By Jeffri Chadiha
April 24, 2007
Mock NFL Draft
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
1 QB JaMarcus Russell LSU Jr. 6-6 260
Despite speculation about Oakland's interest in Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Russell is the safe bet come draft day. He has the rocket arm Al Davis loves. As attractive as Johnson is, the more pressing need is at quarterback.
2 OT Joe Thomas Wisconsin Sr. 6-8 315
Detroit needs stability on the line, and the Lions will get it with Thomas, who has the size (6'6", 311 pounds) and athleticism to be a dominant left tackle. After some bad first-round picks in recent years, Lions president Matt Millen will get this one right.
3 QB Brady Quinn Notre Dame Sr. 6-4 228
Though Cleveland could use a runner like Adrian Peterson, Quinn is simply too good to pass up. The Ohio native has been tutored by Charlie Weis, who worked with Browns coach Romeo Crennel, and has far more upside than incumbent Charlie Frye.
4 WR Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech Jr. 6-5 235
Widely considered this year's best prospect, Johnson is a perfect fit for Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, who loves to design schemes for big-play wideouts. The only question is whether the Bucs will trade up to be sure of getting their man.
5 DE Gaines Adams Clemson Sr. 6-5 260
New Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt would jump at the chance to upgrade his woeful O-line with Joe Thomas, but Adams is an ideal Plan B. He's the draft's best pure pass rusher and should make an immediate impact on a D that needs help up front.
6 DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
Washington had major problems stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback last year. Okoye should change that. At 6'2" and 302 pounds, he has the size and quickness to be a force on a defense that had an NFL-low 19 sacks in 2006.
7 RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Jr. 6-2 220
This is the point at which things get really interesting. Minnesota needs help at safety and on the defensive line, but Peterson is just too tempting. Teamed with Chester Taylor, he'd give the Vikings backfield a powerful one-two punch.
8 S LaRon Landry LSU Sr. 6-2 202
An instinctive playmaker with good range thanks to his 4.4 speed, Landry is arguably the best defensive player in the draft. ATLANTA could use him in its secondary, where 33-year-old strong safety Lawyer Milloy is on the downside of his career.
9 OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
With plenty of holes to fill, Miami should be pleased by who's still around. The biggest priority for new coach Cam Cameron is shoring up the O-line, so Brown makes more sense here than a defensive tackle such as Michigan's Alan Branch.
10 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
While Houston needs to improve an offensive line that's mediocre at best, blockers can be found in later rounds. Standout cornerbacks are harder to come by, and Hall would be a good addition to a defense teeming with young talent.

Mock Draft Continued

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