By Don Banks
March 23, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 4
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
1 QB JaMarcus Russell LSU Jr. 6-6 260
Russell is still in the pole position, but the Raiders continue to mull over all options. One of them is trying to acquire Houston's David Carr as their starting quarterback, freeing up their first-round pick for Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson, whose status as this draft's bluest of the blue chips seems to grow more obvious every week.
2 OT Joe Thomas Wisconsin Sr. 6-8 315
I'm fairly well convinced the Lions are going to trade out of this spot, maybe with the No. 3 Browns (to take Brady Quinn), No. 4 Bucs (who are desperate for Johnson), or No. 7 Vikings (who could use Johnson or Quinn). This should be Johnson's draft slot, and the Lions will get the best trade value from the team that covets him most. If Detroit sticks with the pick, I'm leaning back toward Thomas.
3 QB Brady Quinn Notre Dame Sr. 6-4 228
Quinn wants to be a Brown, and as much as Cleveland needs a quarterback for the future, it's hard for me to imagine that they could hold the third pick and not come away with either of the top two passers or the best prospect in the draft (Johnson). If Browns owner Randy Lerner green lights a QB pick, general manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel shouldn't take a must-win-now approach.
4 WR Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Jr. 6-5 235
The Bucs may not wind up getting Johnson in the No. 4 spot, but if they have to move to No. 2 to land him, they're willing to pull that trigger. By now, you just know Jon Gruden is invested in the idea of putting Johnson in pewter.
5 OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
With Leonard Davis gone to Dallas, the Cardinals have a vacancy at right tackle ... not a good development when you have a left-handed quarterback to protect from his blindside. Brown seems to be gaining momentum as the draft nears, and we'll give him the nod over Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams, who would improve the pass rush.
6 DE Gaines Adams Clemson Sr. 6-5 260
The Redskins own only this choice in the top four rounds, so they wouldn't mind moving down and filling a couple more holes in the process. But Adams would be a no-brainer if they stay put, given that Washington set a team record for fewest sacks last year with 19.
7 S LaRon Landry LSU Sr. 6-2 202
The ex-Tiger is the only defensive back who rates as a lock for the top 10. His 4.4 combine speed and strong pro day results only solidified his ranking. The Vikings pass defense was abysmal last year, and Landry is a big, athletic presence who would give Minnesota an immediate impact. Arkansas defensive end Jammal Anderson, or a trade up with Quinn in mind are other options.
8 DE Jamaal Anderson Arkansas Jr. 6-6 280
The Falcons will be tempted by having their pick of the top cornerbacks -- Michigan's Leon Hall and Pitt's Darrelle Revis, who ran a 4.38 in his pro day 40 -- but given the loss of Patrick Kerney in free agency, the pass rush will get the first-round attention. If you're wondering, Atlanta probably could have gotten Anderson at No. 10, even before it gained two spots in this week's trade with Houston.
9 DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
The Dolphins defense showed signs of age last season, so what better remedy than to add the youth of a 19-year-old interior lineman who has great quickness and as much upside as any other defender in this draft?
10 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
I really want to give the Texans Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, as a makeup for them passing on Reggie Bush and Vince Young last year. But in signing Ahman Green and re-signing Ron Dayne, it's a tough case to make that running back is their top need position. Hall gives them a quality cover man to tandem with Dunta Robinson.

Mock Draft Continued

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