I know the offensive lineman are up next in my series on each position, but I've decided to skip that and do the top rookies in the league. True, the O-Lineman are very important, but I do think that it'd be really hard to rank them, but if anyone wants to go ahead. I'll just give some shoutouts to Jonathan Ogden, Walter Jones, Tarik Glenn, and Orlando Packe! Anyway, here's my take on the top ten 2007 rookies, based on how much impact they'll have in 2007.
1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings: AP will probably split time with Chester Taylor early, but I won't be surprised at all if he's the starter by week ten or eleven. He'll have 1200 yards and ten TDs as a rookie.
2. Patrick Willis, 49ers: Willis was a four year starter at Ole Miss and he'll lead all rookies in tackles. He's my pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
3. Calvin Johnson, Lions: This guy's not any higher because he requires somebody else to get the ball to him. If everything is clicking though in Martz's offense, then there's no reason Johnson won't be number one on this list.
4. Marshawn Lynch, Bills: Lynch will be Buffalo's starter from day one and the Bills need him to be great or Buffalo will have a long season.
5. Joe Thomas, Browns: Thomas is a great pass blocker, and a good run blocker. If only, Cleveland had a runningback and QB to put those skills to use...
6. Joe Staley, 49ers: Staley flew under the radar because he went to Central Michigan. He'll be blocking for Frank Gore now and get plenty of recognition.
7. Lawrence Timmons, Steelers: Timmons is a very athletic linebacker and Mike Tomlin will put him to good use in Pittsburgh. He'll be replacing Joey Porter at LB and should do fine.
8. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts: Gonzalez will be the number three wide reciever for Peyton Manning. He should be open as teams try to shut down Harrison and Wayne and Manning will get him the ball.
9. Ted Ginn, Jr., Dolphins: Ginn will be a great return man and I think his recieving skills are underrated. With Trent Green at QB, I think he'll be the second best WR in this year's class.
10. Laron Landry, Redskins: Landry will be great against the pass and the run. With Sean Taylor at the other safety, Washington is set at free and strong for years to come.
Honorable Mentions: Gaines Adams, Amobi Okoye, Robert Meachem, Ben Grubbs, Jamaal Anderson