With the passing of the 2014 NFL Combine, I thought it was appropriate to post an article on the draft. Not the upcoming one but the 2 strongest classes if you ask me. Perhaps the most remembered thing about the 2007 NFL Draft was Al Davis using a #1 pick on the biggest bust in NFL Draft history, Jamarcus Russell out of LSU. If only the poor Raiders knew how deep the draft truly was they could have drafted someone who could have been a game changer.
Let's review some 1st round picks in the 2007 Draft, shall we? Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, Lawrence Timmons, Leon Hall, Joe Staley, Ben Grubbs. This is just some of the 1st rounders and they are arguably some of the best at their positions. Leon Hall and Lawrence Timmons are probably 2 of the most underrated players in the entire league and have been snubbed of many pro bowls, however their teammates and coaches can see why they were 1st round picks. Some other notable 1st rounders were LaRon Landry, Michael Griffin, D'Wayne Bowe, Brandon Meriwether, Jon Beason & Anthony Spencer. Now lets see all of the notable players who were all drafted after day 1. Paul Posluszny, Zach Miller, Eric Weddle, Sidney Rice, LaMarr Woodley, Ryan Kalil, James Jones, Marshal Yanda, Paul Soliai, Dashon Goldson, Brent Celek and what the heck I'll even toss Willie Gay's name in there. He turned out to be a pretty solid nickel back. All of these guys listed are either former Pro Bowlers or play huge roles for their team and are still in their prime. Looking back at previous drafts I'd have to say 2007 has some very good players and this indeed was a very deep draft.
Let's take a look at 2010. Ndamakong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Eric Berry, Russell Okung, Joe Haden, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews (Kinda) Earl Thomas, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncey, Jermaine Gresham, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Devin McCourty. These guys were all first rounders and every listed person has at least made 1 pro bowl and they are some of the best at their positions as well. Very strong 1st day. Now here are all of the 2nd-3rd day picks Dexter McCluster, T.J. Ward, Rob Gronkowski, Zane Beadles, Daryl Washington, Jason Worilds (who is about to become a rich man) Carlos Dunlap, Sean Lee, NaVorro Bowman (how he fell this far, I'm not sure) Eric Decker, Jimmy Graham, Alterraun Verner, Aaron Hernandez, Geno Atkins, Kam Chancellor, Greg Hardy, Riley Cooper (i guess) Antonio Brown, Stevie Brown (he was tied for 2nd in the NFL in Ints in 2012 before tearing his ACL this year) Very deep class and especially all the 2nd and 3rd day picks. How were Navorro Bowman, Jimmy Graham, Geno Atkins, Kam Chancellor, Greg Hardy and Antonio Brown still on the board in a tleast the 3rd round or later. Navorro Bowman may be the best ILB in the game today. Seattle got their safeties for the next decade in this draft and already has one of them locked up long term. This draft class was VERY deep and it was the second and third day picks that make it like this.
I will leave it up to you guys. Which class was stronger and why? Did I miss any players from any class you feel should be on here?