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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

PFDN’s List Of The Top Values Available In The 2009 NFL Draft

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I recently posted the PFDN list of prospects that represent the top values in the 2009 NFL Draft. This is the essence of the draft in my opinion.  Every team wants to find players on draft day that will outperform their draft selection.  I obviously enjoy evaluating football talent and finding bargains on draft day is a big part of this site.  The draft day bargain I am most proud of in my own evaluations is Justin Tuck.  I scouted Tuck in preparation for the 2005 NFL Draft Preview DVD I was producing at the time.  I saw Tuck play on numerous occasions and thought he was another Charles Haley.  This was quite a complement to Tuck because I consider Haley to be a Hall of Famer.

I could not believe that the big media outlets kept promoting the virtues of Erasmus James as the best pass rushing defensive end in the 2005 NFL Draft.  Many thought Shawne Merriman and DeMarcus Ware would be productive pass rushers, but as outside linebackers.  I watched on draft day as Erasmus James (1st round, # 18 to Minnesota), Shaun Cody (2nd round, #37 to Detroit), Matt Roth (2nd round, #46 to Miami) and Jonathan Babineaux (2nd round, #59 to Atlanta) all were selected before Tuck.  The Giants selected Tuck in the 3rd round (pick # 74) and found themselves an absolute steal.  I hope to spot more undervalued players in this year’s draft.  You can read in the coming weeks PFDN’s scouting reports on our list of top values.