03-27-2007, 03:12 PM
In the Starting Line-up
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Who is Chris Houston ?
24. Patriots (from Seahawks) Chris Houston CB Arkansas Senior 26th (+2) 24th / 26th
Asante Samuel is happy for now, but his pending one-year tender as the team's franchise player means the story will be the same next offseason without a multi-year deal. There is some depth with Ellis Hobbs, Randall Gay and Chad Scott, but Houston is a raw talent who could emerge into a top-notch starter in a few years.
25. Jets Aaron Ross CB Texas Senior 27th (+2) 25th / 27th
Coach Eric Mangini is determined to keep improving the personnel needed for the 3-4 to work at its best. But the Jets have a far more glaring hole in the secondary, where the current starters are injury-plagued veteran Andre Dyson and journeyman Hank Poteat. Ross comes from a powerhouse program and should be able to provide help at least as a nickel back early on.
26. Eagles Lawrence Timmons LB FSU Junior 24th (-2) 24th / 26th
Acquiring Takeo Spikes doesn't mean the Eagles are done upgrading the unit. He and MLB Jeremiah Trotter will be entering their 10th seasons. Spikes, who can start at any of the three positions, wasn't quite the same player after recovering from 2005 Achilles' tendon surgery, and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson wants to limit Trotter's snaps. It makes for a good situation to give time for the very talented but very raw Timmons to learn the system from a pair of savvy veterans on the downside.
27. Saints Justin Harrell DT Tennessee Senior 25th (-2) 25th / 27th
The Saints have a mediocre linebacker corps, but any linebacker looks better with strong interior line play clearing the way. Harrell's stock dropped due to a ruptured biceps tendon in 2006, but he's an underrated warrior who played against Florida before undergoing season-ending surgery.
28. Patriots Jarvis Moss DE Florida Junior 21st (-7) 21st / 28th
Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves versatility, and a 3-4 defense might be a good fit for Moss. He's undersized for a traditional end, but hasn't displayed the agility to move permanently to linebacker at the next level. One thing is for certain -- he has immense natural gifts, and Belichick is the man to figure out how best to utilize them.