Underclassmen shake up first round
Six underclassmen, including Ted Ginn Jr., make up six of the top 10 picks in Todd McShay's latest mock draft.
The 2007 class recently took another hit when Notre Dame WR Jeff Samardzija opted for baseball over football at the professional level, as the flame-throwing pitcher signed a five-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Although Samardzija will be missed, his stock was dropping out of the first-round due to the influx of quality receivers from the underclassmen pool. In fact, those receivers -- Calvin Johnson, Ted Ginn Jr., Dwayne Jarrett, Robert Meachem and Sidney Rice -- make up just five of the 18 underclassmen prospects in my most recent mock draft. Here's a look:
x -- Still to be determined by coin flip
y -- Still to be determined by Super Bowl
+ -- Underclassman
Projected pick: +JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
Russell vs. Brady Quinn? Let the great debate begin. Most teams have Quinn ahead of Russell, but Raiders owner Al Davis could fall in love with Russell's size and strong arm.
Projected pick: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
The Lions passed on Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler a year ago. It's hard to imagine them passing on another potential franchise quarterback with the second overall pick in this year's draft.
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