Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Lions Draft/Draft Grades

It would have been tough to pass on Calvin Johnson, the best prospect in the draft. But Drew Staton, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Gerald Alexander, Johnny Baldwin and Ramzee Robinson are all players that need to develop. When you have the second worse record in the league. You need players that can make an immediate impact. Although I thinkManuel Ramierz will be a good NFL player (the 4th round selection) The offensive line needed to be addressed. Along with defensive back and the linebacker position, drafting a linebacker in the 6th round was not smart when Paul Posluszny (linebacker from Penn State) and David Harris (LB from Michigan) were available in the second round. Players that could have filled a huge hole on this team and trade back to draft Drew Staton, a quarterback that will not play for at least two years. Not to mention they trade themselves out of the third round, to come back in the second round, to draft guys who are not only protected 3rd and 4th round picks. The draft guys that will be back up players. This team is no better on the defensive side of the ball and they ahd the #2 pick. To not address the defense at all, to not get better and give yourself better chances to win football games.....the Lions get a "D"as their draft. The only good thing I can say about them is they did not get the worst draft grade.

Draft Grades

Arizona Cardinals-B
Levi Brown
Alan Branch
Steve Breaston
Ben Patrick

Atlanta Falcolns-B+
Jamal Anderson
Justin Blaylock
Chris Houston
Laurent Robinson
Stephen Nicholas
Martez Milner
David Irons
Doug Datish
Daren Stone

Baltimore Ravens-B
Ben Grubbs
Yamon Figurs
Marshal Yanda
Antwan Barnes
Le'Ron McClain
Troy Smith
Prescott Burgess

Buffalo Bills-B
Marshawn Lynch
Paul Posluszny
Dwayne Wright
Trent Edwards
John Wendling
Derek Schouman

Carolina Panthers-A-
Jon Beason
Dwayne Jarrett
Ryan Kalil
Charles Johnson
Ryne Robinson
Dante Rosario
Tim Shaw
C.J. Wilson

Chicago Bears- B
Greg Olsen
Dan Bazuin
Garrett Wolfe
Michael Okwo
John Beekman
Kevin Payne
Corey Graham
Trumane McBride

Cincinnati Bengals- C+
Leon Hall
Kenny Irons
Marvin White
Jeff Rowe
Matt Toeaina

Cleveland Browns- B+
Brady Quinn
Joe Thomas
Eric Wright
Darrelle Revis
Brandon McDonald
Melila Powell
Chase Pittman

Dallas Cowboys- C
Anthony Spencer
James Marten
Isaiah Stanback
Doug Free
Nick Folk
Mason Crosby
Deon Anderson
Courtney Brown

Denver Broncos- B-
Jarvis Moss
Tim Crowder
Marcus Thomas
Ryan Harris

Green Bay Packers-C-
Justin Harrell
Brandon Jackson
James Jones
Aaron Rouse
Allen Barbre
David Clonney
Korey Hall
Desmond Bishop
Mson Crosby
Deshawn Wynn
Clark Harris

Houston Texans- D-
Amobi Okoye
Brandon Frye
Kasey Studdard
Fred Bennent
Zach Diles

Indianapolis Colts-B-
Anthony Gonzalez
Tony Ogoh
Roy Hall
Daymeion Huges
Quinn Pitcock
Brannon Condren
Michael Coe

Jacksonville Jagurs-C
Reggie Nelson
Justin Durant
Mike Walker
Adam Podlesh
Brian Smith
Uche Nwaneri
Josh Gattis

K.C. Chiefs- B-
Dwayne Bowe
Turk McBride
Tank Tyler
Kolby Smith
Justin Medlock

Miami Dolphins-D
Ted Ginn Jr.
John Beck
Samson Satele
Lorenzo Booker
Paul Soliai
Drew Mormino
Kelvin Smith
Brandon Fields

Minnesota Vikings- A-
Adrian Peterson
Sidney Rice
Marcus McCauley
Brain Robison
Aundrae Allison
Rufus Alexander
Tyler Thigpen'

New England Patriots- B
Brandon Merriweather
Kareem Brown

New Orleans Saints- B
Robert Meachem
Usama Young
Andy Alleman
Antonio Pittman
Jermon Bushrod
David Jones
Marvin Mitchell

New York Giants-C+
Aaron Ross
Joe Staley
Adam Koets
Steve Smith
Zak DeOssie
Kevin Boss
Michael Johnson

New York Jets- B+
Darrelle Revis
David Harris
Jacob Bender

Oakland Raiders-B-
Jamarcus Russell
Zach Miller
Quentis Mosses
Mario Henderson
Johnnie Lee Higgins
Michael Bush
Jay Richardson
Eric Frampton
Orenthal O'neal

Philadelphia Eagles- C-
Kevin Kolb
Victor Abiamiri
Stewart Bradley
Tony Hunt
C.J. Gaddis
Brent Celek
Rasad Barksdale

Pittsburgh Steelers- B
Lawrence Timmons
Lamarr Woodley
Matt Spaeth
Daniel Sepulveda
Ryan McBean
William Gay
Dallas Baker

St. Louis Ram's-C
Adam Carriker
Brain Leonard
Jonathon Wade
Dustin Fry
Cliff Ryan

San Diego Chargers-C
Craig Davis
Eric Weddle
Anthony Waters
Scott Chandler
Legedu Naanee

San Francisco 49ers- A
Patrick Willis
Joe Staley
Jason Hill
Ray McDonald
Jay Moore
Dasmon Goldson
Joe Cohen
Tarell Brown
Thomas Clayton

Seattle Seahawks- C
Josh Wilson
Brandon Mebane
Baraka Atkins
Mansfield Wrotto
Will Herring
Courtney Taylor
Jordan Kent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- B-
Gaines Adams
Aaron Sears
Sabby Piscitelli
Quincy Black
Tanard Jackson
Greg Peterson
Adam Hayward
Chris Denman

Tennessee Titans-C-
Michael Griffin
Chris Henry
Paul Williams
Joel Filani

Washington Redskins D+
Laron Landry
Dallas Sartz
H.B. Blades
Jordan Palmer


Timmy Tebo said...

The Detroit Lions draft was not that bad. i see what they are doing here. What did the coach say, "It is not about the names on the back of the jersey. I'm putting together a team. Players that want to work hard" I think that Matt Millen finally got it right. I think that people will be surprised about this season. The Lions may not be a playoff team yet, but you will see improvements all over the board. The Detroit Lions will win 7 games this season and Calvin johnson will win the offensive rookie of the year.

Irv said...

Mel Kiper of ESPN said that the Detroit Lions draft grade was a C-. All the experts love the Calvin Johnson, but the Lions did not draft any players that could have made an impact on their team. Paul Posluszny was available in the second round, but the Lions decided to pass on him to trade and draft a quarterback. Trent Edwards fell all the way to the third round, they could have gotten him. The Lions could have used that pick on MLB David Harris from Michigan. And with their second pick in the second round, they draft a DE who is a project. Why not a DB. They traded Dre Bly to the Broncos, and there is no one to replace him at that position. To make things worse, they trade their two third round selections to come back in the second round and draft a safety who will be a back up player. The Lions did a bad job drafting again. And this is something to think about. With Matt Millen and coach Marinelli drafting these project players, this could mean Millen will not get fired no time soon, and Marinelli isn't going anywhere no time soon. Over a six year period, the Lions record is 24/72 with no playoff appearances. They have not won more than six games in a season since Millen have been GM of the Lions. Look at the success of the Pistons, Red Wings, and the Tigers who was the worse team in baseball three years ago, to a world series appearance. The people of Detroit do not deserve this. We win here. You guys who run this team are stupid and I a long with everyone in this state who are fans of this team want you to sale the team to people who care about winning. This team has never been to superbowl and have only won one playoff game in the last 50 years. Get it together.