Circling back on 2009 draftees
September, 8, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
NFC North teams seem to have settled on their 53-man rosters (at least for this week), providing us the opportunity for an early evaluation of their draft classes. Overall, 25 of 32 Black and Blue draft picks from 2009 made the 53-man roster of their respective teams. Four more are on practice squads and a fifth is on injured reserve. Six are expected to start. Let’s break it all down:
Chicago Bears (Full draft class here)
- Made team: 6 of 9
- Other designation: Defensive lineman Henry Melton (No. 4a) on injured reserve.
- Expected starters: Safety Al Afalava (No. 6)
- Contributors: Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert (No. 3a)
- Made team: 7 of 10
- Other designation: Offensive lineman Lydon Murtha (No. 7a), linebacker Zack Follett (No. 7b) and tight end Dan Gronkowski (No. 7c) on practice squad.
- Expected starters: Quarterback Matthew Stafford (No. 1a), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (No. 1b), safety Louis Delmas (No. 2), defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (No. 4).
- Contributors: Running back Aaron Brown (No. 6)
- Made team: 7 of 8
- Other designation: Offensive lineman Jamon Meredith (No. 5b) on practice squad.
- Expected starters: None immediately
- Contributors: Defensive lineman B.J. Raji (No. 1a), linebacker Clay Matthews (No. 1b)