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2009 NFL Draft - The CFN Top 250 (5th Round)
Purdue QB Curtis Painter
Purdue QB Curtis Painter
Posted Feb 26, 2009

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

2009 NFL Draft

CFN Top 250 Prospects

Fifth Round Worthy - 134 to 166

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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
- 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
134. Greg Isdaner, OG West Virginia 6-3, 325
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Considered the type of blocker best on the move. he ran a mediocre 5.44. The 24 lifts were fine, but he didn't impress enough to show he was something special.
Positives: Nice on the move … Experienced, productive veteran … Good in pass protection.
Negatives: Not elite-level strong … Shoulder concerns … Built like a tackle but is a guard.

James Davis
, RB Clemson 5-11, 218
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Not big. the 4.6 wasn't awful, but for a back who's supposedly has power, he only came up with 17 reps.
Positives: Hard runner with good nose for the goal line … Faster than he showed off in college … Good quickness.
Negatives: Not big enough to be a power back … While quick, he’s not going to make too many defenders miss … Isn’t necessarily a workhorse.

Brandon Williams
, DE Texas Tech  6-2, 261
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Faster on the field than in the workouts, but the 4,92 was good enough. He didn't lift, so he didn't show off his strength, but he was among the quickest and smoothest linemen in the drills.
Positives: Fast. Once he gets moving, he’s unstoppable … Is always around the ball. Has a linebacker instinct for getting to the play … Good array of moves.
Negatives: Not big. Not strong enough to hold up against the run … Might have to grow into an outside linebacker depending on the scheme … When tackles lock on to him, it’s over.

Curtis Painter
, QB Purdue 6-3, 225
 Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: Moved well for his size. Pressed a bit, but he didn't make any major mistakes. Didn't stand out, either.
Positives: Mobile and productive when he gets rolling … Good character. Good guy.
Negatives: Struggled to make his receivers better last year … Didn’t lead the offense to consistent production.

Jonathan Casillas
, OLB Wisconsin  6-1, 228
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't run, which would've been his strength. He put up a nice 24 reps in the weight room, but he appeared to be more of a strong safety looking to play linebacker than a pure linebacker.
Positives: Really fast … Excellent in pass coverage and great in pursuit … Will be all over the place making plays.
Negatives: Not big and can’t play safety … Will have problems against physical running games … Already dinged up. Trying to get over a knee injury.

139. Stanley Arnoux
, ILB Wake Forest  6-0, 232
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: He couldn't have done better. The 19 reps in the weight room wasn't strong, but he was flying around like a safety in the short drills. He leapt 10'1" in the best broad jump of any of the inside prospect, and he was the fastest of the group with a 4.61. He still needs work, but he was every bit as athletic as hoped for.
Positives: Good strength, toughness inside … Solid tackler. Big hitter … Very smart and well respected. A leader.
Negatives: Not lightning fast for his size. A half-step slow to be a star NFL MLB … Will struggle in pass protection … Doesn’t always look natural.

Cornelius Ingram, TE Florida 6-4, 245
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: A disappointment. He wasn't nearly as athletic as expected, didn't do anything special on the bench, and he ran a pedestrian 4.68 for a player who was supposed to live off his wheels.
Positives: A big receiver and a small tight end. That’s not a negative … Ultra-athletic. Played quarterback in high school … Could be a cornerstone receiver.
Negatives: Coming off an injury … Not a blocker at the next level … Undersized. Won’t overpower anyone.

141. Curtis Taylor
, FS LSU  6-2, 209
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: It was a good enough Combine to earn him longer looks. He came up with a huge broad jump of 10'9", but the 4.64 in the 40 was a problem. He looked faster and quicker than he actually was.
Positives: An NFL body, even if he’s a bit lanky … Big hitter. Will explode into the ball-carrier … Moves well for his size.
Negatives: Marginal instincts. Seems to have to make up for mistakes … Doesn’t do enough to get to the ball when it’s in the air … Tries too hard to make the big pop.

John Parker Wilson, QB Alabama 6-2, 219
 Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: Ran well, looked strong. Solidified himself as a possible third rounder.
Positives: Game manager … Solid passer with nice mechanics … Veteran who saw it all.
Negatives: Not big. Not a prototype … Mediocre arm … Not mobile enough for his size.

143. Lydon Murtha
, OT Nebraska 6-7, 306
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Was a major surprise. Not considered a great athlete coming into the Combine, he turned out to be the best of the bunch in the short drills while running the only sub-5 40 (4.89). However, he only showed marginal strength.
Positives: Good size with a frame to add more bulk … With a little work, he could be a sleeper … Good worker with high upside with time.
Negatives: Not a natural. Could be limited in what he can do … Not a strong enough run blocker … Not a big lifter for a Nebraska lineman.

Ashlee Palmer, OLB Ole Miss  6-2, 225
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Combine
Positives: Really athletic. Great on the move … Fine in pass coverage … Can go from sideline to sideline and is tough enough to hold up on either side.
Negatives: Not big and isn’t going to be bigger … He’ll have problems against the run … Not fast enough to move to safety.

Cedric Peerman
, RB Virginia 5-10, 216
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: The pet project of several scouts, the 4.45 game them ammunition with their general managers. The 27 reps on the bench showed how incredibly strong he is for his size. Made a huge splash.
Positives: Very productive when healthy … Quick through the hole, and tough when hit … Could be an elite kick returner.
Negatives: Suffered a foot injury in 2007 … Not a power runner and not huge.

Arian Foster
, RB Tennessee 6-1, 226
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't run the 40 and didn't participate in most of the drills, but he lifted an impressive 23 times.
Positives: Productive. One of Tennessee’s most productive backs … Could flourish in a one-cut offense … Smart with good size … Looks the part.
Negatives: Doesn’t do any one thing well … Doesn’t necessarily run up to his size … Average speed.

Brandon Underwood
, CB Cincinnati  6-1, 198
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: It was the workout everyone had been waiting for from the corners. Not only is Underwood big, but the 4.49 was fantastic. He was great in the short drills, jumped well, and worked out like a real, live NFL cornerback.
Positives: A safety with the speed to play corner … Tall, lanky. Has few problems against bigger receivers … Versatile. Can step in and play anywhere.
Negatives: What’s his position? Needs work on being an NFL corner … Not a natural coverman as a corner … Not a huge hitter considering his safety background.

Mike Goodson
, RB Texas A&M  6-0. 208
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Was a bit bigger than expected. While the 4.54 was pedestrian, few were as quick or as productive in the other drills.
Positives: Extremely quick and great at finding the hole … Breakaway back who could be a home run hitter … Creative runner who could be a receiver.
Negatives: Toughness question marks … Durability. Was rarely healthy … Isn’t big.

Ryan Purvis
, TE Boston College 6-4, 255
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Combine
Positives: Solid target who doesn’t make mistakes … Big body. Solid blocker … A fighter. Will get nasty when he needs to.
Negatives: Doesn’t do any one thing at an elite level … Needs work as a route runner …. Not an athlete.

A.Q Shipley
, C Penn State 6-1, 304
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: A favorite among the scouting types, Shipley had extremely short arms, was as short and as squatty as expected, and it didn't matter. He was athletic, quick, and extremely strong.
Positives: Good athlete … Hard worker who goes 100% all the time … Good fighter.
Negatives: Not huge and has to battle against the bigger, stronger DTs … Questionable NFL strength even after the big lift. Not a guard. He has just one position.

Anthony Hill
, TE NC State 6-5, 262
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: For his size, it wasn't a bad Combine. The 4.8 40 was a nice treat, but the 21 reps on the bench weren't anything special for a player who's supposed to be a big, physical blocker.
Positives: Big, strong receiver and a good target … Reliable. Sucks the ball in … Can be a big-time blocker.
Negatives: Not a deep threat. Won’t stretch the field … Concerns about reconstructed knee … A small tackle playing tight end.

Michael Bennett
, DE Texas A&M   6-2, 274
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: With his size, he needed to show he had the athleticism go along with it. He did. While he wasn't all that great in the drills, he was under 5.0 in the 40 and he shook a little of the lack of strength rep with 24 lifts.
Positives: Excellent athlete for his size … Looks the part. Has the prototype size and quickness … Moves well. Could grow into a great pass rusher.
Negatives: No motor. Needs to have a coach or three light into him … Doesn’t play up to his talent … Needs to get stronger.

153. Jamarca Sanford
, FS Ole Miss 5-10, 214
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: The 4.48 made him a player worth looking into. The 29 reps made him one of the stars of the weekend. While he's a bit short, that didn't seem to matter after showing off his surprising athleticism.
Positives: A veteran. Plenty of experience … Great hitter. Pops like a much bigger player … Great motor. 100% worker.
Negatives: Not big. Not quite fast enough to be a top free safety, and not bulky enough to play strong safety … A player. Not a difference maker, but a player … Won’t impress in workouts.

Devin Moore, RB Wyoming 5-9, 185
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: He wasn't invited to the Combine, but he held his own private workout outside the event and impressed everyone who showed up by blasting out a 4.4.
Positives: Shifty speed back … Versatile. Could be used on special teams and as a receiver … Stronger than his size might appear.
Negatives: No power in any way … Likely a returner and a specialist. … Won’t be a No. 1 back.

Bruce Johnson
, CB Miami  5-9, 170
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Tremendous quickness through the short drills and a 4.47 in the 40 were exactly what he needed to do to make up for his size. He was a fluid, smooth runner who looked the part of a decent No. 2 corner.
Positives: Good athleticism and a solid cover man. Can be a No. 1 corner against speedier targets … Fast. Could be a returner … Fluid. A shadow on most receivers who don’t put on a good move.
Negatives: Not big. Tries to be physical, but isn’t … Not a top playmaker. Didn’t do enough special things … Will need to play zone at the next level.

Kory Sheets
, RB Purdue  5-11, 208
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't lift well, but no one cared. The 4.47 and 11.7 in the 60-yard drill confirmed the athleticism everyone wnated to see.
Positives: All-around back … Great receiver who can be used in a variety of ways … A willing workhorse for his size.
Negatives: More of a specialist than an every down runner … Isn’t a huge runner. Little power.

Javon Ringer
, RB Michigan State 5-9, 205
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't fast enough. No one questions his toughness, but for his size, a 4.6 was a disaster. Proved to be strong and very quick.
Positives: A fast back who showed tremendous workhorse ability and durability last season … Answered all questions about goal line running … Great quickness and cutback ability.
Negatives: Not necessarily a power runner. … Not big. Won’t be a workhorse at next level … Was banged up before last year.

Joe Burnett
, CB UCF  5-9, 192
 Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: His money will mostly be made as a key backup corner and on special teams, and with a 4.49, he showed he could be a returner. Few were as quick in the short drills as he blew though the shuttle and the cone.
Positives: Tremendous production from day one … Pick-off artist. Makes big plays … Nice speed. Can be used as a returner.
Negatives: Not a form tackler. Not going to make big hits … Good speed, but not elite wheels … Will struggle in the NFL in man coverage.

159. Sherrod Martin
, S Troy  6-1, 198
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: He made a big name for himself as one of the quickest defensive backs in Indianapolis. The 4.52 was more than good enough at safety, but the 3.98 shuttle and 6.6 cone drills were special.
Positives: A top-shelf safety in college, he projects to be a physical corner … A very productive playmaker against everyone … Excellent upside with good raw skills. Speedy and strong.
Negatives: He doesn’t have a position. Versatility not necessarily a plus … Needs major technique work on either position, corner or free safety … Not a huge hitter for being a safety.

DeAndre Levy, OLB Wisconsin  6-2, 236
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: While he didn't run, he showed off his pop and explosion with a 9-11 in the broad jump. He's an athlete who'll have to give one more good workout after coming up with just 19 reps in the weight room.
Positives: Tough. Doesn’t seem to have a problem not being huge … Fast when he’s bearing down on a ball-carrier … A good leader who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.
Negatives: Size could limit his upside … Not quite athletic enough to make up for his size … Might be limited to a strongside job. Not a weakside linebacker.

Morgan Trent
, CB Michigan 6-1, 193
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Trent might have moved up from a 6-to-7 rounder to a 4-to-5 rounder with a standout day. The 4.53 was good enough for his size, and the 23 reps, 38" vertical, and lights out quick drills put him on the radar.
Positives: Veteran with plenty of experience … A good athlete with nice technique … Solid tackler. Doesn’t miss much.
Negatives: Not quite quick enough to be a top NFL corner … While tall, he doesn’t have an NFL body … A good prospect with limited upside.

Keenan Lewis
, CB Oregon State  6-0, 228
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: With his size, if he could just run well he would quickly rise up. He ran well. The 4.49 stood out on a day when no one seemed able to move. It was a good enough workout to get noticed and move, potentially, into the fourth round.
Positives: Veteran who saw it all. Tons of experience … Excellent size with enough quickness to get by … Makes plays. Fights to make things happen.
Negatives: The wheels are mediocre when the ball is in the air … Gets shoved around too much for his size … Could stand to be a better tackler.

Brannan Southerland
, FB Georgia 6-0, 242
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: He was excellent. The power in the broad jump with a 10 foot leap, and a 28 rep bench made some noise, but the 4.68 really helped the cause.
Positives: Devastating blocker … Great goal line, short-yardage runner … Can catch a little.
Negatives: Not nimble … Purely a blocker at the next level.

164. C.J. Spillman
, FS Marshall 6-0, 197
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Known for being ultra-athletic, he didn't disappoint. He ran a good 4.5 to punctuate the 41.5" vertical leap and 11.27 60-yard drill. He was one of the best athletes at the Combine.
Positives: Good speed and quickness … Moves extremely well. Effortless … Tough. Willing to stick his nose in against the run.
Negatives: Mediocre in pass coverage … A good hitter, but not a consistent tackler … Not huge. A free safety. Not a strong safety.

Cedric Dockery, OG Texas 6-4, 320
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't At The Workout
Positives: Looks like the prototype NFL guard …. Good in a phone booth … Very strong.
Negatives: Doesn’t play up to his potential … Mediocre pass protector … Not a great athlete.

Mortty Ivy
, OLB West Virginia  6-2, 248
Position Rank:
Post-Combine Skinny: To call it a disaster is a bit harsh, but it wasn't a good workout. He wasn't known for being all that athletic, and he made that painfully clear with a glacier-slow 4.95 in the 40. The 18 reps in the weight room didn't help the cause in any way. He'll have to push the game tapes to generate more of a buzz.
Positives: Tremendous tackler .. .Tough, strong. Looks the part … Finds ways to make plays. Gets the job done.
Negatives: Might have to find a position. He might have to move inside … Isn’t all that athletic. Gets by on want-to … Has a reconstructed knee.

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