2009 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Four
Dallas Cowboy QB Stephen McGee
Dallas Cowboy QB Stephen McGee
Posted Apr 25, 2009

The fourth round always has an interesting mix of need picks and risky shoot-for-the-moon fliers, but these players are expected to make a team and produce. Who went where and how good are each of the draft picks? Check out the CFN analysis and breakdown of the picks. Did they go in the right spots?

2009 NFL Draft - Fourth Round

- 2009 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
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CFN 2009 Draft Central & Team-by-Team Picks and Analysis

# Pick Team
1 101 Dallas (from Detroit)
Stephen McGee, QB Texas A&M 6-3, 225
Welcome to the hot prospect of the off-season. McGee never got the chance to show what he could truly do at A&M having been used as a runner and eventually losing his job, partly due to injury, under Mike Sherman last season. While he ran the ball well showing off great speed at times, he’s a passer who wasn’t used correctly. One of the best athletes among the quarterbacks and with great size and toughness, he has the makeup to work through his issues, like his questionable decision-making ability, to become a player. He’ll need a few years and a lot of footwork reworking, but if someone is patient there could be a Matt Cassell-but-athletic-like reward in a few years.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round     CFN Position Rank: 9
2 102 Kansas City
Donald Washington, CB Ohio State  6-0, 195 (Jr.)
A disappointment at Ohio State, he was suspended from the team for an early stretch and he lost his starting corner job. In a bit of a shock, he chose to leave early rather than come back to try to boost his stock by establishing himself as a No. 1 corner, and then came the Combine. With excellent size, he ran a respectable 4.5 and was lightning quick in the agility drills, but he opened up everyone’s eyes by leaping 45” in the vertical jump (tops for the Combine) and 11’ 3” in the broad jump. However, his reputation for a lack of physical play on the field was hurt more by only coming up with seven reps on the bench. There are huge, screaming red flags about his character and his ability to work to be a starter, but the raw skills are too great to not take a flier on.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 15
3 103 St. Louis
Dorrell Scott, DT Clemson  6-4, 310
A good cog in the system, he’s a true space-eater with long arms, a huge build, and just enough lateral quickness to make himself even bigger. He was surprisingly athletic at the Combine, tearing off a 4.92 in the 40, but he needs to get stronger and he needs to show he can handle the bigger, stronger linemen. He’s not a 3-4 nose tackle and will need to play in a 4-3 with good players around him, but he’s good enough to plug in and start from day one. He could turn out to be tremendous with a little bit of time with a trainer.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 9
4 104 Cleveland
Kaluka Maiava, LB USC 5-11, 229
If only he was a little bit bigger. Way undersized, he tries to make up for it with tremendous strength and blinding quickness, but his weight room numbers don’t necessarily translate to the field. He runs better than he times and looks effortless when he cuts and changes direction. He’ll get steamrolled over and will have a hard time holding up if he’s asked to be a three-down starter, but he could be a great value pick. He didn’t get the pub of the other USC linebackers, but he was every bit as valuable last year. As long as he’s not used to do more than become a part of the rotation on the weak side, he should be a nice contributor for a long time.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 10
5 105 Chicago (from Seattle)
Henry Melton, DE Texas 6-3, 280
After starting out as a bruising running back, Melton grew into a decent end improving each year as he got more work. He has a good combination of size and athleticism with a good running back-like burst into the backfield. He still needs a ton of work before he's ready to become an NFL defensive end, but he's a good enough athlete to eventually become a factor in a 4-3.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 26
6 106 Cincinnati
Jonathan Luigs, C Arkansas 6-4, 300
There’s a hard ceiling on what he can become and how good he can be, but that doesn’t mean he can’t at least be a solid starter. Extremely smart, he’s a great quarterback for a line with more than enough quickness to be a longtime starter in a zone blocking scheme. But if you want him to power over anyone, forget about it. He’s not going to push around many NFL defensive tackles, but he should be able to stay with the quicker ones.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 6
7 107 Jacksonville
Mike Thomas, WR Arizona 5-8, 185
If he was two inches taller he might be seen as a first rounder. Cut, he’s extremely well built and is tough as nails. He’ll fight though injuries and will have to be dragged off the field. Ultra-productive for Arizona, he did a little of everything well and wasn’t afraid to catch the ball in traffic even at his size. The size, or lack of it, is a major factor, even though his phenomenal vertical leaping ability makes up for it a little bit. With 4.3 wheels, he could grow into a deep threat who punishes defenses for not paying attention to him. The intangibles are all there, but he’ll be dragged down because he’s just too short.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 14
8 108 Miami (from Oakland)
Brian Hartline, WR Ohio State  6-2, 185 (Jr.)
He should’ve come back for another year, but the writing was on the wall that the Buckeye offense just wasn’t going to do much with the passing game with Terrelle Pryor under center. Hartline went from undraftable to a possible No. 3 inside receiver after showing phenomenal quickness at the Combine. Far more quick than fast, he’s not going to burn anyone deep and he’s not going to shove anyone around, but he has the potential to be decent.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 23
9 109 Green Bay
T.J. Lang, OT/OG Eastern Michigan 6-4, 310
Coaches will adore him. While he’s not a tremendous athlete, he makes up for it with one of the most intense work ethics in the draft. He’s a nasty, beat-‘em-up blocker who could end up as a star at guard after starting out at one of the tackle spots. His attitude and fire alone will make him a starter, but there’s a limit on how far he can go on the outside without the feet to handle the better pass rushers.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 11
10 110 Dallas (from Buffalo)
Victor Butler, DE/LB Oregon State 6-2, 250
With decent quickness and nice pass rushing skills, he can be used in a variety of ways as either an outside linebacker or a 4-3 specialist. Quick off the ball, he should be able to burst his way by a few slower tackles who aren't going 100%, but he doesn't have a lot of moves. The big problem is his lack of physical ability; he'll get blasted by anyone with a little bit of power.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 34
11 111 Carolina (from San Francisco)
Mike Goodson, RB Texas A&M 5-11, 200 (Jr.)
A huge disappointment considering he was the type of superstar recruit who was good enough to carry the entire A&M team, Goodson wasn’t given enough work and wasn’t used quite right by two coaching staffs. Super-fast, he’s a burst back who’ll blow through a hole and rip off major yards in chunks as both a runner and a receiver. Get him on the outside in space and he’ll be gone. However, forget about any power and any inside production. He needs to hit the weight room hard and he’ll need to endear himself to the team early on. The speed alone makes him an intriguing prospect, but he doesn’t do nearly enough well, outside of use his wheels on the outside, to make him the type of back to revolve a running game around. He’ll likely end up making his money as a returner, but he could grow into a star if he can become a good receiver and grow into a third down back.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 12
12 112 Houston
Glover Quin, FS New Mexico 5-11, 205
With excellent speed and good strength, he pushed up 22 reps on the bench at the Combine, he can play corner if needed and will likely spend time being moved around at all the safety spots. He’s a good, sound football player with high character and good all-around skills, but he had a hard time staying healthy at the collegiate level and will always be dinged up in the NFL. While he might not be a star, his versatility will, at the very least, make him an invaluable backup who can be used in a variety of ways.  
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round    CFN Position Rank: 13
13 113 San Diego
Vaughn Martin, DT 6-3, 330 Western Ontario
The Canadian is a massive inside presence who'll sit in the middle of the line and clog things up. He's not athletic and he's not going to get into the backfield, but he's strong enough to more than hold his own in any alignment. A major developmental prospect, he hasn't been playing football all that long and need a ton of work. However, the upside is there to make him an interesting low-risk flier.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round    CFN Position Rank: 39
14 114 Denver
David Bruton, FS Notre Dame 6-2, 220
If it’s possible to be a star for Notre Dame and be unappreciated, Bruton accomplished the feat. Very big and very fast, running a 4.4 at the Combine and leaping 41.5” in the vertical jump, he’s a special athlete who also produced on the field. He was all over the place, looking like a man among boys in the Irish back seven. He needs technique work and he needs to anticipate plays better after relying purely on his athleticism at Notre Dame, but there’s tremendous upside if he has his mechanics broken down and built back up again.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round    CFN Position Rank: 8
15 115 Detroit (from Washington through NY Jets)
Sammie Lee Hill, DT Stillman  6-4, 335
Really big and really strong, as long as he doesn’t have to move anywhere he’ll be fine. Lack of big-time competition is an issue, and it’s not like he did anything to show he could handle the top-shelf players in post-season workouts. He’ll need to be handled with kid gloves while at the same time he has to have a fire lit under him. Not exactly a go-getter, he has to hit the weights harder and he’ll have to learn how to go full-tilt all the time. Until then he could be a situational run stuffer who takes up space.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 14
16 116 New Orleans
Chip Vaughn, FS/SS Wake Forest 6-1, 220
Very big and very fast, he’s strong enough to play strong safety, lifting 225 pounds 21 times at the Combine, and speedy enough to play free safety, running a 4.42, he has the raw skills. What he doesn’t have is good tackling ability and has gotten by mostly by outrunning everyone else. A former wide receiver, he doesn’t always play up to his athleticism and he has questionable instincts. However, he made a lot of tackles and has grown into a hot prospect who will likely be coached into his athleticism. Smart enough to learn how to improve, the upside is limitless.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round    CFN Position Rank: 10
17 117 Tampa Bay (from Dallas)
Kyle Moore, DE USC  6-5, 275
If given the time to develop, the upside could be enormous. He didn’t do anything to stand out at USC, playing well for stretches and disappearing at other times, but he has the frame, the size, and the talent to grow into a nice end in any formation. Work needs to be done on his pass rushing technique and he needs to get stronger, but he has been good in post-season workouts and was solid in Senior Bowl practices. He’s not a finished product yet.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 11
18 118 New Orleans (from NY Jets)
Stanley Arnoux, LB Wake Forest 6-0, 230
Very fast and very athletic, but undersized, Arnoux was a great running mate next to Aaron Curry and came up with a very productive career. He doesn’t always use his speed and will have to learn how to become a blitzer, but he could grow into a killer on special teams if he’s willing to put in the work. He’s a good character, high intensity player who’s always moving and always trying to make things happen, but his lack of bulk will be a limiting factor.
CFN Value Rank: Seventh Round
   CFN Position Rank: 13
19 119 Chicago
D.J. Moore, CB Vanderbilt  5-9, 190 (Jr.)
He was a star of stars in the SEC doing a little bit of everything for the Commodores seeing time as a return man and a receiver along with his corner duties. While he plays fast, and he certainly didn’t have any problems in the best conference in America, he had a disappointing Combine with a painfully slow 4.59 in the 40 and showing average quickness. However, he did come up with a 39.5” vertical leap, which helps make up for his lack of height. He’s a decent tackler, but not a great one and doesn’t have No. 1 NFL corner skills. He’s smart, a playmaker, and will do whatever is needed to succeed. He’ll be used in a variety of ways in a secondary and will be around the league for a decade.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
     CFN Position Rank: 4
20 120 Dallas (from Tampa Bay)
Brandon Williams, DE Texas Tech  6-5, 260 (Jr.)
Purely a pass rusher. That’s it. He’ll get rag-dolled if an offensive tackle gets his mitts on him and he’s not going to do anything at the next level against the run, but if he’s asked to be a third down specialist and get to the quarterback, he could be a game-changer. The potential is there to get a lot better if he continues to hit the weights and learns to play at a bigger weight, but he could be an ugly bust and an early cut if he’s not getting to the quarterback in camp. If he’s not flashing into the backfield, a coaching staff will have to be very, very patient in the developmental process.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 12
21 121 Buffalo (from Philadelphia)
Shawn Nelson, TE Southern Miss 6-5, 240
Very productive and very good for the Southern Miss passing game, Nelson is a pure H-Back at the next level with great receiving skills and nice hands. He’s not bulky and will never be much bigger. While he’s a willing harder and will do what he can to improve, he’s never going to be a bruiser in any way. His money will be made as a field stretching target who might not be a Pro Bowler, but will be in the league for a decade.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 7
22 122 Houston (from Minnesota)
Anthony Hill, TE NC State 6-5, 265
With excellent size, great receiving skills, and good upside, he could be a steal if he’s able to stay healthy. That’s a big if. He’s had a variety of problems over the course of his career, including a knee injury, but when he’s right, he has the talent to be as good as any tight end in the draft. At the very least he should be a much cheaper Brandon Pettigrew. He’ll work hard to stay healthy and will do what’s needed to improve, and after good off-season workouts the arrow is pointing up.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 9
23 123 New England (from Baltimore)
Rich Ohrnberger, OG/C Penn State 6-2, 300
A versatile blocker who'll likely be tried out at guard but could see a little work at center in a punch. He's athletic for his size and has a decent mean streak. Short, he'll be all about leverage and isn't going to be productive if he has to extend his arms. He's limited by his physical skills and will struggle to find a role.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: 28 (at guard)
24 124 Oakland (from New England)
Louis Murphy, WR Florida 6-2, 205
The skills are all there and he has tremendous upside, but he has to work on becoming a wide receiver. His sub-4.4 speed alone makes him a strong deep threat, and he’s a great athlete who can jump out of the stadium. Throw in the character, he was a captain on a national championship team, and he would seem like a near-perfect prospect. However, he needs polish in a big way. He was good for the Gators but he didn’t become great until his senior year. Even so, he was underrated compared to the rest of the stars on last year’s team; he never got enough credit for all he did for the offense. He’s not going to be anything to count on right away unless he’s used as a pure deep threat, but he can improve his concentration, limit the drops, a work and work and work on his basic receiving skills, he could make a lot of money as a long-time pro.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 11
25 125 Atlanta
Lawrence Sidbury, DE Richmond  6-3, 267
Very long, very productive, and very, very fast, he has the skills to be one of the high-rising prospects in the draft. He was the fastest defensive lineman at the Combine ripping off a 4.54 to go along with his tremendous pass rushing production at the FCS level. He needs to show he can hold up against the better competition and he needs to develop more moves, but the upside is tremendous. Give him the right coach and ask him to blast into the backfield, and he should be able to do it. The athleticism, the strength, and the quickness are too much to be overlooked.
CFN Value Rank: Second Round
   CFN Position Rank: 8
26 126 Oakland (from Miami)
Slade Norris, DE/LB Oregon State 6-2, 235
A high energy producer who fights to make plays and is always working to get to the ball. However, he's not a great athlete, can be erased by a good block, and doesn't have the wheels to get around the edge. He's too small to be an end and he's too slow to be a regular linebacker.
CFN Value Rank: Free Agent
   CFN Position Rank: NR
27 127 Indianapolis
Austin Collie, WR BYU 6-2, 200 (Jr.)
While everyone just assumes Michael Crabtree led the nation in all the top receiving categories because of the offense he was in, but it was Collie who led the nation in receiving yards. While he doesn’t run all that well and he’s not all that quick, he’s a pure receiver who runs great routes, catches everything, and goes after the ball well. He’s a polished target, but he doesn’t have a lot of upside.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 22
28 128 Carolina
Tony Fiammetta, FB Syracuse 6-0, 245
Extremely athletic, he’s a big hitting, 245-pound power blocker who’ll blast open holes. While he’s not much of a receiver and won’t get any carries, he’ll hit everything in sight.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round   CFN Position Rank: 1
29 129 New York Giants
Andre Brown, RB NC State 6-0, 225
One of the year’s biggest boom-or-bust prospects, Brown is big, very fast, and has a high ceiling that could make him a major steal depending on where he goes. A prototype, he’s a rock phenomenal weight room and functional strength, and the type of sub-4.5 burst that could lead to some huge games. However, he has durability concerns and hasn’t been consistent. He was good at NC State, but he wasn’t great considering all his talent and skills. While he was on everyone’s radar because of his size-speed ratio, he didn’t become a big-time prospect until the post-season workouts and all-star games. Considering all he can bring, including good blocking skills, he has steal-of-the-draft potential.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 8
30 130 Tennessee
Gerald McRath, LB Southern Miss 6-3, 230 (Jr.)
Very fast and very productive, he tore off a 4.49 at the Combine, best among the linebackers, and was lightning quick. However, his 19 reps on the bench showed his big problem: strength. He has a big problem taking on blockers and will have a real problem holding up in the middle. With his size and quickness he’ll likely end up as an outside defender, but he’ll show great range if he stays on the inside. Is he durable enough to last a full season? He doesn’t have the size or the toughness to take much of a pounding, but he’ll come up with some big stats when he gets on the field.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 6
31 131 Arizona
Greg Toler, CB St. Paul’s 5-11, 190
A small-school reach, Toler has decent speed around the 4.45 range and good size. He dominated when the ball was in the air and fights to make plays. He needs a lot of work and needs to hit the weights hard, but he was great in post-season workouts and all-star practices making him a pet-project on the list for some teams. Nowhere near ready to start, he has the athleticism to be used on special teams while he refines his talent.
CFN Value Rank: Fourth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 19
32 132 Denver (from Pittsburgh)
Seth Olsen, OT Iowa  6-5, 306
A solid, reliable all-around blocker, he has the versatility to play either guard spot and could project to be a decent right tackle. Not all that athletic, he’s limited on what he can do and what he can become on the outside, but he needs to get a lot stronger to be a regular on the inside. If he makes a roster, it’ll be because he’s able to be a decent backup at several spots.
CFN Value Rank: Seventh Round
   CFN Position Rank: 24
33 133 San Diego
Tyronne Green, OG Auburn 6-2, 310
The former defensive tackle turned into a good college blocker. A good athlete, he needs a lot of refinement on his overall game as an offensive lineman and might need to work to find a position. Once in a while he’ll be a dominant blocker, but he doesn’t do it enough. He’s not nearly consistent enough to pound away with any power and could end up playing at center. With all his issues, he’s a good prospect worth developing.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round
   CFN Position Rank: 5
34 134 San Diego
Gartrell Johnson, RB Colorado State 5-10, 220
A power back who plays faster than he times, he’ll pound away and will beat up defenders who dare to tackle him. He has thighs the size of a small country and they’re always pounding away. A great leader with high character, he won’t mope if he has a reduced role and is only a short yardage specialist. While he won’t be a star, he simply doesn’t have the speed, he could be a closer on late drives. He’s the last back a tired defense will want to face.
CFN Value Rank: Sixth Round    CFN Position Rank: 17
35 135 Tennessee
Troy Kropog, OT Tulane 6-5, 309
A finesse blocker, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In a draft that lacks a slew of athletic tackles, Kropog can move and can handle NFL speed rushers. What he can’t do is pound away in a power running game. He’ll work to make himself better and will step up in the weight room to add more bulk and get stronger. The talent isn’t there to be a Pro Bowl star, but he’ll be a very nice piece to a puzzle if he’s not asked to beat people up.
CFN Value Rank: Third Round
   CFN Position Rank: 9
36 136 Indianapolis
Terrance Taylor, DT Michigan  6-1, 305
An intriguing prospect if he can keep his weight in check, Taylor is a big space-eater who ripped off a Combine-best (for a defensive tackle) 37 reps on the bench. While he’s not a great athlete, he’s not a stick in the mud, either. He’ll never come up with a sack and he’s not going to be too active, but he could be a great value able to play any tackle spot. However, he struggled at times in post-season workouts and has seen his stock drop in a big way since the end of a good junior season. Even so, he’ll be an inexpensive flier worth taking.
CFN Value Rank: Fifth Round     CFN Position Rank: 11

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