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Instant Reaction: 2009 NFL Draft

Our immediate reaction to players landing spots in the 2009 NFL Draft

There are many variables to consider when evaluating how an NFL rookie can contribute to your Dynasty Fantasy Football team.  Draft day has finally arrived, and BeastOrBust is here to provide you the insight neccessary to build your Dynasty.   Follow along as we provide you immediate feedback on each player selected, and how their respective landing spots will affect Dynasty value.  Also visit our Forums if you are interested in discussing the fantasy implications of each pick.

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Follow along as we provide you with Instant Reactions to each fantasy relevant player drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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First Round

Matthew Stafford (#1 Overall - Detroit Lions) -  Stafford has all the intagibles to succeed as an NFL QB.  We feel he would be best served to learn on the bench for a season or two, however there will will be much pressure for Stafford to see the field in 2009.  He will likely be pushed into action by mid season.  A nice security blanket exists in Calvin Johnson, and Kevin Smith, but without adequate protection, any QB would have trouble succeeding. 

Mark Sanchez (#5 Overall - New York Jets) - Clearly the Jets were able to overlook Sanchez's 16 collegiate starts in favor of his long term value.  4 years at USC has bred him for success in the NFL, and the opportunity for him to start Week 1 of the 2009 season is not unlikely.  Sanchez undoubtedl faces a learning curve, however with little competition in NYJ, he will receive plenty of reps this offseason. With an accurate arm and above average athletic ability, his long term prospects are that of a QB1 fantasy option. 

Darrius Heyward-Bey (#7 Overall - Oakland Raiders) - Al Davis loves speed, and he has found it in DHB.  Heyward-Bey tends to run sloppy routes, drops too many passes and is very fast.  Couple this with a questionable Raiders offense and this pick has bust written all over it.  There is opportunity for him to find the field in 2009, but his production will likely be limited to spreading the field for Darren McFadden.  His long term outlook to grow into a #1 WR is unlikely.  

Michael Crabtree (#10 Overall - San Francisco 49ers) - The 49ers had to be ecstatic about Crabtree falling into their lap. He is the best dynasty prospect in the draft class and will be a legit WR1 for the Niners. A lack of a long-term solution at QB and a run-heavy offense may slightly hinder his initial numbers, but Crabtree is too good to not make an instant impact. 

Knowshon Moreno (#12 Overall - Denver Broncos) - Moreno enters a crowded-yet-unspectacular RB corps in Denver. He becomes the most talented ball carrier, and with McDaniels spread offense approach, expect him to catch a significant number of balls as well.  Head Coach Josh McDaniels will likely employ a committee approach initially, but Moreno is the long term answer here. 

Josh Freeman (#17 Overall - Tampa Bay Bucanneers) - Freeman is a project. He has excellent tools and upside, but really needs to learn the game and hone all of his skills. His connection to new Head Coach Raheem Morris means the Bucs know what they are getting into here. There are enough filler options in Tampa Bay (Leftwich, McCown, Josh Johnson) that Freeman should be able to sit for a year or two, something that would be a tremendous benefit to his development. 

Jeremy Maclin (#19 Overall - Philadelphia Eagles) - The Eagles traded up to take another weapon for Donovan McNabb. An interesting pick by the Eagles, Maclin provides a similar skill set to DeSean Jackson.  As a true receiver, Maclin is not ready to step in and make an impact, but will likely see immediate actin as a kick returner and within a few creative offensive sets typical of Andy Reid's pass first offense.   While Maclin doesn't provide Philly with the "big-body" red zone threat they seem to be always searching for, the long-term prospects of Maclin and Jackson could have Philly set for years to come. 

Brandon Pettigrew (#20 Overall - Detroit Lions) - A great pick for the Lions, it seems as though they had Matt Stafford in mind when they selected Pettigrew.  A polished blocker and an adequate pass catcher, Pettigrew is exactly what a rookie QB needs to aid in his success.  Pettigrew should see the field immediately, but his ceiling is limited.

Percy Harvin (#22 Overall - Minnesota Vikings) - A true beast or bust selection, the Vikings will ignore Harvins numerous red-flags in favor of his unmatched upside.  Harvin can step in immediately, lining up all over the field either as a WR or RB.  His versatility will open up additional holes for Adrian Peterson (scary) and become a matchup nightmare.  If the Vikings can manage this risky pick, we are looking at a Dynsasty Stud. 

Donald Brown (#27 Overall - Indianapolis Colts) - Bill Polian knows his RB's and will likely grow to be very happy with this pick. Joe Addai clearly needs to be part of a committee while Brown's skill set compliments Addai nicely. He is a very smart player, a willing blocker and a good pass catcher.  Expect him to see the field immediately although limit immediate expectations to 10-15 carries per game.   

Hakeem Nicks (#29 Overall - New York Giants) - Just about pro ready, Nicks steps in as the Giants replacement for Plaxico Burress. While not the go-to option that Burress is, Nicks is no slouch and possesses a great deal of upside. Excellent route runner and toughness over the middle, Nicks is in a great position to see a ton of action in his rookie season. 

Kenny Britt (#30 Overall - Tennessee Titans) - A great landing spot for Britt. We love his skill set and it seems the Titans are confident he can quickly assume a productive role in their offense.  Initially he will likley line up opposite Justin Gage with Nate Washington assuming the slot position, but eventually should take over #1 wide receiving duties. Britt is a solid short term value pick with tremendous upside. 

Chris "Beanie" Wells (#31 Overall - Arizona Cardinals) - The Cardinals wanted a compliment to Tim Hightower. They were probably shocked that Beanie Wells fell to them at 31. If Beanie plays with any type of chip on his shoulder (or any type of desire) this could be the steal of the draft. He will form a nice duo with Hightower and could push him for the lead back slot immediately.   We do question who will handle goal line carries in Arizona next season?

Second Round


Brian Robiskie (#36 Overall - Cleveland Browns) - A perfect landing spot for Robiskie.  Considered one of this years most NFL ready receivers, Robiskie will have an opportunity to step in and contribute immediately, lining up opposite Braylon Edwards.  Robiskie has excellent hands and polished route running skills, although until he proves anything, he will be limited to #2/#3 WR status.   A good long term prospect.  

Pat White (#44 Overall - Miami Dolphins) - An interesting pick for Miami.  White is a highly versatile player who can effectively contribute in the wildcat formations regularly seen in Miami.  Problem here is whether White can produce fantasy numbers consistently enough to foster Dynasty consideration.  Look for White to line up in the slot position more and more as his career progresses.

Mohamed Massoquoi (#50 Overall - Cleveland Browns ) - Two WR's selected in the 2nd round by the Browns makes us think they see a long term future for Massoquoi.  There is plenty of opportunity for either Massoquio or Robiskie to fill the #2 WR position opposite Braylon Edwards, however Massaquoi is much less polished and will likely see a greater learning curve.

LeSean McCoy (#53 Overall - Philadelphia Eagles) - To be honest, we were surprised to see McCoy taken on day 1.  His stock fell rapidly as draft day approached, but it seems that Andy Reid is drawn to his "Westbrook like" versatility.  McCoy can line up in multiple sets and will have the opportunity over the next two seasons to prove himself as Westbrook's successor in Philly.  McCoy's skill sets are well suited to an Andy Reid offense.

Richard Quinn
 (#64 Overall - Denver Broncos) - The Broncos clearly know something that none of the rest of us do.  Quinn has 12 career catches at UNC and should not be not even close to your fantasy radar at this point.

Third Round

Shonn Greene (#65 Overall - New York Jets) - A powerful downhill runner, Green will serve as an excellent compliment to the Jets power running offensive scheme.  With concerns about the status of Thomas Jones, this could be a sign Green may be in for a big role in 2009.

Glen Coffee (#74 Overall - San Francisco 49ers) - The 49ers have been searching for a compliment to Frank Gore.  Coffee has an overall adequate skill set that will fit nicely in SF.

Derrick Williams (#82 Overall - Detroit Lions) - Williams will obviously not compete with megatron as the #1 WR role, but it's not unlikely for him to step in as a #2 sometime during the 2009 season.  He will likely contribute immediately as a kick returner and possesses great versatility.

Brandon Tate (#83 Overall - New England Patriots) - Despite his failed drug test at the combine, and a recent ACL tear the Pats cannot ignore Tate's overall ability.  Because of his injury, Tate is a long term dynasty prospect that could eventually fit nicely in NE.  

Mike Wallace (#84 Overall - Pittsburgh Steelers) - A deep threat similar to Nate Washington.  Initally should compete for a #3/4 WR role in Pitt and push Limas Sweed.

Ramses Barden (#85 Overall - New York Giants) - Here we thought Nicks was the replacement for Plaxico.  It seems that Barden and Nicks are the new Plaxico and Toomer.  Barden is not ready to step in immediately, but he is a big body and a serious red zone threat. Great developmental pick.

Patrick Turner (#87 Overall - Miami Dolphins) - The 2nd largest Receiver in this years class, Turner fills the need in Miami for a large red zone target nicely. Upside is limited, but he could be effective. 

Jared Cook (#88 Overall - Tennessee Titans) - Cook has exceptional pass catching ability and above average speed.  He could find the field quickly by providing a much needed big-body vertical threat in Tenn.

Deon Butler (#91 Overall - Seattle Seahawks) - A developmental project in Seattle.

Chase Coffman (#98 Overall - Cinncinatti Bengals) - A foot injury likely prevented him from being drafted higher.  He's has tremendous upside, but his inadequate blocking skills may prevent him from seeing the field right away.

Juaquin Iglesias (#99 Overall - Chicago Bears) - Surprising to see the Bears wait this long to draft a WR.  Iglesias is a tough player who will likely serve initally as a kick returner.  He could grow into an excellent player in time. Great situation. 

Travis Beckum (#100 Overall - New York Giants) - A great pass catching TE that provides no assistance in the blocking department, similar to Kevin Boss. May have more upside as a pass catcher.

Fourth Round

Stephen McGee (#101 Overall - Dallas Cowboys) - A good pick for the Cowboys.  A developmental prospect whose stock fell some due to a shoulder injury.  He's considered a great leader with a tough mentality.  Arm strength is a question mark.

Mike Thomas (#107 Overall - Jacksonville Jaguars) - Nice pick for the Jags.  A smallish player 5-8, 185 lbs, he is said to have some characteristics of Steve Smith (Car.)

Brian Hartline
 (#108 Overall - Miami Dolphins) - An underclassmen receiver whose 22.8 ypc average caught the interest of Bill Parcells and the Miami Dolphins.  More explosive than fast.

Mike Goodson (#111 Overall - Carolina Panthers) - Not a good spot to be an RB in Carolina behind Williams and Stewart.  He is an explosive outside runner that will eventually serve as a change of pace back.

Shawn Nelson (#121 Overall - Buffalo Bills) - The Bills were looking to fill this position in this years draft, and they have done well in Nelson.  An athletic pass catcher capable of contributing in a season or two, but may contribute immediately as a #4 or 5 wideout.

Anthony Hill (#122 Overall - Houston Texans) - A blocking TE.  With Owen Daniels in Houston, Hill warrants no fantasy consideration.

Louis Murphy (#124 Overall - Oakland Raiders) - The Raiders are clearly searching for weapons for Jamarcus Russell.  Murphy is fast and has above average route running skills.  Will likely line up in the slot. Could be more productive than fellow rookie DHB.

Austin Collie (#127 Overall - Indianapolis Colts) - Fits the Colts system well, but will likely be the #3/4 WR for a season or two. Upside is limited, but a slot receiver in the Colts offense is valuable property.

Tony Fiammetta (#128 Overall - Carolina Panthers) - The panthers are one of the few teams that still utilize a FB.  May vulture some TD's, but doesn't warrant fantasy consideration.

Andre Brown (#129 Overall - New York Giants) - Drafted later than we thought.  He's a boom or bust talent who looks as though may fill the Derrick Ward role in NY. 

Gartell Johnson (#134 Overall - San Diego Chargers) - Johnson is a small FB/large RB, that has adequate pass catching ability. Could eventually push Sproles for carries to keep LT2 fresh.

Fifth Round

Johnny Knox (#140 Overall - Chicago Bears) - Knox is a very fast receiver with a lot to learn in route-running.  While he learns, he will likely see the field as a kick returner.  

Kenny McKinley (#141 Overall - Denver Broncos) - A slot receiver with outstanding quickness.  Only a depth player in Denver at this point.

Jarett Dillard (#144 Overall - Jaguars) - Dillard is not a burner, although he is known for having great hands. 

Quinn Johnson (#145 Overall - Packers) - A traditional blocking TE who doesn't warrant fantasy consideration. 

Davon Drew (#149 Overall - Ravens) - Very athletic pass catching tight end, that potentially could fill an H-back role in Baltimore.

Rhett Bomar (#151 Overall - New York Giants) - Inconsistent mechanics, average arm but will have opportunity to grow in NY. Back-up potential.

James Casey (#152 Overall - Houston Texans) - Drafted as a Tight End, Casey has rare athleticisim and unique versatility that could allow him to serve many roles at the next level.  Interesting pick considering the presence of TE Owen Daniels in Houston.

Cornelius Ingram (#153 Overall - Philadelphia Eagles) - Ingram is a speedy pass catching TE capable of streching the field fitting well in Philly's offense.  He may not see the field immediately as he recovers from an ACL injury. 

Brooks Foster 
(#160 Overall - St. Louis Rams) - At this point, Fotser is purely a developmental upside player, however a good landing spot for him in St. Louis where he will get lots of reps because of lack of depth.

John Nalbone (#161 Overall - Miami Dolphins) - One of the few complete TE's in this class.  Good blocker, adequate receiver.

Frank Summers (#169 Overall - Pittsburg Steelers) - A 5'9" bruiser with a nose for the goal line, Summers could get some carries in his rookie year. 

Nate Davis (#171 Overall - San Francisco 49ers) - Not much love through the draft scouting process.  A developmental QB, but a good roll of the dice by the Niners.

David Buehler (#172 Overall - Dallas Cowboys) - First kicker drafted in 2009.  A stud in the weight room.

Javon Ringer (#173 Overall - Tennessee Titans) - Not a good situation for Ringer in Tennessee, but Ringer could get some reps if Lendale hits the buffet too hard this summer.  

Sixth Round

Tom Brandstater (#174 Overall - Denver Broncos) - McDaniels likes his young prospects.  Worth a late Rookie Draft flier, but Brandstater has a lot of work to do.

Quinten Lawrence
 (#175 Overall - Kansas City Chiefs) - A speedy developmental receiver.

Mike Teel (#178 Overall - Seattle Seahawks) - A huge arm, but undoubtedly a developmental project. Protoypical size. 

Zach Miller
 (#180 Overall - Jacksonville Jaguars) - Miller is big, fast and athletic.  A developmental project who should be on your radar, but not your draft board at the moment.

Bear Pascoe
 (#184 Overall - San Francisco 49ers) - A blocking TE that does not warrant fantasy consideration at this point.

Cedric Peerman
 (#185 Overall - Baltimore Ravens) - We really like Peerman, and were surprised he went this late.  He performed well at the combine and has above average overall skill set.  Worth a late round pick in Rookie Drafts.

Aaron Brown
 (#192 Overall - Detroit Lions) - A fast player that could eventually become a WR.  Will likely be limited to backup duties at WR/RB. Special teams talent.

Brandon Gibson
 (#194 Overall - Philadelphia Eagles) - Will likely serve as a depth player in Philly.  

James Davis
 (#195 Overall - Cleveland Browns) - Great spot for Davis, could be speed back in committee with Jamal Lewis.

Keith Null (#196 Overall - St. Louis Rams) - A long term developmental QB, he does not warrant fantasy consideration at this point.

Curtis Painter
 (#201 Overall - Indianapolis Colts) - We did not expect to see Indy address the QB position in 2009.  They did, and as a result, keep your eye on Painter, but he provides no fantasy relevancy yet.

Brandon Myers
 (#202 Overall - Oakland Raiders) - A blocking TE who does not warrant fantasy consideration.

Dominique Edison
 (#206 Overall - Tennessee Titans) - An extremely fast player that has good size.  Clearly a developmental project that will hope to make the team.

Jon Phillips (#208 Overall - Dallas Cowboys) - A blocking TE that does not warrant fantasy consideration at this time.

Bernard Scott (#209 Overall - Cinncinati Bengals) - An extremely productive collegiate rusher, Scott displayed his athleticisim at the 2009 Combine.  Follow his progress through training camp because he could be a sleeper.

Seventh Round

Chris Ogbonnaya (#211 Overall - St. Louis Rams) - A large player that has opportunity to make the team as RB depth. Excellent receiving threat out of the backfield.

Javarris Williams (#212 Overall - Kansas City Chiefs) - A big-body bruising rusher who will likely fill more of an FB role at the NFL level.  Pay attention to how the Chiefs utilize him.

Fui Vakapuna (#215 Overall - Cinncinati Bengals) - Most likely limited to goal line duties in the NFL.

Eddie Williams (#221 Overall - Washington Redskins) - Capable of filling an H-back/Fullback role, however does not warrrant fantasy consideration at this moment.

Demetrius Byrd
 (#224 Overall - San Diego Chargers) - A car accident a week before the draft caused him to drop to the 7th round.  A developmental project anyway.

Manuel Johnson (#229 Overall - Dallas Cowboys) - Likely to make an impact on special teams, but has the ability to be a long term NFL player.  Kee an eye on Johnson.

Julian Edelman (#232 Overall - New England Patriots) - A productive college QB that can serve in the Wildcat in NE.  

Sammie Stroughter (#233 Overall - Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - A slot receiver that was red shirt last season due to a kidney injury.  He's a developmental prospect.

Jake O'Connell
 (#237 Overall - Kansas City Chiefs) - An athletic TE who has above average pass catching ability. An interesting prospect after the loss of Tony Gonzalez.

LaRod Stephens-Howling
 (#240 Oveall - Arizona Cardinals) - A Darren Sproles type.  An interesting pick in Arizona with an obvious void at the position.

David Johnson
 (#241 Overall - Pittsburgh Steelers) - Likely to fill an H-Back role in Steele City.  A vertical route runner, Johnson doesn't warrant fantasy consideration at this point.

Marko Mitchell
 (#243 Overall - Washington Redskins) - A large player that likely doesn't warrant fantasy consideration at this point.

Cameron Morrah
 (#248 Overall - Seattle Seahawks) - A good pass catcher, but not skilled enough to get on the field without becoming a better blocker.  Does not warrant fantasy consideration at this point.

Rashad Jennings
 (#250 Overall - Jacksonville Jaguars) - We cannot believe Jennings fell this far.  He can potentially vulture some goal line carries from MJD. Not much in his way.

Derek Kinder
 (#251 Overall - Chicago Bears) - With 2 WR's already drafted in Chicago, Kinder will have to work hard to make the team.  Kinder doesn't warrant fantasy consideration at this time.

Freddie Brown (#252 Overall - Cinncinati Bengals) - A breakout player in his senior season, he has an opportunity to make a name for himself in a weak WR group in Cinn.  He doesn't warrant fantasy consideration at this point  

Tiquan Underwood
 (#253 Overall - Jacksonville Jaguars) - A developmental player likely to make the practice squad. Skinny speed guy who could surprise.

Dan Gronkowski (#255 Overall - Detroit Lions) - The Lions took this years top TE in Brandon Pettigrew.  Gronkowski has got his work cut out for him just to make the team.

Ryan Succop
 (#256 Overall - Kansas City Chiefs) - Mr. Irrelevant is a Kicker. Sweet.