2007 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Six

Posted Apr 28, 2007

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

By Pete Fiutak

- 2007 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis
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# Pick Team
1 175 Oakland   Oren O’Neal, FB Arkansas State – A do-it-all cog who would’ve been a first day pick a few years ago when teams actually used fullbacks, he’s a great leader, a terrific blocker, and can catch the ball a little bit. He’s tough, has speed, and will be a nice addition even if he isn’t used all that often.
2 176 Minnesota (from Denver through Detroit)   Rufus Alexander, LB Oklahoma – A big-time playmaker over the last three seasons making 293 tackles and 38 tackles for loss. He’s not necessarily an NFL-caliber linebacker missing size, speed and hitting ability. He’ll fight to make plays and was always around the ball as a college player, but all his talent might not translate to the bigger, faster league.
3 177 N.Y. Jets (from Tampa Bay)   Jacob Bender, OT Nicholls State – A terrific pass protector, he hasn’t faced top competition and needs a lot of work. Not particularly big or athletic, he has upside if he gets bigger and stronger. Toughness isn’t a problem, talent will be.
4 178 Dallas (from Cleveland)    Nick Folk, PK Arizona – A big kicker with a great leg who can also punt at the next level if needed, he doesn’t have the most consistent range and won’t be as solid from beyond 45 yards as everyone might like. He proved to be clutch with a big-time game-winner against BYU.
5 179 Washington    H.B. Blades, LB Pitt – A tackling machine with 376 stops over the last three seasons. He knows how to get to the ball and he doesn’t miss when he gets there, but he’s not NFL fast and could get exposed as a mediocre athlete. If the play is near him, he’ll make it, but he’s not going to fly to the ball like he did in college.
6 180 New England (from Arizona)    Justin Rogers, DE SMU – An excellent speed rusher with good moves and nice size on the outside. He’s not going to do much against the run and he needs to keep working to become a more complete player, but he’s a late-round risk worth taking as a possible pass rushing specialist.
7 181 Miami    Reagan Mauia, RB Hawaii – Mauia got in shape after checking in at 351 pounds earlier in his Hawaii career and projects to be a true fullback. He has tremendous feet, surprising speed and could become a surprising prospect if he’s allowed to develop.
8 182 Tampa Bay (from Minnesota)   Adam Hayward, LB Portland State – A tweener, he’s fast enough to be a safety but projects to grow into a situational linebacker. A jack of all trades, master of none, his sub-4.5 speed will make him an attractive outside linebacker. First he has to be stronger against the run and learn how to handle himself against physical blockers.
9 183 Houston  Kasey Studdard, OG Texas – Big, intense and tough, he’s almost everything you want in a college guard, but he’s not athletic enough to do much of anything at the pro level. He could be a nice backup as long as you know what you’re getting. He’s not going to get any faster.
10 184 Buffalo    John Wendling, S Wyoming – Big, fast and athletic, he’s a shockingly unknown commodity among the NFL types. He’s been a fantastic producer for the last three years with good tackling skills and All-America ability that flew under the radar. If he can amp up the intensity a bit and make a few big hits early on in camp, everyone will realize what a steal he is.
11 185 Atlanta   Trey Lewis, DT Washburn – An athletic 300 pounder who’s tough and great off the blocks, he needed to be better at the D-II level to warrant much consideration earlier in the draft. He needs a lot of coaching and he has to work on his technique, but he has the potential to be an interesting defender in a rotation.
12 186 San Francisco   Thomas Clayton, RB Kansas State – He should’ve been a lot better than he turned out to be. He has the size, the speed, and the talent to have been an All-Big 12 star, but he had major problems off the field and didn’t do nearly enough on the field to become a featured back. On talent, he’s a good flier to take, but he’ll quickly be cut if he doesn’t shine on special teams.
13 187 Cincinnati   Matt Toeaina, DT Oregon – A tough rock of a 300-pounder who’s always going 100 miles per hour and is the type of leader and self-motivator who’ll be hard not to keep around. While not an every down tackle, he could be a terror as a part of a rotation.
14 188 Tennessee   Joel Filani, WR Texas Tech – Very big and very tough with great hands, he’s a smart receiver who’s great in one-on-one coverage. He’s not going to run past anyone and he needs a little bit of polish, but he has the potential to be a playmaker on the inside.
15 189 N.Y. Giants   Adam Koets, OT Oregon State – As durable as they come, he’s been a steady starter and a terrific pass protector with great athleticism and speed. What he can’t do is block for the running game at an NFL level. He needs to get stronger and he needs to be far more physical, but if he spends a few years in the weight room, and has a fire lit under him, he could be a great late round flier.
16 190 St. Louis   Ken Shackleford, OT Georgia – Great size and decent athleticism able to play tackle or guard, he needs a lot of time, a lot of time, to develop into a possible contributor. He had an awful Combine even though he has some of the tools that should’ve translated well. To work out, he’ll have to take up a roster spot for a few years to get better.
17 191 Green Bay (from NY Jets through Carolina)   Korey Hall, LB Boise State – A tremendously productive player who was one of the best in the WAC over four years, he’s a playmaker who might not quite have the all-around skills to translate to the next level. Way too slow to be a safety and way too small to be a linebacker, he’ll have to be a special teams demon to make the team. The coaching staff will hate cutting him.
18 192 Green Bay (from Pittsburgh)    Desmond Bishop, LB California – He has everything you want in a linebacker but speed. He’s a huge hitter who doesn’t miss an opportunity to make plays with 215 tackles over the last two years as the heart-and-soul of the Cal defensive. Unfortunately, he’s way too slow to be much of a factor at the next level.
19 193 Green Bay   Mason Crosby, PK Colorado – An absolute bomber, he has legitimate range from 50-60 yards. Yeah, kicking in the thin air of Boulder certainly helps, but he hit bombs on the road, too. He hasn’t had to come up with many big-time kicks in the clutch and will have to prove he can consistently connect under NFL pressure. That’s nitpicking; he’s by far the best placekicker in the draft.
20 194 Atlanta (from Jacksonville)   David Irons, CB Auburn – The brother of top running back prospect, Kenny, David has been a steady shut-down corner for the Tigers over the last two years. He’s not big, but he has tremendous speed and isn’t afraid to hit. Knee injuries are the issue and he isn’t consistent.
21 195 Dallas    Deon Anderson, FB Connecticut – With good size, tremendous strength, and good speed, he’s a do-it-all fullback who was a key cog in a very good UConn running attack. While he’s not a blow-‘em-up blocker, he’s good on the move and will open up some holes. Character questions are the concern after a slew of off-the-field issues.           
22 196 Kansas City   Herb Taylor, OT/C TCU – Versatile enough to play center or tackle at the next level, Taylor was an ultra-productive college blocker who’s missing the bulk and the raw athleticism to make a major impact. He has talent, but he’ll never be a strong enough, big enough blocker to make a big impact.
23 197 Seattle   Courtney Taylor, WR Auburn – A total disappointment after a breakthrough sophomore season, he’s not fast, not a consistent pass catcher, and won’t hit many home runs. However, he’s big, tough, and will work his tail off to become a good NFL receiver. He’ll be the type of target who’s an afterthought on draft day and ends up sticking around for ten years.
24 198 Atlanta (from Jacksonville through Denver)    Doug Datish, C Ohio State – Not quite a blaster enough of a blocker to be considered a top prospect, he’s tough, durable, and a great quarterback up front. Versatile and athletic enough to play tackle early in his Buckeye career, he’ll stick on the roster as a key reserve, if nothing else.
25 199 Miami (from New Orleans)   Drew Mormino, C Central Michigan – He can’t move, but he’s a good, nasty run blocker who’s strong enough to possibly move to guard if he can improve his footwork. Projected as a backup, he could grow into an uncuttable reserve because of his versatility.
26 200 Cleveland (Dallas from New York Jets)   Melila Purcell, DE Hawaii – With good size, quickness and athleticism, he could be a productive pro is someone lights a fire under him. For stretches, he was dominant able to use his raw skills to make big plays. Now he has to learn how to bring it every play, every down.
27 201 Philadelphia   Rashad Barksdale, S Albany – Good speed, good size, raw. He has a good nose for the ball and has the skills to find ways to make plays. His athleticism was enough to get by at Albany, but now he has to do things at a big-time level and has to improve his technique.
28 202 New England   Mike Richardson, CB Notre Dame – The rare top-level sprinter who’s not all that athletic on the football field, he’s a pick for his speed. That’s it. He can’t cover, had a nightmare of a time against the better college receivers, and got beaten way too often for a player with his wheels.
29 203 Atlanta (from Baltimore)    Daren Stone, S Maine – Stone has interesting size at almost 6-4 and 220 pounds. While he has the athleticism to play free safety, his potential to become an intimidating hitter and run supporter makes him purely a strong safety prospect.
30 204 Tennessee (from San Diego)   Jacob Ford, DE/LB Central Arkansas – He has the speed and the size to be a pass rushing specialist at end even though some might want to make him a linebacker. He’s not going to be good enough in space to be an NFL linebacker, but if he can play with a high motor all the time, he has the raw tools to be an intriguing prospect.
31 205 Washington (from Chicago)    Jordan Palmer, QB UTEP – He has the name and the pedigree, but he doesn’t have anywhere near the skills of his brother, Carson. He hasn’t found an interception he didn’t like to throw, but that’s mostly because he presses a bit too much. Reading NFL defenses will be an issue.
32 206 Tennessee (from Indianapolis)    Ryan Smith, CB Florida – A good defender who was better in college than he ever got credit for, he was great as a Gator when it came to keeping top receivers from making big plays. He’s not quite fast enough to handle the top NFL speed receivers and he’s not big enough to be much of an open-field tackler or handle himself in run support. Even so, he might be a nice player to have in the rotation.
33 207 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)   Prescott Burgess, LB Michigan – A former safety who’s still learning how to play linebacker at a top level, he doesn’t have the speed or athleticism you’d think a former Michigan defensive back would have. He’s big and is decent in pass coverage, and now he has to get the instincts of a linebacker.
34 208 New England (Compensatory Selection)   Justise Hairston, RB Central Connecticut State – After starting out at Rutgers, he moved over to Central Connecticut State after it became obvious he wasn’t going to play. With good size and enough straight-line speed to get through the hole, he has the potential to be an emergency back. More than likely, he’ll be a fullback because of his blocking skills.
35 209 New England (Compensatory Selection)   Corey Hilliard, OG Oklahoma State – An all-star at OSU and one of the Big 12’s premier blockers, he doesn’t quite have the skills to translate to an NFL level. While he played tackle for the Cowboys, he’s not nearly athletic enough to handle pro pass rushers. If he can get a bit stronger in the interior, he has a possible future as a guard.
36 210 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)   Jordan Kent, WR Oregon – At 6-4 and 217 pounds with 4.5 speed, he has the measurables. A former Oregon basketball player, he has the athleticism. Now he needs to learn how to become a true receiver and not a hoopster playing football. He’ll have to get stronger to play up to his size.

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