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Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:52 pm
 
So the Seattle Seahawks pulled the plug on linebacker Aaron Curry, shipping him to Oakland after only two-and-a-half seasons. Well, that tells me one thing, and what it tells me is that the top of the 2009 first round was one of the worst in recent draft history.

Curry was part of that draft. In fact, he was the fourth pick overall. And he did ... what? Got himself shipped to Oakland where maybe, just maybe, the Raiders can get something out of him that Seattle could not.

I'm not sure what the problem was in Seattle, other than one coaching staff and administration drafted a player that their successors never embraced. But what I am sure of is that the 2009 draft had more misses than hits near the top of the board ... and the envelope, please.

The No. 1 overall pick was Matthew Stafford, quarterback of the unbeaten Detroit Lions. Until this season, he seemed like an injury waiting to happen. Now he's the quarterback the Lions expected. Score that one a bull's eye.

At second we have St. Louis tackle Jason Smith, who recently was benched during a game. The Rams have him on the right side, and while he's a starter he's not a top offensive lineman. As one NFC executive put it, "He's not great, he's not bad, but he catches flak because he should be more than he is as the second pick of the draft."

I'd say that just about nails it.

In the third spot is Kansas City's Tyson Jackson, who hasn't made a dent since joining the Chiefs. He has one career sack. Then there's Curry. In the fifth spot is New York Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez, and I don't care what you think of his ability; the guy is 4-2 in the playoffs and went to the conference championship game twice in his first two years.

Not bad.

But the curve turns downward as we move to Cincinnati offensive tackle Andre Smith at the sixth spot, Darrius Heyward-Bey at the seventh, Eugene Monroe at the eighth, B. J. Raji at 9, Michael Crabtree at 10 and Aaron Maybin at 11. Of that group, there's one bona- fide star, and that's Green Bay's Raji -- a legitimate Pro Bowler for years.

But the others are nothing more than adequate, with Maybin a wash-out at Buffalo and a fringe player now with the Jets.

Fortunately, the roll call improves as we move down the board, with budding stars like Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman, Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin, Washington's Brian Orakpo and Houston's Brian Cushing tapped by the 20th choice. But the top of this board? Pee-you.

Curry's trade just confirmed what we already knew -- there were a lot of blanks fired early in the round. The 2009 NFL draft? It wasn't a good one for people who needed it to be.




Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

Anyone ever hear of Clay Matthews going in that draft as well???MIssed that one bad



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

You know another draft that busted? 2006. Vince Young, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Donte Whitner all were top 11 picks, but more importantly all of them besides Whitner had sky high expectations.

As for 2009, there were some good picks later. Mack, Harvin, Freeman, Nicks, Davis, Britt, Wood, Jerry, Oher, and Hood (who should be starting). But others like Donald Brown, Beanie also sucked.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

You didnt even mention the best picks of the late 2nd early 3rd rounds like say Clay Matthews? LeSean McCoy? Percy Harvin? Alex Mack? Hakeem Nicks?
Round 1 doesn't end after pick 20 dude. Aside from Shady those were all 1st rounders.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:39 am
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

That was a pretty weak draft and I'm not a big fan of Sanchez either. That draft, as a Browns fan, will go down as a dud except for the fact that through us, two teams drafted their "franchise" QB (Tampa Bay and the Jets) and we got a Pro Bowl center. I will admit, I was really high on Curry and wanted him in Cleveland, but now looking back, I'm glad we went the route we did. I did really want Matthews because we have had a good experience with Clay Matthews in the past, but I can't complain about Mack.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:29 am
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

Sorry c11jweezy, Clay was a first rounder.  The Pack traded up to get him (they had extra second and third that year).  But your point is valid.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:34 am
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

You didnt even mention the best picks of the late 2nd early 3rd rounds like say Clay Matthews? LeSean McCoy? Percy Harvin? Alex Mack? Hakeem Nicks? and Mike Wallace in the 3rd. And Cushing was only good when he was on steroids and not fighting his teammates I would call him a bust.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:30 am
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

You didnt even mention the best players in the late 1st early 2nd round. How abou Clay Matthews? LeSean McCoy? Percy Harvin? Hakeem Nicks? Alex Mack? and Mike Wallace in the 3rd? And Brian Cushing was only good when he was on steroids and not fighting his own players, I would call him a bust. 



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:09 am
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

Thank you Mr. Hindsight. Or should I call you Captain Obvious? Either way you're a tool, Judge. 



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:23 am
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

Actually, the 2006 draft with Mario Williams going first is the worst in recent memory. Many may think Williams is an all-pro, but the reality is that he is just ok. Throw in Vince Young and Reggie Bush into the mix and the top three picks are very average to mediocre at best.

Ferguson is a good pick at 4.

Aj Hawk is ok but not great at 5 and the same can be said of Vernon Davis, Donte Whitner and Huff. Matt Lienart at 10 makes this a very poor top 10.

The best pick of the first round was Ngata at number 12. Jay Cutler is servicable, but nothing more at 11.

Of course, like 2009, the latter part of the first round got better with Homes, Joseph, Mangold and perhaps Williams.

 



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Curry's exit highlights 2009 misses

Agreed on DHB.  Dude is an automatic 10-yard hitch route because teams are terrified of his speed.  I like what I see he will be a stud...


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