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?
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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.
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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.