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Posted April 30, 2009
2009 NFL Draft Grades - AFC
Aaron Maybin is an undersized end who will get washed in the running game. He's very raw and inexperienced, but has high upside. Eric Wood was picked because Buffalo faces a 3-4 defense at least six games every year in their division and probably another 3-5 games outside their division. Smart pick considering Wood fits their scheme. I like Jairus Byrd as a free safety, but I don't know if he can beat out Ko Simpson. Andy Levitre and Shawn Nelson might start next year. I love Nic Harris as a MIKE, WILL, and special teams player.
Miami Dolphins: Vontae Davis is one of two corners (Darius Butler) in this draft who has the talent to be a No. 1 in the NFL. Pat White was a big reach as he has no commitment to play slot receiver or as a return specialist. I don't think Sean Smith can be nearly as good a corner as he can a free safety. Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline were reaches.
New England Patriots: Darius Butler is the No. 1 corner on my draft board and 13th prospect overall. Love that pick and he can be a shut-down guy on their defense. Patrick Chung, Ron Brace, and Ty McKenzie were all great picks. My problem with this draft: Where is your pass rushing outside linebacker?
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez is the franchise guy and can sell season tickets at will. He is the Tom Brady of New York City. Shonn Greene is an overrated back, but had decent value. The Jets gave up practically nothing to move up 12 spots. Sanchez does so much for this team financially and even more with publicity. Great pick.
Baltimore Ravens: This is why Ozzie Newsome is elite. With Michael Oher on the right side, Joe Flacco will never see pressure again. I love Jason Phillips at No. 137 overall.
Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Smith has a high probability to bust with his lack of work ethic and immaturity. Rey Maualuga was a steal at No. 38. Michael Johnson was a solid value in the third, but I expect him to just be a situational pass rusher in the NFL. Jon Luigs and Kevin Huber are Week 1 starters; Luigs was the No. 2 center on my board. I love that pick. Morgan Trent has HIGH upside. If the No. 6 pick was Eugene Monroe, this grade would be an A.
Cleveland Browns: Alex Mack was the No. 19 prospect on my board, so he good talent value at No. 21, but I feel like he had bad positional value. I love him as a prospect; in Mobile at the Senior Bowl I asked him what his goal in the NFL is. Without even thinking about it, he said "Pro Bowl." I believe that. Mohammed Massaquoi was a bad pick in the second. James Davis was a solid value at 195.
Pittsburgh Steelers: I would have preferred Darius Butler at No. 32 with the need at corner, but Evander Hood is a good football player and will wreak havoc. Kraig Urbik, Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis all fit their scheme.
Houston Texans: Brian Cushing can't cover in zone or man. He can play the run, fill, shed, and tackle - but that's it. Connor Barwin, Antoine Caldwell, Anthony Hill, and James Casey will all be impact players.
Indianapolis Colts: I think this team will regret passing up on Kenny Britt. I love Donald Brown in this offense, but I feel like Britt would have been a much better pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Love Eugene Monroe's value as the best left tackle in the draft at No. 8. However, what is Gene Smith thinking passing up on Darius Butler at No. 39? Jarrett Dillard was a great value in the 5th.
Tennessee Titans: Kenny Britt is a playmaker - PERIOD. I love that pick in the first round, though I was shocked Jeff Fisher drafted a receiver (finally). Jared Cook, Gerald McRath, Troy Kropog and Javon Ringer were all solid values.
Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno was the fifth-overall player on my board and brings stability to this running game. I mocked this pick and I defend it adamantly. Robert Ayers can't play linebacker in the 3-4. Trading a future first-round pick for a nickel (Alphonso Smith) was moronic. Then again, so was trading away an elite talent at quarterback.
Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry should have been the pick at No. 3, but I don't think Tyson Jackson was necessarily a bad choice. I like it more than a right tackle or receiver. I don't see Alex Magee or Donald Washington as being contributors on this defense, which is why I give Kansas City a bad grade.
Oakland Raiders: When I put on the Brian Robiskie tape, Michael Mitchell showed up big. I expected him to come off the board in the fifth or sixth rounds though. Based on the Raiders' draft history (Stanford Routt, John Bowie, Tyvon Branch, Arman Shields, Quentin Moses) I can't give them the benefit of the doubt. Darrius Heyward-Bey was a huge reach at No. 7, though I knew it was a lock. Matt Shaughnessy was a terrible pick. Mitchell will probably end up as the best player from this draft, but that's why Oakland has never won since Gruden left - Al Davis is a moron.
San Diego Chargers: Larry English was a very good pick in my opinion. He went No. 16 overall, and I had him No. 16 on my Big Board. I love him in this scheme and he brings it on every play. This gives A.J. Smith roster versatility in the future. My only question with English is his durability. The only other picks I liked were Tyronne Green and Demetrius Byrd.