Sunday 29 April 2007

NFL Draft - No.1 overall

JaMarcus Russell
- Quarterback [6-6, 263 lbs.]
- L.S.U. [25-4 record as a starter]
- Drafted by the Oakland Raiders
- 4.72 in the 40-yard dash
- 335-pound bench press
- 515-pound squat
- 31-inch vertical



Russell enrolled at Louisiana State in 2003, spending the season on the scout team. He played in 11 games and shared quarterback duties with Marcus Randall in 2004, earning five starts. He completed 73 of 144 passes (50.7 percent) for 1,053 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. But, despite his 4.7 speed, he was sacked 13 times and lost 41 yards on 26 carries, finishing with 1,012 yards in total offense.

Russell became the full-time starter for the Tigers in 2005 and led the team to a 10-2 record in the Tigers' first 12 games. He suffered a left shoulder separation and ligament damage in his right wrist vs. Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, forcing him to miss the Peach Bowl and 2005 spring practice after undergoing wrist surgery. His '05 season totals -- 188-of-311 attempts (60.5 percent) for 2,443 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He scored twice on 61 carries, but lost 22 yards, as he was sacked 21 times and lost four fumbles

Russell and his favorite target, receiver Dwayne Bowe, combined to become the most prolific pass-catch scoring tandem in school history. The duo connected on 23 touchdowns. Russell leaves LSU as the school's second-ranked passer with a 61.86 completion percentage and 52 touchdown passes. He is just the third player in school history to throw for more than 6,000 yards in his career and the first to lead the team to at least 10 victories in consecutive seasons. Russell also proved to be a heroic passer; he rallied the team to eight victories after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime.

In 36 games at Louisiana State, Russell started 30 games and threw for 6,625 yards, 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He completed 493-of-797 passes (61.9 percent) and rushed 139 times for 79 yards (0.6 yards per carry) with four scores. On 936 total plays, Russell piled up 6,704 yards in total offense, an average of 186.22 yards per game

Given the fact that Oakland actually had one of the best defences in the league last year but couldn't do anything on offence this a good choice for a new-look Raiders under rookie head coach Kiffin. Russell could potentially/probably be the starter in silver and black come opening day and given his talent he should have an immediate impact. There is very little pressure on him taking control of such a dud offence and at the same time if anyone could get some positive production out of that pack of donkeys it'll be Russell. Good sensible call by Oakland at no.1... unlike last year...Texans.... 'Reggie who? No what we REALLY need is a defensive linesman.. Mario Williams is our man.'... Mario who?....

[As an aside Baltimore took a guard in the first round as back up for ze aging Johnathon Ogden]

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