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IDP 2007 NFL Draft Thread

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2.41 -- CHRIS HOUSTON -- Atlanta Falcons

Another potentially solid man cover guy to mix in with Jimmy Williams alongside DeAngelo Hall. Not great in run support, though, despite his physical play in press coverage. The Falcons have said that they will not move Williams to safety, but we'll see how the rest of the draft goes. The early guess is that Houston and Williams are competing to see which is the #2 and #3 corner entering camp.

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No word on Posluszny's depth chart position yet either.

WGR 550 AM

Jauron said he wasn't sure whether they would use their new linebacker on the inside or outside.

"He played them both and he played them pretty well," Dick Jauron said, adding that the Bills won't have him slotted anywhere, though Posluszny has a preference.

ETA: FWIW, Bloom feels he'll be slotted in the middle in his post on the NFLDG live blog.

from BuffaloBills.com head writer Chris Brown's draft blog:

Today Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 7:11 PM ET | Link

GREAT DAY ONE SO FAR: The Bills got two of the top three players they targeted at 12. Poz had a high grade on Buffalo's board. Getting them both put a lot of smiles on faces in the Bills draft room. Dick Jauron wouldn't divulge where they envision him playing. If I had to bet, I'd say Crowell at SLB and Poz in the middle. Just a hunch.

Poz could absolutely be this year's DeMeco Ryans.

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No word on Posluszny's depth chart position yet either.

WGR 550 AM

Jauron said he wasn't sure whether they would use their new linebacker on the inside or outside.

"He played them both and he played them pretty well," Dick Jauron said, adding that the Bills won't have him slotted anywhere, though Posluszny has a preference.

ETA: FWIW, Bloom feels he'll be slotted in the middle in his post on the NFLDG live blog.

from BuffaloBills.com head writer Chris Brown's draft blog:

Today Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 7:11 PM ET | Link

GREAT DAY ONE SO FAR: The Bills got two of the top three players they targeted at 12. Poz had a high grade on Buffalo's board. Getting them both put a lot of smiles on faces in the Bills draft room. Dick Jauron wouldn't divulge where they envision him playing. If I had to bet, I'd say Crowell at SLB and Poz in the middle. Just a hunch.

Poz could absolutely be this year's DeMeco Ryans.
Some of the scouting reports I've read suggest he's kind of stiff in coverage. Wonder if he'll be able to get back into the deep middle zone when they call the Tampa-2. Poz in the middle would be nice for IDP owners. No doubt.

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Some of the scouting reports I've read suggest he's kind of stiff in coverage. Wonder if he'll be able to get back into the deep middle zone when they call the Tampa-2. Poz in the middle would be nice for IDP owners. No doubt.

he was coming off an injury and playing with a knee brace for most of the year. possible that had an impact on his stiffness/cover skills.PFW compares him to Barrett Ruud and says he showed much better range after the brace came off late in the year.

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2.46 -- LAMARR WOODLEY -- Pittsburgh Steelers

Another guy with some positional versatility between a 3-4 rush OLB and a 4-3 DE with a skill set typical of a Tampa-2 DE -- hustling edge rusher with questionable run support skills on the end. Not a whole lot of value in standard leagues as a 3-4 OLB, but is another guy who might be an interesting buy low toward the end of 2007.

It'll be interesting to see what Tomlin has to say as time goes by about these guys and if the possible transition comes up in the discussion. He's not saying much on ESPN.

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2.47 -- DAVID HARRIS -- New York Jets

Jets were vocal about looking to improve Eric Barton's spot. Harris is an excellent fit at the LILB spot as a decent sized player with better speed than was originally thought. It pretty much seals Jonathan Vilma's fate as the RILB and so-so IDP value until he changes teams and scheme. And it'll be a great test of the LILB/RILB dichotomy. When Harris shows up in the top fifteen linebackers next season, you can put to rest the argument that 3-4 ILB are questionable IDP options. And he will if he can prove himself enough in coverage to hold an every down role.

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Jets trade up for ILB David Harris.assuming they don't trade Vilma, should be a very studly ILB pair in the 3-4. seems like they are overloaded with inside linebackers now though.Harris reminds me a bit of Victor Hobson. PFW compares him to Kirk Morrison and suggests he can play MLB or SLB.Not the most durable or athletic guy, but one thing he does very well is shed blockers.

John Murphy's take: A solid if not spectacular all-around prospect who steadily improved his grade throughout his senior campaign, Harris is the type of player who grows on you the more that you watch his game films. He has a few limitations in pass coverage -- better in zone than man-to-man -- but has terrific natural instincts and is especially adept at diagnosing the play quickly, making the proper pre-snap read and then keeping the defenders around him in the right place. Harris does not get out of position on misdirection plays, but sometimes lacks the foot speed to make the tackle on plays run to the wide side of the field. He brings intangibles to the position and will be a good character player for the locker room.There are several teams in need of a pure inside linebacker, which is where Harris fits best for the next level. He can be productive playing the middle in a base 4-3 system or even inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme; his only weakness would come if asked to stick most running backs or tight ends in man coverage on third downs. He could be removed in certain third-down situations early in his career, but he has the type of work ethic and dedication to improve as a pass defender over time. Depending on how the inside linebacker market plays out in free agency, I expect Harris will make a hard charge up into the early portion of the second round.

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2.48 -- JUSTIN DURANT -- Jacksonville Jaguars

No idea what the long term plan is here. Peterson and Smith are both signed long term (through 2009 and 2012) and the staff seemed to think highly of Clint Ingram. Depth and a hedge against Peterson not being able to return? :shrug:

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Justin Durant to the Jaguars.

John Murphy's take: A very athletic linebacker who is able to attack the line of scrimmage and drop comfortably into coverage as a pass defender, Durant will be an ideal inside linebacker prospect for a Cover 2 scheme team. He looks fluid in all of his movements as he rarely takes false steps and figures to be a steady open-field tackler, although he can get overpowered at the point of attack if a lead blocker is allowed to seek him out without being touched. Durant locates the ball quickly and plays with good balance.Some teams feel he is a little smaller than ideal to man the middle as he will need to be protected by his defensive tackles or face lead blockers who could clear him out of the way. Maybe that factors into why he has bulked up some since the East-West Shrine game as he intends to weigh-in at 230-235 pounds during all his pre-draft workouts.Durant lacks that small-school mentality as he has a solid football IQ and comes across confident in his game with the willingness to absorb new coaching. He could sneak into the second round but figures to be a solid third-round pick with the chance to start early in his career.

with Smith and Peterson seemingly locked in at MLB/WLB, looks like he'll have to compete for time on the strong side, which should be a good fit given his strength in coverage (although he is a little shorter/smaller than you'd like him to be). PFW describes him as a more fluid version of the Seahawks Leroy Hill.

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not IDP related, but since I know Jene is a Bengals guy...Kenny Irons pick pretty much mean they aren't expecting Chris Perry to ever get healthy? Disappointed the Bengals didn't go defense in round 2?

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not IDP related, but since I know Jene is a Bengals guy...Kenny Irons pick pretty much mean they aren't expecting Chris Perry to ever get healthy? Disappointed the Bengals didn't go defense in round 2?

Don't get me started. No third round pick. Need at third corner and safety with a guy like Tanard Jackson on the board. I guess they think the S/LB group is deep enough to grab depth in the fourth and fifth rounds. This is what Lewis does though. Take an offensive guy with potential a little earlier than you'd think. Irons must've impressed someone enough to be in the long-term plan here. Otherwise you've just spent a pick where you could address a need with a good player on a guy who may play 12 snaps a game for the forseeable future.:shrug:

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Thanks for all the insight Jene.

I am sure all us IDP'ers are enjoying the updates.

I know I am.

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2.53 -- ERIC WRIGHT -- Cleveland Browns

Though a little raw, Wright would've been in the discussion as the top overall corner in this draft were it not for significant character concerns. No clear IDP value although he could have the ball skills and run support ability to be relevant in CB specific leagues.

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2.54 -- TURK MCBRIDE -- Kansas City Chiefs

Scouting reports all over the map on this guy but most see him as a high upside three technique tackle. With Herm Edwards background in Tampa-2 schemes and the Chiefs need for defensive tackles, McBride might be a guy to watch, especially in DT specific leagues. May be projectable at DE while Jared Allen is out during the first month of the season, but that would be a stretch.

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Aaron is keeping a running list of IDP drafted by position in a separate thread. I'm going to start tapering off the profiles except in cases where a player has some reasonable IDP value in the short or long term.

Plenty of interesting players to come. If there's a guy we don't profile that you want discussed, let us know.

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2.56 -- TIM CROWDER -- Denver Broncos

Broncos making over their offensive line. With Moss and Ekuban and Dumervil around, Crowder projects into a rotational role but has the potential to be the best all-around linemen on the Denver roster. Would have liked to see this guy go to a team with an easier path to a full time role, but he's worth keeping an eye on if he can establish himself as an every down guy at some point down the line.

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2.57 -- VICTOR ABIAMIRI -- Philadelphia Eagles

Fast rising defensive lineman around the combine after he measured and looked like a stud DE. Still, as the draft guys will tell you, the tape tells the tale and Abiamiri was inconsistent on tape. Like Crowder, he'll move into a rotation with a bunch of guys. He'll have to improve in all phases to become an every down player. May have some better value in the future if Darren Howard is released and Jevon Kearse continues to have trouble staying healthy.

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2.58 -- IKAIKA ALAMA-FRANCIS -- Detroit Lions

Now we're getting somewhere. Wide open on the strong side end in Detroit in a scheme where the ends have to put pressure on the QB. Very raw player who just recently grew into his now 250 pound plus frame. May have the highest upside of any end in the draft. If he can improve in run support and continue to grow as a pass rusher, this guy could be a steal in all leagues. As is, could the Mark Anderson of 2007.

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Lions trade up to add another piece to the defense: Gerald Alexander, S, Boise State

The good: He has decent hip flexibility to make the transition and possibly cover the slot receiver. He has adequate range in coverage and good skills to play the ball in flight when he reads the route properly. He has good size with great leaping ability and fine speed to fill a few roles while he settles into a pro position that should be free safety.

The bad: He is not a big hitter but more a drag-down type of safety. He displays fine ball instincts, in both run support and pass coverage, though he must improve his ability to get off blockers and change directions and basic technique to match up in pass coverage.

Outlook: His ability to match up in three-wideout sets may earn him early playing time. He has shown the ability to play zone coverage, read routes and make plays on the ball. Quality athlete with the talent to make it, but needs further development. Probable late second day pick and marginal top-250 prospect.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/players/90778

Lions seemed set at starting safety with Kenoy Kennedy and Daniel Bullocks. Guessing he provides depth and competes for work as a nickel or dime back.

kind of a strange guy to move up for.

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2.61 -- GERALD ALEXANDER -- Detroit Lions

Scouting services projecting him as a safety with the ability to play slot corner. Better in zone coverage than man and has solid ball skills and instincts. Good in run support. Sounds like a Tampa-2 corner to me. Especially when the Lions already have a young FS in Daniel Bullocks. Might be a name to watch as the next Cover-2 corner on the block if he can handle the position in the NFL. Played SS as a senior so I suppose it's possible that the Lions see him as depth to Kenoy Kennedy but seems early for that role.

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2.62 -- DAN BAZUIN -- Chicago Bears

Tweener end prospect who probably doesn't fit as a SLB in this scheme. Probably goes into a deep end rotation.

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2.46 -- LAMARR WOODLEY -- Pittsburgh Steelers

Another guy with some positional versatility between a 3-4 rush OLB and a 4-3 DE with a skill set typical of a Tampa-2 DE -- hustling edge rusher with questionable run support skills on the end. Not a whole lot of value in standard leagues as a 3-4 OLB, but is another guy who might be an interesting buy low toward the end of 2007.

It'll be interesting to see what Tomlin has to say as time goes by about these guys and if the possible transition comes up in the discussion. He's not saying much on ESPN.

Yeah, he was pretty close to the vest. The "fresh legs" comment I thought was the most telling -- it's early but it looks like Kiesel will stay at DE rather than move to a hybrid DE/OLB while and the defense will mix up the fronts as far as edge rushing goes.

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2.64 -- SABBY PISCATELLI -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Strong safety prospect with good zone coverage. Always around the ball. Could challenge Jermaine Phillips, who was in danger of losing his job mid-season last year, for the starting SS job in camp.

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interesting IDP for the Bucs with the last pick of the 2nd round

Sabby Piscitelli, S/OLB, Oregon State

great size at almost 6'3", 225lbs. sounds like an Adam Archuleta type who will be a liability in coverage in the secondary, but can be a force against the run. still a work in progress though.

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3.65 -- QUENTIN MOSES -- Oakland Raiders

High upside/high bust potential. Will challenge Tyler Brayton early. Could potentially mean a shift to the strong side for Derrick Burgess, who would be better in run support. Could also be little more than a situational rusher.

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DE Quentin Moses to Oakland at pick 3.01

pass-rush specialist who dropped due to some concerns about his motivation. great athlete but had a disappointing senior season.

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3.68 -- QUINCY BLACK -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Excellent fit in a Tampa-2. Would have liked to have seen him in a better situation for IDP purposes as he's stuck behind three solid linebackers this season and you'd have to think Cato June is the early favorite at WLB when Derrick Brooks moves on. Still, June is essentially on a one year deal. Black could surprise in time.

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3.69 -- BUSTER DAVIS -- Arizona Cardinals

Improves the ILB depth as the Cardinals move to a 3-4 but is probably stuck behind Gerald Hayes and Karlos Dansby. Kind of poor man's London Fletcher -- has okay speed and range and solid in coverage. Could possibly challenge for the WLB job in the 4-3, but more likely just depth for now.

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3.72 -- MARCUS MCCAULEY -- Minnesota Vikings

Another nice fit at corner for a Tampa-2 team. Unfortunately, it's with a team that already has two nice fits at CB. Will be a good third corner behind Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin for now. Pretty good value here with some IDP value in future seasons if he can push someone out of a starting role.

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Scott Linehan says Carriker will play inside.

Although Carriker played defensive end for the Cornhuskers, Linehan expects him to play defensive tackle and possibly nose tackle for the Rams.

“I tried to keep this somewhat of a secret; he was the guy I was hoping would be there,” Linehan said. “I thought it was be 50-50 if he would be there. There were two other teams that showed quite a bit of interest in him.”

Carriker confirmed the Rams’ interest. “They told me they would take me at 13 if I was there,” Carriker said. “I couldn’t be more excited or thrilled.”

He is listed at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds. Carriker noted that he wasn’t a pure pass rushing defensive end or a pure run-stopping interior lineman.

“I can do both things,” he said. “I’m a big, strong guy that can run fast.”

Linehan loves his versatility. “In a crunch, he could probably play every position for us on the defensive line,” he said. “The great thing about Adam is he fills a lot of categories for us.”

The Rams expect Carriker to add another 10 to 15 pounds before training camp. Linehan rates run stopping as his biggest strength.

“He played end (at Nebraska), but he also played inside on third down,” he said. “He played inside in short yardage.”

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3.83 -- CHARLES JOHNSON -- Carolina Panthers

Like Jamaal Anderson, Johnson has big upside as a two-way end and will be the heir to Mike Rucker's LDE position. That could be sooner than later. Excellent value in the third round. Could have big IDP upside if he can improve his pass rush skills enough to reach double digit sacks. Aligning opposite Julius Peppers can only help.

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3.87 -- STEWART BRADLEY -- Philadelphia Eagles

Very good player and the best SLB in the draft. Signals the end of Dhani Jones finally. Will force Chris Gocong into moving back into a crowded DE rotation or relegate him to the bench as a situational pass rusher at LB. He's ready to play and likely confirms Takeo Spikes at WLB with Trotter and Gaither competing in the middle. Although it's possible he may end up in a three down role, Stewart will probably struggle to have Thomas Davis upside.

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3.89 -- AARON ROUSE -- Green Bay Packers

In-the-box type player whose athleticism doesn't translate as well to the field as some scouts would like. Some have compared him to Adrian Wilson. Has some work to do to become a solid NFL player, but could be a nice IDP value in Green Bay if he can beat out Marquand Manuel. Would have liked to see him in Carolina but this could do fine.

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3.94 -- MICHAEL OKWO -- Chicago Bears

Interesting undersized prospect who could compete with Leon Joe and Jamar Williams for the starting Will job if Lance Briggs moves elsewhere.

3.95 -- DAYMEION HUGHES -- Indianapolis Colts

Excellent zone defender with good instincts and ball skills. Perfect fit for a Cover-2 team. Above average run supporter. He and Marlin Jackson could provide two very good IDP options this season if they win starting roles.

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3.96 -- ANTHONY WATERS -- San Diego Chargers

As usual, some of the best IDP prospects come off the board in the middle rounds. Waters is an excellent 3-4 ILB prospect who could challenge for the LILB job this year. Fell as a prospect after tearing his ACL early his senior season. Could throw a wrench into the Charger ILB lineup sooner than later but may only be a two down guy.

3.97 -- RAY MCDONALD -- San Francisco 49ers

Niners getting better everywhere as well. McDonald will be a very good 3-4 end and could have Luis Castillo, Ty Warren like potential.

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Interesting names with potential IDP value still on the board:

CB Michael Coe

CB Travarous Bain

Both could have decent value in Cover-2 schemes.

OLB Earl Everett

OLB Rufus Alexander

OLB Rory Johnson

OLB Juwan Simpson

And a few other undersized OLB who could end up in decent situations.

ILB Brandon Siler

ILB HB Blades

ILB Justin Warren

ILB Zak DeOssie

ILB Desmond Bishop

S Tanard Jackson

S John Wendling

S Josh Gattis

S Michael Johnson

S Kevin Payne

S Melvin Bullitt

Ideal openings still VACANT:

Carolina SS

Detroit MLB

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The most interesting IDP notes from my pow, is how will the Safety situation play out in SD and who will man the middle in BUF.

Both are worth monitoring closely.

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2.58 -- IKAIKA ALAMA-FRANCIS -- Detroit Lions

Now we're getting somewhere. Wide open on the strong side end in Detroit in a scheme where the ends have to put pressure on the QB. Very raw player who just recently grew into his now 250 pound plus frame. May have the highest upside of any end in the draft. If he can improve in run support and continue to grow as a pass rusher, this guy could be a steal in all leagues. As is, could the Mark Anderson of 2007.

I love this pick by the Lions. I was wondering if he would slide to their 3rd round pick, and then they traded up to take him. The athletic ability and big motor stand out. He is extremely raw, but Marinelli is a defensive line guru, and he has to be excited like a kid at Christmas over this guy. He is talented and has a ton of upside.

By the way, nfl.com lists him at 250 pounds, but in their notes on him, and everywhere else I have read, he is 280 pounds. Bloom also has him listed at 280 at nfldraftguys.com in his analysis of him. He has a DE's body. His hard work in the weight room paid off.

Even though he is raw, in the long run, I think this pick will turn into a huge steal for the Lions.

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The Morning After (Day One)

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

"He [Posluszny] played them both and played them pretty well," said Jauron. "He's athletic and he's a smart guy, so we'll let him compete and see how it falls. We won't slot him to start out."

Meaning he could fit as London Fletcher's replacement in the middle, or Takeo Spikes' replacement on the outside.

"He's a terrific athlete who has really good instincts for the ball," said assistant general manager Tom Modrak. "He has a great nose for the ball, his drops in coverage are very good. We're very excited that he has a whole lot of talent and the intangibles that we talk about."

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Telling comment by Mike Tomlin on Lawrence Timmons (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"He has some Derrick Brooks qualities," Tomlin said, referring to Tampa Bay's 10-time Pro Bowl linebacker who also played at Florida State. "You don't necessarily want to put that on anyone because Brooks is a legendary player, but he runs around and strikes people. He is relentless and he loves the game."

Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, and Tomlin insisted Timmons was the player they wanted over others they thought they had a reasonable chance of drafting. They entertained one inquiry from another team before their pick, but quickly moved to send Timmons' name on a card to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York.

Tomlin also said firmly "we're a 3-4 team" and "he's a right outside linebacker."

As such, Timmons will compete with Harrison, who had moved into Porter's vacated spot at right outside linebacker this spring. Tomlin said Timmons also can play right rush end in a dime defensive scheme, a position Porter also played.

Tomlin praised Timmons' special teams play as well and said he also can play inside in a 3-4 defense if needed. If the Steelers ever move to a 4-3, they feel confident Timmons can play on the outside as well in that scheme.

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Titans obviously see Michael Griffin as an above average cover guy (The Tennessean)

Coach Jeff Fisher said Griffin’s versatility will be explored and exploited by the Titans as quickly as possible. Initial plans were for him to work at nickel cornerback, safety and cornerback.

“Our plans with Michael are to play him at a number of different positions,” Fisher said. “He’s a football player and we’re very excited to have had an opportunity to draft him.”

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Jarvis Moss to be a situational pass rusher (Denver Post)

With the Broncos, Moss will play on second-and-long and third-down passing situations. Considering Elvis Dumervil, a fourth-round pick last year, got 8 1/2 sacks for the Broncos as a rookie, is it unreasonable to expect 10 sacks from Moss next season?

"I expect to make an impact my rookie season," Moss said.

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Tom Kowalski (mlive.com blog)

The Lions did a fair amount of wheeling and dealing today, but they still failed to get a pass-rushing defensive end with some speed off the edge or a cornerback who could upgrade the starting position.

Having said that, Ikaika Alama-Francis is expected to give the Lions -- and this is one of your favorite terms -- position flexibility. He's not a great pass rusher at this point, but he's only been playing football for four years. The Lions believe he can play left end and also move inside in nickel situations. The coaches likened him to a young Cory Redding and that'll be fine if he develops into an experienced Cory Redding.

Alexander will be put in the mix at safety with Kennedy and Bullocks and the best two safeties will be named the starters. Alexander played corner for a couple of seasons before moving to safety last year so he has some coverage skills and could play some corner in zone coverage in a pinch.

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Looks like Jimmy Williams is moving to FS after all (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Falcons are hoping that Houston can start at right cornerback. He'll have to hold off free-agent signee Lewis Sanders and incumbent Jason Webster. Jimmy Williams, who lined up at right cornerback during the April minicamp, will move to free safety and compete with Chris Crocker for the starting job.

Houston, who started to attract national attention after shutting down Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett last season, thinks he can start immediately opposite DeAngelo Hall.

"I know that DeAngelo Hall is a hard worker," Houston said. "I don't want to let him down or my teammates down by being anything less than he is. I'm just going to get in there and try to learn what he's doing, and I'm going to go as hard as he's going so we can be two of the best corners on the same team. Just locking people down."

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Oops, must've accidentally deleted this note on Beason.

Rock Hill Herald

After trading down to add a second-rounder earlier Saturday, the Panthers chose Miami's Jon Beason with the 25th overall pick. He'll likely replace Na'il Diggs as the starting weakside linebacker in the short term, but he provides valuable cover in case oft-injured middle linebacker Dan Morgan can't stay on the field.

Morgan's missed 40 of a possible 96 games the last six seasons because of injuries, and all but the first half of the opener last year with the latest in a series of concussions. They knew they needed to find an above-average replacement if the problem continued, and Beason was their guy.

"The position flexibility was the key," coach John Fox said.

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The Morning After (Day One)

Looks like Jimmy Williams is moving to FS after all (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Falcons are hoping that Houston can start at right cornerback. He'll have to hold off free-agent signee Lewis Sanders and incumbent Jason Webster. Jimmy Williams, who lined up at right cornerback during the April minicamp, will move to free safety and compete with Chris Crocker for the starting job.

Houston, who started to attract national attention after shutting down Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett last season, thinks he can start immediately opposite DeAngelo Hall.

"I know that DeAngelo Hall is a hard worker," Houston said. "I don't want to let him down or my teammates down by being anything less than he is. I'm just going to get in there and try to learn what he's doing, and I'm going to go as hard as he's going so we can be two of the best corners on the same team. Just locking people down."

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Interesting. He does have the size and speed.

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4.102 -- BRIAN ROBISON -- Minnesota Vikings

Vikings trade up to grab a high motor end. Usual Tampa-2 DE profile -- solid edge rusher with limited potential in run support. Bloom thinks he's the Mark Anderson of this draft. Murphy compares him to Trent Cole. The comparisions are sound as he probably fits the same role Anderson and Cole did initially -- situational rusher with upside.

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2.46 -- LAMARR WOODLEY -- Pittsburgh Steelers

Another guy with some positional versatility between a 3-4 rush OLB and a 4-3 DE with a skill set typical of a Tampa-2 DE -- hustling edge rusher with questionable run support skills on the end. Not a whole lot of value in standard leagues as a 3-4 OLB, but is another guy who might be an interesting buy low toward the end of 2007.

It'll be interesting to see what Tomlin has to say as time goes by about these guys and if the possible transition comes up in the discussion. He's not saying much on ESPN.

Yeah, he was pretty close to the vest. The "fresh legs" comment I thought was the most telling -- it's early but it looks like Kiesel will stay at DE rather than move to a hybrid DE/OLB while and the defense will mix up the fronts as far as edge rushing goes.
What I'm wondering is, could Woodley turn into a Terrell Suggs?

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4.106 -- TANARD JACKSON -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers are doing exactly what they need to do on defense. Could've traded the lot for Calvin Johnson; instead they pick up young talented players at DE, LB, and S (two now). Jackson played a lot of corner in college and is a Marlin Jackson like player. Most have projected him to safety, but could see time at corner especially in nickel packages. As we discussed earlier, the coaching staff comments that Jermaine Phillips and Will Allen were safe in their starting roles were completely bogus. Jackson could be a stud as a Tampa-2 CB or a so-so value at FS.

Good value here.

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4.109 -- STEPHEN NICHOLAS -- Atlanta Falcons

Undersized linebacker prospect who reads a lot like Demorrio Williams. Good fit in an aggressive Mike Zimmer scheme. Projects as depth and special teams help. Falcons to have a good young LB unit behind veteran leader Keith Brooking.

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4.116 -- ZAK DeOSSIE -- New York Giants

Decent size and speed guy who could compete with Gerris Wilkinson at WLB or possibly push Kawika Mitchell at SLB down the line if he improves in leverage and coverage.

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4.120 -- BARAKA ATKINS -- Seattle Seahawks

Athletic end with size who could take over at the strong side end with time. Decent upside if he can become a consistent pass rusher.

4.121 -- MARCUS THOMAS -- Denver Broncos

Worth mentioning as a fit in the Jim Bates scheme that values big DTs to protect the linebackers. If he works out here, he could be a big boost to DJ Williams (or whomever) in the middle. Unlikely to have much IDP value, even in DT specific leagues in this scheme. Denver re-making its DL in this draft -- no more Cleveland castoffs.

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