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  • #76
    Originally posted by Matt McGuire View Post
    I think we would have said the same thing about Clinton Portis or Willie Parker coming out of college too though. Slaton's vision and cutting ability makes him a great fit in the ZBS.
    As I stated about Slaton in my final draft. I was also very high on him (#4 RB). And about that switch I made that you hate, I put him there because I thought everybody was quite equal and put him lower because of Ahman Green, Chris Brown, and Chris Taylor but the more I thought about it, the farther he went up on my list.

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    • #77
      Originally posted by DraftKidWonder View Post
      You're joking, right?
      nope. don't get me wrong i love mario williams but he doesn't, for a DE, have prototypical height. if you're looking for a prototypical 4-3 DE i'd say aaron kampman would be the guy

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      • #78
        Originally posted by xooberon View Post
        nope. don't get me wrong i love mario williams but he doesn't, for a DE, have prototypical height. if you're looking for a prototypical 4-3 DE i'd say aaron kampman would be the guy
        A so you wouldn't want a 6'6 DE? He has 4.6 speed, weighs a good 280-290 lbs. and has monster ability. All of that plus 6'6 height is what every coach would build in a player at DE, not Kampman (I would know, I'm a Packer fan). If you gave me a choice i'd take Mario, but you gotta love Kampman. He has a motor son, kind of like Jared Allen without the off field stuff.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by DraftKidWonder View Post
          A so you wouldn't want a 6'6 DE? He has 4.6 speed, weighs a good 280-290 lbs. and has monster ability. All of that plus 6'6 height is what every coach would build in a player at DE, not Kampman (I would know, I'm a Packer fan). If you gave me a choice i'd take Mario, but you gotta love Kampman. He has a motor son, kind of like Jared Allen without the off field stuff.
          woah i'm only talking prototypical size. And 6'7 height is NOT a good thing for a DE. Because you cannot play with elite leverage at that height and in the NFL playing DE is 80% leverage.

          the perfect height for a DE is 6'4 (merriman, osi, tuck, kampman, etc etc)

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          • #80
            It's worth noting that two of the most successful defensive ends in the NFL are Jason Taylor and Michael Strahan. Both are 6'6".
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            • #81
              Even though everyone has forgotten about him, Julius Peppers is 6'7".

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              • #82
                I didn't forget, he just had a down year this year and he hasn't had as much long term success as the guys I mentioned.
                - Also known as Dan.
                - Also known as the footballclod, where I do my own fantasy football and other football related stuff. -> www.footballclod.wordpress.com

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by DraftKidWonder View Post
                  Thank god for Ryan Leaf (the poster). Matt, come on now. I'm not a bandwagoner, casual fan, non-creative, idiot writer. Some people would take that to be offensive. I did change it because Walt told me to and had no problem with that. This was an IMPACT article not SLEEPER like you wanted it. If I did that i'd have Wesley Woodyard, Brian Johnston, and Kirk Barton, but I didn't because that wasn't what I was writing for.

                  And I did like your top 10 fantasy rookies. I think you're a good writer, I really do. But you suck as a person. You helped me early on in my writing but now you trash it? What's the deal?
                  See now but that is the whole problem with this article, the top draft picks are generally supposed to make an impact right away. We all know that so it's not really very insightful to read. Your revision is a bit better but it still just has too many big name guys that everyone knows should make an impact right away. It doesn't have to necesarily be a sleeper article with a bunch of late round picks, but more along the lines of impact guys outside of the top 20. For example here is my list of the rookies who are in a good situation to make a impact for their team.

                  10. Terrence Wheatley CB New England Patriots(Round 2 #62 overall)- This was a bit of a surprise pick Wheatley was generally considered more of a mid round pick. However Scott Pioli and Bill Belicheck have a decent track record so who are we to question their draft moves? Either way word from New England is Wheatley looked good in the mini-camps. With all the CBs the patriots lost in the off-season Wheatley has a great opportunity to start and should make a decent impact.

                  9. Quentin Groves DE Jacksonville(Round 2 #52 overall)- Groves lack of a consistent motor and his lack of size would worry me if he were starting. However, from what I understand Groves is going to be used as a 3rd down pass rush specialist by the Jaguars. This Should play right to his strengths Groves coming off the edge on 3rd down could prove deadly I would expect him to make a impact in that role.

                  8. Matt Forte RB Chicago(Round 2 #44 overall)-Cedric Benson disappointed in his first season as the top RB, A lot of the failure can be attributed to bad O-line play. If Benson continues to struggle Forte will be the benefactor. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the season Matt Forte is the Bears starting RB. Even if Benson doesn’t lose the starting job to Forte they should split carries and I would expect Forte to have numbers close to 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

                  7. Desean Jackson WR Philadelphia(Round 2 #49 overall)-There are serious questions about his size, however there is no denying his big play ability. Playing with a QB the caliber of Donavan McNabb he should have a decent opportunity to make some plays while working the Slot. Desean will have trouble adjusting to the NFL as most WR’s do I wouldn’t expect his biggest impact to come in the passing game. Rather he his biggest impact will be as a KR/PR that combined with his impact as the slot WR is why he is #7 on my list.

                  6. Brandon Flowers CB Kansas City(Round 2 #35 overall)- Some analysts thought Flowers was the best CB prospect in this draft class. Questions about his speed caused him to drop into the second round. Flowers landed in the perfect spot his speed won’t be a problem in Herm Edwards Tampa two defense. Flowers will start alongside of Patrick Suritain and will make an immediate impact.

                  5. Duane Brown LT Houston(Round 1 #26 Overall)- For years we have been expecting Houston to take a LT, and for years they hadn’t. They got their guy in the 2008 draft Brown is a very athletic OT and fits perfectly in the Texans zone blocking system. The Houston offensive line made strides last year and now with the addition of Brown expect the improvement to continue. Duane Brown should go a long way into improving a rush attack ranked 22nd in the NFL last year.

                  4. John Carlson TE Seattle(Round 2 #38 overall)- For the past few years the Seahawks have had some disappointment come for the TE position. Jerramy Stevens had drop problems so they let him leave, only to sign Marcus Pollard and find him having a disappointing overall performance. This is a problem because for Mike Holmgren’s west coast offense the TE is an important position they need a good receiving TE. The Seahawks made the position one of their top priorities in the draft and they moved up to the top of the 2nd round to get their guy. Carlson was overshadowed by Dustin Keller at the combine but he was regarded by some as the best overall TE prospect in the draft. Carlson’s impact will come right away just from having a TE with good hands. In a pass happy offense with a QB the caliber of Matt Hasselbeck expect him to post better numbers than last years top producing rookie TE Zach Miller(44 Rec 444 Yards 3 TD).

                  3. Curtis Lofton MLB Atlanta(Round 2 #37 overall)- LBs traditionally have an easy transition from college to the NFL. Lofton may not be the greatest athlete but he is an intelligent football player with good awareness, good instincts, and is a tackling machine with a nose for the ball. Part of his impact will come with completing already good LB corps and allowing Keith Brookings to move back to WLB which should raise his level of play. With Michael Boley and Keith Brookings playing next to him Lofton he may find it a bit difficult to rack up the tackles, but don’t be fooled he will be making a big impact.

                  2. Earl Bennet WR Chicago(Round 3 #70 overall)- Earl Bennet was the single most under rated WR prospect in the 2008 NFL draft. Bennet is a smart receiver that runs good routes, has great hands, is good after the catch, and also is a good downfield blocker. Overall in my opinion Bennet is just the most polished NFL ready WR in the draft. Barring the questions at QB he landed in a great place that should give him a great opportunity to make a big impact right away. In my opinion Bennet is a poor mans Anquan Boldin and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go over the 1,000 yard mark but the 700-800 yard range is probably more realistic.

                  1. Kevin Smith RB Detroit(Round 3 #64 overall)- RB is one of the positions that have a fairly simple transition from the college game to the pro game. So it should be no shock that a RB winds up #1 on my list. You may be thinking why Kevin Smith over the others? Well while the others RBs compete for carries Kevin Smith should be the starter for the Lions. Rod Marinelli wants to put more of an importance on run game so Kevin Smith should see a lot of carries. Playing against the Defenses in the NFC North will hurt his numbers but overall I would expect him to put up close to 1,100 yards.

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by Vikings_All_Day28 View Post
                    See now but that is the whole problem with this article, the top draft picks are generally supposed to make an impact right away. We all know that so it's not really very insightful to read. Your revision is a bit better but it still just has too many big name guys that everyone knows should make an impact right away. It doesn't have to necesarily be a sleeper article with a bunch of late round picks, but more along the lines of impact guys outside of the top 20. For example here is my list of the rookies who are in a good situation to make a impact for their team.

                    10. Terrence Wheatley CB New England Patriots(Round 2 #62 overall)- This was a bit of a surprise pick Wheatley was generally considered more of a mid round pick. However Scott Pioli and Bill Belicheck have a decent track record so who are we to question their draft moves? Either way word from New England is Wheatley looked good in the mini-camps. With all the CBs the patriots lost in the off-season Wheatley has a great opportunity to start and should make a decent impact.

                    9. Quentin Groves DE Jacksonville(Round 2 #52 overall)- Groves lack of a consistent motor and his lack of size would worry me if he were starting. However, from what I understand Groves is going to be used as a 3rd down pass rush specialist by the Jaguars. This Should play right to his strengths Groves coming off the edge on 3rd down could prove deadly I would expect him to make a impact in that role.

                    8. Matt Forte RB Chicago(Round 2 #44 overall)-Cedric Benson disappointed in his first season as the top RB, A lot of the failure can be attributed to bad O-line play. If Benson continues to struggle Forte will be the benefactor. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the season Matt Forte is the Bears starting RB. Even if Benson doesn’t lose the starting job to Forte they should split carries and I would expect Forte to have numbers close to 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

                    7. Desean Jackson WR Philadelphia(Round 2 #49 overall)-There are serious questions about his size, however there is no denying his big play ability. Playing with a QB the caliber of Donavan McNabb he should have a decent opportunity to make some plays while working the Slot. Desean will have trouble adjusting to the NFL as most WR’s do I wouldn’t expect his biggest impact to come in the passing game. Rather he his biggest impact will be as a KR/PR that combined with his impact as the slot WR is why he is #7 on my list.

                    6. Brandon Flowers CB Kansas City(Round 2 #35 overall)- Some analysts thought Flowers was the best CB prospect in this draft class. Questions about his speed caused him to drop into the second round. Flowers landed in the perfect spot his speed won’t be a problem in Herm Edwards Tampa two defense. Flowers will start alongside of Patrick Suritain and will make an immediate impact.

                    5. Duane Brown LT Houston(Round 1 #26 Overall)- For years we have been expecting Houston to take a LT, and for years they hadn’t. They got their guy in the 2008 draft Brown is a very athletic OT and fits perfectly in the Texans zone blocking system. The Houston offensive line made strides last year and now with the addition of Brown expect the improvement to continue. Duane Brown should go a long way into improving a rush attack ranked 22nd in the NFL last year.

                    4. John Carlson TE Seattle(Round 2 #38 overall)- For the past few years the Seahawks have had some disappointment come for the TE position. Jerramy Stevens had drop problems so they let him leave, only to sign Marcus Pollard and find him having a disappointing overall performance. This is a problem because for Mike Holmgren’s west coast offense the TE is an important position they need a good receiving TE. The Seahawks made the position one of their top priorities in the draft and they moved up to the top of the 2nd round to get their guy. Carlson was overshadowed by Dustin Keller at the combine but he was regarded by some as the best overall TE prospect in the draft. Carlson’s impact will come right away just from having a TE with good hands. In a pass happy offense with a QB the caliber of Matt Hasselbeck expect him to post better numbers than last years top producing rookie TE Zach Miller(44 Rec 444 Yards 3 TD).

                    3. Curtis Lofton MLB Atlanta(Round 2 #37 overall)- LBs traditionally have an easy transition from college to the NFL. Lofton may not be the greatest athlete but he is an intelligent football player with good awareness, good instincts, and is a tackling machine with a nose for the ball. Part of his impact will come with completing already good LB corps and allowing Keith Brookings to move back to WLB which should raise his level of play. With Michael Boley and Keith Brookings playing next to him Lofton he may find it a bit difficult to rack up the tackles, but don’t be fooled he will be making a big impact.

                    2. Earl Bennet WR Chicago(Round 3 #70 overall)- Earl Bennet was the single most under rated WR prospect in the 2008 NFL draft. Bennet is a smart receiver that runs good routes, has great hands, is good after the catch, and also is a good downfield blocker. Overall in my opinion Bennet is just the most polished NFL ready WR in the draft. Barring the questions at QB he landed in a great place that should give him a great opportunity to make a big impact right away. In my opinion Bennet is a poor mans Anquan Boldin and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go over the 1,000 yard mark but the 700-800 yard range is probably more realistic.

                    1. Kevin Smith RB Detroit(Round 3 #64 overall)- RB is one of the positions that have a fairly simple transition from the college game to the pro game. So it should be no shock that a RB winds up #1 on my list. You may be thinking why Kevin Smith over the others? Well while the others RBs compete for carries Kevin Smith should be the starter for the Lions. Rod Marinelli wants to put more of an importance on run game so Kevin Smith should see a lot of carries. Playing against the Defenses in the NFC North will hurt his numbers but overall I would expect him to put up close to 1,100 yards.
                    That is really good. I get it now, yeah I can make stuff like that. Ok, see if Matt would have put it like that we would have been fine. If Matt doesn't think I can do that he's crazy. Thank you All Day.

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                    • #85
                      I mean I think you can copy off other people's ideas. Yes I do.
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                      Congrats to Wisconsin. Even more congrats to UK haters.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by Matt McGuire View Post
                        I mean I think you can copy off other people's ideas. Yes I do.
                        I know you do. I'm not going to redo it. He showed me what you meant by "creativity". I call them sleepers. Now I know what I have to do to write for this site and I can most defenitly do that. I just didn't know what you exactly meant and he cleared it up for me.

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by Blazedestin View Post
                          It's worth noting that two of the most successful defensive ends in the NFL are Jason Taylor and Michael Strahan. Both are 6'6".
                          yes but height has had nothing to do with their success. more like elite motor, work-ethic, technique, pass rush moves etc.

                          Originally posted by PuppyPuncher View Post
                          Even though everyone has forgotten about him, Julius Peppers is 6'7".
                          he is a perfect example of height being an hindrance. he has suffered as a pass rusher throughout his career because he has not fully learned to use leverage. that and he has a severe lack of moves and a hot and cold motor.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by DraftKidWonder View Post
                            I know you do. I'm not going to redo it. He showed me what you meant by "creativity". I call them sleepers. Now I know what I have to do to write for this site and I can most defenitly do that. I just didn't know what you exactly meant and he cleared it up for me.
                            Well sleepers isn't the right mindset. It should be the top 10 impact rookies, but it should also make a lot of sense.

                            Rarely does every top 10 pick have a great, immediate contribution.
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                            Congrats to Wisconsin. Even more congrats to UK haters.

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                            • #89
                              Originally posted by Vikings_All_Day28 View Post
                              See now but that is the whole problem with this article, the top draft picks are generally supposed to make an impact right away. We all know that so it's not really very insightful to read. Your revision is a bit better but it still just has too many big name guys that everyone knows should make an impact right away. It doesn't have to necesarily be a sleeper article with a bunch of late round picks, but more along the lines of impact guys outside of the top 20. For example here is my list of the rookies who are in a good situation to make a impact for their team.

                              10. Terrence Wheatley CB New England Patriots(Round 2 #62 overall)- This was a bit of a surprise pick Wheatley was generally considered more of a mid round pick. However Scott Pioli and Bill Belicheck have a decent track record so who are we to question their draft moves? Either way word from New England is Wheatley looked good in the mini-camps. With all the CBs the patriots lost in the off-season Wheatley has a great opportunity to start and should make a decent impact.

                              9. Quentin Groves DE Jacksonville(Round 2 #52 overall)- Groves lack of a consistent motor and his lack of size would worry me if he were starting. However, from what I understand Groves is going to be used as a 3rd down pass rush specialist by the Jaguars. This Should play right to his strengths Groves coming off the edge on 3rd down could prove deadly I would expect him to make a impact in that role.

                              8. Matt Forte RB Chicago(Round 2 #44 overall)-Cedric Benson disappointed in his first season as the top RB, A lot of the failure can be attributed to bad O-line play. If Benson continues to struggle Forte will be the benefactor. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the season Matt Forte is the Bears starting RB. Even if Benson doesn’t lose the starting job to Forte they should split carries and I would expect Forte to have numbers close to 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

                              7. Desean Jackson WR Philadelphia(Round 2 #49 overall)-There are serious questions about his size, however there is no denying his big play ability. Playing with a QB the caliber of Donavan McNabb he should have a decent opportunity to make some plays while working the Slot. Desean will have trouble adjusting to the NFL as most WR’s do I wouldn’t expect his biggest impact to come in the passing game. Rather he his biggest impact will be as a KR/PR that combined with his impact as the slot WR is why he is #7 on my list.

                              6. Brandon Flowers CB Kansas City(Round 2 #35 overall)- Some analysts thought Flowers was the best CB prospect in this draft class. Questions about his speed caused him to drop into the second round. Flowers landed in the perfect spot his speed won’t be a problem in Herm Edwards Tampa two defense. Flowers will start alongside of Patrick Suritain and will make an immediate impact.

                              5. Duane Brown LT Houston(Round 1 #26 Overall)- For years we have been expecting Houston to take a LT, and for years they hadn’t. They got their guy in the 2008 draft Brown is a very athletic OT and fits perfectly in the Texans zone blocking system. The Houston offensive line made strides last year and now with the addition of Brown expect the improvement to continue. Duane Brown should go a long way into improving a rush attack ranked 22nd in the NFL last year.

                              4. John Carlson TE Seattle(Round 2 #38 overall)- For the past few years the Seahawks have had some disappointment come for the TE position. Jerramy Stevens had drop problems so they let him leave, only to sign Marcus Pollard and find him having a disappointing overall performance. This is a problem because for Mike Holmgren’s west coast offense the TE is an important position they need a good receiving TE. The Seahawks made the position one of their top priorities in the draft and they moved up to the top of the 2nd round to get their guy. Carlson was overshadowed by Dustin Keller at the combine but he was regarded by some as the best overall TE prospect in the draft. Carlson’s impact will come right away just from having a TE with good hands. In a pass happy offense with a QB the caliber of Matt Hasselbeck expect him to post better numbers than last years top producing rookie TE Zach Miller(44 Rec 444 Yards 3 TD).

                              3. Curtis Lofton MLB Atlanta(Round 2 #37 overall)- LBs traditionally have an easy transition from college to the NFL. Lofton may not be the greatest athlete but he is an intelligent football player with good awareness, good instincts, and is a tackling machine with a nose for the ball. Part of his impact will come with completing already good LB corps and allowing Keith Brookings to move back to WLB which should raise his level of play. With Michael Boley and Keith Brookings playing next to him Lofton he may find it a bit difficult to rack up the tackles, but don’t be fooled he will be making a big impact.

                              2. Earl Bennet WR Chicago(Round 3 #70 overall)- Earl Bennet was the single most under rated WR prospect in the 2008 NFL draft. Bennet is a smart receiver that runs good routes, has great hands, is good after the catch, and also is a good downfield blocker. Overall in my opinion Bennet is just the most polished NFL ready WR in the draft. Barring the questions at QB he landed in a great place that should give him a great opportunity to make a big impact right away. In my opinion Bennet is a poor mans Anquan Boldin and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go over the 1,000 yard mark but the 700-800 yard range is probably more realistic.

                              1. Kevin Smith RB Detroit(Round 3 #64 overall)- RB is one of the positions that have a fairly simple transition from the college game to the pro game. So it should be no shock that a RB winds up #1 on my list. You may be thinking why Kevin Smith over the others? Well while the others RBs compete for carries Kevin Smith should be the starter for the Lions. Rod Marinelli wants to put more of an importance on run game so Kevin Smith should see a lot of carries. Playing against the Defenses in the NFC North will hurt his numbers but overall I would expect him to put up close to 1,100 yards.
                              Well done
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                              -Ryan Leaf after 1998 NFL Draft

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by Vikings_All_Day28 View Post
                                See now but that is the whole problem with this article, the top draft picks are generally supposed to make an impact right away. We all know that so it's not really very insightful to read. Your revision is a bit better but it still just has too many big name guys that everyone knows should make an impact right away. It doesn't have to necesarily be a sleeper article with a bunch of late round picks, but more along the lines of impact guys outside of the top 20. For example here is my list of the rookies who are in a good situation to make a impact for their team.

                                10. Terrence Wheatley CB New England Patriots(Round 2 #62 overall)- This was a bit of a surprise pick Wheatley was generally considered more of a mid round pick. However Scott Pioli and Bill Belicheck have a decent track record so who are we to question their draft moves? Either way word from New England is Wheatley looked good in the mini-camps. With all the CBs the patriots lost in the off-season Wheatley has a great opportunity to start and should make a decent impact.

                                9. Quentin Groves DE Jacksonville(Round 2 #52 overall)- Groves lack of a consistent motor and his lack of size would worry me if he were starting. However, from what I understand Groves is going to be used as a 3rd down pass rush specialist by the Jaguars. This Should play right to his strengths Groves coming off the edge on 3rd down could prove deadly I would expect him to make a impact in that role.

                                8. Matt Forte RB Chicago(Round 2 #44 overall)-Cedric Benson disappointed in his first season as the top RB, A lot of the failure can be attributed to bad O-line play. If Benson continues to struggle Forte will be the benefactor. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the season Matt Forte is the Bears starting RB. Even if Benson doesn’t lose the starting job to Forte they should split carries and I would expect Forte to have numbers close to 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

                                7. Desean Jackson WR Philadelphia(Round 2 #49 overall)-There are serious questions about his size, however there is no denying his big play ability. Playing with a QB the caliber of Donavan McNabb he should have a decent opportunity to make some plays while working the Slot. Desean will have trouble adjusting to the NFL as most WR’s do I wouldn’t expect his biggest impact to come in the passing game. Rather he his biggest impact will be as a KR/PR that combined with his impact as the slot WR is why he is #7 on my list.

                                6. Brandon Flowers CB Kansas City(Round 2 #35 overall)- Some analysts thought Flowers was the best CB prospect in this draft class. Questions about his speed caused him to drop into the second round. Flowers landed in the perfect spot his speed won’t be a problem in Herm Edwards Tampa two defense. Flowers will start alongside of Patrick Suritain and will make an immediate impact.

                                5. Duane Brown LT Houston(Round 1 #26 Overall)- For years we have been expecting Houston to take a LT, and for years they hadn’t. They got their guy in the 2008 draft Brown is a very athletic OT and fits perfectly in the Texans zone blocking system. The Houston offensive line made strides last year and now with the addition of Brown expect the improvement to continue. Duane Brown should go a long way into improving a rush attack ranked 22nd in the NFL last year.

                                4. John Carlson TE Seattle(Round 2 #38 overall)- For the past few years the Seahawks have had some disappointment come for the TE position. Jerramy Stevens had drop problems so they let him leave, only to sign Marcus Pollard and find him having a disappointing overall performance. This is a problem because for Mike Holmgren’s west coast offense the TE is an important position they need a good receiving TE. The Seahawks made the position one of their top priorities in the draft and they moved up to the top of the 2nd round to get their guy. Carlson was overshadowed by Dustin Keller at the combine but he was regarded by some as the best overall TE prospect in the draft. Carlson’s impact will come right away just from having a TE with good hands. In a pass happy offense with a QB the caliber of Matt Hasselbeck expect him to post better numbers than last years top producing rookie TE Zach Miller(44 Rec 444 Yards 3 TD).

                                3. Curtis Lofton MLB Atlanta(Round 2 #37 overall)- LBs traditionally have an easy transition from college to the NFL. Lofton may not be the greatest athlete but he is an intelligent football player with good awareness, good instincts, and is a tackling machine with a nose for the ball. Part of his impact will come with completing already good LB corps and allowing Keith Brookings to move back to WLB which should raise his level of play. With Michael Boley and Keith Brookings playing next to him Lofton he may find it a bit difficult to rack up the tackles, but don’t be fooled he will be making a big impact.

                                2. Earl Bennet WR Chicago(Round 3 #70 overall)- Earl Bennet was the single most under rated WR prospect in the 2008 NFL draft. Bennet is a smart receiver that runs good routes, has great hands, is good after the catch, and also is a good downfield blocker. Overall in my opinion Bennet is just the most polished NFL ready WR in the draft. Barring the questions at QB he landed in a great place that should give him a great opportunity to make a big impact right away. In my opinion Bennet is a poor mans Anquan Boldin and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go over the 1,000 yard mark but the 700-800 yard range is probably more realistic.

                                1. Kevin Smith RB Detroit(Round 3 #64 overall)- RB is one of the positions that have a fairly simple transition from the college game to the pro game. So it should be no shock that a RB winds up #1 on my list. You may be thinking why Kevin Smith over the others? Well while the others RBs compete for carries Kevin Smith should be the starter for the Lions. Rod Marinelli wants to put more of an importance on run game so Kevin Smith should see a lot of carries. Playing against the Defenses in the NFC North will hurt his numbers but overall I would expect him to put up close to 1,100 yards.
                                I agree that Jackson and Bennett should have the best impact as far as rookie WR are concerned and for most of the same reasons.

                                I think you can pretty much make the argument that there are 32 teams who think
                                Some of their rookies will make an impacted this year.

                                This year I look for many rookie RB’s to make a big contribution to their team.

                                Kevin Smith with Detroit is an obvious choice, because of his perceived playing time, but he wont make any Lions fans forget Barry Sanders.
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