NFL Draft: First Round Breakdown

By Adam Caparell - April 28, 2007


NEW YORK - With the first round over and done with, it's time to hand out some grades and rehash the first 32 selections of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Best Pick: Have to give the Browns credit for putting together the best draft class so far after the took Wisconsin LT Joe Thomas at No. 3 and traded up to take Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn at No. 22. The Browns gave up a lot to take Quinn - including their No. 1 pick next year - but they got two cornerstones on offense at arguably the two most important positions. Browns fans have to be extremely happy with how things played out. (A)

Worst Pick: Miami's selection of Ted Ginn, Jr. who is a marginal wide receiver at best. Sure the guy has blazing speed and can double as a dangerous return man, but Miami could have solidified it's quarterback position with Quinn available at No. 9.

Selected Wisely: Good fits for their respective teams included Marshawn Lynch going to the Bills at No. 12. Buffalo needed a running back to replace Willis McGahee and they got a productive one in Lynch.

The Jets picked up Darrelle Revis, the Pitt CB, after trading up from the No. 25 pick and filled a big need in their secondary with a guy who can also serve as a punt returner.

The Saints are going to feature one deadly offense next season after picking up Robert Meachem, the Tenn. WR, with their pick at No. 27. Meachem was one of the best wide outs in not only the SEC last year, but also the country and him teaming up with the likes of Marques Colston, Reggie Bush and Deuce McAlister - with Drew Brees leading the way at QB - means the Saints are set up to have yet another high powered offense.

Jury's Still Out: Detroit went with the best available player mentality in selecting all world receiver Calvin Johnson at No. 2. The Lions have chosen a wide out in what seems like every draft under Matt Millen, but they got themselves a can't miss guy in Johnson to team up with Roy Williams, already a pro bowl receiver. Charles Rogers and Mike Williams turned out to be busts, but Johnson won't be. The Lions had much more pressing needs than WR, but they got the most athletic guy - without question - in the draft in the Georgia Tech dynamo.

No Surprise Here: The 49ers staff coached the South squad at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. in January and they raved about Ole Miss LB Patrick Willis. Well gues who the Niners selected wtih the No. 11 pick? The Senior Bowl gets knocked for being a worthless event by some people, but it's a great chance for players and NFL personnel to building lasting relationships that go a long way when draft day comes around.

General Surprises: Atlanta decided not to go with Amobi Okoye with the No. 8 selection. The Falcons were going to go with defense, but balked at taking the player new coach Bobby Petrino just got finished coaching at Louiisville. Instead they went with Arkansas DE Jamaal Anderson. Didn't expect Anderson to go that high, and over Okoye for sure.

Surprises That Haven't Been Picked Yet: Michigan's DT Alan Branch, although questions about work ethic and desire have dogged him lately. Fellow Wolverine LB David Harris is still on the board. Miami's Greg Olson is still out there, the best pass catching TE left.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:24 PM on April 28, 2007
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