ROUND 3 NOTABLES
64 - DET - Kevin Smith. Not bad. Remains to be seen how he'll do at the next level.
68 - ATL - Chevis Jackson. One of my favorite corners. Dude slipped to the third round? I just don't get the draft this year.
73 - KC - Jamaal Charles. A track-speed running back that came from a quality Texas program and did better as he got older? And can learn under Larry Johnson? Homerun.
75 - SF - Reggie Smith. Good athlete, just remember to put him at safety or you'll regret it.
78 - NE - Shawn Crable. The rich get richer.
81 - ARI - Early Doucet. Some say he's better than Dwayne Bowe. Does this mean Anquan Bolden is possibly on his way out?
86 - BAL - Tom Zbikowski. A bigger, slower version of Don Beebe/Steve Tasker on special teams.
89. HOU - Steve Slaton. I don't care what the critics say, this guy is better than the last kajillion backs you've tried out.
95. NYG - Mario Manningham. Yet again, the Super Bowl champs rack up on another big name whose stock fell for probably no GD reason at all.
ROUND 4 NOTABLES
101. STL - Justin King. Here's the thing. Justin's coverage = shit. Justin's athletic ability = elite. Certain NFL teams can develop a player into his potential. The Rams, however, have never been synonymous with "great DBs".
118. HOU - Xavier Adibi. Sick complement to Demeco Ryans and a personal favorite of mine after Ali Highsmith. Who, for some unbeknownst reason, DID NOT GET DRAFTED.
120. CHI - Craig Steltz. Hey lookie, the one team who signed Adam Archuleta signed another white boy that can't play DB in the NFL. The same team that didn't bother drafting a quarterback, either. Brilliance.
129. NE - Jonathan Wilhite. I'm stumped with this decision, absolutely miffed. As I told reader AuJClayton about his favorite DB, the only thing I can see positive out of this is that in the Patriots' scheme, you can practically plug anyone in there at DB and they'll succeed. Maybe Wilhite's athleticism can be used to their advantage, cuz God knows his coverage and plays on the ball have me shaking my head.
131. PHI - Jack Ikegwuonu. Here the Eagles picked twice the talent at corner as the Pats did above.
ROUND 5 NOTABLES
137. MIN - John David Booty. IF Tartarsauce Jackson can't get it done this year in Minny, JD "USC has lots of" Booty will be worked into the starting rotation by 2009. Either way, doesn't hurt to have the Incrediback Peterson opening up the defense for you.
156. PIT - Dennis Dixon. The Steelers have always enjoyed the "utility" position on the football field, using Hines Ward and Antwan Randle El in various trickery. The latest guy will be Dixon.
162. NYJ - Erik Ainge. I'm tempted to claim Ainge might give Matt Ryan a run for his money as best QB in this draft. He's away from the hideous orange, so I can say with a little bit of comfort now. Excellent choice to slowly help the Pennington/Clemens train wreck.
165. NYG - Jonathan Goff. Have the Giants done anything wrong yet?
ROUND 6 NOTABLES
175. TB - Geno Hayes. I'm still having a hard time understanding how a 6'1 226 pound LB who can FLY fell so far. Good school, good coaching, good college career, etc. Good get, Tampa.
197. NE - Bo Ruud. Yet again, the rich get richer.
198. NYG - Andre Woodson. I don't know how or why he fell this far. I'm not a quarterback scout, but I'll tell you this---I was glad Alabama didn't play Kentucky last year. We'll see if the talent that elicits that silent fear can be groomed under the staff of the latest SB champs.
202. IND - Mike Hart. Quality guy to a quality program. This guy will flourish in that system, BET.
ROUND 7 NOTABLES
209. GB - Matt Flynn. Sigh. Whatever.
Meh, there are some other names but nobody worth talking about at this point. A very surprising draft. I still believe there are people signing in free agency that will ridiculously outplay some who were drafted. All the Bama players and Ali Highsmith, to name a few. I'll try to update notable free agent signings over the next few days.
Till then, Bama fans, hang in there. Just keep thinking Julio, Burton, Tyler, Star, Mark I, Mark B, etc., until you feel better.