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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Assessing the 2009 draft: NFC North

By Kevin Seifert

One of the takeways from John Clayton's assessment of the ugly 2009 NFL draft: The NFC North performed less disastrously than most.

As Clayton notes, only 60 of the players drafted that year remain with their original teams. Nearly 20 percent of that total are NFC North players, including six players selected in the first two rounds.

The chart displays the full list. It's fair to point out that some players drafted in these parts have either found success on other teams or have taken their talents elsewhere.

That group includes receiver Percy Harvin, the Minnesota Vikings' first-round draft choice who was traded in March to the Seattle Seahawks. The Green Bay Packers' fifth-round pick, offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, started 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. Former Chicago Bears seventh-round pick Lance Louis is expected to start for the Miami Dolphins in 2013, and the same is true for the Detroit Lions' fourth-round pick, defensive tackle Sammie Hill, who signed this spring with the Tennessee Titans.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is one of two first-round picks to receive a market-level payday, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford should soon follow suit. Quite clearly, the 2011 draft was much worse for the NFC North than 2009.