By Don Banks
April 20, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 6
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
1 QB JaMarcus Russell LSU Jr. 6-6 260
The Raiders aren't showing their hand because if there's anybody interested in moving up to take Calvin Johnson, they want those offers to come to them first before No. 2 Detroit gets a crack at trading down. That's just smart business, and so is Oakland opening contract negotiations with both Russell and Johnson at some point soon.
2 DE Gaines Adams Clemson Sr. 6-5 260
We still think the Lions end up swapping places with No. 4 Tampa Bay. The Bucs will make the deal to secure Johnson at No. 2. Detroit would prefer to get Adams at the lower spot and garner an extra first-day pick from Tampa Bay in the process. But if no trade unfolds, the Lions have a choice to make: Adams, or Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas. This week, we're leaning toward Adams.
3 QB Brady Quinn Notre Dame Sr. 6-4 228
Why Quinn and not Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson? Because it'll be easier for the Browns to nab a front-line running back (Ohio State's Antonio Pittman?) than a starting quarterback in the second round. It's a matter of first-round value.
4 WR Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Jr. 6-5 235
The Bucs have the Lions' war room on speed dial, but they don't really have to make that call until Oakland is off the clock. Tampa Bay won't give away its entire first day of the draft to put itself in position for Johnson, but my gut tells me Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen will wind up getting him one way or another.
5 OT Joe Thomas Wisconsin Sr. 6-8 315
The Cardinals get the bookend tackle they covet, and don't even care that Thomas plans to go fishing on draft day rather than take part in the circus side show in mid-town Manhattan.
6 DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
The Redskins should be able to shop this pick as the Adrian Peterson slot. That could get some interest from No. 10 Houston or No. 12 Buffalo. Despite Washington's need for a pass rusher, this seems a bit high for Arkansas DE Jamaal Anderson. LSU safety LaRon Landry is a possibility, but Okoye's potential is too intriguing to pass on.
7 RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Jr. 6-2 220
The Vikings will have your basic offense versus defense question: Peterson or Landry? Both would be great choices, but the Vikings' crying need for playmakers on offense should sway things. When you factor in that Brad Childress has an offensive background, and needs to win now, Peterson makes even more sense. A trade with No. 9 Miami (which covets Landry) could still result in Peterson heading to Minnesota.
8 S LaRon Landry LSU Sr. 6-2 202
Need and value converge perfectly for the Falcons in this case. Landry is a proven commodity and four-year starter from LSU; he would instantly upgrade the Falcons' last line of defense. Atlanta knows that No. 9 Miami might try to trade up to No. 7 and spoil their plans to take Landry.
9 OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
The Dolphins need either an offensive or defensive tackle, so if they stick at No. 9 it'll come down to either Brown or Michigan DT Alan Branch, whose stock has slipped in some quarters. If there's a shocker to be pulled, remember that some scouts have Michigan State OT Joe Staley rated ahead of Brown. But Brown is considered more NFL-ready right now.
10 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
Peterson, Landry or Brown all would have made the Texans happy, but Hall is no consolation prize. He's the consensus top-rated corner, and while he's not of the "shutdown" variety -- whatever that is -- he's a reliable presence who has no glaring weakness.

Mock Draft Continued

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