LSU Quarterback Russell Goes First In NFL Draft
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It was widely talked about for months on end as to what Raiders owner Al Davis would do with his #1 pick in the draft. Some said he would take Brady Quinn, others thought maybe receiver Calvin Johnson, but in the end, Davis and the Raiders went with someone who could deliver the ball to Randy Moss, quarterback Jamarcus Russell.
Russell is coming off a season in which he was superb as the Tigers quarterback and led them to a successful season. Russell’s reaction to being picked first was “I kind of had faith in it. Everybody had been talking about it for a while, it’s a dream come true. Growing up as a kid playing every sport in life and always seeing guys on the professional level, and here i am today.”
The #2 pick in the draft belonged to the Detroit Lions and although they were offered many trades, the Lions held onto the pick and drafted perhaps the most highly touted athlete in the draft, Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas went #3 to the Cleveland Browns, somewhat of a surprise, since many draft experts had the Browns taking Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
The first defensive player in the draft went at the #4 spot to the Tampa Bay bucs. they chose Clemson end Gaines Adams.
The last pick of the top five went to Arizona and they picked Penn State tackle Levi Brown, a pick directly related to the loss of Leonard Davis.