Jimmy Johnson previews the NFL Draft

Renowned for his unique ability to assess draft talent and make

key trades during the extensive NFL Draft process, FOX NFL Sunday

analyst Jimmy Johnson breaks down the mentality teams need to have

and evaluates some of the higher profile names in this year’s


Johnson on a team’s general approach when looking at their

picks and the talent available: “This was my favorite

time of year, because this is when you build your football team.

Every draft is a great draft if you take the right players. For

years, teams approached the draft with the mentality of ‘we

are going to draft the best player available.’ Over the last

10 years, teams have started to look at who’s the best player

available that fits their need. Obviously, a team has to have a

franchise quarterback, and after that you start filling in. If you

can sign an outstanding offensive tackle, someone who has the feet

and the reach, he can be a cornerstone for you for 10 years.

“It’s easier to find running backs and receivers in

the second and third round. The shelf life of a running back is so

short that not only is it a risk drafting one early, but you might

not have him very long. They have the shortest career of any

position on the board. It was only 2006 when LaDainian Tomlinson

was the hottest thing in the league. The Emmitt Smiths of the world

are a rarity.”

Sam Bradford: “He is a big, physical, good looking

player that can move. He is the prototype quarterback. You have to

be a little concerned about the shoulder injury and if it is going

to happen again, but he has the intelligence that I like. You want

him to lead your franchise. That’s why if the Rams look at

him and think ‘he’s our guy and we believe in

him,’ then you don’t even listen to another offer, you

just get him signed. He’s a guy who will be able to fit into

your offensive style right off the bat.”

Jimmy Clausen: “He is an accurate passer and has a

good touch on the deep ball. I like him. I just don’t know

that he has the physical ability of Sam Bradford, but if you need a

quarterback he is probably one of the two guys who can come in and

play for you now.”

Tim Tebow: “He’s still a work in progress. It is

going to be difficult for him to jump in and perform without

sitting, watching and practicing. He is a talent, but has to go to

the right team that uses him the right way. Tebow’s

development is going to be a two or three-year project. A team

could use him in other areas before he becomes a starting

quarterback, but you first have to consider your current

quarterback. Is he going to be comfortable going to the sideline

while you develop Tebow? There are a lot of teams where that is not

going to happen. I would take a chance on him in the second round.

His intangibles are off the charts, and if I am in the middle of

the second round and he fits our style of play, I think he is worth

the pick.”