NFL Draft: Rounds 4 & 5 Obervations

By Adam Caparell - April 29, 2007


NEW YORK - Well, the first two rounds of the Day 2 have flowed relatively smoothly so far. And thank God because the first two rounds of Day 1 felt like it took a week to complete. Here's a quick look at how things played out in the fourth and fifth round.

Oakland may have gotten a steal in Michael Bush with the first pick of the fourth round. If he ever gets healthy, I'll say it again, he's got a ton of potential to be a great back.

Dallas took a flier on Isiah Stanback, the quarterback from Washington who is still battling back from a bad foot injury he suffered during the regular season. He wasn't the most dependable QB, but he's definitely athletic. Maybe he's a Brad Smith in the making as the Jets turned the former Missouri record-breaking two-way QB into a jack of all trades in his rookie season.

Antonio Pittman went to New Orleans, who picked up yet another weapon on offense, at No. 107.

Steve Breaston, from Michigan, went to Arizona at pick No. 152 in the fifth round. But he's going to get lost in that shuffle of wide outs in Arizona.

Some surprises right now: I can't believe that Ben Patrick has not come off the board. Considered to be the third best tight end in the draft behind Greg Olson and Zach Miller, Patrick - out of Delaware - figured to be a third or fourth round selection by someone. Instead the multi-talented Blue Hen is still available and whatever team picks him up is going to get great value.

Rufus Alexander's relatively small size is really hurting him as he's now dropped into the sixth round.

Mason Crosby wasn't the first kicker taken off the board, but rather UCLA's Justin Medlock. Very surprising that he's fallen this far down. Almost everyone had Crosby as the top-rated place kicker in this draft and potentially the first special teamer to come off the board. But two punters were also taken Maryland's Adam Podlesh and Baylor's Daniel Spevulda were taken in the fourth round by Jacksonville at No. 101 and Pittsburgh at No. 112, respectively.

I was surprised to see Jeff Rowe go at No. 151 to the Bengals before many other notable QBs still available.

Smith finally came off the board, but I don't think there's going to be much hope for Chris Leak getting picked. There really wasn't a whole lot of hope for the Florida QB to go in the draft, but Smith's dropping is only going to hurt Leak.

Two other QBs available are Jordan Palmer, brother of Carson from UTEP, is out there as well as another QB option. Boise State's Jared Zabransky, who boasted about his considerable skill set right after the Fiesta Bowl, probably won't be drafted today, but he's out there. Zabransky was featured in the New York Post's Page Six section this morning. He may not make it in the world of the NFL, but he just made it in the world of gossip.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 02:06 PM on April 29, 2007
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