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- 2007 NFL Draft Predictions: Russell or Quinn?

Matt Bathrick February 25, 2007
Matt Bathrick

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The 2007 NFL Draft takes place at the end of April, giving teams two months to prepare and get their plans straight. It's early yet, but here are my predictions of how the first round will unfold.

1. Oakland - JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU - There are a lot of holes to fill, but the release of Aaron Brooks leave the Raiders two logical choices for this pick: Russell or Brady Quinn. They will take Russell's amazing arm strength along with his accuracy and size.

2. Detroit - Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame - The Lions desperately need a franchise quarterback. Jon Kitna was a positive sight in 2006, but he will turn 35 this season. Quinn rarely makes poor decisions and is a good leader.

3. Cleveland - Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin - The Browns allowed 54 sacks in 2006, third most in the league. Clearly the best lineman in the draft, the 6-8 310 pound Thomas will give Cleveland great run-blocking along with much needed QB protection.

4. Tampa Bay - Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech - The Bucs could use the pick on either a WR or a DE. If Johnson is still available, they won't pass him up.

5. Arizona - Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson - The Cardinals have many potential offensive weapons, they just need somebody who knows how to use them. New Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt has the knowledge to be that guy. Their focus with this pick will be on improving defense. Adams is explosive off the snap and is athletic enough to play OLB in 3-4 defenses.

6. Washington - Alan Branch, DT, Michigan - The Redskins need help stopping the run. With his athleticism and huge size, Branch is the best choice.

7. Minnesota - Leon Hall, CB, Michigan - The Vikings could use a defensive back. Hall is an aggressive corner who good in man-to-man, and even better in zone.

8. Houston - Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma - The Texans learned their lesson last year when they passed up Reggie Bush. They need a running back and they'll take the best one of the draft.

9. Miami - Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas - The Dolphins can add to their defensive line. Anderson is a big end who is great as a pass -rusher and solid against the run.

10. Atlanta - LaRon Landry, S, LSU - The Falcons have a lot of work to do, especially the WR area. But, their first priority is the defensive backs. Landry has good instincts and great coverage skills.

11. San Francisco - Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC - The 49ers need improvement on their defensive line, but the priority here will be getting Alex Smith a threat at wide receiver. Jarrett, the Rose Bowl MVP, stands at 6-5 and 210 pounds. He can abuse opposing corners.

12. Buffalo - Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh - CB Nate Clements is leaving Buffalo via free agency, so Revis, a very aggressive corner with amazing quickness, will be his replacement.

13. St. Louis - Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi - The Rams could address any position on defense, but this would seem the best choice. Willis is an explosive hard-hitting linebacker who can cover a lot of ground. He is also a leader on the field.

14. Carolina - Amobi Okoye, DT, Loisville - The Panthers need to improve their defensive line. At just 19, Okoye shows great strength and is very smart.

15. Pittsburgh - Levi Brown, OT, Penn State Brown would help the Steelers' offensive line with run-blocking and improve the team's running game.

16. Green Bay - Marshawn Lynch, RB, California - The Packers will draft their running back of the future, though he may be the running back of the present if they don't work out a deal with Ahman Green.

17. Jacksonville - Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State - The Jaguars have wholes to fill with defense, and this seems the best choice at this point.

18. Cincinnati - Reggie Nelson, S, Florida - There are a lot of issues on defense in Cincinnati, and if reggie Nelson is still available, they must take him. His aggressive athleticism, great speed, and hard-hitting tackling will be a start for the Bengals improving their defense.

19. Tennessee - Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia - Vince Young would greatly benefit from a receiver, but more importantly is the defensive line.

20. New York Giants - Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State - Though RB Tiki Barber is now retired, Brandon Jacobs is well capable of taking over. The Giants will be looking for a linebacker. The best one at this point would be Posluszny. He has good coverage, great instincts and rarely misses a tackle.

21. Denver - Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida - Moss is a good pass-rusher, something much needed for the Broncos.

22. Dallas - Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami - His coverage is solid and he has good tackling abilities. He can also play different positions in the defensive backfield. Meriweather's a good pick to play back with Roy Williams.

23. Kansas City - Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio State - The Chiefs need a good wide receiver and Ted Ginn is a good pick. He's a threat on kick returns and is exciting to watch.

24. New England - Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU - New England's biggest focus will be on wide receiver. At 6-3 217 pounds, the Patriots will get a receiver built solid.

25. New York Jets - Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska - A good pass-rush improvement for the Jets' scheme.

26. Philadelphia - Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas - The Eagles are pretty strong in defense, but Houston's excellent cover skills will give Philadelphia a deep set of defensive backs.

27. New Orleans - Rufus Alexander, LB, Oklahoma - Filling a need at linebacker, Alexander can also drop into coverage.

28. New England - Daymeion Hughes, CB, California - Asante Samuels is leaving via free agency, so they will need another cornerback.

29. Baltimore - Justin Blalock, OT, Texas - Blalock will help the Ravens' interior line.

30. San Diego - Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee - The Chargers have a need for a wide receiver, and scouts like Meachem's size and speed.

31. Chicago - Brandon Siler, LB, Florida - Siler will give the Bears' some depth at linebacker, especially if Lance Briggs does not return to Chicago.

32. Indianapolis - LaMarr Woodley, DE/LB, Michigan - The team with one of the best offenses has some work to do on the other side of the ball. Their defense stepped up and excelled in the playoffs through the Super Bowl, but it will need improvement. Woodley has a good combination of speed and strength, and is quite versatile.

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