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NFL's Top Five Impact Rookies for 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford at Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Jack MCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

Last year's draft was full of standouts at each position. It was certainly one of the best draft classes of all time.

With such a good year for rookies last year, this year's class has a lot to live up to. The 2009 Draft was said to be weaker and not as deep, but every group has its stars.

So who are this year's standouts? I'm going to let you know.

Before I start, here are some rookies that didn't make the cut.

I really like the kid out of Carolina. He has potential to be another Julius Peppers for the Panthers. I also think Sanchez will be a great player, just not this year.

Now it's time for the Top Five. Who made my cut? I won't keep you waiting any longer. Here are my Top Five Impact Rookies for 2009.

5. Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Bills

Exciting, Quick, Playmaker. These are all words that you could use to describe Aaron Maybin, the former Penn State Linebacker. Possibly the fastest linebacker in the Draft, Maybin just catches the eye. His blazing speed and pursuit to the ball remind me of second year player Wesley Woodyard of the Denver Broncos. If anything, he should be fun to watch this year.

4. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants

Before the 2008 season, the Giants were swell at wide reciever. That all went down hill. With Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer gone, what will the Giants have at reciever? They answered that question in the draft. Hakeem Nicks's draft stock changed more than any other this year. The former North Carolina player has definately found a home in New York. With his size, I expect good things for Nicks this year.

3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles AND 2. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

All Donavan McNabb ever wanted were some playmakers. He finally got them through this years draft. Both McCoy and Maclin are great recievers with even better speed. McCoy will be able to give Brian Westbrook a break and keep him fresh for the playoffs. To add to that, Maclin will make a splash in the return game. This is a perfect package for Philly. McNabb is certainly pleased.

1.  Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos

Surprise! The Bronco fan picks the Broncos pick! I know you might be thinking that, but even if I wasn't a Broncos fan, Moreno would still be number one. He is a dynamic runningback that is good at running, recieving, and blocking. The only problem is the crowded backfield of the Broncos. If he gets his carries, he should contend for the Rookie of the Year Award.

That's my list. I think that this year's rookie class will be great, but not as good as last year's. In the attempt to fill the shoes of last year's class, I think this year's class will be one size to small. If you disagree, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks for reading!

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