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2007 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Three

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Posted Apr 28, 2007


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

By Pete Fiutak

- 2007 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
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  ROUND 3
# Pick Team
1 65 Oakland    Quentin Moses, DE Georgia – Considered a possible top ten pick before last year began, he has the speed and athleticism to become a pass rushing specialist who comes up with one or two big plays a game to put up impressive stats. He needs to bulk up and add at least ten pounds of muscle to his 250-pound frame and has to prove his disappointing senior year was an aberration.
2 66 New Orleans (from Detroit)    Usama Young, CB Kent State – One of the highest rising prospects late in the game after cranking out a few impressive workouts, he has good size, nice speed, and was an All-MAC four-year starter and a key to a strong defense. He could grow into a decent shut-down corner after he works through a few technique issues early on.
3 67 Dallas (from Cleveland)   James Marten, OT Boston College – With excellent size and good movement, he can eventually play either tackle spot once his technique catches up with his tools. Basically, he has to grow into an NFL level blocker, but the talent is there.
4 68 Tampa Bay   Quincy Black, LB New Mexico – He made 114 tackles for the Lobos last year making plays all over the field, and then ripped up the combines showing he was one of the fastest, most athletic linebackers available. While he has the athleticism to be a star, he’ll have to show early on that he’s tough enough to get his nose dirty and he has to grow into a better, NFL-caliber tackler. If he’s in space on a consistent basis, he’ll dominate.
5 69 Arizona    Buster Davis, LB Florida State – He’s not all that tall and he’s not the greatest all-around athlete, but he’s a smart, tough warrior who’ll be happy to tell you exactly how and why he’s the best linebacker in football, though in a football-smart, non-Chad Johnson way. While not the ideal linebacker out of central casting, he makes plays, makes plays, makes plays. You want him on your side.
6 70 Denver (from Washington)    Ryan Harris, OT Notre Dame – A great athlete who had a rough year, he’s a tough player who can’t be shoved out of the lineup. He needs to get much bigger and he has to become a meaner run blocker, but he has the tools to become a strong starter.
7 71 Miami    Lorenzo Booker, RB Florida State – Just about everyone’s number one prospect coming out of high school, he was a major disappointment, but it wasn’t his fault. The coaching staff forgot that it’s permissible to run the ball and never used Booker to his potential. He’s not a big back and he’s not going to carry the ball 25 times a game, but he’s a smaller, slower, far less talented Reggie Bush (not a knock).
8 72 Minnesota    Marcus McCauley, CB Fresno State – Jaw-dropping speed and great size makes him look the part of a prototypical NFL corner, but he lost his mojo after suffering a concussion and wasn’t nearly as physical. He doesn’t play up to his athleticism, and while he’ll work his tail off to become a playmaker, he has to prove that his senior year was an aberration.
9 73 Houston    Jacoby Jones, WR Lane College – One of the surprises in the post-season all-star games, he’s big and fast blowing past the top senior corners in practices. He’ll need a lot of work and he has to learn how to catch the ball on a consistent basis, but there’s plenty of upside.
10 74 Baltimore (from Detroit through Buffalo)    Yamon Figurs, WR Kansas State – Lightning fast with the type of open-field ability to become a killer kick returner, he’ll have to overcome his lack of size and inconsistent route running to make the roster. On speed alone he’ll be tough to cut.
11 75 Atlanta    Laurent Robinson, WR Illinois State – Big with 4.4 speed, he’s a phenomenal athlete with the raw skills that could make him the deep sleeper of the draft if he’s not afraid to take a shot. Unfortunately, he doesn’t play up to his size and isn’t exactly the toughest player around.
12 76 San Francisco   Jason Hill, WR Washington State – A touchdown maker who went unnoticed playing up in Pullman, he’s a strong, physical receiver who’ll fight for the ball and is tremendous when he gets a chance around goal line. He’s not going to run past NFL corners, but he’ll quickly turn into a reliable receiver and a great value pick.
13 77 Pittsburgh    Matt Spaeth, TE Minnesota – Excellent size, terrific hands, smart player, tough as nails, no speed or athleticism. He’ll fight his way onto the roster by catching everything that comes his way over the middle, but he’s not going to show enough raw skills to be a featured target.
14 78 Green Bay   James Jones, WR San Jose State – With good size and decent production for the Spartans, he’s a nice receiver but with little upside. He’s not a blazer, not necessarily an NFL return man, and if he’s not a number two possession receiver, he’ll be erased for long stretches.
15 79 Jacksonville   Mike Walker, WR UCF – With good size and excellent production over the last two years, even in last season’s disappointment, he showed he could thrive even without a top-shelf quarterback throwing to him. He made 90 catches for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns on a gimpy knee, and could blow up as a pro if he can find an extra gear when fully healed.
    Cincinnati (Exercised in Supplemental Draft) 
17 80 Tennessee    Paul Williams, WR Fresno State – He wasn’t able to build off a big junior season when too much was made out of a few big deep plays. He’s not going to make any tough catches over the middle and he doesn’t play nearly as fast as he is. The skills and the measurables are there; now the heart has to follow.
18 81 N.Y. Giants    Jay Alford, DT Penn State – A great interior pass rusher who might be a bit too small to be an NFL tackle and a not quite athletic enough to be a regular on the outside. Not the strongest player around, if he can add 10-to-15 pounds of muscle and not lose his side-to-side quickness, he could be interesting.
19 82 Kansas City (from St. Louis)    Tank Tyler, DT NC State – While he didn’t do nearly enough in his senior year to dominate like he should’ve and he’s not going to get into the backfield, he could be a rock in the middle if the coaching staff lights a fire under him and keeps him motivated. A very, very strong 323 pounds, he doesn’t get moved around. Once again, though, he has to show up every down, every game.
20 83 Carolina    Charles Johnson, DE Georgia – He took advantage of everyone paying attention to Quentin Moses on the other side and turned in a nice all-around season. He’s big, is always working, and tries to make up for his deficiencies by going 100 miles per hour. Even though he’s still a bit of a work in progress, there’s a ceiling on what he can become. That doesn’t mean he can’t be a very good starter for a very long time.
21 84 St. Louis (from Kansas City)    Jonathan Wade, CB Tennessee – He has excellent speed, good toughness, and emerging skills, but he’s a bit small and is still learning his way to become a top corner after coming to Knoxville as a receiver. The athleticism and potential are there, but does he have what it takes to be a multi-year pro? He has to learn how to tackle and cover at an NFL level.
22 85 Seattle    Brandon Mebane, DT California – A terrific college player who used his size and short-range quickness to be a dominant rock in the middle of the Bear line. While he has a nice burst, he’s not NFL quick when it comes to shedding blockers and making a play three yards down the field. He doesn’t have a whole bunch of upside unless he quickly develops something he can do at an NFL level.
23 86 Jacksonville (from Denver)    Marshall Yanda, OT/OG Iowa – A nasty blocker who has the attitude offensive line coaches love, Yanda makes up for his lack of athleticism with a phenomenal drive. A lunchpail type of blocker, he didn’t wow anyone in workouts, but he was quick enough to play tackle in college and should grow into a great guard in time.
24 87 Philadelphia (from Dallas)   Stewart Bradley, LB Nebraska – After starting off as a small defensive end, he turned into a big linebacker who can play inside or out. He’s projected to play on the strongside, but he might be more suited for the middle with good instincts and football smarts. After starting out as a special teamer, he’ll work his way on the field.
25 88 New Orleans   Andy Alleman, OT Akron – An upside prospect, he has good size and nice quickness. Now he has to grow into a killer. He’s not all that strong and isn’t going to dominate anyone in the running game. If he can turn into a workout warrior who goes nuts in the weight room and gets coached up, he could be a solid starter.
26 89 N.Y. Jets    Aaron Rouse, S Virginia Tech – A wonderful combination of size, speed and attitude, he has all the measurables you’d want when putting together a safety. He regressed a bit after a huge junior year and didn’t play up to his size or speed. If it all comes together and he’s coached right, he could be a major playmaker.
27 90 Philadelphia    Tony Hunt, RB Penn State – A good power runner who can punch the ball through the line between the tackles, he was always underappreciated as a collegian because he wasn’t flashy. While he’s not going to bust off any big runs and he’s not a special back who’ll go to a Pro Bowl, he’ll be a good number two, change-of-pace back to carry the ball for tough yards late in the game.
28 91 Oakland (from New England) - Mario Henderson, OT Florida State – Tall and cut, he’s a great physical specimen with the raw skills to be good, but he needs time. He has to become a stronger, tougher blocker and needs time to develop. With the right coaching, he’ll turn into a starter.
29 92 Buffalo (from Baltimore)   Trent Edwards, QB Stanford – A pure physical specimen, he has the NFL body … for an outside linebacker. He never got much time to work behind a porous line and got banged up year after year. He looks the part and could shine once he gets a good line, and NFL skill players, to work with.
30 93 Chicago (from San Diego)    Garrett Wolfe, RB Northern Illinois – Pound for pound one of the strongest backs in the draft. He’s a powerback for a 5-8, 182-pound runner with 4.43 speed, and he can carry the workload at times if needed. He was taken away by defenses when they geared to stop him, but NFL defenses are going to have more to worry about than just stopping him. He’s a steal.
31 94 Chicago    Michael Okwo, LB Stanford – A productive playmaker on a bad defense, he has good speed and is a tough tackler. However, he’s not all that big built more like a short strong safety and will get pushed all over the place by NFL blockers. He needs to be in space to be effective.
32 95 Indianapolis    Daymeion Hughes, CB Cal – Poor workouts overshadowed an ultra-productive last two seasons when he played at an All-America level as both a pass defender and a run stopping corner. He doesn’t have the raw skills, and he isn’t tough enough at an NFL level, to become a top corner, but he’ll be a solid pro for several years. Expect him to be a good number two or nickelback more than a number one shut-down man.
33 96 San Diego (Compensatory Selection)   Anthony Waters, LB Clemson – He looked like he might be a top draft pick after his 109-tackle junior year, but he got hurt early on last season with a bad knee injury. If given time to heal and rehab properly, he could be a big-time steal with size, quickness to get into the backfield, and intimidating hitting ability. He’s not fast, but he plays fast.
34 97 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)   Ray McDonald, DT Florida – If his gimpy knee is healthy and he keeps on working in the weight room, he could be one of the draft’s biggest steals. He’s not a space-eater and he has to get much stronger, but his quickness, even with the injuries, is top-shelf and should be a great interior pass rusher as long as he’s not considered a number one anchor-type in the middle.
35 98 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)    Quinn Pitcock, DT Ohio State – A better player than he ever got credit for considering he played for one of the nation’s highest profile programs. Very strong, very tough, and plays above his talent. One of the best true 300-pound tackles in the draft, he can take up space, but he’s not going to be a regular in the backfield.
36 99 Oakland (Compensatory Selection)   Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., WR UTEP – An intriguing prospect, he has the speed of a top five overall draft pick but has a wispy 5-11, 183-pound frame and will get pushed all over the place. He’ll be a tremendous kick returner and will stretch the field deep opening things up for everyone else. He’s Ted Ginn, Jr. at a much better price.

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