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2 defensive ends, which I consider our top need, and otherwise an almost entirely defensive draft, with developmental OL and QB at the end

Round 1


S Donte Whitner 5'10 209 4.40 Ohio State http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...ntewhitner.html

Versatile CB or S, excellent tackler, ball hawk, athletic, leader, top intangibles

Comment: I'd prefer a DL here, but don't like the ones likely available here enough. Kiwi is the favorite, but I am growing concerned about his bust potential.

r1 alternatives

DE Mathias Kiwanuka http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...askiwanuka.html

DB Jimmy Williams http://www.nflfans.com/x/2006/showplayer.p...immy%20Williams

LB Thomas Howard http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...omashoward.html

Round 2


TE Anthony Fasano 6'5 255 4.75 NotreDame http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...honyfasano.html

Complete 3 down TE, good hands/height, smart, top intangibles

Comment: I'd rather have him in r3, but he's *perfect* for Bengals needs - productive but not flashy - unselfish, hard working, and he seems to have moved up most charts of late

r2 alternatives

CB Richard Marshall http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...rdmarshall.html

S Jason Allen http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...jasonallen.html

LT Jonathan Scott http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...athanscott.html

Round 3


DE Eric Henderson 6'2 265 4.74 Ga Tech http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...chenderson.html

Top echelon pass rusher, athletic, smart, leader, high motor/production, top intangibles.

Comment: Durability is a HUGE concern, but the r1-type productivity at a need position cannot be overlooked.

r3 alternatives

DE Victor Adeyanju http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...oradeyanju.html

LB Terna Nande http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...ternanande.html

S Pat Watkins http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...patwatkins.html

Round 4


DT Barry Cofield 6'4 304 4.94 Nortwestrn http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...rrycofield.html

Athletic w/good speed/quicks, powerful, durable, experienced, DE or DT, smart, good intangibles

Note: Not sure why this guy isn't rated higher....he's an outstanding DT

r4 alternatives

DT John Jolly http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...ohnnyjolly.html

DE Chris Gocong http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...hrisgocong.html

RT Andrew Whitworth http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...wwhitworth.html

Round 5


CB Marcus Maxey 6'2 195 4.42 Miami Fl http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...arcusmaxey.html

Great size/speed/quicks/strength, top tackler, exc special teams play

Note: very underrated corner with good height

r5 alternatives

LB Jamar Williams http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...arwilliams.html

DB\WR\KR Will Blackmon http://www.nflfans.com/x/2006/showprospect...Will%20Blackmon

S Roman Harper http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...omanharper.html

Round 6


DE Jason Hatcher 6'6 285 4.75 Gramblng http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...sonhatcher.html

Greatsize/speed ratio, athletic, top motor and production

Note: on of the top small school sleepers at a position of definite need

OT Daryn Colledge http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...yncolledge.html

TE Cooper Wallace http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...perwallace.html

WR Devin Aromashadu http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...aromashodu.html

Round 7


QB Josh Betts 6'2 217 4.70 Miami OH http://www.nflfans.com/x/2006/showprospect...ey=Josh%20Betts

Good size, very intelligent, great arm strength and accuracy

Note: Enough similarities to Palmer to warrant this developmental pick in r7

OL Jeromey Clary 6'6 309 4.88 Kansas St http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...romeyclary.html

3 year starter, good speed/quicks, athletic, smart, versatile, top intangibles

Note: his smarts, versatility, size, and speed make for a very intriguing developmental pick

r7 alternatives

CB David Pittman http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...vidpittman.html

CB Ger McPhearson http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingr...mcphearson.html

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Anyone want to see us take a OLB to (potentially) replace B Simmons this year?

Or would you prefer to wait til next year?

That has been kicked around here more and more or maybe I'm just now noticing it, but you have to think this is a possibility. I love the thought of Pollack, Odell, and LJ, but depth sure wouldn't hurt the equation one bit...


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I'm waiting on the mouth of the South....

Buster Davis

Again, people will probably see my FSU bias, but I see at as being exposed to these ridiculous defensive talents so frequently

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One guy I am having a hard time ignoring is Manny Lawson.

Mainly, it's the combo of his size and speed plus his production


On the one hand, how exactly is it that all these great day 1 talents are all on the line at North Carolina State? (Williams, McCargo, and Lawson) HOw much of each player's productivity is due to the presence of one of the others?

On the other hand, if we didn't already have Pollack, Lawson would be my pick at 24....I'd like some opinions/info on whether Lawson has the frame to add weight....I know he is 6'5 and all that, but can he bulk up? He is a freak athletically....

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Buster Davis - Player Profile

Of all of the great defenders playing for Florida State in the Orange Bowl this year, Joe Paterno gameplanned to avoid one of them - Not Ernie Sims, not Kamerion Wimbley, not Brodrick Bunkley, and not Pat Watkins - Paterno planned to avoid Buster Davis. I think that says a lot. The man is a friggin' machine.

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im a big acc fan, so i got to see those freakish dline for ncstate. manny lawson is quicker than williams. williams has more speed and is no doubt the top de. lawson if used for pure pass rushing abilities like freeney could get a lot of sacks. see i was hoping we would have signed robert mathis this year. if we signed him im not sure how restricted free agents work, but i think we would have lost our 3rd rounder to the colts for him. i think him being an elite pass rusher is what we need. with justin smith getting near 75 tackles a season and shaun smith and sam adams in the middle now i think we can go after a pure pass rusher. i think we need a guy like mathis or lawson to provide a pass rush. i think we have solid dbacks if they are healthy. lawson had i think 7 sacks this year and was used a just a pass rusher and he has 6 blocks on special teams. you cant ignore that quickness.

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I am not a fan of Manny Lawson. I don't want another tweener at DE who might have to change to LB. We already have Pollack, and I don't think Lawson is as good. I think his college production was a direct result of pure superior talent over his opposition, but that won't work in the NFL.

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