Yes, we all know by now that Matthew Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. However, as a fan of the game, is he one of the more interesting picks from this year's draft? Not by a long shot.
For better of for worse, several players will be entering the NFL who possess abilities that we haven't really seen much of in the NFL before. With that said, here are five such players of whom NFL fans should take notice in 2009...
At 6'6" and 250 pounds, Josh Freeman is a physical beast at the quarterback position. While he is far from a proven and polished player, his physical abilities are off the charts, as he has an absolute cannon for an arm and a tendency towards scrambling and running over defenders when the situation calls for it.
We may not see so much of him this year, but down the road it should be interesting to watch the big man play ball.
There's few who would argue that David Beuhler may be the most athletic kicker of all time. At 227 pounds, Beuhler runs a 4.6 40 yard dash, and he out- bench pressed even some of the top offensive linemen and linebackers in this year's draft.
While it is still hard to say how Beuhler's athleticism will be put to use in the NFL, Jerry Jones clearly drafted David over some higher ranked kickers for his athletic abilities. Therefore, we may be seeing David Beuhler in several roles that we have never seen a kicker in before.
At 6'6", Barden is about to become the tallest wide receiver in the NFL. With a 4.6 40 yard dash time and great hands, Barden has the potential to become one of the most dangerous red zone threats in the entire NFL.
At 6'4", Sean Smith is, to my knowledge, about to become the tallest cornerback in the history of the NFL. That's right, the tallest ever. In the NFL, even the best cornerbacks rarely even touch 6' tall.
Therefore, while they have the speed and ability to shut down some of the game's elite receivers, the big and tall wide-outs always give cornerbacks trouble. However, at 6'4" and 215 pounds, Smith should become the ultimate weapon at shutting down the game's big receivers, which will make him a one-of-a-kind player in the NFL.
In one of the most specialized sports in the entire world, Pat White will be one of the few slash players that the game still has. Splitting time between the quarterback and wide receiver position, Pat White will be contributing to his team in a way few others do.
Miami drafted White high in the second round, and they will likely expect him to run their infamous wildcat offense. For those who aren't familiar, the wildcat offense is in some ways a trick offense in which a running-type player takes the snap and runs with the ball, but has the option to pass if the opposing team bites on the run.
While this offense was incredibly successful when run by running back Ronnie Brown last year, White's presence will make the pass a viable possibility in the wildcat. In short, Pat White should be the most intriguing rookie in the 2009-10 NFL season.