1:00 p.m. MDT: So here we are, just one hour before the start of the 2009 NFL Draft — one of the most anticipated drafts for Broncos fans in recent memory. After all, this marks the first time in franchise history that the team has two picks in the first round.
We’ll keep you updated pick-by-pick throughout the first round — feel free to comment on all the picks, whether they’re falling the way you expected or a few teams are throwing some curveballs.
The publications department and the PR staff have got a “War Room” of our own up here in a conference room — we’ve got the TV tuned in to draft coverage, computers in front of us and of course a container full of cookies — we’re settled in for a long and exciting day.
1:29 p.m. MDT: We here in the Internet “War Room” have a little chart with our own predictions for our two first-round picks. Granted, we have just as much an idea of who we will pick as you all do, but just wanted to give you some of the names that are up there.
With the 12th pick, the seven of us with predictions have names from B.J. Raji to Tyson Jackson to Brian Orakpo — there’s even a Beanie Wells up there. As far as the 18th, lots of “M” names — Maybin, Maualuga and Moreno. There’s a prediction of Brian Cushing, as well. What direction do you all see the Broncos going with these first two picks?
1:48 p.m. MDT: We just switched over for the last 17.1 seconds of the Nuggets game — pretty furious comeback for Denver to have posession down one point. Looks like they’ll politely finish off this playoff game just in time for the draft.
1:55 p.m. MDT: Pretty close last shot by Melo. Regardless, that was an exciting game that’s about to lead in to an exciting draft, just five minutes away. We just had one more member of the PR staff put some predictions up for the draft — throw Ohio State cornerback Malcom Jenkins into this War Room’s predictions.
Well…here we go. The draft is just over a minute away. See you when the Lions officially take Matthew Stafford.
2:03 p.m. MDT: With the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select quarterback Matthew Stafford. The first shocker of the day.
2:08 p.m. MDT: Any predictions for the Rams’ pick?
2:14 p.m. MDT: The pick is in: St. Louis selects Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith. Kansas City is on the clock — let’s keep the guessing game going after every pick. Who are the Chiefs going to pick up?
2:24 p.m. MDT: With the third pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Tyson Jackson, defensive end out of LSU.
Wow, just a week ago people had him sitting at No. 12. Pretty quick riser on the boards. All right, Seattle’s on the clock. What direction do the Seahawks go?
2:31 p.m. MDT: The Seahawks go with Aaron Curry, linebacker from Wake Forest. He’ll step in and take the place of Julian Peterson, who Seattle traded to Detroit.
Cleveland’s up next. What do you all think?
2:37 p.m. MDT: Did everybody else just see that KFC commercial? The CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken is Australian? How does that happen?
2:38 p.m. MDT: The New York Jets come in with a big trade from No. 17 all the way to No. 5 to pick up Mark Sanchez. So a trade for Sanchez did happen…the speculation can end.
Steve Young just called him “presidential.” I see.
2:45 p.m. MDT: Here are the details of the Jets trade: New York gets the Browns’ first-rounder (Mark Sanchez,) and the Browns get the Jets’ first-rounder (No. 17), a 2nd round pick, DE Kenyon Coleman, QB Brett Ratliff and DB Abram Elam.
So here’s a picture of the athletes that are in the green room on top of Radio City Music Hall yesterday. So far, just the fourth and fifth from the left have been picked up.
2:49 p.m. MDT: The Bengals’ pick is in — Andre Smith, offensive tackle from Alabama is headed to Cincinnati with the sixth overall pick.
2:52: p.m. MDT: Chris Hall is back from the Broncos’ official War Room with some footage of Head Coach Josh McDaniels, General Manager Brian Xanders and the rest of the front office.
2:55 p.m. MDT: Oakland’s pick is in — with the seventh pick, the Raiders select Darrius Heyward-Bey, wide receiver out of Maryland. There’s that pick for vertical speed, again.
And now it’s official — it took seven picks into the 2009 NFL Draft for Chris Berman to get on someone in this room’s nerves.
Mel Kiper just gave Oakland “an F grade” for the pick, by the way.
3:04 p.m. MDT: The Jaguars just selected the third offensive tackle of the draft — Eugene Monroe out of the University of Virginia.
Here’s a look at Xanders, McDaniels and President and CEO Pat Bowlen in the team’s war room.
3:07 p.m. MDT: Well, it looks like B.J. Raji is on the phone with the Green Bay Packers on the clock. We’ll see if that’s the actual pick. Raji’s fist-pump and his family’s cheering seem to indicate YES.
3:10 p.m. MDT: Alright, since we are about two picks away I am going to get ready and Kyle Sonneman will take over. I’ll be back.
3:14 p.m. MDT: Well looks like Raji was ready to be a Packer, he was already rockin’ the yellow t-shirt. San Fran has to love where they are sitting right now.
3:18 p.m. MDT: Michael Crabtree is on the phone, I am guessing Samurai Mike Singletary is on the other line.
Ding ding… that wasn’t much of a surprise. So we are one pick away from our selection. What do you all think?
3:23 p.m. MDT: ESPN is showing Aaron Maybin on the phone with the Bills on the clock. A sign of things to come? So far it has proved to be the case.
3:25 p.m. MDT: Pick is in for the Bills… Maybin it is. Broncos are on the clock.
3:30 p.m. MDT: The pick is in and the newest Bronco is RB Knowshon Moreno.
3:52 p.m. MDT: The Chargers just took Larry English from Northern Illinois and we are back up after the Browns.
3:56 p.m. MDT: A little technical error, but we are back and in business. Looks like the Browns just traded again with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
4:00 p.m. MDT: Josh Freeman is on the phone, so looks like the Bucs have a new signal caller. With that said, the Broncos are back on the clock.
4:04 p.m. MDT: ESPN’s Ed Werder is saying the pick is Robert Ayers, let’s see if he is right.
4:05 p.m. MDT: Werder is correct, Ayers is the newest Denver Bronco.
4:13 p.m. MDT: Once again the Browns have traded and the Eagles have picked up receiver Jeremy Maclin out of the University of Missouri. Now the Lions are on the clock for their second first-rounder.
4:24 p.m. MDT: After the Lions took tight end Brandon Pettigrew out of Oklahoma State with the 20th pick, Cleveland finally made a selection — center Alex Mack out of California. The Vikings are on the clock.
4:25 p.m. MDT: That didn’t take long — Minnesota picks up wide receiver Percy Harvin out of the University of Florida.
That is an explosive guy to add to a pretty explosive offense led by Adrian Peterson. Thoughts?
4:35 p.m. MDT: New England trades its pick to the Baltimore Ravens, and they come away with offensive tackle Michael Oher from Mississippi State. I know they’ve been replaying this story over and over, but I have to admit it is pretty cool the way he’s gotten all the way to the NFL.
4:42 p.m. MDT: The Falcons just picked up defensive tackle Peria Jerry out of Mississippi. Back-to-back selections out of Ole Miss, eh?
4:47 p.m. MDT: Vontae Davis, cornerback out of Illinois, is headed to Miami. And he just got water poured all over his nice suit.
5:04 p.m. MDT: As you can imagine, we’ve been pretty busy keeping the site updated with everything you need to know about the newest Denver Broncos. So here’s a quick rundown of the picks we’ve missed — USC linebacker Clay Matthews is headed to Green Bay, UCONN running back Donald Brown is an Indianapolis Colt and Louisville center Eric Wood will join the offensive line in Buffalo.
The New York Giants are on the clock.
5:07 p.m. MDT: The pick is in — with the 29th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Hakeem Nicks, wide receiver out of the University of North Carolina. A very fine institution, I might add.
5:16 p.m. MDT: Here’s Tennessee’s pick at No. 30 — Kenny Britt, wide receiver from Rutgers, is the newest Titan.
5:23 p.m. MDT: Looks like Beanie Wells is headed to Arizona, and Pedro Gomez just gave a pretty funny story — Edgerrin James is currently sitting at an NBA basketball game as his team drafts another running back.
5:26 p.m. MDT: Now Chris Wells to the Cardinals is official, and we’re down to the last pick of a first round that seems to have flown by.
It seems pretty surprising that Rey Maualuga is still on the board — anyone think Pittsburgh might take a chance on him? That seems like it’d be a pretty scary addition to a scary defense. Plus, he and Troy Polamalu can have a hair grow-off.
5:30 p.m. MDT: Well, so much for that idea — Pittsburgh picks up Ziggy Hood, defensive tackle out of Missouri.
That marks the end of an exciting first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and we’re just getting started today. The Broncos still have a pick in the second round — No. 16 in the round (No. 48 overall) — so even though this is the end of the live blog, we’ll have the pick up on the front of the site immediately after it’s made, and we’ll continue to have video and audio of the picks and Coach McDaniels all day.
Thanks for sticking with us so far — our Broncos draft coverage is only getting started.
-Gray Caldwell and Kyle Sonneman, DenverBroncos.com
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