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Posted March 20, 2009

Overhyped/Underrated Teams

With the 2009 NFL Draft just around the corner, it becomes painfully obvious to me who watches tape and who doesn’t. You can always tell who the television analysts are who do not watch tape because they only discuss four things: height, weight, speed and stats. These are numbers, it is lazy research, and they can string a few sentences out and not say anything. I spent hundreds of hours this fall and winter watching the tapes I recorded of NCAA football games this season, and I have compiled my All-Overhyped and All-Underrated teams for the 2009 NFL Draft.

All Overhyped
QB: Nate Davis, Ball State
RB: Shonn Greene, Iowa
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
TE: Shawn Nelson, Southern Mississippi
T: Andre Smith, Alabama
G: Herman Johnson, Louisiana State
C: Max Unger, Oregon

DE: Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
DT: Fili Moala, Southern Cal
DE/OLB: Aaron Maybin, Penn State
OLB: Brian Cushing, Southern Cal
ILB: Darry Beckwith, Louisiana State
CB: Sean Smith, Utah


All Underrated
QB: Matthew Stafford, Georgia
RB: Kory Sheets, Purdue
WR: Brandon Gibson, Washington State
TE: Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
T: Gerald Cadogan, Penn State
G: Robert Brewster, Ball State
C: Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

DE: Kyle Moore, Southern Cal
DT: Alex Magee, Purdue
DE/OLB: Phillip Hunt, Houston
OLB: Nic Harris, Oklahoma
ILB: Gerald McRath, Southern Mississippi
CB: Mark Parson, Ohio
S: Rashad Johnson, Alabama

Yes, Stafford is underrated. He should be on the top three of everyone’s big boards. Unfortunately, most NFL Draft analysts do not understand that being an underclassman and rated high does not cause a quarterback to bust. They do not do the research to see that quarterbacks with elite arms coming from pro-style offenses in college with elite intangibles and solid offensive line protection have never busted in the NFL. I am not saying Stafford can’t bust; I just think it has a low probability to actually happen because of his makeup. To think he is not worthy of a No. 1 pick, in my mind, is quite ridiculous.



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