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2009 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Three
NY Jet RB Shonn Greene
NY Jet RB Shonn Greene
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Posted Apr 25, 2009


Day Two kicks off with the third round. These are the picks who could've gone in Round 2 with a little more luck, and they have the potential to be starters. Who went where and how good are each of the draft picks in the 2009 NFL Draft 3rd Round? CFN lets you know with the breakdown and analysis of each player.



2009 NFL Draft - Third Round

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  ROUND 3
# Pick Team
1 65 NY Jets (from Detroit)   
Shonn Greene, RB Iowa 5-11, 230 (Jr.)

Greene didn’t completely come from out of nowhere, but no one saw a Doak Walker season coming. No one. Forgotten now, Greene was barely the sure-thing starter coming out of spring ball last year with other backs also getting looks. While he’s not fast, he’s extremely strong, bounces off tacklers when he’s trying for a hard yard, and he doesn’t have a lot of tread on the tires considering he’s only been the man for a year. He’ll have to show early on in camp that he can run strong every play and he has to become more of a receiver, but with his size, his consistency, and with his upside as a 25-carry back, he’s a good prospect with more boom than bust.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 4
2 66 St. Louis  
Bradley Fletcher, FS/CB Iowa 6-1, 195

He has a great combination of size and speed with 4.49 wheels in a long frame. Extremely quick both on the field and in workouts, he has the skills to be a top-shelf corner and the size and strength to become a decent free safety. However, he’s still a work in progress. It took him a while to become a good player at Iowa and he’s still developing. Technique as both a corner and a safety are a problem and there’s a concern about substance abuse after getting suspended for a time earlier in his career. While he didn’t do enough on the field to warrant a high pick, his raw skills are too much to pass up.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 10
3 67 Kansas City  
Alex Magee, DT Purdue  6-3, 295
Strong enough to play tackle and quick enough to play on the outside, he could have a very long, very productive career as a 3-4 end or as a versatile backup in any alignment. Extremely quick, as evidenced by a good showing at the Combine, he moves well and doesn’t miss many plays when he gets to the ball. The down side is that he’ll be erased when double-teamed, but he’s not going to be anyone’s No. 1 lineman. He’ll be a strong cog who could explode at times if he’s next to a talented tackle and isn’t forced to carry the defensive front. There’s a high ceiling on what he can do with a little time.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 7
4 68 Chicago (from Seattle) 
Jarron Gilbert, DE/DT San Jose State  6-6, 288
Is he a defensive end? A defensive tackle? An offensive tackle? One of the high risers in the draft after showing off phenomenal quickness in the East West Shrine practices and coming up with a tremendous workout at the Combine, his future will likely be as a 3-4 end. With his combination of skills and size, he could easily grow into a starting tackle if he builds on his frame a bit more. He has to play stronger against power blockers and he isn’t going to be a pass rusher if he’s put on the end in a 4-3, but he has too much upside, and is too good a worker, to not be a steady part of a rotation.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round    CFN Position Rank: 4
5 69 Dallas (from Cleveland) 
Jason Williams, LB Western Illinois 6-1, 240
Very fast and very disruptive, Williams is a big-time athlete who set an NCAA record with 14 forced fumbles. He has the athleticism of a strong safety and hits like a linebacker. For good and bad, he's too aggressive and will overrun some plays, but he'll get to everything. After a strong East West Shrine week, he could be a surprise.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent    CFN Position Rank: NR
6 70 Cincinnati  
Michael Johnson, DE Georgia Tech   6-7, 270
There’s first round, maybe top five overall talent, but he hasn’t always played like it. Extremely quick with freakishly long arms and great strength, he has all the tools to become a superstar if the light goes on. He has a passing interest in stopping the run and disappeared for long stretches. If he’s asked to just rush the passer, he could be the type of player who comes up with one sack a game and does nothing else, becoming overrated because of a gaudy sack number at the end of the year. He could be a major heartbreaker with great production in just enough games to show what he’s capable of … and then he’ll have everyone scratching their heads wondering why he can’t do that all the time.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 6
7 71 Oakland 
Matt Shaughnessy, DE Wisconsin  6-5, 260
Very tall and relatively thin with the potential to get bigger and stronger, he could be a nice late flier with little risk and great upside. Talk about fighting through adversity, he suffered a broken leg in spring ball last year and had to deal with the death of his brother. He still had a nice season, but there’s a chance he could be far better now that he’s a year removed from the injury and the tragedy. While he doesn’t do any one thing well, he has the potential to become a solid back up end and spot starter in any formation.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 16
8 72 Jacksonville  
Terrance Knighton, DT Temple  6-3, 321
With good size and good strength and toughness, he’s a good project player with excellent upside. He needs a lot of work, isn’t going to be a pass rusher, and he needs a lot of technique work, but he wants to get better and will do what he can to improve. While he won’t play on the nose, he could be a steady tackle or a 3-4 end.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round    CFN Position Rank: 19
9 73 Jacksonville (from Green Bay through New England) 
Derek Cox, CB Williams & Mary 6-1, 180
Very fast and productive at the lower level, he has good size and nice measurables. While he'll gamble a bit and can be beaten by the crisper route runners, he has the basics to be worth a look as a project at corner and as a nickel or dime back because of his smarts and his range. While he's great with the ball in his hands, he took two of his four interceptions for touchdowns last year, he won't hit.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent   CFN Position Rank: NR
10 74 San Francisco  
Glen Coffee, RB Alabama 6-0, 205

Here’s the problem … what does he do at an NFL level? There’s nothing shifty about him, at least for the pros, with average quickness and speed. He only be used as a between-the-tackles power runner, but he’s not a blaster. While he’s a tough fighter with excellent strength and toughness, he’s just not big enough to be used on a regular basis to move the pile. If he has a good line in front of him he could be the type of back who shocks the world for a game or two when thrown into the fire, but he’s not anything more than a complementary back for a team that already has a No. 1 option. Even so, he appears to be one of the hotter prospects among the mid-level backs and might be overdrafted.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 15
11 75 Dallas (from Buffalo)  
Robert Brewster, OT  Ball State 6-4, 325
Very quick for his size, he’s a very durable, very reliable pass blocker who did a little of everything well for the high-octane Ball State attack. He needs to get himself into a weight room and go from being big to being big and NFL strong. Even with his athleticism he’s not a pro left tackle and could end up at guard, but he could be a nice backup for a long time and a decent prospect at right tackle with a little bit of work.
CFN Value Rank: Seventh Round
   CFN Position Rank: 22
12 76 Detroit (New Orleans through NY Jets)
DeAndre Levy, LB Wisconsin  6-2, 235
He’s not all that big and he has to get a lot stronger, but he’s a speedy defender who gets to the ball from anywhere on the field and keeps good gains from being big backbreakers. He’s never going to hold up and stuff the run at the line and he’ll get erased when a blocker is able to lock on, but he moves well and could be a major producer if he’s surrounded by tough linebackers in a 3-4. If nothing else, he could be a great special teamer and he should be able to grow into a pass rushing specialist.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 12
13 77 Houston  
Antoine Caldwell, C/OG Alabama 6-3, 300

Caldwell could be a jack-of-all-trades, master of none at the next level. Extremely smart and extremely durable, he was one of the SEC’s most reliable, consistent players over the last several years. Versatile, he can play anywhere inside and could end up spending most of his career as a guard. He could even play a little tackle if needed. While he’s a good athlete, he’s not quick enough to be an NFL tackle for any stretch of time and he’ll struggle inside against the better interior pass rushers.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 5
14 78 San Diego  
Louis Vasquez, OG Texas Tech 6-6, 335

Strong. Freakishly strong. He’s a load and can’t move, but pass protection isn’t too much of an issue considering the offense he played in. Now he’ll have a chance to prove he can become a power run blocker and put all his strength to good use. He needs some coaching to get out of his spread blocking habits, but he has good upside in the right attack.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 7
15 79 Pittsburgh (from Denver) 
Kraig Urbik, OG Wisconsin 6-6, 330

A tweener, he’s athletic enough to be a big right guard, and beefy enough to spend most of his time at guard. He needs to be more powerful to be a star on the inside, playing more like a finesse blocker than a steamroller, but that could change. He’s a pure football player who’ll work to get better and do what’s needed to get better. A few tweaks in his style at guard, instead of standing up too quickly like a tackle, could bring the results needed.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 3
16 80 Washington 
Kevin Barnes, CB Maryland 6-0, 185

While he’s not going to tackle anyone, he’s a great athlete who can cut on a dime and has enough speed to handle the more talented, athletic receivers. He’s not bulky and he’s not all that strong, but he’s tall and plays bigger with a tremendous vertical leap. Because of his size and frame, or his lack of it, he’ll have problems staying healthy. He got hurt last year with a shoulder injury and was knocked out halfway through the year. While he impressed everyone with his post-season workouts, he needs refinement on his overall technique and he’ll have to be in a position where he doesn’t have to be physical.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 9
17 81 Tampa Bay  
Roy Miller, DT Texas  6-1, 310
It’s possible he could be the rare sleeper from a big-name, big-time program. Extremely strong, he fired up 36 reps on the bench at the Combine and he showed surprising quickness. However, the workout numbers don’t necessarily translate to his on-field play and he’ll never get into the backfield in the NFL. While he’s hardly a perfect tackle prospect, he’ll play 100 miles an hour on every play and will never, ever dog it. He’ll make plays on want-to and he has the raw tools to become a decent starter on a line full of good pass rushers.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 15
18 82 Detroit (from Dallas)
Derrick Williams, WR Penn State 5-11, 195
He’ll go on the cheap compared to Jeremy Maclin and Percy Harvin, similar players who have a better buzz. No, Williams isn’t as fast as some of the top prospects and he was a disappointment as a receiver considering he was considered the nation’s top high school prospect. However, he’s a versatile playmaker who’ll be used as a returner and can get a few carries per game. While he might not be a special NFL receiver, he’ll likely hang around the league for a decade and be very, very solid as a dirty work, inside target.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 7
19 83 New England (from NY Jets through Green Bay)
Brandon Tate, WR North Carolina  6-1, 185
If given time he could be great. One of the all-time great kickoff returners in college football history, he was on his way to a special year as a receiver as well as a return man before suffering a horrendous knee injury that could still keep him at far less than 100% well into the 2009 NFL season. Before the injury he was tremendously quick, hard to get a hold of, and productive. In time, he’ll be a top-shelf special teamer and a very, very good inside receiver once he’s healthy again. He might have been a late first rounder if he didn’t have the knee problem.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 10
20 84 Pittsburgh (from Chicago through Denver)
Mike Wallace, WR Ole Miss 6-1 200

Extremely fast, he should be tried out as a returner and a deep threat. While he's very, very raw as a receiver, he's one of the draft's ultimate home run hitters and a potentially lethal project to develop if given time. He needs to learn to become a better route runner and he needs to become far more polished on short to midrange plays, and he's not going to block anyone. However, you can't coach speed.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 30
21 85 New York Giants (from Philadelphia)
Ramses Barden, WR Cal Poly 6-6, 205
Very big, very tall, and very, very productive, he was one of the most dominant offensive weapons on the FCS level over the last four years. While he played at a lower level, he caught six passes for 83 yards and a score at Wisconsin. However, he didn’t see any other action against FBS teams and was erased at the Senior Bowl. He’s not all that fast and he’s not nearly as physical as he should be for a player of his size, but he knows how to make plays and he knows how to score. It’ll take a little while and a lot of work on his refinement, but if he hits the weights, gets a nasty attitude, and develops a niche, like as a goal line playmaker, he could grow into a weapon.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 13
22 86 Minnesota
Asher Allen, CB Georgia 5-10, 195 (Jr.)
Allen has a good all-around combination of skills. He’s fast, running a 4.48 at the Combine, strong, coming up with 22 reps on the bench, and is tougher against the run than most corners in the draft. He doesn’t miss a stop in the open field and he holds his own against the bigger receivers. On the down side, he’s not all that quick and has problems with the blazers. He’s good enough to be a starter in the right scheme, and he’s a lock to find a role as a nickel or dime back, but he’s missing the top-end wheels to be a No. 1 corner.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round     CFN Position Rank: 12
23 87 Miami
Patrick Turner, WR USC 6-5. 220
He went from being undraftable to an interesting late round prospect after the season. Way too slow and not nearly productive enough considering his high school résumé, and the offense he played in, he opened up eyes at the Combine and in Senior Bowl practices. More fluid this off-season than he ever appeared to be at USC, his combination of size and hands make him a safe flier.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 19
24 88 Baltimore
Lardarius Webb, CB Nicholls State 5-10, 180  
Originally a Southern Miss Golden Eagle, Webb was booted off the team and ended up at Nicholls State where he was a star returner and do-it-all defensive back. He’s not all that big, but has tremendous leaping ability to make up for it. More than anything else, he’s really, really fast, coming up with a 4.35 in Indy to go along with good quickness in the agility drills. For good and bad, considering his size and frame, he’s not afraid to mix it up to try to make the big hit. He’ll have to learn how to play corner at an NFL level after spending a lot of time playing safety in college, but he has the attitude and the raw skills to be a sleeper.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 18
25 89 Tennessee (from New England)
Jared Cook, TE South Carolina 6-5, 245 (Jr.)
On pure athleticism, he’s the best all-around tight end in the draft and it’s not even close. He was the eye-opening tight end star at the Combine jumping out of the stadium and blazing off a 4.49 in the 40. However, he hasn’t been able to translate his size, athleticism, and length into a consistent receiver. There were stretches when he dominated, but he disappeared. Put it this way; he was a superior gifted tight end for Steve Spurrier and he was just marginally productive.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 3
26 90 Atlanta
Christopher Owens, CB San Jose State 5-10, 180
A natural corner who always seems to be a step ahead of the action and is quick enough to read and react to everything in front of him. Even though he's not necessarily small, he'll get shoved all over the place by bigger, physical receivers. A good off-season with some nice workouts upped his stock, but he's still a flier of a pick.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: NR
27 91 Seattle (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
28 92 Indianapolis
Jerraud Powers, CB Auburn 5-9, 188 (Jr.)
Ready to go and be productive right away even though he's only a junior, he has good ball skills and is polished and quick. He won't tackle anyone and he doesn't have the elite speed to hang around with NFL receivers one on one, so he'll need to be part of a zone scheme with more athletic defensive backs around him.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: 29
29 93 Carolina
Corey Irvin, DT Georgia 6-3, 300
A big body that can get even bigger and stronger, he's a quick, hard worker who moves well for his size and will make up for mistakes with good hustle. He's not strong enough for his size and doesn't hold up as well as he should considering his bulk. He needs work and a lot of time in the weight room, but he should be worth developing. 
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: 30
30 94 Tennessee
Ryan Mouton, CB Hawaii 5-9, 185
A terrific all-around athlete who had some wow at the Combine by leaping out of the stadium and showing excellent strength on the bench with 18 reps. He moves well and is a tough, willing tackler who isn't afraid to mix it up. His problem is his size. He's a small defender who plays bigger than expected and is a good, sound football player. The deficiencies are just enough to keep him from being a top starter.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: 28
31 95 Arizona
Rashad Johnson, FS Alabama 5-11, 195
A pure football player with uncanny instincts and tremendous smarts. He’s always around the ball seemingly knowing where it’s going before the offense does, and he always comes up with the big play when he has the shot. With good range and excellent ball skills, he’s great at picking off passes and coming up clutch when he has to. Size will be an issue. He’s skinny and is built more like a corner than an intimidating safety, and he’s not going to intimidate anyone with his tackling skills. If nothing else, he’ll be an elite special teamer and should put up great numbers in nickel and dime packages.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 2
32 96 Pittsburgh
Keenan Lewis, CB Oregon State 6-1, 208
A productive starter for four years, Lewis has good size and decent coverage skills. While he didn’t come up with a ton of tackles or big plays, he was durable, played through injuries, and was reliable. He ran a decent 4.51 at the Combine, but he didn’t do the quickness or agility drills. However, he’s strong, evidenced by his 19 reps on the bench, and has the smarts to possibly be used down the road as a safety if he can learn how to hit. His biggest problem is that he doesn’t do any one thing all that well and is a tweener in a bad way. He’s not fast enough to stay with the quicker receivers, and he’s not tough enough to handle the bigger ones.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 17
33 97 New England
Tyrone McKenzie, LB South Florida  6-2, 245
A big-time producer who fought through a series of issues off the field to become a leader and the type of player you want in a locker room. Strong, he plays bigger than his size and isn’t afraid to mix it up and stick his nose in to make a big play. He’ll fight through the nicks and bumps and will have to be really, really hurt to not get in the lineup, but he’s limited by average athletic ability and a lack of size. Even so, he’ll work to make a roster and could be a star on special teams before he gets his chance to shine as an outside linebacker.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 9
34 98 Cincinnati
Chase Coffman, TE Missouri 6-5, 250
The ultra-productive star of the Missouri passing game, he was a pass-catching machine from the start of his great career. Extremely tough, he played through an ankle injury and produced even when he was far, far less than 100%. While he won’t block anyone at the next level and he has major durability questions, with his hands and his route running ability he could grow into the focal point of an offense for stretches if he’s left in single coverage.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 5
35 99 Chicago
Juaquin Iglesias, WR Oklahoma 6-0, 205
While he’s not going to impress on the stopwatch and he might have flourished because he played in the Oklahoma offense, he’s a flat-out wide receiver who has an extremely low downside. He has great hands, is a strong route runner, and plays faster than he times. Get him the ball on the move and he’ll make something happen. While he’ll get beaten up by physical defensive backs and he’s not going to hit the home runs he did for the Sooners, he’s a hard worker and a good enough player to make a coaching staff instantly happy once camp starts. He’s not going to be one of the top receivers in the draft, but he’ll stick.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round     CFN Position Rank: 12
36 100 New York Giants
Travis Beckum, TE Wisconsin 6-3, 230
Considered a possible high pick prospect had he come out early last year, now there are major durability issues after he couldn’t stay on the field in 2007 with a hamstring problem. Tremendously productive despite being the lone target for a middling Badger passing game, he’s a great receiver who fights to make plays. Tremendously strong in the weight room, he has shown the basic skills to be special. However, he has to prove he can stay healthy, he’ll make too many mistakes, and he’s way too lanky. He’s built like a big wide receiver and he’s not going to get any bigger.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 4

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