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Jeffri Chadiha
April 30, 2007
The top of the board is loaded with intrigue: Which passer goes where? Who takes a flier on a 19-year-old defensive tackle? Does Detroit dare select another wideout? Here's how SI expects the first round to play out
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April 30, 2007

Mock Draft

The top of the board is loaded with intrigue: Which passer goes where? Who takes a flier on a 19-year-old defensive tackle? Does Detroit dare select another wideout? Here's how SI expects the first round to play out

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1 JaMarcus Russell
QB, LSU
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 Joe Thomas
OT, Wisconsin
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 Brady Quinn
QB, Notre Dame
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 Calvin Johnson
WR, Georgia Tech
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 Gaines Adams
DE, Clemson
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 Amobi Okoye
DT, Louisville
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 Adrian Peterson
RB, Oklahoma
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 LaRon Landry
S, LSU
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 Levi Brown
OT, Penn State
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 Leon Hall
CB, Michigan
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.

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