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Saluting the 2007 all-rookie team

Gil Brandt By Gil Brandt | NFL.com

Before we get into my all-rookie team for the 2007 season, here are some recent trends regarding playoff teams. The following stats are from playoff games from the 2000-2006 seasons:

> Home teams have a record of 48-22 (23-12 in the AFC; 25-10 in the NFC).

> The top two seeds in the NFC are 11-3 in the divisional round, after their playoff bye; the AFC's top two seeds are 9-5 in the divisional round after their bye.

> Since 2000, here are the combined playoff records for each of the seeds:

No. 1 seed: 18-7

No. 2 seed: 14-12

No. 3 seed: 16-12

No. 4 seed: 12-13

No. 5 seed: 5-14

No. 6 seed: 6-13

All-rookie team

QUARTERBACK

Trent Edwards, Buffalo

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 231

Drafted: Third round

Note: Started nine games for the Bills and won five. Completed 151 of 269 passes (56.1 percent) for 1,630 yards and 7 TDs for a passer rating of 70.4.

HALFBACKS

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 217

Drafted: First round

Note: Rushed for 1,431 yards and 12 TDs, adding another 268 yards and a TD on 19 receptions.

Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 215

Drafted: First round

Note: Rushed for 1,115 yards and 7 TDs, adding another 184 yards on 18 receptions -- and he threw a touchdown pass on a halfback option as well.

FULLBACK

Brian Leonard, St. Louis

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 226

Drafted: Second round

Note: Had 486 yards from scrimmage (303 rushing, 183 receiving).

WIDE RECEIVERS

Calvin Johnson, Detroit

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 239

Drafted: First round

Note: Caught 48 passes for 756 yards and four touchdowns.

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 221

Drafted: First round

Note: Set a Chiefs rookie record with 70 receptions and led all 2007 rookies in receptions, yards (995) and TD catches (5).

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Joe Thomas, Cleveland

Ht: 6-6

Wt: 311

Drafted: First round

Note: Gave up just one sack all year; first alternate for the Pro Bowl.

Tony Ugoh, Indianapolis

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 301

Drafted: Second round

Note: Made 11 starts protecting Peyton Manning's blind side.

OFFENSIVE GUARDS

Justin Blalock, Atlanta

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 329

Drafted: Second round

Note: Started 14 games for the Falcons.

Arron Sears, Tampa Bay

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 319

Drafted: Second round

Note: Started all 16 games for the Bucs.

CENTER

Samson Satele, Miami

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 310

Drafted: Second round

Note: Started all 16 games for the Dolphins.

TIGHT END

Greg Olsen, Chicago

Ht: 6-6

Wt: 254

Drafted: First round

Note: Caught 59 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns.

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE ENDS

Gaines Adams, Tampa Bay

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 258

Drafted: First round

Note: Led all rookies this season with 6 sacks.

Brian Robison, Minnesota

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 260

Drafted: Fourth round

Note: Had 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Amobi Okoye, Houston

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 302

Drafted: First round

Note: Led all rookie defensive tackles this season with 5.5 sacks.

Ed Johnson, Indianapolis

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 296

Drafted: Undrafted free agent

Note: Started all 16 games; finished with 41 tackles and one sack.

LINEBACKERS

Patrick Willis, San Francisco

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 242

Drafted: First round

Note: Selected to the Pro Bowl; led the entire NFL -- not just rookies -- with 174 tackles, adding 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Jon Beason, Carolina

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 237

Drafted: First round

Note: Led Panthers with 140 tackles; also had one INT.

David Harris, N.Y. Jets

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 243

Drafted: Second round

Note: Led Jets in tackles with 127, and was second on team with 5 sacks.

CORNERBACKS

Leon Hall, Cincinnati

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 199

Drafted: First round

Note: Led the Bengals and tied for rookie lead with 5 INTs.

Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 204

Drafted: First round

Note: Had 87 tackles and 3 INTs.

SAFETIES

Reggie Nelson, Jackonsville

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 198

Drafted: First round

Note: Led the Jaguars and tied for rookie lead with 5 INTs.

LaRon Landry, Washington

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 213

Drafted: First round

Note: Had 95 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PUNTER

Daniel Sepulveda, Pittsburgh

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 230

Drafted: Fourth round

Note: Had a 42.4-yard average per punt and added a pass completion on a fake punt.

PLACEKICKER

Nick Folk, Dallas

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 225

Drafted: Sixth round

Note: Selected to the Pro Bowl; made 26 of 31 field-goal attempts and all 53 extra point attempts.

RETURN SPECIALIST

Yamon Figurs, Baltimore

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 175

Drafted: Third round

Note: Figurs averaged 24.7 yards per kick return with one TD and 10.7 yards per punt return with a TD that was as well.

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fideltom (12/31/2007)
easily the best olinemen on our team had his ups and downs but i think he deserves it, hope he improves again next season

I agree...him and Tyson Clabo.......Clabo have been a pro-bowler type lineman for us....did you see how he played PK.......Justin Blaclock and Tyson Clabo is the start of our new O-Line

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fideltom (12/31/2007)
easily the best olinemen on our team had his ups and downs but i think he deserves it, hope he improves again next season

yes, am glad to see his efforts were recognized!!! but get his A@@ in the weight room and coach him up!!! i wanna see him as the ROADGRADER he should be, imo:cool:

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atljbo (12/31/2007)
We can get these guys in the second round....this would make our Offensive Line

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6'8 350lbs LT Phil Loadholt:

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6'5 33lbs G Duke Robinson:

Honestly I was against taking 2 offensive lineman in the 2nd round as we have way too many needs and our situation isn't AS bad as some make it out to be, even though it is pretty bad. However, if we could make out with both of them in the 2nd I'd be all for it. I doubt both of them are there though, I believe they are both late 1st - early 2nd round talent.

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Honestly I was against taking 2 offensive lineman in the 2nd round as we have way too many needs and our situation isn't AS bad as some make it out to be, even though it is pretty bad. However, if we could make out with both of them in the 2nd I'd be all for it. I doubt both of them are there though, I believe they are both late 1st - early 2nd round talent.

They will be there in the second.....Duke Robinson is just like Justin Blalock....teams dont draft guards the first round now plus Phil Loadholt will be there in the second round.....with guys like Jake Long, Ryan Clady, Sam Baker, Jeff Otah, Gosder Cherilus, Michael Oher coming out......So yea Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt will be there...Look at this line

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LT:6'8 350lbs Phil Loadholt

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LG:6'4 330lbs Justin Blalock

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C:6'2 295lbs Todd McClure

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RG:6'5 33lbs Duke Robinson

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RT: 6'6 320lbs Tyson Clabo

with that....we would still have our 1st rouder and two 3rd rounders still on the first day and we just set our Offensive Line

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atljbo (12/31/2007)
but yoo...that line would look great for us......we will see what happens tho

Agreed, I was actually very surprised on how well Clabo played. He may have saved us from wasting precious cap space on a RT like Starks or a draft pick on a RT. And that line that you set up would be AMAZING. Then all we'd really need is a beastly center but I'd like to see how Datish pans out before we draft/sign one.

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Agreed, I was actually very surprised on how well Clabo played. He may have saved us from wasting precious cap space on a RT like Starks or a draft pick on a RT. And that line that you set up would be AMAZING. Then all we'd really need is a beastly center but I'd like to see how Datish pans out before we draft/sign one.

I know..that line will be Amazing........I would want to keep Todd McClure because he is a great leader(to the young line),player and is almost playing for free with his type of talent.(, 2008: $1.3 million, 2009: $1.4 million, 2010: $1.6 million, 2011: $1.7 million)...while we get 2-3 years out of him...Datish or a young guy can sit and learn how to be the leader of the line and dont forget we have Renardo Foster who will be a great backup Tackle...

2 more things

1.Think about Mcfadden or norwood running behind that line

2.Think about if we did thr trade with dallas to get the 22nd and 30th pick

23rd pick:QB Andre Woodson

30th pick:RB Rashard Mendenhall

Behind

LT Phil Loadholt:

LG:Justin Blalock

C:Todd McClure

RG:Duke Robinson

RT:Tyson Clabo

That Offense would be set for years.....and will be way cheaper on our cap...with this Offense...we could go after guys like DT Albert Haynesworth or LB Karlos Dansby

This offseason have me so amp....we can make our team for years to come

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I get what you're saying about McClure because the center is the leader for the oline and he does make some pretty good calls. But I'd like a big mauler in the middle like Matt Birk or Andre Gurode because running up the middle is where we have the least success. And in which order do you think we would able to take Duke Robinson and Loadholt? We may even need to trade up a little in the 2nd to grab one of them IMO. I think we'd probably have to take Robinson 1st and see who is still available and what teams might be interested in Phil.

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Yea...Duke Robinson is the guy that we will have to get first.....to me he is a better prospect then justin blalock to me.....dude is a true MAULER...and i dont think we will have to trade up to get Phil Loadholt....I agree with you tho....if you want a guy like that.....look for this guy....he plays for Miami

Andrew Bain:Dude is a Beast in the run game

6'3 335LBS

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atljbo (1/1/2008)
Yea...Duke Robinson is the guy that we will have to get first.....to me he is a better prospect then justin blalock to me.....dude is a true MAULER...and i dont think we will have to trade up to get Phil Loadholt....I agree with you tho....if you want a guy like that.....look for this guy....he plays for Miami

Andrew Bain:Dude is a Beast in the run game

6'3 335LBS

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He can be had in the 5th or 6 round

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atljbo (1/1/2008)
atljbo (1/1/2008)
Yea...Duke Robinson is the guy that we will have to get first.....to me he is a better prospect then justin blalock to me.....dude is a true MAULER...and i dont think we will have to trade up to get Phil Loadholt....I agree with you tho....if you want a guy like that.....look for this guy....he plays for Miami

Andrew Bain:Dude is a Beast in the run game

6'3 335LBS

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He can be had in the 5th or 6 round

Yea, he is HUGE. Can he play center? :w00t:

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