The NFL season is officially over, and the focus turns to the NFL combine, and the NFL draft. This years draft class has plenty of talent, and it's just a matter of time now of where the players will play, and how well they will be in the NFL.
Breaking down the quarterbacks of the 2009 NFL draft class can be difficult, but there are a few quarterbacks that really stand out. The top quarterback in my opinion is Matthew Stafford of Georgia. He has the strong arm that teams in the NFL look far, and reminds me of Matt Ryan, who was the NFL offensive rookie of the year in 2008-2009. Stafford will probably be drafted in the top five, and potentially No.1, unless the Lions do something else.
Mark Sanchez of USC is the No. 2 quarterback in the 2009 draft class, and could be picked in the top five or top ten depending on what teams are looking for. Sanchez had an excellent year for the USC Trojans this season, posting career highs, and displaying a pretty good arm for the Trojans.
Many thought Sanchez should of stayed in college because of only one season started for USC, but with being one of the top prospects in the draft, he decided to turn pro.
The next top rated quarterbacks are Josh Freeman of Kansas State, who teams might take with the possibility of getting another Joe Flacco-type player. Nate Davis of Ball State, and Pat White of West Virginia also might hear their names called on the first day, or early on the second day.
Knowshon Moreno of Georgia is perhaps the top running back in this NFL draft, with the ability to create long runs, and to break tackles. Chris Wells of Ohio State is the next best, but still a first round pick. He was injured part of the 2008 season, but can certainly be a game changer in the NFL. LeSean McCoy of Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated running backs in the draft, and could be a very good third down back in the pros.
Shonn Greene of Iowa, Javon Ringer of Michigan State, and Donald Brown of Connecticut all are types of running backs that could shine as speedy running backs that make a difference in the NFL next season.
Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech is probably the most dangerous receiver in the 2009 NFL draft. He has won two Biletnikoff awards for being the best receiver in college football, and has shown he can make game changing catches. To me he reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald. Crabtree will likely be drafted in the top five of the NFL draft. Jeremy Maclin of Missouri is a big game receiver also. He is a tremendous all-purpose player, and makes big time catches. He is also a speedy receiver, who Chase Daniel relied on to make big catches. Percy Harvin of Florida is also a top receiver. In the BCS National Championship game, Harvin made catches when Florida needed them most. The only question mark concerning Harvin is whether he can stay healthy. Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina, Juaquin Iglesias of Oklahoma, and Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland could also have their names called early. This years wide receivers is considerably deeper than last seasons draft, and are better pro prospects than last seasons receivers.
Looking at the tight ends, Brandon Pettigrew of Oklahoma State is the top tight end in this years NFL draft, and could be taken in the late first round. Chase Coffman of Missouri, and Jared Cook of South Carolina are the other tight ends that could see their names called on the first day, or early on the second day.
The offensive line players for this years draft is also pretty deep. Offensive tackles are one of the main commodites in this seasons draft, and a few of them could go very high in the first round. Andre Smith of Alabama could be picked by Detroit, but is unlikely, considering the Lions badly need a quarterback. Eugene Monroe of Virginia and Michael Oher of Ole Miss also could be picked in the top five, or top ten of the 2009 NFL draft. Jason Smith of Baylor could also rise up draft boards for teams in the 2009 NFL draft. Expect a lot of offensive line players to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2009 NFL draft.
In the next few months, the NFL draft will get talked about a lot, and as NFL fans, you won't want to miss a beat.