2007 NFL Draft Prospects
by Robert Ferringo - 02/12/2007
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Mel Kiper Jr. no longer has a monopoly on ranking the 2007 NFL draft prospects. That's right, we've broken his stranglehold on meaningless predictions and senseless projections. This is a great day for speculation mongers and traders in baseless conjecture everywhere!
Don't get me wrong, I like Mel. He's an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to potential NFL draft picks and his rankings are an invaluable resource. But the guy can be a little too self-important for my taste at times. Besides, in the Internet Age anyone can become a 2007 NFL Draft Expert virtually overnight.
I've taken it upon myself to rate the first two rounds' worth of NFL draft prospects for your viewing pleasure. Now, I'm not going to pretend that I've scrutinized game tape and done psychological profiling for the 64 players that I've listed here. I have watched a ton of college football though, and I've spent more hours combing cyberspace for rankings and analysis on these college standouts than I would ever like to admit. In fact, my wife is probably convinced that every time I tell her I'm "looking up draft info" that means "I'm looking for porn".
But that's neither here nor there. What I've done is go over no less than 10 NFL mock drafts and player rankings and compiled a sort of all-encompassing list of the most significant guys that have entered the 2007 NFL draft. Will all of these guys go in the top 64 picks this April? Of course not. Need dictates selections as much as talent does. But what I've done is tried to find a consensus on each player and then place them in my own personal order. The result: pure magic. Without the hair care products.
Here are my rankings of the top 2007 NFL draft prospects:
1. JaMarcus Russell (QB) - The guy is an absolute stud. Has a cannon arm, makes plays, can play outside the pocket, and is physical enough to withstand the rigors of the NFL.
2. Joe Thomas (OT) - Mel Kiper Jr. says he has a great wingspan, which makes me think he might actually be a garudas.
3. Calvin Johnson (WR) - He's not as game-fast as a truly elite wideout should be. But he's a phenomenal talent.
4. Jamaal Anderson (DE) - This absolute monster is a physical specimen with amazing potential.
5. Alan Branch (DE) - He's more polished than Anderson and a great player. No qualms about getting either one. Can play on the end or at DT.
6. Leon Hall (CB) - Shutdown corner will be ready to come in and contribute as a nickel back.
7. Ted Ginn Jr. (WR) - Just a player. His kick return ability is a huge bonus and Ginn Jr. will make plays as a rookie in both the slot and the outside. Is going to be a steal by no matter who gets him.
8. Gaines Adams (DE) - Regressed a bit last year, but that's what happens when you're getting triple-teamed all the time. And I don't mean by the Swedish bikini team.
9. Amobi Okoye (DT) - This kid is on 19 years old. Yeah, that's what I said - he's 19. He apparently has a great work ethic and is very coachable. And he's only 19.
10. LaRon Landry (S) - Outstanding instincts are trumped only by his sideline-to-sideline speed.
11. Michael Bush (RB) - Remember me? Think pre-incarceration Jamal Lewis. With a burst.
12. Marshawn Lynch (RB) - The Man With The Golden Grill is a slasher and is "everything that excites you in a back."
13. Lawrence Timmons (LB) - He definitely should have stayed another year at FSU, but the coaching he'll get in the NFL will capitalize on his physical potential. Should turn out to be a great pass-rushing weak side linebacker.
14. Paul Posluszny (LB) - This guy could play on my team any time. One of the best backers ever to come out of Linebacker U. With his speed he could be a poor man's Urlacher.
15. Reggie Nelson (S) - He's just a fraction below Landry. Not as good against the run, but may be faster and has better ball skills.
16. Adrian Peterson (RB) - He won't drop this far, but I would be very wary of a back that has already had the injury problems that Peterson has.
17. Levi Brown (OT) - He's not a "franchise" tackle, like an Orlando Pace, but he could have a long, steady, productive NFL career for a lucky team.
18. Brady Quinn (QB) - I know this is sacrilege but he's shown me nothing to suggest he's a top-notch, franchise quarterback. He won't have Army or Stanford on his schedule next year.
19. Adam Carriker (DE) - He's a DE-DT hybrid, which makes him valuable because he can fit into a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
20. Ryan Kalil (C) - The best interior lineman on the board, Kalil was the anchor of that fantastic USC offensive line over the past three years.
21. Darrelle Revis (CB) - One website praised his "fluid hips". I'm not going to touch that one.
22. Dwayne Jarrett (WR) - Imagine Mike Williams with a work ethic.
23. Charles Johnson (DE) - Has more upside than his teammate, Q. Moses.
24. Jarvis Moss (DE) - Tall, slender and athletic, Moss is a primetime pass rusher. He has had some off-field problems, but he's from a college in Florida so that's to be expected.
25. Tank Tyler (DT) - Had his best season the year after three of his D-line mates were taken in the first round of the draft.
26. Patrick Willis (LB) - He hits. Then he hits. Then he hits some more. This guy will be a Pro Bowler.
27. Ben Grubbs (OG) - Does the term "road grader" have any meaning to you?
28. Quentin Moses (DE) - Fell off last year but still has the tools to make an impact.
29. Marcus McCauley (CB) - Tall, strong, and fast, McCauley is a prototype.
30. Brian Leonard (FB) - Maybe the most underrated player on the board. Needs to bulk up but is a physical freak. Check out www.brianleonard23.com and hit the multimedia button.
31. Greg Olsen (TE) - He's not going to be better than Shockey or Winslow, but that doesn't mean he can't be a solid player. Oh, and he doesn't have the excess baggage.
32. Sidney Rice (WR) - Tailed off a bit during the middle of this season but still has the ball skills to be a legit NFL wideout.
33. Michael Griffin (S) - A winner. Pure and simple. He's not the most athletic safety on the board but he has the instincts and experience of a champion.
34. Anthony Spencer (DE) - In what was essentially a "contract year" Spencer was an animal. He's going to parlay a solid senior season (26.5 tackles for loss) into a big payday.
35. Aaron Ross (CB) - Only started for one year. Not exactly his fault, considering the talent ahead of him, but somewhat of a red flag anyway.
36. Zach Miller (TE) - Unfortunately for him there were about 48 tight ends taken last year so the need is watered down. But this kid can play.
37. Aaron Sears (OG) - There's a big drop off on the interior after this guy. Sears is valuable because he's versatile - starting at every position across the line other than center.
38. Justin Blalock (OT) - An absolute mauler.
39. Justin Harrell (DT) - The guy played a full game just one week after rupturing his bicep. Um, I guess that means he's tough.
40. Dwayne Bowe (WR) - He's a bit raw because he didn't start playing football until he was a junior in high school.
41. LaMarr Woodley (DE) - Key piece of the puzzle on that Michigan defense. Just makes impact plays.
42. Jon Beason (LB) - Great range and speed, but he's already suffered a couple of semi-serious injuries. Not the greatest physical specimen but is a pure football player.
43. Joe Staley (OT) - A converted tight end, the Central Michigan product has been praised for his great feet and hands.
44. Tim Crowder (DE) - Scouts seem to disagree with where he should be rated. I like defensive linemen with a "high motor" and Crowder seems to have that.
45. Buster Davis (LB) - He doesn't measure up to NFL standards (he's only 5-9). But he reminds a lot of people of London Fletcher. That's a very good thing.
46. Kenny Irons (RB) - I think he'll be an excellent value pick in Round 2. I really like his style.
47. Victor Abiamiri (DE) - The kind of guy that looks great stepping off the bus, but can he play at the next level? Sounds a bit like his teammate, Brady Quinn.
48. Robert Meacham (WR) -The size of Kelley Washington, but the speed and skill of Donte Stallworth.
49. Daymeion Hughes (CB) - Scouts love his fight, but there are questions about his size and technique.
49. Tony Ugoh (OT) - Ugoh is another guy who's stock is soaring because of a big senior season. That, and having Darren McFadden didn't hurt.
50. Brandon Mebane (DT) - Cannot play in a 3-4 system. He's at his best in a one-gap scheme.
51. Brandon Meriweather (S) - I'm just praying that this helmet wielding, kick-em-while-they're-down scumbag ends up on the Bengals. Funny part is that they could use him.
52. Rufus Alexander (LB) - Quick and strong, Alexander is an animal on the outside. The top player on a talented OU defense. Would fit perfectly in Chicago if the Bears lose Lance Briggs.
53. HB Blades (LB) - Son of former Lion Bennie Blades. Is a dump truck at linebacker and a sure tackler.
54. Tenard Jackson (CB) - Played on an awful Syracuse team but played well against the best competition he faced. Underrated in the same way Anthony Smith was last year.
55. Craig Davis (WR) - Injuries and a glut of talented players at his position has limited what we've seen out of Davis. But he could be a decent No. 2 WR.
56. Doug Free (OT) - No relation to World B.
57. Troy Smith (QB) - Don't let one bad game - even if it was for the BCS Championship - dull what he did over the past two years.
58. Nate Harris (LB) - One scouting site said he has character issues off the field, can't stay healthy and doesn't retain system knowledge. Other than that, what's not to like?
59. Samson Satele (C) - I wanna talk to Samson!!
60. Scott Chandler (TE) - At 6-7, 268 this guy is a house. I think he is already better than the two guys I listed in front of him because of his run-blocking ability, but the others have more upside.
61. Eric Weddle (S) - Crazy Mormon won't slide past the Eagles in Round 2.
62. Chris Houston (CB) - Very physical corner in coverage, but doesn't like to get messy in terms of run support.
63. Aundrae Allison (WR) - East Carolina product is a project but has great physical tools.
64. Mason Crosby (K) - Laugh all you want but this guy is a stud. He's 12-for-13 in the fourth quarter and 10-for-10 in the last eight minutes of games. Has been the best kicker in college for the past two years.
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