That's a question a lot of us asked on that fateful Saturday afternoon. Why reach for him when Aaron Curry was sitting in our lap? Two years have passed and a lot of Chiefs fans are still unhappy with the pick. I understand why the Chiefs drafted him but I will never "love*" this pick.
Anyways, my main point is this: the 2009 Draft class hasn't been great. Let's take a quick look at some other "elite" draft prospects that we missed out on.
*Aaron Curry, OLB: Many experts saw him as the top overall player in the 2009 Draft. I loved his athleticism and productivity in college. I loved his work ethic and maturity. When Seattle drafted him at #4, I thought it was a great fit. But after two seasons, Curry has yet to light up the NFL. He's had a few good games but he hasn't been the superstar that everyone thought he would be. You could argue that he isn't even the best linebacker in Seattle.
*Mark Sanchez, QB: Since he has been with Gang Green, the Jets have been to the AFC Championship game twice. I know the defense has a lot to do with their success but Sanchez has made tremendous strides so far in his career.
*Andre Smith, OT: I was the Bengals GM for the 2009 AP Mock Draft. I chose Andre Smith with their first pick. The Bengals eventually selected him too. I said he was the best lineman in the draft and he would be a huge boost for Cincy's offensive line. Boy was I wrong. He's been injured a few times and when he's healthy he hasn't been very effective.
*BJ Raji, DT: He's been a major part of Green Bay's defensive success. He isn't the sexiest player out there but he fit a need and has progressed nicely so far in his career.
*Michael Crabtree, WR: He held out until October '09 to sign his contract. Kind of a red flag to me. But what about his stats? They are pretty average so far. Granted, Alex Smith hasn't helped out much but I am expecting more from Crabtree. The jury is still out for him yet.
I'm not trying to rip on these players. Some of them have been Most of these guys are still learning the ropes and I wouldn't write them off as busts anytime soon. And I believe that is the case with T-Jax. After next year, if he hasn't shown a lot of improvement, then I will start throwing around the term "bust" a little more.