Meachem to Pack?
Robert Meachem

Posted Jan 19, 2007

Seven talented wide receivers will be picked in the first round of this spring's National Football League Draft, and former University of Tennessee standout Robert Meachem is going to be one of them.

So says Pete Fiutak of in an article currently posted at the popular website.

Fiutak predicts that three wideouts will go ahead of Robert MeachemGeorgia Tech's Calvin Johnson to Tampa Bay with pick No. 4, Southern Cal's Dwayne Jarrett to the 49ers with pick No. 11 and Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija to Buffalo with pick No. 12.

Fiutak has Meachem going to the Green Bay Packers with pick No. 16, with South Carolina's Sidney Rice going to Jacksonville one pick later. Ohio State's Ted Ginn is projected as pick No. 22 to Dallas and LSU's Dwayne Bowe as pick No. 28 to San Diego.

Fiutak believes the Oakland Raiders will select LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the first pick in the draft. Detroit will take Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas with pick No. 2. The Browns will select Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn with pick No. 3. After the Bucs choose Johnson, the Arizona Cardinals close out the top five by taking Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Russell, Meachem and Rice are among 11 SEC players Fiutak projects as first-rounders. The others are:

Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson, pick 9 to Miami

LSU safety LaRon Landry, pick 14 to Carolina

Arkansas offensive tackle Tony Ugoh, pick 19 to the Titans

Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses, pick 20 to the Giants

Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss, pick 26 to the Eagles

Florida safety Reggie Nelson, pick 29 to New England

Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, pick 30 to New Orleans

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