NFL Draft Revisited: Worst 2009 Team Draft Classes

By Thomas Emerick
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It’s always intriguing to see how the cards will unfold when a team wins the Super Bowl in the same year it gets absolutely nothing from its draft class.

New Orleans Saints fans are probably furious, and justifiably so, for not having any second-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft thanks to BountyGate. Sean Payton and Co. also held no second-rounder back in 2009 — the year they went on to claim the Lombardi Trophv—  but hopefully the 2013 class turns out much better.

New Orleans Saints: They only held four picks but each came in the first five rounds, including an underwhelming first-round selection in cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. The best value for New Orleans in this draft was the flippin’ punter, Thomas Morstead, in the fifth round.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs felt they didn’t have enough picks wasted on over-hyped LSU defensive lineman — nothing against LSU defensive lineman in general — and spent the No. 3 overall on Tyson Jackson to pair him with fellow Tigers top-5 pick Glenn Dorsey, drafted the year prior. Nothing really else to speak of here except kicker Ryan Succop in the seventh round.

Dallas Cowboys: This draft provided plenty (more) fodder for Jerry Jones criticism, turning 12 picks into….Buehler…..Buehler…….kicker David Buehler? The two key counterpoints would be Victor Butler and John Phillips who played well in minor roles and, far more significantly, there were no first or second-round selections.

San Diego Chargers: This was The Larry English Draft. Louis Vasquez turned into a decent guard, Tyronne Greene an overmatched guard, but the English first-round pick still smarts in a draft with no second-rounders at their disposal — and not much made up for it.

More NFL Draft at Rant Sports: I analyzed which teams got the most and least out of their draft classes from 2012 (most, least), 2011 (most, least), 2010 (most, least) and 2009 (most, least), along with the kings of the draft over that span.

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