|3||74||Yamon Figurs||WR||Kansas St.|
|4||134||Antwan Barnes||OB||Florida International|
|5||174||Troy Smith||QB||Ohio State|
I really like many of the things the Ravens both attempted and accomplished
in this year's draft. At the 29th spot of the first round, they were still able
to draft a player who most scouts believed to be the number one rated offensive
guard prospect in the country in Ben Grubbs.
Without a second pick, the Ravens used their two third-round selections to draft Kansas State's explosive returner and undersized wideout Yamon Figurs and tough Iowa offensive tackle Marshal Yanda.
With double picks in round four, the Ravens again made two excellent choices in Antwan Barnes and Le'Ron McClain. Barnes is very talented, and if this undersized outside pass rusher can hold up physically, I believe he could pay quick dividends and lessen the loss of Adalius Thomas to the Patriots through free agency. McClain, is just a flat-out football player with game toughness and tenacity. He doesn't have a lot of speed, but he's going to show up and play his butt off on every down.
Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has a very strong arm and accomplished many things over his star-studded career for the Buckeyes, but disappointed many of the scouts in both the national championship game and the subsequent Senior Bowl game and practice week.
Burgess simply has been a steady contributor in a major program for the past two seasons.
Ravens national scout Lionel Vital was an outstanding college running back, is a very adept talent evaluator, but most importantly a great person and family man.
Cleveland Browns B
|1||22||Brady Quinn||QB||Notre Dame|
|Joe Thomas (AP Photo)|
Joe Thomas, the Browns' first-round selection--if all goes according to Hoyle--should be the Brown's left tackle for the next decade and beyond.
Later in the round the Browns gave up their number one choice in the 2008 draft to move up to the 22 spot and selected Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Is he the answer to the Brown's recent woes? Only time will tell.
In round two, Cleveland selected UNLV's Eric Wright, a talented player with a very suspect off-the-field background.
On the second day, I didn't see anyone that got me too excited, but I'm sure the Browns took people that they hope will step up quickly and who will add support to this ailing franchise.
Cincinnati Bengals B
|4||151||Jeff Rowe||QB||Nevada (Reno)|
|7||230||Dan Santucci||OG||Notre Dame|
|7||253||Nedu Ndukwe||DS||Notre Dame|
|Leon Hall (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)|
I believe the Bengals' first two selections in this year's draft, Leon Hall
and Kenny Irons should provide immediate help to both the offense and defense
I liked fourth-round selection Marvin White's size and his willingness to fill the alley inside, but it remains to be seen if he can be effective defending the pass.
Jeff Rowe put up some incredible numbers at Nevada (Reno) over the past two seasons, but in spite of his size and stats I felt he was slow-footed and lacked a quick arm.
Notre Dame's Santucci and Ndukwe along with Oregon's Mataifale Toeaina will all be counted upon to lend a hand in a supporting role.
Pittsburgh Steelers C
|1||15||Lawrence Timmons||OB||Florida St.|
|4||132||Ryan McBean||DT||Oklahoma St.|
|LaMarr Woodley (AP Photo/Tony Ding)|
Matt Spaeth should quickly factor in the role of a second tight end and short-yardage specialist.
Daniel Sepulveda is a strong-legged left-footed punter of renown and has a real chance to take over the punting duties for the Steelers in '07.
Ryan McBean was impressive at times over the past two years and will need to keep that motor running on high to be successful pro player.
Fifth-round selection, Cameron Stephenson, is a California JUCO transfer who showed great promise during his first year on offense and could well develop into a very pleasant late-round surprise.
Seventh round selection Dallas Baker is a big, athletic, fast-improving receiver prospect who I see factoring as both an inside and red zone receiver.
Tom Marino is a veteran of 35 years in the player personnel field, most recently with the St. Louis Rams. He has worked in three professional leagues (NFL, USFL, and WFL), and among his many accomplishments, is credited with the discovery of Eric Swann, the first non-collegiate player since 1946 to be selected in the 1st round of the NFL college draft.