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Old 12-24-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Default ESPN Bill Williamson AFC West draft rewind

Denver

Biggest surprise: The surprise is how little production the class has given Denver. The Broncos had 10 picks and just havenít gotten much out of the group. Top-pick running back Knowshon Moreno has been decent, but he has not been as productive as you would want from the No. 12 overall pick.

Jury is still out: First-round pick Robert Ayers. The No. 18 overall pick just hasnít done much. Denver hasnít had to rely on the pass rushing linebacker, but the team would like to see more from him.

Bust alert: Cornerback/returner Alphonso Smith has not made much of an impact. He gave up critical plays in the past two games, both Denver losses. He was benched in favor of rookie Tony Carter against the Raiders as the nickel corner. Carter was on the practice squad until one day before the Oakland game. Denver gave its top pick next year to draft Smith, who was selected No. 37 overall. He has the talent, but has yet to show it.

Kansas City

Biggest surprise: Kicker Ryan Succop has been outstanding. The final pick of the draft, Succop has been reliable and has shown a great leg. He could be in Kansas City for years.

Jury is still out: On the class itself. The eight picks have made little impact and it is unclear if the 2009 class will give the Chiefs the depth it needs.

Bust alert: You must have Tyson Jackson on this list. He was by far the prize of the class. Taken at No. 3, Jackson hasnít shown much flash in Kansas City. The Chiefs loved the defensive lineman because he fit the 3-4 defense and he still has a chance to be a solid player. Jackson was taken about 10 to 15 picks higher than projected.

Oakland

Biggest surprise: Fourth-round pick Louis Murphy has outplayed first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. Murphy has made several clutch plays. But he has been far from perfect. He has the worst catch percentage of any receiver in the league. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Murphy has caught just 33 percent of passes that he has been targeted. Still, he has shown enough to generate excitement.

Jury is still out: Second-round pick Mike Mitchell has not done much. The Raiders still like the safety a lot, but he has a ways to go before Oakland can rely on him in the secondary.

Bust alert: It has to be Heyward-Bey. He hasn't played the past three games because of a foot injury and Oakland really hasnít missed him. He has nine catches in 11 starts. Heyward-Bey was considered a major reach at No. 7 and he hasnít proved otherwise.

San Diego

Biggest surprise: Sixth-round pick Kevin Ellison has become a solid contributor. The safety is a hard hitter who seems like he has a decent future with the club.

Jury is still out: Fourth-round pick Vaughn Martin. The mammoth defensive lineman from Western Ontario in Canada was considered a project, so his slow development is not overly alarming. But the Chargers have had several injuries and Martin hasnít made much of an impact.

Bust alert: It has to be No. 16 overall pick Larry English. The linebacker doesnít really seem like he will be a bust, but he has been quieter than expected. Still, he has made enough plays to provide hope for the future.
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:24 AM   #2
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If they did a draft rewind for hack writers Williamson would be lucky to have bust written next to his name. Never have I read a Williamson piece that has any substance or foresight.
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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I posted this on pretty much the same thread about Kiper

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When teams rely on rookies to make an impact,that's usually a bad sign. We got lucky last year with Clady, Royal, and Co. or last year's team would have been awful.

When I think about how realistic it is for a draft class to make an IMMEDIATE impact a few things come to mind:
1) These are 20 - 22 year old kids that are used to dominating against other kids that are 18 - 20 years old. Now they are playing against GROWN MEN that play this game for a living. It's not easy to just show up on an NFL field and dominate, no matter where you were selected.

2) I saw an interview with Ray Rice and they asked him how he's become so productive in his second NFL season after being pretty much a non-factor his rookie year. He explained that the draft process has caused college players to spend their off season training for the combine -- e.g. getting better combine stats -- instead of preparing to play football. It's nice that a guy can run a shuttle cone drill in 4.8 seconds instead of 4.9, but what does that have to do with an NFL game? He said that he spent his second off season preparing to play football -- watching film, learning the systems, gaining weight so he could endure, etc... and it's really paid off.

3) These guys are not used to playing 20 games in one season. Is it really surprising that maybe Moreno isn't as fresh as a player that's used to the NFL grind?

4) Some guys are projected out of position. The Broncos drafted Ayers to play OLB, but he played most of his time in college with hand on the ground. Is it really reasonable to expect him to be a 12 sack guy in year 1?
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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Complete Bust: Bill Williamson, year 5--the guy has yet to write an article about the Broncos or the AFCW that sheds any significant light on anthing relating to football, the NFL, the players, the coaches, the front offices and the franchises in general. An 18 to 20 year old college drop out could write articles with more substance than this baffoon.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:58 AM   #5
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Burger Bill why is that the jury is still out on the whole Chefs draft but for Denver its just Ayers! Seriously a freshmen journalism student could write better than some of the hacks!!
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