Editor’s Note: Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.
Today he looks at the 2009 NFL Draft Class.
It’s not quite the 2008 running back class, but the ’09 class has a very impressive crop of wide receivers so far. The best of the bunch are Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Mike Wallace, Percy Harvin, Kenny Britt and Johnny Knox, but there’s a number of other up and coming WRs as well: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi, Brandon Tate, Deon Butler, Mike Thomas, Brian Hartline, Louis Murphy, Austin Collie and Julian Edelman.
Even though Heyward-Bey is progressing and Crabtree has been solid, you can’t help but think the Bay Area teams are kicking themselves for not waiting on a WR.
My Top Ten for the 2009 NFL Draft Class:
B.J. Raji: Rd. 1 Pick 9 – Green Bay Packers
Brian Orakpo: Rd. 1 Pick 13 – Washington Redskins
Josh Freeman: Rd. 1 Pick 17 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeremy Maclin: Rd. 1 Pick 19 – Philadelphia Eagles
Alex Mack: Rd. 1 Pick 21 – Cleveland Browns
Clay Matthews: Rd. 1 Pick 26 – Green Bay Packers
Hakeem Nicks: Rd. 1 Pick 29 – New York Giants
LeSean McCoy: Rd. 2 Pick 53 – Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Wallace: Rd. 3 Pick 84 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Arian Foster: Undrafted – Houston Texans
Other Significant Players – Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Knowshon Moreno, Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Cushing, Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, Vontae Davis, Kenny Britt, Patrick Chung, James Laurinaitis, Jairus Byrd, Sebastian Vollmer, Jerraud Powers, Johnny Knox
My Top Player: Clay Matthews
Consensus Top Player: Clay Matthews
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Way too early to tell, but the best players so far are Matthews, Wallace, Orakpo and McCoy.
Best Value: Arian Foster
Biggest Bust: It’s between Andre Smith and Aaron Maybin. Maybin takes the cake though since he can’t even get on the field for the lowly Bills.
Best Patriots Pick: It’s a tie between Chung and Vollmer so far, the Pats got great value in Julian Edelman and Myron Pryor.
Worst Patriots Pick: Darius Butler
Best Team Class: So far the Packers (Raji, Matthews, Brad Jones), Patriots (Chung, Ron Brace, Vollmer, Brandon Tate, Myron Pryor, Julian Edelman, Brian Hoyer), Eagles (Maclin, McCoy, Brandon Gibson, Moise Fokou, Antonio Dixon) have the best classes. Philly wins so far.
Overall Grade: Too early to tell.