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2007 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Two

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Posted Apr 28, 2007


2007 NFL Draft Pick-by-Pick Analysis and Breakdown - Round Two

By Pete Fiutak

- 2007 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
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  ROUND 2
# Pick Team
1 33 Arizona (from Oakland)   Alan Branch, DT Michigan – His workouts didn’t exactly cause any jaws to drop as he dropped after originally being considered a top five overall pick. He has the size to clog up the middle for ten years able to blow into the backfield when he absolutely has to and has the type of drive to always keep working to get better as long as he keeps his weight in check. He doesn’t get enough credit for occupying two blockers at a time; he’s not going to fill up the stat sheet.
2 34 Buffalo (from Detroit)    Paul Posluszny, LB Penn State – Ultra-productive, if slightly overrated as a college player, he’s a straight up football player who’ll make the defense his in a big hurry. He’s always around the ball and always making plays, even though he can get pushed around a little bit when a big lineman gets a hat on him. He’ll have to work on being better in pass coverage, but that’ll come. He’ll be a ten-year rock. 
3 35 Tampa Bay   Arron Sears, OT/OG Tennessee – Considered a sure-thing with huge size and tremendous blocking ability, he turned off several teams with his attitude during interviews. As a run blocker, he should turn into a killer with the bulk to push around NFL defensive linemen with regularity. While considered by some as a tackle at the pro level, he projects to become a Pro Bowl caliber guard.
4 36 Philadelphia (from Dallas through Cleveland)    Kevin Kolb, QB Houston – A four-year starter for Houston, he became tremendously effective and good at ball security cutting down on his interceptions. The type of quarterback who potentially becomes a top starter after a few years as a number two, he could be a star in the right system and should be fantastic with time to work and learn at a pro level. He’ll be a long-time NFL starter.
5 37 San Diego (from Chicago through Washington through New York Jets)    Eric Weddle, S/CB Utah – One of the most productive all-around players in Mountain West history, he was an All-America corner, a playmaking safety when moved over, and late last year, the team’s top running option. Clutch in every phase of the game, he makes big plays and can be used in a variety of ways. He’s not strong enough or physical enough to be a top safety, but he’ll find a role somewhere in the secondary.
6 38 Oakland (from Arizona)    Zach Miller, TE Arizona State – He’s not Todd Heap, but he’s a good receiver with better athleticism than his slow 40-time shows. A far better blocker than he’s gotten credit for, he’s great at getting down the field and springing big plays. While he won’t be a top-end target, he’ll fight for the ball and make the tough catches when needed.
7 39 Atlanta (from Houston)    Justin Blalock, OG Texas – An ultra-productive, dependable, high-character talent, all that’s missing is a mean streak to bury blockers. While he’s 6-4 and 331 pounds, he doesn’t come across as huge because of his thick base. He can play tackle if needed, but he doesn’t have the athleticism to do it full time. He’s an NFL guard.
8 40 Miami    John Beck, QB BYU – A little small with a decent, accurate arm, he’s the type of quarterback who hangs around on a roster since no one will want to get rid of him. He’ll be the perfect backup quarterback who’ll look great in practices, but does he have the raw skills to be an NFL star? Many scouts started falling in love with him just before the draft, and while he’s a poised, tough passer, he doesn’t have the talent of Drew Stanton or Trent Edwards.
9 41 Atlanta (from Minnesota)   Chris Houston, CB Arkansas – One of the strongest, most physical corners in the draft, he’s a workout warrior (in a good way) with tremendous speed and linebacker-like lifting ability. He’ll need some overall work on his technique and coverage skills and has to become a savvier all-around defender, but he’s got the tools to be a good one, or at least close to as good as he thinks he is.
10 42 Indianapolis (from San Francisco)    Tony Ugoh, OT Arkansas – He was about to become the hot prospect when he got hurt during the combines and wasn’t able to finish. He’s great on the move and a top run blocker who showed off great athleticism in workouts. While he needs to work on his technique and has to get a big stronger, but he’ll become a great pro in time.
11 43 Detroit (from Buffalo)    Drew Stanton, QB Michigan State – At one point last off-season, he was considered by some to possibly be a top five pick with the size, decent arm strength, and mobility to make him the total package. He might be a bit shellshocked after years of problems at MSU, and he has to prove to be more consistent both mentally and physically. If allowed time to develop, he could be a great value here. A possible steal.
12 44 Minnesota (from Atlanta)   Sidney Rice, WR South Carolina – Bad, bad move coming out early. He would’ve generated a first round type of buzz had he come back to the loaded Gamecocks and proved he could be a mature, consistent playmaker. While he’s big and is able to come up with highlight reel grabs in the red zone, he mostly dominated the weak and the sad last season (five touchdown catches against Florida Atlantic) although he had a nice day against Arkansas. He needs a lot of work, a lot of work, to become a polished NFL route runner; don’t expect him to be open.
13 45 Carolina    Dwayne Jarrett, WR USC – The time, the time, the time. Forgetting that he dominated throughout his college career, forgetting he caught everything thrown his way, forgetting he made acrobatic catch after acrobatic catch, all that matters to the scouts was his turtle-slow 40 time. He’s not Mike Williams; he can play and will be productive from day one.
14 46 Pittsburgh     LaMarr Woodley, DE/LB Michigan – He got way too much credit for a few huge games early on last season, but was non-existent when the lights went on against Ohio State and USC to close out the year. He’ll isn’t all that big for an end and doesn’t have nearly enough speed or athleticism to be a regular linebacker, but he has a good motor and will work his way into the starting lineup. He’s the definition of a tweener who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere.
15 47 N.J. Jets (from Green Bay)    David Harris, LB Michigan – If you can be an underrated, unnoticed playmaker at Michigan, Harris was it. He went from being just a good tackler to a great all-around defender able to be a disruptive force in the backfield. He’s not going to do much in pass coverage but he’s fast, a great competitor, and possibly, the best Wolverine taken in the draft. Terrific value.
16 48 Jacksonville    Justin Durant, LB Hampton – Athletic enough to play on the outside and tough enough to handle himself on the inside, he’s an undersized tweener of a linebacker who’ll have to find a spot on special teams early and hope he can eventually fit the system. One of the faster linebackers in the draft.
17 49 Cincinnati    Kenny Irons, RB Auburn – A disappointment as a senior having problems staying healthy, he’s a quick back who’ll be great in stretches as long as he’s healthy. A gamer who’s tough, patient through the hole, and has good acceleration, he plays bigger than his 5-10, 195-pound frame. While not an elite NFL back, he’ll be a nice starter as long as he’s a part of a rotation.
18 50 Tennessee    Chris Henry, RB Arizona – An afterthought when he chose to go pro early after starting just four games at Arizona, he turned into the hottest player at the combine showing off blazing 4.4 speed in a 230-pound frame. With little tread on the tires, he’s fresh and should be a top starter if he gets the chance. However, he hasn’t proven he can do it for a full season and while he’s a swing-for-the-fences pick, he’s still a risk despite his tremendous workout numbers. Think a lower rent, better value Ronnie Brown type.
19 51 N.Y. Giants    Steve Smith, WR USC – While not a blazer and not all that big, he was tremendously productive whenever he got the chance to be a number one receiver. He’s going to be pushed around by stronger defensive backs and he’s going to have problems making the deep play, but he’s going to be a great underneath target. He’ll be a terrific number two.
20 52 St. Louis    Brian Leonard, RB Rutgers – Let’s end this now. He’s a fullback. Period. After slimming down, getting faster, and looking the part of a big tailback for workouts and the combine, he showed he be a ball-carrier if need be. He’ll make his money as a do-it-all type, but he’s a jack of all trades, master of none. He’s not a particularly devastating blocker, but he’s good enough to be strong in pass protection. He’s a decent runner, a nice receiver, and the type of football player every coach would love to have.
21 53 Cleveland (from Dallas)    Eric Wright, CB UNLV – He started off his career at USC where he won a national title, and then became one of the top corners in the Mountain West. With blazing speed and tremendous athleticism, he has the tools to become a solid one-on-one coverman, but he isn’t a strong 5-11, 190, isn’t going to tackle anyone, and has major off-the-field character concerns. He’s a riskier player than his measureables would suggest.
22 54 Kansas City    Turk McBride, DT Tennessee – A great competitor who’ll give everything he has and more, and he’s still developing. He might have just scratched the surface as far as what he can become. While he’s a hard worker, he’s not exactly the strongest run stuffer and is more of a big end playing tackle. He’ll have to create a role and an identity for himself.
23 55 Seattle   Josh Wilson, CB Maryland – Fast, fast, fast. While he’s not big and isn’t going to be a top tackler, he’s smart, is always around the ball, and is great when the ball’s in the air. He’ll stay with any speed receiver, but he’ll get shoved around by the bigger, savvier ones. He could become a fantastic kick returner right out of the box.
24 56 Denver    Tim Crowder, DE Texas – He’s a good, productive lineman who’ll be a solid starter for a long time, but he’s not a pass rusher. Without the raw athleticism to consistently get into the backfield, he has to establish himself right away as a rock against the run. His work ethic, and size, will help him get by.
25 57 Philadelphia    Victor Abiamiri, DE Notre Dame – A limited pass rusher, he’ll be better as an all-around defender making more of an impact against the run. While he has all the tools to become special, the light never quite clicked on at Notre Dame, where he was good, but not special. He has to find one thing he can do extremely well.
26 58 Detroit (from New Orleans)   Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE Hawaii – A fantastic athlete who could be something special if given time to develop. He has good size, good enough speed, and is a pure pass rusher. Now he needs to learn how to become a polished regular and not just an NFL specialist. He has the size to be better against the run.
27 59 Carolina (from N.Y. Jets)   Ryan Kalil, C USC – By far the best center prospect in the draft, he’s quick, smart, and plays with a non-stop motor. There’s a bit of a ceiling on how good he can become at only 6-2 and around 290 pounds, and he’s not going to blow anyone off the ball, but he’s a straight up football player who’ll be a terrific quarterback up front.
28 60 Miami (from New England)    Samson Satele, C/G Hawaii – A limited all-around blocker, he did a good enough job in pass protection but has yet to prove he can be consistent as a run blocker. He’s experienced, nasty and versatile able to play center or guard, but he’s not big enough to be anywhere full-time but in the middle.
29 61 Detroit (from Baltimore)    Gerald Alexander, S Boise State – A former corner, he’s still learning how to be a regular safety still playing like a corner playing safety. He’s not fast enough or physical enough to be any sort of an impact player and he needs to become a better tackler.
30 62 Chicago (from San Diego)   Dan Bazuin, DE Central Michigan – Always working. Always working. He’s a pure pass rusher who makes up for his lack of all-around athleticism by going full-tile all the time. He’s not a top-shelf, number one type of pass rusher who’ll scare offensive coordinators, but he’ll clean up plenty of messes when offenses are paying attention to everyone else.
31 63 Green Bay (from N.Y. Jets through Chicago)    Brandon Jackson, RB Nebraska – He should’ve stayed in school another year to develop a little more. Not a speedster, he’s not necessarily a third down back, he’s not a feature-back who can carry a running attack and he’s not a number one. He’ll have to find a niche right away or be part of a rotation. He’s not Ahman Green.
32 64 Tampa Bay (from Indianapolis)   Sabby Piscitelli, S Oregon State – A big-time producer who didn’t just make plays, but was also clutch. Fantastic combine numbers running faster than he looked (he was too stiff and didn’t move effortlessly), but he cranked out a 4.4 40 at 220 pounds. He’ll need to be coached up to play far up to his size and strength and be a bigger hitter.

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