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2009 fifth-rounders get deep-sixed at surprising pace

To help build interest in the late rounds of every draft, the NFL points out that the Patriots found quarterback Tom Brady in round six.

In the future, the league probably shouldn’t mention as each selection process approaches the fate of the fifth round of the 2009 draft.

Tipped off by a league source to the high rate of failure from round five a year ago, we pulled up the full list and checked the website of each team.  By our count, 18 of the fifth-round selections currently aren’t on the 53-man roster or injured reserve list for the teams that picked them.

That leaves only 19 (including five supplemental picks) who are on either the roster or IR.

Gone from the rosters are Falcons defensive back William Middleton (No. 138 overall), Chiefs tackle Cody Brown (No. 139), Cowboys defensive back DeAngelo Smith (No. 143), Bills linebacker Nic Harris (No. 147), Ravens tight end Davon Drew (No. 149), Giants quarterback Rhett Bomar (No. 151), Eagles tight end Cornelius Ingram (No. 153), Bears linebacker Marcus Freeman (No. 154), Buccaneers tackle Xavier Fulton (No. 155), Eagles defensive back Macho Harris (No. 157), Redskins linebacker Cody Glenn (No. 158), Eagles tackle Fenuki Tupou (No. 159), Rams receiver Brooks Foster (No. 160), Packers tackle Jamon Meredith (No. 162), Cardinals guard Herman Johnson (No. 167), Steelers defensive back Joe Burnett (No. 168), Steelers running back Frank Summers (No. 169), and Patriots tackle George Bussey (No. 170).

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18 Responses to “2009 fifth-rounders get deep-sixed at surprising pace”
  1. synthapse says: Sep 5, 2010 8:26 PM

    A correction: Nic Harris (Bills selection No.147) is currently on a 53 man roster, for the Panthers. He got dumped by Buffalo once they switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

  2. Jagmankane says: Sep 5, 2010 8:26 PM

    nice… take my comment, make the change, and don’t even post my comment or give me credit for the find. Dbag. :)

  3. Deb says: Sep 5, 2010 8:37 PM

    Half still have jobs, but it emphasizes my point that there’s not enough solid professional-caliber talent to start fielding teams in the U.K., Mexico, Canada, and Europe. As it stands now, we don’t have enough QB talent to lead the 32 American teams. These other countries don’t have Pop Warner, Junior High, High School, and NCAA teams to serve as the farm league for NFL football abroad. The talent would have to come from the United States. Sure, it would mean pro-football employment for more college players–if they wanted to relocate north, south, or “across the pond.” But it also would mean the quality of our professional football product would be significantly diluted.

  4. comment_submission_error says: Sep 5, 2010 8:40 PM

    Add Oakland to that list. They traded their 5th to Atlanta in the DeAngelo Hall debacle. Dallas ended up with the pick and took DeAngelo Smith. It was a bad year for DeAngelo’s.

  5. dudeustupid says: Sep 5, 2010 8:40 PM

    Correction* Chiefs tackle COLIN Brown (No. 139)……….not that it really matters anyway lol

  6. Wonderlicker says: Sep 5, 2010 8:41 PM

    “Only” nineteen? That’s about sixty percent – sounds reasonable for the fifth round, considering that at least 32 guys are picked per round – 128 before the first guy is picked in the fifth round.

  7. NotMacho Harris says: Sep 5, 2010 8:48 PM

    Meredith was signed by the Bills off the Packers practice squad last year.

  8. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Sep 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    How about some context? That stat is completely useless on its own. What fraction of 5th rounders typically are still with the team after the cut to 53 the following year?

  9. smashmouth football says: Sep 5, 2010 9:51 PM

    You need to account for the players on their original teams’ practice squads. I think Davon Drew might have been placed on the Ravens’ practice squad, for example. In any case, a few teams probably haven’t given up on their picks yet.

  10. philgrek says: Sep 5, 2010 10:27 PM

    So many worthless names!! What a waste of a read

  11. RavensRugbyBeer says: Sep 5, 2010 10:40 PM

    What a bust of a round……
    Ravens Davon Drew is on the practice squad. He is lousy, and won’t ever be a memorable player in the league, but he’s collecting an NFL paycheck while I eat Doritos.

  12. Bees Knees says: Sep 5, 2010 10:49 PM

    Actually, Jamon Meredith is a backup on the Bills, but can’t really blame you for not knowing that.

  13. supercolt says: Sep 5, 2010 11:56 PM

    Actually Cody Glenn is on the Colts roster as a backup to Gary Brackett. You may want to check and see how many of these players are truly active in the league before you assume they are deep sixed.

  14. Sow Crates says: Sep 6, 2010 1:56 AM

    Johnny Knox looks like an early favorite for the best pick of round 5. That’s one round Angelo’s won in the last half-decade

  15. jtm1023 says: Sep 6, 2010 8:26 AM

    Figures none of you guys noticed that the article stated that none of these guys are on the rosters for the TEAM THAT PICKED THEM. Just keep running your traps!!

  16. KM91 says: Sep 6, 2010 8:56 AM

    William Middleton is the main guy in the slot for the Jaguars. He’s been excellent at special teams coverage too.

  17. toadsox says: Sep 6, 2010 9:56 AM

    Raiders actually had another 5th rounder, Walter McFadden (db), who has made the 53 man roster

  18. palewook says: Sep 6, 2010 10:01 AM

    if draft picks don’t work out, its best to cut them sooner than later. unless you are the jags or bengals, then you keep em on your roster for years to come..

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