The best values in each round of the 2008 draft
Based on a summary of over 30 NFL Mock Draft projections, I have put together a list of a couple of choices, in my opinion, who are most likely to be real contributors to the team that selects them as well as the most overrated pick expected to go in that round.
You will probably notice a lot of DT's because that is one of the deeper positions in the draft. Here are my choices for the good, the bad, and the dangerous.
- Chris Long, DE, Virginia — Great motor and pedigree.
- Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC — A monster that will disrupt the best offense regularly.
- Vernon Gholston, LB, Ohio State — He will be a great blitzer and good versus the run.
- Overrated — Calais Campbell, DE, Miami — Need and school history moves him to the first round. Should be a mid-2nd round choice.
- Riskiest pick — DeSean Jackson, WR, California — Great speed but at 178 lbs, will break easily.
- Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame — The one bright spot on a dismal team.
- Duane Brown, OT, Virginia Tech — A real left tackle unlike Jake Long of Michigan.
- Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida — Good hands, speed, and size.
Overrated: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan — Catches the hard ones only when it doesn't matter.
Riskiest pick: Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware — Small school kid with a great arm, but lacks accuracy. Can he learn to read NFL defenses?
- Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers — Much faster than you think and a tough inside runner.
- Kendall Langford, DE, Hampton — The 2nd best DE in the draft. Don't let the school scare you.
- Jeremy Zuttah, T, Rutgers — A real effective technician will produce without great athleticism.
Overrated: Shawn Crable, LB, Michigan — Good college player, but too slow in the NFL.
Riskiest pick: Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M — Very good when he wants to be, but his motor is a question.
- Dexter Jackson, WR, Appalachian State — Just ask Michigan how good this kid is.
- Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia — Blows up tacklers and can be a 1-back runner
- Andre Fluellen, DT, Florida State — The team D was terrible, but against double teams did his job.
Overrated: Al Highsmith, LB, LSU — “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.”
Riskiest pick: Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia — Fast, but fragile and goes down too easily.
- Jordon Dizon, LB, Colorado — Too slow, too short but all player; reminds me of Chris Spielman.
- Peyton Hillis, FB, Arkansas — Solid blocker that can get the tough yard as well.
- Jamie Silva, S, Boston College — Every time I watch him, he lights up the offense. One of my very favorites.
Overrated: Frank Okam, DT, Texas — Should be great, but just doesn't make plays.
Riskiest pick: Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii — Anytime you change footwork and delivery on a QB it is dangerous. Both must be changed with Colt.
- Jack Ikegwuonu, CB, Wisconsin — If he was healthy all year, he would be a 2nd round pick.
- Jacob Hester, FB, LSU — One of my very favorite players. Runner, blocker & pass protector.
- Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon — If he was healthy, would be the 2nd QB selected. He will require riding the bench a year or two but when he learns the pro game, he can do it all.
Overrated: Gary Guyton, LB, Georgia Tech — At that size and speed, should make a lot more plays.
Riskiest pick: Vince Hall, LB, Virginia Tech — A 1st round pick last year that fell. If he keeps a chip on his shoulder, he could be a great pick.
- Adrian Arrington, WR, Michigan — Injury and questions about speed moved him to the 7th round. He is a great value here.
- Wallace Gilberry, DE, Alabama — Another very good '06 and bad '07. Still a good pick here.
- Larry Grant, LB, Ohio State — He was over-shadowed, but can play at this level.
Overrated or Riskiest pick don't really apply in the 7th round.
Best players that will not be drafted but should have been:
- Eric Foster, DE, Rutgers — Too short (6'1) but just makes plays every game.
- Pig Brown, S, Missouri — Hurt early in the season and hasn't run for scouts, but a producer that has a nasty streak.
- Tony Temple, RB, Missouri — Sneaks through the line, catches and blocks. Good kid.
- Robert Killebrew, LB, Texas — Solid against run and pass and can blitz with the best of them.
- Nathan Peterson, LB, Oklahoma State — Not on anyone's radar but mine. A solid tackler with great instincts.
- Bryan Mattison, DE, Iowa — In a year with very few DE's, this kid deserves a look.
- Adam Kraus, C, Michigan — Very aware technician with limited athletic skills. Jeff Saturday was a free agent too.
By Bill Smith
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for BrutusReport.com and has published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm
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