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NFL 2007 Mock Draft

SI’s Don Banks does the magazine’s second NFL mock draft. Even he acknowledges that it’s a little silly with the combine not yet over and the free agency period not yet begun but, hey, it’s a long offseason.

The big variable is Brady Quinn, who not long ago was considered THE GUY in this draft. Remember all the talk about the “Brady Quinn Derby?”

It’s still way early, but playing the role of Aaron Rodgers in this year’s draft could be none other than Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, whose volatility factor is starting to remind me a little of the sliding Cal quarterback of two years ago.

Rodgers was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick for most of the 2005 pre-draft buildup, but tumbled to No. 24 Green Bay — where he’s still waiting for his turn under center behind a certain veteran who continues to stave off retirement.

While we’re not forecasting quite such a precipitous drop for Quinn, he’s shaping up as the wild card in the first round’s top half, where he could still go anywhere from first overall (Oakland) to 14th, where Carolina resides. I have a hard time buying that teams such as No. 2 Detroit, No. 3 Cleveland, No. 7 Minnesota and No. 8 Houston should pass on Quinn, but if they do, look for No. 9 Miami to catch the falling star and put him in their pocket next season.

The problem with the QB position is that teams are reluctant to pull the trigger because it can take four or five years to find out if they found the right guy; that’s a far steeper learning curve than any other position.

The SI team’s consensus:

    1. RAIDERS QB JaMarcus Russell LSU Jr. 6-6 260
    2 LIONS OT Joe Thomas Wisconsin Sr. 6-8 315
    3 BROWNS RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Jr. 6-2 220
    4 BUCS WR Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Jr. 6-5 235
    5 CARDINALS DE Gaines Adams Clemson Sr. 6-5 260
    6 REDSKINS DE Jamaal Anderson Arkansas Jr. 6-6 280
    7 VIKINGS WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Ohio State Jr. 6-0 180
    8 TEXANS DT Alan Branch Michigan Jr. 6-6 330
    9 DOLPHINS QB Brady Quinn Notre Dame Sr. 6-4 228
    10 FALCONS WR Dwayne Jarrett USC Jr. 6-5 210
    11 49ERS DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
    12 BILLS CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
    13 RAMS DE Adam Carriker Nebraska Sr. 6-6 295
    14 PANTHERS S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
    15 STEELERS DE Jarvis Moss Florida Jr. 6-6 250
    16 PACKERS RB Marshawn Lynch California Jr. 5-11 216
    17 JAGUARS DE Charles Johnson Georgia Jr. 6-2 272
    18 BENGALS S LaRon Landry LSU Sr. 6-2 202
    19 TITANS WR Dwayne Bowe LSU Sr. 6-3 220
    20 GIANTS OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
    21 BRONCOS CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
    22 COWBOYS CB Dameyion Hughes California Sr. 6-2 188
    23 CHIEFS WR Sidney Rice South Carolina So. 6-4 202
    24 PATRIOTS LB Lawrence Timmons Florida State Jr. 6-3 230
    25 JETS TE Greg Olsen Miami Sr. 6-5 250
    26 EAGLES DE Anthony Spencer Purdue Sr. 6-3 266
    27 SAINTS CB Aaron Ross Texas Jr. 6-1 192
    28 PATRIOTS WR Robert Meachem Tennessee Jr. 6-3 210
    29 RAVENS LB Stewart Bradley Nebraska Sr. 6-4 256
    30 CHARGERS S Michael Griffin Texas Sr. 6-0 195
    31 BEARS TE Zach Miller Arizona State Jr. 6-5 259
    32 COLTS OLB Paul Posluszny Penn State Sr. 6-2 238

Analysis at the link.

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