NFL Draft: Notes and Stats

By Adam Caparell - April 28, 2007


NEW YORK - By selecitng JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Raiders made the LSU QB the second ever Tiger to earn the honor of being the top selection.

The previous LSU alum to be selected No. 1 was Billy Cannon, Tigers running back, who went to the Rams in 1960.

Russell also became the sixth SEC QB to go No. 1 with the feat happening four times in the last eight years. Eli Manning went No. 1 overall in 2004, Tim Couch in 1999 and Peyton Manning in 1998. Billy Wade from Vanderbilt went No. 1 in 1952 and Harry Gilmer from Alabama was the top pick in 1948.

- Calvin Johnson became the highest Georgia Tech player ever selected when he went to the Lions at No. 2. Tech's previous high came in 1945 when Eddie Prokop was selected by the Boston Yanks with the fourth overall selection.

- Saturday marked the first time that two tackles (Joe Thomas and Levi Brown) had been taken in the top five in 39 years. It's happened three times in history and in 1963 three tackles were taken among the first five picks.

- Amobi Okoye became the youngest player drafted sinc e1967. At 19 years and 322 days, the Louisville DT went to the Texas at No. 10.

- Saturday's first round was the longest in NFL history. It lasted 6 hours and eight minutes. 2006's first round took only four hours and 48 minutes.

"This isn't a record we want to break," quipped NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The shortest first round since 1967 took place in 1972. It lasted a brisk two hours.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:58 PM on April 28, 2007
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