Sounds far-fetched to me but here goes:

Brady hunch: Quinn won't be No. 1 pick if Brohm goes pro


Pete Prisco Dec. 28, 2006
By Pete Prisco
CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
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We're in the thick of bowl season, college all-star games are right around the corner and some NFL teams will end their seasons this weekend.

You know what that means?

It's time for our first look ahead to the 2007 NFL Draft.

Don't worry about Brady Quinn. He'll be among the early picks, no matter what. (US PRESSWIRE)
Don't worry about Brady Quinn. He'll be among the early picks, no matter what. (US PRESSWIRE)
Here's the skinny: If the high-profile juniors forgo their senior seasons, it will be a heck of a draft.

What follows here is the first of my top-32 lists, and it is junior heavy. Of the top 10, six aren't seniors, including the top three.

The top player on the board is Louisville's Brian Brohm. If he jumps to the NFL, he would be ahead of Notre Dame senior Brady Quinn in the race to be the top quarterback -- and probably the top pick.

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is another passer who should go high if he decides to enter the draft.

Some of the juniors on my board have already said they're going back to school. But until that's official -- a lot of players change their minds after the bowl games -- I will include them here. Rose Bowl tackles Jake Long of Michigan and Sam Baker of USC are two such players.

This list will be updated before the combine in late February and again before the draft in April. Use it as you watch the bowl games in the coming weeks to get a better idea of what some of these players can do.

1. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (Jr.): Most scouts and personnel people have Quinn here. I like Brohm better. I think he has a better command of the pass offense and he throws a better deep ball.

2. Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech (Jr.): Scouts have told me he's the best player they've seen in a long time. He hasn't said he's coming out, but if he does he will be a top-five pick. He's special.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma (Jr.): One scout said he's another Eric Dickerson. That's high praise. There's no reason for him to stay in school. He will be a great NFL runner.

4. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame: He understands the NFL passing game, having played for Charlie Weis, which means he can step in and play right away.

5. Joe Thomas, T, Wisconsin: He would have been a high pick last year if he didn't get hurt in the Badgers' bowl game. Now he's the top lineman in the country.

6. Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson: He is a powerful pass rusher who can also play the run well. In a league starved for pass rushers, he has great value.

7. Marshawn Lynch, RB, California (Jr.): Here's another junior who has to make a decision as to whether he's coming out. He should. And he probably will.

8. Alan Branch, DT, Michigan (Jr.): He's a power player in the middle of the Michigan defense. He is big and strong, but he's also quick. How do we know? He was a high-school running back.

9. Leon Hall, CB, Michigan: He's a smooth cover corner who isn't a burner, but has outstanding cover skills. He reminds some of former Michigan standout Ty Law.

10. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU (Jr.): If he comes out, he will be a high pick. He really played well this season.

11. Jake Long, T, Michigan (Jr.): He has said he's going back to school, but he could change his mind after the bowl game. He's a sure top-20 pick if he enters the draft.

12. Sam Baker, T, USC (Jr.): He's a huge player who indicated he's leaning toward going back to USC. He had trouble against UCLA, but he'll be another in the long line of great Trojans tackles in the NFL.

13. Reggie Nelson, S, Florida (Jr.): He reminds me of Ravens safety Ed Reed. Nelson has range and he makes a lot of plays.

14. Ted Ginn Jr. WR, Ohio State (Jr.): He's expected to enter the draft, especially if the Buckeyes beat Florida in a couple of weeks. He's also an explosive return man.

15. LaRon Landry, S, LSU: His brother, Dawan Landry, starts at free safety for the Ravens. LaRon is much better. He has range and likes to hit.

16. DeMarcus Tyler, DT, North Carolina State: This is a school that produced three first-round picks from the defensive line last year in Mario Williams (first overall) and Manny Lawson and John McCargo. Tyler should join them.

17. Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC (Jr.): He's the one USC junior who hasn't said he's coming back. He's probably out, and he could push to be the second receiver drafted behind Johnson.

18. Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh (Jr.): At 6-feet, 200 pounds, he has great cover skills. His speed is a big plus. He's also a return man.

19. Kenny Irons, RB, Auburn: Irons didn't have the type of season many expected, but he has that cutting ability teams love. He will be a great NFL back.

20. Marcus McCauley, CB, Fresno State: Has great size and speed and has played a lot of man coverage.

21. Levi Brown, T, Penn State: He's a big, athletic offensive tackle. If Long and Baker stay in, he could be the second tackle taken.

22. Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville: He played at Louisville as a 15-year old. He's now a 19-year-old senior. At 6-1, 310 pounds, he has Warren Sapp-like quickness.

23. Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska: He had a really fast start to this season, but tailed off some. But he's a strong player who will hold up against the run and he can rush the passer.

24. Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi: He was tackling machine who didn't get much attention playing for Ole Miss. You bet NFL scouts know all about him.

25. Jeff Samardzija, WR, Notre Dame: At 6-4, 220 pounds, he has great size. He also played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame. He's one of those guys who gets open all the time.

26. Zach Miller, TE, Arizona State (Jr.): This 6-5, 260-pounder is a huge tight end. He doesn't have the receiving skills of former Sun Devil Todd Heap, but Miller might be a better all-round prospect.

27. JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU (Jr.): In a thin quarterback class he will go in the first round -- if he leaves school. He has a big arm and he's a huge quarterback (6-5, 250).

28. Michael Griffin, S, Texas: He's a big hitter in the Texas secondary. He also has pretty good range for a 210-pound safety.

29. Quentin Moses, DE, Georgia: He's more of a pure speed rusher than Clemson's Adams. At 260 pounds, he can fly off the edge.

30. Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU: He always had the speed, and after getting his vision fixed he no longer has the drops. He is a glider who makes it look easy.

31. LaMarr Woodley, DE/OLB, Michigan: He can play with his hand down in a 4-3 or as a 3-4 rush linebacker. Think Shawne Merriman.

32. Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina (So.): He's a third-year sophomore who is eligible for the draft. He would have better numbers if he only had a quarterback. He's special.