New Faces in the AFC East

AFC East fans have plenty of new faces to get familiar with because these players are either on your favorite team or will be knockin' helmets with them. Cruise through these quick hits describing each player in the AFC East 2007 draft class.

NEW YORK JETS

Round 1/14 -- Darrelle Revis, CB, 5-11 1/2, 204, Pittsburgh
The Jets believe he is the best of a bumper crop of corners in this draft, so they packaged three picks to get him, plus a sixth-round selection, from Carolina. He should fill the hole at right corner -- the Jets used four starters there in 2006 -- and is suited to play in both press coverage and Cover-2, another plus for an organization that prizes versatility in its players. Speaking of versatility, he also is a pretty good punt returner, and brought back one punt for a touchdown each of the last two seasons.

Round 2/47 -- David Harris, ILB, 6-2 1/4, 239, Michigan
Another player the Jets obviously were targeting, as they moved up 16 spots in the second round to grab him. Harris is not great in space, but could be an excellent fit inside in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. He is a sure tackler who reads plays well and wraps up ballcarriers quite well. He had a knee injury that ended his season as a redshirt freshman in 2003, but is fully healthy now. Could challenge for a starting spot, especially if the Jets decide to part ways with Eric Barton, who was a better fit in the 4-3.

Round 6/177 -- Jacob Bender, OT, 6-6, 316, Nicholls State
Bender was a I-AA All-American left tackle who didn't allow a sack during the 2006 season and did a credible job when matched up on several occasions with Nebraska's Adam Carriker, the 11th overall pick, in the Cornhuskers' 56-7 win over Nicholls last season. He likely won't be asked to compete with second-year player D'Brickashaw Ferguson, whom the Jets hope will be a fixture at left tackle, but could challenge Anthony Clement at right tackle. The Jets indicated they also may try him at guard.

Round 7/235 -- Chansi Stuckey, WR, 6-0, 185, Clemson
Stuckey began his career at Clemson as a quarterback, so he embodies the Jets' emphasis on flexibility and versatility. He was a productive wideout for the Tigers, with 141 career catches. However, he has been beset with injuries, which explains why he slid from the middle rounds to the seventh round. He missed three games last season with a broken foot and ran slow times at the Combine, but insists he is fully healthy. Could challenge for the third receiver spot.


MIAMI DOLPHINS

Tedd Ginn (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Round 1/9 -- Ted Ginn Jr., WR, 5-11, 178, Ohio State
A franchise that has just two special teams returns for touchdowns this decade received an immediate upgrade in Ginn, who scored on nine punts and kickoffs during his three seasons with Ohio State. Ginn, though, will need some time to develop as a wideout despite averaging 55 catches the past two seasons for the Buckeyes.

Round 2/40 -- John Beck, QB, 6-2, 215, Brigham Young
The second-leading passer in Brigham Young history, the Dolphins felt so confident about Beck's abilities that they passed on Brady Quinn with the No. 9 overall selection. Beck is the kind of heady player Cameron has said he wanted at quarterback and, at 25, may have better maturity to handle the adjustment to the NFL than other signal-callers in this year's draft.

Round 2/60 -- Samson Satele, G/C, 6-2, 300, Hawaii
Satele will need work on his run-blocking after playing in a run-and-shoot system with the Rainbow Warriors. Satele, though, adds some much-needed aggressiveness to Miami's offensive line and could compete for snaps at left guard.

Round 3/71 -- Lorenzo Booker, RB, 5-10, 191, Florida State
Never a workhorse running back during his time with the Seminoles, Booker also will be expected to fill a niche role for the Dolphins as a third-down back. Booker has good receiving skills and speed to the outside, which could allow him to make a quick impact as a rookie.

Round 4/108 -- Paul Soliai, NT, 6-4, 344, Utah
Soliai has the chance to become the heir apparent to starting nose tackle Keith Traylor, who will be 38 entering the season. A junior college transfer, Soliai proved a valuable run-stuffer for Utah in 2006 with 35 tackles in 12 starts.

Round 6/181 -- Reagan Mauia, FB, 6-0, 272, Hawaii
A converted nose guard, Mauia has lost almost 110 pounds since his heaviest point in college. The Dolphins are hoping Mauia can be groomed as the heir apparent for Cory Schlesinger, a 13-year veteran who was signed away from Detroit this off-season.

Round 6/199 -- Drew Mormino, C/G, 6-3, 301, Central Michigan
A college teammate of first-round draft choice Joe Staley (San Francisco), Mormino fits the mold of the aggressive offensive linemen the Dolphins are trying to add to play under renowned position coach Hudson Houck. Mormino and second-round pick Samson Satele will receive playing time as interior linemen.

Round 7/219 -- Kelvin Smith, LB, 6-2, 240, Syracuse
A four-year starter at Syracuse, Smith gained experience as both an inside and outside linebacker at Syracuse, but projects as the former in Miami's 3-4 defense. The Dolphins need a youth infusion at linebacker with three players (starters Zach Thomas and Joey Porter and backup Donnie Spragan) over the age of 30.

Round 7/225 -- Brandon Fields, P, 6-5, 239, Michigan State
Fields has a legitimate chance to make the roster as the replacement for Donnie Jones, who was allowed to leave as a restricted free agent to St. Louis. Fields posted a 43.3-yard gross average and also handled kickoffs for the Spartans.

Round 7/238 -- Abraham Wright, DE, 6-2, 242, Colorado
Wright enjoyed a stellar senior season as a pass-rushing end, tallying 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for losses. Wright likely projects as an outside linebacker in Miami's 3-4 defense as a replacement for free-agent departure David Bowens (Jets).


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

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Round 1/24 -- Brandon Meriweather, S 5-11, 195, Miami
The Patriots selected the versatile Meriweather at No. 24 to add depth in their secondary. Meriweather is strong in coverage and can play both safety positions, as well as some cornerback. He should see the field a lot as a rookie and could become a starter by the end of the year.

Round 4/127 -- Kareem Brown, DT 6-4, 302, Miami
An athletic tackle who can put pressure on the quarterback. Brown won't start as a rookie but adds depth at nose tackle behind Vince Wilfork. Plus, Wilfork will be looking for a new contract in three years, so Brown can be groomed to take over for him if the Patriots don't re-sign Wilfork.

Round 5/171 -- Clint Oldenburg, OT 6-5, 305, Colorado State
Oldenburg is a versatile project at tackle. He played left tackle, right tackle, guard and tight end in college. Oldenburg has the physical tools, but he's still raw. He won't do much as a rookie and is a likely practice squad candidate.

Round 6/180 -- Justin Rogers, LB, 6-4, 250, SMU
Rogers played defensive end in college but will move to linebacker in the pros. Not many expected Rogers to be drafted, but the Patriots took a chance on him in Round 6. Rogers played in 54 games at SMU, totaling 123 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He'll have to make the transition to linebacker in New England's 3-4 scheme. Rogers is another practice squad candidate.

Round 6/202 -- Mike Richardson, DB, 5-10, 188, Notre Dame
This is a peculiar selection by the Patriots. Richardson had a disappointing senior year and was part of a Notre Dame secondary that was picked on virtually every week. Richardson is a small corner who struggles against bigger receivers. He'll have a hard time earning a roster spot in New England.

Round 6/208 -- Justise Hairston, RB 6-0, 222, Central Connecticut State
Hairston is a big back who put up huge numbers at the Division 1-AA level. The Patriots will have a battle in training camp for the final running back slot and Hairston will be in the mix. He's yet another candidate for the practice squad.

Round 6/209 -- Corey Hilliard, OL, 6-5, 308, Oklahoma State
Hilliard is another versatile lineman who can play guard and tackle. He's a strong run blocker with quick feet. However, Hilliard will really have to impress in training camp if he wants to make the team.

Round 7/211 -- Oscar Lua, LB, 6-0, 240, USC
Lua battled knee injuries at USC and that's a major concern heading into the NFL. Lua is a smart, run-stuffing linebacker but lacks speed. He has potential to be a backup in the NFL if he can stay healthy, but Lua's upside is limited.

Round 7/247 -- Mike Elgin, C, 6-3, 279, Iowa
Elgin is another pick that doesn't make much sense. He's undersized and wasn't highly rated coming into the draft. The Patriots are pretty set at the center position, so the chances of Elgin making the team are minimal.


BUFFALO BILLS

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Round 1/12 -- Marshawn Lynch, RB, 5-11, 215, California
Multi-dimensional runner in the mold of Marshall Faulk and LaDainian Tomlinson. Can run, catch and he's not afraid to block in the passing game. Will give Buffalo its most versatile player at the position since Thurman Thomas. His 137.3 yards per game led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage last fall. For his career, had 490 carries for 3,230 yards and 29 touchdowns, and caught 68 passes for 600 yards and six scores. Had some off-field issues, but Bills satisfied their concerns.

Round 2/34 -- Paul Posluszny, LB, 6-2, 238, Penn State
Tough, disciplined, athletic run-stuffer who is considered a sure bet to step right in as a rookie and make an impact. He was the most productive linebacker ever at Linebacker U. and fills a huge need on defense. Can play inside or out, but will likely play inside for Buffalo.

Round 3/92 -- Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 231, Stanford
Played for poor teams at Stanford but impressed scouts with his leadership and competitiveness. His size, arm strength and intelligence give him NFL starter's potential. A wise pick by the Bills. In the least, he emerges as J.P. Losman's backup over Craig Nall and he could replace Losman should Losman stumble.

Round 4/111 -- Dwayne Wright, RB, 5-11, 228, Fresno State
This was a luxury pick a team like Buffalo couldn't afford, not that Wright can't develop into a solid NFL backup. He recovered from a bad knee injury that cost him most of the 2004 season and all of '05 to rush for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall. Strong inside runner who can catch but doesn't have speed to go around end consistently or take it the distance. He's 24 with two children.

Round 6/184 -- John Wendling, S, 6-1, 222, Wyoming
Moved to strong safety as a senior and finished with 78 tackles but no interceptions. Had six picks for his career. Freakish athlete who had a 5-foot-6 leap over a high bar with just two steps recorded on video that wooed the scouts and helped his draft stock.

Round 7/222 -- Derek Schouman, FB/TE, 6-2, 247, Boise State
A long shot to make the team since the club already has two players like him (Brad Cieslak and Ryan Neufeld). Caught 29 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns last fall. Was a key player in Boise State's 13-0 season. Strong and tough and a good route runner, but dropped some easy balls.

Round 7/239 -- C.J. Ah You, DE, 6-3, 274, Oklahoma
Has some pass-rush ability (11 sacks last two years for Sooners) but plays somewhat soft and doesn't separate from blockers well. Began career at BYU, where he was dogged by character and durability issues. Will be a 25-year-old rookie.

 


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