Brandt: Looking at Class of 2007

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  1. Hostile

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    Class of 2007 already under the microscope [​IMG];event=draft;arena=nfl;feat=stories;type=psa;user=Anonymous;cust=no;vip=no;sz=150x30;tile=5;ord=27111143766872?
    [​IMG] By Gil Brandt Senior Analyst

    (March 29, 2006) -- We might be a month away from the 2006 NFL Draft, but my work on the 2007 draft already has begun.

    Here is how I prepare: The process begins over a year in advance as I gather a list in late January/early February of about 800 players who will be college seniors in the fall.

    I break down the players by position, then divide up the players into groups -- the top 60, the next 100, the possibly draftable and possible undrafted free agents.

    Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn is among the 800 college seniors on Gil Brandt's list.

    One thing that's very helpful is every school has what's called a spring prospectus, which seems to be getting bigger each year (Notre Dame's 2006 football prospectus is 108 pages). I rely on that, plus take in some of the Junior Pro Days. Then, sometime in the spring, I whittle the player list down to 700. (Think about that: Only 255 players will be drafted this year.)

    Before the start of fall practice and continuing through the college football season, I delete and add players on a weekly basis. They are deleted for a number of reasons, including lack of NFL ability, speed or size. Some are added if they all of a sudden have some measurables that might not show up until they are seniors. To make these assessments, I watch tapes, games and go on personal visits.

    As an example of how far in advance players can get on the radar, I noticed one player -- Sergio Kindle -- at Texas' Pro Day on March 23. Kindle graduated from high school a semester early so he could participate in spring practice with the Longhorns. In fact, he is one of four "grey shirts" (fall 2005 high school graduates) practicing with Texas this spring. Four years from now, if Kindle's progress continues, he will be on the list.

    Another player to catch my eye is Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, who also played high school football last fall and is part of a program that allowed him to graduate early and participate in spring practice.

    In January of the current draft year, I add underclassmen who have declared for the NFL draft and then start the process of elimination to get around to 600 players. In February before the NFL Scouting Combine, I start putting players in rounds where they could be drafted.

    In my first one, I had 42 slotted for the first round and 74 in over the next two. Eventually, I'll get it down to 34 in the first, 64 in Rounds 2-3, and 112 in Rounds 4-6.

    Once the Combine and Pro Days are over, I try to put the players in order by position using the position's dominant trait -- each has one. For example, the dominant characteristic for a successful linebacker is competitiveness. So, when you compare two somewhat equal linebackers, the one that has a very, very high competitive grade will be put ahead of the one with a lesser one. It becomes a never-ending shuffling of the cards.

    I also look at players who might have been a sixth- or seventh-rounder at one time and move them all the way up a low No. 2 or a high No. 3. Oklahoma center Chris Chester is an example. Before fall practice, he was not expected to be drafted on Day 1 (Rounds 1-3), but now he has moved all the way up.

    Here's what my chart for 2006 looks like right now, with the numbers of players from each position I am projecting to be drafted:

    Pos. Rnd 1 Rnd 2-3 Rnd 4-6
  2. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    If Henson doesn't play lights out the next few weeks I hope we trade down into the 2nd and get an extra 1st next year. Draft Bobby Carpenter (who amazingly drops to our pick :D) and Lutui (sp?) with our 2nds.

    Then use our two 1sts next year to move up and take Quinn. Let him sit behind DB for a year and unleash him in 08.

  3. MrPhil

    MrPhil Well-Known Member

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    Where do I sign up??? :star:
  4. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    all for that, except the Latui part

    Quinn will be one of the higher rated QB prospects to come out in years if he continues to develop under Weis like he did this past yr

  5. t.o.boys81

    t.o.boys81 New Member

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    Quinn with the Cowboys would be awesome!
  6. Rack Bauer

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    YEah I just kinda threw him in there. Really, if we got Carpenter in the 2nd round (and an extra first next year) I'd already be a happy camper.
  7. ndanger

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    How 'bout let's bring his coach with him.That's what I'm talkin' about!:cool:
  8. Rack Bauer

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    That would be like ... man, there isn't anything that good to compare it to.

    Or even better, Weis decides to come to Dallas as an OCoord for as long as BP is still the head coach, then takes over when BP finally retires. :D
  9. Displaced Cowboy

    Displaced Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    i'm very fearful that weis qb's will be like tedford qb's in the pros.
  10. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    The last QB Weis had direct contact with has turned out pretty good.

    Tom Brady anyone?
  11. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    I'm not...

  12. ghst187

    ghst187 Well-Known Member

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    draft 2007:
    QB Brady Quinn
    WR Dwayne Jarrett
    WR Calvin Johnson (likely)
    RB Adrian Peterson (likely)

    If we get another QB this year or Henson really looks like something...I want one of these WRs. But if no change in the QB status quo, Brady Quinn would be worth the #1 pick.
  13. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Based on what empirical evidence?
  14. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Henson will do enough to make us forget about a QB......OR at least that is what I am hoping.

    JIGGYFLY Well-Known Member

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    I am a little skeptical myself of Quinn he looked very shaky until Weiss got there, somewhat like Boller at Cal. I have not seen enough of Quin to form an opinion of him but to make the jump he did in 1 year you have to at least take into consideration the system he played in. The games I did see him play in, it seems as if he was throwing to a lot of wide open receivers and his physical tools did not jump out at me.

    Hey I'm not saying the kid is all a product of the system but after seeing how Harrington, Boller and Akili Smith have done in the NFL you have to be wary of these 1 year wonder QB's IMO.
  16. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    That is a most excellent plan
  17. JackMagist

    JackMagist The Great Communicator

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    Nice one Rack...but I think that is an almost universal pipedream for Cowboys fans :D
  18. JackMagist

    JackMagist The Great Communicator

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    If Quinn does well again this year he will be a 2 year wonder ;)

    Weiss is a Pro Style Coach and has dealt with real Pro QB's for a long time with great results. I have faith that when Quinn comes out he will be way more Pro ready than any of the Crash-n-Burner's that you named. He has the physical tools and if he has any brains at all Weiss will make a first class pro out of him; so far it looks like he does have the brains.
  19. fortdick

    fortdick Well-Known Member

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    This is the best idea yet!
  20. L-O-Jete

    L-O-Jete Well-Known Member

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    If Quinn is all that it will take a lot more than 2 late 1st rounders to get the 1st overall pick.

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