NEW YORK - The NFL's 72d annual draft proved once again that mock drafts are not worth the paper they're printed on.
The first round was good for receivers, defensive ends, and players from the Southeastern Conference, especially from Louisiana State. Here's a look at the highs and lows of Round 1:
Biggest conference winner. Eleven players from the SEC were taken in the first round. The Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference were next with six each.
LSU led the way with four players: QB JaMarcus Russell (No. 1, Oakland), FS LeRon Landy (No. 6, Washington), WR Dwayne Bowe (No. 23, Kansas City) and WR Craig Davis (No. 30, San Diego). Miami was second with three first-rounders, and Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Ohio State each had two.
Top position. Six wide receivers went in the first round, edging out the five defensive ends chosen. Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson was the first WR taken, No. 2 by Detroit. It was the fourth time in five years that Detroit had used its first-round pick on a receiver.
Oddity. Central Michigan, with OT Joe Staley, had as many first-rounders as Michigan, with CB Leon Hall.
Worst decision. Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn attended the draft. Projected to go third to Cleveland, Quinn probably wishes he had gone fishing with Wisconsin's Joe Thomas. Now, Quinn and Thomas will be teammates in Cleveland, although Quinn was selected 22d - about 19 picks and four hours later than he had envisioned.
Best first round. Cleveland got a bookend tackle and a quarterback of the future in Thomas and Quinn. The Browns paid a steep price in acquiring Dallas' first-rounder to select Quinn. Cleveland traded a second-rounder (No. 36, which later went to the Eagles) and next year's first-round pick. Still, it would have been tough to sell the fans on a bright future with Charlie Frye directing the offense.
Cornering New York. Both New York teams took cornerbacks in the first round, with the Jets taking Pittsburgh's Darrelle Revis with the 14th pick, acquired in a trade, and the Giants selecting Aaron Ross of Texas at 20.
Making history. The first round was the longest in NFL history, taking 6 hours, 8 minutes.
Nicest touch. The NFL paid tribute to Virginia Tech, where 33 people died in the April 16 shooting rampage, by inviting football coach Frank Beamer and former Hokies first-round picks Bruce Smith, Michael Vick and DeAngelo Hall to the draft.
"I hope every day you find time to say a prayer for those victims, their families and the ones who were injured," Beamer told the draft audience at Radio City Music Hall. "We won't forget them. There is a lot of hurt and pain."
Nice touch. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell usually announces the first-round picks. Goodell gave the honor of announcing Buffalo's first-round pick to former Hokie Bruce Smith, a likely Hall of Famer, whose best days were with the Bills.
Best late first-round pick. Chicago drafted Miami TE Greg Olsen with the 31st pick. The Bears desperately need offensive playmakers, and Olsen fits the bill.
False alarm. Eagles fans broke out in song, singing "Fly Eagles Fly" before the team's scheduled 26th pick. Radio City Music Hall sounded like Lincoln Financial Field. Even the Rocky theme song, "Gonna Fly Now," was played. The music stopped a few minutes later when it was announced that the Eagles had traded their first-round pick to Dallas for a second-, third- and fifth-rounder.
The Eagles didn't pick until 36th, and the fans remained enthusiastic - until the choice was announced. When Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb's name was announced, Eagles fans in the upper section gave a true Philadelphia greeting - Booo!