There were 50 defensive backs drafted, the most frequently-selected position. LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell was the first player selected, the sixth time in seven years that a quarterback went No. 1 overall. It was the first time that the Raiders made the No. 1 selection.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (selected No. 7 overall) and 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (No. 11 overall) were both All-Pro selections, and were named Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively. Willis was a first-team All-Pro pick, while Peterson was a second-team choice.
National champion Florida had the most players selected, with nine, though starting quarterback Chris Leak was not among them. In all, 41 SEC players were selected, nine more than any other conference. Ohio State had the second-most players selected, with eight.
Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith (Ohio State) was selected 174th overall, by the Ravens. Eight quarterbacks were selected ahead of Smith.
Ramzee Robinson, a CB from Alabama was "Mr. Irrelevant," the 255th and final pick of the draft, by the Detroit Lions. He had three tackles in six games for the Lions in 2007.