They say it takes four full seasons to determine how an NFL draft class has shaped out, so to be fair, calling the 2009 class one of the worst classes in recent history after three years and twelve weeks could be criticized as rushed.
But that doesn't make it untrue.
The 2009 class will be most remembered for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns swapping first round picks (number five for 17). New York took Mark Sanchez, which has been a huge mess despite reaching the AFC Championship game twice the past four years. If they had to do it all over again, I'm not sure the Jets staff would pull the trigger on the trade.
Matthew Stafford was taken first overall. The gunslinger out of Georgia was supposed to be Detroit's savior after failing miserably with the likes of Joey Harrington, Dante Culpepper, and Dan Orlvosky. In my opinion, how could you not label Stafford a bust up to this point? Injuries have piled up, no playoff games have been won (only one has been played), and this season has been another disappointment. Last season was great for him, yes, but one every four seasons is no good for the number one pick.
It doesn't get better from here, either.
Offensive tackle Jason Smith was taken number two overall by St. Louis and was traded this past offseason for Wayne Hunter. Tyson Jackson was taken number three overall by Kansas City and has three career sacks. Aaron Curry (#4 overall) was cut by Seattle last season. Darrius Heyward-Bey (#7), tackle Eugene Monroe (#8), Aaron Maybin (#11), Knwonshon Moreno (#12) and Peria Jerry (#19) are just a few more that have failed miserably.