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NFL Draft Preview 2009- 3rd Edition

Nicks, Sheets, and Bomar.

Hakeem Nicks WR:

  A standout wideout at

, Nicks is starting to become a relevant
first round name.

  He possesses good
hands, great run after the catch ability, and projects as a solid #2 wideout in
the right offense.

  He also answered any
questions about his speed with a 4.5 forty time at the combine, something that,
according to the

Charlotte Observer (

February 20, 2009) Nicks himself
wasn’t worried about going in to the combine.

“I think I have a lot more speed than what is expected,” Hakeem said. “I
just have to go out there and prove that.”



Stats Breakdown


Nicks was the Tar Heels leading receiver throughout most of his college career,
finishing with 181 receptions, 2840 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns.

  He also finished with 10 career 100-yard
games; five last season including a 217 yard performance against

in the Meinecke Car Care Bowl.


Fantasy Value

Nick’s fantasy value will depend on what kind of offensive
system he plays in, and how he’s used.

And while he has Anquan Boldin-like features, he will need a lot of
developing to get to the disgruntled Cardinals wide receiver’s level.

  The mock drafts are picking up speed, and the
one team that seems to be yelling Hakeem on a lot of draft boards seems to be
the Minnesota Vikings, who were rumored to be in the hunt for the services of
TJ Houshmandzadeh.


Sleeper Alert- Kory Sheets RB:

  Back in 2004, Falcons running back Michael
Turner was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 154th overall

  The rest is history.

  And every year there seems to be a running
back that comes out nowhere like a freight train, rookie or not, that nobody
saw coming.

  In this class that rookie
could be Purdue standout Kory Sheets.

Sure, he needs to put on a little more weight…… Oh wait, isn’t that what
was said about Steve Slaton in ’08?

I find amazing about Sheets is that even though he was in a predominantly pass
first offense he was still able to produce gaudy numbers.

  Did I mention he ran a 4.47 40-time?

Stats Breakdown

Sheets’ gaudy numbers in 2008 included 1131 (94.25 per game)
rushing yards, and 17 total touchdowns.

For his college career he rushed for 3341 yards (66.82 per game), scored
53 touchdowns and played in 50 games over the span of four years.

  He averaged 5.0 yards per carry, and caught
108 passes for 814 receiving yards.

in other words he is not just a one-tool back.


Fantasy Value

Lightning could strike twice for the Chargers, and this time they really do need
a back-up.

  Sheets would definitely be a
perfect fit behind a cornerstone back like LT2, or any running back in need of
a punishing runner to soften up defenses.

No matter where Sheets lands, he could turn in to a fantasy gem with a
few years under his belt, as he’s one of few runners in this class that can do
it all almost flawlessly, and unlike the Ben of baseball will actually stay on
the field.


Rhett Bomar QB:
When Rhett Bomar signed on with

in 2004, he was considered as the best quarterback recruit in the nation.

  He redshirted in his first season, and then
found himself the MVP of the 2005 Holiday Bowl after a record breaking first
year as a Sooner.

  After being cited
twice for being a minor in possession of alcohol he was dismissed from Oklahoma
in ‘06, and then found himself at Sam Houston St— something that according to Bomar has insisted he’s
grown up from.

  “It was unfortunate
and of course I wish it hadn’t happened,” Bomar said meeting with media at
the Combine. “Things might have been different. I was young back then and
I made a mistake. I’ve grown up a lot since then.”


Stats Breakdown

Bomar set records, both as a Sooner and Bearcat; one of them— all-time
passing leader at



State (5,564 total passing

  Bomar also recorded nine 300+
yard games, threw 47 touchdowns, and had a 57.3 passing percentage in his two brief
years as a ‘Cat starter.


Fantasy Value

Bomar tore an ACL in 2007, and while he has shown signs of growing up he still remains
a question mark mentally.

  He lacks a lot
of experience against top talent and tends to throw a lot of interceptions at

  He also tends to not trust his
strong arm in certain situations, and will need some time to develop.

  If put in the right system he has the talent
to be at least a solid back-up, spot starting quarterback as long as he stays
mentally tough.

   He could be a great fit
for the Denver Broncos as a late second-early third round pick behind a
temporary veteran solution, especially with the unfortunate jaw-dropping Jay
Cutler news of him wanting out of


  Other possible suitors that could be nice
matches include the New York Jets, and Detroit Lions (if they pass on

and Sanchez).

  His value for 2009, no
matter where he lands, will be minimal, but the sky’s the limit beyond


My Top Five Fantasy Prospects (Updated Monthly)

LB Rey Maualaga- Will turn in to a tackling machine and is a pure leader.

OLB Aaron Curry- He may have the best physical skills, but may land on a bad team.

RB Knowshon Moreno- Could be the most talented running back in the draft.

WR Michael Crabtree- Injury raises questions.defense.

QB Matthew Stafford– Landing pad is unknown?

On the outside looking in …

OLB Everette Brown- Has
LaMarr Woodley
-like potential in a 3-4 defense.

WR Hakeem Nicks- Is quickly rising and could be wearing purple and gold.

RB LeSean McCoy- Should become a steal on day one.

QB Mark Sanchez- May find himself right at home in the NFL.

S William Moore- One of the few safeties that could start immediately.


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