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 would like to congratulate JaMarcus Russell for being picked by the Oakland Raiders as the 1st overall player in the 2007 NFL Draft

April 2007

Editor Lloyd Vance was in NYC at Radio City Music Hall for the draft and he was able to congratulate Russell in person on his biggest day.  Russell was thrilled to now be a Raider and he said "I've set my goals very high. I'm just ready to go out there and compete for the job, and do anything positive, have an impact on the guys that are there. Whatever is necessary, I'm going to do it. See if we can go in there and turn things around. I think I'm part of a process that needs to be happening."  There was no haggling over contracts, because they knew Russell was the man to lead the Raiders back to respectability.  The big-armed quarterback calmly took the stage and the Raiders brought him home.  He will now team with Dominic Rhodes, Lamott Jordan , and the Raiders’ current set of WR’s (Ronald Curry, Mike Williams – traded from Detroit , and Jerry Porter) to restore their vertical passing game. Russell will be competing with former Lions QB Josh McCown, who the Raiders acquired in a trade along with Williams.  Russell is a genuine young man who traveled a long road from Mobile, Alabama to the NFL and I know with his leadership abilities, arm, and intelligence, he will be successful for the Raiders.

Look for several African American QB's to be selected on Day 2 of the draft.  Some choices are listed below.

--QB - Troy Smith, Ohio State : Smith is a winner , who only beat Michigan 3 times and won the Heisman.  Forget about questions around his “cocky” heisman attitude and height, he is a player that will succeed at the next level.

--QB – Chris Leak, Florida : Leak is the National Championship QB from Florida and he needs to be picked. He is a great leader who threw for 23 TD’s last year and is the 2nd leading passer of all-time in the SEC.

--QB/WR - Legedu Naanee, Boise State : - Naanee (6’2, 225) was a little used backup quarterback at Boise State , but should be a “Ace” on special teams in the NFL

 --QB/WR – Isaiah Stanback, Washington: A utility player that is a tough team “Football” player. He will help on Special Teams, As a Developmental QB, In the Slot, On Returns, In the Backfield and Trick Plays

-- Submitted by Lloyd Vance



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