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BlindSite
08-21-2007, 05:08 AM
I know there's a lot of fluff pieces but occasionally they're accurate.

This year apparently Stanley McClover and Jeff King have been kicking ass around the Panthers camp and McClover's development has lead to him being the number one backup to both Peppers and Rucker.

Jeff king should be the starting tight end on opening day.

Any one else's team have late round picks from the last few years beginning to make some noise?

PACKmanN
08-21-2007, 05:28 AM
Will Blackmon has been shining in ST and as a nickel.
Atari Bigby could become our starting SS.
umm Jarrett Bush worked out with Chad Johnson and looks like he learned alot.

zoinks
08-21-2007, 05:45 AM
Tennessee Titans

CB Cortland Finnegan (7th rd, 2006) - Remember this name....you'll be hearing it a lot. Excellent cover skills, strong in run support, and a bonafide playmaker....all he does is makes plays.

TE Bo Scaife (6th rd. 2005) - Has overtaken Ben Troupe as the #1 TE, and is emerging as the go-to guy for Titans QB's. A faster, more athletic version of former Titans great Frank Wycheck.

RT David Stewart (5th rd. 2005) - assumed the starting role last year, and quickly established himself as a mauler a la Jon Runyan. Without Stewart in the lineup, Travis Henry averaged 2.7 ypc. With Stewart, Henry had 4.5 ypc.

BlindSite
08-21-2007, 05:50 AM
I've heard a lot about Bo Scaife but never actually seen him play, gg australia never getting titan games i suppose.

ShutDwn
08-21-2007, 06:07 AM
Will Blackmon has been shining in ST and as a nickel.
Atari Bigby could become our starting SS.
umm Jarrett Bush worked out with Chad Johnson and looks like he learned alot.

Bush was so close to making the Panthers roster last year. He played very well in preseason.

diabsoule
08-21-2007, 06:20 AM
Tennessee Titans

CB Cortland Finnegan (7th rd, 2006) - Remember this name....you'll be hearing it a lot. Excellent cover skills, strong in run support, and a bonafide playmaker....all he does is makes plays.

TE Bo Scaife (6th rd. 2005) - Has overtaken Ben Troupe as the #1 TE, and is emerging as the go-to guy for Titans QB's. A faster, more athletic version of former Titans great Frank Wycheck.

RT David Stewart (5th rd. 2005) - assumed the starting role last year, and quickly established himself as a mauler a la Jon Runyan. Without Stewart in the lineup, Travis Henry averaged 2.7 ypc. With Stewart, Henry had 4.5 ypc.

I like Cortland Finnegan a lot.

Bills2083
08-21-2007, 06:24 AM
Keith Ellison is making a huge impact. He is our starting WLB.
BTW, he was a 6th round pick last year.


Jason Peters was an UDFA a few years back. Now, he's one of the best Left Tackles in the game

Terrance Pennington was a 7th rounder last year. He started at RT for most of the season

eaglesalltheway
08-21-2007, 06:30 AM
Eagles:
Both of our fifth and sixth round picks this year are impressing a lot. TE Brent Celek may make LJ Smith expendable, and Rashad Barksdale looks to have a promising future on this team somewhere in the secondary, especially considering this is only his second year of football, he only played one year of football in college, and that was it. Hank Baskett, was undrafted last year and seems to be progressing well. DT LaJaun Ramsey will continue to play in the rotation at our D-lines, but he isn't standing out too much. Omar Gaither will eventually start at either WILL or MIKE for our defense, and many Eagle fans have plenty of confidence in him.

Caddy
08-21-2007, 06:32 AM
Considering the Bucs late round picks have historically been poor, there isn't anybody worth noting, unless you count Bruce Gradkowski..

bearfan
08-21-2007, 07:31 AM
Well you know, we have this guy...Mark Anderson. But looking at the past few drafts, no one else but Chris Harris has made an impact.

Addict
08-21-2007, 07:42 AM
by any account, Johnny Baldwin (picked this year) is a player to watch.

Freddy G
08-21-2007, 08:22 AM
Everyone knows the name Leigh Bodden, he was undrafted.

Leon Williams (4th rounder) is going to be a starter somewhere down the line, my guess is by the end of this season.

Simon Fraser is a good role player. Probably not a starter, but definitely a good 3rd DE. Batts down a lot of passes, gets pressure, and had 4.5 sacks last season as a back up. Ala Jarvis Green.

I have always had high hope for David McMillan (5th 2005). Its been a slow transition to LB, but he is super athletic and has really been making an impact this preason and TC. May be our 3rd OLB season and pass rush specialist (which sounds strange on a team with Wimbley and Antwan Peek).

skinzzfan25
08-21-2007, 08:34 AM
Yeah for the Titans Bo Scaife has been freakin awesome. He did well against the Skins and I heard he did well against the Pats too.

For the Redskins, no starters or anybody to be going crazy over. HB Blades though has really came along. He's probably going to be signed to the team and used on special teams. On teams hes usually the first one to the ball.

But the most important thing is that he's literally a carbon copy of London Fletcher. In 2-3 years when London hangs it up, I think we have our new MLB.

neko4
08-21-2007, 08:38 AM
Yeah for the Titans Bo Scaife has been freakin awesome. He did well against the Skins and I heard he did well against the Pats too.

For the Redskins, no starters or anybody to be going crazy over. HB Blades though has really came along. He's probably going to be signed to the team and used on special teams. On teams hes usually the first one to the ball.

But the most important thing is that he's literally a carbon copy of London Fletcher. In 2-3 years when London hangs it up, I think we have our new MLB.

I was expecting HB to shine early, hows that LB from USC doing?

DeathbyStat
08-21-2007, 08:45 AM
William G a Y from Louisville has done some fine work at corner.

BigDawg819
08-21-2007, 09:12 AM
For the Baltimore Ravens:



Day 2 Wrecking Crew!


Prescott Burgess

&

Antwan Barnes

skinzzfan25
08-21-2007, 10:29 AM
I was expecting HB to shine early, hows that LB from USC doing?

I don't think he's even seen the field this preseason. Maybe he's hurt but I haven't heard anything from him.

SeanTaylorRIP
08-21-2007, 10:34 AM
I don't think he's even seen the field this preseason. Maybe he's hurt but I haven't heard anything from him.

Sartz has played some I'm pretty sure, mobile but can't tackle to save his life. Looks more like a SS Archuleta type to me.

I know there's a lot of fluff pieces but occasionally they're accurate.

This year apparently Stanley McClover and Jeff King have been kicking ass around the Panthers camp and McClover's development has lead to him being the number one backup to both Peppers and Rucker.

Jeff king should be the starting tight end on opening day.

Any one else's team have late round picks from the last few years beginning to make some noise?

King is slower than my grandma though.

comahan
08-21-2007, 10:37 AM
Owen Daniels is a stud for Houston.

255979119
08-21-2007, 10:43 AM
Matt Cassell, oh yeah.

PalmerToCJ
08-21-2007, 10:52 AM
Domata Peko was our 4th rounder last year and he's starting at DT this year, granted he really emerged last year though.

Daniel Coats is a UDFA who is doing great thus far in preseason and has the #2 TE spot all but locked.

Marvin White was amazing in the first preseason game, I really hope that he will end up starting by later in the season.

Chinedum Ndukwe was our 2nd 7th rounder this year and they're raving about him in camp. He's a great in the box saftey but he's still got a very long way to go in coverage.

Vikes99ej
08-21-2007, 11:26 AM
Heath Farwell is a good special teams player, and backup to most of the linebacker positions. He was an UDFA for us a few years back.

CC.SD
08-21-2007, 11:28 AM
I know there's a lot of fluff pieces but occasionally they're accurate.

This year apparently Stanley McClover and Jeff King have been kicking ass around the Panthers camp and McClover's development has lead to him being the number one backup to both Peppers and Rucker.

Jeff king should be the starting tight end on opening day.

Any one else's team have late round picks from the last few years beginning to make some noise?

Jeff King is the starting Juggler for the panthers. Seriously, that was some amazing stuff last week.

Philliez01
08-21-2007, 11:35 AM
Colts?:

Antoine Bethea (6th Round-2006) looks to be a bit more "tenacious" this year if that's the correct word. At times last year he was a bit tentative but now you can't go through a play without seeing him making his impact.

Ed Johnson (UDFA-2007) apparently is going to be the starting NT this season. I'm a fan! He gets good burst off the line, and we'll have to see what he can do when the games count.

It's easier for the Colts because so many late rounders end up making an impact. Ben Utecht (UDFA), Ryan Lilja (UDFA), Jake Scott (I know he was Day Two, forgot round), Clifton Dawson (UDFA), Kenton Keith (UDFA), DeDe Dorsey (UDFA), Jim Sorgi (GOAT-6th) it's just what the team does. Some call it cheap but it works.

Smooth Criminal
08-21-2007, 11:47 AM
William G ay has looked good in the preseason games and the coaches love him. Sepulveda has been very good aswell. Dallas Baker has been said to look good in camp but he hasn't done much of anything in the preseason games.

ATLDirtyBirds
08-21-2007, 11:53 AM
Michael Boley bitches.

BuckNaked
08-21-2007, 12:04 PM
Ray Edwards is an animal

Ravens1991
08-21-2007, 12:13 PM
Antwan Barnes and Prescott Burgress will both be future pro bowlers if they stay with the Ravens.

Vikes99ej
08-21-2007, 12:13 PM
Ray Edwards is an animal

I second that. After this season, everyone is going to be riding the Ray Edwards Bandwagon.

T-RICH49
08-21-2007, 12:22 PM
For The Chiefs

Tyrone Brackenridge (UDFA- 2007) has been very imppressive and appears to have the nickelback job locked up

Micheal Allan (7th round - 2007) Has shown great hands and good speed in the preseason.once he gets stronger look out

Jeff Webb (6th Round - 2006) Should see some time at WR and KR has great size and good spped

Chris Hannon (UDFA - 2006) Has been very impressive the most impressive WR for the Chiefs in preseason IMHO like Webb can return kicks and seems to have a spot secured

kmartin575
08-21-2007, 12:24 PM
2006 7th round pick Jarrad Page is going to start at free safety for the Chiefs and is already a ballhawk. He picked off 3 passes last year in the regular season and 1 in the postseason against Peyton Manning. He is as big as a linebacker but has great range.

2007 7th round pick TE Michael Allan could be a future stud. He came from DIII but he dominated at that level. He has 24 touchdowns between the last two seasons. He had a great game this past week and could be a future starter. With a 4.69 40 yard dash he has very solid speed for a tight end. He just needs to improve his blocking because he was rarely asked to block in college.

T-RICH49
08-21-2007, 12:26 PM
2006 7th round pick Jarrad Page is going to start at free safety for the Chiefs and is already a ballhawk. He picked off 3 passes last year in the regular season and 1 in the postseason against Peyton Manning. He is as big as a linebacker but has great range.

2007 7th round pick TE Michael Allan could be a future stud. He came from DIII but he dominated at that level. He has 24 touchdowns between the last two seasons. He had a great game this past week and could be a future starter. With a 4.69 40 yard dash he has very solid speed for a tight end. He just needs to improve his blocking because he was rarely asked to block in college.

dang I forgot Page

Man_Of_Steel
08-21-2007, 01:07 PM
William *** is really playing well and has been by far the best player in the secondary so far in the preseason.

doingthisinsteadofwork
08-21-2007, 01:12 PM
Ryan seems to love Jay Richardson.And he has made some plays.
Oren O'Neil has been doing well to.

diabsoule
08-21-2007, 01:22 PM
William G a Y from Louisville has done some fine work at corner.

He looked very good in the Saints/Steelers game. I liked him a lot as a day two sleeper. It would also help give Pittsburgh some CB depth now that he has started to show what he can do.

zoinks
08-21-2007, 02:57 PM
Almost forgot...one more from the Titans.....

FB Ahmard Hall (UDFA, 2006) - not only is Hall one of the true feelgood stories in the NFL (4 yrs. active duty on the front lines in Afghanistan and Kosovo before attending Texas), he's also a top-tier fullback. "Big Marine" blocks like a Mack truck, and also has excellent receiving and ball-handling skills, and incredible quickness for a fullback.

Rarely does a fullback play well enough to be considered an impact player; Hall not only made an impact, but he did so as a rookie UDFA.....truly remarkable.

Boston
08-21-2007, 03:00 PM
How about the undrafted phenom Cullen Jenkins. Or Johnny Jolly.

619
08-21-2007, 03:21 PM
we all remember the late round steal of marques colston but some ppl forget other lesser known players like keith ellison, pat mcquistan,dave rayner,daven holly and dawan landry who hav made significant impacts as well to their teams

Mr. Stiller
08-21-2007, 04:32 PM
Basically our best late rounders were all UDFA's..

This year William *** looks like he'll be a solid player..

Brett Keisel (7th round, 2002) is our starting RDE/Rover
Clark Haggans( 5th round, 2000) has been our LOLB for 5 years now.
Aaron Smith( 4th round, 1999) Our starting RDE for 7 years now
Jerame Tuman (5th round, 1999) Starting TE for 2 years, solid #2.

Not to mention UDFA's:

Jason Capizzi ~ 2007~ IUP
Gary Russell ~ 2007 ~ Minn
Arnold Harrison ~ 2005 ~ Georgia
Nate Washington ~ 2005 ~ Tiffin
Willie Parker ~ 2004 ~ UNC
James Harrison ~ 2002 ~ Kent State
Dan Kreider ~ 1999 ~ New Hampshire
Clint Kreidwaldt ~ 1998 ~Wisconsin - Stevens point

TimD
08-21-2007, 04:37 PM
Jason Peters was an UDFA a few years back. Now, he's one of the best Left Tackles in the game

he's good but i wouldn't say one of the best in the game...

Xenos
08-21-2007, 04:42 PM
San Diego:

UFA Kris Dielman is going to the pro bowl this year. He's going to be one of the best guards in the NFL barring injuries.
2007 5th round pick Legedu Nannee has a lot of potential. He's the ultimate utility guy at the moment.
UFA Malcolm Floyd is going to be a very good receiver if he can stay healthy. That's really the only knock on him.
2003 5th rounder Matt Wilhelm is going to be better than Donnie Edwards. He will be as good if not better than Donnie in pass coverage, but he won't be the liability in the run that Donnie was.

BigDawg819
08-21-2007, 04:45 PM
Oh we're including the whole roster. Ok:

LG Jason Brown - 4th round pick
WR Demetrius Williams - 4th round pick
S Dawan Landry - 5th round pick
P Sam Koch - 6th round pick
NT Kelly Gregg - UDFA
MLB Bart Scott - UDFA
C Mike Flynn - UDFA
T Jared Gaither - 5th round supplemental pick
LB Antwan Barnes - 4th round pick
LB Prescott Burgess - 7th round pick


I could go on to others both on the team and starting on other teams, but I digress.

keylime_5
08-21-2007, 05:14 PM
I thought this thread was about guys who haven't emerged yet but are doing so now, not guys who have already proven themselves good that were late round picks. Oh well, what's the difference

CARDIAC CAT 7
08-21-2007, 06:05 PM
I follow three teams very closely thanks to Tivo and NFL Network.
Packers:
Korey Hall , ST/FB/LB- Is a special teams beast, hes always around the ball.
Carlyle Holiday , WR- Converted QB from Notre Dame, starting to get the hang of the playing Wideout.
Junius Coston , RT- Found his confort zone at Right Tackle has been dominating (this is against 2nd team defense though).
Will Blackmon , KR/CB- Healthy now, great KR and is going to be the 4th String CB.
Jarrett Bush , CB- has been going up against 1st String Recievers and has done REALLY WELL, going to be nickel CB.
Atari Bigby , SS- Seems like he knows the defensive scheme better than Manuel and makes plays, most likely going to get the starting nod.
Jaguars:
Greg Estandia, TE- 6'8"!!! Havent seen him drop that much, gives good effort when blocking.
John Broussard, WR- Very Shifty and Great Hands, is currently battling for a starting job with Matt Jones, and Reggie Williams.
Tony McDaniel, DT/DE - Pure Run-Stuffer with pass rush capability, got hurt though :( , hopefully hes OK.
Jammal Fudge, S- Has a knack for finding the ball and laying down big hits.
Cardinals:
Shane Boyd, QB- Can really launch the ball and has Donovan McNabb like scrambling ability.
Tim Castille, FB/RB- Just a straight bruiser, will try to run over anyone either blocking or carrying, hes going to make the team.
Ben Patrick, TE- Makes some amazing catches but hasn't quite yet grasped the offense, so hes been limited.
Lyle Sendline, C- Hes going to take Leckey spot as backup Center and can back up at both G spots, Could become the Cards starter at Center during the season, depends on Al Johnson's play.
Elton Brown- LOST 40 POUNDS!!! Looks like how he did in college the only problem is Deuce Lutui is playing much better and lost 30 lbs. himself.
Antonio Smith- Looks comfortable and is very athletic, will fit in nice for Okeafor
Gabe Watson- Lost ALMOST 50 POUNDS!!! Much quicker, and feels the pressure from Alan Branch on him for that starting job at NT.
Poga Togafau- Small Prospect, Small Size, Big Effort. Great Special teams player and is going to take someones roster spot.

Nitschke-Hawk
08-21-2007, 06:21 PM
It's amazing how many good veteran players on the Packers roster are 2nd day picks, and there's more that are relatively unknown players nationally. As well as young players who definitely have a future with the team. All of these guys will make contributions to the team this year barring injury and they'll get significant playing time.

Well known Veterans: Donald Driver-7th, Mark Tauscher-7th, Aaron Kampman-5th, Al Harris-5th, Kabeer Gbaja Biamila-5th.

Ascending Veterans, players just getting into their prime:

DT Corey Williams-6th. Pass rushing DT, can also play End. A quick play maker type of lineman. He's in his contract year, he will be watched closely by other teams in case he makes it to the free agent market. He can play End and Tackle in a 4-3 and he has the body and athletic ability necessary to play end in a 3-4, of course it comes down to whether he could play it effectively or not, but my point is to show you his versatility.

DE Cullen Jenkins-Undrafted. Big 300 pound Defensive End that plays tackle on passing downs. Took Kabeer Gbaja Biamila's starting spot last season. Just keeps getting better all the time. Was going to be a restricted free agent but the Packers re-signed him before they even seriously thought about putting a draft pick tender offer on him. A break out year type of candidate similar to Aaron Kampman after he got his contract extension. Brother of Panthers DT Kris Jenkins.

OC Scott Wells-7th. A bit undersized Center, but athletic, good leader, smart, good fit for the Zone Blocking scheme. Was going to be a restricted free agent this offseason like Cullen Jenkins, but was re-signed during the regular season.

SLB Brady Poppinga-4th. Might be the most intense guy on the team. Hard hitter, about 6'3" 250, good pass rusher and blitzer, much better in coverage than he used to be, could improve his tackling a significant amount. After missing almost the entire 05 rookie season due to an ACL tear, he came back last season and struggled in coverage until late in the season. He has consistently got better, whenever he made a mistake us Packer fans would see it and talk about it, so we know he was prone to mistakes in coverage. But ever since the New England game last season where he got lit up pretty bad I can't remember him making any big time errors. There has been zero talk about mistakes with him all off season and this pre season. Played Defensive End 3 years at BYU then moved to linebacker his Senior year, going into his 3rd season actually being able to play linebacker. So for all the flack he got in the past, I think it's a great story and amazing how much better he has gotten. Barring a catastrophic decline his starting spot was locked up months ago.

Young guys with two or less years:

CB/Returner Will Blackmon-4th. After having basically a red shirt injury season in his rookie year. Blackmon has come on strong this camp showing his play making ability mainly at returner in camp and in games. 1st game against the Steelers he had a big yardage return that was called back due to one those holding penalties that really didn't affect the play. In the 2nd game, against Seattle he had a kickoff return that he would have scored on if he wasn't horse collared to the ground. I believe it was 83 yards. 2 plays later the offense scored a TD. He will be in rotation at cornerback also. The 3rd cb spot is still up for grabs but....

CB Jarrett Bush-Undrafted, is now in the driver's seat after nearly having 4 interceptions against the Seahawks. He ended up with 2. The 1st attempt he was just a split second late jumping in front of the receiver in the flat, and the last attempt he dropped, the two in between were caught. 1 where it was thrown right to him, the other he made a play on the ball. A smaller corner with good instincts. It seems Charles Woodson has rubbed off on him a bit, picking up on his style of play. He'd be a good fit covering the smaller 3rd or 4th receivers on other teams.

FB Brandon Miree-7th. Saw the majority of the playing time at Full Back last season after veteran William Henderson was deemed to be nearing the end and never a good fit for the Zone Blocking Scheme. He played pretty decent by most accounts and continually got better. He was injured earlier in camp (stinger, leg) and has came back in the last couple of days. In all likelihood he will start all season barring injury. Good receiver and good athlete for a Full Back, his blocking improves all the time.

FB/ST Korey Hall-6th. I'm amazed at how little attention Korey Hall has gotten. He played linebacker at Boise State and was a special teams demon and I have already seen that. By my count had at least 3 special teams tackles against Seattle and was there by the ball carrier almost every other time if he didn't make the tackle. His play at Full Back has been a pleasant surprise. Normally I don't get up in arms like some fans but I definitely questioned why the team would move him to Full Back. He has been starting in place of Brandon Miree. Considering he's a rookie 6th round draft pick, played Linebacker in college, and is moving to Full Back, he is playing unbelievably well.

K Mason Crosby-6th. At the very least he has given some amazing competition to Dave Rayner. Crosby struggled early but it's been neck and neck the last couple weeks. I just have this feeling he's gonna win the starting gig.

DT Johnny Jolly-6th. After having very little time in the Defensive Tackle rotation last year he has been getting a lot of praise by the front office people and coaching staff. Right now, he's the first Defensive Tackle in substitutions. He definitely looks like the low to the ground elite nose tackles in the league and it seems his potential is very good. He's been extremely disruptive in games so far. He's been next to Ryan Pickett on run downs sometimes and man do they look and are tough to block. 660 pounds of run stoppage right there and they're playing really well. Hell all the defensive tackles are.

CB Patrick Dendy-Undrafted. When Ahmad Carroll was released after the Eagles game last season, Dendy became the nickelback the majority of the time. He was a huge upgrade over Carroll. I'm confident he'll be on the team and in the rotation. He's the type of guy that when he's doing things right you don't really notice it but you notice when he gets beat (which is a natural observation, lol.). But what I mean is he's a quiet, solid player, he won't knock your socks off but he's serviceable at the very least.

SS Atari Bigby-Undrafted. He has become the story of camp with the starting Strong Safety spot up for grabs after a poor season from Marquand Manuel, the free agent signing of a year ago. He had been creating a buzz as the likely candidate to replace Manuel because of a very impressive camp and off season. After having a disappointing opening game against the Steelers where he missed two tackles and was falsely thought by viewers as the one who made a few big coverage errors (it was actually Jarrett Bush, Will Blackmon, and Marviel Underwood who assumed responsibility) that possibility was almost derailed.

Mike McCarthy chose to not waver on his belief in Bigby and gave him increased playing time in preparation for Seattle. He didn't start but he replaced Manuel before during the first half. He showed excellent instincts and outstanding blitzing ability for a safety. He blitzed Seneca Wallace on a roll out play and Wallace threw the ball away a split second before being hit to avoid the sack. The next two times he wasn't as lucky. Bigby came down from safety and lined up in front of the strong side slot receiver, linebacker Tracy White blitzed from the edge, Bigby blitzes right behind him and a semi-open lane to Wallace is created. He jumps to try to block a possible attempted pass but Wallace never started his throwing motion and Bigby hit him up high knocking the ball loose. It was picked up and returned for a TD. The next sack Bigby came from the weak side off the edge, got in front of the Full Back that AJ Hawk owned earlier in the game and jumped over him landing up high on the Quarterback's body to bring him down for the sack. A huge athletic and instinctive upgrade over Manuel.

He has since been inserted in the starting lineup and barring any major errors he will be the opening day starter. Even if he made the same amount of coverage errors that Manuel did last season I'd still want Bigby to be the regular season starter because he will make way more good impact plays.

rchrd
08-21-2007, 06:22 PM
I second that. After this season, everyone is going to be riding the Ray Edwards Bandwagon.

It's the truth, i'll also put my man love hat back on for UDFA Devonte Edwards.

JagHombre22
08-21-2007, 06:26 PM
I'll throw in some more jag picks...

Bobby McCray-DE-7th rd.-has had 20 sacks in the past three seasons

Gerald Sensabaugh-SS-was a fifth round pick, currently has the starting spot...played extremely well when being in for Donovan Darius...which was 15 games over the past two seasons

Scott Starks-CB-I know he was a third round pick and that may not qualify him for this list, but I'll list him anyways...probably one of the best nickel backs in the league...would be the number two CB on any other team...

Montell Owens-RB/SS/ST-quickly has emerged as a top special teamer in the league...purely a ST player, he had 8 ST tackles in a game last year...(UFRA)

stl9erfan
08-21-2007, 06:33 PM
This year for the 49ers it sounds like 5th round CB Tarrell Brown will be a pretty significant contributor on passing downs.

Previous years:

TE Delanie Walker was a 6th rounder last year and is quite possibly the team's 4th best receiver and could see a lot of action in 2 TE sets

Starting C Eric Heitmann has done an excellent job of late and was a 7th round pick out of Stanford

Starting WR Arnaz Battle was a 6th round pick out of Notre Dame

LB Brandon Moore (recently unseated as a starter by Patrick Willis) was originally signed as a UFA and led the 9ers in tackles last year

Melvin Oliver was another 6th round pick last year who earned a starting role as a DE when the team was forced to transition to a 4-3 defense

neko4
08-21-2007, 06:39 PM
It's amazing how many good veteran players on the Packers roster are 2nd day picks, and there's more that are relatively unknown players nationally. As well as young players who definitely have a future with the team. All of these guys will make contributions to the team this year barring injury and they'll get significant playing time.



Left out Ruvell and Holiday!

TitanHope
08-21-2007, 07:03 PM
Zoinks kinda ruined the fun for us other Titans fans... :(

But, one he did not list was our Guard Jacob Bell, 5th Round pick. Bell has been a solid player for a while, but after Zach Piller was injured last season, Bell stepped in and was an immediate upgrade. And now that Piller was cut this offseason, Bell will become the starter at LG and will be an intrical cog in our future OL.

Another player could be DT/DE Tony Brown, a 6'1", 280 pound beast of burden! Home grown in good ole Chattanooga, Tennessee! He's an UDFA that was eventually picked up by San Fran, but has since come to Tennessee. He filled in for Haynesworth during his suspension, and held his own by making plays, even scoring a defensive TD. He also plays DE, and adds depth there. Since Robaire Smith left in FA, the DT spot next to Al has opened up and Brown has all but won the starting spot.

Aside from those two and the ones Zoinks mention, all the other 2nd day picks we have on roster have either hit their roof and are well known, or aren't starting.

joercky
08-21-2007, 07:22 PM
Michael Gainses- Probably going to end up starting in Carolina at tight end.
Nick Goings- Valuble back off the bench.
Jake Delomme- UNFA
Nate Salley- Projected starter was a 4th round pick a year ago.
Cleo Lemon-UNFA is Trent Green's backup.

jsagan77
08-21-2007, 07:27 PM
For the Skins,

HB Blades is tearing it up as is last years 6th rounder Kedric Golston, he will start at DT this year.

TimD
08-21-2007, 07:34 PM
Jets

Jerricho Cotchery - 4th Round 2004
-breakout season last year
-900+ yards 6 tds
-good special teamer before last year
Kerry Rhodes - 4th Round 2005
-past 2 seasons 90+ tackles
-5 sacks, 4 picks last year, & 3 forced fumbles
-should have been a probowler
-on SI's all NFL team
Leon Washington - 4th Round 2006
-amazing screen pass in week 16 vs. miami to set up winning field goal
-900+ total yards on a RB-by-committee team
Eric Coleman - 5th Round 2004
-3 straight seasons of 100+ tackles

Next Up:
Chansi Stuckey - 7th Round 2007

CC.SD
08-21-2007, 09:54 PM
San Diego:

UFA Kris Dielman is going to the pro bowl this year. He's going to be one of the best guards in the NFL barring injuries.
2007 5th round pick Legedu Nannee has a lot of potential. He's the ultimate utility guy at the moment.
UFA Malcolm Floyd is going to be a very good receiver if he can stay healthy. That's really the only knock on him.
2003 5th rounder Matt Wilhelm is going to be better than Donnie Edwards. He will be as good if not better than Donnie in pass coverage, but he won't be the liability in the run that Donnie was.


I think Wilhelm was a 4th. Don't forget Gates, he was undrafted. Olivea was a 7th rounder. Michael Turner was a fifth and he'll be a franchise back next year.

KILLERSANTA
08-21-2007, 09:59 PM
Patrick Crayton

Nitschke-Hawk
08-22-2007, 12:06 PM
Left out Ruvell and Holiday!

Yeah they're playing really well too, it's just they'll most likely be 4th and 5th receivers and I had to leave for class.

WR Ruvell Martin-Undrafted. The tallest receiver on the roster, everything I've seen on TV and in person at camp tell mes his hands have improved he's caught just about everything thrown to him, whereas he was inconsistent last year regarding the cohesiveness with the QB. For what it's worth I read an article a couple days ago that said when they do the muscle, fat, body scan things Martin has had the most improvement every time.

WR Carlyle Holiday-Undrafted. Seems to be a very smart player. Acquired from the Cardinals during last season and made contributions right away. Played QB in college at Notre Dame and looks to have a good chemistry with whoever is throwing to him as a result.

Martin and Holiday will probably battle for playing time as the 4th receiver well into the season.

Shiver
08-22-2007, 01:06 PM
Our starting outside linebackers are both late round steals: Demorrio Williams and Michael Boley.

Don Vito
08-22-2007, 01:17 PM
Patriots-RT Ryan O'Callaghan, DT Mike Wright, and CB Randall ***.

O'Callaghan looked solid as a rookie out of Cal last season until his season cut short due to injury. He looked great at run blocking with suprisingly good pass blocking skills. He is a monster and a pretty good athlete. Wright had a solid rookie year as a UDFA out of Cincinatti, making a lot of big plays mainly on special teams. He should see more reps at NT and possibly DE in 2007. Randall *** was a UDFA out of LSU a few years back who has looked solid when on the field, but he has been sidelined due to injury for the majority of his career. He looks like he is the nickel guy if Asante comes back. If Asante bolts, *** could be a starter if he stays healthy.

myinnerself
08-22-2007, 03:11 PM
I think Wilhelm was a 4th. Don't forget Gates, he was undrafted. Olivea was a 7th rounder. Michael Turner was a fifth and he'll be a franchise back next year.

Stephen Cooper too was a UDFA.

TimD
08-22-2007, 03:45 PM
why did people add stuff about guys who are battling for the FOURTH wide receiver spot... its players who are beginning to emerge, not beginning their careers... it should be guys who just had a breakout season, have had a few good years, or showed stuff last year that indicates they will do well... just my opinion...

jkpigskin
08-22-2007, 03:45 PM
Oh we're including the whole roster. Ok:

LG Jason Brown - 4th round pick
WR Demetrius Williams - 4th round pick
S Dawan Landry - 5th round pick
P Sam Koch - 6th round pick
NT Kelly Gregg - UDFA
MLB Bart Scott - UDFA
C Mike Flynn - UDFA
T Jared Gaither - 5th round supplemental pick
LB Antwan Barnes - 4th round pick
LB Prescott Burgess - 7th round pick


I could go on to others both on the team and starting on other teams, but I digress.

goood stuff
love our guys from this year, gaither, barnes and burgess

ShutDwn
08-22-2007, 04:30 PM
why did people add stuff about guys who are battling for the FOURTH wide receiver spot... its players who are beginning to emerge, not beginning their careers... it should be guys who just had a breakout season, have had a few good years, or showed stuff last year that indicates they will do well... just my opinion...

No, breakout is a lot different from beginning to emerge.

Jeff King was a late round pick who caught one pass last year, he is beginning to emerge because he is going to be the starter. Stanley McClover was a 7th round pick who will be possibly starting and is looking great for the future.

You aren't emerging if you broke out, that makes no sense.

megansett56BC
08-22-2007, 04:34 PM
for the pats also keep an eye on pierre woods (udfa-06) and james sanders (4th-05)... belichick has had a lot of praise for sanders this preseason and he's the top backup at FS and SS and plays a lot of ST. woods is the top backup at OLB right now unless they shuffle somebody out of the ILB rotation.

also, eric alexander (udfa-04) started the AFC championship game and played well against the run but struggled in coverage a little.

and don't forget dan koppen (5th-03) who has become one of the most underrated players on the team period.

TimD
08-22-2007, 04:41 PM
and don't forget dan koppen (5th-03) who has become one of the most underrated players on the team period.


i wouldn't say a 3rd round pick is a late round...

Caddy
08-22-2007, 04:49 PM
i wouldn't say a 3rd round pick is a late round...

Doesn't it mean 5th round pick in 2003?

skinzzfan25
08-22-2007, 05:20 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot about a guy for the Skins :P

Stephon Heyer T UDFA University of Maryland

When Samuels went down in training camp with an injury for the whole preseason, Heyer has has been literally thrown into the fire. He's gone against 1st team defenses and has held his own in individual battles. He looked good in the Pittsburgh game, except that play where Campbell got hurt when he half bit on a stunt. Other than that he's preformed very well. At worst I think he turns into just some depth, but as for filling a pro bowler's shoes, he's done alright.

Dam8610
08-22-2007, 05:49 PM
Colts?:

Antoine Bethea (6th Round-2006) looks to be a bit more "tenacious" this year if that's the correct word. At times last year he was a bit tentative but now you can't go through a play without seeing him making his impact.

Ed Johnson (UDFA-2007) apparently is going to be the starting NT this season. I'm a fan! He gets good burst off the line, and we'll have to see what he can do when the games count.

It's easier for the Colts because so many late rounders end up making an impact. Ben Utecht (UDFA), Ryan Lilja (UDFA), Jake Scott (I know he was Day Two, forgot round), Clifton Dawson (UDFA), Kenton Keith (UDFA), DeDe Dorsey (UDFA), Jim Sorgi (GOAT-6th) it's just what the team does. Some call it cheap but it works.

You forgot about Pro Bowl C Jeff Saturday, a waiver pickup from the Ravens.

themaninblack
08-22-2007, 06:25 PM
a few more bengals of note:
Eric Henderson- was an UDFA out of GT last year as a DE and has been moved to OLB. Thus far he has been very impressive not only rushing the passer but dropping back into coverage. He was pretty much a lock for making the roster and being in our LB rotation this year but he just broke his wrist.

As previously stated Chinedum Ndukwe and Marvin White have both been impressive as was Kenny Irons though he is out for the year along with Henderson but he tore his ACL.

jbeans187
08-22-2007, 07:41 PM
I love how g a y is blanked out. But for the Rams i see Claude Wroten

Eagles own the NFC East
08-22-2007, 09:25 PM
I know there's a lot of fluff pieces but occasionally they're accurate.

This year apparently Stanley McClover and Jeff King have been kicking ass around the Panthers camp and McClover's development has lead to him being the number one backup to both Peppers and Rucker.

Jeff king should be the starting tight end on opening day.

Any one else's team have late round picks from the last few years beginning to make some noise?

I thought Rucker was cut?