The Top Three Players in the NFL Draft
This year's NFL Draft is littered with NFL talent.
I'll highlight the the top three players in the draft.
Will they be quarterbacks, running backs, or the big offensive linemen who protect them?
What about a playmaking wide receiver? Will they be linebackers, defensive linemen, or a ball-hawking saftey?
Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
At 6'1", 247 pounds, Aaron Curry ranks as my No.1 prospect in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The 2008 Butkus Award finalist, Curry has the blend of height, weight, and speed the NFL teams covet at the outside linebacker position.
He has the ability to turn the corner on NFL linemen and tight ends. It's said that he relies on amazing quickness over technique, but his technique is actually quite good.
This Wake Forest beast is an amazing tackler, as he averaged 83 tackles a year in his career while at Wake.
He should go to the Lions at No. 1, but the age old question remains: Do you draft for need or do you draft the most talented guy in the draft?
In this draft, that guy is Aaron Curry.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
At 6'2" and 208 pounds, Michael Crabtree is widely considered the best player in the draft.
I beg to differ.
I do, however, believe he is the best offensive player. This two-time Biletnikoff Award winner has quick feet and uses his hands well, making it tough to slow him down at the line of scrimmage.
He also appears to have an excellent football I.Q., reads defenses well, and excels at locating seams in zone coverage.
In two years at Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree caught 218 balls for 2,996 yards and 39 touchdowns.
I believe that if Crabtree decides not to run the forty, it will better for his future pro career.
Crabtree isn't far behind Curry, but it is a lot harder to develop a WR in the NFL than an OLB.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
At 6'2", 228 pounds, Matthew Stafford is the prototypical QB that NFL teams are looking for, minus an inch or two.
However, his vision, arm strength, and experience well make up for his average height.
He finished 6-2 as a true freshman starter in 2006, and started 34 games in three seasons at Georgia. As a junior in 2008, he completed 61.4 percent of his throws for 3,459 yards, with 25 TDs and 10 INTs.
He finished his career completing 57.1 percent of his attempts for 7,731 yards, with 51 TDs and 33 INTs.
Stafford has great accuracy when setting his feet and using is over-the-top throwing motion, which means his balls rarely get batted.
He also has no durability issues, as Stafford has never missed a start due to injury. Stafford is definitely a better athlete than expected.
He is the best QB in the draft, and he was very successful in the SEC conference where defense is paramount.