Mel Kiper recently did a re-draft of the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.
At No. 1, Kiper still has the Lions taking Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, followed by Clay Matthews to the Rams, LeSean McCoy to the Chiefs, Julian Edelman to the Seahawks and Vontae Davis to the Jets.
Edelman? Really? the same guy who had a whopping total 714 yards through his first four seasons? The other four guys have a legitimate argument to go this high, but Edelman here is an absolute joke.
But it gets better. At pick No. 6, Kiper has the Bengals passing on Alabama tackle Andre Smith and taking California center Alex Mack , who went the Browns at No. 21.
He was a starter from day one, and has quietly been one of the best centers in the league every single year since 2009. When he was injured in 2014 it totally derailed the Cleveland run game. It seems crazy to see a center go this high, but Mack went pretty high in the actual draft, too.
That's actually a decent pick. Though NFL teams routinely have good offenses with average centers, Mack has been the best at his position, though he is coming off a broken fibula that cost him half of his 2014 season.
Here's the real kicker: Kiper doesn't even have Andre Smith going in his first round re-draft. He has the likes of Phil Loadholt, Michael Crabtree, Brandon Pettigrew, Connor Barwin, and Michael Oher going ahead of Smith.
In case you were unaware, Oher has been a massive bust that's now on his third team in three years after signing with Carolina this offseason following his release by Tennessee. He was ranked 75th out of 84 eligible tackles in Pro Football Focus' grades this past season. That was one year after he ranked 68th out of 76 tackles in 2013.