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Taking another crack at the 2009 NFL draft 
By earjerseyqq119 on Dec 28, 2013 09:19 AM
The 2009 NFL draft doesn't seem all that long ago, however most of the players selected that year have already (or will soon) played out their rookie contracts. With the benefit of hindsight and many teams, particularly in the top five, wish they'd had better foresight we assess who earned their money, as well as who deserved more, by redrafting Round 1.

This draft mulligan first appeared in USA TODAY Sports' NFL draft 2013 preview, which has been on newsstands since February (so please go pick up a copy). He was touted as the most talented passer in 2009 and has proven it while showing toughness and earning his teammates' respect along the way. Amid injuries and an imbalanced Detroit roster, Stafford's only had one great season in his first four. But as his talent continues to mesh with Calvin Johnson's, the future seems to promise better years ahead. Louis Rams drafted T Jason Smith, should've drafted QB Josh Freeman: There's a compelling case to make for Clay Matthews here. But the Rams went with Chris Long the year before and have long used a 4 3 defense, not really ideal for Matthews' talents, but perfect for Long's. And anyway, it was clearly time to replace shell shocked Marc Bulger in 2009, and Freeman who's been every bit as good as Sam Bradford (the top pick the following year), if not better would have been a perfect alternative to pair with a still in his prime Steven Jackson. Had they gone this route, the Rams might be much further along than they are after Smith proved a costly bust. Jackson is no Seymour. But Matthews has proven ideal for the 3 4 scheme and would've made an excellent bookend to Tamba Hali. Turns out Foster was worthy of that label, though far more harmful ones actually rendered him undrafted. We might have slotted Foster earlier if quarterbacks didn't trump tailbacks or if the Chiefs hadn't taken Jamaal Charles in 2008. Arguably the best all around running back in the league today, Foster, who's also an excellent receiver, could've cut the Julius Jones era in Seattle a year short. As for Curry, Seattle gave up on him in 2011, and injuries and a lack of playmaking ability have already cast his NFL future in doubt. It's taken until now, with Trent Richardson's arrival, for the Browns to find a runner as dangerous as McCoy. It's worth noting Mack has fulfilled his potential. Green in later years. Smith has played much better lately but wasn't worthy of being drafted nearly this early. However Orakpo could've been the guy to solve Jags' never ending search for a pass rusher, a conundrum that's now lasted a decade if you trace it back Joel Dreessen Jersey White to Tony Brackens' final game in 2003. Raji, should've drafted Raji: After taking Raji here, GM Ted Thompson traded back into the first round in 2009 to obtain the 26th pick for Matthews, who's proven a better player than his draftmate. Still, it's hard to www.footballbroncosprostore.com/broncos-joel-dreessen-jersey-c-32.html find athletic big men, and it's hard to argue with the success the Pack have had with the 334 pound Pro Bowl nose tackle. It's taken until now for Crabtree to make his case. In fairness, wideouts can be slow to develop, and he has fought injuries and coaching changes along the way. But if 2012 was an accurate indicator, Crabtree is ready to do big things now that he's constantly in Colin Kaepernick's crosshairs. if you can call him that. Cushing, the 2009 defensive rookie of the year, would have not only have worked in Buffalo's alternating schemes, he'd bring a healthy dose of attitude the defense has long lacked. Walton improves in 2013. Moreno has not lived up to his advance billing. But with him off our board, the 'Skins get Monroe, who would now be part of a very nice tackle tandem with Trent Williams. But with just four career INTs, he's not nearly the takeaway machine that predecessor Darren Sharper was. Byrd has already reached two Pro Bowls, averaging 4.5 picks per season. Harvin has had problems staying on it with myriad health issues, but his game breaking ability would have nicely supplemented Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Co. while easing the departure of waterbug release valve and returner Darren Sproles. But there's no arguing that Sanchez helped the Jets to the cusp of the Super Bowl in his first two seasons and appeared to be making strides as a passer in Year 3 before the team's talent core eroded around him while mentoring offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer moved on. It's hard to imagine Rex Ryan's team realizing as much success as it did without Sanchez considering Brett Favre "retired" after the 2008 campaign, and the only other option at the time was Kellen Clemens. But if they'd had a first rounder, it's pretty obvious at this point that their quarterback could use better protection. But the Bucs originally owned the spot before moving up for Freeman. With their quarterback of the future long gone in our scenario, we'll give them Laurinaitis, the defensive quarterback they've been struggling to find for some time. 1 pick. Why? Because they foolishly dealt it to Detroit for Roy Williams. Ouch. Unger emerged as an all pro for the Seahawks in 2012. He started his career at guard and would've been a perfect replacement for Andre Gurode while solving some of Dallas' still simmering interior line issues. but at least the Vikes are somewhat schooled in such shenanigans. Nonsense aside and knee surgeries notwithstanding, Britt may still be the most physically gifted receiver from the 2009 crop and would nicely complement Adrian Peterson, especially with someone like Leslie Frazier available to mentor him. Barwin is a better pass rusher than Vrabel, and the Pats could definitely use more defensive pressure these days. Wood has been a Pro Bowl caliber player for the Bills while making the switch from guard to center, the type of guy Atlanta could use, now that a need center is needed with Todd McClure retired. Webb is better than since traded Davis or Sean Smith, the corners the Dolphins tabbed in the first two rounds four years ago. Four years later, both have settled in as solid right tackles. though Foster, the one who wasn't drafted, has been. At the time, the Colts needed someone who could help Joseph Addai. Moreno, though underwhelming, has been more reliable than Brown or Beanie Wells and brings a better all around game than Shonn Greene, who lasted until the third round. But they still could have had Melton, who lasted until the fourth round of '09 but has parlayed his athleticism into Pro Bowl ability as a gap shooting tackle, someone who could've really taken heat off Julius Peppers and, later, Charles Johnson. He doesn't catch like Tarzan, but he doesn't block like Jane, either, and his well rounded game would fit the Giants like a glove. However at this point, Jason seems to have matured into the better NFL corner while former Pro Bowler Devin is now working mostly at safety. and the cards have come home to roost as Kurt Warner and his string of not too successful successors have been constantly abused. Vollmer is a solid pass protector who can capably play on either side. Wells, cut this offseason, has done nothing to ditch his reputation as an injury risk. But the physical and sizable Smith might have blossomed while learning from Ike Taylor, a similar player who's crafted a great career with this defense. Raji)

(Note: In the actual 2009 draft, the Bears, Cowboys, Panthers and Patriots did Broncos Joel Dreessen Jersey not pick in the first round.)
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