2009 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1-3

As promised, we'll be conducting our first ever full first round mock draft, beginning today. Given how much things change over the course of the pre-NFL Draft weeks, we don't advise you take any of these picks and bet on them. 

When the NFL Draft rolls around, we'll offer some insight on who might go where and what odds are worth taking, but for now, this is merely for the fun and entertainment of it. 

So, without further ado, here are the first two picks of our 2009 NFL Mock Draft. 

1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

While there are questions as to whether or not Stafford is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick, the strong-armed kid can do some good in Detroit. Taking one of the premiere tackles might make more sense here, but we think the Lions will go for a new face of the franchise in Stafford. If anyone needs a new face of the franchise, it's the 0-16 Lions. 

2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, T, Baylor

The main beneficiary of Detroit's decision to go with Stafford is the Rams, who are picking second for the second year in-a-row. With a need at left tackle, Jason Smith can step right in and fill the void. There are a number of other solid tackle prospects out there, but Jason Smith will likely be the first off the board.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest

In our opinion, Curry is the best player in the draft and the absolute safest pick. Curry, along with any of the top three offensive tackles, should be around ten years from now still dominating at his position.

We'll have picks 4-6 for you most likely tomorrow, so make sure to check back and continue to do so as we unveil the rest of our first ever full NFL Mock Draft.