17. Dallas: Tashard Choice…With the possible holdout of Marion Barber, the Cowboys where wise to grab not only Felix Jones but a bruiser back like Choice who gives them a nice insurance policy should Barber get injured.
18. NY Giants: Andre Woodson…Great pickup by the Giants as they can work on his flaws and develop him into a quality #2 QB. Look for him to eventually get shopped like the Packers did all those years behind Favre.
19. Philadelphia: Jake Ikegwuonu….Likely will miss the whole season but if fully recovered you are looking at second talent and the eventual replacement to Sheldon Brown.
20. Washington: Durant Brooks....The top punter by many and finally someone to secure that spot and give the Redskins a bonus on special teams.
21. Chicago: Earl Bennett….Solid dependable receiver who should be a day 1 starter. A perfect #2 on any team.
22. Detroit: Cliff Avril….The hybrid player who should only get better with NFL coaching. Avril will a great addition to the improving defense.
23. Green Bay: Brian Brohm…The most game ready QB coming out this season. Lack of superior arm strength may hurt a little in GB but by 2009 should push hard for the starting spot. Aaron Rodgers has little room to slip up.
24. Minnesota: John Sullivan…Outstanding value pick. Should replace Matt Birk by 2009 and start for the Vikes for the next 10-12 years.
25. Atlanta: Harry Douglas…A perfect slot receiver for Matt Ryan. Should become a favorite target for the young QB.
26. Carolina: Dan Connor…Another great value pick that teaming with Beason gives the Panthers two young, hungry linebackers to lead their defense for the next dozen years.
27. New Orleans: Adrian Arrington…This late in the draft was a great steal. With some questions at WR and besides Colston no one really stepping forward Arrington has a chance to grow into a #2 or #3 receiver by 2009.
28. Tampa Bay: Dre Moore…Bucs need weight on the DL (see Brandon Jacobs weighing more than all defensive linemen). Moore is a solid worker who should grow with NFL coaching.
29. Arizona: Calais Campbell….Has the God-given ability to be a true disruptive force in the NFL. Got stuck on mediocre Miami teams but with just a little tweaking he’ll be a taller version of Julius Peppers (before he stunk).
30. St. Louis: Roy Schuening….The Rams need offensive linemen and more offensive linemen and Roy is a battled test player who should contend for a starting role this season.
31. San Francisco: Reggie Smith…This was a smart pick of a solid player. Great teams aren’t just built on superstars but guys that can excel and be team players. Smith is going to be a great addition to the Bay Area.
32. Seattle: Red Bryant….Perfect run stopping clog with an appreciation of Seahawk tradition (his Father-in-law is former Seahawks great Jacob Green). Should be a starter no later than 2009.
Some other interesting signings of players that will likely find a roster spot in the NFL (it might not necessarily be with the initial team that signed them) but they’ll be playing on Sundays this year somewhere in the NFL (active roster or practice squad):
Dolphins WR Davone Bess (Hawaii), Eagles FB Jed Collins (Washington State), Bears QB Caleb Hanie (Colorado State),Bills DT Teraz McCray (Miami, FL), Vikings S Husain Abdullah (Washington State), Vikings S Marcus Griffin (Texas), Vikings LB Erin Henderson (Maryland),Vikings Jeremy "J" Leman (Illinois),Vikings T Drew Radovich (USC),Saints DE Jeremy Geathers (UNLV), Saints WR Evan Moore (Stanford),Jaguars QB Paul Smith (Tulsa), Jaguars CB Michael Grant (Arkansas), Jaguars OL Drew Miller (Florida), Falcons CB Glenn Sharpe (Miami, FL), Falcons S D.J. Wolfe (Oklahoma),Cardinals T Thaddeus Coleman (Mississippi Valley State),Cardinals LB Ali Highsmith (LSU),Jets DE Bryan Mattison (Iowa), Bengals DB Simeon Castille (Alabama), Bengals OL Justin Britt (Alabama),Browns RB Austin Scott (Penn State), Browns K Jason Reda (Illinois),Browns WR Lance Leggett (Miami, FL)
Browns RB Tony Temple (Missouri),Browns CB Darnell Terrell (Missouri),Browns DE Chase Ortiz (TCU), Browns OL Eric Young (Tennessee),49ers TE Joe Jon Finley (Oklahoma),49ers LB Ezra Butler (University of Nevada),49ers S D.J. Parker (Virginia Tech), Buccaneers DB Jonathan Hefney (Tennessee), Broncos RB Anthony Alridge (Houston),Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard (Kentucky), Seahawks S Jamar Adams (Michigan), Cowboys WR Danny Amendola (Texas Tech), Cowboys DT Marcus Dixon (Hampton), Cowboys DE Darrell Robertson (Georgia Tech),Redskins OL Devin Clark (New Mexico),Redskins S Kevin Mitchell (Illinois), Redskins S Justin Scott (Purdue),Packers RB Kregg Lumpkin (Georgia), Packers WR Taj Smith (Syracuse),Packers TE Joey Haynos (Maryland), Texans LB Ben Moffitt (USF), Titans WR Jason Rivers (Hawaii) Titans S Tony Joiner (Florida), Titans RB Rafael Little (Kentucky), Titans OL Fernando Velasco (Georgia), Titans DT Barry Booker (Virginia Tech), Colts DT Eric Foster (Rutgers), Colts DB Jamie Silva (Boston College), Chiefs QB Ricky Santos (New Hampshire), Chiefs WR Luke Swan (Wisconsin), Chiefs FB Mike Cox (Georgia Tech), Chiefs DL Johnny Dingle (West Virginia), Chiefs WR Sean Bailey (Georgia), Patriots DT Chris Norwell (Illinois), Giants DE Wallace Gilberry (Alabama), Giants OL Andrew Bain (Miami, FL), Giants WR DJ Hall (Alabama), Ravens G Adam Kraus (Michigan), Chargers G Andrew Crummey (Maryland),Steelers WR Micah Rucker (Eastern Illinois), Steelers LB Donovan Woods (Oklahoma State), Rams LB Vince Hall (Virginia Tech), Raiders TE Darrell Strong (Pittsburgh), Lions S Bobbie Williams (Bethune-Cookman)
Well, there you have it my final thoughts on the 2008 NFL Draft. While there aren’t any games being played there is a lot of stuff to still talk about so drop me a line and check back often.