Miami drafts Ted Ginn, Jr. at #9. Miami was sitting with 15 minutes on the clock and the list of top-flight available players including Patrick Willis, Leon Hall, Reggie Nelson, Brady Quinn and Greg Olsen, they decided to take an injured special teams player in Ginn, Jr. The uproar on their selection was two-fold: Ginn was considered one of the riskiest picks in the first round. He isn’t a polished receiver, he’s coming off an injury late in the season that affects his speed and agility, and a kick returner is rarely a big part of a team turning their fortunes around (Dante Hall keep the Chiefs an average team and Devin Hester didn’t affect Chicago being a top team). The other side of the argument was Miami’s need for a solid quarterback talent at the time (Quinn), a solid linebacker because Zach Thomas isn’t going to be around forever (Willis) and every team’s need for more solid secondary help (Nelson, Hall). The total evaluation of this selection won’t be determined for a few years, but with the Patriots and Jets always a challenge withing the division, Miami needed an instant impact, something Ginn, Jr. could be lacking in 2007.
Brady Quinn drops to #22. Cleveland either knew something in their war room or they just lucked out. They were thought to be interested in Quinn at #3, but went with stud linemen Joe Thomas. After Miami at #9, everyone knew that Quinn could fall a long way (ala Aaron Rodgers). Buffalo or the Jets were the only really possibilities in the next 12 picks and neither pulled the trigger. Cleveland traded their 1st round pick next year to get Quinn at #22. The 2008 selection would have been a top 15 pick probably, but Cleveland got the QB they wanted and a player to help them starting this year, not 2008. Quinn may turn out to be like Randy Moss or Matt Leinart, a top player who passed by a lot of teams that failed to pick up a future star.
Kevin Kolb at #36 to Philadelphia. With McNabb rehabbing after another injury, selecting a QB with their first pick in the draft this year didn’t help the rumors and speculation about the All-Pro’s future with the team. The team stated the pick was picking the best player available to fit their system, but quarterback is one of those positions that an cause quite a stir if there’s already a proven starter on the team.
Michael Bush 1st pick, 4th round to Oakland. Even with all the rumors of lingering injuries to Bush, he was supposed to be a day 1 selection. Without injuries, Bush could have been a 1st round pick, possibly the 1st running back taken in a weak class in 2007. Atlanta and a few other teams were talked about having immense interest in the power back, probably in the third round. Everyone passed on Bush, and with a night to rewrite their draft boards, the Raiders took the best player left on the board – Michael Bush of Louisville. After the draft, besides New England getting Randy Moss for a 4th round pick from the Oakland, Bush has to be seen as one of the steals.
Chris Houston #41 to Atlanta. Houston was graded as possibly the best cover corner in the draft. He is tremendously physical, can support the run and react well to the ball. Instead of being picked in the teens, he fell into Atlanta’s lap in the middle of the 2nd round to play opposite of Deangelo Hall.
Mason Crosby #193 to Green Bay. Kicking can win 2-3 games a year. The Packers grabbed the #1 kicker in this year’s draft in the middle of the 6th round. Crosby has one of the strongest legs in recent memory coming out of college and kicked in rough weather in Colorado, so he should transition well to Wisconsin.