My top seven
QB’s all have the potential to start in the NFL one day, with David Carr
clearly leading the way. Carr and Harrington are likely the only two with
a chance to be starting in week one. Rolivich, and Ramsey both played in
pass-oriented offenses that required a lot of decision making from the
QB position, which I think, will benefit them on the next level. Carr and
Davey probably possess the strongest arms of the group. Dantzler is easily
the best scrambler, but may have to take his abilities to Canada first
to prove himself at the QB position.
1) David Carr,
2) Joey Harrington,
3) Kurt Kittner,
5) Nick Rolovich,
6) Rohan Davey,
7) Josh McCown,
Sam Houston St.
8) Shaun Hill,
Bonner, Valdosta St.
12) Greg Zoleman,
14) J.T. O’Sullivan,
Garrard, East Carolina
leads the list of my runningbacks entering the draft, but not by much.
He is an explosive and strong runner, but doesn’t have breakaway speed.
Foster is a similar back, who is equaled only by Peterson for the best
stiff arm among the RB’s. For all the hype, T.J. Duckett never wowed me
in college, but perhaps it had something to do with the line he ran behind.
Portis is a patient, shifty runner; a smaller version of Edgerrin James.
Hurst appeared to me to be the fastest back on the field, reminds me of
another Husky back, Napoleon Kaufman. I like Chester Taylor and Adrian
Peterson to emerge as later round surprises.
Green, Boston College
3) T.J. Duckett,
Peterson, Georgia Southern
Portis, Miami (FL)
7) Lamar Gordon,
North Dakota St.
Henry, East Carolina
Wells, Ohio St.
15) Luke Staley,
Flowers, Arizona St.
19) Dave Minnich,
20) Tony Fisher,
have Najeh Davenport as their #1 fullback, but I don’t for two reasons.
I still question his blocking and he has suffered through two serious injuries.
I’m not sure if he’ll hold up on the next level. Baxter is a banger, who
just loves to block. Bartholomew impressed me with his strength at the
combine and moved up on my list.
1) Jarrod Baxter,
3) Najeh Davenport,
4) Will Bartholomew,
Ferguson, Virginia Tech
6) Jamar Martin,
7) Kyle Johnson,
8) Chad Kuhns,
9) Tyree Foreman,
remains atop my receiver list. I love his size and competitiveness. Neither
can be taught. Ron Johnson might be my sleeper pick of the whole draft.
He impresses me with his “next level” ability in terms of making tough
catches. Lelie is packed with potential. All the numbers looked great,
but did it against lesser competition. No Florida receiver has ever wowed
me, and neither do Gaffney or Caldwell. They will be good pros though.
I had big concerns with Antonio Bryant long before the combine. Never impressed
me at Pittsburgh. He had attitude problems and never showed up in big games.
2) Ron Johnson,
4) Josh Reed,
5) Andre Davis,
6) Donte Stallworth,
7) Cliff Russell,
8) Jabar Gaffney,
9) Nakoa McElrath,
Newson, Middle Tennessee St.
Campbell, Georgia Tech
17) Tim Carter,
In my eyes
Jeremy Shockey holds a comfortable lead on Daniel Graham for the top TE
spot. Shockey has the best hands, runs the best routes, and possesses the
best competitive spirit among this TE group. Graham is very talented, but
still drops passes he shouldn’t. Terry Jones Jr. is the most balanced TE
in the group. He blocks well and catches well, but is outstanding in neither
1) Jeremy Shockey,
Sanders, Ohio St.
6) Chris Baker,
7) Terry Jones
8) Derek Smith,
9) Keith Hienrich,
Sam Houston St.
10) Doug Jolley,
12) Tim Stratton,
14) Matt Schoebel,
the top offensive tackle on my board and will remain there unless he gets
hurt between now and the draft. I see him as a career pro-bowler. Williams
needs to bring his weight down to remove concerns of him becoming another
Aaron Gibson. Pearson is great player with good footwork, but needs to
improve his strength. Jones is a great athlete who actually played defense
at the start of his college career.
1) Bryant McKinnie,
2) Mike Williams,
3) Mike Pearson,
4) Levi Jones,
7) Marc Colombo,
Gonzalez, Miami (FL)
Pitts, San Diego St.
Paige, South Carolina
Walter, Ohio St.
16) Mike Collins,
17) Kurt Vollers,
19) Jeff Hatch,
20) Matt Hill,
was the best lineman on the second best offensive line in the country last
year, and is my choice as the top guard. Gurode demonstrated his great
strength at the combine. Fonoti is an impressive physical specimen who
is a crushing run blocker, but he did not do much pass blocking at Nebraska.
And like all Nebraska linemen will have to make that adjustment to be successful
in the NFL. Mitchell, Williams, and Smith are small school kids who can
definitely play at the next level.
1) Andre Gurode,
2) Tonoi Fonoti,
4) Qasim Mitchell,
5) Fred Weary,
Williams, Gardner Webb
Bibla, Miami (FL)
9) Frank Romero,
10) Eric Heitman,
Lee, Mississippi St.
Smith, Tennessee St.
15) John Miller,
18) Kyle Kosier,
19) Evan Routzhan,
Johnson, South Carolina
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an outstanding combine further solidifying his place as the top center
in the draft. Bentley excelled in all phases and was the centerpiece in
Ohio St. rejuvenated running game this past year. McKinney and Fowler project
into the mid rounds. Despite being a Division II player, Ball could prove
to be a hidden gem.
Bentley, Ohio St.
2) Seth McKinney,
4) Craig Osika,
5) Jason Ball,
6) PJ Alexander,
7) Scott Peters,
8) Zac Zedalis,
9) Kyle Young,
10) Kyle Benn,