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Posted April 30, 2009
2009 NFL Draft Grades - NFC
The draft just didn't fall the way Dallas wanted it to. However, I wished they would have picked up future picks (like New England) rather than players in this draft I don't feel like are not talented enough to make their roster. I love the pick of Robert Brewster in the third. Great versatility at guard and right tackle with an upside. Because I am not a fan of picking up all of these late round picks on such a talented team, I give a bad grade.
New York Giants: Jerry Reese is one of the best in the biz, and every year he shows us why. I had a first round grade on Nicks unlike most, so I love that pick. Can Clint Sintim play in the 4-3? He was sluggish in Mobile. William Beatty has HIGH upside at left tackle. Travis Beckum was my No. 2 tight end and he will stretch the field.
Philadelphia Eagles: I don't understand the pick of Jeremy Maclin. He will not produce for the next two seasons (bad route runner) and they already have a vertical/return receiver in DeSean Jackson. LeSean McCoy, Cornelius Ingram, Victor Harris and Fenuki Tupou were all solid values. Brandon Gibson is the most underrated receiver in the draft and can contribute immediately.
Washington Redskins: Brian Orakpo is exactly the player this team needed on defense. Kevin Barnes has a high upside and has been on my radar for the past year.
Chicago Bears: I see a lot of potential in this draft, but I don't see much immediate impact. Can Juaquin Iglesias escape from press coverage? Henry Melton was a good pick. D.J. Moore can play some nickel and dime. Marcus Freeman brings versatility, but I have thought for a while he was overrated (glad they didn't reach).
Detroit Lions: Matt Stafford was the right pick. However, this team will be regretting passing up on Mike Oher for the next decade. If Stafford busts because he didn't have an offensive line, I will point back to the 2009 NFL Draft. I love the values of Brandon Pettigrew and Louis Delmas, but I just felt like they should have drafted a left tackle.
Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji was the smart pick at No. 9 with Tyson Jackson and Eugene Monroe off the board. Clay Matthews, T.J. Lang, Quinn Johnson, Jamon Meredith and Brandon Underwood were all great values. This is why I am a Ted Thompson fan.
Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin is a top-five talent (I love his speed, strength, route running AND hands), but he will be out of the league in four years because of his character concerns. He already got his athletic career terminated in high school by the Virginia High School League, and it will happen in the NFL. Phil Loadholt is an immediate starter. Asher Allen is a physical corner who can play some nickel early in his career. Jasper Brinkley is a good value, but he probably won't play on the punt coverage unit and can't play SAM or WILL.
Atlanta Falcons: I like Peria Jerry in the first round, but he might get washed against the run. William Moore and Chris Owens were good values.
Carolina Panthers: I don't like Everette Brown in the 4-3 defense because he doesn't have the body to hold up against the run, and they gave up a 2010 first-round pick for him. I like the selection of Sherrod Martin in the second. Mike Goodson has a lot upside. Tony Fiammetta can be a starter tomorrow. Because Carolina gave up next year's first for a player that I feel like does not fit their scheme, I grade them down.
New Orleans Saints: Malcolm Jenkins is an immediate upgrade as he can play corner, nickel or free safety. I love his versatility as a rookie, but his position is eventually free safety like Antrel Rolle. Chip Vaughn and Thomas Morstead were solid values.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Freeman is a highly talented quarterback coming from a pro-style offense with no solid players around him. He will redshirt behind Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich, and be brought along slowly. It was a great pick, as Tampa needs to start selling tickets and getting on television. This was why Jon Gruden was fired: He neither drafted (Aaron Rodgers in 2005 was a miss) nor developed a young face for the organization under center. D.J. Moore made my all-underrated team at defensive end. He has a motor and more upside than given credit for. Sammie Stroughter runs great routes (I love sharp route-runners) and has some potential in the slot if Dexter Jackson is as much a bust at receiver as he was as a returner.
Arizona Cardinals: I love the pick of Chris Wells as he was 11th on my big board. Cody Brown can rush the quarterback. Rashad Johnson is one of the steals of the draft at No. 95 overall (No. 21 on my board). He will be a complete play-maker in the NFL. I expect him to be a starter at some point this season and never look back. Greg Toler, Herman Johnson, and Trevor Canfield have starter potential.
St. Louis Rams: I think this team will regret passing up on Eugene Monroe in my opinion. I think Jason Smith was a good pick, but I just don't feel like he was the best possible choice. I have concerns with him not playing in the 3-point stance and being a potential one-year wonder at Baylor. I called James Laurinaitis in the second round. I love that pick. Bradley Fletcher was a good value in the third, as was Dorrell Scott in the fourth.
San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree at No. 10 was a good value, but this team might end up regret passing up on the franchise quarterback in Josh Freeman. What is the plan at that position? We know Alex Smith and Shaun Hill are not the answer. Glen Coffee was a decent pick in the third round, but I don't see an impact player left in this draft. This grade is NOT a knock on Crabtree, but on the rest of the 49ers' picks. Improved grade for picking up Carolina's first-round pick in 2010.
Seattle Seahawks: I love the pick of Aaron Curry since this team is now refusing to pay Leroy Hill. My only question with that selection was investing too much money in the linebacking corps. Great move by Ruskell. Max Unger gives so much versatility at guard and center in the second round. Walt is a Penn State alum and a die-hard Nittany Lion; I'll take his word for it that Deon Butler can be a slot receiver in the league. Courtney Greene was great value in the 7th round. I upped the grade for Seattle for acquiring Denver's first-round pick, which will likely be a top-10 selection.