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49ersfan_87
05-23-2009, 09:42 AM
What likely impact will your team's rookies have in 2009? Obviously this isn't a 100% science with injuries and all, but your best guess

Michael Crabtree, WR- Likely will backup Josh Morgan at the SE position. Isaac Bruce will have the FL position locked up, at least early on. Crabtree backs up Morgan to start the year and gets rotated in. If he does start it will likely be midseason.

Glen Coffee, RB- The 49ers wanted a backup RB to take 10-12 carries a game, play special teams, and carry the load if need be. Coffee will do just that as a rookie.

Scott McKillop, ILB- Backup/STer. Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes have the starting ILB jobs locked down this year. Jeff Ulbrich is also a decent backup and is a great STer, so it might be tough for McKillop to see a lot of PT his rookie year.

Nate Davis, QB- 3rd stringer, emergency inactive.

Bear Pascoe, TE- Blocking TE. May see some passes in the red zone.

Curtis Taylor, S- Backup, STer.

Ricky Jean Francois, 3-4 DE- Backup, STer.

This rookie class probably won't have a huge immediate impact, but this draft was more set up for the future.

AntoinCD
05-23-2009, 10:27 AM
New England Patriots;

Patrick Chung-Will start the season backing up James Sanders but could be the full time starter as early as week 5. Will probably see a lot of early action particularly when we play 3 safeties. Eventually will be the obvious replacement for Rodnay Harrison

Ron Brace-Will back up Vince Wilfork and spell him from time to time. May see quite a bit of action in 4 man fronts and goal line situations. Won't be on the field often in passing situations though

Darius Butler-Will go into training camp probably 5th on the depth chart but should unseat Wilhite pretty quickly. Depending on how quickly he picks up the playbook and how well Wheatley does injury wise he could see extended time as the nickel and may even take Springs place if he slides inside to safety

Sebastian Vollmer-Will probably spend the entire season in a backup role barring injuries. His upside is tremendous but isn't ready to come in a play just yet. May become starter at RT by the end of the season

Brandon Tate-Most likely will start the season on the PUP list and if he sees any action at all this year it will be in a return capacity. However I would very surprised if he doesn't spend the entire season on IR

Tyrone McKenzie-Would have competed for playing time inside until he was lost for the season

Rich Ohrnberger-Will have his work cut out in training camp to earn a roster spot and if he does wont see the field barring injuries

George Bussey-Likely practice squad player

Jake Ingram-Will start from day one and should keep the position for 10 years

Myron Prior-Will struggle to make the roster based on sheer numbers on the defensive line

Julian Edelman-May make the roster if he has a good training camp and would be used at WR and in the wildcat(if used)

Darryl Richard-The same can be said as was for Prior

Yatta!
05-23-2009, 10:31 AM
For the Packers:

BJ Raji, NT - Likely to start from day 1 spending time at both nose tackle and end.

Clay Matthews, OLB - Again the smart money is on him starting right away opposite Aaron Kampman.

TJ Lang, OT/G - Will battle Breno Giacomini for the right tackle job, will be one of the top backups along the OL.

Quinn Johnson, FB - Should be able to beat out Korey Hall and John Kuhn for the starting gig due to his lead blocking abilities.

Jamon Meredith, OT - Will backup several positions along the OL, could enter the battle for the RT position.

Jairus Wynn, DE - Backup, not a definite to make the final cut.

Brandon Underwood, CB - May have to show some special teams ability to make the roster.

Brad Jones, OLB - Seems like a good developmental guy, I think he ends up on the practice squad but others are higher on him.

There is also talk that WR Jamarko Simmons and RB Tyrell Sutton could push for roster spots.

BeerBaron
05-23-2009, 10:45 AM
Bears:

DL Jarron Gilbert - Will likely see time as part of a rotation for both the base end spot and at UT.

WR Jaquin Iglesias - Will probably be the 4th receivers tops.....maybe 3rd if the team finally decides it's had enough of Rashied Davis. Gets a few passes his way but I doubt he does much else.

DE Henry Melton - Maybe sees some time as a pass rush specialist...doubtful he sees a whole lot more.

CB DJ Moore - Probably has the best chance to see a lot of time on the field. The team is unhappy with Vasher and just moved his backup Corey Graham to full-time FS. So he could definitely see some action as a nickel or dime back or potentially even work his way into the starting lineup.

WR Johnny Knox - Probably special teams duty mostly. Doubt he sees the field on offense much.

LB Marcus Freeman - Will compete for the starting SAM spot but will mostly likely be a backup and special team player.

After that....theres a good chance that the picks don't even make the active roster. So yeah....doubt they do much.

keylime_5
05-23-2009, 10:51 AM
Brian Robiskie will likely start opposite Braylon Edwards, and David Veinuke should be in the linebacker rotation at LILB or OLB. Alex Mack will start at center.

Mohamed Massaqoui probably will be the #4 WR.
Coye Francies and Don Carey will compete for the #3/#4 corner slots, but at worst will be the #5 and #6 corners.
Kaluka Maiava will be a special teamer and the backup nickel linebacker to Leon Williams probably.
James Davis will be the 3rd tailback, could see a lot of carries if Harrison or Lewis gets hurt.
If any UDFAs make the squad it'll probably be either Marlon Davis (OG from Alabama), or Jordan Norwood (if we move Cribbs' official position to safety).

Seamus2602
05-23-2009, 10:59 AM
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Donald Brown - RB: Donald Brown will come in and split carries with Joe Addai. Addai has been injured a lot in the last year and a half, and had a poor season last year, but the team will be hoping that by limiting Addai's carries then they can keep him at the top of his game for the entire season. Brown will carry the ball maybe 1/3 of the time next season.

Fili Moala - UT: Moala will initially play in a DT rotation but should, if he performs to his ability, will make the position his own. We have a couple of players who started there last year in Dawson and Foster, as well as brining back Ed Johnson, so Moala will split time, but in terms of talent he is above them all and will by the end of the year be the definite starter at that position.

Jerraud Powers - CB: Powers is probably the 4th or 5th CB on the Roster but will probably become the Nickel Cornerback after Training Camp. He doesn't have the size to be a starting CB but has really good coverage skills and will line up well against Slot Receivers and quickly replace Tim Jennings as the Nickle Corner.

Austin Collie - WR: Collie will contribute as a gunner on Special Teams initially, and if he impresses in Training Camp, then he will start at Slot Reciever. Currently, the 3rd Reciever is probably Pierre Garcon but if Collie impresses then he will start there. I expect Collie will be starting after a number of weeks at the latest.

Terrance Taylor - NT: Taylor will play this year and will probably start after a number of weeks as the 2 Down NT currently occupied by Antonio Johnson, but they will probably keep a rotation between Taylor and Johnson for the rest of the year.

Curtis Painter - QB: Painter won't play. Sorgi will continue to be the backup to Manning while Painter will sit behind them, learn the Playbook and improve his game. He could see action in Week 17 if Jim Caldwell continues the previous trend of pulling the starters then Painter could play.

Pat McAfee - K/P: Because Hunter Smith signed for Washington, McAfee will come in a start straight away at Punter. He could possibly also handle kickoffs.

Jamie Thomas - OG: Because a lot of the Rookies on the Offensive Line had playing time last year, Jamie Thomas may struggle to make the 53. If Ryan Lilja is on PUP list or IR'd then Thomas will make the Roster and, like all the Rookies last year, could see some action in a rotation.

XxXdragonXxX
05-23-2009, 11:02 AM
Aaron Curry- Already has the starting job locked up.

Max Unger- Battling for the LG spot with Mike Wahle. He'll probly be a backup at LG/C this year but if the starters get injured, he'll take their place for good.

Deon Butler- Will most likely start ou as the 4th ER, but with Branch's injury history I see him at #3 sooner than later. He's been very impressive in camp and there's been talk of trading Branch.

Mike Teel- 3rd string QB, if he impresses he might free up Seneca to do other things without so much fear of him getting hurt.

Courtney Greene- I think every Seahawk fan is hoping this kid or one of the other young guys steps up and takes Brian Russell's job. Battling Jamar Adams and C.J. Wallace for 2 roster spots.

Nick Reed- Could take a roster spot from Baraka Atkins, but I doubt it.

Cameron Morrah- Battling Joe Newton and John Owens for 2 roster spots. Doesn't have to do much to be Carlson's backup and get PT in 2 TE sets.

Go_Eagles77
05-23-2009, 11:14 AM
WR Jeremy Maclin - Probably won't start right away but still might have a significant role in the offense because the eagles like to rotate their receivers and keep them fresh. Will see action in both the slot and on the outside and I"d imagine will be used in some gimmicky plays as well such as reverses. Will compete for return duties as well.

RB LeSean McCoy - Right now it looks like he is already the #2 RB on the depth chart. Will gradually take carries away from Westbrook throughout the season and I'm sure there will be some packages where they are both on the field at the same time to mess with defenses even more.

TE Corneilus Ingram - Will compete for the #2 TE position and most likely win it because he's competing with Matt Schobel. The eagles are going to use him all over the field from the traditional TE position to the slot to the outside. Will be used in redzone packages as well.

DB Victor Harris - Competing for the backup FS position and will most likely win it due to his potential. Will probably see a little action on defense both at safety and at CB in nickel packages. Will see the bulk of his action on special teams.

OL Fenuki Tupou, WR Brandon Gibson, OL Paul Fanaika, LB Moise Fokou - Due to depth throughout the whole team, these 4 guys will have a rough time making the roster. If they do however, it will most likely be in a backup role.

eaglesalltheway
05-23-2009, 11:34 AM
WR Jeremy Maclin - Probably won't start right away but still might have a significant role in the offense because the eagles like to rotate their receivers and keep them fresh. Will see action in both the slot and on the outside and I"d imagine will be used in some gimmicky plays as well such as reverses. Will compete for return duties as well.

RB LeSean McCoy - Right now it looks like he is already the #2 RB on the depth chart. Will gradually take carries away from Westbrook throughout the season and I'm sure there will be some packages where they are both on the field at the same time to mess with defenses even more.

TE Corneilus Ingram - Will compete for the #2 TE position and most likely win it because he's competing with Matt Schobel. The eagles are going to use him all over the field from the traditional TE position to the slot to the outside. Will be used in redzone packages as well.

DB Victor Harris - Competing for the backup FS position and will most likely win it due to his potential. Will probably see a little action on defense both at safety and at CB in nickel packages. Will see the bulk of his action on special teams.

OL Fenuki Tupou, WR Brandon Gibson, OL Paul Fanaika, LB Moise Fokou - Due to depth throughout the whole team, these 4 guys will have a rough time making the roster. If they do however, it will most likely be in a backup role.

Agreed on Maclin... We won't see too much of him unless he pulls what DeSean did last year. I'm not expecting it, but holy cow would that be awesome.

Agreed on McCoy. He already has #2 RB sewn up, and will continue so, barring injury. We won't see him as much in plays where he is required to pass block, as it is not a strength of his, but he will see plenty of action on the field.

As far as I'm concerned, with from what I've heard that the coaches have said, Ingram has #2 TE sewn up as well, as long as he is healthy. I was expecting a competition when we drafted him, but with how he's come in and impressed everyone, I think we will be seeing him a lot (relatively speaking). I think Schoebel is actually battling UDFA Eugene Bright for the 3rd TE spot more than he is battling Ingram for #2.

Victor Harris is backing up Quentin Demps at FS for the most part, and is technically in a battle for the #2 FS position, but I'd bet almost anything he makes the roster, and I agree he will see some action as a CB, though maybe not as much as some Eagles fans are thinking.

Fenuki Topou is battling Winston Justice for the backup RT position. It will be a tough battle, but i could see him coming out on top. i am a big fan of his though.

Brandon Gibson will battle for our #6 WR postion, most likely with Reggie Brown. I don't see the Eagles keeping 6 WRs this season, so he may not even make the roster if he beats Reggie Brown in that position battle.

Paul Fanaika is our typical late round OL who will come in and battle and keep competition up in TC. With all the depth we have along OL, especially the interior of our OL, I can't see him making the team.

Moise Fokou right now is slated as the #3 WLB, and we don't carry more than two, so the only way i see him making the team is if one of the guys in front of him would be released, and that is very unlikely.

Maclin will see a bunch of time as a returner, and Harris will see plenty of time all around ST.

vidae
05-23-2009, 11:43 AM
Tyson Jackson - Will likely start in any (4-3, 3-4, 4-3u) fronts.

Alex Magee - I see him as a rotational guy. Could see a good deal of playing time but I don't see him starting this year. Kind of a project.

Donald Washington - More of a 3rd/4th CB. The two starting spots seem to be locked up with Brandon Carr and baller Brandon Flowers.

Colin Brown - Backup could see spot duties at RT/RG. Those were major trouble spots for us last year.

Quinten Lawrence - To be honest, I don't see this guy sticking past training camp with all the WR talent we have now.

Javarris Williams - We have a pretty loaded backfield, with LJ, Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles. Could hang on as 4th RB.

Jake O'Connell - Could be used in 2 TE sets as a blocker. Don't know much about him or how often Haley will use 2 TE sets.

Ryan Succop - Will battle Connor Barth for the starting job and I personally think he will lose. Connor did well last year and will only improve. Was good at UNC and I think he could have the job locked up.

This is in no way how they end up, just how I see it working out.

JFLO
05-23-2009, 11:57 AM
Percy Harvin---Most likely will begin the season returning kicks and punts on special teams. When it comes to the receiver spot, I think he'll start 4th on the depth chart behind Rice, Wade and Berrian. I'm predicting (especially if Favre returns) he'll be #3 on the chart by season's end.

Phil Loadholt---Unless he comes on strong at camp and pre-season, he'll most likely begin the season as a back-up to Ryan Cook.

Asher Allen---Tough call when it comes to Allen. He'll obviously start the season anywhere from 3rd to 5th. With a strong summer, he can be the dime back.

Jasper Brinkley---I really like Brinkley's future with the team. I imagine he'll stay on the team for depth to start with, but if E.J. Henderson for some reason can't stay healthy, then Brinkley could fight for a starting spot.

Jamarca Sanford---If he is kept on the team, his main purpose will be on the pine.

The Dynasty
05-23-2009, 12:43 PM
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Percy Harvin - I see him fighting for the 3rd spot with Rice and maybe could take the 2nd spot at the end of the year over wade. He will also return kicks and might see him in the backfield.

Phil Loadholt - He needs to be a day one starter. Ryan Cook does not deserve to be the starting RT. He showed little improvement over the years and Loadholt can come in and start week 1.

Asher Allen - He will mainly be fighting with Karl Paymah and Charles Gordon for the Nickel and Dime positions. I dont know if he could play Special Teams but if he could that would be great because our special teams needs to get better.

Jasper Brinkley - He will mainly be a special teams/ back up to EJ Henderson.

Jamarca Sanford - If he makes the team he might be used on special teams but I have the feeling he wont make the team. He might be Practice Squad.

Sniper
05-23-2009, 12:45 PM
Jeremy Maclin will break every NFL receiving record and score 891 touchdowns.

eaglesalltheway
05-23-2009, 12:46 PM
Jeremy Maclin will break every NFL receiving record and score 891 touchdowns.

And take over the commisioner duties from Roger Goodell...

Sniper
05-23-2009, 12:47 PM
And take over the commisioner duties from Roger Goodell...

And then he'll take Roger Goodell's mother out for a nice seafood dinner AND NEVER CALL HER AGAIN!

eaglesalltheway
05-23-2009, 12:48 PM
And then he'll take Roger Goodell's mother out for a nice seafood dinner AND NEVER CALL HER AGAIN!
ROGER GOODELL'S MOTHER IS A SAINT!!!!

SuperMcGee
05-23-2009, 12:56 PM
The Bills will see a pretty good amount of this class early on.

Eric Wood and Andy Levitre are penciled in as our starting guards.

Shawn Nelson looks like he could easily start based on his catching ability alone.

Jairus Byrd ought to step right into a competition at safety. His starting chances depend a lot on where we feel comfortable playing Whitner.

Nic Harris could be a STer, while Cary Harris and Ellis "The Sex" Lankster will need to find some niche or hope for the continued disappointment of Ashton Youboty.

Aaron Maybin will have a featured pass-rushing role that should grow as the time progresses.

Garrison Sanborn is 100000x better than Ryan Neill at snapping long and I pray that he is our new guy.

Da-Phins
05-23-2009, 12:58 PM
Vontae Davis- Should start opposite of Will Allen on opening day.

Pat White- Will be involved in the wildcat and wouldnt be suprised if there will be some other plays designed for him.

Sean Smith- Likely be the 4th corner/ST player. Should come in on redzone situations and lineup against the taller WR's.

Patrick Turner- Either be the 3rd or 4th WR for us(depending on how Camarillo does from his acl recovery)

Brian Hartline- Mostly just a ST player this season.

John Nalbone- 3rd TE and maybe ST's.

Chris Clemons- Might get some time on defense in dime packages and ST's.

Andrew Gardner- Likely will be Jake Long's backup.

JD Folsom- PS guy most likely.

Prowler
05-23-2009, 01:05 PM
Detroit Lions

Stafford-he's most likely sitting out the first half of the season no matter what with Culpepper starting and Stanton backing up. If he lights the world on fire, then he'll push for more time.

Pettigrew-immediate starter and #1 TE option. linehan used wiggins and kleinsasser a bunch back when he was with culpepper and the vikings. only had one touchdown last year, but that was a dominant spread offense with alot of weapons.

Louis Delmas- immediate starter and potential leader in the secondary. detroit's team leader only had 1 interception last year, so delmas should bring some much needed playmaking ability.

Derrick Williams- i don't expect a lot out of him this season. lions have decent depth with him, Calvin, Bryant Johnson, and Ronald Curry. i expect williams to be given a shot at some return duties.

DeAndre Levy and Sammie Lee Hill- i have really high hopes for Sammie's future, but right now he's just a backup along with Levy.

the lions have a new head coach, and are coming off of an 0-16 season. schwartz has stated that every position is up for grabs and it seems like we've brought in free agents to push for time at every position this year.

PoopSandwich
05-23-2009, 01:12 PM
Browns rookies should actually have a huge impact on this 2009 season...

Robiskie wasn't brought in to sit around and watch, he has the talent to play now and is a perfect replacement for Joe Jurevicius who missed all of 2008.

Massaquoi will probably end up taking Donte's spot at receiver although hopefully he doesn't just do that because then he would be considered a bust the way Stallworth played in 2008. Receiver is going to be a weird position for the Browns in 2009 because of the vet receivers we picked up (Furrey and Patten) and the receivers we drafted.

Veikune should actually start opposite of Wimbley due to our horrible horrible players at OLB, it depends if whether or not he can outperform Bowns/Barton (I forget which one was brought in to play OLB)

Rounds 4-7 are usually a mess for the Browns but I liked our additions of Miava to play special teams and rotate in on defense as well as one of our two db's to compete for a job in the nickel. I'm curious to see how James Davis pans out because I like Jerome harrison and think he could be like a Darren Sproles if he was given enough playing time.

As for Alex Mack... He will probably end up killing everyone he faces due to his brute strength and ability to move the entire defensive line back 20 yards but everyone already knew this so its pointless for me to bring it up.

HawkeyeFan
05-23-2009, 01:26 PM
Jason Smith, Tackle, Baylor - Likely to start at Right Tackle Day 1 for us, word is, he's looking pretty damn good in camp. He'll start opposite of Alex Barron who'll be at Left Tackle.

James Laurinatis, MLB, Ohio State - Most likely going to start at MLB Day 1 for us, again. Sounds like he's doing very well in Mini camp and all that. Spagnuolo said that he had missed his assignment in practice, and still came back and had a great play on the ball. He's a rookie in a new defense, so of course he'll miss his assignment in practice right away.

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Iowa - He'll compete with Tye Hill, Jonathan Wade and Justin King for a shot at the starting position next to Bartell, I, myself believe that Fletcher will make a strong push, and very well may end up starting. Probably not week 1.

Darell Scott, DT, Clemson - He'll be in rotation with Clifton Ryan, Adam Carriker and newly acquired Orien Harris. Not a bad rotation, plenty of potential.

Brooks Foster, WR, North Carolina - He'll have to compete with Derek Stanley and Tim Carter for a spot on the roster. I believe that he'll end up staying with us.

Keith Null, QB, West Texas A&M - Has to compete with Brock Berlin for that 3rd Quarterback spot.

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Texas - He'll have to compete with Antonio Pittman, and Kenneth Darby for a roster spot.

DoughBoy
05-23-2009, 01:29 PM
Tennessee Titans

Kenny Britt-WR- Might not be anything more than a slot reciver this year just because from all accounts Nate Washington and Justin Gage have looked great so far in the OTA's. He will still have to battle Lavelle Hawkins for the slot job but I expect he will win it.

SenDerrick Marks-DT- Will most likely be the 4th DT behind Jason Jones, Tony Brown, and Jovan Haye. Will see alot of work because of our rotation. Could take Haye's spot later on in the season.

Jared Cook-TE-He will see playing time this year for sure, No one knows where yet but my guess is his role will be a Red-Zone target for Kerry Collins.

Ryan Mouton-CB-He will compete for kick return duties with Mark Jones this year. As for on defense I dont see him playing much barring injurys. Will cover kicks also. May compete with Cary Williams for dime spot.

Gerald McRath-OLB-He will be the first guy off the bench if Keith Bulluck or David Thorton get hurt. Looks like a good apprentice for Keith and will play alot of ST.

Troy Kropog-OT- Daniel Lopers replacement. ST blocker.

Javon Ringer-RB-- Will battle Chris Henry and Rafael Little for the #3 spot for the RB's. He is the fan favorite to win it.

Jason McCourty-CB- He is going to have to show he can be a beast on ST in order to make the roster. Will compete with DeMarcus Faggins for the final CB job. Canidate for practice squad.

Dominique Edison-WR- Like McCourty he will have to prove to be a very valuable ST and playmaker in order to make the roster. Will compete with Mark Jones, Paul Williams and Chris Davis for final Reciver spot. Canidate for practice squad.

Ryan Durand-OG- Hard to see him make the 53 man roster. Canidate for practice Squad.

Nick Shommer-S- Will battle Donnie Nickey for Back-up SS and ST job. Uphill battle. Canidate for practice squad.

stephenson86
05-23-2009, 01:35 PM
Tennessee Titans

Kenny Britt-WR- Might not be anything more than a slot reciver this year just because from all accounts Nate Washington and Justin Gage have looked great so far in the OTA's. He will still have to battle Lavelle Hawkins for the slot job but I expect he will win it.

SenDerrick Marks-DT- Will most likely be the 4th DT behind Jason Jones, Tony Brown, and Jovan Haye. Will see alot of work because of our rotation.

Jared Cook-TE-He will see playing time this year for sure, No one knows where yet but my guess is his role will be a Red-Zone target for Kerry Collins.

Ryan Mouton-CB-He will compete for kick return duties with Mark Jones this year. As for on defense I dont see him playing much barring injurys. Will cover kicks also.

Gerald McRath-OLB-He will be the first guy off the bench if Keith Bulluck or David Thorton get hurt. Looks like a good apprentice for Keith and will play alot of ST.

Troy Kropog-OT- Daniel Lopers replacement. ST blocker.

Javon Ringer-RB-- Will battle Chris Henry and Rafael Little for the #3 spot for the RB's. He is the fan favorite to win it.

Jason McCourty-CB- He is going to have to show he can be a beast on ST in order to make the roster. Will compete with DeMarcus Faggins for the final CB job. Canidate for practice squad.

Dominique Edison-WR- Like McCourty he will have to prove to be a very valuable ST and playmaker in order to make the roster. Will compete with Mark Jones, Paul Williams and Chris Davis for final Reciver spot. Canidate for practice squad.

Ryan Durand-OG- Hard to see him make the 53 man roster. Canidate for practice Squad.

Nick Shommer-S- Will battle Donnie Nickey for Back-up SS and ST job. Uphill battle. Canidate for practice squad.

agreed, although i think britt could unseat one of them late in the season

DoughBoy
05-23-2009, 01:38 PM
Yeah its hard to imagine Justin Gage staying healthy a whole year.

stephenson86
05-23-2009, 01:53 PM
Yeah its hard to imagine Justin Gage staying healthy a whole year.

or washington having a massive impact enough to keep britt on the bench

DoughBoy
05-23-2009, 01:55 PM
I hope Britt becomes legit...the football gods owe us a great reciver by now.

Giantsfan1080
05-23-2009, 02:09 PM
I hope Britt becomes legit...the football gods owe us a great reciver by now.

As one of the resident Rutgers fans on the board I think you have a very good player with Britt. I like Washington so I could see Britt overtaking Gage halfway into the season.

Rob S
05-23-2009, 02:49 PM
The Bills will see a pretty good amount of this class early on.

Eric Wood and Andy Levitre are penciled in as our starting guards.

Shawn Nelson looks like he could easily start based on his catching ability alone.

Jairus Byrd ought to step right into a competition at safety. His starting chances depend a lot on where we feel comfortable playing Whitner.

Nic Harris could be a STer, while Cary Harris and Ellis "The Sex" Lankster will need to find some niche or hope for the continued disappointment of Ashton Youboty.

Aaron Maybin will have a featured pass-rushing role that should grow as the time progresses.

Garrison Sanborn is 100000x better than Ryan Neill at snapping long and I pray that he is our new guy.


The Sexxxxxx ftw

Hines
05-23-2009, 02:58 PM
Only rookies I see making an immediate impact are Kraig Urbik and/or Joe Burnett and Mike Wallace. I see Urbik being the RG from day 1 and Burnett and Wallace taking over the return duties. Hood will bring depth, but not make a great impression in his rookie season IMO. Frank Summers could make an impact too if he is our starting FB and short yardage guy.

ATLDirtyBirds
05-23-2009, 03:09 PM
Atlanta Falcons


1. Peria Jerry-Extremely likely to be our starting NT next to Jonathan Babineaux.

2. William Moore- My money is on him winning the SS spot over Thomas DeCoud. I think the coaching staff/FO would like to see him starting as well. If he doesn't full out start, I think we will still see the field in running downs with DeCoud handling passing situations.

3. Christopher Owens- In my estimation Chris Houston has the #1 CB spot on lockdown as does Chevis Jackson with the nickel. (Supposedly we liked Jackson a lot in the nickel, but don't think he can play outside). So depending on his play, he could be the #2 corner or the #4.

4. Lawrence Sidbury Jr.- Should see a good amount of time in 3rd down pass rushing spots.

5. William Middleton- #4/5 corner back or on the PS. Great speed. Could see him as the #5 while doing some things on Special Teams.

5B. Garrett Reynolds- Backup RT.

6. Spencer Adkins- Backup LB. Great physical tools could make him a good ST player. PS perhaps.

7. Vance Walker- Will likely make the team as pure depth along the DL.

eaglesalltheway
05-23-2009, 03:14 PM
Atlanta Falcons


1. Peria Jerry-Extremely likely to be our starting NT next to Jonathan Babineaux.

2. William Moore- My money is on him winning the SS spot over Thomas DeCoud. I think the coaching staff/FO would like to see him starting as well. If he doesn't full out start, I think we will still see the field in running downs with DeCoud handling passing situations.

3. Christopher Owens- In my estimation Chris Houston has the #1 CB spot on lockdown as does Chevis Jackson with the nickel. (Supposedly we liked Jackson a lot in the nickel, but don't think he can play outside). So depending on his play, he could be the #2 corner or the #4.

4. Lawrence Sidbury Jr.- Should see a good amount of time in 3rd down pass rushing spots.

5. William Middleton- #4/5 corner back or on the PS. Great speed. Could see him as the #5 while doing some things on Special Teams.

5B. Garrett Reynolds- Backup RT.

6. Spencer Adkins- Backup LB. Great physical tools could make him a good ST player. PS perhaps.

7. Vance Walker- Will likely make the team as pure depth along the DL.

I think Jerry will struggle at NT, particularly early. He just doesn't have the strength to be a NT even in the 4-3. But neither does Babineuax. I think the Falcons DL will have some struggles against the run this season. They don't have a starter along the interior DL to take up blockers, and offensive linemen will be able to make it to the Falcons LBs. Thats a tough situation for that DL, and the LBs.

Shane P. Hallam
05-23-2009, 04:19 PM
Only rookies I see making an immediate impact are Kraig Urbik and/or Joe Burnett and Mike Wallace. I see Urbik being the RG from day 1 and Burnett and Wallace taking over the return duties. Hood will bring depth, but not make a great impression in his rookie season IMO. Frank Summers could make an impact too if he is our starting FB and short yardage guy.

I'm going to take a guess and say no impact at all. Heh, but really, I think you could see 0 rookies make a start for the Steelers this year. Wallace will battle for the third WR spot, Urbik won't start, but will back-up a few positions. Summers likely won't do much unless an injury happens.

So, other than a possible return guy coming out of this class, I'd say little to nothing.

the decider13
05-23-2009, 04:31 PM
There will be tons of immediate impact from the Broncos draft class...they had tons of holes, so you could see plenty of starters from this class like last year.

Knowshon Moreno-Will most likely be the starter and the workhorse back.

Robert Ayers- Will be Mr. Everything in a hybrid defense. They plan on playing him at OLB and DE so he should be seeing the field a lot this year.

Alphonso Smith- Champ needs someone across from him...Bly is gone, Smith should start off as the nickel at worst. Will cause lots of turnovers, which was a problem last year.

Rulon Davis- UDFA, fills a need at 5 tech DE. Should be part of the rotation.

Chris Baker- UDFA, will most likely be the starter at NT

Richard Quinn- Should see a lot of time in 2 TE sets opposite of Graham.

Kenny Mckinnley- I like him, but I'm not sure if there is space for him to see much time on the field.

The rest of the guys are going to be special teamers and spend time on the bench learning from veterans.

MooshooGawd
05-23-2009, 04:43 PM
Bengals

Andre Smith - Already our starting RT.

Rey Maualuga - The Bengals will find a way to get him on the field, but it may take a little time. He's currently learning how to play SAM, where he'll backup Jeanty. But as the season goes, he could either steal Jeanty's spot or steal some of Dhani Jones' playing time at MLB.

Michael Johnson - He'll be a third down pass rusher. He's also learning how to play SAM.

Chase Coffman - He'll start the season #3 on the depth chart, behind Reggie Kelly and Ben Utecht, but I guarantee you that he doesn't end the season there. I expect him to emerge mid-to-late in the season like John Carlson did last year.

Jonathan Luigs - Is battling for the starting job. If he doesn't get it, he'll still see lots of playing time whether it be at G or C.

Kevin Huber - Bengals cut the other two experienced Punters on their squad. So the job is officially Huber's.

Fui Vakapuna - Competing for the starting FB spot.

Bernard Scott - Trying to get a job as 3rd down back or as a returner.

Quan Cosby - If he makes the team, it'll be because of his Special Teams abilities.

Chris Pressely - Competing for the starting FB spot.

ATLDirtyBirds
05-23-2009, 04:45 PM
I think Jerry will struggle at NT, particularly early. He just doesn't have the strength to be a NT even in the 4-3. But neither does Babineuax. I think the Falcons DL will have some struggles against the run this season. They don't have a starter along the interior DL to take up blockers, and offensive linemen will be able to make it to the Falcons LBs. Thats a tough situation for that DL, and the LBs.


All about quick one gap penetration. Has to use his quickness much more than his strength. And then just let Curtis Lofton run wild.

Bills2083
05-23-2009, 05:35 PM
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Aaron Maybin - DE
Likely not to see the field as a starter, but rather as a situational pass-rusher. Once he matures and becomes a more well-rounded player he'll become a starter.

Eric Wood - OG
Already a starting guard on the offensive line. I remember reading that once he understands all the line calls and things like that he'll probably shift over to the center position. The Bills are in love with his study habits and tenacity on the field.

Jairus Byrd - S
May not enter the season as the starting safety, but the Bills really like his ball-skills and this alone will force them to get him onto the field. I expect him to be starting along side Whitner by mid-season.

Andy Levitre - OG
Also a starting guard on the Bills' line.

Shawn Nelson - TE
His main competition is Derek Schouman and Derek Fine. He should be the starting TE by the time the season rolls around.

Nic Harris - LB
The Bills have moved him to the OLB position and should be a valuable special-teamer for us.

Cary Harris/Eric Lankster - CB
Will most likely be practice squad players. The Bills are very deep at the CB position atm.

Grizzlegom
05-23-2009, 06:09 PM
Dolphins:

Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois - I expect him to start in the nickel and then become a full-time starter by week 8 as Green is more of a nickel.

Pat White, QB, West Virginia - Will see 15-25 snaps a game in the wildcat and will be the third string QB as well. Might actually be the backup a bunch of games as we won't want him as our "emergency" QB so Henne might not always be active.

Sean Smith, CB, Utah - Will be our dime back all season and will probably see time against bigger receivers like TO and Moss because of his good man coverage skills.

Patrick Turner, WR, USC - Will prolly spend the season as a number four or five that will get lots of red zone looks.

Brian Hartline, WR, Ohio State - Will spend the entire season as the 5th or even 6th receiver and likely wont play on offense but will be a ST demon as that is what he was drafted to do.

John Nalbone, TE, Monmouth - Will be the third string TE and see time on ST

Chris Clemons, S, Clemson - Will also be a ST ace and will be the primary backup at SS.

Andrew Gardner, OT, Georgia Tech - Will probably be the top backup at LT.

J.D. Folsom, ILB, Weber State - Might struggle to make the roster due to the numbers at LB but could stick as a ST guy. Likely ends up on the Practice Squad.

BlindSite
05-23-2009, 06:40 PM
Everette Brown DE Florida: Hand in the dirt pass rusher... expected to contribute early in a rotational role splitting time as a foursome with Peppers, Brayton and Johnson (who was quietly pretty effective last year). I'm expecting around six to seven sacks as a rookie. Team's and analysts seem to focus on Brown's lack of ability in the run game, but it won't be a factor at all, he's a rotational weapon right now, not an every down player.

Sherrod Martin S Troy: The safety / Corner Tweener will be moved to nickel back where it's expect he can use his physicality as Richard Marshall has done for the last few years to be a punishing inside hitter. Again he won't start and it's expected he's caught out of position a few times changing roles in the NFL but he'll see a lot of field time.

Corey Irvin DT Georgia: Great combo of size and speed with relatively raw abilities means that Irvin will be relegated as a backup to Kemoeatu and Lewis. The Panthers have always worked their scheme on the defense with three tackles and haven't had a reliable rotation guy since losing Jenkins. With Jordan Carstens well and truly out of football Irvin is expected to eventually become the rotation guy who can the big men in the middle for a period to give them a breather. New DLine coach is enamoured with his athletic ability, not so much with his technical ability.

Mike Goodson RB Texas A&M: Likely a big time special teams weapon. At 6-0 and 208 pounds he's hardly a small back. Nick Goings for many years filled in on the Panthers as a kick and punt returner, gunner, blocker, runner, fullback, receiver and probably would've sold programs before the game if the team asked him to. Goodsen will step into this kind of JOAT role initially while he's groomed to contribute more in the offense.

Tony Fiametta FB Syracuse: Heir Apparent to Brad Hoover, not likely to see significant time as a rookie, may push for time due to his receiving ability, Hoover has notoriously stone hands.

Duke Robinson G Oklahoma: It's rare for a team to pick up the best guard in the draft this late, but the panthers managed it. After losing their key backups at tackle and guard this offseason it's likely Robinson will see some form of playing time as last year both Otah (ankle) and Vincent (knee) missed some playing time. Robinson figures to be a guard for the Panthers and will likely be the heir to Vincent's position as he's the only member of the line over 30.

j05son
05-23-2009, 08:35 PM
Cleveland Browns

Alex Mack - We had a lot of trouble with C and RG last season and after a few trade backs in the first round, we ended up with Mack who can play either spot. Mack is very smart [Draddy Award Winner] and a very good football player [1 sack allowed in his junior and senior campaigns, 2 penalty's in 850 snaps as a senior, All American]. He should contribute on the offensive line right away and although you shouldn't hear his name much, Lewis and Quinn [who is taking reps with the first team] should be better overall by the addition of Mack.

Brian Robiskie - Losing Jurevicius to injury last season really hurt our offense more than people realize. JJ was huge on third downs, and was to big and physical to leave alone. He was a leader for the team, unafraid to go over the middle and had great hands. This year we're replacing the Cleveland native with another big bodied, good handed hometown guy in Robo. Robo should step in right away in the #2 or at worst #3 slot and should have a solid contribution for the season. He most likely will never be a superstar, but if Edwards [who wants to remain in Cleveland, wasn't there someone who's been saying this all along?] comes back to normal, we don't need a superstar, just a complimentary guy and Robo can do that.

Those should be the only starters coming out of the draft.

Veikune should see time in the LB rotation though in both ILB and OLB. Massaquoi could be anywhere from 2-5 in the WR rotation. Maiva should be a contributor on ST right away although I question how much he'll be involved in the defense. Carey and Francies should be battling for the dime back. Davis is interesting; neither he nor Harrison can pick up a blitz but I'll bet that whoever proves to be the better blocking back will find themselves behind Lewis on the depth chart.

DeepThreat
05-23-2009, 10:29 PM
Cleveland Browns

1 (21): Alex Mack, C, California - In the AFC North, going up against Haloti Ngata, Casey Hampton, and Kelly Gregg, we need a good center. Hank Fraley got bulldozed last year, and Mack will make a huge impact from the get go. He will instantly be one of the better centers in the league, and I think he'll be the best in the NFL before too long. He will start.

2 (36): Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State - We really missed Joe J. last year, and Robiskie is a more complete version of him. He has great hands and is a very good route runner. He gives us a red zone threat that we really need. He'll start or be our 3rd wide out from the get go.

2 (50): Mohammed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia - He gives us the potential that Robiskie lacks. He could end up as a number one for us, but he'll be our 4th wide out at best this year.

2 (52): David Veikune, LB, Hawaii - He is very strong, smart, and stout against the run. He'll play both outside and inside for us. He'll be on the field from the get go, but may be limited to passing situations.

4 (104): Kaluka Maiva, LB, Southern California - Small linebacker doesn't fit the 3-4 that well. I see him as a nickel linebacker and special teams demon. He'll play special teams right away.

6 (177): Don Carey, DB, Norfolk State - He is very smart and aggressive. He has good upside, and I think he could end up getting moved to safety.

6 (191): Coye Francies, DB, San Jose State - He is very talented and would have gone higher if not for "character issues". He could be our nickel back right away.

6 (195): James Davis, RB, Clemson - Love the pick. He is a senior back who would have been picked much higher if he had left early. He will be our third back behind Jamal Lewis and Jerome Harrison.

Mr. Hero
05-24-2009, 12:12 AM
New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks, WR
I think Nicks will win the third WR spot by the end of camp and will push Steve Smith into the slot when we go three wide. Hearing rave reviews about his hands, focus and tenacity going for the football. I think he has a good chance to be our starter by the playoffs if Hixon doesn't step up or Manningham doesn't explode.

Clint Sintim, SLB
Will be a rotational pass rusher, should battle Maurice Evans and Dave Tollefson for the 4th DE role on passing downs. Has a chance to be a starter next season.

William Beatty, LT
Like Sintim he won't see the field much as a rookie, that said I think he'll be a starter next year if he isn't by the playoffs.

Ramses Barden, WR
Again not expecting much, but we'll use his size and athleticism in the redzone.

Travis Beckum, HB
Won't surpass the boss and his blocking will likely preclude him from the second TE role as a rookie, but he'll be another receiving weapon for eli when we spread the field.

Andre Brown, RB
I think he'll beat out Danny Ware for the third RB role and he has a shot to be our receiving back because of his hands and blocking.

Rhett Bomar, QB
Likely practise squad guy if he can't beat Woodson out for the third QB spot.

DeAndre Wright, DB
Stoney Woodson, DB
Both of these guys look to be our 5th CB/4th Safety so Special Teams is where they'll make their impact if they make the team.

Brent
05-24-2009, 12:19 AM
Mike Goodsen RB Texas A&M: Likely a big time special teams weapon. At 6-0 and 208 pounds he's hardly a small back. Nick Goings for many years filled in on the Panthers as a kick and punt returner, gunner, blocker, runner, fullback, receiver and probably would've sold programs before the game if the team asked him to. Goodsen will step into this kind of JOAT role initially while he's groomed to contribute more in the offense.
*GOODSON

C'mon, I thought you were the Panthers superfan? haha

Jensen
05-24-2009, 12:30 AM
Arizona Cardinals

1. Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB - not sure if he will start immediately, but he should see substantial playing time and probably starting sooner rather than later.

2. Cody Brown, OLB - most likely will be a backup behind Okeafor to start the season. If Okeafor falters, he will probably move into the starting spot depending on how he performs and progresses.

3. Rashad Johnson, S - will see some playing time in the nickel package, but other than that he will be the backup FS behind Rolle right now.

4. Greg Toler, CB - backup as the 4th/5th CB on the roster. He will need some time to adjust to the pro game, and with that being said he most likely won't see much playing time his first year.

5. Herman Johnson, OG/OT - Big Herman will be tried out at OT, but I doubt he even comes close to starting. Most likely the backup OG behind Reggie Wells.

6. Will Davis - OLB - depending on if he makes the roster or not (which I assume he will), he will probably be used as a situational pass rusher in the 3-4 on 3rd downs.

7a. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB - 3rd, maybe 4th string RB who will be used primarily in the role J.J. Arrington had with the Cards last year as a change of pace back and kick returner.

7b. Trevor Canfield, OG - most likely will be the back up RG behind Deuce Lutiu. I could see him getting some playing time, and perhaps move into a starting role if one of the guards goes down to injury.

Woody56
05-24-2009, 01:53 AM
New York Jets

Mark Sanchez - 50/50 shot of him starting right now in competition with Kellen Clemens.

Shonn Greene - Will most likely see most of his duty at the goal line and short yardage situations.

Matt Slauson - Will backup both guard spots and maybe backup RT. Also could be demoted to ps.

DiG
05-24-2009, 10:10 AM
Orakpo will start and play a lot.

Barnes will start the year in the dime but I think will earn his way into the nickle by mid season.

Not expecting much from anyone else this year.

eaglesalltheway
05-24-2009, 10:20 AM
All about quick one gap penetration. Has to use his quickness much more than his strength. And then just let Curtis Lofton run wild.

He can make those quick plays, but when he takes on double teams (which will happen since he is the NT) he will be neutralized fairly easily, then one of the blockers will be able to peel off of him and take on Lofton a lot easier than if they had a true 4-3 NT. Of course he can make some plays inthe backfield using his penetration, but with better OL up against him, he will have less opportunities to make those types of plays in the run game. He can still do it for sure, but once he has a Linemen latched on him, especially if he is double teamed, he will have a hard time making plays. I think they will get plenty of pressure and sacks with that DL, but with the lack of a true run stuffer on the interior, I think that defense may be vulnerable to the run game there...

CC.SD
05-24-2009, 11:25 AM
SDC

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1. Larry English OLB: The plan is to get the boy on the field with Phillips and Merriman, which should be stellar to watch. However, the other advantage is that the Bolts will continue to have a pass rush in the clutch, something that dried up all too often last year. I don't know how much of last year's anemic pass rush would have been solved by Merriman's return, but doubling down and picking up a guy like English takes a lot of the risk out of the equation. I expect him to pick the game up quickly, he looks ferocious.

3. Louis Vasquez OG: The coaches rave, he's huge, can work hard and get a push in the running game, and protect in the passing game. Can't ask for much more, he's challenging for a starting spot in freaking minicamp so I expect him to get on the field this year.

4. Vaughn Martin DE/DT: 6'3 330 and I swear I would have pegged him at 260 or 70. He carries it that well. Freaky Canadian athlete with unlimited ceiling type. This year? He'll see the DE rotation, because the guys in front of him are Ryon Bingham and Jacque Cesaire.

4.b. Gartrell Johnson RB: Yay downhill runner. The Jacob Hester pick last year may have been horrific but at least AJ realized pretty quickly how idiotic it was. There will be plenty of situations for Gartrell to pick up first downs, and he keeps a very fine blog as well.

4.c. Tyronne Green OC: Burly backup center. Fits a need but hopefully won't need to do much.

5. Brandon Hughes CB: Not sure what to expect, the CB package is locked up 4 or 5 deep so I'm betting Hughes ends up on the practice squad.

6. Kevin Ellison, SS: To my surprise and delight, coaches are on the record with their Ellison love and that he'll be staying at safety. It won't take much to beat out Clinton Hart and barring an emergence from Paul Oliver, there's not much behind him. Ellison and Vasquez are the two rookies considered to be in a battle for a starting spot. I'd like to see some big hits out of our safety spots, it's been too long.

OzTitan
05-24-2009, 08:52 PM
Tennessee Titans

Gerald McRath-OLB-He will be the first guy off the bench if Keith Bulluck or David Thorton get hurt. Looks like a good apprentice for Keith and will play alot of ST.


I actually think OLB is 2 deep before McRath - I can see Tulloch being shoved outside and Fowler inside if there is an OLB injury. Other than that, I think Keglar will have the inside track on the first natural OLB backup. Keglar basically was last year's McRath for the Titans.

Fisher hasn't been so reluctant lately in letting rookies jump up the depth charts as he once was, but McRath would have to be very impressive. I think he'll use 2009 as a year to get his body more NFL ready, with some ST work.

Fun facts sponsored by Wikipedia - Stanford Keglar's middle name is "Sherlock", and he was born on July 4th.

ATLDirtyBirds
05-24-2009, 09:13 PM
He can make those quick plays, but when he takes on double teams (which will happen since he is the NT) he will be neutralized fairly easily, then one of the blockers will be able to peel off of him and take on Lofton a lot easier than if they had a true 4-3 NT. Of course he can make some plays inthe backfield using his penetration, but with better OL up against him, he will have less opportunities to make those types of plays in the run game. He can still do it for sure, but once he has a Linemen latched on him, especially if he is double teamed, he will have a hard time making plays. I think they will get plenty of pressure and sacks with that DL, but with the lack of a true run stuffer on the interior, I think that defense may be vulnerable to the run game there...


I see what you are saying. I thought similar things myself. It's going to be interesting to how we play things. I'm sure TD/Mike Smith had to know this going in, and could have easily drafted someone like Darius Butler if he wasn't a fit. I wish I could elaborate further, but we plan on changing our D to a much more attacking style this season. I remember Keith Brooking saying on a good bye that Lofton was going to be a star not only because of his talent, but because they system was being designed to make Lofton have a Ray Lewis like responsibility. We'll just have to wait and see, I suppose.

ThePudge
05-24-2009, 09:47 PM
1(6). Andre Smith - Will be the team's starting Right Tackle with Andrew Whitworth moving out to Left Tackle and Nate Livings penciled in as the starter at LG. Already has began work with the first unit. It seems the plan all along was for Smith to be the team's RT of the future and I'm psyched for that.

2(38). Rey Maualuga - The team has more or less led on that Rey is one of the team's top Linebackers and could be the starter at SLB this year and MLB in the near future. It is possible he is a top backup/Special teamer in his rookie year, but it is more likely he claims either the starting SLB or MLB job by midseason.

3(70). Michael Johnson - Has gotten reps at both Defensive End and SLB early. He will likely be used sparingly as a pass-rusher this year and be groomed further for that role and perhaps even as the team's SLB/DE in time. Don't expect to see Johnson too much outside of Special Teams where his length makes him an asset to block kicks/punts and his athletic ability makes him a nice option on coverage units.

3(97). Chase Coffman - Very uncertain. Coffman really hasn't been able to be penciled in anywhere due to an injured foot. Right now he's #3 or #4 behind Reggie Kelly, Ben Utecht, and perhaps second year pro Adam Sherry. He should be healthy by training camp and should get the opportunity to battle Ben Utecht to become the team's primary receiving TE. Once he gets healthy and absorbs the playbook, he'll likely build a rapport with Carson Palmer and the sky will be the limit when concerning the depth chart.

4(106). Jonathan Luigs - Will be a backup this season at Guard and Center. He played Center all through college but the Bengals would like to teach him to play the Guard positions as well. If starter, Kyle Cook, blows his chance as the starting Center, then Luigs may be able to claim a starting spot. Assuming the line goes as plans this year, Luigs will be on the depth chart as a backup Guard and Center.

5(142). Kevin Huber - With the release of Kyle Larson, the incumbent starter, and Ryan Plackemeier, who the team had claimed off waivers after the season, it looks like Huber is firmly and confidently the starter at Punter. The team has raved about his control and leg strength.

6(179). Morgan Trent - Will be a reserve, but may see time judging by the durability (or lack thereof) of the Bengals defensive backs in recent years. He is likely penciled in as the team's #5 CB behind Leon Hall, Johnathan Joseph, David Jones, and Simeon Castille.

6(209). Bernard Scott - Explosiveness, quickness, and receiving prowess out of the backfield have Scott likely to make the team. He is going to be the 3rd back behind Cedric Benson and Brian Leonard, but could see touches due to the fact that he really offers something different than those two. If he acts up he may very well lose the active roster spot to second year player James Johnson or DeDe Dorsey.

7(215). Fui Vakapuna - Is currently part of a three way battle for the starting Fullback spot with veteran Jeremi Johnson and UDFA Chris Pressley. Fui offers more out of the backfield than the others, but gives up a bit in strength and polish as a player. Team has been in love with him since his Pro Day and he definitely stands a chance to consistently work his way on to the active roster and field as a 7th Round rookie.

7(249). Clinton McDonald - A late 7th Round rookie with some ability who is certainly unique in his quickness. Due to the loss of veteran John Thornton and trade of reserve DT Orien Harris, he may have a chance at the active roster behind Peko, Pat Sims, Tank Johnson, and Jason Shirley. He also adds the potential to play DE and DT on passing downs.

7(252). Freddie Brown - The least likely to make the active roster due to the logjam that is our WR position. Must beat out Mario Urrutia, Maurice Purify, David Richmond, and Greg Orton to even have a chance. Chad Ochocinco, Laverneus Coles, Chris Henry, Andre Caldwell, and Jerome Simpson will be 5 of the likely active 6, with that 6th spot going to Antonio Chatman or Quan Cosby due to special teams/slot ability.

Notable UDFA's:

Chris Pressley - FB - Wisconsin
- Surprisingly battling for the starting Fullback spot with Vakapuna and Jeremi Johnson. Is a pure lead-blocker. He is smart, tough, and strong and looks like he should have been drafted.

Quan Cosby - WR - Texas
- If he proves himself, he'll make Antonio Chatman expendable and may even have a shot at the active roster. Offers punt return value as well as the ability to play in the slot.

Tom Nelson - S - Illinois State
- A pleasant surprise of the minicamps thus far. Nelson has a chance at reserve Safety/Cornerback job due to surprising maturity, athleticism, willingness to learn, and return ability. A sleeper to not only compete, but win the starting Punt Return job. Could force Quan Cosby (a 6th WR) to the practice squad due to that return ability and position.

jkpigskin
05-24-2009, 10:36 PM
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Michael Oher - with the retirement of Willie Anderson, the right tackle spot is Oher's to lose. With the loss of Anderson and the injury to Adam Terry, Oher has been taking the snaps for the 1st team, 2nd team, AND 3rd team. He is def getting his reps in. Word is that he was beat multiple times during camp but showed resilience by bouncing back.

Paul Kruger - I see him providing depth and playing some downs on our DLine rotation. With his blue-collar style play, he will def get his playing time.

LarDarius Webb - will compete for the returning job as well as provide depth in our secondary. Most likely though wont see much time as Chris Carr is my favorite to win the return job and our secondary is a bit crowded. But will help out in special teams and provide depth in many places

Jason Phillips- have not heard much about him in camp but most ravens fans here loved this pick b/c he has some great skill with a good work ethic. Will provide depth if anything happends to our MLBs

Devan Drew - Will have to beat out Quinn Sypniewski for out 3rd TE spot.

Cedric Peerman - I have a good feeling that he may make the team as depth in our backfield. But probably will not see a carry this season

will99890
05-27-2009, 09:38 PM
Crabtree, Crabtree, Crabtree, and maybe a little Coffee and McKillop, but everything rides on Crabtree. Taylor, Francois, and Pascoe are going to play on special teams and as backups, but nothing too significant barring injury.

Stat Predictions:
Crabtree - 62 REC 750 YDS 7 TDS
Coffee - 100 CAR 425 YDS 2 TDS

I'm hoping Coffee surpasses expectations as a change of pace to Gore, but I think Crabtree is gonna struggle to see the field with Bruce, Morgan, Hill, and Jones battling for playing time. Luckily Crabtree is a good blocker already which should help him see the field early in Sing's revamped smashmouth offense.

BlindSite
05-27-2009, 09:46 PM
Bruce and Morgan should be the starters with Crabtree in the slot. I like for maybe another 32 games, if that. Crabtree doesn't need to produce like a stud right away, but he needs to be on the field in those three wide packages and possibly more often as the year goes on.

To have him on the bench for Hill and Jones you'd have to be INSANE/

Mr. Stiller
05-27-2009, 11:43 PM
Only rookies I see making an immediate impact are Kraig Urbik and/or Joe Burnett and Mike Wallace. I see Urbik being the RG from day 1 and Burnett and Wallace taking over the return duties. Hood will bring depth, but not make a great impression in his rookie season IMO. Frank Summers could make an impact too if he is our starting FB and short yardage guy.

Ziggy Hood -- I see him being #4-#5 on the depth chart as a rookie (Behind Keisel, Smith, Kirschke and Eason). However, I was expecting him to shine as a wedge buster until there was no more wedges to bust. I do think that we'll be seeing some 4 man fronts this season with Ziggy providing an interior rush, something Pittsburgh has lacked for the past 5 or so years. A downlineman passrusher. So even though he won't see much game time at 5-tech, I don't see why he won't be playing some 3tech.

Kraig Urbik -- Should be challenging Darnell Stapleton to play RG as a rookie.

Mike Wallace -- Kick Off returner and probably #5 WR to begin the season (Behind Ward/Holmes/McDonald/Sweed.). Could be used on some sets to get some deep speed, because he can really move.

Keenan Lewis, Showing great potential but not likely much more than a Dimeback at this point and time.

Frank Summers -- Hasn't seen many reps from what I've heard but he's probably a developmental project or they're waiting until Willie Parker is gone to put him with the starting roster.

Joe Burnett -- Showing veteran-like Poise and skill at returning Punts, Likely our starting punt returner and #5 CB. Showing potential for a solid starter down the road.

Ra'shon Harris -- Practice Squad. Shows potential, needs to lose weight, add muscle and pick up his game.

A.Q. Shipley -- Coaches are impressed with how seamless a transition it is with this kid. Learning the playbook at remarkable speeds and is showing some real tenacity, as well as the ability to get out in front of screens from the Center position. Probably a Backup C/PS player this year and could push Darnell Stapleton for the starting C job next year.

David Johnson -- Solid speed/build for an H-back (6'2 260lbs) Showing great blocking skills but the ability to sneak down the seam thats catching the coaches eyes.

As far as UDFA..


Stephen Black -- WR from Memphis... Making insanely difficult catches that has Hines Ward spending 1 on 1 time. Impressing the coaches. Probably has another 1-2 years on the PS but could push to be the next Nate Washington.

Ramon Foster -- Easily one of the most impressive Guys we brought in. They really like him at Guard, even though he was a tackle in College. He's probably going to stick for depth at worst.

Isaac Redman - I haven't heard crap about him, but I love watching his youtube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jixyYRkaC-k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca1KRR62vvo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G9_67P67zk

49ersfan_87
05-28-2009, 09:09 PM
Bruce and Morgan should be the starters with Crabtree in the slot. I like for maybe another 32 games, if that. Crabtree doesn't need to produce like a stud right away, but he needs to be on the field in those three wide packages and possibly more often as the year goes on.

To have him on the bench for Hill and Jones you'd have to be INSANE/

I don't think Crabtree will compete for the slot position. I think he's going to compete for the SE position. He may still get the slot but Jason Hill is more suited for that. Crabtree will still see the field though, i expect Morgan and Crabtree to rotate quite often. The depth chart will likely be..

FL- Bruce (Jones)
SE- Morgan (Crabtree)
SL- Hill

Maybe Next Year Millen2
05-31-2009, 03:13 PM
Matthew Stafford: Franchise QB for the future. How much he plays in 2009 is the big question. If he's really really ready and Linehan/Schwartz have confidence day 1 isn't impossible. But IMO thats unlikely with Culpepper knowing Linehans offense and in really good shape. We could see Stafford Week 8 after the bye as the schedule isn't too bad the last 10 games(if Daunte struggles)(although there are some tough ones but a couple tough ones are good) or anytime later than that. Stafford will take his rookie lumps if he plays ,but he'll show some promise especially with Calvin Johnson and some other weapons and that canon arm. He's a smart QB but we'll see how it transaltes at NFL speed. Getting him experience and keeping him healthy is my basic expectation. However, most Lions fans will call for him after the first incompletion by Daunte(even if its a drop). He's got a 9 million bonus for next year most of which based on playing time and incentives. We rest Stafford if he's not ready isn't the worst thing in the world but I think he'll play at least 4-5 games.

Brandon Pettigrew: Most talent we've had at tight end since Charlie Sanders. Time to take the talent and make it something. I think Pettigrew will have the biggest impact. He is multi dimensional help for a team that needs help on many areas. He's inline blocking will aid our tackles(Backus/Gosder must be happy) in both the running game and pass protection. I think our running game will show a ton of improvement because of this along with year 2 of Kevin Smith. I think he'll be a good underneath option that Daunte/Stafford will find and get around 40-50 receptions.

Louis Delmas: Second biggest impact. A free safety that can cover and is a good tackler. It's a dream come true. I couldn't take another second of Dwight Smith or Kalvin Pearson. Delmas will start from day 1 and mainly sures up the tackling on the back end. Last year decent runs turned into gashes because of the lack of tackling abilities by Smith/Pearson. This year that won't happen. I think our coverage will be better although Delmas will take some lumps/rookie mistakes. And we have a hard hitter, can't wait to see Berrian/Hester over the middle with Delmas.

DeAndre Levy: With Larry Foote, he becomes our Mike of the future. Special teams role.

Derrick Williams: 4th receiver but his big impact will be on Kick and Punt Returns. Watching him at Penn State, he had the ability to break it anytime. His punt catching problems is exaggerated. Better field position for the Lions and Williams will work into the slot at times later in the season with Ronald Curry only on a one year deal.

Sammie Lee Hill: NT. Is a developmental guy from a small school, unforutnately will be thrust into playing earlier than we expect. Grady Jackson might have a 4 game suspension, so Hill could see time early in the season and later in a season in a rotation with Chuck Darby. Hopefully he suprises but that is just too big a jump to the NFL. With good coaching, he could become a decent nose tackle though.

Aaron Brown RB. Showed flashes at TCU but couldn't stay healthy. Will compete to be a KR and compete for the 3rd RB spot with UDFA Antone Smith. Maurice Morris has the second RB spot locked down with his 3rd down back abilities.

Lydon Murtha OT: Practice squad with Backus,Gosder,Ephraim Salaam and Jon Jansen.

Zack Follett: LB I like this guy and he'll be a special teamer. Compete with Dizon for the backup SAM, although I think Dizon will win. Hope Follett sticks though.

Dan Grankowski: TE : Another decent blocking tight end. Two tight end set would be nice but most likely he's the 3rd Tight End. Will have to battle with Will Keller for that 3rd TE spot. Fitzsimmons is the 2nd tight end but Pettigrew will be the starter obviously and see major playing time.

Burns336
05-31-2009, 03:41 PM
Immediate impact from 2009 draft class...

Unlike everyone else, I won't name all 12 picks and come up with reasons for how my scrub 5th rounders will contribute.

Instead I'll be honest and say no one for the Cowboys.

Not 1 pick.

triggernome
05-31-2009, 04:19 PM
Houston Texans

Brian Cushing will be the starting SLB in what looks to be a pretty solid rotaition of LB's. He brings much needed size and toughness.

Connor Barwin will be Mario's backup, and should come in on 3rd-and-longs and nickel sets as a spot pass rusher. He may be used at LB in short yardage and goal line situations.

Antoine Caldwell will fight for the starting C spot, but given this regime's history with mid round picks, he'll have to really fight to start this year. At least, he'll be a backup C/swing G.

Glover Quin looks to be the 4th or 5th CB on the team if he doesn't play safety. He's looked good in OTA's, but will be playing a lot of special teams.

Anthony Hill should be a redzone/ short yardage TE in the bigger offensive sets, where he'll be an asset as a blocker and a nice, big target. He can also help Duane Brown against 3-4 rushers.

James Casey is kind of a mystery. He might take Joel Dreessen's spot outright, as Casey is a better receiver and can long snap, or they could slot Casey as an extra FB and use him wherever they feel. He'll be an interesting one to watch.

Brice McCain might compete as a return man. He'll be a pure special teamer if he makes the roster, which is unlikely.

Troy Nolan is the same as McCain, though I don't see him as returner.