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2009 All NFL Draft Sleeper Team

QB – Stephen McGee ~ Texas A&M = Another guy who lit it up at his pro day. He also can really run (4.6). Has a pretty decent set of tools to develop into a solid backup.
RB – Cedric Peerman – Virginia = His attitude is what I love. A very serious guy who is built like a small house. Had one of the best combines (27 reps, 40 inch vert, 4.45 40)
RB – Andre Brown – N.C. State = Ideal size 6’0” 225, good hands, and he keeps his legs moving at all times. I think Brown could carry the ball 10-15 times for a team and keep a solid average.
FB – Quinn Johnson – LSU
WR – Austin Collie – BYU = Really impressed at his pro day running a mid 4.5 in the 40, while showcasing his incredible catching ability. This guy could develop into another Brandon Stokley.
WR – Jarett Dillard – Rice = Dillard can jump with anybody in the NFL (42.5 inch vert at the combine), which is ideal because he is only 5’10”. Didn’t face stiff competition in college, but he dominated the teams he did face. Has great hands to boot.
TE – John Phillips – Virginia Tech = Phillips reminds me a little bit of John Carlson, only a little bit slower. He can catch the ball well, and is a willing blocker.
OT – William Beatty – Connecticut – A little undersized, but this guy has great feet, a strong punch, good mirror skills, he just needs to get stronger.
OG – Kraig Urbik – Wisconsin = One of my favorite lineman in the draft, Urbik hails from the offensive line capital of college football and his technique/tenacity shows through when you watch him.
C – A.Q. Shipley – Penn State = A very tough, undersized center that does everything well. Also very strong.
OG – Greg Isdaner – West Virginia = A big, strong guard who is nimble.
OT – Augustus Parrish – Kent State = Great feet, a solid all-around tackle that didn’t face very good competition in college.

DE – Paul Krugar – Utah = Krugar reminds me a lot of Patrick Kerney. He has a non-stop motor and is a relentless pass rusher.
DE – Kyle Moore – USC = A big defensive end who also can play some tackle in pass rushing situations.
DT – Jarron Gilbert – San Jose State = This guy has great size/athleticism and has the frame to add on more weight. His knock is the weak competition he faced in college.
DT – Alex McGee – Purdue = A guy who was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, yet made an instant impact. Guys from Purdue are known for their burst off the line and this is McGee’s biggest asset. For being 6’3” 298 he can get up field in a hurry.
OLB – Lawrence Sidbury Jr. – Richmond = Can fly off the edge, not much strength but won’t get blown back either. He can be a very good situational pass rusher.
MLB – Scott McKillop – Pittsburgh = Here is a guy who gets the job done. Does everything fairly well but nothing will jump out at you. Can be a very valuable special teams player or fill in.
OLB – Zack Follett – California = A big strong guy who was very productive in college. He also showed surprising athleticism at the combine (37 inch vert, 4.7 40).
CB – Victor “Macho” Harris – Virginia Tech = Macho is a guy that many people don’t feel can succeed in the NFL. This guy has very good instincts, is extremely versatile and could possibly play safety. His size and straight line speed are a concern. He needs to get in a zone scheme.
CB – Kevin Barnes – Maryland = One of the top performers at the combine, had a great pro day, and has very intriguing size (6’0” 190). A guy who could be a better pro then college player.
SS – David Bruton – Notre Dame = I fell in love with this guy at the Senior Bowl, and he didn’t disappoint at the combine either. A big physical safety that will crush opponents coming across the middle, has the range to defend the pass and excellent size (6’2” 219).
FS – Chip Vaughn – Wake Forest = 6’1” 221 of solid rock. This guy is a two year starter on a defense that featured Aaron Curry as well as Alphonso Smith. Vaughn was the “other” guy making big plays in big situations for the Demon Deacons last season.

Bonus Player – WR Mike Thomas – Arizona = An absolute burner who runs crisp routes and has good hands. I love him as a slot receiver on the next level as well as a dynamic kick returner.

By Brandon Thorn

Brandon Thorn is currently serving in the United States Air Force as an E-5/Staff Sergeant. He has been on two combat deployments to Iraq and is serving a six year enlistment on active duty. Aside from his job as a Security Forces member in the Air Force, Brandon goes to school at American Military University in pursuit of his CCAF degree in Criminal Justice. Throughout his life, Brandon has always been captivated by NFL players and teams, none more so then his beloved Denver Broncos. Over the years he has read many books on current and past NFL icons such as Dan Rooney, John Elway, Walter Payton, Johnny Unitas, and Ernie Accorsi. His passion for the game and insight on the players in it is rare and he will be a die hard fan of The League forever.