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2009 NFL Draft - The CFN Top 250 (3rd Round)
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Posted Feb 26, 2009


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

2009 NFL Draft

CFN Top 250 Prospects

Third Round Worthy - 65 to 100

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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
65. Mike Mickens, CB Cincinnati  6-0, 184
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't run and didn't work out, but that might have been a plus considering the disastrous workouts by the other corners across the board. Now, if he can come up with a good post-Combine run, his stock will shoot up.
Positives: Ultra-productive. Always got the job done … Good toughness against the run. Isn’t afraid of contact … Great instincts. Knows what he’s doing.
Negatives: A little too confident at times. Might have a hard time early on at the next level … Can get hung up when blocked … Not a form tackler.

66. Eric Wood, C Louisville 6-4, 310
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: Flip a coin on where he belongs among the top three center prospects. He was big, surprisingly quick and athletic, and he came up with 30 reps.
Positives: Big-time worker with mean streak … Bright. Doesn’t miss line calls … Experienced veteran.
Negatives: Average in pass protection … Can get shoved around a bit.

67. Robert Ayers, DE Tennessee   6-3, 272
Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: Ayers had a chance to make a major splash, but he went the other way with a pathetic (for his size) 17 presses on the bench. He showed good speed in the 40 (4.8) and he he was athletic, but the lack of raw strength was galling.
Positives: Playmaker in the backfield … Good combination of size and quickness … Can play in any defensive style.
Negatives: A good pass rusher, but not an elite one … Not necessarily a creative pass rusher … Has to keep the intensity rolling all the time.

68. Andrew Levitre, OG Oregon State 6-3, 305
Position Rank:
2
Post-Combine Skinny: One of the hot guard prospects coming into the Combine, he showed surprising athleticism and ran well with a 5.24. However, the 23 reps were fine, but nothing to get excited about
Positives: Smart … Very strong with good size … Not bad at getting downfield.
Negatives: Doesn’t have an elite NFL guard’s body … Hard worker who isn’t necessarily gifted … Not an athlete.

69.
Dannell Ellerbe, ILB Georgia  6-1, 236
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked terrific. He was extremely quick, smooth, and appeared to be 100% back from the knee injury that limited him throughout the year. While he didn't run the 40 and didn't lift, but blew through the short drills.
Positives: Extremely versatile … When 100%, he’s an elite athlete who can do it all … Quick, big hitter.
Negatives: Not quite prototype size for the inside … Hurt his knee last year and struggled … Fire? He has to show that last year was a fluke and that he can go full-tilt.


70.
Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers  6-3, 218
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: With his size, the 4.47 40 and 23 reps had to have moved him up on several draft boards. The deep speed is there.
Positives: Excellent size and decent speed … Isn’t afraid to use his size. Can be physical … Nice hands. Will go after the ball and will win battles.
Negatives: Character. Was suspended … A diva … Not a burner. Good speed, not great speed.


71. Marcus Freeman, OLB Ohio State  6-1, 235
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: The 4.74 40 was a bit of a surprise for a fast, high-motor player like Freeman, but like almost all Ohio State players, he was impressive in everything else. He tossed up a tackle-like 30 reps in the weight room, jumped 37", and was smooth as glass in the short drills. It was a good overall workout.
Positives: Fast. Really fast … Good athlete who fits the mold. A fluid defender … A warrior who’ll play through dings.
Negatives: Ankle issues … Can be erased by more physical blockers … Not huge and he isn’t going to get bigger.

72.
Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina 6-1, 212
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: While he didn't do anything special, he was solid with an expected 4.54. No one thought he'd be a deep threat, but he certainly wasn't slow.
Positives: Ultra-productive … Great hands. Can make the highlight play as well as the routine … Decent size and knows how to use it. He won’t get pushed around.
Negatives: Lacks the top-end speed … Not explosive. Has functional wheels, but he could be erased by the faster NFL corners … He isn’t going to be flashy in the open field.


73.
Courtney Greene, SS Rutgers  6-1, 212
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: He had a really nice weekend. The 4.54 was strong, and he appeared to be a natural as he motored through the short drills. It was the workout that proved he belonged in an NFL backfield, and with his size, it was a workout that showed he could be special with a little bit of work.
Positives: Exceptional athleticism … An intimidating force. Makes big hits … Good speed and quickness when the ball is in the air.
Negatives: Tends to go for the big hit over the routine play … Short. Tough, but short … A strong safety at the next level. His skills likely won’t translate to free.


74. Sen’Derrick Marks, DT Auburn  6-2, 306
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: While he bulked up a bit to be more of a true tackle than a big end, he struggled to look smooth. He didn't lift, but he ran a nice 5.03 in the 40. He didn't do enough to up his stock.
Positives: Quick enough to be an end, tough enough to play tackle … Ultra-productive. Was the focus of everyone’s blocking scheme … Can really, really move.
Negatives: Might not have a true position. Needs to figure out exactly what he is … Short. Doesn’t have much room to get any bigger or stronger … Not a No. 1 DT. Will need someone bigger and stronger next to him.

75. Chase Coffman, TE Missouri 6-6, 244
Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: Still getting over an ankle injury, he didn't run and didn't lift. The stats didn't lie; he's really 6-6 and athletic looking.
Positives: Superior receiver … Fought through injuries and still produced … Elite hands and route running ability.
Negatives: Not a bulky blocker. Built like a big wide receiver … Not fast enough … He isn’t going to beat anyone up in the running game.

76.
Gerald Cadogan, OT Penn State 6-5, 309
 Position Rank:
9
Post-Combine Skinny: Worked out among the guards. He ran extremely well with a 5.12, and he lifted a good 26 times.
Positives: Quick feet. Good athleticism for his size … Durable and versatile … Very smart.
Negatives: More of a finesse blocker than a pure bruiser … Could stand to get stronger … Not physical enough.


77. Terrance Taylor, DT Michigan  6-0, 306
 Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: He checked in at a smaller than expected 306 pounds on a 6-0 frame, but the squatty Wolverine was the star of the weight room show benching the 225 pounds 37 times. He did his off-season work to get ready for this, and it showed.
Positives: Put him in the middle of the line and let him eat up space … A pure nose tackle who could be an anchor … Tough and respected leader.
Negatives: Didn’t improve. Didn’t grow into anything special as a senior … Short and squatty. Not huge, even at 320 pounds … Has to keep weight in check. A bit doughy.

78.
William Moore, SS Missouri  6-0, 220
Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: This was going to be when Moore stopped the free-fall of his stock. It didn't happen. The 4.53 was good enough, but he didn't appear to be too smooth and he didn't stand out.
Positives: The prototype. He has the size and athleticism to make NFL scouts drool … Fast. Has no problem staying with any receiver … Good at coming up with the pick. Great break on the ball.
Negatives: A major, major disappointment in post-season workouts coming off a subpar final year … Tried to hard to come up with a big play and missed the easy ones … Would’ve been a top 15 pick after his 2007 season. The stock has dropped.

79. Andre Brown, RB NC State 6-0, 224
Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: He had a tremendous Combine. Not only did he measure big, but he also ripped off a 4.49 to go along with 24 reps and a 37" vertical. He wasn't all that quick in the drills, but he was athletic for his size.
Positives: Big back who plays up to his size … Fantastic when healthy … Good receiver.
Negatives: Durability concerns … Not a speed runner in any way … Toughness questions.

80. Ian Johnson, RB Boise State 5-10, 212
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: Arguably the shocker of the Combine. No one helped himself more. Everyone likes him, but no one expected a 4.46, 26 reps, and a 4.18 in the shuttle.
Positives: Very productive … Excellent character and great teammate. Didn’t whine about reduced role as a senior … Slippery around the goal line.
Negatives: Too lean … Durability concerns. Took some big shots … Not known for being a quick runner and doesn’t always show a burst.

81. James Casey, TE Rice 6-4, 246
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: Casey came ready to produce. He only ran a 4.78, but he was tremendously quick through the drills and pulled a stunner with 28 reps on the bench.
Positives: Excellent receiver … Good speed. Can stretch the field … Will take the big pop. Is never afraid to go over the middle.
Negatives: Old. 25 going into the draft. Spent three years playing minor league baseball … Not big. Will try to block, but won’t be too effective.

82.
Derrick Williams, WR Penn State 5-11, 194
 Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: An unmitigated disaster. Sick before the Combine, Williams didn't work out well with a horrendous, draft-killing 4.64. Known as a speedster, he'll have to make up for it with a big second workout. Expect a far better performance.
Positives: Can do a little of everything well … Very quick. Can be a top punt returner and can be used as a runner … Track speed ... Hard worker. Willing blocker.
Negatives: Didn’t always produce up to potential as a receiver … Needs polish as a route runner … Not huge. Might get shoved around a bit by the more physical corners. 


83.
Derek Pegues, FS Mississippi State  5-10, 199
 Position Rank:
9
Post-Combine Skinny: It was a disappointing workout considering his potential. He ran a 4.62, but he came up with a nice 23 reps in the weight room. He appeared to be trying to do too much. He should be better in private workouts.
Positives: Versatile veteran who dominated against the best of the best in the SEC … A major-league playmaker. Deadly with the ball in his hands on special teams or after a pick … Physical for his size.
Negatives: Small. It wasn’t a problem in the SEC, but it might be in the NFL … Won’t provide a major-league pop … He’ll have to prove he can be consistent against the run against the bigger players.


84. Jonathan Luigs, C Arkansas 6-4, 301
 Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked the part. He moved efficiently in the drills, wasn't bad on the bench, and ran a center-best 5.14.
Positives: Busted his tail to become a major producer …. Good athleticism and good on the move … Good finesse blocker.
Negatives: Not a mauler … He isn’t going to push too many top tackles over.

85. David Veikune, DE Hawaii  6-2, 257
Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: He was a bit shorter than expected. That was the only knock for one of the high-risers on defense. His 4.87 40 was good enough, and his quickness and athleticism stood out in the short drills, but the real eye-popper was the bench ... 35 lifts.
Positives: Fast. Quick. Always around the ball … Could be a superior pass rusher if he has someone else of note on the other side … Productive
Negatives: An outside linebacker. He’ll likely have to be an end in a 4-3, otherwise he’s a 3-4 linebacker … Not big and doesn’t have room to get much bigger.

86. DeAngelo Smith, CB Cincinnati  5-11, 194
 Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: While a 4.56 would be a nightmare for most corners, it wasn't all that bad considering that's around what he was supposed to do. He proved to be quick enough to get by and he was generally fine in the drills, but he showed what he is: a good prospect who isn't going to be a star.
Positives: Will bust his tail to get better … Steady tackler … Versatile. Can play corner in any scheme and could even play safety.
Negatives: Will struggle against the quicker receivers … Isn’t a speed corner … Has to take too many chances to make big plays.

87. Vance Walker, DT Georgia Tech  6-2, 304
 Position Rank:
9
Post-Combine Skinny: He wasn't as athletic as expected. While the 29 reps on the bench might not seem all that impressive, it was a great lift for a player with 35" arms. He was slow in the 40 and didn't move quite as well as he does on the field.
Positives: Elite quickness for a tackle … Always moving. Great in pursuit … Very good at shedding blocks and making things happen.
Negatives: He’ll have to find the right fit … Not bulky. Can’t be used as a nose tackle for extended stretches … Doesn’t have room to get much bigger.

88. Kraig Urbik, OG Wisconsin 6-6, 335
Position Rank:
3
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked the part. If Wisconsin linemen are considered among the safest around to draft, he didn't do anything to slow down those beliefs. The 29 reps were enough, and he looked smooth in the 40.
Positives: Could play either tackle or guard … Excellent athlete for his size … Isn’t bad on the move.
Negatives: While physical, he’s not as dominant as he should be … Not consistent for his talent. 

89. Tyrone McKenzie, OLB South Florida  6-2, 243
Position Rank:
7
Post-Combine Skinny: It was a fine workout, but it wasn't special enough to make any real noise. He showed off good speed and moved well, and the 27 reps will help the cause. If he can get a wee bit bigger, he could be a killer on the inside.
Positives: Tremendous tackler who can play inside or out … Physical. Great at slipping blocks … Always working. Doesn’t dog a play.
Negatives: Might not have a perfect fit in the NFL … Not all that athletic, especially in pass coverage … Might just be used against the run.

90. Alex Magee, DT Purdue  6-3, 298
 Position Rank:
10
Post-Combine Skinny: Somewhat quietly, Magee came up with a nice all-around workout. He moved well, cam up with 30 reps, and ran a nice 5.07 in the 40. He didn't boost his stock like some others did, but he solidified his place in the third round.
Positives: Can play end or tackle … Ideal for a 3-4 scheme … Will be way too quick for many NFL interior offensive linemen.
Negatives: Needs work on his technique … Doesn’t always play up to his size and talent … Will get pushed around when focused on.

91. Myron Pryor, DT Kentucky  6-0, 319
 Position Rank:
11
Post-Combine Skinny: Call it a spotty workout. Everyone seems to love Pryor for being such a force in SEC play, and he was able to run a solid 5.05, but he didn't lift and he wasn't quite as smooth as expected. He'll make his money on the tape of his 2008 season.
Positives: Excellent veteran who saw it all in SEC play … A playmaker. A disruptive force … Really tough and really quick against the run.
Negatives: Short. Might be limited in where he can be put … Not quite strong enough to be a true NFL anchor … Won’t do too much to get into the backfield at the next level.

92. Tyronne Green, OG Auburn 6-2, 309
 Position Rank:
4
Post-Combine Skinny: While he moved well, he quietly slipped through the Combine without showing anything major, for good and bad.
Positives: Athletic … Tough. A former defensive tackle … Produced against top-shelf SEC tackles.
Negatives: Still needs to develop a bit in his technique … Not polished … Not a powerful run blocker.

93. Herman Johnson, OG LSU 6-7, 364
Position Rank:
5
Post-Combine Skinny: Johnson lost a ton of weight, and while he wasn't bad, he wasn't as fluid as expected. He only lifted the 225 21 times, but that's partly because of the longer arms.
Positives: Huge. HUGE. … Mauling when he locks on a defender … Long arms. Great in pass protection.
Negatives: Can be beaten by quicker linemen … Not a fit for finesse offenses … Not great on the move.

94. Roy Miller, DT Texas  6-1, 310
 Position Rank:
12
Post-Combine Skinny: He did exactly what he needed to do. For a prospect who's bread will be buttered on his strength and his ability to hold up on the inside, the 36 reps in the weight room was key. He was smooth enough to look like more than a brick wall and he ran relatively well.
Positives: Vastly underrated producer because he wasn’t as flashy as others on the Longhorn line … Tough. Wants to eat up the run … Willing to do anything. A football player.
Negatives: A try-hard type without the raw skills to be a star … Not quick. Will have to be used as a run stopper … Will be erased at times by big, athletic NFL blockers.

95. Cody Brown, OLB/DE Connecticut  6-2, 244
Position Rank:
8 (as a linebacker)
Post-Combine Skinny: A true tweener who has to find a position, he might have raised even more concerns with a 4.84 40 run. He moved like a linebacker in the short drills and lifted like an end in the weight room with 26 lifts. He's a prospect that no one's going to know what to do with.
Positives: Athletic. Great on the move … Good special teamer who’ll do whatever is needed to get on the field … Quick enough to be a decent pass rusher.
Negatives: Can be erased when focused on by a big offensive lineman … Not huge and isn’t going to get bigger. Doesn’t play big … Needs to hit the weights.

96.
T.J. Lang, OT Eastern Michigan 6-4, 310
 Position Rank:
10
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Combine.
Positives: Surprisingly athletic … Good strength to play inside or out … Could end up playing guard or either tackle spot.
Negatives: While versatile enough to play any spot, he isn’t a perfect fit for any one spot … A former defensive lineman who’s still working to bulk up.


97. Jairus Byrd
, CB Oregon  5-11, 207
 Position Rank:
9
Post-Combine Skinny: He measured in big and strong-looking, but he wasn't able to work out and run. If he can run a 4.5 in private workouts, he'll make himself a ton of dough.
Positives: Big-time producer … Solid tackler. Not a prima donna in any way … Nice, fluid athlete with good size.
Negatives: Elite speed is lacking … Even with his size, he’s not tough enough to play safety … Can get sloppy in his technique.

98.
Brian Robiskie, WR Ohio State 6-3, 210
Position Rank:
8
Post-Combine Skinny: Everyone seems to be interested in him. He has the family reputation and he worked out well for his size with exceptions quickness in the drills and a solid 4.51.
Positives: Excellent size with room to add more bulk … Good hands … Tough enough to go over the middle. Isn’t afraid to take a pop. … Quick enough to be an occasional punt returner.
Negatives: Doesn’t have top-shelf speed … Not a No. 1 receiver at the NFL level … More of a grinder than a special receiver talent.

99. Shawn Nelson
, TE Southern Miss 6-5, 240
 Position Rank:
6
Post-Combine Skinny: While he moved well, he didn't move well enough. The 19 reps on the bench showed just how far he needs to go to get bigger and stronger, while the 4.56 showed that he's a true H back. He might get the dreaded tweener tag.
Positives: A big, talented receiver … A good fighter. Will battle for the ball … Can get bigger and stronger.
Negatives: Needs to hit the weights … Gets beaten too much as a run blocker … Not a polished route runner.

100.
Demetrius Byrd, WR LSU 6-0, 199
Position Rank:
9
Post-Combine Skinny: The 4.42 confirmed what everyone already suspected. The extremely long arms stood out.
Positives: Great size/speed combination … Has all the tools. He’ll wow everyone in workouts … Fast enough to blow past slower corners, and strong enough to push around the weaker ones.
Negatives: Is he going to consistent? … Question marks about ability to digest an NFL playbook … Not a good route runner.
 

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