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After an action-packed Day 1, we return for the second day of the 2009 NFL Draft. I expected to have a couple players to discuss, but as well know, the 49ers traded that pick away. I've thrown up a poll to see what the pulse is after the first day.
There was a lot of excitement leading up to and following the Michael Crabtree selection. However, there were a decent number of groans after the 49ers made their trade with Carolina. We've got people ready to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, but we've also got folks who are perfectly content at this moment.
Personally, I can see the drawback to trading current picks for future picks, but I also would prefer to look on the brightside at this point in time. We've got a potential #1 receiver and we've added a #1 pick for next year. I thought there were some talented guys there in the second round, but there's a reason I'm not in the 49ers draft room presently.
For those looking to discuss winners and losers across the league, youALREADYknow has put together a quality FanPost with some grades. It's turned into mostly a 49ers discussion, but enjoyment of the debacle that is the Raiders draft can be had there.
Day 2 of the draft brings a chance for some impact players as the 49ers pick 10th in the third round. I did a quick look at Scouts Inc's ranking of players and their top 10 available players are as follows (I removed 4 tight ends and a wide receiver from their rankings for hopefully obvious reasons):
38. D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
43. Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama
49. Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond
52. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
60. Jarron GIlbert, DT, San Jose State
65. Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
66. Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina
70. Andre Brown, RB, North Carolina State
73. Asher Allen, CB, Georgia
74. Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma
So, there is certainly some quality talent still out there. After the jump I've got Mocking the Draft's Top 20 players still available.
18. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech, 6’7, 258
29. Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma, 6’5, 335
33. Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa, 5’11, 235
34. Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri, 6’6, 252
40. D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt, 5'10, 184
44. Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech, 5'11, 194
49. Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State, 6’6, 280
50. Javon Ringer, RB, Michigan State, 5’9, 205
51. Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State, 6’0, 196
52. Jonathan Luigs, OC, Arkansas, 6’4, 314
55. Nate Davis, QB, Ball State, 6’1, 218
56. Michael Hamlin, SS, Clemson, 6'3, 206
58. Gerald McRath, ILB, Southern Miss, 6’3, 224
59. Asher Allen, CB, Georgia, 5'10, 198
62. Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty, 6’1, 232
63. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati, 6'0, 190
67. Chip Vaughn, SS, Wake Forest, 6'2, 221
68. Dannell Ellerbe, ILB, Georgia, 6’1, 236
69. Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina, 6’5, 240
71. Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma, 6’0, 204
How would you grade the 49ers Day 1?
A (494 votes)
B (226 votes)
C (60 votes)
D (18 votes)
F (15 votes)
813 total votes