Round Four impressions from the 2009 NFL Draft.
The fifth quarterback of the draft came off the board with the first pick of the fourth round, giving Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee a chance to stay at home with the Cowboys.
McGee has the athletic ability to be effective behind a heavy-footed offensive line, and could be groomed to replace Tony Romo. After suffering an injury early in the season, McGee fell out of the starting lineup as a senior under a new head coach looking to rebuild the program, but he stayed positive and has the type of intangibles so highly desired at the QB position.
On the surface, it would seem Scott Pioli made another risky pick with the selection of Donald Washington in the fourth round.
Washington fell out of favor at Ohio State after being suspended early in his junior season, but he was the best athlete in a talented secondary and has upside to develop into a solid No. 2 cornerback if he can stay focused, which will be a requirement under a demanding head coach such as Todd Haley.
Athletic big men are not easy to find and begin to look very attractive in the fourth round. The Rams landed Clemson DT Dorell Scott, who should fit into their defensive rotation and help create some pressure, and the Bears continued to focus on improving their pass rush with the addition of Texas DE Henry Melton, a converted running back with excellent athletic ability who should benefit greatly from the presence of DL coach Rod Marinelli.
USC WLB Kaluka Maiava may not be a great scheme fit for Eric Mangini's defense, better fitting a "40" front, but the Browns were often forced to roll to nickel packages last season to match up with the four- and five-receiver sets being used to exploit their average secondary, and Maiava could play a key role as a nickel linebacker and core special-teams contributor.
With two centers coming off the draft board in the first round, the Bengals plans to draft one in the second round flew out the window, but they still had a pressing need to fill and grabbed Jonathan Luigs of Arkansas in the fourth round to fill it, even if he does not necessarily have the girth or power desired to handle the massive widebodies in the NFC North.
The Jaguars found a steal in the fourth round in WR Mike Thomas, who worked out exceptionally well at the Combine after an outstanding career at Arizona, where he re-wrote the record books for receiving. He has the short-area quickness to make a difference in Jacksonville's return game, which is an area where the Jaguars needed to improve.
Ohio State WR Brian Hartline had to appeal more to the Dolphins for his special-teams coverage ability than his receiving skills, but his toughness in both phases should allow him to develop and will endear him to Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano.
Eastern Michigan OT T.J. Lang has the ability to play every position on the line and be a great sixth man, and after the Packers focused on their defense with their first two picks, they needed to address their offensive line, where questions remain at right tackle. Lang has the football temperament to compete for a starting job with Tony Moll.
Oregon State DE Victor Butler will be groomed as a rush linebacker by the Cowboys, but with DeMarcus Ware, Greg Ellis and Anthony Spencer already in place, it could take him awhile to see the field and he could struggle to ever be more than a backup.
Selecting Texas A&M RB Mike Goodson appears to be a value pick for the Panthers, who did not have a big need for a back with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart already on the roster. Goodson's ability to contribute in the return game and add value on special teams should earn him a roster spot.
The Texans like big, physical cornerbacks and landed one who may be able to help at safety as well in New Mexico's Glover Quin.
After losing Igor Olshansky in the offseason, the Chargers had a need for more size in the trenches.
The video of Canadian sensation Vaughn Martin sending Chargers scout Tom Gibbons flying in a workout received widespread acclaim, and Martin could do the same if he lives up to his potential. He has great size and natural strength to develop.
No team has revamped a position group more than the Broncos have done with their secondary this offseason and Notre Dame S David Bruton is the latest addition, joining Alphonso Smith and Darcel McBath in this draft along with a healthy group of free-agent additions.
Bruton is a straight-line striker whose most value could come as a gunner on special teams. Having been coached by Charlie Weis likely helped Bruton's chances.
Wake Forest S Chip Vaughn, drafted two picks later, should also help immediately for the Saints as a gunner and add much-needed size to the back end.
DT Sammie Hill is very raw coming out of Stillman, where he becomes the first player drafted out of the college, but he has the sheer mass to clog the middle and occupy blockers to keep Lions LBs Ernie Sims and Jordon Dizon free.
The Buccaneers traded up to draft USC DE Kyle Moore, who could compete for the DLE job that Kevin Carter previously filled so well. If Moore is willing to work at it and takes the game more seriously, he could be a solid pro, but he is still raw and likely will take some time to develop.
The Saints did not land Brian Cushing in the first round, but they did add some help to their LB corps with the selection of Wake Forest LB Stanley Arnoux, who runs very well in a straight line and can be effective in short spaces, but is tight-hipped, misses too many tackles and could struggle in space on special teams, where he will be expected to play being drafted where he was. With Jonathan Vilma in the middle, special teams will have to be Arnoux's forté.
Adding a fifth Vanderbilt Commodore to the Bears roster, GM Jerry Angelo may receive an honorary place on the school's board of directors after rescuing CB D.J. Moore in the fourth round. Moore is not big or fast, but he has some return ability, not that he will get to use it much on a team featuring Devin Hester and Danieal Manning.
The Bears typically look for more physical cornerbacks than Moore, who slid at the Combine after running poorly and measuring smaller than expected, but he may be able to compete for a job as nickel cornerback and be more effective in the Bears' heavy Cover-2 scheme.
Texas Tech DE Brandon Williams has good length and some natural pass-rush ability, but he would have benefited from staying in school another year and filling out his frame. He is a developmental project whose only chance to contribute early in his career with the Cowboys may be as a nickel rusher.
The Bills continue to land some good value throughout the draft, finding another solid football player with upside in Southern Mississippi's Shawn Nelson. He is still developing as a blocker, but he has starter potential and could be a factor in the receiving game for Trent Edwards.
North Carolina State TE Anthony Hill will bring the most value to the Texans as a blocker. If they beef him up, he may even be able to play tackle given the premium placed on quickness in Alex Gibbs' zone-blocking scheme.
The inside of the Patriots' offensive line is underrated, but with injuries taking their toll last season, more depth is needed. The Patriots may have found a gem similar to Dan Koppen in Rich Ohrnberger, whose best pro position may be at center. He is a bit undersized but fits as a versatile interior swing backup.
Florida WR Louis Murphy slid to the back of the fourth round because of serious injury concerns that existed despite not having missed time at Florida. He has the type of explosive speed that Al Davis loves and will pair with Darrius Heyward-Bey to give the Raiders a more vertical passing game than they had a year ago, provided he can stay healthy.
The Falcons found great value late in the round in Richmond DE Lawrence Sidbury, who stood out more to NFL evaluators than second-rounder Connor Barwin, and could have more overall upside working with veteran DL coach Ray Hamilton. Sidbury has excellent edge speed and if he could learn how to use his hands, he could be difficult to stop.
Chalk up another HWS prospect for Al Davis. Oregon State DE-OLB Slade Norris clocked a 40-time of 4.6 at 6-2, 232 pounds at his pro day. He's a better athlete than football player and will be given a chance to develop with the Raiders.
The Colts needed another receiver with Marvin Harrison departing and found good value in BYU's Austin Collie. He works hard, takes the game seriously and should develop into a solid contributor in his first year.
The Panthers used DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in the same backfield last season, but found a new lead blocker for both in Syracuse's Tony Fiammetta. He is versatile, catches the ball well and can bring an added dimension to the offense.
There were varying opinions on North Carolina State RB Andre Brown in the scouting community. If he can stay healthy and learn an NFL offense, he could turn out to be a great pro for the Giants, but there were too many ifs given his upright running style, injury history and difficulty adjusting to a new coaching staff for evaluators to have felt comfortable taking a shot on him early.
The Titans favor speed at the LB position and they landed a speedster in Southern Mississpippi's Gerald McRath. When given a free lane to run to the ball, he can be effective, but he has a narrow frame, is tight-hipped, misses too many tackles and could struggle to stay healthy in a big man's game unless he is protected.
The Cardinals may have landed the top sleeper in the draft in St. Paul's CB Greg Toler, who awoke in the scouting community after performing very well in the East Coast and Cactus Bowls. He has size, ball skills and surprising instincts for a small-school talent and should fit in well in a secondary with another small-school prospect, Tennessee State's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Three zone-blocking, developmental offensive linemen rounded out the final five picks in the fourth round, with Iowa OG Seth Olsen going to Denver; Auburn OG Tyronne Green to the Chargers; and Tulane OT Troy Kropog to the Titans. All could provide depth, but will need considerable time to develop.
The Chargers also landed another bulldozing back in Gartrell Johnson, who can add a power element and even contribute as a fullback alongside Jacob Hester.
Bill Polian loves Big Ten talent, and found Michigan DT Terrance Taylor at the end of the round to help improve the Colts' run defense and secure the middle. Taylor is a stout short-area plugger.
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