Trade winds blowing in mock draft

Friday April 27th, 2007
Mock Draft
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
1 QB JaMarcus Russell LSU Jr. 6-6 260
I've heard it all. Lane Kiffin likes Brady Quinn better. Al Davis is smitten with Calvin Johnson. When all's been said, they'll take the best player at their position of greatest need.
2 WR Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Jr. 6-5 235
What Matt Millen wants to do is trade down, obviously. He might find a partner in Washington owner Dan Snyder. They talked at length Thursday. The most likely scenario has Millen taking Johnson even if he can't deal him.
3 QB Brady Quinn Notre Dame Sr. 6-4 228
Women of Cleveland, rejoice. You've got your matinee idol. Men of Cleveland, have hope. Quinn was 2-8 against Michigan, USC and in bowl games at Notre Dame, but the Irish had less talent in most of those games.
4 DE Gaines Adams Clemson Sr. 6-5 260
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin would be thrilled with either Adams or Amobi Okoye to begin the reconstruction of an old defense. And the Bucs don't want to dismantle their draft for one player, even if it's Calvin Johnson.
5 OT Joe Thomas Wisconsin Sr. 6-8 315
TRADE: I've had the feeling for a month that Arizona liked Levi Brown better than Thomas as their left tackle of the future. Miami sends a second-rounder, less than the trade chart mandates, but just fine with Arizona.
6 DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
"Who should I give you guys in my mock draft?" I said to Daniel Snyder on Thursday. "Give us Calvin Johnson," he said with a big smile. OK. Now, sir, you've got to go get it done. If not, don't be shocked at a rekindling of the Lance Briggs deal, or this 19-year-old Louisville phenom.
7 S LaRon Landry LSU Sr. 6-2 202
"Aside from Calvin Johnson, he's the safest pick in the draft," one NFC draftman told me. Vikes are also interested Adrian Peterson, but his health appears to be an issue.
8 RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Jr. 6-2 220
Peterson wins a battle in Falcons war room over Levi Brown. If not here, Peterson could sink like Big Pussy's body after it was thrown overboard off the Jersey coast. Much skepticism in draft rooms over his 2007 availability.
9 OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
TRADE: Brown's more of a masher than Joe Thomas, and new coach Ken Whisenhunt likes that, as does resident masher/line coach Russ Grimm. What Leonard Davis lacked in toughness, Brown's got.
10 LB Patrick Willis Mississippi Sr. 6-2 240
Please, GM Rick Smith says, call me. Call me! I want to trade down! I won't live by the trade chart! I promise! The phone never rings, except for Matt Schaub calling and asking for a receiver. Smith takes the best player left on his board.

Mock Draft Continued
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