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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
AFC West 2009 first-round class panned

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The 2009 AFC West first-round draft class was just dissed. Badly.

My colleagues Mike Sando and Matt Williamson ranked the first-rounds classes of each division.

Hate to break this to you, but the AFC West was ranked last. What’s even more painful is it wasn’t a very strong overall class. To be last of a weak class is tough to take.

But, let’s face it. It is deserved. The five (yes, the AFC West even got an extra pick via the Jay Cutler trade) picks in the class have done virtually nothing in their first two NFL seasons.

To recap, here’s the mess of a class: Tyson Jackson (No. 3, Kansas City), Darrius Heyward-Bey No. 7, Oakland), Knowshon Moreno (No. 12, Denver), Larry English (No. 16, San Diego) and Robert Ayers (No. 18 Denver).

Folks, there’s a chance we can go five-for-five on the old bust meter here. Yes, all five players have potential, but it’s time for each of them to get going.

For now, the last-place ranking can’t be argued.