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标  题: ESPN.com's 2000 NFL Mock Draft(from espn)---only first 18
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Tue Apr 11 15:17:55 2000) WWW-POST

1. BROWNS
                         SELECTION

                         DE Courtney Brown, Penn State
                         We're betting all the talk in Cleveland about
LaVar Arrington is a bit of
                         a smoke screen to scare the 'Skins at No. 2.
Brown would give the
                         Browns a solid anchor for their defensive
line for the next decade. A
                         dominating pass rusher and run-stuffer like
Brown doesn't come around
                         very often. The Jets, who could end up with
four first-round picks if the
                         Keyshawn Johnson deal goes through, love
Brown so much that they'll
                         likely offer all four of those picks to
Cleveland for the No. 1 overall
                         choice. The Browns would at least have to
listen to that offer.


              Moderator: Let's take a user question. Here's one from
Darius Powerz of Washington, D.C.: Is Chris Samuels in the
              same class as Tony Boselli, and do you think he's injury
prone?

              Answer from ESPN.com's Tom Oates: No, he's not Tony
Boselli. I don't think anyone's in the class of
              Boselli.You're talking about an Anthony Munoz-type
player, and those guys come around only once in a lifetime. I've
              heard Samuels compared more to Willie Roaf, and I think
that's more appropriate. The 'Skins are gearing up for a Super
              Bowl, and the only real hole they have on offense is at
left offensive tackle. Samuels is the one guy in the draft who
              scouts feel can play offensive tackle. As far as being
injury prone, football is a game where just about everyone is
              injured eventually. If you mark guys off for being
injured, you'd be talking about three-quarters of the guys in this
draft.

              Let's go on to the second pick:

              2. REDSKINS
                         SELECTION

                         OT Chris Samuels, Alabama
                         Samuels probably goes in the second spot
because he'll be easier to sign
                         than LaVar Arrington will at No. 3. The
Redskins already have a
                         powerful offense, but the one hole in the
offense is left tackle. If there's
                         a secondary hole, it's a third wide receiver.
But in the NFL these days,
                         left tackle is one of the most significant
positions, and Samuels should
                         fill that void for a team with Super Bowl
aspirations.


              Moderator: Let's take another user question. From Tim
Patterson of Madison, N.J.: There certainly seems to be a lot
              of activity in Washington. With the Redskins free-agency
acquisitions this year and having the No. 2 and No. 3 pick in
              this year's draft, how can they afford to keep their
team under the salary cap? Are they going to pay a price for this
              free spending in the next few years?

              Answer from ESPN.com's Tom Oates: I think you have to
look at where Vinny Cerrato came from. He learned his
              lessons in San Francisco, where the 49ers were the
masters of the credit-card approach to the salary cap. There was a
              lot of "win-now, pay-later" approach out there, and I
think there thinking that way no in Washington. Right now, I
              think the 'Skins are the favorites in the NFC. Right
now, I think it's Washington and Tampa Bay. The acquistion of
              Jeff George shows they feel it's time to win now.

              Moderator: It's on to the No. 3 pick, and the 'Skins
again:

              3. REDSKINS
                         SELECTION

                         LB LaVar Arrington, Penn State
                         This is the guy the Redskins wanted all
along. They've upgraded
                         themselves at safety and defensive end. They
were already solid at
                         cornerback and defensive tackle. The last
place they needed to update
                         was the linebacking corps. Arrington is a
great player, but he brings the
                         added dimension of being a playmaker. He'll
solidify a defense that was
                         not a good defense last year. The addition of
Bruce Smith and
                         Arrington would give the 'Skins two
playmakers. Plus, Champ Bailey is
                         going to continue to emerge as one of the
game's best young corners.


              4. BENGALS
                         SELECTION

                         WR Peter Warrick, Florida State
                         The Bengals have to take Warrick here. There
are four great players in
                         this draft, and if you're at No. 4, you've
got to take Warrick. The kid
                         has proven he's a great football player. He
has unbelievable cutting and
                         quickness. His lack of speed is overrated.
He's a playmaker and a
                         home-run hitter. By picking Warrick, it
should free up the Bengals to
                         deal Carl Pickens. Don't be surprised if
Pickens goes for a second- or
                         third-round pick. But the addition of Warrick
would give Akili Smith a
                         talented playmaker. Cincinnati should get
plenty of trade offers for this
                         pick -- especially if a team like Denver
falls in love with Warrick.


              5. RAVENS
                         SELECTION

                         RB Thomas Jones, Virginia
                         The Ravens will go for a running back or wide
receiver. Brian Billick is
                         an offensive guy, and he has a team devoid of
offensive playmakers.
                         This draft is deep with receivers and running
back, so Billick just needs
                         to make the right choice. Jones is a
versatile back, which is what Billick
                         looks for. He can carry the load and catch
passes. Unlike other guys in
                         the draft who are not accomplished receivers.
The Ravens added a
                         solid tight end in Shannon Sharpe, and later
in the draft, they'll look for a
                         wide receiver. Quarterback is their only
question mark. They'll hope
                         Billick can work his magic with Tony Banks or
turn around Trent
                         Dilfer.


              Moderator: Let's break for another user question. This
one's from David Warner, Jr. of Felton, Pa.: The Eagles
              obviously need help at defensive line and wide receiver.
Do you think they'll keep the No. 6 pick and fill one of those
              needs or trade down and try to fill both?

              Answer from ESPN.com's Tom Oates: I think they'll stay
where they are because it'd be hard to trade down and get
              a great defensive lineman. They could deal down and get
a good wide receiver. However, they need an anchor for their
              defensive line. And this draft isn't deep with those
type of players. Corey Simon of Florida State -- if the Eagles are
              satisfied that he's healthy -- would be a perfect fit.
That will draft boos from Eagles fans, but Simon is the guy the
              Eagles need. Remember, Eagles fans, you booed McNabb
last year, and he had a better rookie year than Ricky Williams.

              6. EAGLES
                         SELECTION

                         DT Corey Simon, Florida State
                         The Eagles certainly can use help on their
defensive line. They can use
                         a big body. He can be physical. He comes from
a winning program --
                         obviously, they won a national title last
year. Had Plaxico Burress not
                         fallen in disfavor with them, they may have
picked him.

              7. CARDINALS
                         SELECTION

                         RB Jamal Lewis, Tennessee
                         If there was a great defensive lineman up
there, it would make sense
                         for them to take one. But there isn't one.
They'll go running back. Their
                         leading returning rusher is Michael Pittman,
who had 289 yards rushing
                         last year. Adrian Murrell is gone. Despite
the need on defense, they'll
                         go for Jamal Lewis, who's climbed the charts
with good workouts and
                         seems to be healthy.


              Moderator: Time for another question. This next one is
from Anthony Glunt of Leesburg, Va.: Are the Steelers really
              considering anyone other than Plaxico Burress if he's
available? I think that would be the biggest mistake of the draft.

              Answer from ESPN's Howie Schwab: Perhaps they should
consider Travis Taylor to fill the need at wide receiver.
              He's certainly climbed the draft board and playing in an
offense in college which is so explosive that could be a positive.
              A lot of people are saying the Steelers need receiving
help yet Edwards and Ward each caught 61 passes last season.
              Burress gives a different dimension at 6-6. The
questions about attitude linger in some minds. Having spent some time
              with him at the Final Four, he seems like a nice kid
who's being criticized for the wrong reasons.

              8. STEELERS
                         SELECTION

                         WR Plaxico Burress, Michigan State
                         Plaxico Burress is a better complementary
receiver to Troy Edwards
                         than Travis Taylor. Whenever you get a 6-6
guy with good speed if he
                         can be a little more precise and route
running he has a ton of potential.
                         You don't get too many 6-6 receivers that are
the package that he is.
                         He has terrific athleticism. Chad Pennington
would be an interesting
                         pick here, but what would that say to Kordell
Stewart and Kent
                         Graham? If Pennington would be able to step
in right away, he might've
                         made sense here.



              9. BEARS
                         SELECTION

                         OLB Brian Urlacher, New Mexico
                         This guy is capable of doing so many things.
He's the most interesting
                         prospect in this draft. He was even a return
man in college. Very rarely
                         do you get that kind of versatility from a
guy that size. This guy isn't the
                         next Mike Mamula. He's a true talent and
besides, Mamula couldn't
                         return punts or kicks. On defense, Urlacher
has a nose for the football
                         and is just able to make plays. You don't
make 154 tackles if you don't
                         have some talent. The fact he played in the
red zone on offense tells
                         you something, too.


              Moderator: Let's go to the questions again. This next
one is from Tony Long from Denver, Colo.: I underestand that
              the Denver Broncos need a wide receiver. However, I
don't think they should draft Travis Taylor from Florida. If they
              don't move up and pick either Peter Warrick or Plaxico
Burress, do you see them trading down to get more picks and
              perhaps pick Sylvester Morris or Jerry Porter? I feel
that those two receivers are as good as Travis Taylor.

              Answer from ESPN's Howie Schwab: There's no guarantee if
you traded down that both Morris and Porter would be
              there also. Both of those guys could go anywhere from
the middle to the late first round, so why gamble? Unless you
              feel comfortable taking an R. Jay Soward or another
receiver in the second round who should be there. With that in
              mind, Taylor makes sense.

              10. BRONCOS
                         SELECTION

                         WR Travis Taylor, Florida
                         Even though the Broncos got burned with
another quick SEC receiver
                         (Tennessee's Marcus Nash), Taylor seems to be
a good fit since Rod
                         Smith and Ed McCaffrey aren't burners. Mike
Shanahan would love a
                         guy who can average 18 yards a catch like
Taylor. This kid's stock shot
                         up because of his good speed and workouts.
Tight end Bubba Franks
                         would be a possibility, but Byron Chamberlain
has done a respectable
                         job in place of the departed Shannon Sharpe.


              Moderator: Let's go to another question. This next one
is from Mike Caprio of New York: With all the running back
              questions surrounding the first round based upon speed,
hands, tackle breaking, injury-prone and burst of speed, is there
              one guy that takes the cake -- or are they all just a
shot in the dark? And are the Giants going to fire another blank?

              Answer from ESPN's Mark Cannizzaro: I think this year
the Giants have got to get a running back. Even though
              Fassel expended some picks on Joe Montgomery and Sean
Bennett, it doesn't look like Thomas Jones or Jamal Lewis
              will be available. I would think he would go before No.
11. The best bet is Shaun Alexander. Each of these guys have
              some sort of flaw. There's a lot of talk about Ron Dayne
but he's not a real good pass catcher. He didn't catch too
              many balls in Wisconsin. He's got good speed for his
size but he's not extremely elusive. As deep as this running back
              crop is, I don't think there's a superstar in there.

              11. GIANTS
                         SELECTION

                         RB Shaun Alexander, Alabama
                         Basically, at 11, the Giants aren't going to
get Jones or Lewis, guys who
                         have more speed. I think Alexander was a
consistent player at
                         Alabama. He's got good agility. He's got
very, very good hands --
                         Fassel likes to throw to backs. This is a guy
who's a fairly seasoned
                         receiver as a running back in the passing
game. Dayne could go here
                         but he didn't have a lot of catches in
college so that's a big question
                         mark. Even though he's got good speed, Dayne
isn't that elusive. He's a
                         big kid, so weight could be an issue, too.

              12. 49ERS
                         SELECTION

                         QB Chad Pennington, Marshall
                         The Niners are quarterback-starved, and he's
clearly the best
                         quarterback that's out there. Even though
this is not a quarterback draft
                         like the past two years, where there's
no-brainer at the top, this guy's
                         accuracy is uncanny. He throws the deep ball
and he's accurate. He's
                         been playing in a pro-style offense. There
were questions about
                         whether a guy could make a transition out of
a small school. Former
                         teammate Randy Moss has answered a lot of
those questions. If there's
                         an underrated guy to go here, it's Giovanni
Carmazzi from Hofstra. He's
                         about the same size as Pennington, but kind
of one of those kids who
                         has intangibles -- finds ways to win.

              13.
              BUCCANEERS
                         SELECTION

                         WR Dez White, Georgia Tech
                         The Jets could acquire this pick with the
Keyshawn Johnson deal, but
                         the chances of that happening are 50-50 at
best. So with that said, if
                         Tampa Bay is picking here without Johnson,
there's no question they'll
                         take a receiver. Dez White is the big-play
receiver the Bucs need.
                         White makes a lot of yards after the catch.
Bert Emanuel is expected to
                         be traded or cut because of cap reasons.
Sylvester Morris is kind of the
                         wild card here. He may be the best out of all
the receivers this year.
                         But he's another guy who's produced against
lesser talent.


              Moderator: Another user question. This next one is from
Casey Fraysier of Virginia Beach, Va.: Who is the best "pass
              rushing" DE in the draft, and what likelihood that the
Packers will get a chance to draft a "run stuffing" DT such as
              BC's Chris Hovan?

              Answer from ESPN's Mark Cannizzaro: He's the best of the
run stoppers available. I see the Packers taking a
              defensive lineman somewhere down the line. Hovan is just
one of those high achiever kind of guys. He's 6-2 and 305,
              so he certainly has the numbers in size. He's pretty
quick, too. He's not a pass-rushing guy, but from reports I had read,
              his stock was really raised at the combine. The Jets
like him a lot. He's definitely on their list.

              14. PACKERS
                         SELECTION

                         DE Shaun Ellis, Tennessee
                         Ellis is clearly the second-best defensive
end after Courtney Brown. He
                         can play on either side. He's already shown
great pass-rushing ability.
                         He's already a good edge pass rusher and he's
got the speed -- 4.68 in
                         the 40 at the combine. Chris Hovan is a
possibility here. But a team
                         would take a stud defensive end over the stud
defensive tackle. Ellis is
                         more of an impact player. Look around the
league and it takes a special
                         player to be an impact player at defensive
tackle.

              15. RAVENS
                         SELECTION

                         WR Sylvester Morris, Jackson State
                         There's a crop of big receivers. Teams seem
to like the size because
                         bigger receivers have an edge over the smurf
defensive backs. The
                         book on this Morris is that he catches
everything his way. Apparently,
                         he did not have a good combine, but don't put
a lot of stock in that.
                         Another possibility is a smaller guy,
Arizona's Dennis Northcutt, who's
                         got incredible speed.


              Moderator: More questions. This next one is from Donnie
Weatherhead of Pittsburgh, Pa.: If the Keyshawn deal goes
              through, giving the Jets four first-round picks, what
type of deal might the Jets pull to move up in the draft?

              Answer from ESPN's Mark Cannizzaro: They could certainly
package two or even three picks to get themselves
              into the high echelon. The Redskins have shown a
willingness to trade their third overall pick. They've already dangled
              it for Keyshawn. Perhaps the Jets could trade up and get
that third slot. At that point they could get a Peter Warrick or
              even a Plaxico Burress. I'm not sure if they like
Warrick or Burress better. They're really high on both guys. They
              would love to get Courtney Brown. That's the player they
covet most. Brown is either going to go to Cleveland or
              Washington. Only way they have a shot at Brown is if the
Jets can get the No. 1 pick. From the people in Cleveland
              I've talked to, there's no way the Jets can get the No.
1 pick from the Browns for those four picks.

16. JETS
                         SELECTION

                         TE Bubba Franks, Miami
                         He's the best tight end in the draft. Anthony
Becht out of West Virginia
                         is a good player. But Franks has the most
upside. He's 6-5 and 265.
                         That's just perfect physical size. You
couldn't chisel a better tight end.
                         The guy blocks and catches. Are there
questions? Yes. He could use
                         another year in college. And he has dropped
some balls. Between him
                         and Becht, he's the most all-around guy. The
Jets haven't had a tight
                         end in several years, a guy who caught 30 or
more balls, since Johnny
                         Mitchell in 1995. They drafted Kyle Brady,
who didn't pan out, and last
                         year brought in Eric Green, who was a huge
bust. Right now, they only
                         have Fred Baxter with any kind of experience
at tight end. Baxter is
                         only a workmanlike tight end. They really
have no starting-caliber tight
                         end. That's why Franks goes here.

              17. RAIDERS
                         SELECTION

                         OLB Julian Peterson, Michigan State
                         The Raiders would love to find an heir
apparent for Tim Brown at this
                         spot, but with the top five receiving
prospects gone, they'll tend to their
                         next biggest need -- a pass rusher. Peterson
fits the bill as the
                         much-needed edge rusher and the athletic
linebacker the defense
                         desperately needs. If Al Davis has his say --
and you know he will --
                         don't be surprised if Laveranues Coles is
taken here. We all know about
                         the Raiders' fascination with speed
receivers.


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