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NFL Draft Is Underway!

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Cincinnati Bengals hope they've improved
their secondary by taking cornerback Leon Hall with the 18th
overall pick in today's N-F-L draft.

Hall started 34 games at corner over his last three seasons at
Michigan, making him the most experienced available player at the
position. He finished with 45 tackles, 18 pass breakups, three
interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior following
another outstanding season in 2005.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons heads to the Steel
City after being taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th
overall selection in today's N-F-L draft.

Timmons finally became a starter as a junior last season after
apprenticing under 2006 first-round pick Ernie Sims. He finished
the year with 79 tackles, 18 for loss and five interceptions while
starting all 13 games for Florida State.

Timmons also appeared in all 12 games as a freshman and saw
enough action as a sophomore to record 36 tackles and three sacks.

Brady Quinn got his wish and the Browns got a
quarterback in today's N-F-L draft.

After 20 teams passed him by in the draft, the Browns made a
trade with Dallas to acquire the Cowboys' first draft choice that
they used to select the Notre Dame quarterback.

Once considered a possible number one overall pick, Quinn slip
deeper than he or anyone expected.

Quinn grew up a Browns fan in the Columbus suburb of Dublin.
Seconds after being taken, Quinn exhaled before slowly walking onto
the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York and being presented
with a number one Browns jersey.

In return for Dallas' top choice, the Browns gave the Cowboys
their second pick in this year's draft and their first-round choice
in 2008.

The Cleveland Browns have used the third overall
pick in the N-F-L draft to improve their offensive line, taking
Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas.

Thomas won the Outland Trophy as college football's top
offensive interior lineman and was a consensus All-American last
season. He thought about leaving Wisconsin a year early before
tearing his A-C-L while filling in on the defense at the Capital
One Bowl. But Thomas returned to start all 13 games as a senior.

Thomas checks in at over six-six and 306 pounds. He is a natural
athlete with surprisingly good agility and body control.


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