The Rams got their man in the first round of this years draft. Carriker will come in and be an iunstant starter most likely and he will help out on an improving defense.
Breaking Down The Draft - NFC South
Friday, May 04, 2007
Atlanta Falcons Who They Took: 1.(8) DE Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas 2.(39) OT Justin Blalock, Texas 2.(41) CB Chris Houston, Arkansas 3.(75) WR Laurent Robinson, Illinois St. 4.(109) LB Stephen Nicholas, South Florida 4.(133) TE Martrez Milner, Georgia 6.(185) DT Trey Lewis, Washburn 6.(194) CB David Irons, Auburn 6.(198) C Doug Datish, Ohio St. 6.(203) S Daren Stone, Maine 7.(244) RB Jason Snelling, Virginia Key Team Needs: 1. Offensive tackle 2. Defensive back 3. Defensive end 4. Wide receiver 5. Defensive tackle The Bottom Line: Having eleven picks always helps, but the Falcons had a solid draft this season. They were set on Anderson for a while now. He is big, athletic, and is just a natural athlete. Blalock is a big power blocker that can play guard or tackle. he could become a starter early in his career and not give it up for a while. Houston could have been a late first rounder, bust second round seems a bit more fitting for him. He has done a lot of his coverage pressing receivers which may not translate too well to the Pros. Good coaching will allow him to adjust like he needs to. I like the pick of David Irons in round six. If Irons can play up to his potential, he may have a good career at the next level. He has the speed and quickness, he just needs to work on his coverage skills. This was possibly one of the better drafts at filling needs. Grade: B+ Carolina Panthers Who They Took: 1.(25) LB Jon Beason, Miami 2.(45) WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC 2.(59) C Ryan Kalil, USC 3.(83) DE Charles Johnson, Georgia 4.(118) WR Ryne Robinson, Miami (OH) 5.(155) TE Dante Rosario, Oregon 5.(164) LB Tim Shaw, Penn St. 7.(226) CB C.J. Wilson, Baylor Key Team Needs: 1. Linebacker 2. Offensive tackle 3. Tight end 4. Running back 5. Defensive tackle The Bottom Line: I believe Carolina had one of the best drafts this year and it really shows by the talent they got all the way into day two. Beason is a beast. Coming from "The U" is a good place for a LB to get noticed. He knows how to get through blocks and can tackle like the best of them. Round two may have been almost just as good of a pick. Although his 40 time hurt his stock a lot, I believe Dwayne Jarrett will show up as the second best receiver in this years draft two Calvin Johnson, who is on another planet. Jarrett defiantly has the size and he has been consistent throughout his career at USC. He makes big catches in big games. I believe his "field speed" is easily good enough to put up big numbers in the NFL. Another USC player in Ryan Kalil probably could have gone a bunch higher as well. I think he was the best center in the draft. Like Jarrett, Kalil has been consistent. He could be the leader of the Carolina line for a lot of years. Johnson is a guy who wasn't gifted with his skills, he earned everything he's gotten so far. He plays hard and can make plays. Though they dint get much into their needs, still a great draft for the Panthers. Grade: A New Orleans Saints Who They Took: 1.(27) WR Robert Meachem, Tennessee 3.(66) CB Usama Young, Kent State 3.(88) OG Andy Alleman, Akron 4.(107) RB Antonio Pittman, Ohio St. 4.(125) OT Jermon Bushrod, Towson 5.(145) CB David Jones, Wingate 7.(220) LB Marvin Mitchell, Tennessee Key Team Needs: 1. Cornerback 2. Linebacker 3. Defensive tackle 4. Wide receiver 5. Tight end The Bottom Line: Though WR wasn't their biggest need, Sean Payton liked Meachem, with good reason. He is naturally athletic and he can make plays after the catch. He put up great numbers during his Junior year, setting Tennessee's single season receiving yards record. He can come in and replace Horn's absence. He still will have to compete with Colston, Henderson, and Copper. Young was a reach for round three, he probably could have been available for another round or maybe even two. I like the pick of Pittman in round four. I think he could have gone late second to early third round. Already having drafted Reggie Bush last year, and having Deuce McAllister getting back to old form, Pittman may get lost in the shuffle. If the Saints give McAllister a breather and line Bush up as a receiver, Pittman may get some playing time. Overall, not the best draft, but the Saints didn't have too many needs. Grade: C+ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Who They Took: 1.(4) DE Gaines Adams, Florida 2.(35) OT Arron Sears, Tennessee 2.(64) S Sabby Piscitelli, Oregon St. 3.(68) LB Quincy Black, New Mexico 4.(106) CB Tanard Jackson, Syracuse 5.(141) DE Greg Peterson, N. Carolina Central 6.(182) LB Adam Hayward, Portland St. 7.(214) OT Chris Denman, Fresno St. 7.(245) CB Marcus Hamilton, Virginia 7.(246) RB Ken Darby, Alabama Key Team Needs: 1. Defensive end 2. Defensive tackle 3. Wide receiver 4. Safety 5. Offensive tackle The Bottom Line: Tampa decided to go defense this year. Six of the team's first seven picks were on the defensive side of the ball. Gaines Adams is a special player. He has great size and ability.He uses his hands great to get through blockers. He may be the next Dwight Freeney in the league. I really like the pick of Piscitelli with the last pick of round two. Piscitelli is a lot like Adam Archuleta was back in the days of Lovie Smith in St. Louis. He plays like a linebacker with the athleticism of a safety. Will battle right away for a starting role. Getting Darby in the seventh round should be considered a steal. If he can stay healthy and play to his full potential, he may get a chance to not only make a roster, but start someday. Still a pretty good draft for Tampa. Grade: B