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Our 2009 Draft Class Now

 

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Round 1: Donald Brown (Running Back, Connecticut): Donald did not have a stellar rookie year, but he showed a lot of promise in the games that he did play in. He rushed for 281 yard on 78 carries, averaging 3.6 ypc and 25.5 ypg. He only played in 11 games, so he needs to stay healthier in future years, but overall, Brown looks like he will combine with Addai to be an adiquit two headed runing and blocking monster for years to come. Grade: B-

Round 2: Filli Moala (Defensive Tackle, USC): His size (305 lbs) and strength keep his potential viable, but Moala in my opinion was kind of a bust. He had only 7 takles in ten appearences. He began to show some run stuffing promise in the later weeks of the year, but I expect more out of him in future seasons, because a second round pick should have a huge impact, especially for a draft-heavy team like the colts. Grade: C

Round 3: Jerraud Powers (Cornerback, Auburn): In my opinion the best pick we have takin in years. Powers earned a starting spot this year and played phenominally tight coverage. He has been relieable and has made very few rookie mistakes. Special thanks to Bill Polian for drafting a cornerback with shutdown capabilities. Grade: A+

Round 4: Austin Collie (Wide Reciever BYU): This kid has smarts, quickness, good hands, a mature attitude, great study habits, and did I mention he is smart. Collie lead all rookies with 60 catches and 7 TDs! He played in all 16 games, averaged 11.3 yards per catch, and had 676 yard recieving. Best rookie wide out in the leauge along with Percy Harvin. He could of been a first rounder and I wouikld still give him an A+. Collie is going to be the slot reciever in Indy for a long time! Arguably the best pick of our draft. Grade: A+ (selected to all rookie team)

Round 4A: Terrance Taylor (Defensive Tackle, Michigan): Not much to say hear, he was waived by the team during final cuts on September 5. He's currently with the Detroit Lions practice squad. They can't all be great. Grade: F

Round 6: Curtis Painter (Quarterback, Perdue): This is not the place to bash Curtis Painter for his play during the final two games. Granted, I was a little disapointed with his skills that were supposed to be smart, accurate, play, but overall, we will probbably, and hopefully, not know how good he really is until after #18 retires. Grade: C-

Round 7: Pat McAfee  (Punter, West Virginia): Drafting McAfee was a great move by upper management. He performed great during his rookie season both punting and kicking off. He limited his touchbacks on punts as the season progressed, and even picked up the rugby punting style and used it to place several punts inside the 20. he has a booming kick that has giving the opposing teams bad field pisition constantly. Grade: A (selected to all rookie team)

Round 7A: Jamie Thomas (Offensive Tackle, Maryland): I believe Thomas is currently on our practice squad. Again, not much to say hear, but at least he has the oppertunity to move up the ranks: Grade: D

Honerable Mention Undrafted FA: Jacob Lacey (Cornerback, Oklahoma State). He was the most underrated cornerback coming out of college. He started 9 games, played in 16, had three interceptions (one for a TD... SAFE!) 13 passes defended, and played great, smart football all year round. His presence gives us a three-headed monsrter of a CB corps. Grade: A++ (selected to all rookie team)

Vote: Best Rookie of 2009

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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