NFL Draft Prediction by Aaron Gershfield

So this weekend is the draft, and since I’ve been reading a bunch of mock drafts all week, I decided to throw in my prediction all totally based on my opinion without the aid of numbers derived from scouting/ workout. I’ll focus more on the obvious and the intangible… Also, I’ll only do the top 5 since I haven’t really kept up with this year’s class.

1. And with the first pick overall, the Miami Dolphins select Jake Long OT of Michigan.

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This won’t be a surprise since we already heard this week that he had signed with them.

2. With the second pick overall, the St. Louis Rams select Glenn Dorsey DT of LSU.

The Rams will select Glenn Dorsey to further develop their pass rushing d-line. Dorsey would be a fitting DT in St. Louis along with last year’s first round pick, Adam Carriker.

3. With the third pick overall, the Atlanta Falcons select Matt Ryan QB of Boston College.

With a new head coach in Mike Smith, and a new General Manager with Thomas Dimitroff, it is obvious the Falcons are entering a new era. And what better way to crown a new face for the era and the franchise with a new QB.

4. With the fourth pick overall, the Oakland Raiders select Darren McFadden RB of Arkansas.

As long as Al Davis owns the Raiders, the Black and Silver will always be addicted to speed.

5. With the fifth pick overall, the Kansas City Chiefs select Vernon Gholston DE of Ohio State.

The Chiefs need a new DE, especially after trading away Jared Allen.

Notice, I don’t have Chris Long in the top 5 even though most mock drafts have him up there. But the truth of the matter is I don’t buy you, Chris Long. Your stock goes down in my book for having a father represent Radio Shack. I say he somehow becomes this year’s Brady Quinn and gets picked up later than he’s supposed to.

Aaron Gershfield Ranks His Top 5 WRs of 2007

After reading the ESPN article on Nate Clement’s top ranked wide receivers in today’s game, I decided to write my own list of best wide receivers in the NFL. But rather doing an all-time list, I’ll stay current. The list you will read below is in a PARTICULAR order as each of these wide receivers are not only based stats, but also certain and unique characteristics that simply seperate them from the rest.

5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh

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T.J. Houshmandzadeh makes the list and not his whiny wideout partner, Ocho Cinco, simply because he is consistent. Houshmandzadeh scores when he’s supposed to score, and he makes the catches when he’s supposed to make the catches. With 112 receptions, 1,143 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns, Houshmandzadeh proved that he was Cincy’s top receiver in the year 2007.

4. Braylon Edwards

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Braylon Edwards came out of nowhere in the year 2007. His stats were impressive, making him a pleasant surprise for most fantasy owners, and he proved that he can be a superstar. Also along with his stats, Edwards is blessed with natural assets. At 6’3 and 200 lbs, Edwards can be a tough and physical receiver. Yet, he also has the speed and agility unlike most receivers his size. I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the next real deal, a receiver that can not play the role as possession receiver, but also deep threat.

3. Reggie Wayne

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Ever since last year, everyone that watched the Colts saw that Wayne had become Peyton Manning’s favorite target as Marvin Harrison was constantly double-teamed. But the year 2007 was something special for Wayne. He not only became the leader in receiving yards, with 1,510 yards, he proved that he can be the go-to guy as Harrison was sidelined the majority of the season. It’s kind of scary to know and see how capable Wayne can be in replacing Marvin Harrison. Plus overall, Wayne is a beast. I remember reading an article somewhere that talked about how the guy constantly practiced running his routes and how he developed his sure-catching hands by practicing catching bricks.

2. Randy Moss

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Even though I hate him for breaking Jerry Rice’s record of most touchdown passes within a season (Moss with 23), I still have to put Moss on the list. He’s got the height, the hands, and the speed. He is probably the NFL’s best deep threat as he has all those attributes. But what keeps him from being the number receiver in my list is because he’s a one-trick pony. He’s not versatile in the sense that he can’t make plays in the middle, he doesn’t run his routes well, and he’s only an outside man.

1. Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens is my number once receiver because he simply has it all. He’s got the hands (sometimes) as he can be a leader in receiving touchdowns– just like in 2001, 2002, and 2006, and he’s got the size to get the more than necessary YAC (yards after catch) as he can break tackles and plow through opponents. And best of all, Owen can be a possession receiver and a deep threat– making him a more versatile weapon. In my opinion, I think if Owens had a quarterback like Tom Brady, he would’ve beaten Jerry Rice’s record way before Randy Moss.

Post Football Season Thoughts

So this football year was a dismal one for me. The 9ers had another disappointing year (which I kinda expected). I did bad in Fantasy Footballl, and Randy Moss broke Jerry’s record.

I know that we beefed up our defense (by spending our first pick overall on Patrick Willis, signing Nate Clements, Michael Lewis and Tully Banta-Cain), but our offense still needs a huge redo. We need better receivers, and a solid quarterback that’s for sure. I don’t know about Alex Smith anymore. We’ve resigned Shaun Hill to challenge the “young prospect” for the starting job. But I guess we’ll see. Also I’m hoping that by signing Mike Martz as our new offensive coordinator, the 9ers do return to playoff form.

But until then, all I can do is hope. And damn you Frank Gore for screwing me over in Fantasy! Only 6 tds all together?! C’mon man! You weren’t supposed to be a bust… Oh well. At least the Patriots lost! That’s what you get for cheating and trying to buy a Super Bowl with all your free agents!