5 players from the 2009 NFL scouting combine who washed out in their rookie season:
1. OT Andre Smith, Bengals
The flabby, 340-pound Smith got off on the wrong foot at the combine when he left Indianapolis on the day offensive linemen were tested – without telling anyone. Still, the Bengals overlooked his questionable work ethic and invested the sixth overall pick in Smith. Next came a long holdout that lasted until Aug. 30. And two days after that, he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. So, Smith didn't get on the field until November and played in only six games. He was the perfect Cincinnati draft choice.
2. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
Once the former Maryland playmaker ran the best 40-yard dash at the combine, he was destined for Oakland with the seventh pick, and that wasn't good. Heyward-Bey is a raw receiver who needed to go to a stable organization with a competent quarterback and good coaching. He got none of that in Oakland. So, he dropped passes, took the heat and missed the last five games with a foot injury. Heyward-Bey's totals: 9 catches, 124 yards and one touchdown in 11 games.
3. DE Aaron Maybin, Bills
There were concerns at the combine about whether Maybin could play as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, and he tried to alleviate those by gaining weight after the season. The Bills believed he could and took him with the 11th pick, ahead of Brian Orapko and Brian Cushing. A lengthy holdout and a limited role in the Bills' 4-3 defense produced meager results. According to the Buffalo News, Maybin averaged just 14 snaps a game. Over 16 games, he had 18 tackles, one forced fumble and no sacks. Under the new regime in Buffalo, Maybin will move to outside linebacker in the 3-4, and that will afford him the best chance to be an impact player in the NFL.
4. OLB Robert Ayers, Broncos
The 18th pick in the first round, Ayers contributed minimally to the Broncos' rejuvenated defense this season. He played in 15 games with one start. He had 19 tackles, two passes defensed and no sacks. He was a liability on special teams, too. He earned a $5,000 fine from the league for a major face-mask penalty on the Redskins' Santana Moss.
5. WR Brian Robiskie, Browns
Robiskie had size (6-3, 209) but not speed coming out of Ohio State, and that combination caused him to fall to the top of the second round to the Browns. In a season when the Browns lost Donte' Stallworth, traded Braylon Edwards and had major issues at receiver, Robiskie couldn't get on the field. He played in 11 games, starting one, and was inactive in four more. Four of his seven catches for the season came in one game, a Week 13 loss to the Chargers.