Rookie Reviews: Week 1

Written by Will Spencer on September 15, 2009


The final scores are in the book and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in their NFL debuts.


Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets
If I had to decide, this would be the rookie of the week. Sanchez led the Jets into Houston and looked more like a 3 year veteran QB under center. The former USC signal caller finished the game 18 of 31 with 272 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception, giving him a QB rating of 84.3. Even though Sanchez threw a pick that led to a touchdown, he bounced back and helped the Jets drive down the field for another score.


Kenny Britt – WR – Titans
Britt had the early jump on the competition, playing in a nationally televised game on Thursday night…that just happened to be against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Even playing against what is arguably the best defense in the NFL, Britt managed to lead the Titans in receiving yards, grabbing four passes for 85 yards. Among those catches was a 57 yarder that led to a Tennessee touchdown.


Derek Cox – CB – Jaguars
The third round pick from William & Mary had a strong first showing. Though he only gave up 3 passes, one was a 39 yarder to Reggie Wayne. However, Cox couldn’t have had a tougher first game, matching up against a Peyton Manning led offense. Derek made a great play to end the opening drive for the Colts, grabbing an interception in the end zone. Later, Derek also recovered a Joseph Addai fumble. Cox also recorded 3 tackles in the game.


Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions
Stafford had a rough day in New Orleans. The number one overall pick in the 2009 draft had the unfortunate circumstance of playing from behind throughout the game, forcing him to throw the ball more than you’d like for a rookie QB. Stafford finished the game 16 of 37 for 205 yards, no touchdowns and 3 interceptions, giving him a QB rating of 27.4.


Percy Harvin – WR – Vikings
The Vikings showed that when they aren’t feeding the ball to Adrian Peterson, they want to get it into the hands of the speedy WR from Florida. Harvin was heavily involved in the offense, touching the ball 8 times throughout the game. Harvin rushed the ball twice for 22 yards, caught 3 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown, and had 3 kick returns for a total of 99 yards. That gave Harvin total stats of 8 touches for 157 yards and a touchdown. I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of this kid in 2009.


Louis Delmas – S – Lions
From a coverage standpoint, the Detroit secondary was downright terrible this week. The bright spot? Delmas recorded 6 tackles and took a fumble recovery 65 yards for a touchdown. However, Delmas was a bit overzealous, leading to two personal foul penalties during the game.


Michael Oher – OT – Ravens
Offensive lineman rarely hear their name called…unless they mess up. In Oher’s case, he was very solid for Baltimore this week. Baltimore’s offense put up over 500 total yards and Joe Flacco had all day to throw the ball. The Ravens gave up only one sack in the game, but it came from Tamba Hali beating Jared Gaither on the left side. Oher might be the next in a long line of first round stud tackles.


Louis Murphy – WR – Raiders
As we commented on our Twitter account, the 4th round pick clearly outplayed the 7th overall pick, Darrius Heyward-Bey. Murphy was able to get separation against the Chargers defense and pulled in 4 catches for 87 yards, including a 57 yard touchdown that gave the Raiders the lead in the 4th quarter.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.