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hagan714 04-26-2007 06:56 AM

Draft deals cooking #2
Draft deals cooking #2
Teams maneuvering to take WR Johnson, LB Willis
Posted: Wednesday April 25, 2007 4:42PM; Updated: Wednesday April 25, 2007 7:56PM

At No. 4 and not wanting to give up the majority of their four picks in the draft's first 68 slots, Tampa Bay is not likely to move up in an attempt to compete for Johnson. The Bucs need defensive help and appear to be more likely to take Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams if they stay put. Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas is another option at No. 4, but so too is trying to move down a few spots with the intention of taking Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who some in the organization are likening to a young Warren Sapp.
• As tempting as Calvin Johnson may be, the Oakland Raiders will not stand logic on its head and select the Georgia Tech receiver over LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell.
Raiders owner Al Davis never makes decisions quickly these days, and he seems to have little clue as to the complicated contract negotiation that becomes a reality when you take a quarterback first overall. But Russell still will be the guy because of Oakland's crying need for a starring option at the game's most pivotal position.
Even Davis can read the depth chart and come to the conclusion that the Raiders have to have more than Andrew Walter and a Tim Rattay, Josh McCown or Daunte Culpepper via trade. Some around the league believe Davis's love of size and speed will convince him that Johnson has to be Oakland's pick, but Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin may be a potential lobbying presence for the necessity of a quarterback

hagan714 04-26-2007 06:58 AM

Tampa really does not have ammo to outdeal Atlanta. Then there is the Al Davis factor as usual. Tampa happy with DT help at 4 if they loose? I understand the need but.....

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