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Friday, May 1, 2009
Who will be the most productive rookies?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I'm spending most of the day at Valley Ranch with the Dallas Cowboys' draft class of '09, but here's something that applies to every team in the league. A Web site called WhatIfSports.com has a complex formula involving algorithms that predicts how each rookie will perform. They hit on a lot of predictions heading into the '08 season, so I thought some of you might be interested in their '09 list. Here's how the Beast is predicted to perform:

No. 9 Hakeem Nicks, New York WR
No. 13 Brian Orakpo, Washington DE (how convenient)
No. 22 LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia RB
No. 24 Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia WR
No. 52 DeAngelo Smith, Dallas S/CB
No. 55 Victor Butler, Dallas LB
No. 61 Robert Henson, Washington LB
No. 69 Clint Sintim, New York LB
No. 74 Mike Mickens, Dallas CB
No. 77 Travis Beckum, New York TE
No. 81 Cornelius Ingram, Philadelphia TE
No. 88 Victor "Macho" Harris, Philadelphia CB
No. 99 Andre Brown, New York, RB