We had an wildly close call to our poll, asking readers which AFC West 2009 first-round pick will end up having the best NFL career.
They are: Tyson Jackson (Chiefs), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders), Knowshon Moreno (Broncos), Larry English (Chargers) and Robert Ayers (Broncos). Thus far, none of the five have made a significant contribution.
There was clearly no consensus for the player readers think will develop. As of 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jackson and Heyward-Bey were tied with 23 percent of the vote. Ayers and Moreno each received 19 percent of the voting and English received 16 percent. More than 3,500 votes were recorded. It’s remarkable that all five players were separated by seven percent of the vote.
I understand why the voting was so tight. All five have had chances to produce, but they haven’t. Yet, all five should continue to get chances. This season will be crucial for all five of these former first-round picks. If any these players fail to take the next step in their season, their respective teams will likely start losing patience with them.