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Bucs lose coin toss; will pick fourth



   INDIANAPOLIS - He brought the coin, presented to him on behalf of the commander of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

    He got to make the call, choosing heads.

    But that proved to be the first bad decision in the 2007 NFL draft by general manager Bruce Allen.

    The Cleveland Browns won the coin flip Thursday when it landed on tails, meaning they will pick third overall in the draft. The Bucs will pick fourth.       

   ""Obviously, the higher pick in any round the better the value,'' Allen said. ""There might be equal value in this draft, being one selection higher in the second round as the first round. We'll just see how it plays out.''

    But Allen and the Bucs weren't flipping out about the results.

   ""We're in a good position to get one of the rare talents in the draft,'' Allen said.

    Which players the Bucs might lose out on is uncertain. But losing the coin toss could potentially prevent them from selecting a player like Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson.

    The Oakland Raiders are expected to select LSU quarterback JeMarcus Russell with the first overall pick. The Detroit Lions, who pick second, might opt to go with Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas.

   That would give the Browns the option of two or three elite players - Johnson, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson or even Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

   The coin toss was held at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the Council ballroom at the Westin Hotel between Allen and Browns general manager Phil Savage. It was necessary because the Bucs and Browns finished with identical 4-12 records and the same strength of schedule, necessitating the tie-breaker.

   Allen volunteered to call the flip in the air by NFL director of player personnel Mike Fiore. But it came up tails.




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