By Bryan Jeon
Just to fill you in on the big names in case you had no idea the NFL Draft went on this past weekend, here are where some notable players went, with current starters in parenthesis:
1. JaMarcus Russell (Andrew Walter) – The LSU quarterback could have a ton of fun passing to a new Jerry Porter, Ronald Curry and Doug Gabriel.
4th round: Michael Bush (LaMont Jordan, Dominic Rhodes, Justin Fargas) – Even if the Louisville running back can bounce back nicely from a broken leg, he will have to compete for playing time in a very crowded backfield.
2. Calvin Johnson (Roy Williams, Mike Furrey) – Say it ain’t so, Joe. That’s right, the Detroit Lions selected yet another first round wide receiver. The Lions couldn’t resist on the most talented player in the draft yet the Georgia Tech wideout will have to begin his career in the slot position with Furrey coming off a 98-reception season and a new 3-year contract worth over $13 million.
2nd round: Drew Stanton (Jon Kitna) – The Michigan State quarterback will start out backing up Kitna.
3. Joe Thomas – The Wisconsin tackle who decided to go fishing rather than attend the Draft will be blocking for a newly acquired Jamal Lewis and possibly Brady Quinn.
22nd pick: Brady Quinn (Charlie Frye) – The Notre Dame All-American will contest Frye for the starting job.
| 7. Adrian Peterson (Chester Taylor) – Not so fast for the Oklahoma running back. Taylor is coming off a 1,200 yard season and Peterson, a broken collarbone.
9. Ted Ginn Jr. (Chris Chambers, Marty Booker) – Can you believe Ginn only ran three routes at Ohio State? He’s going to need to do a lot of work to accompany Chambers on the field, as the domination obviously won’t come as easy as it did in college.
2nd round: John Beck (Daunte Culpepper) – With Daunte seemingly done in Miami, the Dolphins are pressing hard to obtain the Kansas City Chiefs’ Trent Green. The 25-year-old quarterback from BYU could hope for playing time with the issues at the position.
10. Amobi Okoye – This 19-year-old prodigy from Louisville looks to play alongside 2006 1st overall pick, Mario Williams on an improving Texans team.
12. Marshawn Lynch (Anthony Thomas) – The Cal back can get a lot of work in quickly with the low competition in Buffalo.
32. Anthony Gonzalez (Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne) – The other Buckeye wideout should slide right into the slot role left vacant by the departure of Brandon Stokley. First, Troy Smith throwing to him. Now Peyton Manning? Good deal for Gonzalez.
2nd round: Dwayne Jarrett (Steve Smith, Keyshawn Johnson) – Jarrett gets united with fellow SC alum Johnson but otherwise will wait and develop before he starts receiving passes from Jake Delhomme.
2nd round: Ryan Kalil – The third Trojan selected in the 2nd round has been mentioned as possibly emerging as one of the best centers in the league.
2nd round: Steve Smith (Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer) – Smith can look to develop with the young Eli Manning.
3rd round: Garrett Wolfe (Cedric Benson) – The 5’7″, 186 lb. back averaged a leading 158.3 yards/game at Northern Illinois and could possibly take a few carries from Ced each game.
4th round: Antonio Pittman (Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush) – The OSU running back finds himself in a crowded backfield that saw Bush have a successful rookie year that he’s going to build on.
5th round: Steve Breaston (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Bryant Johnson) – The Michigan wideout finds himself trapped with playing time with some standout wide receivers on his team.