21. Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs, RB
He will suck this year...but have to put him somewhere. For more information see every article I've every written about him.
22. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers, WR
Love his ability, but his numbers will be tortured with a shaky quarterback. Delhomme will be decent. But he is no Palmer, Manning or Brady. The retirement of Keyshawn Johnson also hurts him. The power of the best receivers in the game comes from a sufficient 2nd receiver that will allow them to get the single coverage that they need to excel. Chad Johnson and Marvin Harrison both benefit from this. I don’t think Dwayne Jarrett or Keary Colbert can fill this void.
23. Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams, WR
He is the NFC’s version of Marvin Harrison, and with the second best quarterback in his conference in Marc Bulger he should be dominant again. Excellent first receiver option on any team, the only concerns lie in how many catches he will get the addition of Drew Bennett, and if his repaired knee will be ready for the opening few weeks. 24. Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys, WR Owens has Romo who is going to be dirty in his second season, a sufficient second receiver in Terry Glenn, and the opportunity to feast on some of the worst secondary in the league in Washington and New York. Will catch 12-15 touchdowns this year. Only concern is in him getting injured and sitting out a few games, but the concern is a small price to pay.
25. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Bills, RB
The Bills had him already number 1 on the depth chart at the moment that he was drafted; an excellent sign. Some question him because of the failure of McGahee, but at least Lynch is playing with his original body parts. JP Losman and Lee Evans should keep the run game honest. If Buffalo remains wise and utilize him with passes out of the backfield so he can create in open space, his season will remind fans of Maurice Jones-Drew last year. If they keep him between tackles then he’ll face more problems.
26. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts, WR
Once again, I put the second Indy receiver a little ahead of the Bengals second receiver simply because Manning is better then Palmer right now. Wayne might actually do better then Harrison this year because Marvin will always remain the number one receiver threat on opposing team’s radar. Wayne will be able to feast on the second corner.
27. T. J Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati Bengals, WR
The thing I like about Housh is that he will catch a huge amount of touchdowns. Johnson will always be the number one in Cincinnati, and will get you more points. But, Housh is dynamic in the red zone and will rack up at least double-digit touchdowns.
28. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals, QB
Not that far away from Manning numbers wise, but with basically the same team: two insane wide receivers, and a solid running back. The pressure will be on Palmer this year to score Cincy at least 30 points a game, because I don’t think that the defense will be able to hold many teams for very long.
29. Roy Williams, Detroit Lions, WR
Athletically, is up there with Houston’s Andre Johnson as the most physical wide receiver in the game. Was able to succeed with Mike Furrey as the number 2, and still caught 1300+ yards. Hopefully touchdowns will increase with Calvin Johnson opposite him, but really, if he repeats last season I’ll be happy.
30. Edgerrin James, Arizona Cardinals, RB
On the tail end of his career, James, who was such a fire in Indy, proved the ultimate rule that running backs with bad offensive lines will never succeed. His number got better towards the end of last year, but by the time every owner that drafted him dropped him. Arizona will be down early and they will be impatient. He’s a decent second or third option as a running back if you have LT, but if not then you’re better off going with a wide out.