April 27, 2008

The final chapter of the 2008 draft was written when the seventh round closed out this afternoon at Radio City Music Hall. There were a number of surprises, both good and bad, as is the case every April. Here's a look at the biggest steals and reaches from this weekend.

Mike Jenkins/CB/Dallas /1st round: Jenkins was top 15 talent but turned off a number of people with his attitude leading up to the draft. He's always been productive on the field and offers the Cowboys starting potential.

Quentin Groves/DE/Jacksonville/2nd round: Groves had issues off the field. That concerned some teams who were not quite sure where the 255-pound defensive end would play in the NFL. He possesses 4.5 speed and was one of the better pass rushers in the draft, which makes him a bargain for Jacksonville.

Chad Henne/QB/Miami/2nd round: Henne fell much further into the second round then most thought. Miami swiped him late in the frame and he could soon be starting behind center for the quarterback-needy team.

Cliff Avril/DE/Detroit/3rd round: Avril was criticized for underproducing as a senior and not meeting expectations. He'll find a niche as a pass rusher for the Lions.

Justin King/CB/St. Louis /4th round: King's play was uninspired last season yet his pre-draft workouts and high character had many thinking he'd be drafted early in the second round.

Jonathan Goff/MLB/New York Giants/5th round: Goff is a future replacement at middle linebacker for Antonio Pierce. Scouts though he had third-round value coming out of the combine.

Marcus Howard/DE/Indianapolis/5th round: Indianapolis loves their defensive linemen undersized and explosive. Howard is 6-0, runs a 4.4 and recorded 10 sacks last season.

John Sullivan/C/Minnesota/6th round: Sullivan was the highest-rated center coming into the season before poor play drove down his draft grade. He's legitimately a third-round talent who could be starting for the Vikings in a year.

Paul Hubbard/WR/Cleveland/7th round: The speedy Hubbard is considered a prospect with great upside. He was slowed by a knee injury last season yet has all the skills to be a third wideout in the NFL.

Marcus Monk/WR/Chicago/7th round: Monk is a physical receiver with reliable hands who many considered a first-day pick before a knee injury slowed him last season. He can play at the next level once he gets back to health.

Derrick Harvey/DE/Jacksonville/1st round: Harvey was considered a mid-first round choice yet the Jaguars leapt into the early part of round one, giving away a pair of third-round choices to acquire him. Harvey is a solid pass rusher but a liability against the run.

Sam Baker/OL/Atlanta/1st round: Baker watched his stock plummet after a mediocre senior season then topped it off with miserable pre-draft workouts. He graded as a late second-round pick when the Falcons traded back into round one to select him.

Chris Johnson/RB/Tennessee/1st round: Johnson was the fastest running back at the combine. Scouts still think the East Carolina product is much more athlete than polished ball-carrier at this point.

Terrence Wheatley/CB/New England/2nd round: The 5-9 Wheatley was beaten constantly last season and most projected him into the middle rounds.

Bryan Smith/DE-OLB/Philadelphia/3rd round: Smith, who played defensive end in college, weighed 231 pounds at the combine then ran a 40 time of 4.75 seconds. He is a developmental project with no true position in the NFL.

Bruce Davis/DE-OLB/Pittsburgh/3rd round: The Bruin defensive end is another 'tweener who comes off a disappointing season. He struggled at linebacker during the Senior Bowl then ran poorly (4.83 seconds) at the combine.

Kevin O'Connell/QB/New England/3rd round: O'Connell has the physical dimensions of an NFL passer yet his accuracy is woeful. Scouts feel using a third-round pick on a developmental prospect was a waste.

Josh Sitton/OL/Green Bay/4th round: Sitton was rated by almost everyone as a free agent and was never seriously considered in the middle rounds by any team.

Matt Slater/WR/New England/5th Round: New England traded up with Tampa Bay in order to acquire Slater and people are still wondering why. Jackie Slater's son was a reserve receiver used mostly on special teams his four years at UCLA.

You May Like