2007 NFL Draft – The Best of the Rest
We already took a look back at the first round picks. Now let’s take a look at the other rookies that made an impact last year.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants, 7th Round
Bradshaw’s regular season numbers don’t tell the story. He finished with 190 yards (8.3 ypc) and a score. However, he made a name for himself in the playoffs rushing for 208 yards and a score in New York’s four road victories.
Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills, 3rd Round
Trent took over the starting job for an injured/ineffective J.P. Losman. He looked decent at times finishing with 1630 passing yards, 7 TDs, 8 INTs, a 56.1% completion percentage, and a 70.4 passer rating. His best game was a 4 TD performance against Miami.
Brian Leonard, St. Louis Rams, 2nd Round
Leonard had 303 yards for the Rams in his rookie season. He helped out in the passing game grabbing 30 passes for 183 yards. The highlight of his season was his 102 yard effort (plus 33 receiving) in a loss to Arizona.
Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers, 2nd Round
Jackson had every opportunity to take the job and run with it, but injuries and a slow start allowed Ryan Grant to take the reins. He finished with 267 yards rushing and 16 catches for 130 yards. His best effort was the 113 yards he hung on Detroit in the season finale.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers, 3rd Round
Jones showed some big play ability catching 47 passes for 676 yards and a pair of TDs. The highlight of his season was a 79 yard TD grab from Brett Farve in a win over Denver. He had three catches for 107 yards that game.
Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders, 2nd Round
Zach showed signs that he’s going to be a very capable TE in this league catching 44 passes for 444 yards and 3 TDs. He ended the season on a high note with 8 receptions for 84 yards.
Kolby Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, 5th Round
Kolby filled in admirably after Larry Johnson went down with a foot injury. He rushed for 387 yards (77.4 yards per game) and 2 TDs in Weeks 12-16. His monster 150 yard, 2 TD game against Oakland endeared him to fantasy football owners (at least the ones who owned him). He also added 22 catches for 148 yards.
Darius Walker, Houston Texans, Undrafted
Darius finished strong from Houston running for 264 yards in their final four games (66 yards per game). His lone touchdown came against Jacksonville in Week 17.
Selvin Young, Denver Broncos, Undrafted
Travis Henry’s inability to stay healthy opened the door for Selvin Young, an undrafted RB out of Texas. Selvin responded with 729 yards (5.2 ypc) rushing and a score and 35 receptions for 231 yards. His best game was a 156 yard effort against Kansas City.
Gerald Alexander, Detroit Lions, 2nd Round
Alexander had a solid season rookie season recording 81 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 INTs. He had 15 tackles in a loss to San Diego.
Fred Bennett, Houston Texans, 4th Round
Bennett had 62 tackles and three INTs in his rookie season. His three picks came in Weeks 9, 12 & 13 (with a bye in Week 10). He had 11 tackles in a loss to Indianapolis.
Tim Crowder, Denver Broncos, 2nd Round
After missing his first three games, Crowder went on to record 17 tackles and 4.5 sacks. A pair of those sacks came in a win over Kansas City.
David Harris, New York Jets, 2nd Round
Harris was another great find for the Jets. He tied for 8th in the league with 126 tackles. He also added five sacks. He had 41 tackles in back-to-back losses to Buffalo and Washington.
Chinedum Ndukwe, Cincinnati Bengals, 7th Round
Not quite this years Marques Coltson, but a solid 45 tackle, 2 sack, 3 INT season out of a 7th rounder. Chinedum had ten tackles and two picks in a win over Cleveland.
Brian Robison, Minnesota Vikings, 4th Round
Robison had quite an impact for a 4th round pick. He had 24 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He opened the season with two sacks against Atlanta.
Clifton Ryan, St. Louis Rams, 5th Round
Clifton had 30 tackles and two sacks in his rookie season. His best game came against San Francisco when he had four tackles, including a pair of sacks. He forced three fumbles on the year.
LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd Round
Woodley missed three games, but still managed to record 14 tackles and four sacks. In Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Jacksonville, he had three tackles and two sacks. Images courtesy of Icon SMI