2007 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Four

Posted Apr 28, 2007

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

By Pete Fiutak

- 2007 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
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# Pick Team
1 100 Oakland    Michael Bush, RB Louisville – One of the tougher calls, he has the size, he has the speed, and he has the overall athleticism. However, he plays like a small, soft back and doesn’t take advantage of his size. He’s never been able to stay healthy with foot problems before suffering the bad-luck broken leg against Kentucky. If he gets in better overall shape, he could grow into a devastating No. 2 option.
2 101 Jacksonville (from Detroit)   Adam Podlesh, P Maryland – An athletic punter who can move around and is fast at getting the ball off, he is consistent with a big, accurate leg who put a whopping 83 kicks inside the 20. While he’s not going to blast many, if any, 70 yard bombs, he won’t get kicks blocked and will pin everyone deep.
3 102 Minnesota (from Tampa Bay)    Brian Robison, DE Texas – Comes out of the blocks like he was shot out of a cannon, but he didn’t come up with enough big plays and isn’t a creative pass rusher. Either he got into the backfield off a first move or he was blocked. There’s not any one thing he’s special at.
4 103 Dallas (from Cleveland)    Isaiah Stanback, QB Washington – He’s not an NFL quarterback, but because of his athleticism, size, speed and smarts, he might have a shot if given time. Early on, he’d make a killer receiver or safety even though he’s adamant about being a quarterback. If you’re counting on him to get under center any time in the next three years, you’re in trouble.
5 104 San Francisco (from Washington)    Jay Moore, DE Nebraska – Moore’s a very big, stunningly athletic end who came up with a top-shelf senior year showing too much size and speed for most mediocre tackles. He isn’t great against the run when facing big, mauling tackles and is a pure end, not a linebacker despite what some scouts might think
6 105 Detroit (from Arizona through Oakland)    A.J. Davis, CB NC State – While he tries hard and is a good, quick athlete, he’s small and will get beaten up. He’ll find a role as a part-time corner and in nickel packages, but he’s not strong enough to grow into anything more than an occasional number two corner.
7 106 Tampa Bay (from Minnesota)    Tanard Jackson, CB Syracuse – He’ll beat up receivers and will be terrific in run support. While he doesn’t have elite speed and is more like a safety playing corner, if he actually stays at corner, he’ll grow into a decent pass defender after a few rough spots early on. He’ll have to learn how to attack the ball better when it’s in the air.
8 107 New Orleans (from Houston)    Antonio Pittman, RB Ohio State – Here’s the problem; what are you going to do with him? While he has tremendous speed, he’s not all that big and isn’t as slippery as he needs to be. He’s not a power runner and he’s not a receiver. Even so, he’s durable, tough, and will be good here and there for a big game or two.
9 108 Miami    Paul Soliai, DT Utah – One of the biggest tackles in the draft at 6-4, 325 pounds, he’s still learning how to play up to his size. He was unstoppable in the East-West Shrine practices and showed glimpses of major-league talent at times. If given time to learn as a part of a rotation, his upside is limitless.
10 109 Atlanta    Stephen Nicholas, LB South Florida – He doesn’t have the measureables and isn’t going to wow anyone with any one skill, but he’s a straight-up ball player. Always on the move, always making the needed tackle, and always fighting to make plays, he’s be a first rounder if he were around 250 pounds and faster.
11 110 Oakland (from San Francisco through New England)   John Bowie, CB NC State – Speed, speed, speed. One of the fastest players in the draft with sub-4.4, occasionally sub-4.3 wheels, he can move and could turn into a dangerous return man. He’s not a great tackler and nowhere near an elite coverman with plenty of work needing to be done on his technique.
12 111 Buffalo    Dwayne Wright, RB Fresno State – An ideal backup running back who’ll be great to wear down defenses on a drive here and there, he’s a strong, tough runner who could turn into a whale of a goal line specialist. Not fast, a bit old, and with no more room for improving much, what you see is what you get.
13 112 Pittsburgh (from Green Bay)   Daniel Sepulveda, P Baylor – The best punter in America over the last three seasons averaging over 46 yards per kick after averaging 43.1 yards per punt as a freshman, he has a monster leg, is a great athlete, and can blast it nice and high. He had injury problems hurting his knee playing basketball, but the left footer is fine and should be a ten-year pro.
14 113 Jacksonville    Brian Smith, DE/LB Missouri – He was turning in a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year type of season before getting hurt suffering a hip injury, he’s the classic tweener who can get to the quarterback and is always active. However, he’s undersized for an end and not nearly fast enough to be a regular outside linebacker. Fantastic college player, extremely questionable pro.
15 114 Cincinnati   Marvin White, S TCU – He works his tail off, is exceptionally fast, and has made himself stronger to fill out his lean 6-1 frame. While he’s not a natural in pass coverage and will get burned way too often at the next level by savvy receivers who run crisp routes, he’s a nice value pick.
16 115 Tennessee    Leroy Harris, C/OG NC State – A terrific college player who made the most out of what he had to work with. He’s quick and he’s able to maul when he gets his hands on a defender, but he’ll have problems with the monstrously big, or the smaller, athletic tackles. He’ll be fine against everyone in between.
17 116 N.Y. Giants    Zak DeOssie, LB Brown – A strong prospect at just over 6-4, 248 pounds and with 4.6 speed. A big-time producer over the last three years with 288 tackles, but that was at Brown. He’ll need plenty of work on his technique and he’ll have to show he can be consistent against top competition. Even so, he’ll be interesting to watch as an outside, likely strongside, defender.
18 117 Detroit (from St. Louis)    Manuel Ramirez, OG Texas Tech – Way strong, way strong, he was a man among boys lifting at the combine. He has size and can push people around, but he’s not athletic and not necessarily an NFL pass protector despite doing a good job in the Texas Tech offense. He’ll get eaten up by quicker defensive linemen.
19 118 Carolina    Ryne Robinson, WR Miami University – One of the great punt retuners in college football history, he’ll make it on special teams. An underrated college receiver, he made 91 catches last season in a lousy offense as the team’s only offensive weapon. He’s not lightning fast and isn’t big enough to be a regular NFL target.
20 119 Green Bay (from Pittsburgh)   Allen Barbre, OT/OG Missouri Southern – Excellent combination of size, speed, athleticism and attitude. The big concern is competition playing at the D-II level and dominating. He was fantastic at the Combine and showed elite D-I type of skills, but he’s still a little bit raw and has to work his way into a position.
21 120 Seattle    Baraka Atkins, DE Miami – It just never happened for him at Miami. With the NFL size and speed to possibly become a sure-thing pro, he never got in shape, rarely showed want-to, and he didn’t do enough to maximize his potential. If someone can light a fire under him, he could be a player.
22 121 Denver (from Minnesota through Denver through Atlanta)    Marcus Thomas, DT Florida – One time considered a possible top ten overall talent, he got kicked off the team for smoking pot after being suspended twice. He’s a big 290-pound space-eater with great quickness and an explosive burst. On the field, he’s a big-time talent, but in the new NFL world order of character counting, he’s a big risk.
23 122 Dallas    Doug Free, OT Northern Illinois – Called “The Freak” for a reason, he’s 6-7, 306 pounds and great footwork. He has a tremendous motor and is always finishing off blocks down the field. He could stand to be a bit more aggressive and needs to get stronger overall. Basically, he has to find the jerkweed streak that makes good tackles great.
24 123 Houston (from New Orleans through Kansas City)    Fred Bennett, CB South Carolina - He’s big, fast, and looks the part with good ball skills making play after play when the ball was in the air over the last two years, but he’s not a good tackler, won’t do enough to bump receivers around or provide a jam on the line. If he can prove he can be do something, anything in run support, he’ll be a steal.
25 124 Seattle (from New York Jets through San Francisco)    Mansfield Wrotto, OG Georgia Tech – Once he figures out what he’s doing, he’ll be one to watch. He’s a former defensive lineman who was decent as an offensive tackle, but could grow into something special as a guard if he’s allowed time to progress. If you’re expecting an opening day starter, you’ll be disappointed.
26 125 New Orleans (from Philadelphia)   Jermond Bushrod, OT/OG Towson – Extremely strong, he has the potential to be a tremendous run blocker if he can ramp up the attitude and find a mean streak. He’s not quite athletic enough to become a top tackle and projects as a guard.
27 126 Indianapolis (from New Orleans)   Dashon Goldson, CB/S Washington – He’s not fast enough to be an NFL corner and has to show the hitting ability to become a safety. He has great size and a little bit of experience as a safety, but he’s not always a sure-thing hitter and has to find a role; he’s never going to be a number one corner.
28 127 New England     Kareem Brown, DT Miami – Big, very strong, and put up good numbers despite being a part of a regular rotation. He wasn’t always consistent, but that might be because he wasn’t always a starter and didn’t play full-time. He has all the talent to be a productive pro, and now he has to show he can do it on an every down basis.
29 128 Tennessee (from Baltimore)   Chris Davis, WR Florida State – Very fast, very athletic and a natural receiver, he’s just a good football player who’ll be better in the pros than he was for the Seminoles. He’ll never be a top-end receiver lacking the deep play ability despite his speed, but he should be a nice number three.
30 129 San Diego    Scott Chandler, TE Iowa – Big, big, big, he’s close to 6-7 and 268 pounds with a big frame he’s able to use to shield defenders to make tough catches. He’s a better route runner than he might appear to be in workouts, but he’s not going to block anyone.
31 130 Chicago   Josh Beekman, OG Boston College – Even with the toughness and attitude you want in a run blocker, he has a limited upside at 6-2 and with no mobility. He makes up for his lack of measurables with great drive. He won’t outquick anyone, but he’ll beat defenders up.
32 131 Indianapolis   Brannon Condren, S Troy – A former walk-on who’s great in the weight room and will work his tail off to be a player. He has good speed and is a big-time hitter who could be a big-time steal if he gets a little time to figure out what he’s doing. More of a strong safety than a free safety.
33 132 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)    Ryan McBean, DT Oklahoma State – Out of central casting as far as looks, he’s a bit undersized at under 280 pounds and he’ll need to somehow make the jump from being an underwhelming college player to a better pro. He’s far, far from a finished product needing time to develop and work his way into a steady playmaker inside or out.
34 133 Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)   Martrez Milner, TE Georgia – He looks the part with an NFL body and good speed, but he’s not a receiver. He doesn’t do any one thing well and isn’t nearly tough enough to be a top blocker. He’ll have to create a niche for himself and play into his measurables.
35 134 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)     Antwan Barnes, DE/LB Florida International – While many want to think of him as an end, he’s a linebacker at the next level with jaw-dropping speed and the ability to always fund his way into the backfield. The problem? He didn’t get to the quarterback nearly enough considering he played in the Sun Belt.
36 135 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)   Joe Cohen, DE/DT Florida – With decent quickness in a 313-pound frame, he has just enough athleticism to potentially be a strong inside presence. He’s not athletic enough to play on the end, where some scouts thought he might be, and isn’t going to be a top pass rusher. Health is an issue after having hip problems.          
37 136 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)    Clint Session, LB Pitt – While short (under 5-10), he’s a big hitter who’s always working and always on the move. Not fast enough to even be considered for the weakside, he might be pigeonholed on the strongside. He’s not an NFL caliber middle linebacker.
38 137 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)    Le’Ron McClain, FB Alabama – The type of player everyone wants to have, the 265-pound fullback is tough, brings plenty of attitude (in a good way), and is a phenomenal blocker. While he won’t be used much as a playmaker with the ball, he’s not a bad receiver and can be used on special teams.

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