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Welcome To NFL Draft Night 2007
Welcome to NFL Draft Night 2007. RealGM will be covering the first round of the draft live, but will be providing reports of trades and rumors as the night goes on. Coverage is scheduled to begin around 11:00 AM ET when the Oakland Raiders go on the clock to open the draft. Rumors and trades, however, will be posted as they become available so please check back often to see if anything of interest is being discussed out there. To visit RealGM's Draft Night coverage, click here. Have you completed your mock yet? Changed your mind at the last moment? Our Draft Simulator may come in handy.
Millen Comfortable Drafting And Keeping Johnson
Jeff Risdon is RealGM's resident NFL Draft guru and appeared on Sirius Radio's Hardcore Sports Radio program on Friday afternoon. Risdon spoke with Detroit insiders on Friday who confirmed Matt Millen is comfortable drafting Calvin Johnson and keeping him. He also dishes on the truth surrounding JaMarcus Russell, an urge for Cleveland to draft Adrian Peterson and much, much more. Click 'Read' to listen to Risdon's interview starting at the seven-minute mark of the mp3.
Peterson Insists Collarbone Is Fine
Adrian Peterson insists his collarbone has healed properly and he will be in minicamp for whichever team selects him in the NFL draft (April 28-29). He's also not concerned that a recent report claiming he will need further surgery on the left collarbone will hurt his draft stock. The Oklahoma running back expects to go very high. "The last couple of teams I visited with, Atlanta and Minnesota, I've been through everything you can do and there is nothing negative," he said. "Everything has been positive news. They've got everything right there in front of them and there are no red flags. "I'll be ready for minicamp and won't miss anything at all."
The Final 2007 NFL Mock Draft
It?s finally draft time! The player workouts and visits are done, and now it?s last-second jockeying and posturing by the teams and the agents. The First Five Picks 1. Oakland Raiders--Jamarcus Russell, QB, LSU. Forget the trade rumors; ignore the talk about Calvin Johnson or Brady Quinn. This is the least suspenseful #1 overall pick since Carson Palmer. 2. Detroit Lions--Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech. Johnson will be the #2 pick; the question is ?which team?? The Lions will either deal the pick to the highest bidder (TB, ATL, or SF) and drop down to take Gaines Adams or Leon Hall, or else keep Johnson, who is the best talent in the draft and does fill a need for Detroit. 3. Cleveland Browns--Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame. Every time I talk with Browns insiders it becomes clearer they are taking Quinn. This is another pick that could very well be traded, and if the Browns do trade down, they will happily take Adrian Peterson. 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson. If the Bucs can?t trade up to secure Calvin Johnson, the next best thing they can do is draft Adams to provide a fresh pass rusher and shore up the run defense in one fell swoop. 5. Arizona Cardinals--Joe Thomas, T, Wisconsin. Lead pipe lock pick if he?s on the board for Arizona, and Thomas fills a huge void on the Cards? OL. The top 5 picks are going to look exactly like this on 90% of all mock drafts, with good reason. Click 'Read' to check out the remainder of Jeff Risdon's final mock draft.
Peterson Re-Injured His Collarbone
Adrian Peterson re-injured his collarbone in the Sooners' loss in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day -- an injury that has not been previously disclosed except to NFL teams. Peterson broke his collarbone on Oct. 14 against Iowa State and missed the rest of Oklahoma's regular season, returning for the first time in the bowl game against Boise State. Peterson made NFL teams aware of the re-injury at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. But at least two teams that SI.com spoke to acknowledged that Peterson's health was a consideration in their draft analysis.
Will Adrian Peterson Be The First Running Back Drafted?
For immediate impact and turnarounds, NFL teams usually look for quarterbacks. Tailback Adrian Peterson believes he fits that bill, too. Peterson is projected as being the 7th overall pick of the 2007 Draft by RealGM's Jeff Risdon. Peterson reeled off a record-setting nine straight 100-yard rushing games to start his freshman year and set an NCAA freshman record with 1,925 yards rushing. So think about LSU's JaMarcus Russell and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn, but Peterson says not to forget about him. "I just always set my bar high. It hasn't failed me yet," said Peterson, who left after his junior season to get an shot at the NFL. He's widely considered the No. 1 running back in a draft class that also includes Marshawn Lynch, Antonio Pittman, Michael Bush, and Kenny Irons. Peterson believes he's earned that distinction.
Hokies' Beamer Invited To NFL Draft
Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer has been invited to the April 28-29 NFL draft, where the league will honor the memory of the 32 people killed Monday in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday that Beamer had accepted the invitation. Aiello said the NFL is still working on plans to honor the dead.
Three Top Prospects Admit To Pot Use
According to NFL team sources that spoke to The Sports Xchange, three top prospects for this year's NFL Draft have admitted to using marijuana. But sources also said the admissions should have little or no impact on their draft ratings. The players cited are Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams and Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. None of them tested positive for drugs in tests done by the NFL or in any of the random tests conducted in college by the NCAA. "In context, these admissions were extremely honest responses of relatively minor, old events that should have little or no impact on how we perceive these young men at this point in their lives," one NFL team executive told TSX.
Jarrett Tries To Distance Himself From Mike Williams Comparisons
Dwayne Jarrett is attempting to distance himself from Mike Williams. Williams also played for USC and was drafted with the 10th overall pick by the Lions and was a bust. "The only thing we have in common is we went to the same school," Jarrett said. "Mike, he did great while he was at USC. But I think we're two opposite players, totally different personalities. "I?m just more a humble guy, and Mike is just kind of different," Jarrett said. When asked if he could draw on Williams? experience, Jarrett replied: "I don?t really know what he didn?t do (in the NFL), so I can?t answer that question."
Virginia Tech Cancels Spring Football Game
Virginia Tech canceled spring football practice and the team's annual spring game because of Monday's campus massacre. The intrasquad game, which usually draws tens of thousands of fans, had been scheduled for Saturday. The school on Tuesday also postponed a baseball game against William & Mary that was to have been played Wednesday.
Marcus Allen Believes Adrian Peterson Is The Top Draft Prospect
RealGM analyst Marcus Allen believes Adrian Peterson, out of Oklahoma, is the top NFL draft prospect.