With college football winding down and 63% of NFL fans having to watch "the other" teams play in the playoffs, I figure it is as good a time as any to start thinking about the 2007 NFL Draft.
Here is my look at the top ten teams and their respective picks:
1. Oakland Raiders
What can you say about the Raiders...hmmm...well, they did have one of the best defenses in the NFL this year but alas, they had one of the worst offenses to plod along with it. First and foremost, they need a QB. Aaron Brooks is terrible, Andrew Walter is no better, and Marques Tuiassopo only plays well against Ohio State. They have a potentially solid receiving corps with Ron Curry and Randy Moss...that is if Moss can get his head out of his ass long enough. Running back could be a possibility but I think Jordan is a capable back when healthy. All that being said...
My Pick: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
Other Possibles: Adrian Peterson, Troy Smith, Trade Down
2. Detroit Lions
Ah Detroit, good ol' Rock City, home of Eminem and Eight Mile Road...yes, they do play football there and sometimes even good football considering the unimportant win against Dallas in the final week of the regular season. From top to bottom this doesn't look like a team that will head to a late January/early February match-up but there are bright spots. Jon Kitna can throw the ball, Roy Williams and newcomer Mike Furrey can catch it, and Kevin Jones can run it...when healthy. The offensive line has a few holes (i.e. they give up LOTS of sacks). Overall, the offense is okay...but the defense?!?! They were atrocious against the run and moderately bad against the pass this season. They need the most help.
My Pick: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
Other Possibles: Joe Thomas, Calvin Johnson
*Next two picks will be decided by coin toss.
3. Cleveland Browns
The Romeo Crennel experiment isn't going too well and the Brownies are as anemic as ever. Charlie Frye has regressed, Kellen Winslow is still running his mouth, and Joe Jurevicious is your #2 WR...what do you do? I'd say PUNT! This isn't a very good team with a lot of holes. Yes, they lost their starting center before the season and their #1 receiver is as brittle as Samual Jackson's character in "Unbreakable," but there is much more mediocrity to it all. The D seems slow, the play calling is unimaginative, and they don't have a decent QB on their roster. I'd say their best bet is to trade up for Quinn but I'm not sure if they will give up their first born children for it.
My Pick: Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
Other Possibles: Trade Up, Joe Thomas, Calvin Johnson
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Can Gradkowski really be a #1 QB? I don't think so and I don't believe for a second that John Gruden thinks so either. That being said, I don't think they will go QB in the first round either. That's for later. Their running game is okay but Joey Galloway isn't going to be outrunning people much longer and there really isn't any solid #2 WR on the roster.
My Pick: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
Other Possibles: Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith
5. Arizona Cardinals
Goodbye Denny Green...hello...someone else! Green's stint in Arizona seemed short to some and very long to many Cards fans. Offensively they can keep up with anyone...defensively they couldn't keep up with the paperboy carrying the news of another Cardinal loss to the masses. They have holes in their O-line shown by the pounding Edge took toting the rock a paltry 3.4 yards per carry. The run defense is unspectacular and the pass defense is average at best.
My Pick: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
Other Possibles: Ted Ginn, Leon Hall
6. Washington Redskins
Brunell out, Campbell in. Campbell will take the reigns next year after showing some promise after taking over for Brunell mid year. It was the defense that took the biggest licks during the season not being able to stop the Girls School of the Deaf and Blind. No pass rush and terrible coverage made things very difficult for the Skins.
My Pick: Quentin Moses, DE, Georgia
Other Possibles: LeMar Woodley, Dwayne Jarrett
7. Minnesota Vikings
Brad Johnson had the worst year of his career and the Vikes may have found a diamond in the rough in Tarvaris Jackson. Chester Taylor elevated his game to elite RB status with a great year. Defensively, against the run they were great and solid against the pass. What is the problem? Well, no matter who you have throwing the ball, you have to have someone catching it.
My Pick: Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio State
Other Possibles: Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith
8. Houston Texans
The Texans actually made strides defensively this season. They are very young and quite talented. Dunta Robinson is about the best corner no one knows. DeMecco Ryans has emerged as the next best linebacker as well. Offensively they were a bit of an enigma. David Carr didn't play that well yet again and they lost their starting RB before the season even started. They still can't pass block. On the up side, they did find Ron Dayne and maybe, just maybe, he has found a place to stay...
My Pick: Leon hall, DB, Michigan
Other Possibles: Reggie Nelson, Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith
9. Miami Dolphins
Saban's job could be in jeopardy if he doesn't get to the playoffs next year. They need someone to help right now with the 9th pick in the draft. The emergence of Joey Harrington wasn't something I don't think anyone was expecting but even with his somewhat elevated play, at the end of the day his name is still "Joey Harrington." Zack Thomas is getting old and the defense could use some help.
My Pick: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State
Other Possibles: Dwayne Jarrett, Joe Staley, Reggie Nelson
10. Atlanta Falcons
Could Mike Vick be out?...I doubt it but who knows now that the Falcons are looking for a new coach. It's rumored that Mora was fired because he wanted to play Shaub over Vick...too bad. Anyway, the Falcons aren't a bad team. They could use a #1 type WR and some help in an aging secondary. Also, their pass rush was almost non-existant toward the end of the season.
My Pick: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC
Other Possibles: Reggie Nelson, Steve Smith, Marcus McCaulney
Now...wasn't that fun? I think I will go now and watch the end of a great college season and try to find those diamonds at the bottom of the draft.