Welcome everyone to the third
post-season installment to the Rookie Report.In case you missed the report earlier this season, the report will cover
topics, trends and a game by game analysis of notable performances by the NFL’s
2007 Rookie Class to assist in your pursuit of dynasty championship gold.
In this week’s edition we
will look back at the 2007 NFL draft’s first two rounds and analyze disappointments
and potential busts.
So sit back, but don’t get
too comfortable because here we go with our third post-season week’s installment
of this report.…
WR Ted Ginn, Jr. – Miami Dolphins
Ted Ginn, Jr. was drafted
with the 9th pick of the 2007 NFL draft with the Dolphins expecting Ginn
to make an instant impact in the return game while he develops as a WR. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Ginn failed
to make this impact the kickoff return game averaging only 22.7 yards per
return. He faired better on punt returns
with a 9.6 yard average and scored a touchdown; however, he lost 3 fumbles over
the course of the season. Ginn also
struggled with his pass route running, which was one of his weaknesses coming
out of college. Ginn finished the year
with 34 receptions for 420 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns despite receiving
significant playing time in 2007. Wide
receivers coming out of college typically take time to develop, but based on
what Ginn has shown on the field thus far, I think it is unlikely that he will
live up to the expected production of a top 10 NFL draft pick.
RB Chris Henry – Tennessee Titans
The selection of Chris
Henry in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL draft was solely based on his
Combine performance after a below average college career at Arizona.
Henry saw limited action as a running back in 2007 as he could not beat
out veteran Chris Brown for the backup role on the Titans as well as his 4 game
drug-related suspension. Henry was
utilized on special teams as a kickoff return man averaging a paltry 20.9 yards
per return. As a running back, Henry
averaged 3.8 yards per carry which were skewed by good games at Houston and Oakland. For the remainder of the season, Henry only
averaged 0.9 yards per carry further showcasing the lack of field vision had
during his college career. With Chris
Brown unlikely to return to the Titans in 2008, Henry is penciled in as the
backup running back next year; however, it will be unlikely for the Titans not
to bring in another back who will surpass Henry on the depth chart.
WR Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints
It is hard to categorize
Robert Meachem as a bust as Coach Payton indicated that he was showing progress
on the practice field; however, Meachem didn’t impress the coaching staff
enough in 2007 to rely on him in game action.Payton indicated that Meachem would be in the mix at wide receiver in
2008; however, it remains to be seen whether he will make any impact at all as
a receiver after being selected with a first round draft pick.
QB John Beck – Miami Dolphins
John Beck looked like a
deer in headlights for most of the 2007 season being bench late in the season
in favor of journeyman Cleo Lemon to protect him from being crushed by the lack
of success Beck experienced on the field.
In 5 games in 2007, Beck completed 56% of his passes, threw 3
interceptions, lost 5 fumbles and passed for 1 touchdown. There was good news out two weeks ago
regarding Beck as Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland brought in Ole Miss offensive
coordinator David Lee to be Beck’s quarterback coach. Lee was a guiding force in the development of
other young talent as none other than Tony Romo. The presence of Lee should help develop Beck
in the future; however, Beck will have to demonstrate extreme mental toughness
with the Big Tuna looking over his shoulder.
The jury is still out on Beck; however, up till 2 weeks before the 2007
NFL draft, most experts projected Beck to be a mid-round draft pick at best and
it is possible the Dolphins reached for him similar to the way they reached for
Ted Ginn, Jr. in the first last year.
WR Craig Davis – San Diego Chargers
Davis was selected in the late first round to start
alongside Vincent Jackson for the Chargers; however, the rookie failed to make
an impact in his first season.In 14
games in 2007, Davis
recorded 20 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers also traded for Chris Chambers
from the Dolphins to solidify their wide-outs, which wasn’t exactly a vote of
confidence for Davis
after the Chargers invested a first round pick in him.
WR Dwayne Jarrett – Carolina Panthers
Jarrett was taken in the 2nd
round of the 2007 NFL draft and expected to take over the role of a big
possession receiver after the departure of Keyshawn Johnson. Jarrett had a very disappointing season as a
rookie only recording 6 catches for 73 yards in 7 games. In the limited game action, Jarrett appeared
to be a step slower than opposing defenders and was never able to get
separation off the line of scrimmage.
Based on 2007, the comparisons between Mike Williams and Jarrett seem
justified as neither of these former USC wide-outs seem best suited to play
receiver in the NFL.
The following section of
the Rookie Report summarizes notable rookie performances in this week’s playoff
vs. New England Patriots
Chargers S Eric Weddle had
5 solo tackles and 2 assists.
Patriots S Brandon
Merriweather had 1 solo tackle and 3 assists.
vs. New York
Packers PK Mason Crosby
went 2 for 2 on field goal attempts and hit both of his extra point
attempts. RB Brandon Jackson caught 1
pass for 1 yard.
Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw
rushed 16 times for 63 yards; caught 1 pass for 9 yards; and scored a
touchdown. WR Steve Smith caught 2
passes for 25 yards.TE Kevin Boss
caught 1 pass for 12 yards.