Defensive End - Gaines Adams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall pick.
The 2007 NFL draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on April 28 and April 29, 2007. The draft was televised for the 28th consecutive year on ESPN and ESPN2. The NFL Network also broadcast coverage of the event, its second year doing so. There were 255 draft selections: 223 regular selections (instead of the typical 224) and 32 compensatory selections. A supplemental draft was also held after the regular draft and before the regular season. This was the first draft presided over by new NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The first round was the longest in the history of the NFL draft, lasting six hours, eight minutes. One of the big stories of the draft was the fall of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn had been projected as a potential first overall pick in early mock drafts and had been invited to attend the draft in person, but he wasn't selected until the 22nd pick in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, who acquired the pick in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Louisiana State University quarterback JaMarcus Russell was selected first overall by the Oakland Raiders after he had replaced Quinn as the projected first selection among most analysts following his performance in the 2007 Sugar Bowl against Quinn and Notre Dame. Russell is considered by many as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, and Quinn also had a largely unsuccessful pro career.
Those selections notwithstanding, Bleacher Report named the 2007 draft class the "greatest draft class in the last 25 years" in 2012 due to the heavy volume of reliable starters, as well as players selected that are now widely regarded as future Hall of Famers, such as Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, and Marshal Yanda; first round selections Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, and Adrian Peterson are widely regarded as being among the greatest to ever play at their respective positions.
The Buccaneers additional 2nd round pick from the Indianapolis Colts came in the Anthony McFarland trade. The additional 6th round pick came from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade of 4th round picks. The two additional 7th round picks were compensatory ones. The Buccaneers picked 4th in the first round and then 3rd and 4th henceforth.
Click Any Year Here To Review The Entire NFL Draft & Notable Undrafted Players
|C||Center||CB||Cornerback||DB||Defensive back||DE||Defensive end|
|DL||Defensive lineman||DT||Defensive tackle||FB||Fullback||FS||Free safety|
|LB||Linebacker||LS||Long snapper||OT||Offensive Tackle||OL||Offensive lineman|
|NT||Nose tackle||P||Punter||PR||Punt returner||QB||Quarterback|
|RB||Running back||S||Safety||SS||Strong safety||TB||Tailback|
|TE||Tight end||WR||Wide receiver|
Notable Undrafted Players
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Arizona Cardinals||Lyle Sendlein||C||Texas||Big 12|
|Atlanta Falcons||Eric Weems||WR/KR||Bethune-Cookman||MEAC|
|Dallas Cowboys||Matt Moore||QB||Oregon State||Pac-10|
|Indianapolis Colts||Melvin Bullitt||S||Texas A&M||Big 12|
|Minnesota Vikings||Kyle Cook||C||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|New Orleans Saints||Pierre Thomas||RB||Illinois||Big Ten||led in receptions|
|New York Jets||Mike DeVito||DE||Maine||A-10|
|New York Jets||James Ihedigbo||S||UMass||A-10|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Akeem Jordan||LB||James Madison||A-10|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Sav Rocca||P|
|San Diego Chargers||Nick Roach||LB||Northwestern||Big Ten|
|Seattle Seahawks||Matt Overton||LS||Western Washington||GNAC|
Hall of Famers
- No player selected in this draft has yet been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. (If we've missed someone please advise)