Raiders Take Russell Number One

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NEW YORK -- The Oakland Raiders have made quarterback
JaMarcus Russell the first overall player taken in today's N-F-L
draft.
Russell had an outstanding junior season before leaving L-S-U a
year early, completing nearly 68 percent of his 342 passes for over
31-hundred yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also
ran for 142 yards on 52 carries and appeared completely recovered
from a separated shoulder that forced him to miss most of spring
practice prior to last season.
Russell went 32-and-4 as the Tigers' starting Q-B. That includes
an 11-and-2 mark in 2005, when the Tigers' schedule was rewritten
and altered by Hurricane Katrina. Russell was a semifinalist for
the Davey O'Brien Award and named a first team All-S-E-C by The
Associated Press last season.
Russell's potential appears to be limitless. He's a huge
quarterback at over six-five and 265 pounds with exceptional arm
strength and tremendous natural ability. Russell eludes pass
rushers and is very tough to take down, allowing him to be an
effective runner.
Russell didn't show up in great shape at the Combine and has
never really been tested by other Q-B's competing for his job. He
has shown trouble reading defenses and checking secondary
receivers.