2009 NFL Draft – Underclassmen Part II

Jan 12, 2009


I am mostly concerned with the skill positions (QB, RB, WR) when it comes to the NFL Draft because those are the players that will help your 2009 fantasy football rosters.  Here is my first look at the early declarers.

Running Backs
Glen Coffee, Alabama
6’1″, 198 Lbs.
1383 yards, 10 TDs

Coffee made a great leap in production in his Junior year averaging a robust 5.9 yards per carry.  He had five 100 yard games, including 218 against Kentucky.  Did not have a good showing on the ground in the Sugar Bowl (13 carries for 36 yards), but he had his most produtive contribution in the passing game (4 catches for 40 yards, TD).  Not a speedy back (4.53), he’ll likely fall into the 5th round or so.  He’d probably be better off returning to school.

Wide Receiver
Austin Collie, BYU
6’2″, 206 Lbs.
2008:  106 catches for 1538 yards, 15 TDs

Collie made great strides in his Junior year nearly doubling his Sophomore production.  He finished his career with a string of eleven straight 100 yard games.  He has six multiple TD in 2008.  Collie will have to improve his speed (4.56) to improve is draft stock.  He’ll likely go anywhere from the 2nd to the 4th round depending on that improvement.

Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
6’3″, 214 Lbs.
2008:  97 catches for 1165 yards, 19 TDs

How amazing is it that a 97 yards catch, 19 TD season could be looked as disappointing?  In 2007 though, Crabtree had 134 catches for 1962 yards, and 22 TDs.  Nobody is going to label the two-time Biletnikoff Award Winner a disappointment though.  Crabtree caught a TD pass in 21 of 25 games, including seven games with three and thirteen multiple TD games.  His speed (4.54) needs to improve, but there is little chance he isn’t an early first round pick.  He’ll likely be the first wideout taken.  Matt Millen is scheming to get in an NFL Front Office so he can be the one to make the pick.

Jeremy Machlin, Missouri
6’1″, 200 Lbs.
2008:  102 catches for 1260 yards, 9 TDs, 40 carries for 293 yards, 2 TDs

Machlin is very versatile rushing for 668 yards with 4 TDs in his two years with Missouri.  He wasn’t a bad receiver either catching 182 passes for 2315 yards and 22 TDs.  He went over 100 yards seven times last year.  Machlin possess incredible speed (4.38) that should propel him into the first round on this year’s draft.  He’ll be an instant boost to any teams return game, and depending on the situation could be a factor in the passing game right away.  

Previous Profiles
QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
RB Shonn Green, Iowa
RB P.J. Hill, Wisconsin
RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
RB Chris Wells, Ohio State

WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland

WR Hakeem Nicks,  North Carolina

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13 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. David Funk
    January 12th, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    One thing I know about Crabtree having seen him play against Oklahoma and other Big 12 schools is that he has very strong hands. I’ve seen him make plays with double coverage taking balls away from defenders because of that strength and he can break tackles which isn’t an easy thing to find for a WR either. I’m in full agreement that he’s not a breakaway threat, but a particular player by the name of Jerry Rice wasn’t either and we know how that turned out. I’m not comparing the two, but Crabtree can have a solid career in the NFL.

    Machlin is another guy I’ve seen from the Big 12. He’s a big play guy that can make impact on special teams and offense immediately as you said. I think that speed and versatility propels him to a first-round pick, too.

    Collie is a tough kid, but I think your round projection of him is correct as of now.

    Nice work.

  2. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks. Larry Fitzgerald isn’t the speediest guy either. He’s pretty decent too I’d say.

    Thanks for stopping by and adding your insight.

  3. CK0712
    January 12th, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Sweet seeing Crabtree! can’t wait to see him live in person @ the combine!

  4. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    He should be big time.

  5. CK0712
    January 12th, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    OH he’s going to be, i just can tell! everyone is waiting on this kid!

  6. David Funk
    January 12th, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    I agree with you about Fitz. He has the best leaping ability I’ve seen from a WR in the NFL. No one goes up to get a jump ball better than him.

    Crabtree will be fine at the next level and should be the first guy taken at his position. I like the strength and tackle-breaking ability this guy has and that will tough for corners to defend especially for those who aren’t good tacklers anyway.

  7. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Even when out of position, Fitz looks like he’s in complete control.

  8. Joe Zwierzynski
    January 12th, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    With their normal first rounder, two second rounders, and two fifth rounders to play with, I wonder if the Giants could find some way to move up to get Crabtree if Plaxico isn’t able to play next year. I’m not sure if some combo of draft picks could do it, or if maybe they could use someone like Kiwanuka or Bradshaw (with Osi coming back or if they resign both Jacobs and Ward) with a pick package. Then again, maybe they go after Boldin if he asks out of Arizona for contract reasons, or go full bore after TJ Housh as a UFA.

  9. LestersLegends
    January 12th, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    One thing is for sure, they do need to upgrade at WR. They have decent pieces, but you can’t really count on Plax. They need to give Eli a reliable threat. Any one of your scenarios are likely.

  10. CK0712
    January 13th, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    the giants had stated yesterday they would take plax back if he’s allowed back in the league & ya’ll know roger has a soft spot for his felons playing ball. the only one’s he kicks out are the guys taking water pills!

    *insert complete sarcasm* lol

    seriously, the giants WANT plax back!

  11. LestersLegends
    January 13th, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    even with plax they need another wr i think

  12. CK0712
    January 13th, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    agreed!! i was just letting u all know….was to lazy to blog it LOL!

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    January 16th, 2009 at 11:58 am #

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