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Two weeks past the most memorable Super Bowl Game in NFL History it is almost time to turn the page on the 2007 National Football League season and start examining the NFL's 2008 Player Scouting Combine and NFL Draft.

However, before moving on a few more chapters to add to this story book season.

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New York area television and radio stations gave thousands of fans the opportunity to sumbit a name for THE PLAY.

And to be honest, quite a few good names were submitted for the best and most amazing play in Super Bowl history.   The best I could come up with -- Eli Mandini and the Tyreefic Trap.   "Mandini" for Eli Manning's Houdini-like escape from the clutches of the New England Patriots defense;   and, of course, David Tyree's amazing leap and then trapping the ball against his helmet for the catch.

The difficult part of naming the play is that there are four amazing parts to it -- the escape, the throw, the leap and the catch.   I've seen the video replays and the pictures.   Yet, the only way I can describe it as is THE PLAY.   Not only because the Giants won Super Bowl XLII, but also this was THE PLAY that spoiled the New England Patriots place in NFL History.

Some Quotes to Close out the NFL 2007 Season and Super Bowl XLII

Only makes sense to quote Eli Manning and David Tyree

Eli Manning on THE PLAY

"When I got home, I wanted to see it.   I hadn’t seen David Tyree’s catch.   I kind of saw a little bit on the field, but didn’t really get to appreciate what a great catch it was.   People were asking me how I got out of that jam I was in, and I really don’t know.   They were pulling me down.   I felt them holding me, but I never felt anybody pull me to the ground.   I stayed alive and I saw David in the middle of the field.   I gave him a shot to make the catch, and (it was an) unbelievable catch.   For him to catch that ball – kind of hold it against his helmet – I think he pulled back and guys (were) swiping at the ball.   It’s just a great individual effort by him."

"We had a lot of big plays.   Amani Toomer had a big third-down catch.   We had a fourth-down conversion, a fourth-and-one conversion.   Steve Smith on third-and-ten.   You could see the end zone, we were getting close and we still had a lot of work.   He had a great catch on the sideline to be able to get up the field and get the first down, and get out of bounds to stop the clock.   The offensive line was doing their job protecting, and everybody had their part and their role.   [New England] had been playing zone, keeping two safeties back and just playing a little conservative through that whole drive.   Finally, I knew they’d come after us.   They came out with a blitz and had one-on-one with Plaxico Burress.   That’s a match-up we’re going to take every time.   He ran a great route, got wide open and made a great catch."

Time to Move On

The Giants accomplishments will resonate with us for a very long time.   Alas, however, the 2007 season is now behind us.   So it's to move on and forward as the 2008 NFL Player Draft is 7 weeks away.

The NFL Network's Mike Mayock is considered by many to be the best NFL draft analyst bar none.   Over the course of last week Mike debuted his player rankings heading into the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.   The guru provides a list of his top 20 and also an expert break down by postion.

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In all, NFL Network will televise 26 hours of live, high-definition combine coverage.

With Xs & Os breakdowns from this past NCAA College football season, Mayock selected Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall over Arkansas’ Darren McFadden as his top running back. In addition, USC’s Sedrick Ellis gets the edge over LSU’s Glenn Dorsey at defensive tackle.

Mayock on Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall vs. Arkansas’ Darren McFadden

"Mendenhall translates better to the NFL game. He’s 225 pounds and has great feet and tremendous burst and acceleration for a player of his size. My biggest concern with McFadden is that although he also has great burst and acceleration, I don’t think he has the lower body strength that you’re looking for in a first-round NFL back."

Mayock on USC’s Sedrick Ellis vs. LSU’s Glenn Dorsey

"They are both great football players and it’s a very difficult evaluation between the two as to who is better because they are both top-10 picks. What I like about Ellis is that he played nose tackle in a 3-4 defense at USC and that will appeal to 3-4 NFL teams. In addition, he will also appeal to the 4-3 teams because he has the quickness to play the 'three technique.' Dorsey is a great football player and I give him credit for playing through injuries the past few years. However his durability is a concern."

MIKE MAYOCK’S TOP 20 PROSPECTS (as of February 12, 2008)

  1. Matt Ryan - QB, Boston College

  2. Sedrick Ellis – DT, USC

  3. Chris Long - DE, Virginia

  4. Glenn Dorsey – DT, LSU

  5. Vernon Gholston – DE, Ohio State

  6. Jake Long – OL, Michigan

  7. Ryan Clady – OL, Boise State

  8. Keith Rivers – LB, USC

  9. Phillip Merling – DE, Clemson

  10. Leodis McKelvin – CB, Troy

  11. Brandon Flowers – CB, Virginia Tech

  12. Rashard Mendenhall – RB, Illinois

  13. Jeff Otah – OL, Pittsburgh

  14. Derrick Harvey – DE, Florida

  15. Kentwan Balmer – DT, North Carolina

  16. Aqib Talib – CB, Kansas

  17. Chris Williams – OL, Vanderbilt

  18. Mario Manningham – WR, Michigan

  19. Limas Sweed – WR, Texas

  20. Branden Albert – OL, Virginia

MIKE MAYOCK’S TOP 5 RANKINGS BY POSITION (as of February 12, 2008)


  1. Matt Ryan - Boston College

  2. Chad Henne - Michigan

  3. Brian Brohm - Louisville

  4. Joe Flacco - Delaware

  5. Andre Woodson - Kentucky

Running Back

  1. Rashard Mendenhall - Illinois

  2. Darren McFadden - Arkansas

  3. Jonathan Stewart - Oregon

  4. Felix Jones - Arkansas

  5. Chris Johnson - East Carolina


  1. Jacob Hester - LSU

  2. Peyton Hillis - Arkansas

  3. Owen Schmitt - West Virginia

Wide Receiver

  1. Mario Manningham - Michigan

  2. Limas Sweed - Texas

  3. DeSean Jackson - California

  4. Malcolm Kelly - Oklahoma

  5. Early Doucet - LSU

Tight End

  1. Fred Davis - USC

  2. John Carlson - Notre Dame

  3. Dustin Keller - Purdue

  4. Jermichael Finley - Texas

  5. Brad Cottam - Tennessee

Offensive Tackle

  1. Jake Long - Michigan

  2. Ryan Clady - Boise State

  3. Jeff Otah - Pittsburgh

  4. Chris Williams - Vanderbilt

  5. Gosder Cherilus - Boston College

Interior Offensive Line

  1. Branden Albert - Virginia

  2. Chilo Rachal - USC

  3. Roy Schuening - Oregon St.

  4. Mike Pollak - Arizona State

  5. Mackenzy Bernadeau - Bentley College

Defensive End

  1. Chris Long - Virginia

  2. Vernon Gholston - Ohio State

  3. Phillip Merling - Clemson

  4. Derrick Harvey - Florida

  5. Lawrence Jackson - USC

Defensive Tackle

  1. Sedrick Ellis - USC

  2. Glenn Dorsey - LSU

  3. Kentwan Balmer - North Carolina

  4. Trevor Laws - Notre Dame

  5. Letroy Guion - Florida State

Inside Linebacker

  1. Dan Connor - Penn State

  2. Curtis Lofton - Oklahoma

  3. Spencer Larsen - Arizona

  4. Beau Bell - UNLV

  5. Jo-Lonn Dunbar - Boston College

Outside Linebacker

  1. Keith Rivers - USC

  2. Erin Henderson - Maryland

  3. Xavier Adibi - Virginia Tech

  4. Tavares Gooden – Miami (FL)

  5. Ali Highsmith - LSU


  1. Leodis McKelvin - Troy

  2. Brandon Flowers - Virginia Tech

  3. Aqib Talib - Kansas

  4. Mike Jenkins - South Florida

  5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - Tennessee State


  1. DaJuan Morgan - N.C. State

  2. Kenny Phillips - Miami (FL)

  3. Thomas DeCoud - California

  4. D.J. Wolfe - Oklahoma

  5. Tyrell Johnson - Arkansas State

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