J.R. Russell
WR | (6'3", 206, 4.51) | Louisville

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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 39(253)
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Overall: Russell redshirted in 2000, saw time as a reserve in 2001 and finally earned a starting job by the end of the 2002 season. Russell had his breakout season as a junior in 2003 when he set a school record with 1,213 receiving yards on 75 receptions. As a senior in 2004, Russell finished with 73 receptions for 968 yards and seven TD's. Russell is never going to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL and he's never going to be a huge vertical threat, but he does have the size, hands and feel to develop into a solid complementary starter if he is motivated properly and if he wants to work at it. A team could take a chance on Russell late on Day 1, but it's more likely that he comes off the board early on Day 2 of the 2005 draft.

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