Final mock: Johnson goes second, but to what team?

Mel Kiper's final first-round projection has JaMarcus Russell going to Oakland with the first pick for one simple reason. If the Raiders draft Calvin Johnson, then how do they plan to get the ball to the former Georgia Tech wide receiver?

Originally Published: April 27, 2007
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
NEW YORK -- With one day before the draft, most teams at this point know who they would like to take with their first-round pick. In my final first-round mock draft, I still have LSU QB JaMarcus Russell going first overall to the Oakland Raiders. Oakland passed on both Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler last year, putting the Raiders in the situation they're in now.

Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be the second overall pick, but to which team? I don't think Johnson -- the best player in the draft -- will be wearing a Detroit Lions uniform in 2007, but they also have to find a team willing to trade up for the pick. Tampa Bay is the most logical team to make a deal with because it wants Johnson, but don't be surprised if Atlanta tries to move up.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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