The 2009 NFL Draft: Who Are the Studs and Who Are the Duds?

Joe Burgett @JoEburGett_WESenior Writer IIIMarch 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford of Georgia runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

While it is easy to say a team like the Lions will probably take a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft, what are the chances that he will be good?

I mean, they did take Joey Harrington, and look how that turned out. He seemed like a good pick after a pretty good college career and the Lions hoped he would be the next big QB in the NFL.

It didn't work out.

And just saying the name Ryan Leaf makes us all cringe. He could have actually gone No. 1 that year to the Colts instead of Peyton Manning.

Could you imagine Manning as a Charger, instead of Leaf? I know I couldn't.

So who will be the duds and who will be the studs of the 2009 NFL Draft?

Some are easy to spot. Others, I think, will go high but fizzle out in their pro careers.

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We may see the next Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis or LaDainian Tomlinson here. Or we could see the next Leaf or Harrington.

I am going to tell you who they are. So let's get started

Matthew Stafford 

While many scouts have fallen in love with Stafford, he is not going to be great. He has all the tools, yet does not know how to use them.

Some look great in the combine and in college—like say...Ryan Leaf—but they do not turn out well in the next level.

Stafford left early, which I can understand. But he should have stayed.

He has a good arm, which means he can throw it deep, but his accuracy is not as what people make it out to be.

Stafford has had some good workouts, but it does not mean anything until you actually get him out on the field in a game.

I feel he is to antsy in the pocket and is not very mobile. He is baffled when he has nowhere to throw and ends ups making bad decisions.

Some of these things can get better with good coaching, but to me, Stafford won't make it.

Knowshon Moreno

What can I say? A hurdling YouTube sensation, he does know how to get your attention.

Sorry to say he will not keep it.

Some have tried to compare him to Reggie Bush, but the problem is, he is too small.

Moreno has speed, but no power on the inside, which I think will hurt him too much at the next level.

In college, he did not have to overpower anyone because he could simply outrun everybody. Those he did muscle past were just defensive backs, who were around his size in the first place.

In the NFL, the speed and size of the linebackers will hinder Moreno's success.

The defensive backs are also bigger.

Let's see how he does when a guy like Ed Reed comes up to tackle him.

Chase Daniel

Now, the Missouri QB has been killing in college. However, some think that, since he is only 6'0'', he cannot be productive.

I have to disagree.


First off, unlike some of the others in the draft, he has mobility. Is he Speedy Gonzales?


But Daniel can move around in the pocket. He's also accurate both in and out of the pocket, unlike Stafford.

Watching him in both college and the NFL combine, you could see he has a good football IQ. He knows when and where to make his throws.

Because of his size he probably won't go very high, but I think he will have a good career if a team gives him the chance to play.

He could be a steal in the second or third round.

Glen Coffee

The Alabama running back had a wonderful season last year. Behind a good offensive line, Coffee had several 100-yard rushing games one 200-yard game.

In the combine, he ran a 4.5-second 40, compared to the 4.6 put up by Moreno, who many consider to be faster.

Coffee can move.

However, he was mostly known for his power in college, taking on not just linebackers, but defensive tackles. Some in the 300- to 400-pound class.

The difference between Coffee and others like Moreno is that he is a full back in a running back's body. He's big enough to run you over, but still he can move.

With that said, Coffee may not go in the first round, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

Dion Butler

Butler had a good season for Penn State this year. He may have not been the best wide receiver out there, but he could still hurt you.

Not only does he have soft hands, but he can scoot. He ran a 4.3 40 at the combine, but on the field he looks even faster.

He can even run some defenders over, despite being only 5'10''.

Butler can get high too, jumping-wise of course. Some think you have to be tall to be a good receiver, but not with this guy's abilities.

He reminds me of Steve Smith a bit. Not only can he beat you with speed, but he's impossible to stop when he gets going.

Look out for Butler as he may be a big threat in the future.

James Laurinaitis

At Ohio State, Laurinaitis was one of the most feared linebackers in college, appearing in two National Championship games along the way.

Sorry to say he never won.

The son of former WWE Superstar The Animal, Laurinaitis is plenty tough.

The problem is he is not as good as people make him out to be. And scouts are starting to notice.

I supported him for some time, but I just can't get past his flaws. Laurinaitis is a decent tackler, but he can't match the speed of receivers or running backs.

He ran a 4.8 40 in the combine, which was good, but there's a difference between running in straight line and playing in a game.

Laurinaitis never showed that speed in college.

He had terrible games when he had to face a quick running back or receiver. In the NFL, you have to be able to cover running backs and wide outs.

He can't.

If teams run up the middle, expect him to make a play. On the outside, he just can't do it.

Even with coaching, I don't expect him to get much better even with training.

John Parker Wilson

The Alabama QB seems to be the talk of scouts. Not only is his accuracy improving, but he can also adapt to the NFL playbook.

Wilson had four offensive coordinators while in college, meaning four different playbooks, so he should have no problem adapting to one NFL playbook, no matter how complex.

That means he can start faster because he has a good memory and coaches can trust him on the field.

He has an arm too.

Wilson had the best arm of anyone in the SEC this past year, completing more deep passes than any other QB despite only having his best wide out available for a few games.

The problem scouts saw before was his accuracy, but I expect him to get a better evaluation since his improvement.

Some thought he would go in the fifth or sixth round after this season, but that is not the case anymore.

While at the combine, Wilson impressed many coaches, scouts and even a few other NFL hopefuls. Many receivers said he was a good QB, and would be surprised if he didn't go high in the draft.

He is accurate, has the arm to throw the deep ball, and has a good QB mind.

Sound like Tom Brady to you? He could be.

I expect Wilson to go late second or third, a steal for any team.