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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
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
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
Let's go on to the second pick:
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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