The 2009 NFL Draft is complete. Teams have made their selections of former college football standouts whom they hope will take their teams to the next level this season.
Some players that have been taken will need a couple years in order to become steady players, others will never pan out at all. However, there are some key players taken in this draft that will make an impact starting on Week 1.
Here are those players.
Don't look now, but there's a decent football team in upstate New York this year.
Anchoring a stingy Penn St. defense in only his sophomore year, Maybin found the quarterback 12 times-then the quarterback found the ground. He brings speed, athleticism, and power to the front line of Buffalo.
My choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
New England is known for turning out elite cornerbacks: Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, etc. Darius Butler will become the next one.
Bringing speed and versatility to both sides of the ball, Butler reminds me a little bit of Troy Brown who also tried to play on almost every down. Butler, however, is actually young enough and athletic enough to do it.
Oh yea, he's one explosive return man, too. The Pats know how to pick 'em.
McCoy has questionable speed and agility, mostly because he did not take part in the 40-yard dash at the combine. However, he is an explosive runner who can find a seam and turn a small gain into a big run.
What is going to help him make such an impact with the Eagles this year is his hands. Andy Reid loves backs that can run a flat and catch the ball. Look at Brian Westbrook and all the success he is having.
I am not saying McCoy is going to be the next Westbrook, but he has all the potential to get to that level in the Philadelphia system.
Forget that he's the best linebacker in his class. Forget that he has an uncanny nose for the ball leading to 200 total tackles in his junior and senior year seasons at Wake Forest.
Forget that he beat all other outside linebackers at the combine in the 40-yard dash, the vertical, and the broad jump.
No, what is going to make Curry a special NFL player from day one is his passion. Did you see this 6'3", 250 pound young man break down to tears when he was drafted?
This has been his dream since he was a little boy. Football, above all else, is played from the heart. Curry's got more of that than anyone.