Buffalo Bills Draft Review – 2007 Class
I have decided to counter all of this 24 hours after the fact draft grading with what seems to me a more legitimate draft grade. I will be looking at the Bills draft of 2007 and 2008 in the next few days. I figure that at least two years of watching the players are needed to get enough information to assign a legitimate grade. I am choosing the Bills for obvious reasons. They are my team. I have watched almost every game, therefore I am not getting swayed by a small sample size.
I will be grading the 2007 drafted rookie class of the Bills on a typical college scale.
* A = Exceptional starter/Pro Bowl caliber
* B = Solid Starter/ exceptional backup
* C = Sometimes starter/contributor
* D = Not sure what they were thinking.
* F = Failsauce
1st Round, Pick 12 – Marshawn Lynch : It has been all love-hate with this guy. I loved his punishing style. I hate that he is a d**chebag. The hit and run concerned me. The gun and drug charges made me worry. His last issue, attempting to steal $20 from a restaurant patron ( allegedly) left me nauseous. The guy can play, but I don’t want to root for him.
Grade: B- as a player, D as a person. Grow up Marshawn, just do it elsewhere.
2nd Round, Pick 34 - Paul Posluszny : I want to love this guy. As I stated in the 2006 class review he did not fit the scheme that he was drafted to. Paul can not cover. He is a point of attack player. I am hoping the 3-4 will allow for him to fulfill the high expectations I had for him when he was drafted.
One great thing I loved about him is that he never quit trying to get better even though the scheme was not for him. On the minus side he needs to stop getting hurt.
3rd Round, Pick 92 – Trent Edwards : I loved his potential up until the point that he did not read the Adrian Wilson blitz in 2008 and was almost decapitated. I thought he was a contender. Instead he stands in a sad line with all the failed Jim Kelly heirs of the past 13 years. I cannot believe it has been that long since we have had a consistently great QB. Shut the F*ck up Flutie Fan.
Since he was planted in the turf in Zona he has lost all the things that I thought would make him a viable NFL QB. Gone is the composure, and calm. In its place is a bizarre combination of the worst traits of JP Losman and Rob Johnson. The guy is broken. When Dick Jauron gives up on you, then you are in trouble. When Ryan Fitzpatrick gives you a better chance to win in an interim coach’s mind, you are double dog done.
Trent, I wish you the best. Now go away.
Grade: (pre-Wilson hit) B- (After Wilson Hit) D
So far this draft is not passing the three-year sniff test.
4th Round, Pick 111 : Dwayne Wright – They could have had Le’Ron McClain with this pick if they wanted a running back. How long has it been since they had a legit fullback?
6th Round, Pick 184 : John Wendling – He was a decent special teams player for 3 years. That is worth something. The fact that he is most renowned for jumping high says something as well.
7th Round, Pick 222 : Derek Schouman – I really like this guy. I don’t see him as a number one Tight End, but I love two Tight End sets. He seems to have knack for finding spots in zones. The Bills offense suffered after he got hurt last year. Yes, that is how bad Trent Edwards and the offense was; losing Derek Schouman did them in.
7th Round, Pick 239 : CJ Ah You – Gesundheit
Overall Grade for Bills 2007 draft: C- Too many misses in the top 4 rounds did this class in. When a 7th rounder saves your grade from a D you have to do a better job. 2nd year in a row where low character guys were picked high. Marv? Are you sure you didn’t sleep through your stint as GM?