2007 top NFL free agents

Bills CB Nate Clements tops Len Pasquarelli's list of the top 30 unrestricted free agents.

Updated: March 18, 2007, 8:58 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

With free agency under way, here are my top 30 unfettered players in free agency. The group is comprised of unrestricted players and those who were released since the end of the season. It does not include restricted free agents or players designated as franchise or transition free agents. (Editor's note: This list is as of March 1 and will not include any players released at a later date.)

Top 30 UFAs
Player 2006 team Comment

1. CB Nate Clements
Scouting report Insider
Bills Not quite in Champ Bailey's class as a player yet, but as the top overall unrestricted veteran this spring, and playing a premium position at only age 27, Clements might get into his tax bracket.

Signed with: 49ers -- Story


2. LB Adalius Thomas
Scouting report Insider
Ravens Versatile, hybrid defender has played nearly every position in 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. Had 11 sacks in 2006 and averaged 9.3 sacks over the past three seasons. Superior athlete with size and speed.

Signed with: Patriots -- Story


3. OG Eric Steinbach
Scouting report Insider
Bengals Durable lineman who has missed only one game and two starts in four seasons. More a technician than a brawler. At least one team feels he could be a standout tackle and several contend he would be a Pro Bowl-level center.

Signed with: Browns -- Story


4. OG Kris Dielman
Scouting report Insider
Chargers A self-made player who logged very little field time in his first two seasons in the league, then really blossomed the last two years. More of an in-line mauler than Steinbach, plays with a real nasty streak.

Signed with: Chargers -- Story


5. TE Daniel Graham
Scouting report Insider
Patriots Often overshadowed in the two-tight end alignments utilized by the Patriots, and never caught more than 38 passes in a season. But a talented two-way player who will add yards after the catch and is much coveted.

Signed with: Broncos -- Story


6. DE Patrick Kerney
Scouting report Insider
Falcons Combines blue-collar toughness with ability to get to the quarterback, as evidenced by 58 career sacks. Coming off a torn pectoral muscle in 2006 that ruined his season, but well ahead of schedule in rehabilitation.

Signed with: Seahawks -- Story


7. LB L. Fletcher-Baker
Scouting report Insider
Bills At age 31, no youngster, but is still a high-energy tackling machine who will make the plays that need to be made between the tackles and add a ton of veteran leadership as well.

Signed with: Redskins -- Story


8. OT Leonard Davis
Scouting report Insider
Cardinals Career underachiever who has never lived up to his status as the second overall pick in the 2001 draft, and probably never will. But has played every spot on the line except center and is the only viable left tackle available.

Signed with: Cowboys -- Story


9. WR Donte' Stallworth
Scouting report Insider
Eagles Speedster might be hounded always by injuries and inconsistency, but it's hard to overlook his big-play potential or the fact he has scored once every 8.3 receptions over the course of his career.

Signed with: Patriots -- Story


10. FS Deon Grant
Scouting report Insider
Jaguars Never known as a big hitter, but has developed over the last few seasons into a solid two-way defender and a steadying influence in the secondary. Has 18 career interceptions and has proven very durable since missing his entire rookie season.

Signed with: Seahawks -- Story


11. LB Cato June
Scouting report Insider
Colts Former college safety who evolved into a playmaking Cover 2 weakside linebacker during his Colts' tenure. A bit undersized and doesn't always hold up at the point of attack, might only fit into the Cover 2 scheme.

Signed with: Buccaneers -- Story


12. OG Derrick Dockery
Scouting report Insider
Redskins A classic "road grader" type in-line blocker with great power and the ability to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage. Not quite in the class of Steinbach or Dielman, but not too far behind, either.

Signed with: Bills -- Story


13. DT Robaire Smith
Scouting report Insider
Titans His performance seems to have hit a plateau over the last few seasons. He has bounced around some, but Smith is still a quality inside defender in a 4-3 front, and has something left in the tank.

Signed with: Browns -- Story


14. RB Ahman Green
Scouting report Insider
Packers Has posted six 1,000-yard rushing seasons in nine years and came back from a 2005 injury to gain 1,059 yards in 2006. Quality back and person, but he is 30 years old and isn't nearly as spry as he used to be.

Signed with: Texans -- Story


15. DT Ian Scott
Scouting report Insider
Bears Not a real standout defender, and only a part-time starter for most of his career, but has a live body and will mix things up. Still young, only 25 years old, and has made strides every season in the league.
Possible landing spot: Cincinnati, Atlanta, Kansas City.

16. DE Dewayne White
Scouting report Insider
Bucs Situational pass rusher for much of his career, but has 14 sacks over the past three seasons, and some team is going to spend big money betting that he can become a double-digit sacker if he plays full time.

Signed with: Lions -- Story.


17. WR Drew Bennett
Scouting report Insider
Titans Only two years removed from a 2004 season in which he posted 80 catches, 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns, but has suffered through some injuries. Long, angular guy with deceptive deep speed and motivation to prove he's healthy again.

Signed with: Rams -- Story


18. CB Nick Harper
Scouting report Insider
Colts For years, the Colts kept trying to replace him, and every year discovered he was their most consistent cornerback. Plays the run tough, has 15 career interceptions and gets his hands on the football a lot, as evidenced by 42 pass deflections.

Signed with: Titans -- Story


19. RB Jamal Lewis
Scouting report Insider
Ravens Off-field issues and ankle problems have taken a toll, and he's averaged just 1,014.6 yards per season since rushing for 2,066 yards in 2003. Over past two years, has averaged only 3.5 yards per carry and hasn't demonstrated much burst.

Signed with: Browns -- Story


20. QB Jeff Garcia
Scouting report Insider
Eagles Snubbed by the Eagles, despite leading the team to the playoffs in Donovan McNabb's absence in 2006, three-time Pro Bowl performer will be a comforting insurance policy for some other team in 2007.

Signed with: Buccaneers -- Story


21. OT Tony Pashos
Scouting report Insider
Ravens Only has 23 career starts, but has developed nicely over the past two seasons and teams really like his upside. Not a real strong technician, but uses his hands well to redirect defenders and shows some push off the line of scrimmage.

Signed with: Jaguars -- Story


22. SS Ken Hamlin
Scouting report Insider
Seahawks Overcame serious head injury sustained in 2005 to reclaim his starting spot last season and played well, especially versus the run. A big hitter with limited range and is always going to be most effective playing close to the line.

Signed with: Cowboys -- Story


23. WR Kevin Curtis
Scouting report Insider
Rams Although he's averaged just 12.6 yards per catch over his career, teams love his deep speed and quickness and he fits really well in certain offensive schemes. Playing time was severely reduced in 2006.

Signed with: Eagles -- Story


24. ROT Luke Petitgout
Scouting report Insider
Giants Hard to overlook broken leg from 2006 or chronic back problems, but the eight-year veteran has logged 106 career starts and is a guy who always gives an honest effort. Released by Giants two weeks ago.

Signed with: Buccaneers -- Story


25. DT Anthony Adams
Scouting report Insider
49ers An undersized but active interior lineman who was not served well by the 49ers' defensive changes of the past couple seasons and probably needs to get to a team with a one-gap system. Can be disruptive at times.

Agreed with: Bears -- Story


26. LB Napoleon Harris
Scouting report Insider
Vikings Steady, versatile 'backer, has started in the middle and on the strong side and, for the most part, has been productive. Moves well laterally and can chase plays to the sideline, not bad in pass defense, either.

Signed with: Chiefs -- Story


27. SS Michael Lewis
Scouting report Insider
Eagles Obvious physical limitations in coverage and dropped out of favor with Eagles coaches in 2006 after having been a starter since his rookie season. Has to get to a scheme that allows him to play "in the box" and which can camouflage his other deficiencies.

Signed with: 49ers -- Story


28. FB Ovie Mughelli
Scouting report Insider
Ravens Has touched the ball only 36 times in his career, including just 12 rushes, but his skills as a powerful lead blocker are going to make Mughelli a lot of money. Could land one of the best deals ever for a blocking fullback.

Signed with: Falcons -- Story


29. OT Jon Stinchcomb
Scouting report Insider
Saints Played in only 10 games his first three seasons. Earned a starting berth in 2006 and performed well in the Saints' resurgent season. Not the most physical blocker around and actually might be better playing the left side for some teams.

Signed with: Saints -- Story


30. FS Kevin Kaesviharn
Scouting report Insider
Bengals Little more than a spare part for much of his career, but has emerged the past two seasons as a very solid nickel defender and a guy some team is going to want to have around. Had six interceptions in 2006.

Signed with: Saints -- Story

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.