New York, NY - The NFL Draft is underway, here are the picks:
JaMarcus Russell, the big-play quarterback from LSU, was the first pick in Saturday's NFL draft as the Oakland Raiders pulled no surprises. The 6-foot-6 junior comes off an impressive season and a superb Sugar Bowl that helped catapult him to the top spot. And with the Raiders coming off a 2-14 year in which they had the league's worst offense, he easily could be the starter on opening day. Oakland will count on Russell to invigorate the Raiders, who scored only 168 points last season.
The Detroit Lions have taken Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson with the second pick in today's N-F-L draft. Johnson won the Biletknikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver and was the A-C-C Player of the Year as a junior last season. He earned the honors with 78 receptions for one-thousand-202 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The Cleveland Browns have chosen left tackle Joe Thomas as the third overall pick in today's NFL draft. Thomas won the Outland Trophy as college football's top offensive interior lineman and was a consensus All-American.
Defensive end Gaines Adams is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer after being taken with the fourth overall pick in today's N-F-L draft. Adams put up outstanding numbers his final two years at Clemson, including 56 tackles, 15 for loss, and nine and a-half sacks in 2005. He improved on that last season, finishing with 62 tackles, 17 and a-half for loss and 12 and a-half sacks.
Arizona Cardinals - Levi Brown
The Arizona Cardinals hope they've helped their running game by selecting left tackle Levi Brown of Penn State with the fifth pick in today's N-F-L draft. Brown was a Penn State co-captain last season, starting all eleven of the games he played. He missed two games following surgery on a torn meniscus but sat out just one game due to injury before that.
L-S-U safety LaRon Landry has been chosen by the Washington Redskins with the sixth overall pick in today's N-F-L draft. Landry recorded 74 tackles, four pass breakups, three interceptions and one forced fumble for the Tigers last year.
Minnesota Vikings- Adrian Peterson
Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson is the first running back taken in today's N-F-L draft, selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh selection. Peterson's last two seasons were marred by injuries after he set an N-C-A-A freshman record with one-thousand-925 rushing yards in 2004.
The Atlanta Falcons have grabbed Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson with the eighth overall pick in today's N-F-L draft. Anderson put up outstanding numbers as a junior before leaving the Razorbacks, finishing the 2006 season with 65 tackles, 19 and a-half for loss, and 13 and a-half sacks.
Miami Dolphins - Ted Ginn Jr. - Ohio State
The Miami Dolphins have chosen Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Junior with the ninth selection in today's N-F-L draft. Ginn led Ohio State in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches in 2006, finishing with 59 grabs for 781 yards and nine T-Ds. He also had one touchdown as a punt returner, one on a kickoff and one on an option pass.
The Houston Texans have picked up Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye with the tenth overall selection in today's N-F-L draft. Okoye had a breakout season in 2006, collecting 55 tackles, 15 for loss and eight sacks for Louisville as a 19-year-old senior.
San Francisco 49ers - Patrick Willis
The San Francisco 49ers have landed linebacker Patrick Willis with the eleventh overall choice in today's N-F-L draft. Willis had an outstanding senior season for Mississippi, finishing with 137 tackles, eleven and a-half for loss, three sacks and seven pass breakups.
Buffalo Bills - Marshawn Lynch
The Buffalo Bills have used the 12th overall pick in today's N-F-L draft to take running back Marshawn Lynch of Cal. Lynch left school a year early after rushing forone-thousand-356 yards and eleven touchdowns last season. His six-point-one yards per carry last season were actually his lowest average in college.
Saint Louis Rams - Adam Carriker
The St. Louis Rams have added to their defensive line by taking Nebraska's Adam Carriker with the 13th overall pick in today's N-F-L draft. Carriker became a full-time starter as a sophomore and was the Cornhuskers' defensive M-V-P in 2005, when he had 17 tackles for loss and nine and a-half sacks.
New York Jets - Darrelle Revis
The New York Jets have taken Darrelle Revis with the 14th selection of today's N-F-L draft after acquiring the pick from the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers also sent their sixth-round pick in the draft to New York for the Jets' first-, second- and fifth-rounders.
Pittsburgh Steelers - Lawrence Timmons
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons heads to the Steel City after being taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th overall selection in today's N-F-L draft. Timmons finally became a starter as a junior last season after apprenticing under 2006 first-round pick Ernie Sims. He finished the year with 79 tackles, 18 for loss and five interceptions while starting all 13 games for Florida State.
Green Bay Packers - Justin Harrell
The Green Bay Packers have landed Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell with the 16th pick in today's N-F-L draft. Harrell's senior season was cut short by a torn biceps that eventually required surgery. He finished the year with seven tackles and no sacks after recording 39 tackles, seven and a-half for loss and two and a-half sacks as a junior
Texas safety Michael Griffin has been selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 19th overall pick in today's N-F-L draft. Griffin became a full-time starter as a junior and averaged 125 tackles and eleven pass breakups his last two seasons
The New York Giants have gone for a cornerback with the 20th pick in today's N-F-L draft, taking Aaron Ross of Texas. Ross excelled as a punt returner with Texas and covered plenty of field as a corner. He had 77 tackles, 19 pass breakups, six interceptions and three forced fumbles for the Longhorns last year to earn the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.
The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped down in the N-F-L draft before taking free safety Reggie Nelson with the 21st overall pick. The Jags grabbed the Florida safety after giving Denver the 17th selection for the Broncos' first, third and sixth picks.