20 for 20: 2009

20 for 20

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.

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5 Responses to “20 for 20: 2009”

  1. iceman says:

    Chung will help win one too.

  2. iceman says:

    It was wise to pass on Clay Mathews. He went to USC as a 170 LB walk on. His best friend at USC was Brian Cushing, who was already suspended. It’s a matter of time with Mathews. He reminds a lot of Shawn Merriaman in that regard.

    • jared says:

      That being said, he helped his team win a super bowl this season, and we 0 sacks in our only playoff game.

  3. Jared says:

    I hated the Brace pick…and i loved the Butler pick. So far, they have both been bums.
    And no matter how good this draft ends up, a lot of us will remember we traded down and took Chung instead of staying and taking Clay Mathews, I know thats what I will remember.

  4. TD says:

    Butler and/or Brace finally step up and this could be a huge draft class along with last years.

    If this year is anything like last year, this team will be hard to beat, still.

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