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If the Giants were to select DeAngelo Williams, I would definatley pull a Jets draft day boo out for this guy.

 

MOCK DRAFT 8.0: Round 1

Pick Team Player Pos. School Previous Rising/Falling High/Low

1. Texans Reggie Bush RB Southern California 1st SAME 1st / 1st

 

Scouts lump Bush among some of the all-time great running back talents, including LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, O.J. Simpson and Gale Sayers. The Texans aren't going to pass up on the opportunity to add such a rare talent.

2. Saints Matt Leinart QB Southern California 2nd SAME 2nd / 3rd

The Saints will dictate how the rest of the top 10 plays out. Leinart is perceived by most scouts to be the most valuable commodity remaining on the board. Potential franchise quarterbacks are rare, and the Saints will consider the former Trojan even with the free agent addition of Drew Brees. That said, the more likely scenario has the Saints trading down slightly. New Orleans has only two first-day selections. The Titans aren't likely to move up since they have only two first-day picks of their own. The Jets, however, with five picks on the first day (including Nos. 4 and 29 of the first round), have plenty of ammunition. A trade with the Jets would put the Saints in position to add Ferguson at a point of better value, or to fulfill another need at outside linebacker with A.J. Hawk.

3. Titans Vince Young QB Texas 3rd SAME 3rd / 13th

Steve McNair is entering the final year of his contract and his base salary for this season is $9 million. The Titans and McNair are struggling to agree to a restructured contract, and there is no guarantee he will return to the team. The Titans appear to be quite high on Young and likely would take him here if Leinart is off the board. However, given the choice, the team seems to be leaning towards offensive coordinator Norm Chow's former protege from Southern California. The uglier the McNair situation becomes, the more determined the Titans might be to add Leinart due to his knowledge of the offense and readiness to play immediately.

4. Jets D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia 4th SAME 2nd / 6th

With five picks on the first day, including two picks in each of the first and third rounds, the Jets certainly have the ammunition to move ahead of Tennessee and select quarterback Matt Leinart if they hold him in the high regard rumored. Should the Jets elect to stand pat, however, Ferguson makes too much sense to pass on if still available.

5. Packers Mario Williams DE N.C. State 5th SAME 2nd / 5th

The Packers could find themselves in the enviable position of picking between the top two rated defenders of the draft. If this scenario played out, the Packers wouldn't hesitate to select Williams.

6. 49ers A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State 6th SAME 5th / 7th

 

Tight end Vernon Davis would make a lot of sense here as the team attempts to add weapons for young quarterback Alex Smith, but if Hawk makes it to the sixth pick, the 49ers would be wise to add to their defense first.

7. Raiders Michael Huff DB Texas 7th SAME 7th / 13th

The Raiders love speed and Huff, who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the combine, has plenty of that. He also would provide the consistent open-field tackler Oakland has been searching for.

8. Bills Vernon Davis TE Maryland 8th SAME 6th / 10th

 

Most expect the Bills to draft one of the top two defensive tackles, and Brodrick Bunkley and Haloti Ngata certainly would make sense. However, if Davis were to fall into the Bills' lap, his value and immediate impact potential could be too much to pass on. USC tackle Winston Justice could also be a consideration, as his stock continues to rise as the draft approaches.

9. Lions Winston Justice OT Southern California 9th SAME 9th / 18th

Justice's superb pro day effort has his stock skyrocketing as the draft approaches. The Lions started former seventh-round pick Kelly Butler at right tackle last year and though he performed adequately, Justice would provide an immediate upgrade.

10. Cardinals Haloti Ngata DT Oregon 10th SAME 10th / 18th

The Cardinals were among the NFL's worst last season in two areas critical to success: running the football and stopping the run. The addition of free agent Edgerrin James certainly addresses the offensive side and the 6-foot-4, 338-pound Ngata would close defensive gaps.

11. Rams Broderick Bunkley DT Florida State 11th SAME 8th / 11th

The Rams have a great many options with this pick. Outside linebacker, tight end and quarterback Jay Cutler all make sense for various reasons. However, the Rams finished 27th in run defense last season and are seeking to replace two former first-round defensive tackles in Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis. Bunkley broke the FSU record for tackles for loss in a season with 25 and was one of the top performers at both the Senior Bowl and combine.

12. Browns

Kamerion Wimbley DE/OLB Florida State 12th SAME 12th / 18th

The two primary needs for the 3-4 alignment are a nose guard and outside linebackers. Though the Browns addressed each of these positions via free agency, they are still looking for depth. Wimbley would give the club a young pass rusher to soak up knowledge from newly signed Willie McGinist.

13. Ravens Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt 13th SAME 4th / 13th

Teams are all over the board on Cutler, which could facilitate a slight drop down the board for the former SEC star. The Ravens are looking to add some competition for Kyle Boller and have closely scouted this year's passers. Quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel joined the Baltimore scouting staff at the Senior Bowl, where Cutler shined. The Ravens like OT Winston Justice, but his pro day performance may have vaulted him out of Baltimore's reach.

14. Eagles Ernie Sims OLB Florida State 17th (+3) 14th / 23rd

Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's defense is predicated on pressure and speed. There isn't a faster, more aggressive linebacker in this draft than Sims. He showed his 4.50-second speed in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and has drawn comparisons to another former Seminole, Tampa Bay star Derrick Brooks.

15. Broncos

(from Falcons) Chad Jackson WR Florida 15th SAME 14th / 29th

Rod Smith can't last forever and former first-round pick Ashley Lelie continues to struggle with consistency. The Broncos are believed to be targeting Jackson and pass rushers Wimbley and Lawson with this pick, and will simply take their choice of whoever remains.

16. Dolphins Jimmy Williams DB Virginia Tech 16th SAME 11th / 22nd

Nick Saban has shown a willingness to take a chance on inconsistent athletes in the past with Ricky Williams and Manuel Wright. Williams wasn't as dominant at his pro day as expected and struggles with consistency, but is the draft's most gifted cornerback. Some might feel the Dolphins have addressed the need for corners with the recent free agent additions of Will Allen and Andre Goodman, but depth is unreliable.

17. Vikings Chad Greenway LB Iowa 25th (+8) 12th / 31st

The Vikings are looking to add linebackers with speed to play in their Cover-2 scheme. Greenway could slip down the board a bit because he ran a little slower than expected at the combine (4.76) and didn't lift well, but his speed on the field along with instincts and reliable tackling is apparent on film.

 

18. Cowboys Jason Allen S Tennessee NR (NR) 15th / NR

The Cowboys would like to add a capable athlete to play opposite Pro Bowl strong safety Roy Williams. They re-signed free safety Keith Davis, but he is a special teams dynamo the coaching staff was reluctant to even put in the starting lineup last season. Allen, who missed most of the 2005 season with a dislocated hip, has drawn red flags from some teams, but is still considered a strong first-round value. Picks 18-32 could feature a colossal run on defensive backs.

19. Chargers Tye Hill CB Clemson 19th SAME 15th / 31st

The Chargers have certainly tried to address the cornerback position in the past, as they employ three former first-rounders there. Unfortunately, Quentin Jammer, Sammy Davis and Jamar Fletcher only snared three interceptions between them in 2005. Hill's explosive speed likely assures him being selected in the top 20, even if teams are wary of his less than prototypical size (5-10, 185).

20. Chiefs

(from Bills) Johnathan Joseph CB South Carolina 26th (+6) 16th / 30th

After releasing Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon, the Chiefs will strongly consider top cornerback prospects with their first-round pick. Only Williams and Hill are considered locks for the top 20, however, and the Chiefs might have to reach a little. Joseph is a spectacular talent, but is certainly a gamble as the junior essentially played only one season at the D-I level. Joseph transferred to South Carolina following one season at Coffey Community College and missed most of the 2004 season to a broken foot.

21. Patriots Bobby Carpenter OLB Ohio State 21st SAME 21st / NR

The Patriots rarely draft for need, but with a hole at linebacker and the versatile, instinctive Carpenter on the board, the pick makes too much sense not to be given strong consideration. Besides, with five picks in the top 105, the Patriots have plenty of opportunities to address other needs.

22. 49ers

(from Broncos via Redskins) Manny Lawson DE/OLB N.C. State 14th (-8) 11th / NR

With the free-agent departures of outside linebackers Julian Peterson and Andre Carter, the prospect of landing Lawson might have been a driving force behind the 49ers sending second- and third-round picks to Denver for this selection. Lawson posted 10.5 sacks his senior season and has the potential to become a big playmaker in a 3-4 scheme. However, he needs to add more bulk to his 6-5, 241-pound frame. td>

23. Buccaneers Santonio Holmes WR Ohio State 24th (+1) 14th / NR

A strong defense and the running of rookie Cadillac Williams receives much of the credit for the Bucs making the playoffs last year, but the resurrection of Joey Galloway was arguably the biggest factor. His 83 receptions for 1,287 yards and 10 touchdowns topped his numbers for the previous two seasons combined. It might be asking a bit much for the 34-year-old to repeat that production in 2006. Holmes would provide an immediate upgrade in the slot and would eventually take Galloway's place as the outside vertical threat.

24. Bengals Ashton Youboty CB Ohio State NR (NR) 24th / NR

Cincinnati's top need remains tight end, but cornerbacks present the best value at this point. Youboty continues the Buckeye tradition of producing high quality defensive backs.

25. Giants DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis NR (NR) 21st / NR

The Giants' biggest need remains at outside linebacker, but the run on defenders could drop talented running backs down the board. Tiki Barber finished only 20 yards behind Shaun Alexander for the league's rushing title in 2005, but depth behind him is thin. Williams, the NCAA's career leader with 7,573 all-purpose yards, is a similar prospect who would give the team depth and someone for Barber to eventually pass the torch to.

26. Bears Donte Whinter S Ohio State 27th (+1) 24th / NR

The Bears would love to see the talented and versatile Whitner on the board. He is viewed as athletic and instinctive enough to play either safety position, and there are some who feel he could even play cornerback after showing a quick change of direction and surprising pure speed (4.40) at the combine.

27. Panthers LenDale White RB Southern California 32nd (+5) 14th / 32nd

White's torn hamstring could drop him out of the first round. However, teams willing to look past the injury and focus on his 57 career touchdowns (tying the all-time Pac-10 record) could be rewarded. The Panthers' power running game would be a great fit, and the team is certainly looking for depth at the position with the brittle DeShaun Foster as the starter.

28. Jaguars Antonio Cromartie CB Florida State 18th (-10) 18th / NR

A bit of a surprise here considering the Jaguars have Rashean Mathis and just signed Brian Williams to a big contract. However, vice president of player personnel James Harris has shown a past willingness to gamble on athleticism (see Matt Jones), and Cromartie, at 6-2, 208 pounds, has been characterized as the best athlete at Florida State since Deion Sanders. Cromartie is certainly a gamble, however, as he missed the entire 2005 season with a torn ACL and started just one of 25 games with the Seminoles.

29. Jets

(from Broncos) Nick Mangold C Ohio State 29th SAME 28th / NR

What happens with the Jets' first pick, No. 4 overall, obviously will have a huge impact on what the Jets are looking to do here. If they draft Ferguson, they aren't likely to add another lineman in the first round. But if they fill another need at No. 4, Mangold would be a nice addition for a line that recently signed versatile veteran Trey Teague, who can play tackle or center.

30. Colts Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota 30th SAME 24th / 30th

Maroney's vision and smooth running style make him a natural fit for the Colts, who are looking toward the draft to replace Edgerrin James.

31. Seahawks Kelly Jennings CB Miami 20th (-11) 20th / NR

The Seahawks feel their top remaining priority this off-season is their defensive backfield. Jennings' slight frame (5-11, 178 pounds) will drop him down the board a bit, but scouts appreciate his consistency and 40 career starts with the Hurricanes.

32. Steelers Darnell Bing SS Southern California NR (NR) 32nd / NR

The Steelers are expected to address wide receiver or safety with this selection. With no receivers of great value remaining, the best option might be Bing, whose size and athleticism has scouts intrigued.

Fallen from the first round:

 

Leonard Pope — Georgia TE (No. 24, Bengals)

 

DeMeco Ryans — Alabama OLB (No. 28, Jaguars)

 

Mathias Kiwanuka — Boston College DE (No. 31, Seahawks)

 

 

RB in the first round????

 

It's no wonder why they say that Fox News is the official news station of the Republican party..... theses guys are so far off base with reality it isn't even funny. A RB??? Did the person/persons who thought this up even watch Giants games last season?? Aside from the fact that we couldn't keep a starting LB'er healthy all season & our secondary sucked, was there anything else I missed?

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Good RB, but c'mon! This wouldn't be wise. I think they must have been playing Madden to decide this mock....

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i honestly would not be totally against this move. for some odd reason deangelo williams' stock is dropping and it could be a bargain to get him that late in the draft. think 5 years down the road would you rather have a starter at linebacker or a stud runningback? it's not too early to be looking for tiki's replacement, especially since brandon jacobs doesnt appear to be starting material.

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scratch that, we passed on cromartie, kinda dumb move there. but seriously, we should give deangelo williams a good look if he is available when we pick. i'd much rather take him then reach for a player just because we're in need of a linebacker. (in this case i'd have to say i'd definately take cromartie though)

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i honestly would not be totally against this move. for some odd reason deangelo williams' stock is dropping and it could be a bargain to get him that late in the draft. think 5 years down the road would you rather have a starter at linebacker or a stud runningback? it's not too early to be looking for tiki's replacement, especially since brandon jacobs doesnt appear to be starting material.

Give the kid a break, it was first season last year, Sheez!

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According to the draft trade chart they would have to give up their second rounder.

3 picks in the first two rounds can fill some holes...or trade one with a later pick to move up. Ward and Jacobs haven't really been used enough to evaluate them, and maybe Williams is better than both, but I'd rather get more in tune with bigger needs.

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uhh, he's a 4th round pick. 6'4'' 265. does he really deserve the benefit of the doubt? i just dont expect him to be a starter, and apparently neither does coach coughlin. he was never used in place of tiki barber, strictly on goal line and short situations. there's no reason to believe he is starting material, if he was, he probably would have been picked a lot sooner than he was last year.

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uhh, he's a 4th round pick. 6'4'' 265. does he really deserve the benefit of the doubt? i just dont expect him to be a starter, and apparently neither does coach coughlin. he was never used in place of tiki barber, strictly on goal line and short situations. there's no reason to believe he is starting material, if he was, he probably would have been picked a lot sooner than he was last year.

Yes, thats true, but you never know what his full capability is after only his rookie season.

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uhh, he's a 4th round pick. 6'4'' 265. does he really deserve the benefit of the doubt? i just dont expect him to be a starter, and apparently neither does coach coughlin. he was never used in place of tiki barber, strictly on goal line and short situations. there's no reason to believe he is starting material, if he was, he probably would have been picked a lot sooner than he was last year.

There were also a TON of RBs in the draft last year, and 4th rounders picked a couple of positions before him played, and did ok. Fortunately, he didn't HAVE to play in Tiki's place, we had Ward to do that, and only to spell him.

 

In the role he was given, which was desperately needed, he did well.

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Yes, thats true, but you never know what his full capability is after only his rookie season.

well i guess we can't rule out blackburn to be a stud linebacker than... oh yeah, we can be 90% sure he wont be.

 

jacobs didnt spell tiki because that's not what he is suited for, the chances of him being a starting runningback in this league are slim to none. the same could be said about ward. we have almost zero depth at runningback. if (god forbid) something happens to tiki barber, we're screwed. it's just silly to pass up on such a great talent when our only starting runningback is over 30 years old. he's done fantastic but you only have to look back at history to know he will slow down soon. look at marshall faulk, preist holmes, emmit smith. injuries happen, and more likely to the older guys. the rams and cheifs had backup plans, the cowboys waited and they sucked for 4 years in a row while they waited for emmit to leave.

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It's just silly to throw out all our most needed positions in the 1st round. It would be awesome to have a stud RB in 3 years, but this team is a few needed positions of a championship season.

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well i guess we can't rule out blackburn to be a stud linebacker than... oh yeah, we can be 90% sure he wont be.

 

jacobs didnt spell tiki because that's not what he is suited for, the chances of him being a starting runningback in this league are slim to none. the same could be said about ward. we have almost zero depth at runningback. if (god forbid) something happens to tiki barber, we're screwed. it's just silly to pass up on such a great talent when our only starting runningback is over 30 years old. he's done fantastic but you only have to look back at history to know he will slow down soon. look at marshall faulk, preist holmes, emmit smith. injuries happen, and more likely to the older guys. the rams and cheifs had backup plans, the cowboys waited and they sucked for 4 years in a row while they waited for emmit to leave.

 

There's a difference between a 4th rounder and a UDFA, but then again, what round was Pierce drafted in? As far as Blackburn is concerned, I agree with you--his injury pretty much took that out of the equation.

 

But to say a guy isn't any good because he's a 4th-rounder in a RB-heavy draft, and has one of the best RBs in the league starting and getting the bulk of the playing time, that's a bit harsh. I'm not necessarily saying that Jacobs is our star running back in the future, I merely said we don't know what we have yet.

 

You are the only poster I recall seeing this year that believes we have zero depth at RB. That's not an attack, but a truthful observation. With the possible exception of Defensive End, RB is probably the least of our worries this year. And considering that Barber is reaching his peak production, or just peaked last season, I'm not too worried about the position for another year or two.

 

The Rams had a backup plan? They drafted their guy last year...when was the last time Faulk was a factor?

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uhh, he's a 4th round pick. 6'4'' 265. does he really deserve the benefit of the doubt? i just dont expect him to be a starter, and apparently neither does coach coughlin. he was never used in place of tiki barber, strictly on goal line and short situations. there's no reason to believe he is starting material, if he was, he probably would have been picked a lot sooner than he was last year.

Ummm, in the season opener he got at least 5 touches on 2'nd & more than 5 yards... for a big guy he actually got to the corner pretty quickly & when he turned it upfield & stepped on the gas.... look out.

 

And concerning what round you get starting running back material from did you remember a guy named Terrell Davis (drafted in the 6'th round)? He only ran for 2000 yards once in his career & won 2 Super Bowl rings, here are some others:

 

Earnest Byner (10'th round, 280'th overall 1984 draft) 2 time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion with Washington.

Herschel Walker (5'th round, 114'th overall 1985 draft) 2 Time Pro Bowler, Among the top 50 All-time RB's.

Bo Jackson (7'th round, 183'rd overall 1987 draft) Possibly one of the most talented RB ever, only his injuries prevented him from re-writing the record books.

David Meggett (5'th round, 132'nd overall 1989 draft) All time leader in return yards up until a few years ago, 2 time Pro Bowler.

Dorsey Levens (5'th round, 149'th overal 1994 draft) A great threat in the running or passing game out of the backfield with Favre at the helm. 1 time Pro Bowler.

Curtis Martin (3'rd round, 74'th overall 1995 draft) 4'th all time in rushing yardage, 10'th all time in rushing TD's. Selected 3 rounds before Terrell Davis in the same draft year.

Stephen Davis (4'th round, 102'nd overall 1996 draft) A great power back that terrorized the NFC East for years with the Redskins.

Ahman Green (3'rd round, 76'th overall 1998 draft) 4 Time Pro Bowler & one of the main reasons Favre's career has lasted as long as it has.

Olandis Gary (4'th round, 127'th overall 1999 draft) Perhaps this wasn't the best example but a serviceable back for the Broncos.

Reuben Droughns (3'rd round, 81'st overall 2000 draft) Definatley better than Ron Dayne!!!

Mike Anderson (6'th round, 189'th overall 2000 draft) See comments about Droughns.

Rudi Johnson (4'th round, 100'th overall 2001 draft) Does it all for the Bengals, they tried to replace him with Chris Perry & it didn't work as he had a Pro Bowl season in 2004.

 

To say that where you are selected in the draft predicates how good of a player you will be is rediculous, if that was the only qualification for being a good player then none of the above listed should have ever touched a football & guys like Blair Thomas & Akili Smith should have had Hall of Fame careers.

 

 

Give the kid a break, it was first season last year, Sheez!

Some people are unwilling to let players develop, interested in the immediate gain & not the long term, overall picture. We've seen this in the past with players like Ed McCaffrey, players that we were too quick to judge.... then look at what happens. Later in their careers they come back & burn our ass, I just hope that Jurevicius doesn't do that to us again when we face Seattle this year.

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To say that where you are selected in the draft predicates how good of a player you will be is rediculous, if that was the only qualification for being a good player then none of the above listed should have ever touched a football & guys like Blair Thomas & Akili Smith should have had Hall of Fame careers.

Some people are unwilling to let players develop, interested in the immediate gain & not the long term, overall picture. We've seen this in the past with players like Ed McCaffrey, players that we were too quick to judge.... then look at what happens. Later in their careers they come back & burn our ass, I just hope that Jurevicius doesn't do that to us again when we face Seattle this year.

 

You hit it on the head.

 

And just thinking about Ed McCaffrey makes me weep. I liked him as a Giant, and he would have had a longer career if he stayed with us (his career-ending injury happened against us). :doh:

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You hit it on the head.

 

And just thinking about Ed McCaffrey makes me weep. I liked him as a Giant, and he would have had a longer career if he stayed with us (his career-ending injury happened against us). :doh:

Yeah, watching Ed McCaffrey run the correct route only to have Dave Brown throw the pass 5 yards behind him was frustrating.... to see him leave town while management backed that useless, backward interception tossing moron Brown was too cruel for words. To think this team was better off with Danny Kannell at QB speaks volumes.... unfortunatley none of them good.

 

Yeah, one of the few highlight reel hits that Shawn Williams had was breaking McCafferey's leg in 3 places. Some of the others included, making Jimmy Smith cough up blood on the sidelines after plastering him over the middle on a crossing pattern in 2000 against the Jags & forcing Marshall Faulk to the bench in 2002 after popping him so hard Faulk fumbled the ball & sprained his knee in St. Louis.

 

Speaking of St. Louis:

The Rams had a backup plan? They drafted their guy last year...when was the last time Faulk was a factor?

To be precise, the Rams found their guy 2 years ago in Steven Jackson & Faulk's production had been on steady decline since 2002. Let's not forget that Mashall is going into his 14'th season, he's played alot of football & had a great career.... in his prime there wasn't a defensive player on the field that could touch him one-on-one.

 

Dallas' problem was compounded by the fact that after Aikman retired there really wasn't a clear cut QB in the system.... they tried to solve their problem after Jerry Jones saw what McNabb did in his 1'st two years & said, "I need a running QB!" so they tried to make Quincy Carter work but it didn't. Now they have a QB but only by rental as Bledsoe won't play forever & they still have no clear cut "starter in waiting" per say, the other problem the Cowboys had was that their defense which had been so dominant during the early to mid 90's fell apart all at once as players retired due to injury or left via free agency.

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Speaking of St. Louis:

 

To be precise, the Rams found their guy 2 years ago in Steven Jackson & Faulk's production had been on steady decline since 2002. Let's not forget that Mashall is going into his 14'th season, he's played alot of football & had a great career.... in his prime there wasn't a defensive player on the field that could touch him one-on-one.

 

Was it 2 years ago? I guess it was, but Jackson really started coming around this year--or at least enough for me to notice.

 

I hope my post didn't read like I was disparaging Faulk--he had a great career. I was disagreeing that the Rams had a plan in place to replace him. And clearly he was well into his decline before the Ram's drafting of Jackson bore fruit.

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i wouldnt care if Reggie Bush fell to 25, we need to draft defense...

 

then after we draft defense, we need to draft more defense...then more...we need LB's DT's and QUALITY DB's

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Bo Jackson (7'th round, 183'rd overall 1987 draft) Possibly one of the most talented RB ever, only his injuries prevented him from re-writing the record books.

bo jackson was actually the first pick overall by the bucs. he decided to play baseball at that time though and later went to the raiders

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Ummm, in the season opener he got at least 5 touches on 2'nd & more than 5 yards... for a big guy he actually got to the corner pretty quickly & when he turned it upfield & stepped on the gas.... look out.

 

And concerning what round you get starting running back material from did you remember a guy named Terrell Davis (drafted in the 6'th round)? He only ran for 2000 yards once in his career & won 2 Super Bowl rings, here are some others:

 

Earnest Byner (10'th round, 280'th overall 1984 draft) 2 time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion with Washington.

Herschel Walker (5'th round, 114'th overall 1985 draft) 2 Time Pro Bowler, Among the top 50 All-time RB's.

Bo Jackson (7'th round, 183'rd overall 1987 draft) Possibly one of the most talented RB ever, only his injuries prevented him from re-writing the record books.

David Meggett (5'th round, 132'nd overall 1989 draft) All time leader in return yards up until a few years ago, 2 time Pro Bowler.

Dorsey Levens (5'th round, 149'th overal 1994 draft) A great threat in the running or passing game out of the backfield with Favre at the helm. 1 time Pro Bowler.

Curtis Martin (3'rd round, 74'th overall 1995 draft) 4'th all time in rushing yardage, 10'th all time in rushing TD's. Selected 3 rounds before Terrell Davis in the same draft year.

Stephen Davis (4'th round, 102'nd overall 1996 draft) A great power back that terrorized the NFC East for years with the Redskins.

Ahman Green (3'rd round, 76'th overall 1998 draft) 4 Time Pro Bowler & one of the main reasons Favre's career has lasted as long as it has.

Olandis Gary (4'th round, 127'th overall 1999 draft) Perhaps this wasn't the best example but a serviceable back for the Broncos.

Reuben Droughns (3'rd round, 81'st overall 2000 draft) Definatley better than Ron Dayne!!!

Mike Anderson (6'th round, 189'th overall 2000 draft) See comments about Droughns.

Rudi Johnson (4'th round, 100'th overall 2001 draft) Does it all for the Bengals, they tried to replace him with Chris Perry & it didn't work as he had a Pro Bowl season in 2004.

 

To say that where you are selected in the draft predicates how good of a player you will be is rediculous, if that was the only qualification for being a good player then none of the above listed should have ever touched a football & guys like Blair Thomas & Akili Smith should have had Hall of Fame careers.

Some people are unwilling to let players develop, interested in the immediate gain & not the long term, overall picture. We've seen this in the past with players like Ed McCaffrey, players that we were too quick to judge.... then look at what happens. Later in their careers they come back & burn our ass, I just hope that Jurevicius doesn't do that to us again when we face Seattle this year.

 

my point is not that there is not any talent in the 4th round, but that the chances are slim to none. you named 10 runningbacks in a span of over 20 years, and bo jackson hardly counts. reuben droughns and olandis gary werent all that great either. my point is, there's a 10% chance we have 2 starting runningbacks on our roster. deangelo williams is a good enough talent and we are in a good enough need to take him if he is available. and no VG, it's not going to be a rookie outside linebacker that's going to push this team over the hump.

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