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Old 07-26-2006   #1
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Ok, these rankings are of which rookies I think will have the best careers. Some picks may surprise people, but there are a lot of surprises from the draft. Some of it has to do with the teams they went to, the schemes their teams run, how they will be used, etc. I also have 3 tiers for each position.

QB

1st Tier

1. Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos
2. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
3. Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals
4. Kellen Clemens, New York Jets

2nd Tier

5. Brodie Croyle, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Omar Jacobs, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Charlie Whitehurst, San Diego Chargers

3rd Tier

8. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings
9. Bruce Gradkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Ingle Martin, Green Bay Packers

RB

1st Tier

1. Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints
2. Laurence Maroney, New England Patriots
3. LenDale White, Tennessee Titans
4. Jerious Norwood, Atlanta Falcons
5. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

2nd Tier
6. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts
7. Maurice Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Brian Calhoun, Detroit Lions

3rd Tier
9. Wali Lundy, Houston Texans
10. PJ Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

WR

1st Tier

1. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
2. Chad Jackson, New England Patriots
3. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers

2nd Tier

4. Sinorice Moss, New York Giants
5. Demetrius Williams, Baltimore Ravens
6. Derek Hagan, Miami Dolphins
7. Maurice Stovall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3rd Tier

8. Brandon Williams, San Francisco 49ers
9. Mike Hass, New Orleans Saints
10. Devin Aromashodu, Miami Dolphins

TE

1st Tier

1. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

2nd Tier

2. Anthony Fasano, Dallas Cowboys
3. Leonard Pope, Arizona Cardinals
4. Joe Klopfenstein, St. Louis Rams
5. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Dominique Byrd, St. Louis Rams
7. David Thomas, New England Patriots

3rd Tier

8. Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos
9. TJ Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Quinn Sypniewski, Baltimore Ravens

OL

1st Tier

1. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, New York Jets
2. Nick Mangold, New York Jets
3. Winston Justice, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2nd Tier

5. Daryn Colledge, Green Bay Packers
6. Taitsui Lutui, Arizona Cardinals
7. Chris Chester, Baltimore Ravens
8. Ryan Cook, Minnesota Vikings

3rd Tier

9. Eric Winston, Houston Texans
10. Charles Spencer, Houston Texans

DE

1st Tier

1. Mario Williams, Houston Texans
2. Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants
3. Darryl Tapp, Seattle Seahawks

2nd Tier

4. Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs

3rd Tier

5. Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos
6. Chris Gocong, Philadelphia Eagles(probably will play OLB tho)
7. Ray Edwards, Minnesota Vikings
8. Victor Adeyanju, St. Louis Rams
9. Brent Hawkins, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Ryan LaCasse, Baltimore Ravens

DT

1st Tier

1. Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens
2. Brodrick Bunkley, Philadelphia Eagles
3. John McCargo, Buffalo Bills

2nd Tier

4. Gabe Watson, Arizona Cardinals
5. Dusty Dvoracek, Chicago Bears
6. Claude Wroten, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills
8. Babatunde Oshinowo, Cleveland Browns

3rd Tier

9. Domata Peko, Cincinnati Bengals
10. Montavius Stanley, Dallas Cowboys

LB

1st Tier

1. Ernie Sims, Detroit Lions
2. AJ Hawk, Green Bay Packers
3. Kamerion Wimbley, Cleveland Browns
4. Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings
5. D'Qwell Jackson, Cleveland Browns

2nd Tier

6. Bobby Carpenter, Dallas Cowboys
7. Manny Lawson, San Francisco 49ers
8. Demeco Ryans, Houston Texans
9. Thomas Howard, Oakland Raiders

3rd Tier

10. Rocky McIntosh, Washington Redskins

CB(i think almost all of these guys will be good)

1st Tier

1. Antonio Cromartie, San Diego Chargers
2. Tye Hill, St. Louis Rams
3. Richard Marshall, Carolina Panthers

2nd Tier

4. Jimmy Williams, Atlanta Falcons
5. Jonathan Joseph, Cincinnati Bengals
6. Kelly Jennings, Seattle Seahawks
7. Gerrick McPhearson, New York Giants
8. Ashton Youboty, Buffalo Bills
9. David Pittman, Baltimore Ravens

3rd Tier

10. Alan Zemaitis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

S

1st Tier

1. Michael Huff, Oakland Raiders
2. Donte Whitner, Buffalo Bills
3. Jason Allen, Miami Dolphins

2nd Tier


4. Daniel Bullocks, Detroit Lions
5. Daniel Manning, Chicago Bears
6. Anthony Smith, Pittsburgh Steelers

3rd Tier

7. Bernard Pollard, Kansas City Chiefs
8. Roman Harper, New Orleans Saints
9. Ko Simpson, Buffalo Bills
10. Dawan Landry, Baltimore Ravens
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Leinart in Arizona should easily have the best career among the rookie QBs. I also don't see Ingle Martin having much of a career at all with Aaron Rodgers in front of him.

DeAngelo Williams should also be higher on your list, I'd even put him ahead of Reggie until Reggie leaves New Orleans.

Overall a very interesting and highly questionable list.

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i think deangelo will be a good player, but not great. i know you will think this is crazy, but i think he was overused at memphis and he will slow down after a few years in the nfl.

jerious norwood is a real sleeper. i think he will be a great player because he fits the zone blocking scheme that atlanta runs exremely well. he is quick, has great vision, and can go the distance on any play.

as for the qb, i never thought that leinart would be great. going to a team like arizona certainly helps him, but i still think that he will just be a solid nfl qb.

i have said for awhile that i thought jay cutler would be a star.

i think vince young will be somewhat like michael vick. maybe not an elite passing qb, but someone who you will always have to account for because of his athletic ability. someone who drives defensive coordinators crazy and will do anything to win.

as for ingle martin, sure he has a terrible chance of even being a starter in the nfl. but look around the league. obviously tom brady was a 6th round pick, marc bulger went undrafted. kyle orton was a 4th round pick. i'm not saying that ingle martin will be tom brady, marc bulger, or even kyle orton. but i am saying that he could get a chance somewhere.

like i said, if you go back and look at previous drafts, players drafted higher obviously arent always better than players drafted after them. look at charlie frye and alex smith. alex smith was taken 1st overall and frye was taken 3rd round. alot of people would rather have frye right now. in 1996, kevin hardy was taken 2nd overall, ray lewis was taken 26th overall. if someone told you that ray lewis would be 10 times the player that kevin hardy would be, you may have thought they were crazy.
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Matt Leinart should be number one especially with anquan boldin larry fitzgerald and the edge. I also think that joesph addia should be in tier 1 and put at number 2 because he is in a offense with peyton manning reggie wayne and marvin harrison to name a few.
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