|1||28||Joe Staley||OT||Central Michigan|
|3||76||Jason Hill||WR||Washington St.|
|6||186||Thomas Clayton||RB||Kansas St.|
An outstanding draft throughout!! If he stays healthy, the highly touted
Patrick Willis has a chance to become something special and is my choice for NFL
Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Joe Staley--in time--has the natural ability to surpass both Joe Thomas and Levi Brown at the offensive tackle position.
Jason Hill flew under the radar for much of his career, but has size, speed and catching skills that should allow him to factor quickly into the pro game. I particularly liked his ability to track the deep ball.
Ray McDonald is a well-schooled inside player with excellent hand use and quickness. If he can stay healthy and add some bulk, he has a chance to become something special.
Jay Moore from Nebraska is a steady, hard-working player--as are his two 4th-round counterparts, Cohen and Goldson (sounds like a law firm).
Fifth round selection Tarell Brown has had some off-the-field problems and needs to grow up. But he represents excellent value at this selection.
Florida State transfer Thomas Clayton has both run skills and vision, but lacks top speed and explosiveness.
An outstanding job from top to bottom with special recognition to director Scot McCloughan, veteran scout Oscar Lofton, and Matt Malaspina.
Arizona Cardinals B+
|1||5||Levi Brown||OT||Penn State|
|3||69||Buster Davis||MB||Florida St.|
Although the Cardinals appeared to reach somewhat with their first selection, both the new coaching and veteran scouting staffs realized that with the departure of Leonard Davis via free agency they were left with no viable alternative other then to draft a tackle with their first selection.
Arizona's second-round pick, Alan Branch of Michigan, is a non-productive giant with skills who the team hopes will develop quickly.
|Steve Breaston (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)|
The more one sees Steve Breaston perform, the more you appreciate his value to a football team. I think he is a very versatile under-appreciated player who should contribute in a backup special teams role for the Cardinals.
Ben Patrick, in my opinion, gives Arizona great seventh-round value and is a far better player and prospect then most teams realize.
With only five selections, there were not enough picks to fill all the team's
pressing needs. But overall I felt Rod Graves and his director of scouting Steve
Keim, did a very fine job of evaluating and sorting out the talent pool for the
2007 draft. Let me take this opportunity to recognize east coast cross-checker,
Jerry Hardaway and veteran left coast talent evaluator Dave Razzano.
Overall I believe their entire staff did a particularly good job preparing for and reacting to the ebbs and flows throughout this marathon two-day process.
St Louis Rams B+
|5||154||Clifton Ryan||DT||Michigan St.|
|7||249||Derek Stanley||WR||Wisconsin Whitewater|
First-round selection Adam Carriker is a wide body that is best suited to
play as a 3-4 end or tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
|Jonathan Wade (AP Photo/Wade Payne)|
One can never have enough quality corners, and in Jonathan Wade the Rams get a player who should contribute in sub-packages and on special teams quickly.
Dustin Fry is a wide body who could allow the Rams to move Richie Incognito back to his natural OG position.
Clifton Ryan was an excellent fifth-round selection in terms of ability and playing potential, but he just does not play consistently hard.
Kendrick Shackleford out of Georgia is a former defensive lineman with limited bend and flexibility.
Keith Jackson is less skilled the aforementioned Clifton Ryan, but gives far better sustained playing effort.
Not a flashy draft, but solid throughout.
Seattle Seahawks F
|4||124||Mansfield Wrotto||OG||Georgia Tech|
|7||232||Steve Vallos||OC||Wake Forest|
First selection Josh Wilson (2nd round) is an outstanding return man and
overall special teams contributor. As a corner, he showed excellent skills
(turn, pedal, and close) but he just did not make enough plays on the ball. I
think he will contribute quickly in nickel.
|Brandon Mebane (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)|
Mansfield Wrotto (I love that name), who has only played one season on the offensive line, represents good value in the fourth round as does the Seahawks' 6th-round selection--the steady-skilled Courtney Taylor from Auburn.
Steve Vallos is a tough, smart and experienced college OT (self-made player) who projects (best chance) to the center position.
A lot will depend on how healthy the Seahawks can remain in 2007, but it appears to me that this team's window for success (around four years) might well be beginning to close.
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.