@cplach Hargrave can play both DE and NT, and we also picked up Mathews from the Chargers. Both are vast improvements over Cam Thomas and Cliff Geathers. As for RB I agree that we're going to need some depth there, maybe rounds 3-5.
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Posted March 20, 2009
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.
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
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.