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2009 NFL Draft - The CFN Top 250
Baylor OT Jason Smith
Baylor OT Jason Smith
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Posted Feb 26, 2009


What do you get when you combine the on-field college production with the numbers and appearances at the workouts? The CFN 250 best prospects for the 2009 Draft, with former Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith among the best of the bunch. Here are the first round-worthy prospects.

2009 NFL Draft

CFN Top 250 Prospects

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By Pete Fiutak 

What happens when you combine the real, live, on-field production of the college careers of all the top NFL prospects with raw workout numbers and practices? The CFN Top 250 players for the 2009 NFL Draft. Please note, this isn't a prediction or a projection of where the prospects will go. Instead, it's a ranking based on apparent talent, safety and risk, and the potential to be a bona fide NFL starter. These are the best 250 prospects regardless of position.

- 2009 NFL
Combine Numbers

- Quarterbacks
- Running Backs & Fullbacks
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Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Centers & Guards
- Off. Tackles
- Def. Ends
- Def. Tackles
- Inside LBs
- Outside LBs
- Cornerbacks
- Safeties


- 2009 NFL Draft
Post-Workout Rankings

- Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- Fullbacks
- Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Centers
- Guards
- Off. Tackles
- Def. Ends
- Def. Tackles
- Inside LBs
- Outside LBs
- Cornerbacks
- Safeties


- 2008 CFN Draft Central
2008 NFL Draft
Breakdown and Analysis

- 1st Round
- 2nd Round
- 3rd Round
- 4th Round
- 5th Round
- 6th Round
- 7th Round
1. Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest  6-2, 254
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: Considered by most to be the safest pick in the draft also looked like the best overall prospect. He had a special workout looking smooth as silk in all the short drills, jumped out of the stadium, and ripped off an impressive 4.56 in the 40. Not only did he show off, but he proved he might deserve to go in the top three.
Positives: The prototype. Strong, tough, ultra-productive … Great athlete. Looks like he’s shot out of a cannon into the backfield and can match up with any tight end in a pass pattern … Can play inside or out.
Negatives: Has to work a wee bit on wrapping up as a form tackler … Not huge. Will stay at around 250 pounds ... Not known for his pass rushing skills. He'll have to work on getting to the quarterback.

2. Matthew Stafford, QB Georgia  6-2, 225
Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't solidify himself as the No. 1 quarterback, but he didn't falter in the slightest. Not quite as big as expected, but ran extremely well with a  4.81.
Positives: Tremendous arm strength … Tough … Right mentality to be a franchise quarterback.
Negatives: Not huge. Barely 6-3 … While good at Georgia, he didn’t win enough big games and so far has been more of a tools prospect than an on-field producer.

3.
Jason Smith, OT Baylor 6-5, 309
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: Flawless. He was quick, athletic, and extremely strong tying Alex Boone with 33 lifts. He looked like a player who could grow into something special.
Positives: Good athlete … Hard worker. Smart … Former tight end who can move easily. Will grow into a good pass blocker.
Negatives: Not a mauler … Needs to get a bit stronger and might need to be in a zone blocking scheme … He has to be on the right team.

4. Brian Orakpo, DE Texas  6-3, 263
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: The Combine was a microcosm of everything Orakpo is, for good and bad. He was a terror at times running a 4.7, benching 225 pounds 31 times, and leaping over 39 inches, but he hurt his hamstring raising even more questions about his durability.
Positives: Freakish combination of size and speed … Tremendous athlete. Unstoppable pass rusher with a variety of moves … Great burst. The offenses knew what was coming and still couldn’t stop him.
Negatives: Durability concerns … Questions about motor. Great when it’s on. … Good run stopper, but he’s a pass rusher.

5. B.J. Raji, DT Boston College  6-2, 337
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: While he wasn't perfect, he was surprisingly quick, came up with 33 bench presses, and built on all the strides he made in a great Senior Bowl performance. He only ran a 5.13, but he was smooth doing it. He's an athlete who'll only get better if he can keep his weight in check.
Positives: Big space-eater … Tremendously productive with great quickness for his size …. Destroyed everyone in the Senior Bowl practices … Durable.
Negatives: Academically ineligible in 2007 … Has to keep weight in check. Could balloon in a hurry … Character question marks.

6. Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia 5-11, 217
 Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: Showed off that he's really, really, really cut. The 4.63 wasn't great, but it was good enough considering he was blazing through the short, quickness drills.
Positives: Productive, even with everyone keying on him … Great leader, great character … A winner. A baller. … Will be great for the passing game in time.
Negatives: Might not be an NFL workhorse … Not big. Slight build … Not a power runner.

7. Chris Wells, RB Ohio State 6-1, 235
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: For all those who weren't drooling before, they are now. Beanie ran a sub-4.6, lifted 25 times, and broad jumped a phenomenal 10''8". It was a special workout for a player of his size.
Positives: Ultimate size/speed combination … Can run with power and can hit the home run … Excellent burst of a smaller back … The ultimate “If he stays healthy” prospect.
Negatives: Durability … Durability … Durability ... Questionable receiver … Questionable blocker.

8.
Eugene Monroe, OT Virginia 6-5, 309
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: The only question mark is his strength. The mere 23 reps on the bench were eye-popping, but he did everything else right. He was polished, smooth, and did nothing, outside of the bench, to hurt his top ten stock.
Positives: Tremendous against speed rushers … Excellent technique … Smart. Can start from day one.
Negatives: Not necessarily a mauling run blocker … More athletic than devastating.


9. Peria Jerry, DT Ole Miss  6-2, 299
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out, but he was still the talk of many as the possible No. 2 tackle behind B.J. Raji. He could stand to get a bit bigger, measuring in at a squatty 299 pounds. He'll need to prove his weight room strength.
Positives: Owned the Senior Bowl. Unblockable … Extremely quick for his size … Dominated in the SEC. Was the star of a fantastic line.
Negatives: Needs to be a bit more consistent against the run … Can get shoved around a bit … Has to get bigger to be an NFL anchor.

10. Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State  6-5, 249
 Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: He was even more rangy then expected, measuring taller than originally listed. While his straight-line speed was fine, running a 4.88, he lit it up in the cone and shuttle drills. The explosion came through in the vertical (38") and broad jump (10'4"), but the 22 benches was a bit of a concern.
Positives: Phenomenal athleticism … Can be used in a variety of ways on the outside. Tremendous quickness … Can cut on a dime.
Negatives: Not all that big. At 245 pounds, he might be an outside linebacker … Needs to prove he can handle himself against power running teams … Needs a few more pass rush moves.
 
11.
Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri 6-1, 198
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: While the 4.45 was seen as a disappointment, he scored huge points for fighting it out through a slight knee injury. He might not have had the greatest Combine experience, but everyone came away impressed overall.
Positives: Can do it all. Can be a No. 1 receiver, a return man, and a runner … Extreme speed. Can take any pass the distance …. Tougher than he looks. Played through ankle injury all of last year.
Negatives: Not all that thick. Isn’t all that physical … He isn’t going to block anyone … Has to prove he can beat jams at the line.

12.
Andre Smith, OT Alabama 6-4, 332
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: It's damage control time. The mysterious departure was only part of the problem. This was supposed to be the biggest moment of his career, and he wasn't anywhere near prepared. Now there's a major question mark about his maturity and character.
Positives: Dominant all-around blocker from day one … Elite strength and can handle himself well against speed rushers … Destroys defenders in the running game.
Negatives: Could stand to drop a little weight … Could stand to use a little more technique work … Needs to change his body a bit and get more muscular ... Major character question.

13.
Rey Maualuga, ILB USC  6-2, 249
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't a good trip to Indianapolis, but it's not going to matter. An injured hamstring reared its ugly head during the workout and is partly being explained for the painfully slow 4,82 in the 40. the 23 reps in the weight room were fine, but not special, and he wasn't able to show off any quickness thanks to the injury. He'll still be the first inside linebacker taken.
Positives: Devastating hitter. An intimidating force who’ll blow up plays … All over the field. Very quick, very aggressive … Has it all. He’s the type of linebacker defenses are built around.
Negatives: Tries a bit too much to go for the kill shot … Speed. Great when he gets going, but straight speed isn’t special … Not an outside linebacker. Strictly for the inside.


14. Everette Brown, DE Florida State  6-2, 256
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: A bit of a disappointment when he was measured smaller than expected, he made up for it with a good workout with solid numbers all across the board. He was every bit as quick and athletic as advertised, and the 26 lifts on the bench didn't hurt.
Positives: Explosive burst off the line … A tremendous pass rusher when he gets on a roll … Tremendous athlete. Way too quick for most tackles.
Negatives: Will have problems shedding blockers at the next level … Needs more moves. Has gotten by on sheer athleticism …. This is it. He’s not going to get any bigger.

15. LeSean McCoy, RB Pitt 5-11, 198
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: Had the flu and didn't run. No one ran lights out in the Combine, so the potential is there for McCoy to make a big splash in his future worouts.
Positives: Ultra-productive … Superior receiver … Good character. Hard worker ... Ultra-quick with good nose for the goal line … Fast.
Negatives: Not big and won’t get bigger … Willing blocker, but not a great one. … Ankle issues.

16. Brian Cushing, OLB USC  6-3, 243
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: Known for being extremely athletic on the field, the 4.74 appeared to be shockingly slow. However, he destroyed the short drills as he flew through the cones and was lightning fast in the shuttle. Throw in the 30 reps in the weight room and he came up with the workout to match what the scouts are going to see on game tape.
Positives: Fast. Really, really fast … Can play any linebacking position in any style … Can be used as a pass rusher from any angle.
Negatives: Durability. He has been banged up throughout his USC career … Won’t be more athletic than NFL players … Not a huge producer.

17.  Josh Freeman, QB Kansas State 6-6, 248
Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: A huge winner from the workouts. Extremely athletic for a player of his size. Impressed more and more with every passing moment.
Positives: Prototype size and strength. Can move, too. … Had to try to carry bad KSU teams … experienced and young. … Huge arm.
Negatives: Still a bit unknown. Had to press too much to make things happen. … Needs to play up to his size and work on his throwing motion.

18.
Percy Harvin, WR Florida 5-11, 192
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: Showed off that he was well built, could cut on a dime, and he came up with a nice 4.41. He did was everyone wanted to see.
Positives: Played like a man among boys even in SEC play and against Oklahoma. A special talent … A difference maker … Can be used as a situational runner … Fast, fast, FAST.
Negatives: Durability … Durability … DURABILITY … Not big enough or reliable enough to be a No. 1 receiver … While tough, he’s not afraid of contact. Considering his injury history, this is a problem.
 

19. Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State  6-0, 204
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: It was an underwhelming workout. Jenkins ran a pedestrian 4.53, was fine in the short drills, but nothing special, and he didn't look like the must-have, defense-changing corner who demands to be taken in the top ten. He was fine and will be the top corner taken, but he didn't blow up.
Positives: Tremendous physical skills. Won’t be pushed around by the bigger receivers, can keep up with the faster ones … Good tackler. Doesn’t shy away from contact … Great at finding the ball and making the play.
Negatives: Is he a corner or a free safety? This might not seem like a negative, but he’ll have to establish himself at one position right away … A bit of a gambler … Has to show he can handle being picked on after getting little work thrown his way.

20. Mark Sanchez, QB USC 6-3, 227Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: Passed every test. Showed real, honest fire and passion for the game off the field, measured up to Matthew Stafford on it. Cranked out a solid 9-8 broad jump and scored high marks for throwing when he wasn't expected to.
Positives: Quick release. Good at getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry … Great fire. He’s not Matt Leinart … Can move.
Negatives: Was fine at USC, but not elite … Barely 6-3 … NFL arm, but not jaw-dropping … If Pete Carroll didn’t think he was ready, what’s the issue?

21. Larry English, OLB/DE Northern Illinois 6-2, 255
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: While many might focus on his slow 40 time for an outside linebacker, running a stunningly bad 4.85, his movement in the short drills showed exactly what everyone knows; he's going to be a strong situational pass rusher. The 24 reps in the weight room all but confirmed that he can't be an every down end.
Positives: Superior pass rushing ability … A blur out of the block. Can’t be hit by bigger tackles … Was great against everyone, not just against MAC teams.
Negatives: What’s his position? Too small to play defensive end and didn’t play linebacker in college … He’ll have to learn how to play against the pass.

22. Michael Johnson, DE Georgia Tech  6-7, 266
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: Everyone was expected to see a major-league workout from one of the best all-around combinations of skills in the draft, and he didn't disappoint with 28 reps, a fantastic 4.75 in the 40, a tremendous 10-8 on the broad jump, and quickness and athleticism throughout.
Positives: Has top-five overall skill set … Dream combination of size, athleticism, quickness, speed, and strength. He has it all … When the light is turned on, he’s an unstoppable difference maker.
Negatives: Stunningly mediocre against the run for a player of his size … Huge questions about his desire to be elite. Will he pay the price? … If he wants to dedicate himself to being a killer, he might be the best player in the draft. Few scouts believe he’ll put it all together.

23.
Michael Oher, OT Ole Miss 6-5, 309
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: He needs work, but everyone knew that. He was hardly polished and it seemed like he was trying too hard at times. While he moved well in the quickness drills, the 21 reps on the bench showed just how far he has to go.
Positives: Excellent quickness for his size … Has the prototype size and body … When the light is on, he might be the best tackle in the draft.
Negatives: Needs a fire lit under him … Big upside, but huge bust potential if he doesn’t have “it” … Could stand to play a big stronger.


24. Fili Moala, DT USC  6-4, 305
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't the greatest of workouts, but it was good enough. He's not going to be a playmaker in the backfield, but it would've been nice if he appeared to be a bit more comfortable moving around. The key will be to get stronger. An NFL anchor who doesn't get to the quarterback has to be able to bench 225 pounds more than 25 times.
Positives: Excellent size and frame to keep getting bigger … A true anchor. Held up well with everyone working around him on an all-timer of a defense … Will keep moving. Makes blockers work to the whistle.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher. Not quick enough to get into the backfield … Will be used as a wall. Won’t be asked to be a star playmaker … Still needs to get bigger.

25. Ziggy Hood, DT Missouri  6-3, 300
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: "Ziggy" came up with one of the better Combines of all the tackles. Everyone knew he was strong, but the 34 lifts in the weight room was still impressive. The real shocker came in the 40 ... the 4.89 was special. Combine the basic skills with his hustle and he's shooting up the charts.
Positives: Always working. A try-hard player who makes plays on hustle … Wants to be good. Will work to make himself a player … Extremely tough. Can’t get him off the field.
Negatives: Not an athlete. He’s not going to get to the quarterback … Not quite big or bulky enough to be an anchor … A limited upside. He isn’t going to get much better.

26. Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech 6-1, 215
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: The talk of the Combine, his foot injury didn't let him run. However, there's more concern than ever that he might really be more of a high 4.6 guy than a low 4.5. If he’s a 4.5 receiver, he’d go in the top ten. He’s not a 4.5 receiver.
Positives: Big, physical receiver … Confident without being a jerk. Not a diva … Functional football speed better than timed speed … Elite hands.
Negatives: Not fast. He won’t blaze by anyone at the NFL level … Will fumble. Uses his size, but will take shots and will lose the ball … A system receiver? He might need to be in a wide open offense. 


27. George “Duke” Robinson, OG Oklahoma 6-5, 329
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: Duke was every bit as big as expected, but he didn't lift. He ran an eye-popping 5.27 for a player of his size.
Positives: Great in pass protection … Quick. Can get on the move and make blocks down the field if needed … Mauling when he gets his hands on a defender.
Negatives: Limited to guard. He’s not a tackle … Has gotten by on overpowering college defenders. Has to prove he can handle linemen with his strength.

28. Alphonso Smith, CB Wake Forest  5-9, 193
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: He was good enough. No one questions his ball skills and his instincts, and in Indy he had to show off his athleticism. The 10'9" broad jump was incredible and the 4.5 in the 40 was fine and expected. He did nothing to diminish his stock.
Positives: Pick-off artist. The ACC’s all-time interception leader … Nice speed. Can be used on special teams … Great instincts. Gets excellent break on the ball.
Negatives: Mediocre tackler … Not all that physical. Better in coverage than at jamming … Will have to learn to fight a bit against the bigger receivers.

29.
Jasper Brinkley, ILB South Carolina  6-2, 252
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: All questions or his concerns about his injured knee were answered in a big way as one of the quickest, most athletic linebackers in Indianapolis. Combine his surprising movement with his toughness and big hitting ability, and this was a good weekend for him. The biggest of the inside linebackers, the 26 reps and the 4.72 40 helped, too.
Positives: Very big leader who was the main man for the USC defense when healthy … Quick for his size. Can be a pass rusher … Tough. Pure inside stuffer.
Negatives: Knee issues … Needs to play up to his size more and beat up more blockers … Lacks the burst he had before getting hurt.

30.
Scott McKillop, ILB Pitt  6-1, 244
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: Considering the knock on his was his mediocre athleticism, he helped himself in a huge way by blowing through the short drills with shocking quickness. With the good jumps in the vertical (35.5") and the long jump (9'11"), and the 27 reps on the bench, he made a big impact.
Positives: Extremely productive. A tackling machine … Always around the ball. Always … Not bad in pass coverage. Can stay with most tight ends and running backs in short spaces … High character.
Negatives: Needs to get stronger … Won’t blow up ball-carriers. Not a huge hitter … Doesn’t necessarily have the NFL skill set.

31. Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State 6-5, 263
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: For the supposed No. 1 tight end, he didn't look like it. He was every bit as big as expected, and he was quick through the shuttle, but he ran a horrendous 4.85 and only came up with 22 reps. Basically, he didn't do anything special.
Positives: Great size, strength and speed for a tight end … Excellent hands. Very soft … Willing, tough blocker.
Negatives: Doesn’t always play up to his talent. Too many skills to not be dominant all the time … Character issues after issues with the law in early 2008 … Not a field stretcher.

32.
Phil Loadholt, OT Oklahoma 6-8, 332
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't lift and wasn't all that quick, but his game is about his size. He didn't run all that well, but he proved to be every bit as bit as expected with the longest arms among the tackles.
Positives: Massive blocker … Great size with long arms and tremendous strength … Can do a little of everything well.
Negatives: A big tight. Not a natural athlete … Needs to be quicker off the snap at the next level.

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