can't get off of his block and sack the QB, he is still doing his job. He would surely help the Buffalo Bills. Maybin was waived by the Bills after just two seasons, so it isn't hard to move him out of the first round.

21 Denver Broncos - Max Unger

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Original Pick: Knowshon Moreno

Every team likes to improve their offensive line. Max Unger, who was originally drafted by the Seahawks, has proven to be an above average center in the NFL. The Broncos needed to protect Peyton Manning even if they didn't have him yet, it would prove to be vital in the future. Peyton, of all QBs, needed to be protected. Hey, if it wasn't Manning he could have been helping the likes of Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow.

20 Washington Redskins - Jairus Byrd

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Original Pick: Brian Orakpo

Jairus Byrd dominated from the start. Byrd was at his best when playing for the Bills and has gone significantly downhill while playing for the Saints. In his rookie season, he had an incredible 9 interceptions in 14 games coming from the free safety position. Byrd is a three time Pro Bowler and led the AFC in interceptions twice.

Maybe with Washington he could have avoided the funk he has been in with the Saints and look more like the Byrd we saw in Buffalo.

19 New Orleans Saints - Eric Wood 

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Original Pick: Malcolm Jenkins

The Bills selected Eric Wood originally but the Saints will be the team that gets to inherit his talents in my re-draft. The Saints would likely accept Wood's talents with open arms, even if it means they have to deal with his crazy afro. Eric Wood has been to one Pro Bowl and looks to add to that number in 2016. In this thin draft, the talent is slowing down, so Wood is a solid pick at 14.

18 Houston Texans - William Moore 

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Original Pick: Brian Cushing

The player that the Texans will get is safety William Moore. In the real draft they got a truckload of talent that they won't be able to replicate with this re-draft. I'm sure that they would rather have the players that they actually drafted which isn't often the case, but they will just have to settle for William Moore. Maybe he could help the defense. Kudos to the Texans on snagging up one great talent after another.

17 San Diego Chargers - Louis Vasquez 

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Original Pick: Larry English

There's no doubt 2013 was Louis Vasquez's best season. In it he made the Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro. Vasquez also just recently won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. His career has been pretty successful. The Chargers originally drafted him and would be happy to have him back. He would be graciously accepted by Chargers faithful once again. The only regret here is the Chargers being unable to keep him.

16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Arian Foster 

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Original Pick: Josh Freeman

Arian Foster went undrafted, which is an amazing story in itself. Good thing he continued following his dream. Where most people would have given up, Foster excelled. The Texans signed him after in 2009 as an undrafted free agent and he rose to the occasion. When he is healthy, he is a force. It will be interesting to see where he ends up this year after free agency. Wow, even post-draft the Texans were finding gems.

15 Denver Broncos - Sen'Derrick Marks

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Original Pick: Robert Ayers

Originally, when Marks came out of Auburn, he was drafted in the second round by the Titans. However, Marks will be moving up a lot in this re-draft. Marks currently plays for the Jaguars is one of the anchors on their defense. The Broncos would be happy to add another piece to their already dominant defense. It took Marks a while to emerge but he has turned into a solid NFL player.

14 Philadelphia Eagles - Hakeem Nicks 

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Original Pick: Jeremy Maclin

Nicks was originally drafted by the Giants with the 29th pick and he won a Super Bowl with them. He had an incredible Super Bowl, racking up 10 catches for 109 yards, including one amazing catch deep over the middle. Nicks gave the spark they needed to win. I'm not sure how happy Giants fans would be that they would be losing Nicks, maybe they wouldn't even have won the Super Bowl, but Eagles fans would be ecstatic.

13 Detroit Lions - Patrick Chung 

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Original Pick: Brandon Pettigrew

Patrick Chung is now in his second stint with the Patriots which was interrupted by a single season stint with the Eagles. He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in the 2014 season. Coming out of Oregon, Chung started the most games on the defensive side of the ball in college football history. The Lions would be adding to their strong draft by adding their first defensive player to play on the opposite side of Matthew Stafford.

12 Cleveland Browns - Terrance Knighton 

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Original Pick: Alex Mack

This is so Browns. They made a great pick in 2009 and in this re-draft it's taken away from them. Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton is known for being one of, if not "the" biggest NFL player. The Jaguars drafted him in the 3rd round of the real draft but they won't get to have him again if the draft was re-done. Knighton has proven himself as an elite run stuffer which propels him up into the first round.

11 Minnesota Vikings - Michael Crabtree

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Original Pick: Percy Harvin

Crabtree had such high expectations coming into the draft. Unfortunately, he didn't live up to them. Crabtree had the physicals to be a great WR, but sadly for the 49ers, he never fulfilled those expectations. Because of this, Crabtree will be dropping a few draft picks, but since this draft was so disappointing, he will stay in the first round. Percy Harvin has shown plenty of talent but he's worn out his welcome with every team he's played for.

10 Baltimore Ravens - Darrius Heyward-Bey 

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Original Pick: Michael Oher

Heyward-Bey, who currently plays for the Steelers has only scored 14 touchdowns in his entire seven-year career. Just like Crabtree, Heyward-Bey was extremely disappointing. The Raiders wasted the 7th pick on him. The Ravens would take him with the 23rd pick here. Who knows, his career could have unfolded completely differently if he was selected by the Ravens. The fact DHB is here shows you how thin this draft was.

9 Atlanta Falcons - Andre Smith 

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Original Pick: Peria Jerry

Andre Smith may not have had a good physique but he is a solid offensive lineman. He had a lot of problems in the earlier parts of his career with injuries and hold outs, but he has found his rhythm and become a good o-lineman. The Falcons could've really used some help on that O-line. Until this year that was one of the weakest parts of their team. Peria Jerry meanwhile, played five seasons in Atlanta and has already retired.

8 Miami Dolphins - Michael Johnson

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Original Pick: Vontae Davis

Johnson, drafted by the Bengals, played in Cincinnati until 2013. He then started the next chapter in his career with the Buccaneers. That chapter turned out to be only one season long. He returned to the Bengals the next season and he is still with them currently. The 2009 Dolphins could use help all around and Johnson could be a good start. Through his career so far he has 35 and a half sacks. Vontae Davis showed flashes, but ultimately didn't pan out in Miami.

7 Green Bay Packers - Desmond Bryant 

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Original Pick: Clay Matthews

Desmond Bryant graduated from Harvard and became an undrafted free agent in 2009. Bryant was signed by the Raiders after the draft and later made his way to the Cleveland Browns in 2013 as a free agent. Bryant's mugshot has become famous just sitting there with his head back and his mouth wide open. The Packers, meanwhile, won't be able to select Clay Matthews this time, so they will have to settle for Bryant.

6 Indianapolis Colts - Mike Wallace

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Original Pick: Donald Brown

The speedy Mike Wallace is always a deep threat. Wallace has bounced around during his career and can't quite find a home. He has played for four teams already, the longest being with the Steelers. Wallace was drafted in the 3rd round, but he should have been drafted earlier. He surely wouldn't go this high in any other draft. We'll see if Wallace's career resurrects in Baltimore this season.

5 Buffalo Bills - Jason McCourty

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Original Pick: Eric Wood

Jason McCourty has spent his entire career with the team that drafted him, the Titans. In this re-draft however, he won't be spending any time in Nashville. The Bills would be taking him way higher than he was originally drafted.

The Titans got a HUGE steal with McCourty, drafting him in the 6th round. Most players drafted in the 6th round don't even make it on an NFL roster.

4 New York Giants - Captain Munnerlyn 

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Original Pick: Hakeem Nicks

A current teammate of Mike Wallace, Captain Munnerlyn has been an average cornerback for the Vikings. He was drafted by the Panthers, and played there until 2013. Munnerlyn has 11 career interceptions. He was originally drafted in the 7th round, which turned out to be a great pick.

He probably slid so far in the draft because of his height. At 5'9 there was real doubt if he could be a good cornerback.

3 Tennessee Titans - Paul Kruger 

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Original Pick: Kenny Britt

The Ravens were Kruger's first home, but he has played for the Browns since 2013. Kruger has compiled an impressive 31.5 sacks in his career so far. The Titans would be glad to give this guy a home. He was originally drafted in the second round, so he improved his draft stock since 2009. In most other drafts, he would be picked later but this draft was bad.

Kenny Britt showed flashes of being a no.1 receiver but has never been a consistent threat in the NFL.

2 Arizona Cardinals - Matt Slauson 

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Original Pick: Beanie Wells

Matt Slauson and his big beard was drafted by the Jets in the 6th round. Slauson proved that he was worth much higher than a 6th round pick. He also spent time with the Bears and he just recently signed with the Chargers. Slauson moves up five rounds. I'm sure he wishes he got the salary a first-rounder deserves.

The Cardinals originally drafted Beanie Wells, who obviously proved to be unworthy of his draft position.

1 Pittsburgh Steelers - Knowshon Moreno 

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Original Pick: Ziggy Hood

Knowshon Moreno became famous for his waterfall of tears during the national anthem of Broncos games. He isn't just famous for that though. He went to the Super Bowl in 2014 with the Broncos but lost to the Seahawks. Moreno was selected with the 12th pick in the draft, with LeSean McCoy still on the board... Big mistake. He has been out of the NFL since 2014. Maybe if the Steelers had drafted him in 2009 he could've played as well as Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams.

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