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Peter King
December 18, 2006
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December 18, 2006

Peter King's Corner

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Draft Order Pick Pos. College
1. Lions Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame
2. Raiders Troy Smith QB Ohio State
3. Cardinals Joe Thomas T Wisconsin
4. Buccaneers Calvin Johnson* WR Georgia Tech
5. Browns Ted Ginn Jr.* WR Ohio State
6. Texans Alan Branch* DT Michigan
7. Packers Gaines Adams DE Clemson
8. Redskins Leon Hall CB Michigan
9. Rams LaRon Landry S LSU
10. Vikings Levi Brown T Penn State
*Juniors projected to declare for the draft

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It's never too early for a mock draft, and here's how the top of the first round might shape up for April 28. Upset pick: Heisman winner Troy Smith (right) will get the early call from Oakland to resuscitate the Raiders' attack. Three juniors could be taken among the first six.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

SOUND BITE

"I guess the Pro Bowl can be a popularity contest," says ninth-year Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, who's never earned a nod despite ranking 21st on the alltime rushing list (9,450 yards). His biggest disappointment came in '03, when he gained 1,572 yards but was fifth in voting, behind Jamal Lewis (2,066), LaDainian Tomlinson (1,645), Clinton Portis (1,591) and Priest Holmes (27 rushing TDs). Taylor is over 1,000 yards for the sixth time but may be sitting home again in February: Tomlinson, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker each are more than 100 yards up on him.

NUMBERS GAME

This week's sign that the Colts aren't a title team: After allowing 375 rushing yards at Jacksonville on Sunday—the most given up in the NFL this season—the Indianapolis defense is yielding a league-worst 175.6 yards on the ground per week. Compare that average with those of the past six Super Bowl winners.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

THREE POINTS

1 Brilliant game planning by the Saints, who in their 42--17 win over the Cowboys penned in quarterback Tony Romo so he couldn't get out on the flank and make plays on the move.

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