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2009 NFL Draft’s All-Passion Team

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Passion for playing football is something you want an NFL Draft prospect to possess.  Talent can only take you so far and you really have to want it to succeed in the NFL.  Playing football for a living is not a career choice for very many people.  It is, however, a job and like the rest of us, some players enjoy their work more than others do.  A lack of passion for the game is one reason why a highly touted draft prospect can disappoint.  Did WR Mike Williams of USC have a passion for the game?  He obviously did not since he basically ate his way out of the league.  The list is extensive of players who were born with talent for the game, but not enough interest to fully dedicate themselves.  When talent and desire both are high the result is a special player like a Jerry Rice or a Walter Payton.  The following is the PFDN list of 2009 NFL Draft prospects with the greatest passion for the game.  It does not guarantee success in the NFL, but it sure helps.

Aaron Curry
Brian Cushing
Louis Delmas
Jarett Dillard
Kevin Ellison
Zack Follett
Evander Hood
Mitch King
Paul Kruger
Alex Mack
Knowshon Moreno
Jason Phillips
Nick Reed
Brian Robiskie
Mark Sanchez
Jason Smith

Jarett Dillard And Darrius Heyward-Bey Are Polar Opposites

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

I think it is going to be very interesting to see who turns out to be the better NFL receiver-Jarett Dillard or Darrius Heyward-Bey.  They could not be more different.  I raised Dillard quite a bit recently on the PFDN draft board.  The game footage I reviewed revealed Dillard to be a crafty receiver who runs terrific routes and has flypaper for hands.  He is on our “Top Values” list for good reason.  Dillard is not a workout warrior and, as a result, could be a 4th or 5th round draft choice.  I actually have Dillard ranked slightly ahead of Heyward-Bey.

The general consensus is Heyward-Bey is a likely 1st round draft choice and a superior prospect to Dillard because of his impressive size and sprinter’s speed.  NFL teams have always valued speed because of the big play potential it brings.  I go by what I see and Heyward-Bey has average hands and lacks so many of the intricacies of playing wide receiver.  This is why the former Maryland receiver is on the PFDN list of “Biggest Risks”.  I certainly am not against speed, but recognize that so much more goes into being a quality wide receiver.  A detailed scouting report on Dillard and Heyward-Bey is now up on the site.  They epitomize so much of what the NFL Draft is about.  Do you take production and football skills over superior athleticism and greater upside potential?