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    2007 Draft Redone by Don Banks

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    NFL - 2007 Draft Redone by Don Banks

    1Oakland Raiders
    CALVIN JOHNSON, WR Georgia Tech

    Original pick: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
    While Adrian Peterson has been the clear-cut rookie of the year, the Raiders have the fourth-ranked running game with emerging fifth-year vet Justin Fargas. An upgrade in the receiving ranks is still needed, and given JaMarcus Russell's lost year, taking the freakishly gifted Johnson would have been the wiser pick.

    2 Detroit Lions
    ADRIAN PETERSON, RB, Oklahoma
    Original pick: Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions

    The Lions rank dead last in the NFL in rushing (77.2 ypg), and the tandem of Kevin Jones and Tatum Bell pales in comparison to the talents of the most electrifying rookie rusher to hit the league since the Lions selected Barry Sanders third overall in 1989.

    3 Cleveland Browns
    JOE THOMAS, OT, Wisconsin
    Original pick: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin

    Some second-guessed the Browns on draft day for bypassing Brady Quinn to take the Badgers tackle, but Cleveland hit a grand slam with the pick. Thomas has people talking Pro Bowl already, and his early dominance has as much to do with the Browns' playoff contention as anything.

    4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    AMOBI OKOYE, DT, Louisville
    Original pick: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson

    Given the Bucs' need for another receiving threat, it was tempting to give them Dwayne Bowe in this slot. But Okoye has been described as a young Warren Sapp, and Tampa Bay could use a playmaking presence at tackle. Four of Okoye's five sacks came in September, but he continues to play staunch run defense.

    5 Arizona Cardinals
    LEVI BROWN, OT, Penn State
    Original pick: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State

    The Cardinals' 25th-ranked running game still leaves a lot to be desired, but Brown has been a defensible pick, starting at right tackle in seven of the nine games he's played. Arizona is well-stocked at a lot of the positions that make sense for the second half of our re-draft's top 10.

    6 Washington Redskins
    LARON LANDRY, S, LSU
    Original pick: LaRon Landry, S, LSU

    The Redskins found themselves facing injury issues on their offensive line from training camp on, so Thomas or Brown would have been natural fits had they lasted to No. 6. But Landry has been anything but a disappointment, and the Redskins need him all the more now in light of the Sean Taylor tragedy.

    7 Minnesota Vikings
    DWAYNE BOWE, WR, LSU
    Original pick: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

    Without Peterson's impact to rely on, the Vikings would be in the market for another big-play option. Bowe has been this draft's second-best performer in that department, leading all rookie receivers in catches (54), yardage (786) and touchdowns (4, tied).

    8 Atlanta Falcons
    JAMARCUS RUSSELL, QB, LSU
    Original pick: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas

    We make it three ex-LSU Tigers in a row with Russell, whose rookie season in Oakland was effectively sacrificed to his contract stalemate. The Falcons' quarterback disaster makes this a no-brainer. Enough of Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich and Chris Redman. Bobby Petrino would snap up Russell and have a QB to groom.

    9 Miami Dolphins
    PATRICK WILLIS, LB, Mississippi
    Original pick: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State

    The Dolphins obviously have needs everywhere you look, but with veteran middle linebacker Zach Thomas playing in just five games this season, the polished Willis would have filled a very large gap in the middle of Miami's defense.

    10 Houston Texans
    MARSHAWN LYNCH, RB, California
    Original pick: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville

    The Ahman Green acquisition hasn't worked out, and Ron Dayne is just a stop-gap option. If the Texans had Lynch, the league's second-most impressive rookie runner, they'd have the makings of a very balanced offense.

    11 San Francisco
    TONY UGOH, OT, Arkansas
    Original pick: Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi

    Ugoh has excelled at guarding Peyton Manning's blindside in Indy, and with 49ers left tackle Jonas Jennings appearing in only five games before going on IR, the rookie would have filled a need. With Ugoh, the 49ers wouldn't have felt the need to trade their 2008 first-rounder to New England for the rights to select Joe Staley at No. 28.

    12 Buffalo Bills
    JON BEASON, LB, Miami
    Original pick: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal

    With Lynch gone to the No. 10 Texans, and second-rounder Paul Posluszny lost for the year early on with a broken forearm, Beason is a judicious use of the pick. If you're wondering why I don't give them quarterback Trent Edwards, who they wound up getting in the third round, it's a still a bit high for the ex-Stanford star.

    13 St. Louis Rams
    GAINES ADAMS , DE, Clemson
    Original pick: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska

    After a very slow start, Adams has started to come on in Tampa Bay, starting the past four games and logging three of his 4 1/2 sacks in that span. The Rams' season fell apart early due to offensive-line injuries, but they took Adam Carriker in this slot because they needed defensive-line help, and Adams has too much upside to overlook.

    14 New York Jets
    DARRELLE REVIS, CB, Pittsburgh
    Original pick: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt

    Let's not fix something that's not broken. Revis, the top-rated cornerback in the draft, has more than lived up to that label, starting all 12 of New York's games and notching 12 passes-defensed and two interceptions
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    15 Pittsburgh Steelers
    DAVID HARRIS, LB, Michigan
    Original pick: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State
    Since taking over for the injured Jonathan Vilma inside, Harris has been a force with the Jets, totaling three sacks and a forced fumble in his five starts. Along with Willis and Beason, he continues the recent rookie trend of impact inside linebackers (Lofa Tatupu in 2005, DeMeco Ryans in 2006). Harris is a nice upgrade over LB Lawrence Timmons, who has had a very low-profile rookie season.

    16 Green Bay Packers
    TANARD JACKSON, FS, Syracuse
    Original pick: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee

    We're shaking things up a little here, pushing Jackson from the fourth round (where the Bucs took him) into the top half of the first. Jackson has a nose for the football and makes plays all over the field. He'd address one of Green Bay's few weak spots on defense, where free safety Nick Collins has missed time with a knee injury.

    17 Denver Broncos
    JAMAAL ANDERSON , DE Arkansas
    Original pick: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida

    Anderson is still waiting to post his first NFL sack, but he has started all 12 games, with flashes of playmaking ability. Defensive end Jarvis Moss, Denver's original pick, started just one of six games before going on IR. As much as the Broncos need help on run defense at tackle, Anderson's potential is too good to pass on.

    18 Cincinnati Bengals
    LEON HALL , CB, Michigan
    Original pick: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan

    Things are dismal once again on defense for the Bengals, but Hall didn't represent a miss in April's first round. He has four interceptions and 10 passes-defensed, and has started half of Cincinnati's 12 games. Injuries wiped out the Bengals at linebacker, but all the first-round prospects are off our board.

    19 Tennessee Titans
    REGGIE NELSON, S, Florida
    Original pick: Michael Griffin, S, Texas

    We know the Titans are happy with their first-round pick, safety Michael Griffin, who they've worked in at cornerback this season. But Nelson would upgrade the free safety spot, and as an added bonus, would weaken division-rival Jacksonville. Nelson has four interceptions, one sack and nine passes-defensed in 11 starts.

    20 New York Giants
    TED GINN JR., WR, Ohio State
    Original pick: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas

    The Giants took Texas cornerback Aaron Ross in this slot, and he's shown up on numerous occasions as a rookie. But getting the speedster Ginn to help take some of the receiving burden off Plaxico Burress makes sense, too. Ginn would also instantly upgrade New York's return units.
    Last edited by Warfish; 12-08-2007 at 12:02 AM.

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    Edited above to fix the horridly bad formatting, which made it very hard to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warfish View Post
    Edited above to fix the horridly bad formatting, which made it very hard to read.
    Thanks, I'm not great at formatting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adb280z View Post
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...edo/index.html

    NFL - 2007 Draft Redone by Don Banks

    1Oakland Raiders
    CALVIN JOHNSON, WR Georgia Tech

    Original pick: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
    While Adrian Peterson has been the clear-cut rookie of the year, the Raiders have the fourth-ranked running game with emerging fifth-year vet Justin Fargas. An upgrade in the receiving ranks is still needed, and given JaMarcus Russell's lost year, taking the freakishly gifted Johnson would have been the wiser pick.

    2 Detroit Lions
    ADRIAN PETERSON, RB, Oklahoma
    Original pick: Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions

    The Lions rank dead last in the NFL in rushing (77.2 ypg), and the tandem of Kevin Jones and Tatum Bell pales in comparison to the talents of the most electrifying rookie rusher to hit the league since the Lions selected Barry Sanders third overall in 1989.

    3 Cleveland Browns
    JOE THOMAS, OT, Wisconsin
    Original pick: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin

    Some second-guessed the Browns on draft day for bypassing Brady Quinn to take the Badgers tackle, but Cleveland hit a grand slam with the pick. Thomas has people talking Pro Bowl already, and his early dominance has as much to do with the Browns' playoff contention as anything.

    4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    AMOBI OKOYE, DT, Louisville
    Original pick: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson

    Given the Bucs' need for another receiving threat, it was tempting to give them Dwayne Bowe in this slot. But Okoye has been described as a young Warren Sapp, and Tampa Bay could use a playmaking presence at tackle. Four of Okoye's five sacks came in September, but he continues to play staunch run defense.

    5 Arizona Cardinals
    LEVI BROWN, OT, Penn State
    Original pick: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State

    The Cardinals' 25th-ranked running game still leaves a lot to be desired, but Brown has been a defensible pick, starting at right tackle in seven of the nine games he's played. Arizona is well-stocked at a lot of the positions that make sense for the second half of our re-draft's top 10.

    6 Washington Redskins
    LARON LANDRY, S, LSU
    Original pick: LaRon Landry, S, LSU

    The Redskins found themselves facing injury issues on their offensive line from training camp on, so Thomas or Brown would have been natural fits had they lasted to No. 6. But Landry has been anything but a disappointment, and the Redskins need him all the more now in light of the Sean Taylor tragedy.

    7 Minnesota Vikings
    DWAYNE BOWE, WR, LSU
    Original pick: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

    Without Peterson's impact to rely on, the Vikings would be in the market for another big-play option. Bowe has been this draft's second-best performer in that department, leading all rookie receivers in catches (54), yardage (786) and touchdowns (4, tied).

    8 Atlanta Falcons
    JAMARCUS RUSSELL, QB, LSU
    Original pick: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas

    We make it three ex-LSU Tigers in a row with Russell, whose rookie season in Oakland was effectively sacrificed to his contract stalemate. The Falcons' quarterback disaster makes this a no-brainer. Enough of Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich and Chris Redman. Bobby Petrino would snap up Russell and have a QB to groom.

    9 Miami Dolphins
    PATRICK WILLIS, LB, Mississippi
    Original pick: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State

    The Dolphins obviously have needs everywhere you look, but with veteran middle linebacker Zach Thomas playing in just five games this season, the polished Willis would have filled a very large gap in the middle of Miami's defense.

    10 Houston Texans
    MARSHAWN LYNCH, RB, California
    Original pick: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville

    The Ahman Green acquisition hasn't worked out, and Ron Dayne is just a stop-gap option. If the Texans had Lynch, the league's second-most impressive rookie runner, they'd have the makings of a very balanced offense.

    11 San Francisco
    TONY UGOH, OT, Arkansas
    Original pick: Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi

    Ugoh has excelled at guarding Peyton Manning's blindside in Indy, and with 49ers left tackle Jonas Jennings appearing in only five games before going on IR, the rookie would have filled a need. With Ugoh, the 49ers wouldn't have felt the need to trade their 2008 first-rounder to New England for the rights to select Joe Staley at No. 28.

    12 Buffalo Bills
    JON BEASON, LB, Miami
    Original pick: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal

    With Lynch gone to the No. 10 Texans, and second-rounder Paul Posluszny lost for the year early on with a broken forearm, Beason is a judicious use of the pick. If you're wondering why I don't give them quarterback Trent Edwards, who they wound up getting in the third round, it's a still a bit high for the ex-Stanford star.

    13 St. Louis Rams
    GAINES ADAMS , DE, Clemson
    Original pick: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska

    After a very slow start, Adams has started to come on in Tampa Bay, starting the past four games and logging three of his 4 1/2 sacks in that span. The Rams' season fell apart early due to offensive-line injuries, but they took Adam Carriker in this slot because they needed defensive-line help, and Adams has too much upside to overlook.

    14 New York Jets
    DARRELLE REVIS, CB, Pittsburgh
    Original pick: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt

    Let's not fix something that's not broken. Revis, the top-rated cornerback in the draft, has more than lived up to that label, starting all 12 of New York's games and notching 12 passes-defensed and two interceptions
    .


    15 Pittsburgh Steelers
    DAVID HARRIS, LB, Michigan
    Original pick: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State
    Since taking over for the injured Jonathan Vilma inside, Harris has been a force with the Jets, totaling three sacks and a forced fumble in his five starts. Along with Willis and Beason, he continues the recent rookie trend of impact inside linebackers (Lofa Tatupu in 2005, DeMeco Ryans in 2006). Harris is a nice upgrade over LB Lawrence Timmons, who has had a very low-profile rookie season.

    16 Green Bay Packers
    TANARD JACKSON, FS, Syracuse
    Original pick: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee

    We're shaking things up a little here, pushing Jackson from the fourth round (where the Bucs took him) into the top half of the first. Jackson has a nose for the football and makes plays all over the field. He'd address one of Green Bay's few weak spots on defense, where free safety Nick Collins has missed time with a knee injury.

    17 Denver Broncos
    JAMAAL ANDERSON , DE Arkansas
    Original pick: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida

    Anderson is still waiting to post his first NFL sack, but he has started all 12 games, with flashes of playmaking ability. Defensive end Jarvis Moss, Denver's original pick, started just one of six games before going on IR. As much as the Broncos need help on run defense at tackle, Anderson's potential is too good to pass on.

    18 Cincinnati Bengals
    LEON HALL , CB, Michigan
    Original pick: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan

    Things are dismal once again on defense for the Bengals, but Hall didn't represent a miss in April's first round. He has four interceptions and 10 passes-defensed, and has started half of Cincinnati's 12 games. Injuries wiped out the Bengals at linebacker, but all the first-round prospects are off our board.

    19 Tennessee Titans
    REGGIE NELSON, S, Florida
    Original pick: Michael Griffin, S, Texas

    We know the Titans are happy with their first-round pick, safety Michael Griffin, who they've worked in at cornerback this season. But Nelson would upgrade the free safety spot, and as an added bonus, would weaken division-rival Jacksonville. Nelson has four interceptions, one sack and nine passes-defensed in 11 starts.

    20 New York Giants
    TED GINN JR., WR, Ohio State
    Original pick: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas

    The Giants took Texas cornerback Aaron Ross in this slot, and he's shown up on numerous occasions as a rookie. But getting the speedster Ginn to help take some of the receiving burden off Plaxico Burress makes sense, too. Ginn would also instantly upgrade New York's return units.

    The Jets have had 2 very different but very successful drafts back-to-back. Nice to see Harris recognized as a pretty high first round talent, which he is. I think lots of teams are kicking themselves for passing on him...Pitt, NE and SD among them. Homerun for the Jets.

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    Jets did great, but how can AP not be the #1 pick ? The kid is special, in 3 years no one will be putting calvin johson ahead of him

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    Quote Originally Posted by samwise View Post
    Jets did great, but how can AP not be the #1 pick ? The kid is special, in 3 years no one will be putting calvin johson ahead of him
    Exactly. Another fact that is not considered. CJ gets the ball in his hands maybe 5-8 times per game. AP is toting the rock about 20-25 times. Many more chances to make something happen and that has to be accounted for.

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    Not even being a Homer here, but if we redid the draft and I had to reselect the pick I would take Revis possibly as high as 5 considering we are a 3-4 defense. In the age of Manning and Brady, and CB's getting Clements money his position is a priority.

    Harris>Beason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adb280z View Post
    Thanks, I'm not great at formatting.
    No worries, was likely the source formatting anywhoo. Just didnt want you to wonder what that "Edited by Warfish" at the bottom was all about

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