Looking back at the 2007 NFL Draft First Rounders
1. Oakland – JaMarcus Russell, QB LSU
Obviously it’s wait-and-see with JaMarcus. Even if he wins the starting job next year, he’ll likely struggle. In his only start last year, he actually played well. Of course it was against San Diego in a meaningless Week 17 game. He completed 23 of 31 passes (74.2%) for 224 yards with a TD and an INT. He also lost a fumble. It’s hard to say if the Raiders did the right thing drafting Russell, but at least initially it seems they would have been better off with Adrian Peterson or Patrick Willis.
2. Detroit – Calvin Johnson, WR Georgia Tech
Calvin had a decent year catching 48 passes for 756 yards and 4 TDs. However, given the pass-happy offense they ran, Detroit would have likely a little better production out of him. However, Mike Martz didn’t hide his infatuation with Shaun McDonald very well. That relationship likely cut into Calvin’s rookie campaign. There’s still plenty of time for this pick to be justified, but initially it appears they would have been better served looking elsewhere.
3. Cleveland- Joe Thomas, OT Wisconsin
It’s hard to measure the impact of an offensive lineman, but Cleveland’s rankings of 8th in Offense, 12th in Passing Offense, and 10th in Rushing Offense reflect well on Thomas, especially when you consider they were 31st in Total Offense a year ago. They also tied for 3rd with only 19 sacks allowed. I would say they did the right thing.
4. Tampa Bay – Gaines Adams, DE Clemson
Gaines had a decent year recording 6 sacks in his last eleven games. He played well in a playoff loss to the Giants recording five tackles and a sack. Tampa should be pretty happy with their selection.
5. Arizona – Levi Brown, OT Penn State
Levi played 13 games as a rookie. He helped Edge to 1222 yards, although is 3.8 ypc wasn’t great. Arizona was 12th in Total Offense and 5th in Passing Offense. Thier 29th ranking in Rushing Offense leaves room for improvement. They only allowed 24 sacks, which is great considering how many passing attempts they had. I think he’ll show improvement next year.
6. Washington – LaRon Landry, S LSU
A good pick became a great pick when Sean Taylor was unfortunately gunned down late last year. Landry didn’t come up with any interceptions in the regular season, but he did rack of 95 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He had 12 and 15 tackles against the Giants and Patriots respectively. He picked off two passes in the playoff loss to Seattle.
7. Minnesota – Adrian Peterson, RB Oklahoma
Yeah, I’d say Minnesota did OK with this one.
8. Atlanta (from Houston) – Jamaal Anderson, DE Arkansas
I’m no defensive coordinator, but I don’t think it’s good when a DE doesn’t record a sack all year long. He did have thirty tackles, but one would suspect they would rather have Amobi Okoye or Patrick Willis if they could do it all over again.
9. Miami – Ted Ginn Jr., WR Ohio State
I’m sure had Parcels been in place last year, Ginn wouldn’t have been the choice. He would probably have went with Willis or Okoye. If he had to go WR, Dwayne Bowe, or even Steve Smith for that matter, would have been better picks.
10. Houston (from Atlanta) – Omobi Okoye, DT Louisville
Building on last year’s selections of Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans, Amobi was a great pick. He recorded 5.5 sacks for the Texans. He’s very young (he’ll turn 21 this summer), but he’s a quick learner. The future is bright for Okoye and th Texan defense.
11. San Francisco – Patrick Willis, LB Mississippi
174 tackles. Any questions?
12. Buffalo – Marshawn Lynch, RB California
Lynch did a good job replacing Willis McGahee. He pretty much was their offense in Buffalo’s first nine games. He missed three games with an ankle injury, but finished strong averaging 91 yards per game in his final four games.
13. St. Louis - Adam Carriker, DT/DE Nebraska
Carriker got to the QB twice last year. He added thirty tackles. To be an effective NT, I think he’s going to have to bulk up a bit. He’s very athletic for a big man, and I expect him to be even better next year.
14. NY Jets, (from Carolina) – Darelle Revis, CB Pittsburgh
Revis had a solid rookie season racking up 87 tackles, 17 PDs, forcing a fumble, and picking off three passes.
15. Pittsburgh – Lawrence Timmons, LB Florida State
Timmons failed to make an impact for Pittsburgh recording only 13 tackles. Hopefully for Steeler fans he develops, but wouldn’t Jon Beason’s 140 tackles would have been nice.
16. Green Bay - Justin Harrell, DT Tennessee
Harrell only played in nine games this year, recording 16 tackles. He played better down the stretch recording 13 tackles in his last four games. He aslo had three tackles against Seattle in the playoff victory. He should take steps next year towards justifying that first round selection.
17. Denver (from Jacksonville) – Jarvis Moss, DE Florida
Jarvis missed the final ten games of the year after breaking his leg and tore ligaments in his ankle. He stared out OK recording 12 tackles and a sack in his first six. He has a long road to recovery.
18. Cincinnati – Leon Hall, CB Michigan
Leon Hall was a bright spot on a pretty bad Cincy defense. He ranked sixth on the team with 69 tackles and led the team with 5 INTs.
19. Tennessee – Michael Griffin, S Texas
Michael Griffin made his impact felt both on defense and in the return game. He had 54 tackles and 3 INTs. 52 of those tackles came in his last eleven games. He had a three game interception streak Weeks 13-15 along with recording seven tackles in the playoff loss to San Diego. As a returner, Griffin returned 18 kicks for 422 yards. I’d say the future is pretty bright for Michael Griffin.
20. NY Giants – Aaron Ross, CB Texas
Griffin’s Texas teammate has a bright future as well. He had 42 tackles and 3 INTs in the regular season and showed improvement in the playoffs.
21. Jacksonville (from Denver) – Reggie Nelson, S Florida
Reggie Nelson had an outstanding rookie season recording 62 tackles and one sack while picking off five passes. Great pick for Jacksonville.
22. Cleveland (from Dallas) – Brady Quinn, QB Notre Dame
With the emergence of Derek Anderson, one has to wonder if the Browns are regretting sending this year’s draft pick to Dallas for Brady Quinn. I can see this situation playing out like San Diego’s (Brees-Rivers).
23. Kansas City – Dwayne Bowe, WR LSU
Outstanding choice for a team desperate for playmakers. Bowe caught 70 passes for 995 yards and 5 TDs. Bowe is a big, strong receiver that should continue to shine. He had four games of 7+ receptions, a 164 yard performance against San Diego, and a game clinching TD against Minnesota.
24. New England (from Seattle) – Brandon Meriweather, S Miami
Meriweather was a nice fit for New England recording 28 tackles. The Patriots are grooming him to replace Rodney Harrison.
25. Carolina (from NY Jets) – Jon Beason, LB Miami
Beason has a great rookie season recording 140 tackles. Not quite Patrick Willis numbers, but considering how much more affordable Beason was, you can’t blame Panther fans for loving this guy. He also added an INT.
26. Dallas (from Philadelphia) – Anthony Spencer, DE Purdue
Spencer had a decent year for the ‘Boys recording 36 tackles and three sacks. His best game came against Buffalo when he had eight tackles. There were too many games that he had zero or one tackle.
27. New Orleans – Robert Meachem, WR Tennessee
Meachem was inactive every game this season. Sweet pick thus far. Hopefully he shows up in better shape and avoids injury next year.
28. San Francisco 49ers (from New England) – Joe Staley, OT Central Michigan
Staley may be decent, but New England got the 7th pick this year (and a 4th round pick that turned into Randy Moss) by dealing this slot away. Not too bad. San Francisco’s offense was horrible last year. Staley doesn’t take all the blame. He may end up being good, but it will be hard to climb out of the shadow of the trade. He did start all 16 games last year.
29. Baltimore – Ben Grubbs, OG Auburn
Ben started 12 games for the Ravens. Baltimore allowed 39 sacks last year, ranked 16th in rushing offense, and 23rd in passing offense. Part of a good, young line.
30. San Diego – Craig Davis, WR LSU
Davis caught 20 passes for 188 yards and a score. His best game came against Green Bay when he hauled in 4 passes for 31 yards and his lone TD. He did have a couple of catches in the playoffs, but with Chris Chambers, Vincent Jackson, Gates, and LT, there doesn’t seem to be much room for Davis.
31. Chicago – Greg Olsen, TE Miami (FL)
Although he looks like a big “Stiffler”, his game is no joke. He finished with 39 receptions for 391 yards and a pair of scores. He had a stretch from Weeks 5-8 he had 227 yards (56.75 average) and a pair of scores. He has a ton of potential, but Chicago needs to figure out their horrible QB situation.
32. Indianapolis – Anthony Gonzalez, WR Ohio State
Gonzalez was limited to 13 games last year, but still had 576 yards on 37 receptions with 3 TDs. He had 369 yards from Week 12-16 (73.8 average) while scoring all of his TDs. He had four grabs for 79 yards and a score in their playoff loss to San Diego. With some guy name Peyton Manning throwing him the ball, I expect great things from Gonzalez.