2009 NFL Draft Review

Apr 26th, 2009 | By Pete Dymeck | Category: Featured

We have worked diligently to bring all of our readers the best draft information in preparation for the 2009 NFL Draft and we think we succeeded, so before Sideline Scouting continues to look forward to the 2010 NFL Draft, we will be bringing in draft grades and thoughts on the 2009 NFL Draft.

Round One Summary

Everything went as expected until the New York Jets traded the farm away to trade places with Cleveland. The Jets landed QB Mark Sanchez, the top QB prospect on Sideline Scouting’s board since January 15, 2009. With Rex Ryan as the head coach, we do not see a major return on this move for Sanchez immediately but once the defense comes around to typical Ryan fashion, a Sanchez-led offense should be intimidating for the rest of the AFC East.

Best Picks: Jacksonville Jaguars - OT Eugene Monroe, Washington Redskins - DE Brian Orakpo, Baltimore Ravens - OT Michael Oher

Worst Picks: Oakland Raiders - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Cleveland Browns - OC Alex Mack, Tennessee Titans - WR Kenny Britt

Round Two Summary

Plenty of great value fell into round two, the last round of day one. The New England Patriots were amassing picks in order to regroup their troops for another Super Bowl run while the Dallas Cowboys decided they did not need any picks on the first day, despite losing quality talent on both sides of the ball. The New York Giants defined the second round of the draft by selecting two quality prospects, OLB Clint Sintim & OT William Beatty, in a move that proves the fact that the rich only get richer.

Best Picks: New England Patriots - DT Ron Brace, Carolina Panthers - DE Everette Brown, Philadelphia Eagles - RB LeSean McCoy

Worst Picks: Miami Dolphins - QB/WR Pat White, Oakland Raiders - S Michael Mitchell, New England Patriots - OT Sebastian Vollmer

Round Three Summary

Day two kicked off with a flurry of what we expected to be first or second round talent left on the board. Great value was to be had and it won’t be hard to see in five or six years that the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft produced plenty of good, long-tenured NFL players. The small school’s began to make a splash in round three with representatives from Western Illinois, William & Mary, Cal Poly, and Nicholls State coming off of the board.

Best Picks: Chicago Bears - DT Jarron Gilbert, Cincinnati Bengals - DE Michael Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers - WR Mike Wallace

Worst Picks: Dallas Cowboys - OLB Jason Williams, Dallas Cowboys - OT Robert Brewster, Tennessee Titans - CB Ryan Mouton

Round Four Summary

The first pick of round four was QB Stephen McGee to the Dallas Cowboys. As a matter of fact, Dallas traded up to draft McGee. Tony Romo is probably enjoying the weather in Cancun so we doubt we will get any comments from him soon but once he returns to civilization, he will have to answer questions about Stephen McGee.

Best Picks: Green Bay Packers - OT T.J. Lang, Chicago Bears - CB D.J. Moore, Atlanta Falcons - DE Lawrence Sidbury

Worst Picks: Kansas City Chiefs - CB Donald Washington, San Diego Chargers - DT Vaughn Martin, Carolina Panthers - RB Mike Goodson

Round Five Summary

This is where the stars of tomorrow from September have fallen. Here, we have cluttered a group of prospects that were expected to be day one selections before the college football season that were tagged with red flags by the time the college football season reached its end.

Best Picks: Houston Texans - TE James Casey, Carolina Panthers - OG Duke Robinson, San Francisco 49ers - QB Nate Davis

Worst Picks: Kansas City Chiefs - OT Colin Brown, Buffalo Bills - S/OLB Nic Harris, Miami Dolphins - TE Johnathan Nalbone

Round Six Summary

Move along, nothing to see here. Round six was a drag as NFL teams tried to lock up late round quarterbacks with presumably no potential. Still, we know that Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck, and Tom Brady all hailed from the sixth round but we do not see any of that talent in Keith Null and company.

Best Picks: Baltimore Ravens - RB Cedric Peerman, Dallas Cowboys - S/OLB Stephen Hodge, Arizona Cardinals - DE Will Davis

Worst Picks: Washington Redskins - ILB Robert Henson, Houston Texans - CB Brice McCain, Cincinnati Bengals - RB Bernard Scott

Round Seven Summary

Still waiting for QB Brian Hoyer to get drafted. Still waiting for CB Bruce Johnson to go. Nope, neither will make it in round seven. Instead, the draft lingers on and Mr. Irrelevant is none other than K Ryan Succop from South Carolina.

Best Picks: San Diego Chargers - WR Demetrius Byrd, Pittsburgh Steelers - OC A.Q. Shipley, Arizona Cardinals - OG Trevor Canfield

Worst Picks: Cincinnati Bengals - RB Fui Vakapuna, Washington Redksins - TE Eddie Williams, New York Giants - CB Stoney Woodson

Tags: A.Q. Shipley

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