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April 25, 2009
NFL pick-by-pick draft tracker

32. Pittsburgh. DT Evander Hood. The Steelers build up the interior of an aging defensive front.

31. Arizona. RB Chris Wells. Yikes. This position was an obvious weakness on the team that went to the SB last year.

30. Tennessee. WR Kenny Britt. Britt replaces Brandon Jones.

29. Giants. WR Hakeem Nicks. I thought they'd go with the anti-Plexico in Brian Robiskie. Nicks isn't bad, either. Did you see that bowl game?

28. Buffalo. C Eric Wood. Thought the Bills would go for an o-lineman, but didn't think it would be a center.

27. Indianapolis. RB Donald Brown. Didn't see him going ahead of Beanie. Brown is the first UConn player taken in the first round.

26. Packers. LB Clay Matthews. Ted Thompson continues to build his 3-4 defense.

25. Miami. CB Vontae Davis. Vernon's little brother heads to South Florida. The two won't play each other until 2012 in San Francisco (provided neither one is traded).

24. Atlanta. DT Peria Jerry. I think I may have nailed this one, but to tell the truth I can't remember.

23. Baltimore. OT Michael Oher. Singletary admits that he considered this guy at No. 10. But the Crabtree pick had to have b een a no brainer.

22. Minnesota. WR Percy Harvin. So much for that hazy freefall. Childress makes his stand with this pick.

21. Cleveland. C Alex Mack. The Dogpound is going to love the Cal center.

20. Detroit. TE Brandon Pettigrew. Man, I was pretty confident an OT would go here. The next-best thing is the guy who plays next to the OT.

19. Philadelphia. WR Jeremy Maclin. Maclin, Jackson, Curtis ... what is this, the return of the Smurfs?

18. Denver. OLB Robert Ayers. Nolan will love this guy.

17. Tampa Bay. QB Josh Freeman. I nailed this pick ... except that I had the Jets taking him.

16. San Diego. LB Larry English. Niners fans were hoping for this guy in the second round.

15. Houston. LB Brian Cushing. But can he rush the passer?

14. New Orleans. CB/S Malcolm Jenkins. Phew. At least I got this right. Thanks, Trips ...

13. Washington. DE Brian Orakpo. The Redskins use a 4-3 defense and that's probably where Orakpo fits best.

12. Denver. RB Knowshon Moreno. Wait, i thought it was Denver's D that needed attention. Mike Nolan is ticked ...

11. Buffalo. DE Aaron Maybin. I thought for sure they would take Michael Oher here. There must be something about Oher that is scaring teams away.

10. San Francisco. WR Michael Crabtree. Wow! The 49ers finally have their heir apparent for Terrell Owens. Crabtree, Josh Morgan and Jason Hill is the future trio at wide receiver. I'll have more on the Crabtree selection in a separate post ...

9. Green Bay. NT B.J. Raji. Major bummer for the legion of Niners' fans who wanted the B.C. nose tackle. But the ones who wanted Crabtree are starting to freak out ... It'll come down to 1. Crabtree 2. Michael Oher 3. Trade down.

8. Jacksonville. OT Eugene Monroe. Looks like the Jags tried to ditch the pick, but they ultimately settle on the safe pick. Do the Packers take Raji? Do they trade with a team that wants Crabtree?

7. Oakland. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. I know you should never be shocked by anything Al Davis does, but I'm a bit surprised. If you're a Raiders fan, you have to be worried that DHB has Troy Williamson written all over him. Crabtree and B.J. Raji are still alive, Niners fans ...

6. Cincinnati. OT Andre Smith. The Bengals have liked this guy all along. So much for his draft-day free fall, media. Raiders on the clock. Do they go with Crabtree?

5. Jets. QB Mark Sanchez. There's been a trade. Looks like Woody Johnson has beaten Danny Snyder to the punch. Sanchez certainly seems like he has the personality for NY, NY.

4. Seattle. LB Aaron Curry. The Seahawks replace Julian Peterson. The Faithful's hope for Michael Crabtree is still alive. He just needs to get past Oakland ...

3. Kansas City. DE Tyson Smith. The Chiefs ruin Barrows' mock. Thanks, Pioli. But it could be worse. At least I'm not Maiocco. Yikes!

2. St. Louis. OT Jason Smith. The Rams bring in Orlando Pace's replacement. Big shoes to fill. Barrows' mock is looking strong.

1. Detroit. QB Matt Stafford. Jim Schwartz and the Lions should look at what the 49ers did with their own No. 1 pick a few years ago and do the opposite. Stability, stability, stability ...

This will be ground zero for my draft coverage today. This is where I'll rationalize my own mock-draft misses and berate Maiocco's misfires. I'll also provide pithy comments after each selection ... Look for a peek at the team's new uniforms -- the big unveil will be 45 minutes or so -- on another post.


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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