Who will be the biggest stars coming out of this year's draft? Who will be the big busts? Every year there are Ben Roethlisbergers and Maurice Jones-Drews along with those Charles Rogers and Ryan Leafs. The question is.... Who's who in the class of 2K7? I'm gonna answer that question for you and go over some of the more intruiging players in this years draft.
Well, for starters, I hate to break it to you... How a rookie performs isn't all dependant on his athletic ability. Just because you drafted an ultra-phenom QB with an NFL pedigree doesn't mean you go that sure thing, ie: Eli Supermanning. I'd say it's about 40% the team they are on, 35% mental, and 25% athletic ability. Once in a while, you get that freakish athlete who would make the probowl if you put him on a team consisting of just Oakland Raider offensive linemen. These guys are those players that you know coming out of college are great, like LaDanian Tomlinson, Julius Peppers, or Reggie Bush.
So, let's get down to it... Let's start out with big old JaMarcus Russell. You mean to tell me this guy is 6'6, 270, and he can run??? Hold on, your saying he can throw too??? 70 yards??? 50 from his knees??? How can he not turn out to be the next big thing? It's obvious behind a line that couldn't protect a candy bar from a group of third graders and a recieving corps sans Moss that JaMarcus practically has his name in the Hall of Fame already, right? The only way Russell turns out to be a great QB is if the Raiders give him something to work with... They need some veteran recievers with some credibility, not Jerry Porter and Doug Gabriel. And they need a line yesterday. Until then, look for JaMarcus to stink like milk in the sun.
Next up: Calvin Johnson. And I'm sick of hearing, Lion's can't draft recievers... Another first round bust... Charles Rogers this, Mike Williams that... Alright here's the deal, Rogers turned out to be a bust. That's it. Roy Williams is great, and will be better with a good QB and a healthy year. Mike Williams sat out a year then had to adjust to the NFL and on top of that had problems with coaching. I would put money on it that he becomes a solid contributor in Oakland. And if you put all three of those guys together, it adds up to about the same amount of talent you will find in Calvin Johnson's left foot. He's that good. Now he might not start out of the gates blazing, because not to many rookie receivers do... But he will turn out to be one of the better recievers of all time... Mark my words on that one.
Joe Thomas isn't a sexy pick, but he should be a good addition for the Browns. Even though he's not gonna turn out to be Walter Jones or Jonathan Odgen, he will develop into a good, consistent left tackle. He's going to have a pretty good NFL career as long as he doesn't bolt for pro fishing.
Gaines Adams... well, to be honest with you, I think will turn out to be a semi-bust. He's not going to be the best defensive end out this year and he's definately not worth the 4th overall pick. Adams is a one dimensional pass rusher who can't stop the run and who will probably disappear in games for long lengths of time. I think by his third or fourth year he will be labeled as a situational pass rusher. It's a good thing everyone in Tampa will be too busy looking at that horrible offense to realize that they just wasted a number 4 overall pick this year.
LaRon Landry is going to be great. I think safety is probably one of the easiest positions to adjust to in the NFL and Landry will be in a situation where he had played against good teams in the SEC and he has accelled. Look for him to make an immediate impact in the NFL. Alongside Sean Taylor, Washington is going to have one of the hardest hitting and best safety tandems in the league.
Adrian Peterson was sensational in college, especially his freshman year. The injury problems have really slowed him down, but if it wasn't for his upright running and eagerness for contact, I'd say he'd have a great NFL career... But unless he learns how to avoid contact, which he won't, he's going to get creamed. It's one thing to have a psychology major in cleats hitting your at full speed and another thing with Ed Reed coming in and annihiliating you by using his body as a human missile. Sorry AD, you should get a good three or four good years out of that running style of yours before it's all over, but injuries are gonna catch up to ya.
Ted Ginn... Worst pick of the first round right here. Wow Miami, they give ya a choice of a potential franchise quarterback or the fourth or fifth best reciever in the draft and what do you do??? Uh, Uh, we'll take the fast guy... with the broken ankle. Okay, you want a weapon for the oh so reliable Daunte Culpepper... but why do you take probably the most iffiest receiver in the draft??? I've heard he ran three routes at Ohio State... I know paper boys who run more routes then that. My prediction, Ginn returns kicks for a couple years before roaming free agency as a poor man's Dante Hall.
There are a couple more guys who will turn out to be great... Patrick Willis, who's got a nonstop motor; Dwayne Bowe, who is the real best receiver in this draft and I think is on the right team in KC; Jon Beason, a hard-hitting Miami LB who gets to play on a Defense that is already great; and Ben Grubbs, who will turn out to be the best lineman to come out of this draft.
Here's the rest of the guys that are going to be on the **** end of the bust jokes in a couple years... Amobi Okoye, he's a great story, a great project, but just won't turn out to be that great in the NFL, I never thought he was that outstanding at college; Leon Hall, just an average corner, won't live up to the hype and will probably end up being replaced in three or four years; Reggie Nelson, he's too small to cut it in a much more physical football league, he's going to be that guy who gets his helmet knocked off trying to tackle Jeremy Shockey; Anthony Gonzalez, no I don't have a grudge against Ohio State, I just think this guy does not even come close to having first round wide reciever talent, I don't understand why people think it's a good pick and he's their new Brandon Stokely. I know this may be shocking to you, but I'm getting the feeling that they only reason we keep hearing these Stokely references is because they are both white... Well, maybe Gonzalez in latino, but he could pass for a white guy if you ask me. Anyways, he's not as fast and doesn't have half the hands (which would only add up to a total of one if you did the math) of Stokely.
And if I didn't mention a player that went in the first round, it's because they will have decent NFL careers... IE: Brady Quinn will be alright, probably play on Cleveland for a few years, then end up going around the league like all those QB who seem good but never end up winning anything. Yeah, that's right, in ten years Plummer, Bledsoe, and Brunell are gonna have a fourth for Texas Hold'em.
That's it for you guys, I already wasted enough time today writing this, when you can obviously just watch football the next few years to find all this out. But me being the great NFL fan that I am, thought I would let you guys know right now what's going down in the league in the next couple of years. Ya heard it here first, copyright, trademark, and stamped it... Mel Kiper What?