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Analysis of new top 10 selections for 2009 NFL Draft

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Paul Jasienski / Associated Press
Michael Oher went No. 23 overall in the 2009 draft, but a re-do four years later would have him going much higher.

» Debate: Rebooting top 10 of 2009 NFL Draft

After the trade of Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Baltimore Ravens, five of the top 11 picks in the 2009 NFL Draft are no longer with the team that drafted them (Jason Smith, Aaron Curry, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Monroe and Aaron Maybin), including three who are completely out of the NFL (Smith, Curry, Maybin). Also, Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman, the only quarterbacks taken in the first round, have turned into busts.

This is how a new top 10 of the 2009 NFL Draft would look:

2009 NFL Draft -- Round 1
Pk
Team
Player
Pos.
College
1
QB
Georgia
2
Jason Smith
OT
Baylor
3
DE
LSU
4
Aaron Curry
LB
Wake Forest
5
QB
USC
6
OT
Alabama
7
WR
Maryland
8
OT
Virginia
9
DT
Boston College
10
WR
Texas Tech
11
DE
Penn State
12
RB
Georgia
13
DE
Texas
14
DB
Ohio State
15
LB
USC
16
DE
Northern Illinois
17
QB
Kansas State
18
LB
Tennessee
19
WR
Missouri
20
TE
Oklahoma State
21
C
California
22
WR
Florida
23
OT
Ole Miss
24
DT
Ole Miss
25
DB
Illinois
26
LB
USC
27
RB
Connecticut
28
C
Louisville
29
WR
North Carolina
30
WR
Rutgers
31
Beanie Wells
RB
Ohio State
32
DT
Missouri
» 2009 NFL Draft: All the picks

1. Detroit Lions: QB Matthew Stafford

Pairing Stafford with Calvin Johnson has created one of the most dominant QB-WR tandems in the game, so why change anything?

2. St. Louis Rams: LT Michael Oher

Suspect pass protection and poor wide receiver play has kept the Rams from really figuring out what they have got in quarterback Sam Bradford, so taking Oher here would have solidified his blind-side blocker.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: DT B.J. Raji

Tyson Jackson is finally making an impact, but Raji would have been a defensive difference-maker from day one.

4. Seattle Seahawks: WR Percy Harvin

Pete Carroll wanted Harvin to come to USC and hasn't been able to put him on the field yet this season after trading for the versatile wide receiver. Sure, Carroll was still in Los Angeles when this draft happened, but we'll finally make his dream come true.

5. New York Jets: OLB Clay Matthews

Rex Ryan hasn't had that unstoppable force off the edge to energize his 3-4 defenses, something Matthews certainly accomplishes. Plus, the tabloids would have a field day with hair puns.

6. Cincinnati Bengals: ILB Brian Cushing

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer would have a lot of fun unleashing Cushing with that always-underrated Bengals defensive line in front of him.

7. Oakland Raiders: WR Mike Wallace

A speedy receiver that can actually catch the ball is what the late Al Davis thought he was getting by taking Darrius Heyward-Bey here.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: RT Andre Smith

By drafting a solid starter on the offensive line, the Jags would have been able to better maximize the best years of Maurice Jones-Drew's career.

9. Green Bay Packers: RB LeSean McCoy

McCoy's speed and pass-catching ability would be a perfect companion piece to the wide-open offense directed by Aaron Rodgers.

10. San Francisco 49ers: S Jairus Byrd

Byrd had 18 interceptions in his first four years with the Bills and would have been the perfect center fielder once Jim Harbaugh moved up the 101 from Palo Alto.

Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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