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Old 01-17-2007   #1
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Default Ranger's First Top Ten

Hey guys,

This is my first post on this board under this name, I have been there before, some of your might remember me under the name Ranger222. Introductions aside, its time for my favorite part of the year, draft season! So many rumors and draft charts and speculation it makes your head go round and I love! So, since the deadline has past for early entries, its time to unveil my first Top 10 of the year.


This is my point of veiw. It will most likely be different from yours. I welcome all comments and suggestions.

Ranger's Top 10 #1

1. Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech

This guy has tremendous size, speed, and hands, all the combinations you would expect from a big play receiver. He has put up great numbers thoughout the last 2 years, and makes plays that leave your jaw dropped. The most amazing thing is that he has done that at Georgia Tech, and with a Quaterback in Reggie Ball that makes your jaw drop with all of the foolish throws and decision he makes. He is my number one because of his personality. He has been the leader of his team and led them to the ACC Championship by carring them on his back. Plus he is very genous and humble, reminding me of LT.

2. Joe Thomas, T, Wisconisn

Joe Thomas is the kind of tackle that any GM would want to have on his team. He has size and great technique. He has been the anchor of Wisconsin's line and led his team to a 12-1 season. He is very athletic and will be able to pull and be used on screen plays. He can get out in front and be a lead blocker for a running back without slowing the play down. He is the kind of tackle that you can draft, put in your starting line and forget about for 12 years. I beleive if he would have declared last year, he would have gone before D'Brick in the draft.

3. Jamarrcus Russel, QB, LSU

Russel came into the spotlight a week before the Sugar bowl where many speculated that if he declared he would be the 2nd QB in this draft and could be a Top 10 pick. After the Sugar Bowl he shot up the draft boards after outplaying Brady Quinn and most likley will be the 1st QB in the draft. He has Duante Culpepper like size, and can throw the deep ball like I have never seen with just a simple flict of his wrist. He can stand in there and take a pounding, throw the ball with 2 defenders on him, and oh yeah, he can run a little too. My only concern is his consistency. I haven't seen him perform at a high-powered level for a while unlike Vince Young. I also wonder about how long it will take him to learn a sophisticated NFL system, but the main thing is he is a playmaker.

4. Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma

Adrian Peterson is probably the most pro-ready RB to ever come out of the College Ranks. He is a work horse. He is powerful, can outrun the defender at will, is patience with his blocks, and shows great determination by fighting for extra yards. I have also shown him catch balls out of the back feild. He needs to work on his pass protection, but so does every rookie RB. My only concern his is durability. Coming out of high school he had a shoulder problem, but it never showed signs of flaring up in College. He broke his collerbone this season, but that was a freak injury that shouldn't translate into a problem in the NFL.

5. Dwayne Jarret, WR, USC

Dwayne Jarret showed everybody what he is capable of doing in the Rose Bowl against Michigan. He, like Calvin Johnson, has outstanding size and speed. He doesn't have the best hands, he will drop one now again that he should catch, be he delivers in the clutch. He needs to be more physical to dominate in the NFL, but has the star power and potential to come out as the best WR in this class in the future.

6. Jaamal Anderson, DE, Arkansas

This is another guy who was once unheard of, and has shot up the draft charts. He has great size at 6-6 and 280 pounds and is fast off the edge with a 4.85 40. He reminds me a lot of Richard Seymore. He had 13.5 sacks this season, but he needs to take over a game to be called a dominate player, something I didn't see to often at Arkansas.

7. Laron Landry, S, LSU

Laron is a solid safty. He is not that fast, but does have size. Most importantly he flys to the football and makes big plays. He can be a leader in the secondary. He has great instincts, and can play the run as well as the pass. My only problem is that he sometimes goes to often to make the big play instead of the sure tackle. It may work in college, but not the NFL.

8. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame

Yes, this is where Quinn falls. I have no love for the Irish quaterback to rank him higher. Watching the Sugar Bowl I was disgusted by his play. He was overwhelmed by the hype and publicity of the game, and came out trying to be the star by making throws and forcing throws he can't make. Of course, I have seen him lead comeback drives against UCLA and is coached by Charlie Weis. He just needs to come down to earth before I rank him higher. A quaterback with a big head will never be successful. Ask Tony Romo.

9. Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt

I beleive this guy will shoot up the draft board in the upcoming months and will overtake Leon Hall as the best CB in the draft. He is a very solid player playing under the radar at Pitt. Decent size at 6 foot and weight, and solid speed with a 4.4 40. What I love about him is that he is so smart and seems to make the right decisions on the feild. He can also make a big play when you need it and can step up and be a leader on the feild.

10. Levi Brown, T, Penn St.

Here is another solid tackle prospect for this draft. This guy is huge, and the best thing about him is his long arms and quick feet, the perfect ingredients in making a dominating left tackle. Once he locks on to a defender it seems he has total control of the battle because he can use his arms and quick feet so well. He needs to develop a little bit of a mean streak and not be so passive if he wants to dominate and live up to his ranking.

Close but not Quiet:

Reggie Nelson, S, Florida
Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
Amobi Okoye, DT, Lousiville
Leon Hall, CB, Michigan
Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State

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Gaines Adams will be a top five pick.

Sorry But Brady Quinn will be a top 5 pick.

I don't think Jarrett will be in the top ten... and i'd rather go with Sidney Rice or Bowe myself.

Do agree Revis will jump up but Hall is just a solid corner all the way around.

I like Laron Landry a lot and i am hoping we'll take him but i hope we don't reach for him becasue i like Merriweather and i think he'll be available to us in the second round.

Why no mention of Branch either btw?
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Yea, what's your knock on Branch?
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I'm glad you asked why I had a knock on these two players.

Gaines Adams I think is the best pass rushing defesive end in this whole entire draft. Thats the positive. The negative is that he is very average in playing the run. In their bowl game against Kentucky, I saw him repeatedly getting pushed back on the line and could not get off his block. I even saw a couple plays where Clemson on first down would drop in into coverage like a linebacker. I thought this was very odd. Maybe Clemson knows he is not the greatest at playing the run and is trying to hide his weakness. He is a great passrusher, I'll give him that, but I want a defensive end who can play the run as well as the rush.

As far as Branch, I have no love for DTs being taken in the top 20 of the draft. I think DTs are highly overrated in the top picks of the draft. Tommie Harris is the best DT to come out in years, and he was a the 14th pick in the draft. Kevin Williams was selected by the Vikings with I beleive the 20th pick, so somewhere close to that. There is too much risk on DTs taken too early. Sometimes the best DTs are found later in the draft. Just ask the Giants. They took Cofeild, a rookie starter, in the 6th round. Theres better things you can do with a top 15 pick than spend it on a DT. Besides I have Okoye as my top DT anyway.
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Williams went 9th but that was only because the Vikings messed up and let two teams draft before them cause time ran out. I disagree with your opinion about DT but you're entitled to it.
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