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RuthlessBurgher
02-13-2012, 02:23 PM
2007 NFL Draft Re-Mock

This is a 2007 NFL Draft Re-Mock, just in case you missed the big blue letters up top. I'm going back to 2007 and re-distributing all of the 2007 NFL Draft prospects to all of the teams in the 2007 NFL Draft order. This 2007 NFL Draft Re-Mock is based on how these players have performed in their careers, as well as the needs each team had back in 2007.

Posted Feb. 13, 2012.

Oakland Raiders: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: JaMarcus Russell, QB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: JaMarcus Russell, QB

We all know the story by now. Al Davis wanted JaMarcus Russell. Lane Kiffin wanted Calvin Johnson. Kiffin called his boss out for it, and was consequently fired, with the Oakland owner calling Russell a "great playa."

Megatron is the great playa the Raiders should have selected. He's unstoppable. To be fair, you could also say that Russell is unstoppable - at the buffet line, that is.


Detroit Lions: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Calvin Johnson, WR
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Calvin Johnson, WR

I've been campaigning for the Lions to upgrade the left tackle position for years now. Jeff Backus is a very good run-blocker, but struggles in pass protection. With Calvin Johnson off the board, this selection is pretty simple. Joe Thomas is an elite left tackle who would eventually keep Matthew Stafford's blind side clean. Backus, meanwhile, would shift over to right tackle and provide an upgrade over George Foster.


Cleveland Browns: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Joe Thomas, OT
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brady Quinn, QB

Joe Thomas isn't available, but I'm sure the Browns wouldn't mind because they'd be able to land the top cornerback in the NFL. Cleveland spent a second-round pick on Eric Wright in the 2007 NFL Draft, so the position was clearly one that needed to be addressed.

By the way, I've said some stupid stuff over the years, but this was a good call: "I donít believe drafting Brady Quinn is the right move for the Browns organization. Nothing against Quinn; itís just that Cleveland has so many more holes and could benefit from trading down more than once. However, ownership has hinted that they have some sort of interest in Quinn."

Of course, I gave Cleveland a great grade for taking Quinn later in the first round. Oops.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Patrick Willis, ILB, Ole Miss
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Gaines Adams, DE
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Gaines Adams, DE

Barrett Ruud used to be really good in the middle of Tampa's defense, but this selection is still a no-brainer because you have to find a spot for the best linebacker in football. Willis could have been used outside as an upgrade over Cato June, who once followed me on Twitter (@walterfootball) but then decided to unfollow me. Sad day.





Arizona Cardinals: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Levi Brown, OT
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Joe Thomas, OT

The Cardinals were set on finding an upgrade at offensive tackle to improve Edgerrin James' run blocking, but perhaps they should have just drafted a new running back. James averaged 3.4 YPC in 2006 and 3.8 YPC in 2007, so he was pretty much washed up. Arizona could have nabbed the best runner in football instead of a very mediocre Levi Brown. What a shame. Just imagine how great the 2008 NFC Champion Cardinals would have been with Peterson complementing Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.


Washington Redskins: LaMarr Woodley, DE/OLB, Michigan
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: LaRon Landry, S
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: LaRon Landry, S

The Redskins registered a league-low 19 sacks in 2006. They needed a pass-rusher, so why not draft LaMarr Woodley, one of the best in the business?

Woodley has thrived in Pittsburgh's 3-4, but he played in the 4-3 at Michigan. He's only 6-2 (most 4-3 defensive ends are 6-3 or taller), but his immense talent would have made up for that.

Minnesota Vikings: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Adrian Peterson, RB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Adrian Peterson, RB

From my 2007 NFL Mock Draft: "I know Chester Taylor is a decent running back and the Vikings have greater needs, but I donít see how they can possibly pass up on a prospect like Adrian Peterson at this juncture. The same applies if Brady Quinn somehow slips to No. 7."

Both Peterson and Quinn fell to No. 7, so it's a good thing the Vikings chose the former. Unfortunately, Peterson isn't available here, so Minnesota will have to settle for another offensive weapon. Dwayne Bowe is an easy pick because the top Viking receivers at this juncture were Bobby Wade, Billy McMullen, Troy Williamson and Martin Nance. Who?


Atlanta Falcons: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Jamaal Anderson, DE
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Amobi Okoye, DT

Atlanta's No. 2 cornerback heading into this offseason was someone named Lewis Sanders, so that would explain why it spent a second-round pick on Chris Houston. The right move would have been picking Darrelle Revis at No. 8 overall; or Hall, if Revis happened to be unavailable like he is in this scenario.





Miami Dolphins: Marshal Yanda, G, Iowa
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Ted Ginn, KR
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Levi Brown, OT

Sure, the Raiders blew it with JaMarcus Russell, but the Dolphins own the worst selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. People liked Russell, so Oakland's pick was defensible. This wasn't. Ted Ginn was a kick-returner who should have been taken somewhere in the 20s. Everyone laughed at Miami when it introduced a special-teamer as its first-round choice. Cam Cameron predictably would be fired nine months later.

Picking a guard at No. 9 overall would have been met with more disdain, but it would have been the right move under these circumstances. Marshal Yanda is one of the top players at his position, and he would have offered a huge upgrade over Chris Liwienski. No relation to Monica (at least I hope not).


Houston Texans: Lawrence Timmons, OLB, Florida State
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Amobi Okoye, DT
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Darrelle Revis, CB

Lawrence Timmons is one of the top inside linebackers in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense, but he was seen as more of a 4-3 weakside linebacker coming into the 2007 NFL Draft. So, he definitely makes sense here.

Look at some of Houston's starters in its back seven heading into the 2007 season: Shantee Orr, Morlon Greenwood, Demarcus Faggins, C.C. Brown and Glenn Earl. No wonder it took this franchise so long to make the playoffs.


San Francisco 49ers: Jon Beason, ILB, Miami
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Patrick Willis, ILB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Adam Carriker, DE

From my 2007 NFL Mock Draft: "Itís either Adam Carriker or Patrick Willis at this juncture. Both offer tremendous upgrades for San Francisco."

Hmm... I think San Francisco made the right choice. Willis is off the board here, but rather than going for Carriker, how about another stud inside linebacker?


Buffalo Bills: Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Marshawn Lynch, RB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Patrick Willis, ILB

It sometimes feels like decades between Buffalo sacks. That certainly wouldn't the case right now if the team had Charles Johnson rushing the passer.





St. Louis Rams: Jared Gaither, OT, Maryland
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Adam Carriker, DT
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jamaal Anderson, DE

Jared Gaither was technically in the supplemental draft, but I'll include him in my re-draft. Offensive tackle was a need for the Rams back then, as it is now, because a declining Orlando Pace was always getting hurt, while Alex Barron was really struggling.

Jared Gaither was dominant prior to his back injury, but he appears to be healthy again in the wake of a strong finish for the Chargers.


Carolina Panthers: Ryan Kalil, C, USC
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Jon Beason, LB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Reggie Nelson, FS

The Panthers used a second-round pick on Ryan Kalil, but they'll have to take him here if they want to retain him. Kalil is easily one of the top centers in football.


Pittsburgh Steelers: David Harris, ILB, Michigan
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Lawrence Timmons, ILB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Paul Posluszny, ILB

Three separate inside linebackers here. The Steelers clearly had a need at the position, and I'm sure they wouldn't mind any of these three.

Green Bay Packers: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Justin Harrell, DT
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Marshawn Lynch, RB

I mocked Marshawn Lynch to the Packers. My reasoning? "The Packers cannot go into the 2007 season with Vernand Morency and Noah Herron, and seriously expect to compete with Chicago for the NFC North title."

Lynch was unavailable here, so Green Bay spent a second-rounder on Brandon Jackson. That didn't work out too well.


Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Reggie Nelson, S
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ted Ginn, WR

The Jaguars were going into the 2007 season with one of the most immobile quarterbacks in NFL history (Byron Leftwich) protected by two tackles named Khalif Barnes and Tony Pashos. How the hell did this team make it to the second round of the playoffs?


Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Weddle, S, Utah
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Leon Hall, CB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Leon Hall, CB

The Bengals spent fourth- and seventh-round picks on safeties because their two starters were Madieu Williams and Dexter Jackson. Too bad someone else named Dexter didn't get rid of them, amirite?


Tennessee Titans: Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Michael Griffin, S
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Robert Meachem, WR

I mocked Robert Meachem to the Titans because their top receivers at the time were David Givens, Brandon Jones, Justin Gage, Roydell Williams and Courtney Roby.

Sidney Rice is way too injury-prone, but he's worth the risk here at No. 19, especially considering how quickly the talent is about to run out. It's going to get ugly starting in six or so picks.


New York Giants: Michael Griffin, S, Texas
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Aaron Ross, CB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Aaron Ross, CB

When Will Demps and Gibril Wilson are your starting safeties, you defnitely need an upgrade at the position. Michael Griffin ideally wouldn't be in a first-round of any sort of draft or re-draft, but this class is really thin.





Denver Broncos: Paul Soliai, NT, Utah
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Jarvis Moss, DE
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Alan Branch, DT

I apparently thought the Broncos needed a fat defensive tackle, so let's re-mock them an even better fat defensive tackle.


Dallas Cowboys: Doug Free, OT, Northern Illinois
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dwayne Jarrett, WR

Doug Free just had a down year, but he's the best available player who makes sense for the 2007 Cowboys at this juncture. I told you that it's about to get bleak. You haven't seen anything yet. The 2007 NFL Draft class was very top-heavy, but horribly thin.


Kansas City Chiefs: Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Dwayne Bowe, WR
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Joe Staley, OT

I've wanted to slot Ben Grubbs in over the past few selections, but none of those teams had a need at guard. The Chiefs did because Will Shields was turning 36, and their only other option was John Welbourn.

Speaking of needs, my No. 5 need for Kansas City back in 2007 was "re-sign Damon Huard." Yeah, I must have smoked some crack when I compiled that page.


New England Patriots: LaRon Landry, S, LSU
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Brandon Meriweather, S
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: David Harris, ILB

LaRon Landry is another player I wanted to mock a bit earlier, but it just didn't work out. It does here though, as New England clearly had a need (and still does) at safety.





New York Jets: Ray McDonald, DE/DT, Florida
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Darrelle Revis, CB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Greg Olsen, TE

New coaches who come in and stubbornly run their own system despite mismatching personnel never last very long. Case in point: Eric Mangini, whose 3-4 didn't mesh well with several defenders on the roster. Now, the Mangina is working for ESPN. Poor Erin Andrews.


Philadelphia Eagles: Laurent Robinson, WR, Illinois State
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Kevin Kolb, QB
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Michael Griffin, S

Philadelphia's starting receivers in the post-Terrell Owens area were Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis. No wonder Donovan McNabb always had sand in his vag.

Believe it or not, the best player available who makes sense for Philadelphia is Laurent Robinson. I told you that this would get ugly.


New Orleans Saints: Justin Blalock, G, Texas
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Robert Meachem, WR
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Justin Harrell, DT

The Saints spent a third-round pick on someone named Andy Alleman because they wanted an upgrade over Jamar Nesbit at left guard. I wanted to mock Justin Blalock a bit earlier, but it just didn't work out.


San Francisco 49ers: Steve Smith, WR, USC
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Joe Staley, OT
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brandon Meriweather, S

Steve Smith was a really good slot receiver for the Giants before suffering a severe knee injury. The 49ers could have used help at receiver; you're not going to win many games when Darrell Jackson and Arnaz Battle are your starting wideouts.





Baltimore Ravens: Lyle Sendlein, C, Texas
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Ben Grubbs, G
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jarvis Moss, DE/OLB

This is before the Ravens signed Matt Birk, so they really needed a center. Lyle Sendlein should be about 8-10 picks higher than this, but there wasn't a team that needed help at center in that range.


San Diego Chargers: James Jones, WR, San Jose State
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Buster Davis, WR
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dwayne Bowe, WR

And this re-draft just keeps getting weaker. I mocked Dwayne Bowe to the Chargers because "Keenan McCardell was cut in March." Wow, it seems like it's been 10 years since we've seen him play. Time flies when you're eating Cheetos and working on a football Web site.


Chicago Bears: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Greg Olsen, TE
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jon Beason, OLB

Ahmad Bradshaw would be higher in this re-mock if he weren't injured heading into the 2007 season. Still, the Bears would have considered him under these circumstances because Cedric Benson showed them absolutely nothing in two seasons.

Tough call between Bradshaw and Michael Bush, by the way, but I couldn't put the latter in my first round because he wasn't going to be ready to play in 2007 coming off a serious injury.


Indianapolis Colts: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State
Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Anthony Gonzalez, WR
My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Lawrence Timmons, OLB

Paul Posluszny has enjoyed a more lucrative career than Anthony Gonzalez, proving once and for all that Penn State is better than Ohio State. Besides, we don't employ pervy assistant football coaches like the Buckeyes do.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my 2007 NFL Re-Draft. I want to do a 2008 version, but I don't feel like the verdict is out yet on many players, namely the quarterbacks (Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco).

http://walterfootball.com/draft2007redraft.php