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2009 NFL Draft - The CFN Top 250 (2nd Round)
Virginia LB Clint Sintim
Virginia LB Clint Sintim
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Posted Feb 26, 2009


CFN's Top 250 Draft Prospects for 2009. Here are the players with second round talent.

2009 NFL Draft

CFN Top 250 Prospects

Second Round Worthy - 33 to 64

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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
-
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
33. Clint Sintim, OLB Virginia  6-3, 256
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: Known for being fast and athletic on the field, the 4.78 seemed slow. He showed off his athleticism in the short drills and moved well, but he didn't lift and didn't appear to be special compared to the other top prospects.
Positives: Great all-around playmaker … Fast. Athletic … Great fire. Wants to be good and will work to fit in on either side.
Negatives: Could stand to be a wee bit better against the pass … Can get blocked. Will have to fight off blockers … He didn’t do much in pass coverage at Virginia.

34. Clay Matthews, OLB USC  6-3, 240
Position Rank: 5
Post-Combine Skinny: Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. He was naturally athletic and smooth in all the drills, moving seamlessly and without any mistakes. the 4.67 40 and 23 reps were good enough, but in everything else, he looked the part of a potentially excellent starter.
Positives: Extremely athletic … Try-hard player who made himself into a special defender … Smart. Doesn’t make mistakes.
Negatives: Had to work to get this size. He’s not going to get much bigger … He has work to do to be a solid NFL linebacker … Not experienced as a starter.

35.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland 6-2, 210
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: Was he really as fast as expected? Oh yeah, and then some. When you run a 4.3 and measure at 6.2 and 210 pounds, you'll make a lot of money. He broad jumped an impressive 10'6" and was extremely quick through the drills.
Positives: Elite speed. With his size to go along with his speed, he has the tools … Possibly the best home run hitter in the draft … Tall. Good at using his height.
Negatives: Doesn’t make enough plays … Mediocre hands … Need work on route running. Need polish on becoming an all-around receiver.


36.
James Laurinaitis, ILB Ohio State  6-2, 244
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: A shocking, unmitigated disaster. If the 4.8 40 wasn't bad enough, he was stunningly stiff in all the drills, showed no explosion, and appeared to labor in almost all of his moves. The 23 reps were good, but they hardly made up for being exposed athletically. This might have been a bad enough workout to push him out of the first round after he was originally considered a possible top ten pick.
Positives: An all-timer of a producer … A leader. Doesn’t make mistakes and is always around the ball … Fantastic toughness who doesn’t miss a tackle.
Negatives: Has to get a bit bigger to play inside … Became quiet. The stats were there, but it didn’t always seem like he was doing anything … Can get erased by big blockers.


37. Shonn Greene, RB Iowa 5-11, 227
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: No one expected a great 40 time, and few seemed concerned with the 4.72. He's a power back, and the 10'1" broad jump showed the power in his legs. Extremely small hands.
Positives: Dream size .. Powerful, between the tackles runner … Workhorse. Produced against everyone … Tough runner with good enough quickness to get by.
Negatives: Not an elusive runner. Will get hit … One-year wonder … Not fast.

38. Alex Mack, C California  6-4, 311
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out and will need to show off in a few weeks. None of the other centers were so impressive to be head-and-shoulders above Mack.
Positives: Ultra-competitive … Phenomenal leader … Dominant all-around blocker.
Negatives: At some times is too fiery … Mistakes made mostly when trying to do too much.

39. D.J. Moore, CB Vanderbilt  5-9, 192
 Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: While he's a great athlete on the field, he didn't show off enough of his skills in Indy. His 4.54 wasn't anything special, and while he jumped 39.5" in the vertical, he didn't do anything else to stand out. Basically, he was small and timed slow. It wasn't a good workout for a player looking to go in the first round.
Positives: A phenomenal all-around athlete … Fast. Great make-up speed … Plays bigger than his size.
Negatives: Not big. Will get tested by taller receivers … Not thick. Will have to show he can be physical … Gets lost in the wash at times against the run.

40. Paul Kruger, DE Utah  6-3, 263
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: He was fine, but hardly special. It would've been nice if he showed off a bit more athleticism and quickness, and the 40 (4.86) and bench (24) were decent. No, he didn't do anything to hurt himself, but it would've been nice to have seen a bit more.
Positives: Excellent producer at a high level … Always working. Great at getting into the backfield on want-to, and not just athleticism … Good against the run. Holds up well.
Negatives: Not explosive off the line. Takes a step or two to get going (but is fast when he gets moving) … A bit lanky. Could stand to get a bit bigger … Needs a little work on technique.

41. Tyson Jackson, DE LSU  6-4, 296
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: It would've been nice if he was able to show off his strength, but he didn't lift. He ran well, coming in at under 5.0, and he measured to be every bit as big as expected. However, the average jump of 28.5" showed a lack of explosion and pop in his legs.
Positives: Tremendous size and strength. Can play inside or out, and probably would fit best in a 3-4 … Good against the run … Ramped up the intensity level last year, and it showed.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher and won’t put up flashy numbers … Was considered an underachiever at times in his career … Not explosive.

42.
Patrick Chung, SS Oregon 5-11, 208
Position Rank:
1
Post-Combine Skinny: Great workout. GREAT workout. The 4.47 was a major boost to put him among the top defensive backs overall and might have been enough to solidify a spot in the second round. The 25 reps on the bench didn't hurt, either.
Positives: Can do everything well at either safety position. Could play corner in a pinch … The type defensive back to build a secondary around … Tremendous tackler. Doesn’t miss.
Negatives: Might struggle a wee bit in deep coverage. He lacks elite speed … Not huge for a strong safety … Physical play worked in college, but it might not be enough, because of his size, in the NFL.


43. Jarron Gilbert, DT/DE San Jose State  6-6, 288
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: One of the stars of the show, Gilbert proved he could be a big end or an athletic tackle by running a stunning 4.87 and benching the 225 pounds 28 times. He was quick, explosive, and looked like the type of player who could wreak havoc in a variety of ways.
Positives: An end who could be a quick tackle, or a tackle who could be a strong end … Always in the backfield. Always … Got a lot bigger without losing any athleticism.
Negatives: Has to prove he can handle himself on a regular basis against better competition … Has to find a role. Versatility isn’t necessarily a plus here unless he finds a role and does one thing well at an NFL level.

44. Vontae Davis, CB Illinois  5-11, 203
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: This was where he was supposed to shine, and he did. The game tape isn't going to help him so he needed to blow up the Combine, and he came in under 4.5 in the 40 and was tremendously quick in the short drills. And then there were the guns. The guy looked like a serious physical specimen.
Positives: Elite athlete. Possibly the best in the draft … Tremendous speed … Looks the part. Has all the tools and all the skills.
Negatives: Does he really want to play? Mediocre junior year … Character questions. Not a hard worker … Doesn’t play up to his athleticism 100% of the time.

45.
Louis Delmas, FS Western Michigan 5-11, 202
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: It was an impressive workout that showed he belongs among the top safety prospects. The 4.49 was better than most corner, and he was ultra-quick through the short drills. Now he's known for being athletic as well as a big hitter.
Positives: Experienced veteran leader who produced against everyone … Huge hitter. HUGE hitter … Fast enough to play corner, a big enough popper to play strong safety.
Negatives: Goes for the kill shot too often. It gets him in trouble … Not necessarily a form tackler … A bit lanky. Could use a few more pounds of muscle.


46.
Darry Beckwith, ILB LSU   6-0, 242
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: Compared to most of the other top inside prospects, Beckwith came across as more athletic and showed off surprising speed. The 4.77 wasn't great, but he moved just well enough in the short drills to get by. He didn't help himself, but he didn't hurt his stock.
Positives: Smart, tough playmaker …. Good technique. Polished … Plays bigger and stronger than his size.
Negatives: Not huge. Good sized, but not a bulky, big defender … Not quite fast enough to be an all-around disruptor at an NFL level … Tricky knee and he could get beaten up. Has to prove he can hold up.


47.
Sean Smith, FS/CB Utah 6-4, 214
Position Rank:
3 (as a safety)
Post-Combine Skinny: Easily one of the biggest stars of the Combine, he might now be viewed as a very big, very athletic corner. However, he could also be used as a devastating free safety after checking in a 6-4 and 214 pounds and tearing off a silky smooth 4.47.
Positives: Excellent size. If he ends up at corner, He’ll have dream size … Surprisingly quick for being so long. Cuts like a much smaller defender … Good instincts even though he doesn’t have that much experience.
Negatives: He’ll have to find a position right away. He’ll likely be looked at as a corner, but his future will be at free safety. Will he be able to master one spot? … Has an NFL-sized opinion of his skills … Not great against the run. Won’t provide much pop.

48.
Connor Barwin, DE/LB Cincinnati 6-4, 256
Position Rank:
7 (as a defensive end)
Post-Combine Skinny: More questions came up about his possible position. Whatever he's going to be, he was impressive in his quickness and athleticism. He'll either be an explosive and speedy defensive end, running a good 4.66 in the 40 and blowing through the short drills better than any other defensive lineman, or he'll be a strong linebacker.
Positives: Athletic, former basketball player and tight end who moved to defensive end … Tremendous pass rusher. Surprisingly polished … Always working. Always moving.
Negatives: He needs a position. Not an NFL defensive end, and not quite athletic enough to be a star at linebacker unless he’s in the right spot … Needs more work. Only played defense for one year.

49.
Eben Britton, OT Arizona  6-6, 309
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: The 24 reps weren't all that impressive, but he ran well with a 5.16. He moved well through the drills.
Positives: Very durable … Very smart. Doesn’t make mistakes … Has the prototype height and size.
Negatives: Not a tough mauler … While fast, he’s not necessarily smooth … Needs to get stronger.

50. Jared Cook, TE South Carolina 6-5, 246
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: One of the biggest stars of the Combine. Great in the drills and very consistent, he stunned everyone with a 4.5 and a 10'3" broad jump.
Positives: Great receiver … Big-time strong … Plays like a much smaller player in the passing game.
Negatives: Not a polished route runner … So-so blocker. Doesn’t seem to like to do it … Might need a fire lit under him.

51.
William Beatty, Connecticut 6-6, 300
Pre-Combine Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: The sleeper of the top tackles, he had a fantastic Combine. He was one of the most athletic linemen of the lot looking great in the short drills, and the 5.12 40 wasn't all that bad. The 27 reps weren't special, but they were good enough.

Positives: Surprisingly fast for his size … A pure left tackle. Can be drafted for cheap compared to the top guys … Great athlete.
Negatives: Still raw. More of an athlete than a polished all-around blocker … A good run blocker, but needs to be more of a pounder.

 
52.
Jamon Meredith, OT South Carolina  6-5, 305
Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: He had a nice Combine. While his base looks thin compared to the other prospects, he was quick through the drills and fast with a 5.04 in the 40. The 31 reps and a nice 8'9" broad jump showed what an overall athlete he is.
Positives: Solid athlete … Decent in pass protection with big-time upside ... Good speed and weight room strength.
Negatives: Smallish base. Tight end leg  … He won’t power over anyone … Still raw. Needs seasoning.

53.
Rashad Johnson, FS Alabama  5-11. 203
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: He appeared to be a bit thicker than he was in college and he ran a solid 4.54. He was athletic enough to start to convert those who don't believe in his basic skills. However, he's a free safety and not a pure strong safety.
Positives: Tremendous worker and a great leader … A playmaker. Made things happen as the star of a strong defense … Good closing ability when the ball is in the air.
Negatives: Not an elite athlete. A better football player than he’ll be in any workout … Not all that big. Not a huge hitter … He’ll have to get bigger and stronger or there might be a ceiling on what he can do.

54. Max Unger, C Oregon 6-5, 309
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: It wasn't a great workout for the center on the top of several lists. Expected to be tried out at guard, he only came up with 22 reps on the bench. However, he was quick and athletic through the drills.
Positives: Good quarterback up front … Very, very strong … Could be moved to guard.
Negatives: Not a great athlete … Won’t do much on the move … Not necessarily a mauler.

55. Travis Beckum, TE Wisconsin 6-3, 243
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: Still recovering from injury, he didn't run, but he showed his competitiveness by throwing up a tight end-best 28 reps. The concern is about his lack of size, but his strength will help go along with his tremendous receiving skills
Positives: Superior receiver … Fast. Very fast for a tight end … Great route runner.
Negatives: Major durability concerns …. Undersized. Willing blocker, but he can’t do it … Got pushed around too much.

56. Donald Brown, RB Connecticut 5-10, 210
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: He only ran a 4.51, but that didn't seem to matter after he jumped 10'5" in the broad jump and was quick and fluid in the drills.
Positives: Ultra-productive workhorse … Carried the UConn offense … Great through traffic.
Negatives: Not a receiver … Not flashy and won’t tear off too many big runs …. Not necessarily a pile mover.

57. Nate Davis, QB Ball State 6-1, 226
Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: Looked smooth and showed off his arm, but everyone was looking for more athleticism and speed that wasn't there.
Positives: Great arm and excellent production … Can move in pocket and out … Bad weather thrower.
Negatives: Not huge … A system player? He was put in great situations … Not a fiery leader.

58. Pat White, QB/WR West Virginia  6-0, 197
Position Rank: 5 (as a quarterback)
Post-Combine Skinny: Told everyone he'd be willing to work at receiver, but he threw extremely well and tore off a solid 4.55.
Positives: Elite, offense-defining running skills … Smart, with good enough arm to get by … Clutch … A winner.
Negatives: Small and likely not durable as an every down quarterback … Average arm.

59.
Otis Wiley, FS Michigan State  6-2, 213
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't work out, but he measured a rock-solid 6-1 and 213 pounds. If he can show off decent athleticism and come in around 4.55, he'll make himself a lot of money.
Positives: Extremely fast for his size … A playmaker. Always made things happen as a free safety … Great tackler who always gets around the ball.
Negatives: Only a free safety. A disaster his junior year at strong safety … Will have to show he can provide steady run support … Doesn’t always play up to his size.

60.
David Bruton, FS Notre Dame  6-2, 219
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: It was a special workout from a high-rising prospect. He was big, fast, and smooth with a 41.5" vertical, an 11-foot broad jump, and a lightning quick 60-yard drill. Originally considered a late second day prospect, he looked like a second rounder.
Positives: A standout on the Irish D with a great combination of size and speed … Excellent tackler. Looked like he was playing at another level at times … Great character. Will bust his tail to get better.
Negatives: Not a tone-setting hitter. A good hitter, but not an elite one … Needs to be a more consistent tackler … Will have to show he can stay with an NFL receiver.

61. Victor “Macho” Harris, CB Virginia Tech  5-11, 198
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: While his 40 time was a safety-like 4.57, he made up for it by dominating the short drills. He roared through the shuttle and was among the best players in the cone drill. He delivered enough to be a second rounder.
Positives: Used to being the No. 1 guy against everyone’s No. 1 receiver. Handled it well … Excellent tackler … Playmaker. Steps up to the challenge.
Negatives: Not an elite athlete, relative to the position … A bit flaky. Ultra-confident … Not lightning fast on the field and needs play catchup too often.

62.
Gerald McRath, ILB Southern Miss  6-3, 225
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: His future home will likely be on the outside, but the quickness and range showed in the drills might keep him on the inside for some teams. The 19 reps in the weight room weren't a positive to overcome his safety size, but the 4.61 40 and the 10-3 blast on the long jump made him a must-have athlete.
Positives: Ultra-productive … A baller. Wants to be better. Has a passion for the game … Good enough speed to play outside if needed.
Negatives: Small. Too small … Needs to get much stronger … Not a huge hitter. Might get pushed around too much.


63. Darius Butler, CB Connecticut  5-10, 183
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: Many thought he'd come to the Combine and up his stock big time with a blazing 40 and tremendous athleticism. It didn't happen. His 4.45 was fine, but there were rumblings that he was going to tear off a 4.3. The 43" vertical leap was amazing and the 11'2" broad jump was special, but he wasn't as smooth as expected when he ran.
Positives: Did a little of everything well … Fast. Can’t be beaten deep without a heck of a move … Great hands. Saw some time at receiver.
Negatives: Not physical. Will try to hit, but can’t do it … Needs to be on a speed receiver; not a big, strong one … Only a corner who’ll struggle to get the jam.

64. Ron Brace, DT Boston College  6-3, 330
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: While his teammate, B.J. Raji, remained the top tackle prospect, Brace showed that he can be just as much of a brick wall against the run. He checked in at a huge 330 pounds, and he ran a glacier slow 5.52, but he came up with 32 bench presses.
Positives: Extremely quick for his size … Can play just about anywhere on the line at any time. Could be a huge end in a 3-4 … Really tough. Can’t be blocked by one player on a regular basis.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher despite his athleticism … Weight has to be held in check. He can’t get any bigger … Concerns about a back problem. 

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