2007 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Five

Posted Apr 28, 2007

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

By Pete Fiutak

- 2007 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
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# Pick Team
1 138 Oakland    Jay Richardson, DE Ohio State – It’s all about the upside. He has a good frame and good quickness, and now he has to get a bit bigger, stronger, and learn how to handle NFL caliber tackles. He wasn’t an ultra-productive college player, can he ramp it up as a pro?
2 139 Detroit    Dustin Fry, C Clemson – Great size, great strength, not smooth. He’s not an athletic blocker and might project to someday be a better guard than center. Even so, he gets the job done and can be a terrific run blocker in time.
3 140 Cleveland    Brandon McDonald, CB Memphis – In college, he played faster than he is, but he doesn’t have anywhere near the NFL speed or strength to be a starting corner. He’ll work hard and he could be a decent nickel or dime defender, but if he’s on the field for any appreciable length of time, uh oh.
4 141 Tampa Bay   Greg Peterson, DE North Carolina Central – The only question is the competition he faced having dominated at a D-II level. He has all the tools with size, speed and quickness, and while he’ll need a lot of coaching and a long time to develop into an NFL caliber player, he could be a home run swing considering his measurables.
5 142 Arizona    Steve Breaston, WR Michigan – A total disappointment until last year when he cemented himself as a pure possession receiver, he’ll make his mark as a kick and punt returner. He’s got nice quickness, but he’ll do nothing as a receiver and will get erased by the most marginal of defensive backs.
6 143 Washington   Dallas Sartz, S/LB USC – He’s not the tweener he’s being made out to be. He has the speed to become a heck of an NFL safety, but he’ll likely start out as an outside linebacker on the strongside even though he’s not the surest tackler around. Basically, he’s an interesting prospect who needs to find a spot.
7 144 Houston    Brandon Harrison, S Stanford – While he might be considered for a linebacker spot at some point if he bulks up, he’s a safety with good size and excellent speed. He has the measurables, but he’s not a playmaker struggling to make enough big tackles or do enough when the ball is in the air.
8 145 New Orleans (from Detroit throughout Miami)    David Jones, CB Wingate – Pure speed, he’s a sub-4.5 runner with good size and a natural corner. Just an average corner at a D-II level, he’ll have to learn how to become more physical. He’s a risky pick, but he’s a risky pick worth taking on speed and upside.
9 146 Minnesota   Aundrae Allison, WR East Carolina – He still needs work to be a true NFL talent and he’ll need a lot of coaching. While he’s got great athletic ability, it’s going to be a while before he makes any sort of an impact.
10 147 San Francisco    Tarell Brown, CB Texas – With good size and good athleticism, but not elite speed, he can do a little of everything well. His stock slipped after a foot problem plagued him his senior year making him less productive and not nearly the player he was as a junior. He could blossom into a steal.
11 148 Kansas City (from Buffalo through St. Louis)    Kolby Smith, RB Louisville – Is he a full-time back? No, but he has good size, nice athleticism, and is a good blocker. A potentially great No. 2 back, or even a fullback, he’ll grow into a nice player who’ll hang around the league for a while.
12 149 Jacksonville (from Atlanta)    Uche Nwaneri, OG Purdue – A big body who was good in pass protection and has the strength to be a start. He’s not the best athlete having a lousy Combine. While he might be limited, he might surprise early on and make the roster and be a regular on the line.
13 150 Jacksonville   Josh Gattis, S Wake Forest – Good enough speed to play any safety position with fantastic range, he’s been productive for the last three years and would’ve gotten more attention if all the defensive focus wasn’t on LB Jon Abbate. He could stand to be a better tackler and there are some questions about how well he’ll do against an NFL power running game, but his speed and smarts will get him a starting spot in time.
14 151 Cincinnati    Jeff Rowe, QB Nevada – A veteran starter who grew into a good passer in Nevada’s “pistol” offense, he has good size, a decent arm and good decision-making ability. However, he doesn’t have an NFL caliber arm and little mobility. Think Indianapolis backup QB, and former Wisconsin Badger, Jim Sorgi.
15 152 Tennessee    Antonio Johnson, DT Mississippi State – One of the best combinations of size and athleticism among the tackles, he’s 305 pounds and fast. Can he be consistent? For all his talent and all his athleticism, he didn’t do nearly enough for the Bulldogs coming from the JUCO ranks. An extremely disappointing college player.
16 153 N.Y. Giants   Kevin Boss, TE Western Oregon – He can’t run and has only cranked out stats against D-II teams, but he has nice hands and could be a heck of a blocker. He has to get stronger and has to improve his all-around toughness.
17 154 St. Louis   Clifton Ryan, DE/DT Michigan State – A huge end or a good-sized tackle, he’s 310 pounds, strong, and very athletic. However, he doesn’t play up to his size and doesn’t make nearly enough plays for a big man. He struggled just like the team did at the end of last year, but if someone can light a fire under him, he could be a mega-steal.
18 155 Carolina   Dante Rosario, TE/FB Oregon – While he’s not big, he’s a great athlete with a great motor. Is he really a tight end? More like a fullback playing tight end, he’s a true tweener who’ll make his biggest impact, if any, on special teams.
19 156 Pittsburgh    Cameron Stephenson, OG Rutgers – A tough run blocker with good size, he could be a starter if given time to learn what he’s doing. He’s not a finished product by any stretch and needs plenty of work on his technique. He’ll try hard and will work once he gets next-level coaching.
20 157 Green Bay    David Clowney, WR Virginia Tech – Tremendously quick and potentially a dangerous kick returner, he should be better now that he’s in the NFL and away from a Virginia Tech passing game that limited his skills. At least that’s the hope considering he was a mediocre college receiver.
21 158 Detroit (from Denver)    Johnny Baldwin, LB Alabama A&M – Can he play at a high level? He has great size at 6-1 and 232 pounds and has top speed for an inside linebacker. His workouts for several pro teams were fantastic highlighted by benching 225 pounds 28 times (Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas benched it 24 times). Raw, but very intruiging.
22 159 Philadelphia (from Dallas)    C.J. Gaddis, CB Clemson – With great speed and good size, he has all the measurables and has the talent to grow into a starting corner. So versatile that it’s a negative; he never grew into a position at Clemson and might need at least a year of work to become a pure corner.
23 160 Kansas City    Justin Medlock, PK UCLA – The best kicker in America last season, he was clutch, consistent, and a difference maker for an offense that struggled a bit too often. He’s not going to hit the 50-yard bombs like Mason Crosby might, but he’ll nail everything 45 yards and in.
24 161 Seattle   Will Herring, LB Auburn – He’s not flashy and isn’t ever going to wow anyone, but he’s a flat-out football player. The former safety is an undersized linebacker prospect with the quickness to be decent on the outside. Great against the pass, he’ll get shoved around too much against bigger running teams. He needs to get bigger and stronger.
25 162 Philadelphia   Brent Celek, TE Cincinnati – An ultra-productive star of the UC offense for three years, he’s a good athlete and a big wide receiver playing tight end. He’s not a big blocker and won’t be a featured receiver type of playmaker, but he’s experienced, was a better route runner than he gets credit for, and as long as he doesn’t have to be big in the running game, will be a nice second tight end.
26 163 Houston (from New Orleans)   Brandon Frye, OT Virginia Tech – One of the fastest tackles in the draft, he can move, is strong, and gets down the field in a big hurry. He still needs time to become a polished blocker. If he gets time to learn and develop, he could be a home-run pick.
27 164 Carolina (from N.Y. Jets)   Tim Shaw, LB Penn State – A good combination of size and speed, he’s an active defender who benefited from being the third man in, arguably, the best linebacking corps in America. He’s not a big hitter and he didn’t step up his play as a senior after a great junior year after moving to defensive end. Will the lack of development last year prove too costly? Yeah, it’ll take a little while for him to become an NFL linebacker.
28 165 Oakland (from New England)   Eric Frampton, S Washington State – Decent, but not elite speed with a fantastic motor and good tackling skills with 187 stops in the last two seasons. Not huge at around 6-0 and 205 pounds, he’ll get pushed around a bit and isn’t quite as physical as the scouts would’ve liked. His work ethic and willingness to do whatever it takes will make him tough to cut.
29 166 Jacksonville (from Baltimore)   Derek Landri, DT Notre Dame – Not quite the space-eater you’d like as a starting tackle and not quite NFL-quick enough to become a top interior pass rusher, he might be fine when he’s not seeing two blockers. He’ll work his tail off and will always go 100%, but there’s little upside. He is what he is.
30 167 Chicago (from San Diego)    Kevin Payne, S UL Monroe – A do-it-all player for ULM, literally, as the team’s punter, top safety, and running back (at least early in his career). He’s a good athlete who packs a pop missing from most of the top safety prospects. Give him time and he could be in the lineup.
31 168 Chicago    Corey Graham, CB New Hampshire – With tremendous 4.49 speed, he has the natural cover ability to potentially be a nice second corner if he gets time to develop. Don’t expect him to tackle anyone and don’t expect him to do much of anything this year as he continues to rehab from a broken leg suffered halfway through the year.
32 169 Indianapolis    Roy Hall, WR Ohio State – Potentially a tight end, he’s 232 pounds and plays like it. He’s a physical receiver who isn’t enough of a blocker to be an every down tight end, but he could be an H-Back or a second tight end who can make plays underneath.
33 170 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)    William Gay, CB Louisville – A very, very good and productive college player, he doesn’t have the speed or the size to be a regular NFL corner. He’ll be a good nickel or dime back and could become an occasional safety. He’s a good hitter for his size.
34 171 New England (Compensatory Selection)    Clint Oldenburg, OT Colorado State – Not all that big, but versatile able to play either guard or tackle, he’s athletic with good feet and decent in pass protection. He needs to get bigger and could stand to get stronger. At best, he’ll be a backup early on while he sits in the weight room.
35 172 San Diego (Compensatory Selection)    Legedu Naanee, WR Boise State – A quarterback when he arrived in Boise, he has great size, excellent speed, and can jump out of the stadium. He’s not even remotely polished, but he has too much athletic ability to not take a flier on.
36 173 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)   Michael Coe, CB Alabama State – Athletic and smart, he started out his career at Arkansas as a receiver before getting hurt and transferring to play for his dad. While not a next level speedster and not all that physical, he’ll be a good backup before working his way into a number two corner or nickelback.
37 174 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)   Troy Smith, QB Ohio State – Considered a possible first rounder by some at the end of the regular season, his stock dropped off the map with a bad national title performance against Florida and lousy workouts. He has the arm and the mobility, but he’s not big and has to pull up out of the nosedive started when he won the Heisman.

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