If you need a wide receiver, there are plenty to choose from in this draft. Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson could be the No. 1 overall pick, depending on what Oakland decides to do. He's worthy, although the Raiders desperately need a quarterback and are seriously considering LSU's JaMarcus Russell.
Calvin Johnson, 6-foot-4, 237 pounds, Georgia Tech. Expectations? Based on talent and potential, Johnson has been compared to Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, two of the most dangerous wide receivers in the NFL. Johnson is the real deal. Big. Strong. Fast. The 2006 Biletnikoff Award winner (given to the best receiver in college football) started from the moment he stepped onto Georgia Tech's campus. In 14 games last season, he caught 76 passes for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Ted Ginn Jr., 6-foot, 180 pounds, Ohio State. The return was legendary. Ginn took the opening kickoff of the BCS title game 93 yards to the house, only to get hurt and then watch his team get destroyed by Florida. A second-team all-American, Ginn led the Buckeyes with 59 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns last season, but is better known as an elusive returner of punts and kickoffs. NFLDraftScout.com compared Ginn to Dante Hall, who was just traded from the Chiefs to the Rams - a premier return man who can contribute as a wide receiver, rather than a receiver who can return kicks.
Dwayne Bowe, 6-foot-2, 217 pounds, LSU. A relatively young player who didn't start playing football until his junior year of high school, Bowe has a long stride and can create separation in the open field. With JaMarcus Russell throwing him the ball, Bowe caught 65 passes for 990 yards (an average of 15.2 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns. He is projected as a solid No. 2 wide receiver who should be a late-first-round pick.
Robert Meachem, 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, Tennessee. Heavily recruited out of high school, Meachem tore meniscus in a knee before his freshman year and had to sit out the entire season. He came back slowly, but had a breakout year in 2006 as a junior, catching 71 passes for a Tennessee single-season record 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Others: Dwayne Jarrett, Southern Cal; Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio State; Steve Smith, Southern Cal; Craig Davis, LSU; Sidney Rice, South Carolina; Jason Hill, Washington State.
- Ashley Fox