Editor’s Note: Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.
Today he looks at the 2006 NFL Draft Class.
Was the 2007 draft the worst ever for the Patriots? Let’s see: they got a Pro Bowl player in the first round in Meriweather, but he was also only one of two players to ever play a snap for the Patriots. The Pats had nine picks in the 2007 Draft, a first rounder (Meriweather), a fourth rounder (Kareem Brown), a fifth rounder (Clint Oldenburg), four sixth rounders (Justin Rogers, Mike Richardson, Justise Hairston, Corey Hilliard) and two seventh rounders (Oscar Lua and Mike Elgin).
Brown was put on the practice squad in 2007 and was waived halfway into the season, Oldenburg was also placed on the practice squad and released in September of ’07, Rogers was cut before the season, Richardson was placed on injured reserve for the 2007 season, then was a practice squad player before playing in 10 games in 2008 and was released for good in August of ’09, Hairston was placed on injured reserve before reaching an injury settlement and released in September ’07, Hilliard was among the final cuts before the ’07 season, Lua was on injured reserve for the ’07 season and was cut after the season and Elgin was also among the team’s final cuts before the ’07 season.
Granted that’s not the entire story here, we traded our second and seventh round picks for Wes Welker, a fourth round pick for Randy Moss and oops, a fifth round pick for Doug Gabriel. Obviously Welker and Moss worked out, but you can’t help but cringe at the players we actually drafted.
My Top Ten for the 2007 NFL Draft class:
Calvin Johnson: Rd. 1 Pick 2 – Detroit Lions
Joe Thomas: Rd. 1 Pick 3 – Cleveland Browns
Adrian Peterson: Rd. 1 Pick 7 – Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Willis: Rd. 1 Pick 11 – San Francisco 49ers
Darrelle Revis: Rd. 1 Pick 14 – New York Jets
Michael Griffin: Rd. 1 Pick 19 – Tennessee Titans
Dwayne Bowe: Rd. 1 Pick 23 – Kansas City Chiefs
Jon Beason: Rd. 1 Pick 25 – Carolina Panthers
LaMarr Woodley: Rd. 2 Pick 46 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Ryan Kalil: Rd. 2 Pick 59 – Carolina Panthers
Other Significant Players – Marshawn Lynch, Leon Hall, Brandon Meriweather, Sidney Rice, Steve Smith, Le’Ron McClain, Ahmad Bradshaw,
My Top Player: Adrian Peterson
Consensus Top Player: Adrian Peterson
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Peterson, Willis, Revis
Best Value: Bradshaw
Biggest Bust: Well, there’s two players from the 2007 Draft class no longer in the NFL, one of them is unfortunately Gaines Adams, the other is our biggest bust: Jamarcus Russell.
Best Patriots Pick: The Welker and Moss trades were obviously the best part of this draft. If not them, Meriweather, I guess.
Worst Patriots Pick: I guess Kareem Brown since he was the highest drafted pick that never played a game for the Pats.
Best Team Class: It comes down to Minnesota (Peterson, Rice, Tyler Thigpen), the Giants (Aaron Ross, Smith, Kevin Boss, Michael Johnson, Bradshaw), Pittsburgh (Lawrence Timmons, Woodley, Matt Spaeth, Daneil Sepulveda, Ryan McBean, William Gay) and Carolina (Beason, Kalil, Charles Johnson, Dante Rosario). Pittsburgh takes it again, but how surprising is it to see the Panthers on here? Three of their best players came in this year’s draft.
Overall Grade: C+, this was the most obvious top 10 out of all of them. Great early, almost nothing late.