ESPN's Mark Schlabach is reporting that Georgia's talented duo Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno will both announce their intentions to declare for the 2009 draft. This will further improve the quality at the top of round one, making up for a substandard senior class.
Stafford, a 6'3" 237 lbs quarter back has ideal size and is a potential first overall pick. He set a single season record with 25 touchdowns this year and has the strong arm often coveted by NFL scouts. There are question marks about his decision making, but he's played in a pro-offense and has good mechanics.
Moreno, described at a generous 5'11" 207 lbs scored 32 total touchdowns in just two years with the Bulldogs. He's a triple threat running back, excelling as a pass blocker and receiver out of the backfield to compliment the obligatory running skills. Due to his size some have questioned whether he can be an every down back, but his gutsy style and ability to finish runs belittle his physical qualities. He could gate crash the top end of the draft.
Both prospects have appeared in mock drafts going to Seattle with the fourth overall pick (Stafford here and here, Moreno here). They could be potential selections for 'Hawks GM Tim Ruskell. Nevertheless, their presence increases the general quality of the 2009 draft, a good thing with Seattle selecting so highly.