The 2007 NFL draft is notorious for several aspects. It was the longest first round ever, lasting just over six hours. The first overall pick, JaMarcus Russell, is probably the worst draft pick in the league’s history. And there’s not a significant quarterback from the first round (or any round, for that matter).
After Russell, the selections of Calvin Johnson and Joe Thomas gave the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns franchise players to build their offense around. The immediate ensuing picks were less-than-spectacular, notably the late Gaines Adams, Jamaal Anderson and Aombi Okoye.
An impressive seven players signed long-term deals with their team before the expiration of their rookie contract. That’s evidence that there was talent to be found in the draft. After all, a full five players graded as an A+ and could easily be the best of their class. Then again, seven more players graded as an F and 13 rated as a D or worse.
It was essentially a hit-or-miss draft, as only two players graded between a D+ and B-. A full 26 were either worse than a D or better than an A-.