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Thomas OT Wisconsin Badgers

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Original 1st Pick: JaMarcus Russell, QB LSU

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 3rd overall by the Cleveland Browns.

According to ProFootballFocus.com, Joe Thomas is currently the best offensive tackle in the NFL. 

In three seasons, he's been a Pro Bowl selection all three years. 

He was a Second Team All Pro in 2008, and a First Team All Pro in 2009, when he allowed an NFL-best 4 sacks.

Joe Thomas is a stud, and it has only taken him 3 seasons to be considered among the best in the game.

#2 Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Sooners

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Original #2 Pick: Calvin Johnson, WR Georgia Tech Yellowjackets

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 7th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings

It takes a special player to bypass the good big time position players (OT, CB, DE/DT, QB), and Adrian Peterson is that. 

He was the offensive rookie of the year in 2007 and is the only offensive member of this class to be selected to the All Pro team in each of his three years, including first Team in 2008 and 2009.

During his brief stint in the league thus far, Peterson has finished 2nd, 1st, and 5th in the NFL in rushing yards, and averages 4.9 yards per carry for his career.

#3 Darrelle Revis CB Pittsburgh Panthers

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Original #3 Pick: Joe Thomas, OT Wisconsin

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 14th overall by the New York Jets

Darrelle Revis has emerged as the premier shutdown corner in the NFL. 

He's fast, athletic, can shadow a receiver better than any other, and has excellent ball skills to boot.

Many believe that he was most deserving of the NFL Defensive MVP in 2009, when he finished 2nd to Charles Woodson.

Not that he was too overlooked, as he did finish as the AFC Defensive MVP.

He's been selected to two Pro Bowls and was First Team All Pro in 2009.

#4 Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss Rebels

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Original #4 Pick: Gaines Adams, DE Clemson

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 11th overall by the San Fransisco 49ers

Talk about a stud linebacker.

Patrick Willis has gone to the Pro Bowl all three years and has been selected First Team All Pro in 2007 and 2009 and to the Second team in 2008.

He's an athletic phenom, runs a sub 4.4 40, and is in a perfect situation being mentored by 49ers' head coach and Hall-of-Fame inside linebacker, Mike Singletary.

As a rookie, he led the NFL in tackles, with 174, earning him other honors, like the 2007 NFL Alumni Linebacker of the Year, which is voted on by former NFL players.

Willis is the undisputed leader of the 49ers' defense, and in his three NFL seasons, he's finished 1st, 2nd, and 1st in total tackles.

He's only been around for three seasons and is already arguably the best inside linebacker in the NFL.

#5 LaMarr Woodley DE/OLB Michigan Wolverines

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Original #5 Pick: Levi Brown, OT Penn State

Originally Picked: 2nd Round, 46th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers

"Guns don't kill people, LaMarr Woodley kills people" was a popular quote from this Michigan fan web login 2006, Woodley's senior season at Michigan.

It couldn't have been more accurate. 

Woodley has been the best pass rusher out of this class by far and was certainly the first true steal out of this draft.

He has 29 career sacks, 25 of which have come during the past two seasons.

He was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl and was Second Team All Pro in 2009 as well.

During the postseason, Woodley has only gotten better.

He currently holds the record as the only player in NFL history to record multiple sacks in three consecutive playoff games, helping lead the Steelers defense to the 2008 Super Bowl victory.

#6 Leon Hall CB Michigan Wolverines

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Original Pick #6: LaRon Landry S LSU

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 18th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals

Leon Hall is widely considered to be one of the best corners in the game today. 

He doesn't break on the ball as fast as Charles Woodson, nor does he play the run as physically. 

He doesn't shade receivers as well as Revis, nor is he as fast, but he possesses excellent ball skills and good tackling technique. 

He was selected to the USA Today All-Joe Team for his 2009 prowess, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King declared the Bengals' corners, "the best cornerback tandem in the NFL."

#7 Jon Beason LB Miami(FL) Hurricanes

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Original #7 Pick: Adrian Peterson, RB Oklahoma

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 25th pick overall by the Carolina Panthers

Unlike Patrick Willis, Jon Beason isn't going to "wow" anyone with other worldly athleticism.

He just has a nose for the football, and gets the job done.

He made the the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2009, and he was selected as a First Team All Pro in 2008 and a Second Team All Pro in 2009.

He finished his rookie season with 140 tackles, second behind Patrick Willis for rookies, and maintained that consistency with 138 and 141 tackles in '08 and '09 respectively.

#8 David Harris LB Michigan Wolverines

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Original #8 Pick: Jamaal Anderson, DE Arkansas

Originally Picked: 2nd Round, 47th overall by the New York Jets

Like Jon Beason, David Harris has amazing instincts and helps make this draft one of the best drafts for inside linebackers in recent history.

Considered by many to be the leader of the Jets' defense, in 2009 he was the leading tackler on the No. 1 defense in the NFL, totaling 127.

You knew he was going to be good after watching his first two performances.

He didn't play right away but "hit the ground running" so to speak with 17 tackles in his first start and 24 tackles the following week. 

In only 9 starts, Harris totaled 127 tackles his rookie season.

He is regarded as one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL, and was honored with a Second All Pro Team selection for his performance in 2009.

He hasn't played in any Pro Bowls, but he will.

Harris is a special player and could end up being the best linebacker from this class.

#9 Joe Staley OT Central Michigan Chippewas

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Original #9 Pick: Ted Ginn Jr, WR Ohio State Buckeyes

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 24th overall pick by the San Fransisco 49ers

In what turned out to be an exceedingly successful draft for the 49ers, Joe Staley has been their most productive offensive linemen.

A freakish athlete in his own right, Staley could become a perennial Pro Bowler if he is able stay healthy.

Staley is helping solidify a once horrendous offensive line, and in 41 starts in 3 seasons, he has only allowed 19.5 sacks and only 3 sacks in 9 starts in 2009 (to put that in perspective, First Team All Pro OT Ryan Clady allowed 8 sacks last season).

To demonstrate how freakish of an athlete Staley really is, at 6'5, 315lbs, he runs a 4.70 40 and ran a 21.9 second 200m dash in high school.

Photo taken from www.49ers.com

#10 Levi Brown OT Penn State Nittany Lions

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Original #10 Pick: Amobe Okoye, DT Louisville

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 5th overall by the Arizona Cardinals

Levi Brown is the first player thus far who was over drafted. 

He wasn't a bad selection.

He's a solid, productive offensive tackle worthy of a top 10 pick.

He's started 27 games in his career, played in 29, and he's the most dependable offensive linemen at the most important position on the Cardinals' offensive line.

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2 minutes ago, RubberDucky said:

No Calvin?

11 Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Original #11 Pick: Patrick Willis, LB Ole Miss

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 2nd overall by the Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson hasn't done much to prove he should have gone this high, but it's not completely his fault, and his undeniable athleticism keeps him in the first half of the first round.

He's spent time being double and triple teamed, on a horrendous team with a bad offensive line, with no viable second option, a weak running game, and questionable quarterback play AT BEST.

He might be the most athletic player in the NFL, but he has been injury-prone, so this season should be more telling of what kind of a player he'll be.

He'll play with a decent quarterback, who has a decent offensive line, and there are currently some other viable options on offense to detract some of the attention he's seen.

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8 minutes ago, Sui_Generis said:

 

I pick the following over Calvin. 

Joe Thomas

Patrick Willis

Adrian Peterson 

11th is way too **** low. 4th pick at the lowest. 

I’d grant you Thomas...AP and Revis you could make an argument for, but Calvin still better player than either IMO

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Calvin Johnson is a top 5 player in that class - no doubt about it. I'd also have Darrelle Revis above AP - maybe even #1 over Thomas. I very much doubt we will ever see another Revis again - his ability to shut down half of the field was invaluable.

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12 hours ago, Falconsin2012 said:

11 Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Original #11 Pick: Patrick Willis, LB Ole Miss

Originally Picked: 1st Round, 2nd overall by the Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson hasn't done much to prove he should have gone this high, but it's not completely his fault, and his undeniable athleticism keeps him in the first half of the first round.

He's spent time being double and triple teamed, on a horrendous team with a bad offensive line, with no viable second option, a weak running game, and questionable quarterback play AT BEST.

He might be the most athletic player in the NFL, but he has been injury-prone, so this season should be more telling of what kind of a player he'll be.

He'll play with a decent quarterback, who has a decent offensive line, and there are currently some other viable options on offense to detract some of the attention he's seen.

Reggie ball was not good to say the least. 

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In the broader context, this was a crazy loaded draft I don't think many acknowledge how good it was. 5 of the first 14 picks are slam dunk sure fire Hall of Famers and the #12 pick Marshawn Lynch has a decent shot. There were a lot of good 2nd and 3rd rounders with #37 pick Eric Weddle having a shot, #59 Ryan Kalil making a lot of Pro Bowls, #83 Charles Johnson having a long career, and #86 Marshal Yanda likely going to the Hall. 

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