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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Updated: February 28, 6:25 PM ET
2009 NFL mock draft tops searches in January

By Maalek Marshall

Top Search of the Month: 2009 NFL Mock Draft

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell once sang "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," but when it comes to the NFL draft, users enjoy checking out our experts' mock drafts until "the real thing" comes along in late April. For fans of the 30 teams that didn't make the Super Bowl, this time of year undoubtedly belongs to NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay as they offer up their most informed predictions and help fans look forward to the promise of next season.

Quick Hits

Surprise Search of the Month: 100-0

The unbelievable score of a girls high school basketball game between Covenant and Dallas Academy prompted much debate among sports pundits in regard to sportsmanship, coaching and mercy rules. The score was also last month's surprise search as users sought more information about Covenant's extremely lopsided victory over Dallas Academy. Despite the fact that the game took place Jan. 13 and most reports about it surfaced around Jan. 22 after Covenant sought to forfeit the game, the term was easily the month's surprise after garnering more than 3,800 searches (and more than 2,400 user comments) in only nine days' time.

The Complete Top 25

1. 2009 NFL Mock Draft
2. NFL Expert Picks
3. Streak for the Cash
4. Mt. Rushmore of Sports
5. Mayne Street
6. Boxing
7. TMQ
8. Tennis

9. Bracketology
10. 2009 NFL Draft
11. Senior Bowl
12. Super Bowl
13. Rumor Central
14. Mel Kiper Mock Draft
15. Lil Wayne
16. Golf
17. Mel Kiper
18. PTI
19. MMA
20. LeBron James
21. Tim Tebow
22. Top 10 Plays
23. Bowl Mania
24. MLB Rumors
25. Australian Open

Check out the new ESPN Search Index for all the latest sports buzz in search, including the top daily searches, surprises and movers.

Maalek Marshall is's search editor.

Note: The results listed are the summation of actual search results that were manually typed in by site users of in said month of 2009. All prelinked searches (including columnist archive links) were excluded from this summation.