Sons of the Tundra 4/30/07:
2007 TOP 15 NFL DRAFT WEEKEND RISERS
1. Randy Moss NE WR - Life is obviously fair. If anyone deserved the old "outhouse to penthouse" treatment, it was Randy Moss... right? A now motivated Moss is running 4.29 40's and goes from a disastrous, soul-draining operation led by the inept Art Shell, Andrew Walter & Aaron Brooks to football Valhalla with Brady & Belichik
2. Jon Kitna DET QB - Stanton is much less of an immediate threat than Quinn would have been; Calvin Johnson has the type of talent to make a Moss-like rookie impact; 2nd season in Martz' system. This is now a QB who could win you a dynasty championship in '07.
3. Tom Brady NE QB - A great redzone QB adds the best redzone target in the league to go along with previous acquisitions Stallworth & Welker
4. D.J. Hackett SEA WR - Not only was he often the most productive WR on the field when he was in the game, but he's also put up very intriguing catch percentages in his short history. I like his chances of leapfrogging Branch to become SEA's most valuable fantasy WR.
5. Jerious Norwood ATL RB - It was commonly assumed that ATL would add a more physical RB this offseason, but the draft came & went without a threat to the Norwood/Dunn tandem. I still see Norwood's future as less than an every down back, but the draft was a great boost to his owners
6. Joseph Addai IND RB - I've been guessing Indy as the likely landing spot for Chris Brown, but it has to be good news that the Colts didn't add a tandem partner for Addai in the draft
7. Tarvaris Jackson MIN QB - After much outsider speculation, he's still the present & future at QB in MIN. The Vikes figure to rely heavily on their defense & running game going forward, so Jackson won't be asked to carry the offense before he's ready.
8. Alex Smith SF QB - D-Jax fills a gaping hole at go-to WR, plus Niners add a 1st round OT in Staley and a sleeper 3rd round WR in Hill; team has surrounded Smith with a lot more talent this season
9. Jamal Lewis CLE RB - Browns add franchise QB & franchise LT to go with all-pro talent Eric Steinbach; Lewis will get a chance to be a running game ballast for a season while the passing game finds itself
10. LenDale White TEN RB - Adding a reliable veteran was worst-case scenario with a draft day Michael Turner acquisition being the most ominous threat. While the Titans think highly of Chris Henry, there certainly is a high bust factor there, and I think FatDale is the better talent as well as the better bet to carry the load in '07.
11. Greg Jennings GB WR - What got lost in the Moss-to-GB rumors is the fact that Jennings had a very promising start to his NFL career. The Pack has shown their faith in Jennings as the clear #2 WR and, really, why not?
12. Deion Branch SEA WR - While I believe Hackett benefits the most from the D-Jax trade, there's no denying it should help Branch with a more defined value and an increase in targets
13. Laurence Maroney NE RB - The Pats could have muddied the picture by selecting a RB threat to Maroney's production. Instead, they've added receiving weapons to spread the offense and create space in the running game.
14. Mike Williams OAK WR - Still just 23 years old, Williams moves from an offense ill-suited to his strengths and a team which had soured on him to a fresh start in an offense run by his former college coach
15. Brandon Jones TEN WR - It's ugly at WR in Tennessee. Afternoon talk show ugly. On the bright side, the Titans' failure to upgrade means they're counting on Brandon Jones to step into the #1 WR role. It's not like they have any other options...
Monday, December 31, 2007
Sons of the Tundra 4/30/07: