Post Draft Analysis: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

April 27, 2009 at 3:04 am Leave a comment


The 2009 NFL Draft has finally come to a close and now thousands of wannabe Mel Kiper’s are wondering how in the world they couldn’t pick better than 22%. The Draft is impossible to predict and it’s just a fun little activity us football fans do in order to better handle our seven-month layoff from football. But now that it’s all said and done, whether you love or hate your team’s picks, it’s time for a post-Draft analysis (much shorter than an actual Mock). Seeing as how the Draft is seven rounds, I’m going to try and focus mainly on the first-round to keep it simple. Here it goes:

Best Move: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49er’s (10) – I could almost guarantee you that the 49er’s had no clue that Crabtree could fall to them at #10. I had the Niners selecting an offensive lineman (Oher) and they probably would have, but you can’t pass up on Crabtree. The Browns passed, the Seahawks passed, and the Raiders whiffed, the Niners were there with open arms. Crabtree may not have the “burner” speed or the Combine performance of Heyward-Bey, but there is no question that the Niners got the second-best player in the entire draft with the #10 pick.

Honorable Mention for Best Move: Aaron Curry, Seattle Seahawks (4) – The Seattle Seahawks had their name thrown around a lot on Draft Day but they kept it together and wisely selected what came to them. Aaron Curry was arguably the best player in the Draft and he will be able to immediately fill the void of the departed Julian Peterson.

Steal of the First Round: Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins (13) – Dan Snyder didn’t make the worst move of his ownership days by trading down to get Mark Sanchez, so the Draft was considered a success by most Redskins fans. And by not trading down, the Redskins were able to watch the top pass-rusher in this year’s draft slowly fall to them at #13. Orakpo had top-five talent and would have probably been selected by the Browns at #5 had they not traded out. Orakpo comes from one the best football programs in the country and he has all the tools necessary. He will also join a defense that was ranked fourth just a year ago and he will receive a lot of one-on-one’s because of the attention that newly acquired Albert Haynesworth will receive.

Honorable Mention for Steal of the First Round: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (30) – I was extremely high on Kenny Britt. He has a strong competetive streak, a huge 6’3 frame, great hands, and he is arguably the best route-runner in the Draft. Seeing as how Oakland thought receiver the whole way, I think it’s fair to say that Britt had top-seven potential. The Titans finally drafted a receiver in the first-round and I think this will pay off tremendously.

Riskiest Pick of the First Round: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders (7) – Easily earning the worst pick of the first round for any team, the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis obviously drafted Heyward-Bey because of his freakish 40-time, but he passed up on far better receivers like Crabtree, Maclin, and Britt. We all know that Al Davis loves athletes with speed, but this pick was ridiculous. I think the Raiders could have gone with Eugene Monroe instead and been far better off.  Heyward-Bey probably is not first round material and that’s why it’s such a risk.

Honorable Mention for Riskiest Pick of the First Round – Mark Sanchez, New York Jets (5) Even more than Andre Smith and Josh Freeman, I think that selecting Mark Sanchez was a HUGE risk for the New York Jets. Every team seemed to be head over heels for this kid and the Jets were the big players to step-up and the get the trade done to get him. New head coach, huge New York market, a winning bidder amongst four or more teams…Mark Sanchez will have a target on his back and so will the Jets franchise. If he does well, the Jets look like a group of MIT grads. If Sanchez is average, the New York media and ESPN analysts will pick that franchise apart. Easy does it…

Most Questionable Selection – Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals (6) – What are the Bengals known for? Character issues, of course. With that in mind, does anyone find it odd that the Bengals selected three players with notable character issues with their first three picks? Don’t get me wrong here, the Bengals drafted tremendous talent, but they obviously don’t have the coaches or front office to control these “character issue” players. Andre Smith was the talented tackle with weight issues and the guy who left the Combine early. Rey Maualuga had “starter” ability but some teams thought he was a little wild. And Michael Johnson was a freak athlete that has had reported work ethic issues since day one. They drafted great talent, even better potential, but their attitudes combined with Cincy’s front office is a little questionable.

Honorable Mention for Most Questionable Selection: Larry English, San Diego Chargers (16) – Larry English is one of the best football players of the draft but I think he was late first-round talent at best. His measurements are decent and his game films are nice, but #16 is pretty high for a team with Merriman and Shun Phillips. However, San Diego has drafted well for the past few years so I’m sure they know what they’re doing.

Future Stud Pick of the First Round: Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens (26) – Oher may not be the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to learning the playbook, but he has HUGE potential. I like this guy a lot and the Ravens have the great coaching staff that can really turn Oher into another Jonathan Ogden. He will probably start at right tackle first and then eventually move to the left side, but either way he will strive in Baltimore.

Honorable Mention for Future Stud Pick of the First Round: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (30) – Again, I come back to mention Kenny Britt. I may be completely off the deep-end with this call, but I really feel like Britt can be a huge force in this league. Plus, the Titans need a receiver in Tennessee and Britt is a huge target that can help any quarterback.

So there it is, my attempt at Draft redemption now that my Mock went for about 20% correct. But then again, apparent draft expert and multi-millionaire Mel Kiper didn’t do much better.


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