Seattle Seahawks - NFC West
Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry
Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry
Posted Apr 27, 2009

Seattle Seahawks - NFC West, 2009 Draft Selections & Prospects


Seattle Seahawks

- 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


5 5 1st Round  
Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest  6-2, 250
A nearly perfect prospect, he's strong, insanely fast and athletic for his size, smart, and willing to run through a wall to make a play. He'll have to learn how to become a blitzer and he needs to learn more how to play in the backfield. That's easily correctable. He spent the early part of his career adding weight after coming to Wake Forest looking like a safety, and he helped make form a strong defense as the captain and eventual Butkus Award winner. There's almost no real knock on him with a near-perfect combination of size, toughness, leadership, work ethic and character. He's the type of all-around versatile linebacker who'll do a little of everything and has almost no bust potential outside of a fluke injury.
CFN Value Rank: Top Five Overall
   CFN Position Rank: 1
17 49 2nd Round (from Chicago)  
Max Unger, C Oregon 6-4, 310

Versatility alone will make Unger a pro for the next decade. He’ll always find a spot somewhere on the line. Extremely quick and terrific in pass protection, the former Duck is great at getting on the move and he’s strong in pass protection. While he could be a whale of a guard in the right system, he’s not a dominant pounder and will occasionally have problems with the bigger, beefier linemen. However, against the quicker ones, forget about it. Unger won’t allow much in the way of an interior pass rush.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 2
27 91 3rd Round (from New York Giants)
Deon Butler, WR Penn State 5-10, 185
Always seen as part of the receiving corps, nothing more, he busted out this off-season with a jaw-dropping 4.36 that had everyone at the Combine buzzing. With his superior quickness and his great hands, he could explode as a slot receiver if he can get the ball in space on a regular basis. While he's not a returner, he'll work to try to become one. If he can bust out one nice return in practices, he could stick around for a while and will get a lot more attention. The problem is his size; this is it. He bulked up this off-season, but he doesn't have any room to get any bigger and he isn't all that physical.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 17
4 177 6th Round
Mike Teel, QB Rutgers 6-3, 230
All of a sudden the light went on and boom went the dynamite. After struggling early last year, with a missed punch of a teammate on the sidelines the lowlight, he caught fire and started to bomb away to become a decent NFL prospect. When he was on there were few better, but when he was off, things were really, really ugly. He has the experience, a live arm, and good size, but he needs to have a calmer, steadier demeanor and has to be able to forget about the misses and move on quicker. However, he has the tools to develop into an interesting project with a coach who wants to make him a star.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent   
   CFN Position Rank: 18
36 245 7th Round
Courtney Greene, SS Rutgers 6-1, 210  
A hot prospect as a junior and an almost certain first day pick, he decided to come back for his senior year with mediocre results. He was hardly bad, but he was inconsistent and the buzz cooled down after a fantastic third year as the starter. A good athlete who moves well and is good in the weight room, he has the basic skills and could be molded into a good starter, but he misses too many tackles and he's not great against the pass. He'll be a fan favorite because of his hitting ability, he'll have plenty of ooooooh shots, but he'll miss some routine plays trying to blow someone up.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 12
38 247 7th Round
Nick Reed, DE/LB Oregon 6-2, 250
A premier college pass rusher who busted his tail to be a very smart, very tough producer who played at an All-America level. Decent against the run, for his size, he made things happen by outhustling everyone else. Someone will try to make him a linebacker, probably for the inside, but it's not going to happen. He'll be a decent flier to take late, but the limitations are too great to overcome.
CFN Value Rank: Seventh Round
   CFN Position Rank: 22
39 248 7th Round
Cameron Morrah, TE California 6-3, 245 (Jr.)
More like a big wide receiver than bruising tight end, he's not going to block anyone and he's not going to do too much tackle-breaking once he gets the ball in his hands. Making matters worse is his lack of polish as a route runner. However, he's fast, very athletic, and will blow through a defense to get to the second level in a hurry. He's a strong prospect, but he needs work.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round    CFN Position Rank: 12


The Draft Was ... Sort of cocky. Are the Seahawks really good enough to be spending the back half of its draft on specialty players? It might be a good strategy considering how worthless most late picks are, but taking FB Owen Schmitt in the 5th, long snapper Tyler Schmitt in the 5th, and PK Brandon Coutu in the 7th was curious.
Best Value Pick: Red Bryant, DT Texas A&M. 4th round. Any time you can get a productive 318-pound defensive tackle with good quickness on the second day, you do it.
Biggest Reach: Tyler Schmitt, LS San Diego State. Fine, so he's a great special teamer and he's a phenomenal long-snapper who'll be on the team for the next ten years. Even so, the team passed on a good DT in Ahtyba Rubin and a solid corner in DeJuan Tribble for a player it could've easily had in the next round.
They Should've ... Gotten some running back help. John Carlson was a decent tight end selection in the second round, but considering Shaun Alexander was sent packing, Matt Forte, Ray Rice or Kevin Smith was the need pick.


28 28 1st Round (from Dallas)   Lawrence Jackson, DE USC
In this draft, Jackson is a poor man's Vernon Gholston. A little bit bigger than the former Ohio State star but not quite as fast, he's a versatile defender who could project as an outside linebacker in the right system. Unlike Gholston, there's room to beef up with another ten pounds of muscle. A decent pass rusher, but not an elite one quite yet, he needs a fire lit under him to become a top-shelf closer. He was good at USC and was certainly a good producer for four years, but he didn't blossom into the superstar All-American that he should've.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round    CFN Position Rank: 6
7 38 2nd Round (from Baltimore)    John Carlson, TE Notre Dame
A mega-flop in off-season workouts after being considered by many to be the top tight end prospect after the season ended, he made up for a disastrous Combine with a decent pro day work out to get back in the overall picture. Even so, he still timed relatively slow and he's just not strong enough to be a dominant blocker. On the plus side, he's big, smart, and can catch the ball easily. After slipping in everyone's rankings, he should bounce back to become a steady starters.
CFN Value Rank: Late Second Round   CFN Position Rank: 4
22 121 4th Round   Red Bryant, DT Texas A&M
Really strong, really big, and really tough, Bryant was a four-year anchor for the Aggies and could just now be reaching his potential being two years removed from a torn ACL. While he's not all that nimble and he's not going to every hit the quarterback, his 6-4, 318-pound size makes him a tough wall to move.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round    CFN Position Rank:
28 163 5th Round (from trade) Owen Schmitt, FB West Virginia  
Psychotic, but in a good way. He stunk in the Senior Bowl, but he's a good receiver, phenomenal in the weight room, and will work his tail off to do anything necessary.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round     
CFN Position Rank: 3
23 189 6th Round  Tyler Schmitt, LS San Diego State
If there's a draftable long snapper, Schmitt is it. He played a little bit of linebacker and is athletic enough to get down the field quickly and make plays on the punt team. He's purely a long snapper, that's it, but he's a good one. He'll be in the league for ten years.

CFN Value Rank: Free Agent 
CFN Position Rank: NR
26 233 7th Round  Justin Forsett, RB California
More J.J. Arrington than Marshawn Lynch, Forsett's a smallish, quick back who came through with a nice senior season even when the team went into the tank. He's not big and isn't fast enough to be a difference maker scatback, but he can be a change of pace runner who'll need to do something special right away in camp to stick. He can't be used as a regular runner.
CFN Value Rank: Seventh Round to Free Agent 
CFN Position Rank: 21
28 235 7th Round (from trade)  Brandon Coutu, PK Georgia
If he can be consistent from inside the 40, he can be the type of bomber who becomes a true difference maker. With unlimited range, he can bomb away from anywhere and has the makeup to be a go-to performer in the clutch. The main problem is a hamstring that's been a problem throughout his career.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round 
CFN Position Rank: 1