The Browns traded up one spot to draft former Hurricane TE Kellen Winslow Jr. at the No. 6 spot.
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OAKLAND -- Are any players not from the University of Miami eligible for this draft?
Of the first 21 picks in this draft, six Miami players were chosen. Six! Look at the conference standings compared to the 'Cane selections two-thirds of the way through the first round:
Picks Among Top 21
1. Miami -- 6 2. SEC -- 4 3. Big Ten -- 3 4. Big 12 -- 2 5. Pac-10 -- 2
With 14 first-round picks in the previous four years, my only question is this: How on God's green earth do they not win the national championship every year?
The thing I noticed about the Miami players late this week is how they were rising in the round. Talking to GM Rick Spielman of the Dolphins, he was hugely concerned that the Vikes would stick where they were at 19, a pick ahead of the Dolphins, and steal guard Vernon Carey from under their noses. So concerned, in fact, that he handed the Vikings his fourth-round pick just to move one spot. 'Cane linebacker Jonathan Vilma was beloved by several lower teams in the round, and had New England been able to move up only three or four spots for him, I expected the Pats to try to do it. But then the Jets picked Vilma, the best linebacker in the draft, No. 12 overall. And how about Butch Davis paying the 37th pick in the draft to move just one spot in the first round to get Kellen Winslow Jr.?
I don't know beans about college football, but I know enough every April to be mystified why they aren't in the top two or three of the college football world every year.
Five Things I Think I Think
1. I think Sean Salisbury might want to have this statement about J.P. Losman, the Tulane quarterback, back in three or four years. "Great pick for the Buffalo Bills. Of all the quarterbacks in this draft, I think he's the most talented. He's a future Pro Bowler with Brett Favre kind of skills.''
2. I think I would say this, however, about Losman: He's a lucky duck to have Sam Wyche as his tutor. Wyche will be tireless in teaching the pro game to this confident kid. I like Losman. I really do. I just think some times we in the media get a little bit too excited about these kids and don't remember history. History says half of these first-rounders are washouts anyway.
3. I think I know exactly what the Cowboys were doing when they traded away the No. 22 pick to Buffalo. They're thinking: We've got several running backs graded close to each other. At least two of them will be there when we make the 43rd or 52nd pick overall. And that appeared to be the case when they selected Notre Dame back Julius Jones at No. 43.
4. I think I have one comment to make about quite a few of these ESPN guys, most of whom are terrific with their knoweldge and opinions: Please stop screaming. I can hear you 3,000 miles away. Mike Irvin, I love you, but you can't spend your whole broadcasting career yelling at the top of your lungs.
5. I think Kerry Collins will say lots of things about how this is life and I'm still the guy and all that, but let's be honest: This will be his last year in blue.
Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King covers the NFL beat for the magazine and is a regular contributor to SI.com. Monday Morning Quarterback appears in this space every week.