FSU, Miami, and Clemson led the ACC with 5 picks a piece. Miami had 3 go in the first round, while FSU had all five gone by the end of the fourth. Florida totaled 9 draft picks off their national championship team and Chris Leak wasn't even one of them. Tennessee followed with 6, while Auburn and LSU had 5 a piece. LSU was tops in the first round with 4.
1. Oakland - JaMarcus Russell, LSU
The Raiders needed a QB badly and Russell was the best in the draft this year. He has great size and arm strength, but he never really dominated in college. He played some very good games, but he never led LSU to a title (Matt Flynn was the SEC Championship Game) and he looked downright pedestrian at times.
2. Detroit - Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
If the Raiders had selected Matt Leinart last year, then Johnson would have likely gone #1 overall. The Lions got the best player in the draft. The only apprehension is that Detroit has drafted 4 WR in the last 5 years in the first round and does not have a history of developing talent. Still, I think Johnson is set for stardom if he stays healthy.
4. Tampa Bay - Gaines Adams, Clemson
Adams stock really rose before the draft. The Greenwood, SC product played 8 man football in high school. Adams has the size and talent to become the next Simeon Rice in Tampa.
6. Washington - LaRon Landry, LSU
By far the best DB prospect in the draft with his blistering speed and punishing hits. The Redskins now have a very formidable safety combination in Landry and Sean Taylor. Washington had more pressing needs though, but Landry should be an All-Pro. His brother Dawan was a starter most of the year for the Ravens, but LaRon has always been regarded as the better prospect of the two.
8. Atlanta - Jamal Anderson, Arkansas
Another player whos senior year really propelled him high into the draft. I have wonder if his frame will hold up in the NFL though as he came into college as a WR. Anderson will be counted on to replace Patrick Kearney. Why did Petrino pass on his college star Okoye though?
11. San Francisco - Patrick Willis, Ole Miss
A tackling machine will learn under Mike Singletary. He could turn out to be very good.
15. Pittsburgh - Lawrence Timmons, FSU
Early entry who will essentially replace Joey Porter. The Seminoles have a pretty good track record at LB in the NFL.
16. Green Bay - Justin Harrell, Tennessee
Had his season cut short at Tennessee due to an arm injury. Had lingering injuries throughout his career. I wonder if Brett Farve would have rather had a WR?
17. Denver - Jarvis Moss, Florida
A great stretch run to boost his stock. Was suspended while at Florida.
21. Jacksonville - Reggie Nelson, Florida
Prototypical free safety who should solidfy an already stout defense
23. Kansas City - Dwayne Bowe, LSU
Could turn out to be a very good pro if in the right system. Has good hands, good size, and a good route runner.
24. New England - Brandon Merriweather, Miami
Never seemed to play to his potential at the U, but maybe Belichek can bring that out
25. Carolina - Jon Beason, Miami
27. New Orleans - Robert Meacham, Tennessee
A great senior boosted his stock way up. Will be used to replace Joe Horn, but maybe a DB would have served better here.
29. Baltimore - Ben Grubbs, Auburn
Slid due to his lack of versatility, but should provide some holes for Willis McGahee
30. San Diego - Craig Davis, LSU
Were LSU's receiver this good to have 2 drafted in the first round?
31. Chicago - Greg Olson, Miami
Best TE prospect lamented under poor QB play at Miami
First Round Count:
ACC - 6
SEC - 11
ACC - 31
SEC - 41
And just in case you can't wait until next year... look ahead to 2008 draft - SI; CBS Sportsline
Kiper is already working on his picks.....