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Old 03-08-2007, 01:43 AM    (permalink
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1. Oakland Raiders - JaMarcus Russell (QB, Louisiana State)
Russell seems to be a lock as the first overall pick, barring any unforseen circumstances. The team is in real need of a quarterback, especially after releasing Aaron Brooks, and Russell has the strong arm that Al Davis covets. There is a small chance that Calvin Johnson could be the dark horse here.

2. Detroit Lions - Jamaal Anderson (DE, Arkansas)
The Lions acquired Dwayne White via free agency, but he alone cannot solve their problems with the pass rush, after all he had only 5.0 sacks last year. Joe Thomas is a strong possibility here, but with the recent aquistion of George Foster it seems less likely. Additionally, Rod Marinelli is a defensive minded coach.

3. Cleveland Browns - Adrian Peterson (RB, Oklahoma)
Romeo Crennel needs to show some real improvement this season for the sake of his job so he'll look to get a player who can contribute immediately like Peterson. Adrian left little doubt that he is a complete back after his 4.40 40 yard dash at the combine and is easily the top back available. The Browns may also considering Brady Quinn.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Calvin Johnson (WR, Georgia Tech)
Wide receiver is more of a need for the Buccaneers than it seems. Joey Galloway is rapidly approaching retirement and Michael Clayton has been very inconsistent after a promising rookie season. Moreover, Johnson is simply the best prospect in the draft and appears to be a bound for NFL greatness.

5. Arizona Cardinals - Joe Thomas (OT, Wisconsin)
The Cardinals would love for Joe Thomas to fall to them at this pick. After losing Leonard Davis, the Arizona line could be even worse in 2007 than it was during the 2006 season, unless action is taken. Thomas appears to be everything a team would want in a franchise left tackle. If he does not make it this far, the Cards will undoubtly go defensive line.

6. Washington Redskins - Gaines Adams (DE, Clemson)
The Redskins were only able to record a league low 19.0 sacks in 2006, leading to many of their problems in the pass defense. Adams is probably the best pure pass rusher in the draft and has certainly established himself as a top ten selection after displaying 4.64 speed during the combine.

7. Minnesota Vikings - Leon Hall (CB, Michigan)
The Vikings were tied with the Bengals for the worst pass defense in the NFL during 2006 . On top of that, Fred Smoot is now a Redskin again. Hall established himself as the draft's top corner prospect during the combine and pairing him with Antoine Winfield would undoubtedly drastically improve the Vikings' pass defense.

8. Houston Texans - LaRon Landry (S, Louisiana State)
After landing Ahman Green through free agency, the Texan's glaring weakness becomes the safety position, where they are weak at both strong and free safety. Landry is not only one of the best safety prospects, being able to play free or strong, but also one of the best prospects overall.

9. Miami Dolphins - Brady Quinn (QB, Notre Dame)
Although the Dolphins expect to have a healthy Daunte Culpepper on the field this coming season, there is still great need to some insurance, especially with Joey Harrington gone. Culpepper has missed the better part of two seasons and when he has been on the field he has been plagued by inconsistency and turnovers, something which could continue.

10. Atlanta Falcons - Amobi Okeye (DT, Louisville)
With the way the draft appears to be shaking out, the Falcons will likely not be able to land Landry or a top defensive end without trading up, so if they choose to stay put they'll like get a shot at Okeye. He is a very interesting prospect considering he is only 19 years old, meaning that his potential is absolutely through the roof.

11. San Francisco 49ers - Ted Ginn Jr. (WR, Ohio State)
The 49ers got rid of a problem with Antonio Bryant, but they also got rid of their best wide receiver. Ginn is certainly not the most polished wideout in the draft, but he is second to no one in speed and potential. He'll contribute not only as a big play guy, but also as a premeir return man on special teams.

12. Buffalo Bills - Alan Branch (DT, Michigan)
The Bills drafted John McCargo in the first round last year, however their work at the defensive tackle position is not done. McCargo is a smaller tackle and pairing him with a big body guy like Branch will make a great complimentary duo with Branch specializing against the run and McCargo the pass.

13. St. Louis Rams - Adam Carriker (DE, Nebraska)
Carriker has everything a scout would want to see in a defensive line prospect. A 6'6 296 lbs. he is certainly big enough to play all along the line and with 4.90 speed he has the speed to do so as well. He showed this quality by dominating as both a defensive end and a defensive tackle during Senior Bowl practices.

14. Carolina Panthers - Levi Brown (OT, Penn State)
The Panthers' bread and butter is the run and last year they were unable to do that, partly do to injuries in the backfield and partly do to injuries and poor play along the offensive line. Levi Brown would put to rest any uncertainty at right tackle. With Keyshawn threatening retirement this season don't be surprised if Carolina opts to go wide out here either.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Patrick Willis (LB, Mississippi)
After releasing Joey Porter, the Steelers are going to be looking for a guy who can replace him, but who can also play in the Cover 2 scheme Mike Tomlin will eventually install. Willis would fight both rolls because he has the size and speed to replace Porter and be the leader of the linebacker core once the Cover 2 is in place.

16. Green Bay Packers - Marshawn Lynch (RB, California)
Ahamn Green is officially out of town now so it is someone else's time in Green Bay. The problem with that is there is no one currently on Green Bay's roster that can carry the load for an entire season and be very effective. Despite the need for a back, however, with so many great wideouts on the board don't be surprised if Green Bay looks that way.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars - Lawrence Timmons (LB, Florida State)
Jacksonville is set in the middle with Mike Peterson and at strong side linebacker Clint Ingram showed some promise, but they are very weak at weak side linebacker. Timmons is very athletic and plays much faster than he times. He is perfectly suit to play the weak linebacker roll in a conventional 4-3 defense.

18. Cincinnati Bengals - Darrell Revis (CB, Pittsburgh)
Despite going with Jonathan Joseph last year in the first round, the Bengals were still the worst pass defense in the league in 2006. Revis would give them another bright youngster at corner who they'll hopefully develop in enough time to make an impact during 2007.

19. Tennessee Titans - Dwayne Bowe (WR, Louisiana State)
One of the Tennessee Titans goals this off season has to be to find a young wide receiver to pair with Vince Young, especially with Drew Bennett cashing in on free agency and going to St. Louis. Dwayne Bowe really made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl and has been shooting up draft boards ever since.

20. New York Giants - Chris Houston (CB, Arkansas)
The Giants corner situation is a mess right now with R.W. McQuarters and Sam Madison as the starters. McQuarters is best as a nickleback and Madison is no longer a shutdown corner. Houston demonstrated tremendous speed at the combine and posses the potential to be a coveted cover corner.

21. Denver - Charles Johnson (DE, Georgia)
Denver has a fairly good rotation at defensive end, but there is no anchor at the position who is a great all around player. The Broncos missed out on Patrick Kearny so they'll likely be looking to draft to find themselves an every down defensive end.

22. Dallas Cowboys - Reggie Nelson (S, Florida)
The Cowboys have been looking for someone to put next to Roy Williams since last off season. Nelson dissappionted many when he showed last luster speed at the combine, but he was a leader and a standout for a championship defense while at Florida.

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Dwayne Jarret (WR, Southern California)
Jarrett’s sock has been on the downfall lately due to the stigma that Mike William’s cast. Some question whether or not Jarrett’s style of play can translate to the NFL and his pro day will be very key, especially in proving that he has adequate speed. Regardless, Jarrett shouldn’t fall any lower than Kansas City at 23 and pending good work outs, he could go as high as 7 to Minnesota.

24. New England Patriots - Robert Meachem (WR, Tennessee)
Tom Brady completed touchdown passes to 11 different receivers in ’06 and while the diversity in the offense is nice, their remains a need for a more stable wide receiver. Meachem showed good speed to couple with his respectible size at the combine and seemingly could be a real star at the next level.

25. New York Jets - Jarvis Moss (DE, Florida)
The Jets have expressed significant interest in bringing in a pass rusher to compliment the interior play of Jonathan Vilma in their defensive scheme. Moss is an undersized defensive end and will likely make a smooth transition to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

26. Philadelphia Eagles - Paul Posluszny (LB, Penn State)
The Eagles would like to land a replacement for Michael Lewis, but is a lack of true strong safeties available and certainly none that warrant this high of a selection so it's likely that they'll look to strengthen the linebacking core. Posluszny was still rebounding from the knee injury he suffered during the Orange Bowl last season, during 2006, but if he makes a full recovery he'll be a steal this late.

27. New Orleans Saints - Aaron Ross (CB, Texas)
New Orleans focus this off season is more than likely going to be on the defensive side of the ball. The Saints have good cornerbacks, especially Mike McKenzie, but no one really dangerous, which was shown by the dismal 11 interceptions that the team posted in 2006. Ross should play the nickel position and eventually compete for the role opposite McKenzie.

28. New England Patriots - Michael Griffin (S, Texas)
Michael Griffin got some much deserved attention after a rather impressive combine. He has display consistent and outstanding play at Texas since his junior year and he should have no problem replacing Atrell Hawkins by the end of his rookie season.

29. Baltimore Ravens - Aaron Sears (OT, Tennessee)
Tony Pashos has hit the free agent market and the Ravens do not appear to be jockeying t retain his services. Sears is a versatile lineman who could replace Pashos at right tackle or challenge for playing time inside at guard.

30. San Diego Chargers - Sidney Rice (WR, South Carolina)
The Chargers' offense is pretty loaded with a great offensive front, LaDanian Tomlinson, Phillip Rivers, and Antonio Gates, but the one thing that is lacking is a strong presence at wideout. Rice dissapointed many during the combine with lack luster speed, but his on field play speaks for itself.

31. Chicago Bears - Greg Olsen (TE, Miami)
One thing they may help Rex Grossman limit his seemingly endless amount of mistakes would be a consistent target underneath. Olsen had a lot of inconsistency at Miami, but much of that was due to the offense around him. He showed how dynamic of a tight end he could be during the combine when he showed 4.51 speed.

32. Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Spencer (DE, Purdue)
Pro bowler Cato June is on the free agent market and there's a chance he won't be a Colt in 2007. Spencer is a great value player because he could player either defense end or strong side linebacker in the NFL. Much in the mold of an Adalieus Thomas.
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like the twist with anderson, i would actually swap there picks, i see that more likely, liek the browns pick
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2. Detroit Lions - Jamaal Anderson (DE, Arkansas)
The Lions acquired Dwayne White via free agency, but he alone cannot solve their problems with the pass rush, after all he had only 5.0 sacks last year. Joe Thomas is a strong possibility here, but with the recent aquistion of George Foster it seems less likely. Additionally, Rod Marinelli is a defensive minded coach.


Didn't DeWayne White splite time with Greg Spires last year? And.... every other year of his career?

7. Minnesota Vikings - Leon Hall (CB, Michigan)
The Vikings were tied with the Bengals for the worst pass defense in the NFL during 2006 . On top of that, Fred Smoot is now a Redskin again. Hall established himself as the draft's top corner prospect during the combine and pairing him with Antoine Winfield would undoubtedly drastically improve the Vikings' pass defense.


I'm starting to see this pick and Brady Quinn to the Vikings a lot, so I feel compelled to post the Vikings 2006 NFL draft.

1 17 Chad Greenway LB Iowa
2 48 Cedric Griffin CB Texas
2 51 Ryan Cook OL New Mexico
2 64 Tarvaris Jackson QB Alabama State
4 127 Ray Edwards DE Purdue
5 149 Greg Blue SS Georgia

12. Buffalo Bills - Alan Branch (DT, Michigan)
The Bills drafted John McCargo in the first round last year, however their work at the defensive tackle position is not done. McCargo is a smaller tackle and pairing him with a big body guy like Branch will make a great complimentary duo with Branch specializing against the run and McCargo the pass.


Didn't the Bills draft McCargo to help their RUN defense?


32. Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Spencer (DE, Purdue)
Pro bowler Cato June is on the free agent market and there's a chance he won't be a Colt in 2007. Spencer is a great value player because he could player either defense end or strong side linebacker in the NFL. Much in the mold of an Adalieus Thomas.


Cato June is neither a defensive end nor is he a strong side linebacker. He's a weakside linebacker closer to the mold of a defensive back (which is what he was in college IIRC) than an Adalius Thomas.
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Compretery awesome Buc pick
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7. Minnesota Vikings - Leon Hall (CB, Michigan)
The Vikings were tied with the Bengals for the worst pass defense in the NFL during 2006 . On top of that, Fred Smoot is now a Redskin again. Hall established himself as the draft's top corner prospect during the combine and pairing him with Antoine Winfield would undoubtedly drastically improve the Vikings' pass defense.
Thats a horrible pick man, First off our pass defense was bad because we had hardly any pass rush on the QB not because of no talent in the secondary, and adding Talent in the secondary wont make it that much better, we have no need for a CB this high Smoot left because he got beat out by a Rookie named Cedric Griffin who by the way willlll be paired up next to antoine winfield this year to for a formidable CB duo... now at this pick Brady Quinn would be acceptable as would Laron Landry or Amobi okoye
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branch or quinn is fine for miami
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Sears is okay, but on draft day, he'll slipto Round 2.

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Great Cowboys Pick! FYI weve been looking for a complementary S for Williams since Woodson retired 3 years ago!
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Don't really like the pick for the Eagles. Poz is definitely a good player, but not a good fit for our defense. We're more likely to take Griffin in that spot since he's available.
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I like the Lynch pick but I don't think it's realistic to believe he'll be there given the RB movement in the NFL most notably in Buffalo
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17. Jacksonville Jaguars - Lawrence Timmons (LB, Florida State)
Jacksonville is set in the middle with Mike Peterson and at strong side linebacker Clint Ingram showed some promise, but they are very weak at weak side linebacker. Timmons is very athletic and plays much faster than he times. He is perfectly suit to play the weak linebacker roll in a conventional 4-3 defense.
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Michael Griffin is a more than capable SS, we would pick him over Posluszny, though I wouldn't be too mad if we picked Poz if Griffin was gone.
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Gaines Adams is the best thing that could ever happen to the skins.
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