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Monday, March 23, 2009
Updated: April 21, 9:44 PM ET
A closer look at '09 draft prospects

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Every draft prospect has a story. Here's an inside look at several NFL hopefuls:

QB connections -- Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, and others compare themselves to NFL players.

Defensive connections -- Find out which NFL players some of elite defensive draft prospects compare themselves to.

First Draft: Mark Sanchez -- The USC quarterback talks about his game as he prepares for the 2009 draft.

First Draft: Mark Sanchez

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Mark Sanchez talks about his game as he prepares for the 2009 draft.

First Draft: Jason Smith -- Get to know Jason Smith, the top OT on many draft lists, as he prepares for the draft.

First Draft: Aaron Curry -- The Wake Forest linebacker shares his football memories as he prepares for the 2009 draft.

First Draft: Knowshon Moreno -- Moreno shares his love for football and how it helped him become a versatile running back.

First Draft: Andre Smith -- Andre Smith talks about his desire and drive to play at the NFL level.

First Draft: Percy Harvin -- Get to know the Florida wide receiver as he discusses his style of play and love of the game.

First Draft: Brandon Pettigrew -- Find out what drives Pettigrew to be a top-tier tight end in this year's draft.

First Draft: Darrius Heyward-Bey -- Heyward-Bey shares his journey from young football star to fastest wide receiver at the combine.

First Draft: Brian Orakpo -- Orakpo shares his unique background and what makes him such a fierce competitor.

First Draft: Alphonso Smith

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Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith shares his path to the NFL draft.

First Draft: Alphonso Smith -- The Wake Forest cornerback shares his path to the NFL draft.

First Draft: Ziggy Hood -- The Missouri defensive tackle dishes on his nickname and passion for the game.

First Draft: Aaron Maybin -- Maybin discusses his play on the field and his passion for the game.

First draft: Rhett Bomar -- The Sam Houston State quarterback talks about toughness, being a leader and the thrill of the game.

First Draft: Herman Johnson -- Find out where The House got his nickname and what drives him to be an NFL player.

First Draft: P.J. Hill -- The Wisconsin running back talks about his desire and drive to play at the next level.

First Draft: Nate Davis -- Get to know the Ball State quarterback as he discusses his unique style of play.

First Draft: P.J. Hill

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Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill talks about his desire and drive to play at the next level.

First Draft: Shawn Nelson -- The former Southern Mississippi tight end talks draft day, influences and living his NFL dream.

First Draft: D.J. Moore -- The former Vanderbilt cornerback shares his path to the NFL draft.

First Draft: Michael Oher -- The Mississippi offensive lineman talks about growing up in the streets, the book based on his life and more.

First Draft: Darius Butler -- Find out more about the highly regarded defensive back.

First Draft: Derrick Williams -- Get to know the Penn State wide receiver as he discusses his playing style and NFL dream.

First Draft: Michael Hamlin -- The Clemson safety talks about his roots and his game as he prepares for the NFL draft.

First Draft: Tyson Jackson -- Get to know the LSU defensive end as he talks about his style of play.

First Draft: Paul Kruger -- Find out what drives the Utah DE to succeed and who he models his game after.