The Tennessee Titans (11-1) and New York Giants (11-1) are the top two teams in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3) and Carolina Panthers (9-3) gaining momentum. But then there are teams like the Detroit Lions (0-12), Cincinnati Bengals (1-10-1), Kansas City Chiefs (2-10), St. Louis Rams (2-10) and Seattle Seahawks (2-10), who are all vying for the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft.
Just like last year’s offseason spectacle, the ’09 draft is dependent upon the underclassmen who decide to forego their collegiate careers and pursue the ultimate dream of playing in the National Football League. In my latest mock draft, I project 14 seniors and 18 underclassmen being selected in the first round.
With the future of underclassmen not determined at this time, it’s impossible to include every draft-eligible prospect. Some notable underclassmen that were left out of the projections were: Florida QB Tim Tebow, USC QB Mark Sanchez and Arizona OT Eben Britton.
With that said, the intrigue builds as to who the Detroit Lions will select with the first pick in the 2009 draft. The Lions are on the clock…
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* denotes draft-eligible underclassmen
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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: email@example.com.