Here is my analysis (sorry to hurt some feelings):
Gold Medal Winner
1. DE Derrick Harvey- Florida
2. WR Adarius Bowman- Oklahoma St.
3. QB Joe Flacco- Delaware
3. C Mike Pollak- Arizona St.
4. DB Jonathan Hefney- Tennessee
The team addresses needs across the board (I believe the intent is to move Pollack to G), with high quality players. Great value in each round. Harvey is the number 2 DE on my board, Bowman is the number 2 WR, Flacco is my number 3 QB on the board, Pollack is my number 1 center, and Hefney is my number 2 FS. So, the team grabs high quality players at each position in each round. Even without the two picks in the third round, this is a great draft.
1. QB Brian Brohm- Louisville
2. WR Mario Manningham- Michigan
3. LB Erin Henderson- Maryland
4. RB Tashard Choice- Georgia Tech
Once again, the Bears draft with needs in mind, especially with free agent defections, and do a solid job. Brohm is great value in the mid-first, and should be ready to start in year 1. Manningham is a head case, but has a lot of talent, and is a decent mid-second round choice. Henderson is a flat-out stud, and my number 3 OLB in this draft (with Connor on the inside). Choice is great value in the 4th and could easily be a starter at the next level. The Bears pick up four starters.
San Francisco 49ers
1. OT Chris Williams - Vanderbilt
2. WR Andre Caldwell- Florida
3. WR Dexter Jackson- Appalachian St.
3. DE/DT Kendall Langford - Hampton
4. OLB/DE Cliff Avril - Purdue
Even without the second third-round selection, this draft is sharp. Williams could be the best pure LT in this draft, Caldwell is a bit of a reach (however meets a major team need), Langford could be a nice 3-4 DE with a few more pounds (as has a huge upside), and Avril is my number three 3-4 OLB in this draft, after Gholston and Harvey (Merling looks more and more like a 4-3 DE). The draft hits team needs across the board with value.
1. WR DeSean Jackson- Cal
1. CB Tracy Porter- Indiana
2. RB Steve Slaton- West Virginia
3. DT Ahtyba Rubin- Iowa St.
4. S Thomas DeCoud- Cal
Speed, speed, speed. The three draft choices at the front end may be the fastest at each position. All are highly explosive. Rubin is a wide-bodied, rotational guy, and DeCoud could make a run at a starting position by 2009.
Of the teams that traded, Houston did a nice job in its limited draft.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Feb 5, 2008 at 7:42 PM ]