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    Gil Brandt's top '07 prospects

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/9512204

    Never too early to look at the 2007 draft

    (hello, I'm Gil Brandt)
    By Gil Brandt
    NFL.com Senior Analyst

    (June 17, 2006) -- The college draft has been the bloodline for some of the most dominant teams in NFL history. You don't have to look very deep into successes of the great teams of the 1970s, '80s and '90s (Cowboys, Steelers, 49ers and Cowboys again) to see great drafts as the bedrock of their foundation.

    And despite the onset of free agency in the NFL, franchises still look to the draft to build their core.

    In recent years, the Patriots and Steelers have used the draft to win championships. Last season, Pittsburgh earned the Vince Lombardi Trophy with double-digit starters acquired in the draft, including Heath Miller, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward.


    Now fully healed, Tedy Bruschi is going to embark on his 11th season as a Patriot.
    Similarly, the Patriots' recent successes under Bill Belichick have come because of great draft picks like Tom Brady, Richard Seymour, Deion Branch, Eugene Wilson, Tedy Bruschi and Ty Warren -- just to mention a few.

    Having said all that, it's never too soon to take a sneak peek at some of the top athletes who will make up the 2007 NFL Draft next April. This list is an early viewing of those fourth-year players (barring injury or performance drop off) who could be among the first 150 players selected.

    Just because a player isn't on this list doesn't mean he won't be a high pick next April. Historically, many "under the radar" players have used their final season in school to climb the NFL scouts' lists. Many of them used a summer of peak conditioning to ready themselves for a breakout senior year.

    Players are list alphabetically and include jersey numbers so you can easily identify and follow them throughout the 2006 college football season.

    No. Name School Position
    93 Adams, Gaines Clemson DL
    95 Abiamiri, Victor Notre Dame DL
    42 Alexander, Rufus Oklahoma LB
    13 Alford, Jay Penn State DL
    2 Allison, Aundrae East Carolina WR
    98 Atkins, Baraka Miami (Fla.) DL
    1 Bain, Travarous Hampton DB
    81 Baker, Dallas Florida WR
    1 Banks, Alvin James Madison RB
    19 Barringer, Willis Michigan DB
    93 Bazuin, Daniel Central Michigan DL
    75 Beekman, Josh Boston College OL
    8 Bennett, Fred South Carolina DB
    11 Black, Quincy New Mexico LB
    51 Blades, H.B. Pittsburgh LB
    63 Blalock, Justin Texas OL
    28 Booker, Lorenzo Florida State RB
    80 Bowe, Dwayne LSU WR
    1 Bowman, Zachary Nebraska DB
    15 Breaston, Steve Michigan WR
    99 Brown, Kareem Miami (Fla.) DL
    67 Brown, Levi Penn State OL
    5 Brown, Tarell Texas DB
    96 Burchette, Noland Virginia Tech DL
    19 Bush, Michael Louisville RB
    5 Caldwell, Andre Florida WR
    90 Carriker, Adam Nebraska DL
    87 Chandler, Scott Iowa TE
    40 Connor, Dan Penn State LB
    16 Crosby, Mason Colorado PK
    80 Crowder, Tim Texas DL
    5 D'Andrea, Mike Ohio State LB
    34 Darby, Ken Alabama RB
    3 Davis, A.C. N.C. State DB
    7 Davis, Buster Florida State LB
    5 Davis, Chris Florida State WR
    3 Davis, Craig LSU WR
    76 Duckworth, Tim Auburn OL
    50 Datich, Doug Ohio State OL
    5 Edwards, Trent Stanford QB
    30 Everett, Earl Florida LB
    23 Franklin, Tony Virginia DB
    62 Free, Doug Northern Illinois OL
    62 Fry, Dustin Clemson OL
    74 Frye, Brandon Virginia Tech OL
    15 Gilliam, Sergio Clemson DB
    22 Graham, Nick Tulsa DB
    27 Griffin, Michael Texas DB
    29 Hall, Leon Michigan DB
    3 Hamilton, Marcus Virginia DB
    92 Harrell, Justin Tennessee DL
    81 Harris, Clark Rutgers TE
    45 Harris, David Michigan LB
    64 Harris, LeRoy N.C. State OL
    68 Harris, Ryan Notre Dame OL
    11 Herian, Matt Nebraska TE
    70 Heyer, Stephon Maryland OL
    88 Hicks, Jarrett Texas Tech WR
    21 Higgins, Johnny Lee UTEP WR
    83 Hill, Jason Washington State WR
    9 Holley, Jesse North Carolina WR
    34 Holloway, David Maryland LB
    66 Howard, Loren Arizona State DL
    3 Hughes, Daymeion California DB
    26 Hunt, Tony Penn State RB
    4 Irons, David Auburn DB
    23 Irons, Kenny Auburn RB
    4 Jackson, DeAndre Iowa State DB
    28 Jackson, Tanard Syracuse DB
    90 Johnson, Antonio Mississippi State DL
    67 Kalil, Ryan USC OL
    9 Keller, Sam Arizona State QB
    30 Landry, LaRon LSU DB
    23 Leonard, Brian Rutgers RB
    25 Lewis, Courtney Texas A&M RB
    45 Lua, Oscar USC LB
    17 McCauley, Marcus Fresno State DB
    52 Mebane, Brandon California DL
    19 Meriweather, Brandon Miami (Fla.) DB
    87 Milner, Martrez Georgia TE
    84 Mines, Fontel Virginia WR
    44 Moore, Jay Nebraska DL
    86 Moore, Ryan Miami (Fla.) WR
    94 Moses, Quentin Georgia DL
    30 Moss, Tyrone Miami (Fla.) RB
    28 Nelson, J.D. Oregon DB
    89 Newton, Joe Oregon State TE
    13 Newton, Syvelle South Carolina WR
    91 Okoye, Amobi Louisville DL
    65 Otto, Mike Purdue OL
    90 Pitcock, Quinn Ohio State DL
    31 Posluszny, Paul Penn State LB
    10 Quinn, Brady Notre Dame QB
    63 Ramirez, Manuel Texas Tech OL
    81 Robinson, Laurent Illinois State WR
    22 Rogers, Roderick Wisconsin DB
    31 Ross, Aaron Texas DB
    36 Rouse, Aaron Virginia Tech DB
    50 Santucci, Dan Notre Dame OL
    64 Satele, Samson Hawaii OL
    2 Scott, Kenny Georgia Tech DB
    76 Sears, Aaron Tennessee OL
    42 Simpson, Juwan Alabama LB
    2 Smith, Steve USC WR
    10 Smith, Troy Ohio State QB
    89 Speath, Matt Minnesota TE
    73 Staley, Joe Central Michigan OL
    5 Stanton, Drew Michigan State QB
    2 Stuckey, Chansi Clemson WR
    11 Talley, John Duke DB
    86 Taylor, Courtney Auburn WR
    72 Thomas, Joe Wisconsin OL
    44 Thomas, Marcus Florida DL
    6 Trannon, Matt Michigan State WR
    72 Tyler, DeMarcus N.C. State DL
    66 Ugoh, Tony Arkansas OT
    4 Wade, Jonathan Tennessee DB
    40 Waters, Anthony Clemson LB
    32 Weddle, Eric Utah DB
    23 Wendling, John Wyoming DB
    81 Williams, Deyon Virginia WR
    1 Williams, Paul Fresno State WR
    49 Willis, Patrick Mississippi LB
    4 Wilson, Josh Maryland DB
    56 Woodley, LaMarr Michigan LB
    21 Wynn, DeShawn Florida RB
    59 Young, Kyle Fresno State OL
    9 Zbikowski, Tom Notre Dame DB



    Non-Division I players likely to be drafted:

    88 Ariola, Justin Rocky Mountain TE
    3 Ball, David New Hampshire WR
    25 Bannister, Calvin Hampton DB
    22 Coleman, Alonzo Hampton RB
    38 DeOssie, Zak Brown LB
    52 Durant, Justin Hampton LB
    12 Gutierrez, Matt Idaho State QB
    38 Hilliard, Lex Montana RB
    2 Jones, Jacoby Lane WR
    21 Merritt, Anthony North Alabama WR
    34 Pruitt, Greg North Carolina Central RB
    11 Rascati, Justin James Madison QB
    4 Stone, Daren Maine DB
    3 Tolbert, Henry Grambling WR



    Extra Points

    1. Chad Upshaw, a tight end from the University of Buffalo, is the nephew of Gene Upshaw, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association.

    2. J.D Nelson, a defensive back from Oregon, is the son of Darrin Nelson, who was picked in the first round (seventh overall) in the 1982 draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played 11 seasons.

    3. H.B. Blades, a linebacker from Pittsburgh, is the son of Bennie Blades, who was picked in the first round (third overall) in the 1988 draft by the Detroit Lions and played 10 seasons.

    4. Zak DeOssie, a linebacker from Brown, is the son of Steve DeOssie, who was picked in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 1984 draft by the Dallas Cowboys and played 12 seasons.

    5. Greg Pruitt Jr., a running back from North Carolina Central, is the son of Greg Pruitt, who was picked in the second round (30th overall) in the 1973 draft by the Cleveland Browns and played 12 seasons.

    6. Sam Keller, a quarterback at Arizona State, is the son of Mike Keller, who was picked 64th overall in the 1972 draft by the Dallas Cowboys and played one season.


    Opponents have sure felt Tom Zbikowski's knockout punch as a DB.
    7. Tom Zbikowski, a defensive back from Notre Dame, recently won his first boxing fight as a professional. He was a Golden Gloves fighter growing up.

    8. Zach Latimer, a linebacker from Oklahoma, is the son of Don Latimer, who was picked in the first round (27th overall) in the 1978 draft by the Denver Broncos and played six seasons.

    9. Rolf Krueger Jr., an offensive lineman at Rice, is the son of Rolf Krueger, who was drafted in the second round (35th overall) in the 1969 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and played six seasons.

    10. Stan White Jr., a fullback at Ohio State, is the son of Stan White, who was draft in the 17th round (438th overall) in the 1972 draft by the Baltimore Colts and played 11 seasons.

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    No comments?

    Come on, who do you guys like for '07?

    I'd do backflips if Denver could get their hands on Marshawn Lynch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WABronco
    5. Greg Pruitt Jr., a running back from North Carolina Central, is the son of Greg Pruitt, who was picked in the second round (30th overall) in the 1973 draft by the Cleveland Browns and played 12 seasons.
    It would be sweet if the Browns drafted him. In fact ... I hope they do! Would be awesome to have his son with the Browns.

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    from that list of players i would like:

    brandon meriweather the safety out of the U(miami hurricanes). the guy is a beast. led the team in tackles with 115. is ranked 15th best senior propect on mel kiper's big board.

    patrick willis the linebacker out of ole miss. seems to always be around the ball. has good speed and range.

    quentin moses the defensive end out of georiga. had 11 1/2 sacks with 20 1/2 tackles for loses. is ranked 4th best senior propect on mel kipers big board.

    kenny irons the running back out of auburn. he rushed for 1,293 yards with 13 TDs. he's a big back with break away speed. is ranked 10th best senior propect on mel kipers big board.

    baraka atkins the d-lineman out of the U. has started 23 games the past two season at DT and DE. has a good frist step. has good speed. he's 6-4 and 264. Has a potent pass rush and big-play ability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.J.55
    from that list of players i would like:

    brandon meriweather the safety out of the U(miami hurricanes). the guy is a beast. led the team in tackles with 115. is ranked 15th best senior propect on mel kiper's big board.

    patrick willis the linebacker out of ole miss. seems to always be around the ball. has good speed and range.

    quentin moses the defensive end out of georiga. had 11 1/2 sacks with 20 1/2 tackles for loses. is ranked 4th best senior propect on mel kipers big board.

    kenny irons the running back out of auburn. he rushed for 1,293 yards with 13 TDs. he's a big back with break away speed. is ranked 10th best senior propect on mel kipers big board.

    baraka atkins the d-lineman out of the U. has started 23 games the past two season at DT and DE. has a good frist step. has good speed. he's 6-4 and 264. Has a potent pass rush and big-play ability.
    I like Kenny Irons as well.

    Quentin Moses or Gaines Adams would be ideal selections as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WABronco
    I like Kenny Irons as well.

    Quentin Moses or Gaines Adams would be ideal selections as well.
    i also like Steve Smith WR USC, Jason Hill WR Washington State, Buster Davis LB Florida State, Chris Davis WR Florida State (got a chance to watch them up close, really impressed me), Michael Griffin S Texas (kick blocking machine), H.B. Blades LB pittsburgh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D.J.55
    i also like Steve Smith WR USC, Jason Hill WR Washington State, Buster Davis LB Florida State, Chris Davis WR Florida State (got a chance to watch them up close, really impressed me), Michael Griffin S Texas (kick blocking machine), H.B. Blades LB pittsburgh.
    Oh yea...Jason Hill's a stud. He should slip right to us in the late first if we want him, with Jarrett, Johnson, and Ginn most likely going ahead of him.

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    Here's my top 5 at each position (made on a whim and guaranteed to be obsolete by September):

    QB

    1. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
    2. Brian Brohm, Louisville (Jr.)
    3. Drew Stanton, Michigan State
    4. Troy Smith, Ohio State
    5. Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh

    RB

    1. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (Jr.)
    2. Michael Bush, Louisville
    3. Marshawn Lynch, California
    4. Kenny Irons, Auburn
    5. Kenneth Darby, Alabama

    WR

    1. Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (Jr.)
    2. Dwayne Jarrett, USC (Jr.)
    3. Sidney Rice, South Carolina (3rd-year Soph.)
    4. Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame (currently pitching in Chicago Cubs organization)
    5. Jason Hill, Washington State

    TE

    1. Matt Spaeth, Minnesota
    2. Greg Olsen, Miami (Jr.)
    3. Zach Miller, Arizona State (Jr.)
    4. Clark Harris, Rutgers
    5. Matt Herian, Nebraska

    OT

    1. Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
    2. Levi Brown, Penn State
    3. Justin Blalock, Texas
    4. Arron Sears, Tennessee
    5. Sam Baker, USC

    G

    1. Samson Satele, Hawaii
    2. Tim Duckworth, Auburn
    3. Manuel Ramirez, Texas Tech
    4. Kasey Studdard, Texas
    5. Josh Beekman, Boston College

    C

    1. Dan Mozes, West Virginia
    2. Ryan Kalil, USC
    3. Kyle Young, Fresno State
    4. Dustin Fry, Clemson
    5. Leroy Harris, North Carolina St.

    DE

    1. Lawrence Jackson, USC (Jr.)
    2. Tim Crowder, Texas
    3. Quentin Moses, Georgia
    4. Gaines Adams, Clemson
    5. Adam Carriker, Nebraska

    DT

    1. Baraka Atkins, Miami
    2. Frank Okam, Texas (Jr.)
    3. Brandon Mebane, California
    4. Kareem Brown, Miami
    5. Quinn Pitcock, Ohio St.

    LB

    1. Paul Posluszny, Penn State
    2. Xavier Abidi, Virginia Tech (Jr.)
    3. Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma
    4. Patrick Willis, Ole Miss
    5. Vince Hall, Virginia Tech (Jr.)

    CB

    1. Antoine Cason, Arizona (Jr.)
    2. Eric Weddle, Utah
    3. Daymeion Hughes, California
    4. Leon Hall, Michigan
    5. Darrelle Davis, Pittsburgh (Jr.)

    S

    1. LaRon Landry, LSU
    2. Brandon Merriweather, Miami
    3. Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame
    4. Michael Griffin, Texas
    5. John Wendling, Wyoming

    K

    1. Mason Crosby, Colorado
    2. Alexis Serna, Oregon State (Jr.)
    3. Brandon Coutu, Georgia (Jr.)
    4. Jad Dean, Clemson
    5. Kyle Schlicher, Iowa

    P

    1. Kody Bliss, Auburn
    2. Jim Kaylor, Colorado State (Jr.)
    3. Adam Graessle, Pittsburgh
    4. Brendan Carney, Syracuse
    5. Adam Podlesh, Maryland
    A proponent of Denver drafting Cutler since 10/05.

    So naturally, my Adopt-A-Bronco is Jay Cutler!

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    I think if Greg Olsen comes out, then we should do whatever it takes to get him. Otherwise spend the pick on either a safety or D-line (especially a DT).

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    greg olson would be a nice pick but i think he'll stay in school. to me our safety position is the biggest need. we lack speed. to me the one guy we should go after the most is brandon meriweather. he's got speed, hitting ability, and the size. i think he has the talent to be the next sean taylor or ed reed.

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    If you think about it what is there that we could draft for next year. All I can think of is a Saftey maybe a RB if bell,cobbs,dayne,bell dont impress anyone. Oh and a kicker mason crosby i think would do great. Oh and a TE thats about it. Good job shanny.
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    I would say that next year would be a good year to get defensive lineman. I also wouldn't mind getting my boy Ted Ginn in the first. I think RB, O-line, D-line, TE and Safety are our biggest needs next year.

    At safety I would like Branden Merriweather.

    At RB I would like Kenny Irons (kid is fast and has good moves).

    At D-line I would like Gaines Adams, Quentin Moses, Baraka Atkins.

    At TE I would like Greg Olsen if he comes out.

    At O-line I would like Joe Thomas or Levi Brown.

    If Greg Olsen doesn't come out like D.J.55 said, then I would be really happy with Branden Merriwaether in the first round. Our safeties are getting older and we are basically depending on converted corners to take over. I'm not saying they are bad, just that we don't know how they will turn out. Plus I trust the analysis from a Hurricanes fan.
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    RB: Marshawn Lynch, I've watched this kid play and I can honestly say that he could be our stud

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    To make it short, WA has just proven that as of now, this draft looks extremely deep on the defensive line. Just look at all those names, honestly. Maybe this is the year.

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    I see alot of Dlinemen and the next Ray Lewis in that draft (Paul Posluszny)
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