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Topic: 1st Day NFL Draft Thoughts
Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 04/29/07 06:57
I know we look to the NFL Draft for fantasy football help, and soon I'll have my complete write-ups providing my thoughts and fantasy football advice for the 2007 NFL season of all the drafted players at QB, RB, WR, TE, and K. But with the first day in the books, I just have a few thoughts in regards to the fantasy implications of some of the selections.

*-The Raiders drafting Jamarcus Russell wasn't a surprise, but getting QB Josh McCown and WR Mike Williams from the Lions for a 4th round pick was. McCown likely will compete for the starting job and have it for a short while before giving way to Russell, and Williams gets reunited with Lane Kiffin (who was a coach at USC when Williams was there).

*-The Lions taking Calvin Johnson just goes to show how incredibly dominant he is. Matt Millen braved the scrutiny of taking yet another WR with a high 1st round pick. Teamed with Roy Williams and Mike Furrey, Johnson helps the Lions have a formidable WR corps. However Drew Stanton in round 2 reeks of Charlie Batch 2.

*-Adrian Peterson being selected by the Vikings accentuates what I've said since the Vikings acquired Chester Taylor in free agency last year: Taylor isn't really a feature RB. Peterson is.

*-The Dolphins passing on Brady Quinn was a msiatke. I like Beck in round 2, but he's not Quinn, and taking Ted Ginn over other WR's was a head scratcher. Ginn isn't polished, but he will provide return abilities. Whoo-hoo for Dolphins fans I'm sure. Cam Cameron will likely try to continue to sell us on Cleo Lemon.

*-Cleveland getting both Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn was a great move. I'd giuve up the 1st rounder next year to get a franchise QB now. Might not get a franchise QB next year with that 1st rounder.

*-Philedelphia taking Kevin Kolb was another great move. The Eagles are realizing that McNabb is not only unable to stay healthy, but is starting to get older. As I stated in my rookie preview, Kolb may take a couple of years to develop, but he could turn out to be a great NFL QB in the right system. The Eagles are the right system for him. In 3 years, Kolb will be the QB and McNabb will be Philly's version of Steve McNair from last season.

*-After watching the Bills take RB Marshawn Lynch in round 1, the Packers got themselves a potential jewel with Brandon Jackson. He reminds me a lot of another Nebraska RB who had success in Green Bay, Ahman Green.

*-The Bengals taking RB Kenny Irons in round 2 seriously makes me question whether Chris Perry will ever fully recover from the injuries that have plagued him the last year and a half. Mark it down now: Irons, not Perry, will be the backup and change of pace guy to Rudi Johnson.

*-The Rams taking RB/FB Brian Leonard means that he is the handcuff to Stephen Jackson. Leonard will be used to help keep Jackson fresh and because of his size and game, the Rams don't have to change their offense at all with him spelling Jackson a few times each game. The only thing Leonard doesn't have is Jackson's speed. Otherwise, he's pretty close to being a clone.

*-Kansas City woke up and not only took a WR in round 1, they took who I thought was likely to be the second best WR for fantasy purposes, Dwayne Bowe. Bowe should come in and immedsaitely take over as a starter for disappointing Samie Parker.

*-The last two times the Indianapolis Colts selcted a WR in round 1, they were Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Watch out for Anthony Gonzalez in a couple of years! Could also be a situation like a couple of years ago when the Colts ran out three WR's worth starting every week in your fantasy football lineups (Harrison, Wayne, and Brandon Stokley).

Can't wait for day 2!
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