A quick look at the Seattle Seahawks' 2009 draft class ...
Best pick so far: Deon Butler has 27 receptions for 274 yards and three touchdowns this season. He has been inconsistent, particularly of late, but coach Pete Carroll said no player improved as much during the offseason. Butler has started seven games and made a few big plays, including scoring grabs of 13, 22 and 63 yards in Seattle victories.
Second-guessing: Aaron Curry was widely considered the "safest" pick in the 2009 draft when Seattle selected him over quarterback Mark Sanchez, who went one spot later to the New York Jets. Curry became a starter right away, but the Seahawks aren't getting the production a team would expect from a high draft choice. Curry has occasionally appeared close to turning a corner. Something isn't quite right, however. The St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson said early on that Curry needed to learn how to be a pro. Was he right? Curry periodically hints at dissatisfaction over his role. He seems eager to celebrate the routine play -- witness him screaming at Kansas City's sideline last week -- without making enough big ones. He's an enigma.
Key variable: Curry merits a mention in this spot. To avoid redundancy, though, let's consider second-round choice Max Unger. Unger is the leading candidate to start at center next season. The Seahawks haven't had a strong leader in the middle of their line since Robbie Tobeck retired. Can Unger become that type of player? He's on injured reserve with a toe injury now.