In the NFL 5 years is enough to look back and to see what teams helped themselves out and which teams swing and missed.
9th Overall Green Bay B.J. Raji/ 13th Overall Washington DC Brian Orakpo/ 15th Overall Houston Brian Cushing/ 21st Overall Cleveland Ale Mack/ 22nd Overall Minnesota Percy Harvin/ 26th Overall Green Bay Clay Matthews/ 42nd Overall Buffalo Jarius Byrd/ 48th Overall Seattle Max Unger/ 53rd Overall Philly LeSean McCoy/ 55th Overall Atlanta William Moore/ 78th Overall San Diego Louis Vasquez/ 84th Overall Pittsburgh Mike Wallace/ 105th overall Chicago Henry Melton/ 140th Overall Chicago Johnny Knox/ 164th New Orleans Thomas Morstead/
That is 7 busts in the first RD to 6 Pro Bowlers selected in the 1st RD. The point of this is that I choose the worst of the worst in the 1st RD to show how hard it is to draft a good draft. When you look at the top ten of the 2009 draft remember the words impact, talented, cant miss was used to describe them and when you look at the draft you see people under-performing or flat out busts.
If this does show anything it is that the draft is an exaggeration and no one really knows how a person in their young 20s will react to the fame and money. No one knows how their skill set will translate to the NFL. The one thing you can't use a stop-watch, you can't use a bench press and that is the idea of drive. No one knows what will drive a player. But when the 1st Rd has more bon-a-fide busts than pro-bowlers shows just how hard it is to predict success is in the NFL.