The first round of the SB Nation mock draft is underway. Field Gulls is hosting the maddness, so be sure to check them out for the latest updates!
So far things have been pretty obvious.
- With the first pick, Oakland took JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU. If I were the Raiders, I would have traded down for more picks given all the glaring needs. But if you've got no offensive line, what could possibly go wrong with introducing a rookie QB into the NFL game?
- In order to swap first round picks, Tampa Bay had to give up their second rounder. They drafted the obviously talented Calvin Johnson in a move that is neither surprising nor terrible. He's the best player in the draft, though he might have still been there at 4.
- Cleveland gets sensable with their choice of Joe Thomas, DE, Wisconsin. He's a sure thing talent on the line.
- Detroit takes Gaines Adams, De, Clemson. Wow, not a Wide Receiver. How strange!
- Arizona also does the right thing (albeit a reach) and grabs Levi Brown, OT, Penn State. The only thing holding that offense down is the play of the o-line. Some new blood and some healthy training camp competition should finally give some creedence to the whole "Cards are Sleepers" talk.
I've got some plans in the work for Jacksonville in this draft. Don't be surprised to see some action.