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Carucci Ranks our Draft 4th Overall !!!

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  1. WinnipegPackFan

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    Five teams that did the best in draft


    By Vic Carucci
    National Editor, NFL.com


    (May 1, 2006) -- One man's ranking of this year's top five drafts:

    1. Arizona: It's a luxury when your quarterback of the future, once projected as a top four choice, falls right to you at No. 10. Matt Leinart will get a year to watch and learn from Kurt Warner. Then, with protection from former USC teammate Deuce Lutui (second round), he'll throw passes to an already explosive receiving corps that just got better with the addition of tight end Leonard Pope (Georgia) in the third round. The Cardinals solidified themselves at defensive tackle by picking up Gabe Watson (Michigan) and Jon Lewis (Virginia Tech) in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively.

    Day 1 winners
    Gil Brandt: New England and Green Bay, but honorable mention also goes to Arizona, Cleveland, Carolina, Baltimore, N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh
    Pat Kirwan: Arizona and Detroit
    Vic Carucci: New Orleans and Arizona
    Mike Mayock: Philadelphia and Denver
    Adam Schefter: New Orleans and New England
    Corey Chavous: Baltimore and Oakland
    Nick Bakay: Houston, N.Y. Jets, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Arizona, New England and New Orleans
    2. New Orleans: The Saints received an incredible gift the moment the Houston Texans decided to make Mario Williams the top overall pick of the draft. Reggie Bush, the multitalented superstar from USC and by far the best player in the draft, dropped into the Saints' collective lap in the No. 2 spot. From that point on, most of what the Saints acquired could be viewed as a bonus, but they did better than that. They addressed a need by getting safety Roman Harper (Alabama) in the second round. Sixth-rounder Mike Hass, a receiver from Oregon State, is intriguing. The Saints also upgraded their offensive line depth in rounds four (tackle Jahri Evans, Bloomsburg) and seven (guard Zach Strief, Northwestern).

    3. N.Y. Jets: This team reminded us that there are other ways to greatly improve your offense besides selecting a high-profile quarterback such as Leinart. One is to find a way to provide better protection to the less-than-spectacular quarterbacks you have, and the Jets did that by making tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia) and center Nick Mangold (Ohio State) the fourth and 29th overall picks, respectively. Ferguson will be a dominant force for many years to come, and Mangold should pick up where Kevin Mawae left off as a steady anchor in the middle. The Jets also wisely picked up a developmental quarterback in the second round (Kellen Clemens, Oregon), a highly athletic quarterback-turned-receiver in the fourth round (Brad Smith, Missouri), and Curtis Martin's eventual replacement at running back in the fourth (Leon Washington, Florida State).


    A.J. Hawk will have an immediate impact on the Packers defense.
    4. Green Bay: By making A.J. Hawk the fifth overall choice, the Packers got more than a linebacker whose phenomenal playmaking skills will instantly improve their defense. They got one of the great character players to emerge from the college ranks in a long time. Hawk's off-the-charts work ethic no doubt will be contagious. The Packers made two strong additions to their offensive line in second-rounder Daryn Colledge (tackle, Boise State) and third-rounder Jason Spitz (center, Louisville). And they picked up the most polished receiver in the draft in second-rounder Greg Jennings (Western Michigan), who could end up being more productive than any of the wideouts selected before him, including Pittsburgh's first-round choice Santonio Holmes (Ohio State).
     
  2. tonytokes

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    damn, it's pretty hard not to get excited when our draft is worded like that. :p
     
  3. Popcynical

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    Hehe, yeah.. I had no idea that Jennings was so.. prepared. :D
     
  4. WinnipegPackFan

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    Niether did I but I am happy about it because we can't rely on DD to catch them all like we did last year !!
     
  5. bozz_2006

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    but it's nice to know that he can.
     

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