Lions will listen to offers for No. 2 pick
In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay explores several scenarios for every team picking in the first round.
Originally Published: April 24, 2007By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
- Here's my final mock draft, which goes from No. 1 all the way to No. 255 and includes additional scenarios for every team picking in the first round.
+ -- Underclassman
Projected pick: +JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU | Video
Needs: QB, DT, OT/G, TE, WR, LB, CB, RB
• Russell makes the most sense for a team loaded with talented wide receivers (Randy Moss, Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry) but nobody to get the ball to them.
• It seems the window of opportunity has passed for Oakland to acquire a veteran starting quarterback to justify taking Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson. If the team does add a second-tier veteran between now and the draft, it will do so as insurance for Russell. A veteran such as Tim Rattay could potentially bridge the gap for a season while Russell is being groomed for 2008.
• Oakland will continue to field trade calls, but it's highly unlikely owner Al Davis will move out of the No. 1 spot.
• The Raiders will also continue communications with the agents for Johnson and QB Brady Quinn, but more so for leverage purposes in attempts to get a pre-draft deal done with Russell.
Projected pick: +Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech | Video
Needs: QB, ILB, CB, TE, S, WR, C, DT, DE
• Johnson coming off the board at No. 2 is the most logical assumption at this point.
• Assuming Russell goes No. 1 to the Raiders, the Lions will put their pick up for public auction. The Buccaneers, Redskins and Falcons are rumored to have interest in trading up for Johnson, but striking a deal will be much harder than most think. The Lions would ideally like to trade down within the top 10, acquire an extra pick or two and still draft Clemson DE Gaines Adams or Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas in the first round.
• All bets are off if Oakland takes Johnson. Detroit could find a trading partner in Cleveland, but it wouldn't get much in return for moving down one spot (possibly the Browns' third and fourth-round picks).
• If stuck at No. 2 with Johnson as the top pick, the Lions would likely decide between Russell, Adams and Thomas.
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