Scouting the First Day of Draft Weekend

Former pro scout Tom Marino shares his analysis of the players selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Oakland Raiders     JaMarcus  Russell     QB
Raiders draft the person they hope will in short time become their franchise QB. But how will he hold up while they have one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL?

Detroit Lions     Calvin Johnson     WR
Top player in the draft since RB Bo Jackson.  Now Detroit has the NFL's best young receiver and three-year pro Roy Williams. Scary!!!

Cleveland Browns     Joe Thomas     OT
The Browns could neither run the football or protect the QB in 2006. Thomas should become a fixture for the next decade on the left side

Tampa Bay     Gaines Adams     DE
Both newly acquired Kevin Carter (34) and Simeon Rice (33) are nearing the end. Adams gives an aging defense potentially a top pass rusher.

Arizona     Levi Brown     OT    
Early reach, due to the free agent exit of left offensive tackle Leonard Davis to Dallas. Cardinals ignore some clubs' medical concerns in making decision.

Washington     LaRon Landry     S
Plays like a seasoned vet. Has top speed, size, and tremendous football savvy. Day one starter at a critical need for the 'Skins.

Minnesota    Adrian Peterson     RB
Every top Vikings team has had a bell cow running back: Tommy Mason, Ted Brown, Chuck Foreman, Robert Smith. Vikings hope Peterson can continue with that tradition.

Atlanta    Jamaal Anderson     DE
With Landry and Peterson (undersized Dunn is 32) selected just before their pick, Anderson is seen as a replacement for departed free agent DE Patrick Kerney.

Miami    Ted Ginn, Jr.     WR
Major top of round reach! Undersized speed receiver and returns man who lacks polish. At 177 pounds, can he hold up physically?

Houston    Amobi Okoye     DT
A solid selection from a talent perspective, but who is going to protect newly acquired QB Matt Schaub and to help open holes for an anemic running game?

Patrick Willis
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San Francisco     Patrick Willis     LB
A tackling machine who should impact quickly on both defense and special teams. An every-down linebacker for the rebuilding 49ers defense.

Buffalo     Marshawn Lynch     RB
Bills hope the No. 2 running back in this year's draft can replace the talented but troubled Willis McGahee. Major holes still need to filled elsewhere, such as the cornerback position.

St. Louis     Adam Carriker     DE
The Rams hope this Husker wide-body can move down inside and help shore up an extremely porous run defense. Solid value.

New York Jets     Darrelle Revis     CB
Jets move up ahead of Steelers to draft multi-talented Panther CB and returns man. Should quickly replace incumbent journeyman starters Hank Poteat or Andre Dyson

Pittsburgh     Lawrence Timmons     LB
Somewhat of a surprise. Steelers hope the talented but inconsistent Timmons can replace free agent departure Joey Porter as a 3-4 rusher.

Green Bay     Justin Harrell     DT
Big run-stopper who's promising 2006 season was cut short due to a bicep injury.  Should combine with Ryan Pickett to give the Packers a strong inside presence. But a bit of a reach to select him here, in my opinion.

Denver     Jarvis Moss     DE
Feeling is that Broncos did not have to trade up to make this selection. Big frame athlete who can run, was described by one respected NFL coach as a Huey Richardson clone.

Cincinnati     Leon Hall     CB
Bengals draft a player who not only has outstanding skills but is also a quality person. Should quickly contribute at the cornerback position for the Bengals.

Michael Griffin
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Tennessee     Michael Griffin     S
Gifted athlete who did not play to his expected level in 2006. A big hitter with range. Saw some indecision in his play that was not evident as an underclassman.

New York Giants     Aaron Ross     CB
Giants get excellent value and fill a critical need at the corner position. Should quickly replace the aging Sam Madison (34). Return skills are a bonus.

Jacksonville     Reggie Nelson     S
Highly productive player who fills a critical need in the Jaguars' secondary. Size and how quickly he can process are a concern, but not his play-making skills

Cleveland     Brady Quinn     QB
Browns paid dearly to trade up and select a high profile player they were considering at the third spot. A lot of jobs are riding on this selection.

Kansas City     Dwayne Bowe     WR
Big, physically strong receiving prospect who was somewhat disappointing catching the contested ball. Lacks racehorse type speed.

New England     Brandon Meriweather     S
A position reach for a club that doesn't make a lot of draft day blunders. A tad undersized for inside play and lacks the juice for a corner. And his gun-toting incident raises questions as well.

Carolina     Jon Beason     LB
Has been a solid play-making ILB, but I don't see special skills with this player. Has some medical concerns and lacks a true closing burst.

Dallas     Anthony Spencer     DE
A perfect fit in their defensive scheme. Gives the Cowboys another young defender with speed and tenacity. Draft rule No. 1, Eagles; never aid a team within your division.

New Orleans     Robert Meachem     WR
Second-rated wide receiver on the board was a better choice than going with the 5th-rated safety that was on the board.

San Francisco     Joe Staley     OT
Has the most upside of any offensive linemen in this year's draft. Very athletic big man. Rebuilding Niners get a high value.

Baltimore     Ben Grubbs     OG
Very talented, athletic big man. I like his range, feet, balance, block efficiency and long range playing potential. Undervalued player. Pencil him in at the right offensive guard position.

San Diego     Craig Davis     WR
I felt the Chargers reached in terms of talent on this selection at a position where they had a tremendous need. 

Chicago     Greg Olsen     TE
Has outstanding pass receiving skills and will create mismatches on the inside. Not an effective blocker, but if utilized properly could pay high dividends.

Indianapolis     Anthony Gonzalez     WR
The Super Bowl Champions had more pressing needs than adding a third receiver.  Their defense was devastated in free agency with the loss of both starting cornerbacks and their weakside linebacker.  That being said, Bill Polian is a savvy, experienced personnel man.

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.


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