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2007 NFL Draft Rookie Rankings

Here ya go, folks.  My player rankings for the 2007 draft.  Please note that these rankings will not necessarily affect the order in which they are picked in my mock (ex. DE X is ranked higher than DE Y, but Team A is a 3-4 team, and DE Y fits better, etc).  Enjoy.  Listed are the players official height, weight and 40 times from the combine.



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QB



1. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame. 6�3� 232 DNR

I went back and forth on this, but at the end of the day, I just feel that Quinn is a more polished and well-rounded QB than Russell. The fact that Russell is slowly-but-surely evolving into The Blob, while Quinn continues to work extremely hard to prove teams wrong, tells me about his commitment and dedication to being a better player. Quinn has got the NFL tutelage credentials, the arm, and the awareness that teams covet.

2. Jamarcus Russell, LSU. 6�5� 265 DNR

His bandwagon has cooled off a bit of late, but he�s still the unanimous #1 by most pundits based on his freakish arm power and upside. I still think he�s far too erratic to be ranked ahead of Quinn, and much like his oft-maligned Irish counterpart, he too failed to come through in big games most of his career. You�d like to see the guy pay more attention to staying fit, too.

3. Drew Stanton, Michigan State. 6�3� 226 4.71

The enigmatic Stanton has made his rounds in the postseason workout circuits since the season concluded, and he�s making a strong case for himself as the �next guy� after Quinn and Russell. I�ve known Stanton since his days at my high school alma mater, and he�s a terrific athlete. When he�s at the top of his game, he�s one of the best. That doesn�t happen nearly enough, though, with his injury history and meltdowns at MSU being picked apart by scouts everywhere. Here�s to saying he puts it together once he rids himself of the stench of East Lansing.

4. Trent Edwards, Stanford. 6�4� 231 4.73
5. Troy Smith, Ohio State. 6� 225 DNR
6. Kevin Kolb, Houston. 6�3� 218 4.84
7. Isaiah Stanback, Washington. 6�2� 216 DNR
8. Jordan Palmer, UTEP. 6�5� 231 4.96
9. John Beck, BYU. 6�2� 215 4.80
10. Chris Leak, Florida. 5�11� 209 4.75

RB

1. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma. 6�1� 217 4.40

Peterson cemented his status as the drafts premier tailback with his fantastic combine performance, clocking in with a 4.4 within his sturdy, NFL-ready frame. Few players will be able to contribute more than him right off the bat, what with his combination of running power, agility and quickness. About his only downfalls are injury concerns and his lack of pass-catching ability. The latter can be taught.

2. Marshawn Lynch, California. 5�11� 215 4.46

The prototypical do-it-all back that so many teams crave nowadays, Lynch perhaps has a more well-rounded game than Peterson. He�s a fantastic receiver, adept blocker, and he�s stronger than he looks.

3. Tony Hunt, Penn State. 6�1� 233 DNR

Hunt really made his presence felt at the Senior Bowl, and he�s been rising ever since. He�s not some hot, new fad, however, because he was putting up serious production in the Big Ten the past three seasons in the meantime. A big back who loves to punish defenders, Hunt also possesses very good receiving skills. He�s the sort of back whose measurables don�t jump out at you, but he�s a very effective player once the pads are on.

4. Michael Bush, Louisville. 6�1� 243 DNR
5. Brian Leonard(FB), Rutgers. 6�1� 226 4.52
6. Kenny Irons, Auburn. 5�10� 203 4.45
7. Lorenzo Booker, Florida State. 5�10� 191 4.46
8. Antonio Pittman, Ohio State. 5�10� 207 4.40
9. Chris Henry, Arizona. 5�11� 230 4.40
10. Kolby Smith, Louisville. 5�11� 220 4.51

WR

1. Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech. 6�5� 239 4.35

What else is there to say? Simply put, he may be the wide receiver prospect�ever. He is incomparable at this point in time. Nobody has ever had his mix of freakish size, track star speed, and � most importantly � his polish. He�s not an athlete; he�s a pure wide out who runs crisp routes and knows how to create separation from his man. A true student of the game who has only gotten better with time, it�s scary to think what he�s capable of.

2. Dwayne Bowe, LSU. 6�2� 221 4.50

Think Terrell Owens with a little less deep speed. Bowe is a rock of a specimen, and he lets it be known every time he lines up across from a corner. Much like Owens, Bowe enjoys making defenders look silly once he catches the ball downfield. He�s very strong, he�s a great blocker, and he can contribute right away.

3. Robert Meachem, Tennessee. 6�2� 214 4.39

Another physical specimen, Meachem finally lived up to his prep hype during his junior at UT: Garnering All-American recognition and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff trophy. He�s got a terrific combination of size and speed, and he moves like a track star once he gets going. He could still stand to use his size a little better and work more on his blocking, but that is all teaching. He�s still very raw.

4. Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State. 5�11� 178 DNR
5. Sidney Rice, South Carolina. 6�3� 200 4.51
6. Dwayne Jarrett, USC. 6�4� 219 DNR
7. Jason Hill, Washington State. 6� 204 4.32
8. Craig Davis, LSU. 6�1� 207 4.46
9. Steve Smith, USC. 5�11� 197 4.44
10. Aundrae Allison, East Carolina. 6� 192 4.39

TE

1. Greg Olsen, Miami. 6�5� 254 4.51

The best in a very weak TE class, Olsen asserted his dominance by running a full .2 seconds faster than any other TE at the combine. A hyped prep prospect, Olsen was the victim of a struggling offense his past three at Miami. With that said, Olsen is a very enticing TE prospect. His athleticism is well-documented, but his blocking ability is not to be overlooked. He can do it all from the TE spot, much like fellow Cane Jeremy Shockey.

2. Zach Miller, Arizona State. 6�4� 256 4.89
3. Ben Patrick, Delaware. 6�3� 252 4.74
4. Matt Spaeth, Minnesota. 6�7� 270 DNR
5. Michael Allan, Whitworth. 6�6� 255 4.71

C

1. Ryan Kalil, USC. 6�2� 299 4.96

Like Nick Mangold last year, Kalil is far and away the best center out there, and that alone gets him into the first round. Pound for pound, Kalil may be one of the best prospects in the entire draft. A two-time All American at USC, Kalil best fits in a zone blocking scheme with his outstanding footwork, but he does have more than enough strength to lead any offensive front.

2. Doug Datish, Ohio State. 6�4� 302 5.13
3. Samson Satele, Hawaii. 6�2� 300 5.25

OG

1. Justin Blalock, Texas. 6�3� 320 5.20

One of the better guard prospects to come out in recent years, Blalock may also project to be a RT at the next level. He possesses outstanding strength, and he�s also pretty nimble on his feet. A longtime starter at a top program, there isn�t much risk in taking Blalock; only a bevy of rewards and one less position to worry about on your line.

2. Ben Grubbs, Auburn. 6�2� 311 5.20
3. Josh Beekman, Boston College. 6�1� 313 5.39
4. Kasey Studdard, 6�2� 303 5.18
5. Manuel Ramirez, 6�3� 326 DNR

OT

1. Joe Thomas, Wisconsin. 6�6� 311 4.92

The unanimous top tackle, Thomas only further cemented his status with a terrific showing at the combine. He runs exceptionally well for a player his size, and nothing more needs to be said about his skills on the football field. He�s a great team player and the character guy every locker room could use. The Robert Gallery comparisons are shallow. Time will show this.

2. Joe Staley, Central Michigan. 6�5� 306 DNR

Missed a golden opportunity to distinguish himself at the combine thanks to a knee injury; I still maintain that he�ll be a better pro than Levi Brown. He�s tremendously athletic for a tackle, and he�s got a mean streak to go along with it. His upside is plentiful.

3. Levi Brown, Penn State. 6�5 323 5.39

His stock has been up and down all season long. The facts are, he�s a strong, prototypical left tackle. However, he gets beaten too easily by speed rushers sometimes, and he�s a bit too stiff in the hips. I think he�ll be a solid pro, but not as good as his draft status will indicate.

4. Tony Ugoh, Arkansas. 6�5� 301 5.06
5. Arron Sears, Tennessee. 6�3 319 DNR
6. Doug Free, Northern Illinois. 6�6 324 5.22
7. Mario Henderson, Florida State. 6�6� 302 5.11
8. Brandon Frye, Virginia Tech. 6�4� 301 5.08
9. Ryan Harris, Notre Dame. 6�4� 305 5.09
10. James Marten, Boston College. 6�7� 309 5.08

DE

1. Gaines Adam, Clemson. 6�4� 258 4.64

The only thing preventing Adams from being an elite prospect is his size. Teetering dangerously close to the line between 4-3 end and 3-4 linebacker, Adams must continue to bulk up to avoid any confusion. He was uber-productive at Clemson and has the sort of motor and athleticism all teams look for out of a traditional DE. You just worry that he could be pushed around too often. At the very least, he�ll be a very effective pass rusher.

2. Jamal Anderson, Arkansas. 6�5� 288 DNR

Anderson burst onto the scene with a huge junior year for the Hogs, compiling 20 TFLs and 14 sacks. He has prototype size, but questions about his speed will have to wait to be answered at his pro day. A good time could catapult him ahead of Adams for the top DE spot. He has everything else going for him, from rushing the passer to stopping the run effectively.

3. Jarvis Moss, Florida. 6�6 250 4.70

Moss has all the physical tools, but you wonder about his ability to consistently utilize them. His frame is still a little frail, but he has plenty of room to grow without losing any speed. He�s a high risk, high reward guy, whose speed and athleticism will get him into the first round.

4. Tim Crowder, Texas. 6�3� 272 4.69
5. Adam Carriker, Nebraska. 6�6� 296 4.90
6. Anthony Spencer, Purdue. 6�2� 261 4.73
7. Quentin Moses, Georgia. 6�5� 261 4.85
8. Charles Johnson, Georgia. 6�2� 270 4.87
9. Brian Robison, Texas. 6�3� 259 4.67
10. Lamarr Woodley, Michigan. 6�1� 266 DNR

DT

1. Alan Branch, Michigan. 6�5� 324 5.09

Has the size and athleticism to play inside in the 4-3 or outside in the 3-4, which makes Branch a very valuable commodity. A rare talent who can take over games when he�s on, but that doesn�t happen often enough. Outside of the obvious stamina issues that come with being so big, he has everything you want in a tackle.

2. Amobi Okoye, Louisville, 6�2 302 4.97

Incredibly, he�ll be a 19 year old when he�s drafted � and he played 4 years of college football. An exceptionally bright kid, he�s also a stalwart on the gridiron. A role player his first three years, he turned into an All America his senior season, racking up 15 TFLs and 8 sacks from the inside of the line. He may be the best, pure interior rusher in the draft thanks to his speed and the leverage he gets on his man.

3. Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State. 6�2� 299 4.90
4. DeMarcus Tyler, NC State. 6�2� 306 5.35
5. Turk McBride, Tennessee. 6�2� 277 4.82

OLB

1. Lawrence Timmons, Florida State. 6� 234 4.59

One of the few top-caliber linebackers in this draft, Timmons emerged out of the shadows of Ernie Sims last year and carved quite a niche of his own. He�s got the speed to keep up in coverage and is tremendous in the box � racking up 18 TFLs and 5 sacks from his outside spot last season. Still has a lot of learning to do, but he has plenty of talent to burn.

2. Paul Posluszny, Penn State. 6�1 238 DNR
3. Quincy Black, New Mexico. 6�1� 240 4.40
4. Jon Beason, Miami(FL). 6� 237 4.72
5. Justin Durant, Hampton. 6� 230 4.50

ILB

1. Patrick Willis, Ole Miss. 6�1� 242 4.50

In my opinion, Willis has the chance to be one of the best linebackers we�ve seen in some time. He�s the total package, excelling in all facets of the game. He�s got the size to shed blockers, and the speed to pursuit the ball anywhere on the field. A natural leader with a good head on his shoulders, any team would be lucky to have him.

2. Davis Harris, Michigan. 6� 243 4.57
3. Brandon Siler, Florida. 6�1� 241 4.67
4. Buster Davis, Florida State. 5�9� 239 4.69
5. HB Blades, Pittsburgh. 5�10� 236 4.75

CB

1. Leon Hall, Michigan. 5�11� 193 4.39

Hall is, by far, the drafts most accomplished corner. A true technician, he�s not merely an athlete who can�t catch or tackle like most corners. In fact, his tackling may be the surest thing about his game. He plays the man well, but he may also fit in a zone scheme. Hall is a very low risk prospect, which is a huge plus for a cornerback.

2. Chris Houston, Arkansas. 5�9� 185 4.32

Perhaps the combines biggest standout, Houston really helped his stock by showcasing his lightning-quick speed, strength, and fluidity in drills. He was no slouch at Arkansas, either, highlighted by impressive performances on receivers like Dwayne Jarrett. He reminds me a little bit of Pac Man Jones, but shows more natural coverage ability.

3. Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh. 5�11, 204 DNR

A true playmaker, Revis is an electrifying athlete and the sort of multi-dimensional player teams covet. A solid corner and a terrific returnman, Revis will make his presence felt one way or another. Like Hall, he�s not intimidated by the physical aspects of playing the position.

4. Aaron Ross, Texas. 6� 193 4.50
5. Eric Wright, UNLV. 5�10� 192 4.36
6. Marcus McCauley, Fresno State. 6� 203 4.39
7. Daymeion Hughes, California. 5�10� 190 4.65
8. Johnathon Wade, Tennessee. 5�10� 190 4.36
9. Tarell Brown, Texas. 5�10� 190 4.45
10. Fred Bennett, South Carolina. 6� 196 4.46

S

1. Laron Landry, LSU. 6� 213 4.35

Landry was already an elite prospect coming into the combine. After wowing everybody with his blistering 40 time, there�s now talk about him being the best safety prospect in quite some time. He�s a 4-year starter, a huge hitter, and a great coverage safety. Had he played at a more premium position, his hype machine would be a lot louder.

2. Michael Griffin, Texas. 5�11� 202 4.45
3. Brandon Merriweather, Miami(FL). 5�10� 195 4.47
4. Reggie Nelson, Florida. 5�11�, 198 4.48
5. Eric Weddle, Utah. 5�11� 203 4.48

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