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Beware of Paper

*On paper, the Cleveland Browns had the best pickings of this year’s draft.

*On paper, the Patriots have the best team in the league due to their free agent and draft pickups this off-season.

*On paper, the Colts offense should be better than ever next year, and their defense should be even worse.

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I’m not going to say that none of that is true, the Patriots really do seem primed to win another Super Bowl, and the Browns really do seem to have had a monster draft, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For all we know, the Seahawks might have drafted the next Champ Bailey in Josh Wilson, and the next Marques Colston in Courtney Taylor. You just never know.

It’s a cliche that you have to wait three years before evaluating a draft class, but it’s true. Drafting Ki-Jana Carter seemed like a brilliant move at the time. Just remember, for every Peyton Manning there’s a Heath Shuler. For every Lawrence Taylor there’s a Brian Bosworth.

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In case you were wondering

Here’s the draft order, 2007 edition.

Note that there will more than likely be several trades that will shake things up a bit.

ROUND 1
# Sel# Team
1 1 Oakland
2 2 Detroit
3 3 Cleveland
4 4 Tampa Bay
5 5 Arizona
6 6 Washington
7 7 Minnesota
8 8 Atlanta (from Houston)
9 9 Miami
10 10 Houston (from Atlanta)
11 11 San Francisco
12 12 Buffalo
13 13 St. Louis
14 14 Carolina
15 15 Pittsburgh
16 16 Green Bay
17 17 Jacksonville
18 18 Cincinnati
19 19 Tennessee
20 20 N.Y. Giants
21 21 Denver
22 22 Dallas
23 23 Kansas City
24 24 New England (from Seattle)
25 25 N.Y. Jets
26 26 Philadelphia
27 27 New Orleans
28 28 New England
29 29 Baltimore
30 30 San Diego
31 31 Chicago
32 32 Indianapolis

ROUND 2
# Sel# Team
1 33 Oakland
2 34 Detroit
3 35 Tampa Bay
4 36 Cleveland
5 37 Chicago (from Washington through New York Jets)
6 38 Arizona
7 39 Atlanta (from Houston)
8 40 Miami
9 41 Minnesota
10 42 San Francisco
11 43 Buffalo
12 44 Atlanta
13 45 Carolina
14 46 Pittsburgh
15 47 Green Bay
16 48 Jacksonville
17 49 Cincinnati
18 50 Tennessee
19 51 N.Y. Giants
20 52 St. Louis
21 53 Dallas
22 54 Kansas City
23 55 Seattle
24 56 Denver
25 57 Philadelphia
26 58 New Orleans
27 59 N.Y. Jets
28 60 Miami (from New England)
29 61 Baltimore
30 62 San Diego
31 63 N.Y. Jets (from Chicago)
32 64 Tampa Bay (from Indianapolis)

ROUND 3
# Sel# Team
1 65 Oakland
2 66 Detroit
3 67 Cleveland
4 68 Tampa Bay
5 69 Arizona
6 70 Denver (from Washington)
7 71 Miami
8 72 Minnesota
9 73 Houston
10 74 Buffalo
11 75 Atlanta
12 76 San Francisco
13 77 Pittsburgh
14 78 Green Bay
15 79 Jacksonville
Cincinnati (Exercised in Supplemental Draft)
17 80 Tennessee
18 81 N.Y. Giants
19 82 Kansas City (from St. Louis)
20 83 Carolina
21 84 St. Louis (from Kansas City)
22 85 Seattle
23 86 Denver
24 87 Dallas
25 88 New Orleans
26 89 N.Y. Jets
27 90 Philadelphia
28 91 New England
29 92 Buffalo (from Baltimore)
30 93 San Diego
31 94 Chicago
32 95 Indianapolis
33 96 San Diego (Compensatory Selection)
34 97 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)
35 98 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
36 99 Oakland (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 4
# Sel# Team
1 100 Oakland
2 101 Detroit
3 102 Tampa Bay
4 103 Cleveland
5 104 San Francisco (from Washington)
6 105 Arizona
7 106 Minnesota
8 107 Houston
9 108 Miami
10 109 Atlanta
11 110 San Francisco
12 111 Buffalo
13 112 Green Bay
14 113 Jacksonville
15 114 Cincinnati
16 115 Tennessee
17 116 N.Y. Giants
18 117 St. Louis
19 118 Carolina
20 119 Pittsburgh
21 120 Seattle
22 121 Atlanta (from Denver)
23 122 Dallas
24 123 New Orleans (from Kansas City)
25 124 San Francisco (from New York Jets)
26 125 New Orleans (from Philadelphia)
27 126 New Orleans
28 127 New England
29 128 Tennessee (from Baltimore)
30 129 San Diego
31 130 Chicago
32 131 Indianapolis
33 132 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)
34 133 Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)
35 134 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)
36 135 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)
37 136 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
38 137 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 5
# Sel# Team
1 138 Oakland
2 139 Detroit
3 140 Cleveland
4 141 Tampa Bay
5 142 Arizona
6 143 Washington
7 144 Houston
8 145 Detroit (from Miami)
9 146 Minnesota
10 147 San Francisco
11 148 Kansas City (from Buffalo through St. Louis)
12 149 Atlanta
13 150 Jacksonville
14 151 Cincinnati
15 152 Tennessee
16 153 N.Y. Giants
17 154 Detroit (from St. Louis)
18 155 Carolina
19 156 Pittsburgh
20 157 Green Bay
21 158 Detroit (from Denver)
22 159 Dallas
23 160 Kansas City
24 161 Seattle
25 162 Philadelphia
26 163 New Orleans
27 164 N.Y. Jets
28 165 Oakland (from New England)
29 166 Baltimore
30 167 San Diego
31 168 Chicago
32 169 Indianapolis
33 170 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)
34 171 New England (Compensatory Selection)
35 172 San Diego (Compensatory Selection)
36 173 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
37 174 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 6
# Sel# Team
1 175 Oakland
2 176 Denver (from Detroit)
3 177 N.Y. Jets (from Tampa Bay)
4 178 Cleveland
5 179 Washington
6 180 New England (from Arizona)
7 181 Miami
8 182 Minnesota
9 183 Houston
10 184 Buffalo
11 185 Atlanta
12 186 San Francisco
13 187 Cincinnati
14 188 Tennessee
15 189 N.Y. Giants
16 190 St. Louis
17 191 Carolina
18 192 Pittsburgh
19 193 Green Bay
20 194 Jacksonville
21 195 Dallas
22 196 Kansas City
23 197 Seattle
24 198 Denver
25 199 Miami (from New Orleans)
26 200 Dallas (from New York Jets)
27 201 Philadelphia
28 202 New England
29 203 Baltimore
30 204 Tennessee (from San Diego)
31 205 Washington (from Chicago)
32 206 Tennessee (from Indianapolis)
33 207 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)
34 208 New England (Compensatory Selection)
35 209 New England (Compensatory Selection)
36 210 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)

ROUND 7
# Sel# Team
1 211 Oakland
2 212 Dallas (from Detroit through New York Jets)
3 213 Cleveland
4 214 Tampa Bay
5 215 Arizona
6 216 Washington
7 217 Minnesota
8 218 Houston
9 219 Miami
10 220 New Orleans (from Atlanta)
11 221 Chicago (from San Francisco through Cleveland)
12 222 Buffalo
13 223 Tennessee
14 224 N.Y. Giants
15 225 Miami (from St. Louis)
16 226 Carolina
17 227 Pittsburgh
18 228 Green Bay
19 229 Jacksonville
20 230 Cincinnati
21 231 Kansas City
22 232 Seattle
23 233 Denver
24 234 Dallas
25 235 Green Bay (from New York Jets)
26 236 Philadelphia
27 237 Dallas (from New Orleans)
28 238 Miami (from New England)
29 239 Buffalo (from Baltimore)
30 240 San Diego
31 241 Chicago
32 242 Indianapolis
33 243 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection)
34 244 Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)
35 245 Tampa Bay (Compensatory Selection)
36 246 Tampa Bay (Compensatory Selection)
37 247 New England (Compensatory Selection)
38 248 St. Louis (Compensatory Selection)
39 249 St. Louis (Compensatory Selection)
40 250 N.Y. Giants (Compensatory Selection)
41 251 Jacksonville (Compensatory Selection)
42 252 Jacksonville (Compensatory Selection)
43 253 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)
44 254 Oakland (Compensatory Selection)
45 255 Detroit (Compensatory Selection)

Why not Joe Thomas?

In case you’re only just now coming out of hibernation, Calvin Johnson and JaMarcus Russel are kind of a big deal. In fact, they’re the only two candidates that people are considering as possibilities for Oakland’s number one overall selection. Now I can understand the logic behind those two- Johnson is at the top of every draft board out there, and most people (but not me!) consider Russel to be a franchise quarterback.

But let’s be realistic, of their 22 starting spots, Oakland has about 15 in serious need of improvement. So why is Oakland (we assume) only considering two players? First overall quarterbacks are a huge risk, and there are other options that are far less risky that could be had through trades. At receiver the Raiders could use help but really, they have Randy Moss. Why aren’t they considering Joe Thomas or a defensive player like Gaines Adams? Maybe because they aren’t first overall material, but I’d rather overpay a good player than pay a bust first overall money.

You heard it here first: JaMarcus Russell will be a bust

What makes a good quarterback? Intangibles. Arm strength. Accuracy. Mechanics. Mobility. And no, “he just wins” is not an acceptable answer.

Maybe everyone knows something I don’t, but I’m still scratching my head over how JaMarcus Russell is rated as a better quarterback prospect than Brady Quinn. Russell was thought of as an average to good prospect, and then, for some reason, one good bowl game against one of the worst defenses in the country made him the favorite to go number one overall. I feel like I’m in a Brady-Manning debate saying this, but JaMarcus Russell did not outplay Brady Quinn. Russell got the early lead and played the whole game against an atrocious defense. Brady Quinn was immediately in a deep hole that forced him to throw the ball more than he might have wanted. Against the LSU defense.

I’m usually wary of people that shoot up draft boards right before the draft, and like Mario Williams among countless others, it doesn’t normally end well.

So go on, drool over his physical abilities and how he can throw the ball seventy nine yards sitting in a lawn chair. It won’t make him a star. I fully expect the Oakland Raiders to draft him, and if they don’t, the Lions will. Whoever ends up with him will be extremely sorry in a few months when they discover that as strong as he is, he really isn’t anything special.

The Combine

It starts today. The men will be separated from the boys. Forty times will be clocked. Body fat will be measured. Bench reps will be counted. Just about every aspect of the players but how good they are at football will be measured. Some will skyrocket up the draft board because they can throw a ball forty yards through the goalposts while on their knees. Others will plummet because despite being an AP All-America four straight years, they can only lift a bar with some weights on it nineteen times.

It’s the NFL Combine. And no, I don’t think much of it.

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