Russell to Raiders at No. 1

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell tops Mel Kiper's initial first-round projection for the 2007 NFL draft.

Originally Published: January 25, 2007
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
MOCK DRAFT: Mel Kiper's Initial First-Round Projection | Jan. 25

This initial projection is based on what I've identified as key need areas for each team.

There are 17 underclassmen among my projections for the first 32 picks of the 2007 NFL draft, including two of the top three. LSU junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell gets the nod as the first overall pick, and North Carolina State defensive tackle Tank Tyler rounds out my first-round projections as the No. 32 overall selection to Indianapolis.


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