|2||57||Victor Abiamiri||DE||Notre Dame|
|3||90||Tony Hunt||RB||Penn State|
Most of the draft pundits and media types blasted the Eagles draft
selections, but I actually thought they made some very solid and interesting
As I stated last week, I really like the way Kolb spins the football and believe he has the arm, intellect, quickness and accuracy to develop into a solid professional. I liken him to a young Tommy Kramer.
Abiamiri has a lot of ability and should develop into a productive every-down performer at the defensive end position.
Stewart Bradley has more playing range and athletic skills than I had originally expected. That should help him factor quickly on special teams and at the outside linebacker position.
Tony Hunt is a big, physical chain-moving back who does not possess top speed but is a very effective downhill runner. He's the kind of player who appeared to get stronger as the game progressed.
Fifth-round picks Gaddis and Celek are not household names, but both are solid journeyman football players.
Sixth-round selection Barksdale is a very interesting prospect who walked onto the football squad as a senior.
At the 236th slot in the 7th-round , the Eagles selected running back Nate Ilaoa from the University of Hawaii, and it is my feeling that if he can keep his weight under control, this human bowling ball will become a fan favorite in the city of brotherly love.
Many people are involved in the Eagles' draft day decisions, but I believe Ryan Grigson should be singled out for special recognition. I had the opportunity to work with Ryan for three seasons with the Rams and believe he is one of the top young scouts in the game today. .
New York Giants C
|3||81||Jay Alford||DT||Penn State|
|5||153||Kevin Boss||TE||Western Oregon|
|6||189||Adam Koets||OT||Oregon State|
The Giants had many more holes to fill than they had draft selections, but
made two very solid selections in the first two rounds.
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Steve Smith is a pro who should see the field quickly.
In round three, the Giants selected Jay Alford, a steady player with good credentials.
Zak DeOssie has a long way to go in terms of know-how, but has size, speed, and intelligence--three very important qualities. I was very impressed with his ability to change direction and close to the football.
Kevin Boss is another small-program player with catching skills and athletic upside, but he will need to improve his overall blocking and core strength.
I see Oregon State's Adams Koets as an intelligent journeyman right tackle prospect.
I was not impressed with Michael Johnson's Combine workout in Indianapolis in terms of speed in movement, but at the 224th spot he was worth considering.
Bradshaw is a talented, undersized player with good vision and running instincts, but lacks size and top speed for the position.
Special recognition to veteran scouts Jerry Shay and Steve Verderosa, two very accomplished and respected names in the profession. I'm proud to call both of them friends.
Dallas Cowboys C-
|3||67||James Marten||OT||Boston College|
|4||122||Doug Free||OT||Northern Illinois|
|7||212||Courtney Brown||CB||Cal Poly|
Anthony Spencer gives the Cowboys a prototypical 3-4 scheme DE. I like his
playing range, foot speed, and pass rushing skills. He should factor in quickly.
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Isaiah Stanback is an extremely talented athlete who will contribute on special teams and at the wideout position while developing his skills at quarterback.
Doug Free is a big man, but was a disappointment to me from an athletic standpoint.
Nick Folk has the leg strength to kick at the professional level, but is probably a year away.
Deon Anderson is a journeyman college fullback, but has a chance to factor for the Cowboys--particularly since the team's backup fullback in 2006 was a converted linebacker.
Seventh-round selections Courtney Brown (size) and Alan Ball (speed) figure to compete for backup positions in an already crowded secondary.
Washington Redskins D-
In terms of skills and athletic ability, LaRon Landry could well have been
the second-best prospect in the country. He is an experienced, instinctive player
with a very high ceiling. A sure-fire starter in his first season, he could well
be a force for many years to come.
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Blades is a tough, instinctive player with limited range. The son of former pro Bennie Blades, I felt the diminutive H B had difficultly meeting and disengaging from blocks.
Jordan Palmer is a player with limited a playing background who I believe improved greatly over the last two seasons.
The bottom line for the Redskins in this draft? They had too many critical areas with too few picks.
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.