2009 NFL Draft First Round Running Blog

for NFLSportChannel.com

Published: April 25, 2009


... begin between front offices and war rooms as teams begin to build towards training camp and hopefully a successful NFL season.

I haven't missed a draft since 1999 and being able to write about it and provide my personal opinion and analysis is something that every sports fan should have the opportunity to do.

1. Detroit Lions

Pick: Matthew Stafford/QB-Georgia

Analysis: No drama here as Stafford signed a six-year, $78 million contract ($41.7 million guaranteed) on Friday evening to become the Lions' new franchise quarterback.

Stafford's record deal makes him the highest paid quarterback picked first overall in NFL history. 

Announcing Stafford as the No. 1 overall pick kind of takes the anticipation out of the beginning of the draft but now the real games begin.

Lions fans will now wait a few hours for the 20th pick as they should another key need to build for Stafford's long-t...

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