LSU QB Russell is NFL's No. 1 draft pick

NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- The Oakland Raiders picked Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell Saturday with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Russell led LSU to an 11-2 record in his junior season last year, including a 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.


Georgia Tech junior wide receiver Calvin Johnson was taken by the Detroit Lions with the second pick. The two-time all-American caught 76 passes for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Cleveland Browns, picking third, selected Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas, a two-time all-American who also won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams with the fourth selection. Gaines had 62 tackles and 12.5 sacks last season.

The Arizona Cardinals, with the No. 5 pick, drafted Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown.

Rounding out the Top 10 picks were: No. 6, LSU safety LaRon Landry, Washington Redskins; No. 7, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings; No. 8, Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson, Atlanta Falcons; No. 9 Ohio State wideout/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr., Miami Dolphins; and No. 10 Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, Houston Texans.


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