Washington Redskins - NFC East
Texas DE Brian Orakpo
Texas DE Brian Orakpo
Posted Apr 27, 2009

Washington Redskins - NFC East, 2009 Draft Selections & Prospects

Washington Redskins

- 2009 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
1st Round
| 2nd Round | 3rd Round | 4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Rd | 7th Rd

CFN 2009 Draft Central & Team-by-Team Picks and Analysis


18 18 1st Round  
Brian Orakpo, DE Texas
  6-3, 260
Either a 4-3 speed rusher or an outside linebacker in a 3-4, wherever he lines up he’ll get into the backfield on a regular basis. Extremely strong, he’s a freak of nature in the weight room and workouts with a jaw-dropping performance at the Combine. He has busted his tail to get bigger, stronger, and better since he first came to Austin. There are some durability concerns, but last year’s injury that limited him late in the season was a fluke. There’s a consistency question and there’s a huge concern about his motor, but when he’s on, he’s unstoppable. The other possible question is where to put him. He’s not really a linebacker and will probably be at his best with a hand on the ground. However, there’s no concern about how he handles himself against big tackles. Line him up, turn him loose, and let him wreak havoc as a devastating game-changer of a pass rusher.
CFN Value Rank: First Round  CFN Position Rank: 1
16 80 3rd Round 
Kevin Barnes, CB Maryland 6-0, 185

While he's to going to tackle anyone, he's a great athlete who can cut on a dime and has enough speed to handle the more talented, athletic receivers. He's not bulky and he's not all that strong, but he's tall and plays bigger with a tremendous vertical leap. Because of his size and frame, or his lack of it, he'll have problems staying healthy. He got hurt last year with a shoulder injury and was knocked out halfway through the year. While he impressed everyone with his post-season workouts, he needs refinement on his overall technique and he'll have to be in a position where he doesn't have to be physical.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 9
22 158 5th Round (from Minnesota)
Cody Glenn, LB Nebraska 6-0, 245
A big fullback/running back who moved to linebacker last year, he's raw, but tough. There are major durability question marks and he's not nearly physical enough to be a star of any sort, but he's athletic, can be used at linebacker or fullback, and isn't a bad receiver out of the backfield. Even so, he'll only be tried out at linebacker and won't make the team if he can be a defender.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: NR
12 221 7th Round (from Minnesota)
Eddie Williams, TE Idaho 6-1, 240
While he's not tall and is built like a fullback, he was a special receiver for a team that did absolutely nothing. Even though everyone was keying on him, he still came up with 54 grabs for 687 yards and six scores. Durability is a bit of a concern, but the bigger problem could be a lack of a position. He's not a good enough blocker to be used as a fullback, and he's not a speedster who'll break off many big plays. Even so, he should be a nice short to midrange target.  
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent    CFN Position Rank: 21
34 243 7th Round
Marko Mitchell, WR Nevada 6-4, 218
Productive during his the No. 1 target for the Wolf Pack, he has excellent speed to go along with his tremendous size. He has the basic, raw skills, but he has the attitude of a top target without the consistency. With lagging concentration, unpolished skills, even with all his experience, and not enough strength for his size, there are a lot of issues. However, he could be a major diamond in the rough who could explode if everything clicks and if he will work for it.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: NR


The Draft Was ... Jason Campbell's dream come true. There's no excuse for the Redskin passing game to have any problems over the next few years. Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly were each the No. 1 receiver on various draft boards, while Fred Davis is a dangerous receiving tight end.
Best Value Pick: Colt Brennan, QB Hawaii. 6th round. Thomas and Kelly were both great steals in the second round and P Durant Brooks was a key sixth rounder, but getting Brennan, who wasn't a need pick by any means, in the middle of the sixth round is ridiculous. Give him a few years under Jim Zorn and he'll be a player.
Biggest Reach: Chad Rinehart, OT Northern Iowa. 3rd round. A good run on the off-season workout circuit boosted up his stock, but he needs time and he needs a position. A third rounder is a big price to pay on a project when there were plenty of top prospects still on the board.
They Should've ... Taken UNLV LB Beau Bell instead of Rinehart. Rinehart still likely would've been on the board for the Skins in the fourth round. Bell would've filled a void and would've made this a more complete draft.


3 34 2nd Round (from Tampa Bay)     Devin Thomas, WR Michigan State
One of the biggest boom-or-bust picks of the draft, Thomas only produced for one year after coming to MSU from the JUCO ranks. He has decent size, excellent speed, and great moves in the open field. In a draft full of NFL No. 2 receivers, Thomas is the one who could be a No. 1 if everything works out. He has the make-up, the deep speed, and the toughness to revolve a passing game around. However, and it's a huge however, he needs the right coaching and a lot of breaking in. He might not be ready to star right away, he'll need some polish to his route running and he needs to prove he can handle the responsibility of being the guy, but the sky's the limit.
CFN Value Rank: Late First to Second Round     CFN Position Rank: 3
17 48 2nd Round (from Atlanta)   Fred Davis, TE USC
While he timed well, he has been underwhelming in post-season workouts and hasn't stood out like many assumed he would considering he was the Mackey Award winner. For all intents and purposes he was the USC passing game last season with a great 63-catch, eight touchdown season and he can be plugged right in and can roll from day one. He's not huge and he's not going to dominate anyone with his blocking skills, but he's a big receiver who could blow up in the right system.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round     CFN Position Rank: 2
20 51 2nd Round    Malcolm Kelly, WR Oklahoma
While Kelly has the look of a No. 1 receiver and he should grow into the role, he has a ceiling. A hard one. Without the high-end speed needed to be a star, he'll have to use his great size to be a physical target who outjumps and outmuscles his way for the ball. He's tough, isn't afraid to take a shot or two, and can make some moves in the open field, but he could potentially be shut down cold by the fastest NFL corners. He still needs a little bit of coaching to improve his technique and there's a knee injury that's a bit of a concern, but if someone can light the fire, he'll be the steadiest, surest receiver prospect. He just might not be the most spectacular.
CFN Value Rank: Late First Round    CFN Position Rank:
33 96 3rd Round   Chad Rinehart, OT/OG Northern Iowa
While he'll try to be an NFL tackle, he's a guard. A strong 320 pounds who can crush and kill for a running game, he's just not a good enough athlete to be a regular on the outside. He's definitely not a left tackle, could be a right tackle with some work, and will likely find a spot as a versatile backup who'll work where needed.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round to Seventh Round   CFN Position Rank:
22 (as an OT)
25 124 4th Round (from trade)     Justin Tryon, CB Arizona State
Expected to be one of the faster corners in the draft, he tested a tad slow, for him, registering a 4.52; a far cry from the sub-4.4 level he was supposed to run. He played bigger than his size and is a good tackler, but he's a good athlete who could be a good return man and should be able to hang with the speedier receivers. He'll just get shoved around by the bigger ones.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round   CFN Position Rank:
2 168 6th Round (from trade) Durant Brooks, P Georgia Tech
Phenomenal at pinning teams deep, Brooks came over from the JUCO ranks to put 67 kicks inside the 20 in two years. 15 a year is considered good. He has a great leg, is consistent, and can be a weapon from day one. He doesn't have the upside of Mike Dragosavich, but he'll be a starter for a long time.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
  CFN Position Rank: 2
14 180 6th Round (from trade)  Kareem Moore, FS Nicholls State
Stronger than his 5-10, 213-pound size would indicate, Moore is a great hitter who'll throw his body all over the place to make a tackle. While he only put up a 4.67 in the 40, he looks much faster on the field. Now, that could be the competition he faced, but he did stand out. He's a good character player who never got banged up despite his physical style.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round to Seventh Round 
CFN Position Rank: 20
20 186 6th Round   Colt Brennan, QB Hawaii
He's not big and he's not thick at a very skinny 6-3 and 185 pounds, and there are a bazillion other red flags considering the competition he faced and the performance against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. However, he has one of the most accurate arms of any of the top prospects, is far more of a gamer than he ever got credit for, and is fantastic at throwing on the move. You can't judge him by the Georgia game; he never, ever had room to breathe. The offensive line never gave him a chance. Instead, focus on the fire he had two years ago when he bounce passed a fourth down throw in the end zone to blow a chance at beating Oregon State. He might have the laid-back Hawaii tag, but he's a football player, period. Yeah, he had problems with the speed of the Bulldogs, but he also went ballistic against teams like Alabama, Purdue, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington. In the right offense he could be a deadly accurate dink and dunk passer who keeps an offense moving.
CFN Value Rank: Third to Fourth Round   CFN Position Rank: 5
35 242 7th Round  Rob Jackson, DE Kansas State
While he doesn't do any one thing special, he's a good, tough all-around player who holds up well against the run and goes full-tilt all the time. A big small and not a great athlete, he's never going to be a starter, but on want-to he could make himself into a backup.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent   CFN Position Rank: 32
42 249 7th Round  Chris Horton, SS UCLA
At 6-0 and 212 pounds, he's a strong tackle who might see time as a woefully undersized linebacker. He's lousy against the pass and can't play anything but strong safety in the secondary. He can't play free safety or nickelback and he'll have to be a demon on special teams. The athleticism isn't there to be a consistent NFL starter in the secondary.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent 
CFN Position Rank: 22