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Thursday, January 22, 2009
On the clock: Kiper's new mock draft

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

The Senior Bowl festivities are underway and 30 of the NFL's 32 teams are in offseason mode. That can only mean one thing: It's mock draft time.

ESPN's own Mel Kiper issued his first mock draft of the year Wednesday night, and Mel has Detroit taking Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick. At No. 9, Kiper's got Green Bay selecting Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. (All picks below No. 16 require an Insider subscription.)

But I think it's also interesting to look at Kiper's "Big Board," a fluid ranking of draft-eligible prospects. As of Wednesday, Kiper's top player was Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Kiper has Stafford ranked as the fourth-best player -- one spot above USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Just a little something to whet your appetite with a month to go before the annual scouting combine and three months away from the 2009 NFL draft.