After months of deliberating over the order in which the 2009 NFL Draft prospects will be selected, the time has come to release my final mock draft, as draft day is only a day away. It appears that Matthew Stafford is destined for Motown, even though I believe Mark Sanchez is the better option for the Detroit Lions. But, it’s nice to see that the Lions are going after a quarterback, a position that they desperately have to solidify for the future success of their team.
Speaking of Sanchez, he’s the hottest prospect in the draft right now. There are at least three teams angling to move up to select him; the New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. The most interesting scenario would have the Broncos trading both of their first round picks to Kansas City for the right to draft Sanchez with the 3rd pick overall. It would be an odd occurrence to see two division rivals make a blockbuster trade of this magnitude, but it’s not like there has never been a trade between teams in the same division.
Another name that’s rising up the charts is LSU DE Tyson Jackson. Widely considered the top 3-4 DE in the draft, Jackson will benefit from all of the teams that switched to a 3-4 this offseason and will likely land in the top-ten.
We’re just hours from the biggest offseason spectacle on the NFL calendar, and soon the NFL universe will be immersed with intrigue as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium. With that said, the anticipation for draft day gets greater and greater as each hour passes, and pretty soon the lives of approximately 252 players will be decided. In closing, here’s my final forecast for the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
For more information on this year's top prospects, specifically Darrius Heyward-Bey, Aaron Maybin, Brian Cushing, James Laurinaitis, Darius Butler, and Josh Freeman, check out I'm a Top Prospect.com.
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