By Rodney Lakin, football.com
Staff Writer April 07, 2002
underclassman and projected trades
- David Carr, QB, Fresno State No NFL draft prospect was effected
more by Joey Harrington's Fiesta Bowl performance than David Carr. For
Carr, who I think was the Texans #1 choice all along, now has a market
competitor. This means that the Texans can negotiate Carr's contract against
what Harrington might be asking for and, thus, drive down his price. This
type of contractual chess was used by the last expansion team, the Cleveland
Browns, in the 1999 draft. That year Cleveland used Akili Smith for leverage
in order to get a better deal out of #1 pick Tim Couch. Couch, like Carr,
was the Browns first choice all along, however the threat of drafting Smith
scared Couch (and agent) enough to shave a couple of million off their
demands. Harrington, too, will cut some money off of Carr's first NFL contract
and help the Texans save a couple of bucks.
2. Carolina - Julius Peppers,
DE, North Carolina* John Fox's arrival further solidifies
the assumption that Peppers will be drafted here. Fox and Carolina can't
afford to take the bad (instate) publicity that would come with passing
on the #1 prospect, even if the Panthers get a knock out deal for his services.
Drafting Peppers would provide a spark to the Panthers defensive line,
which has produced the fourth worst sack total in the NFL this past season.
3. Detroit - Quentin Jammer, CB,
Texas Matt Millen is going to find out
that trading out of the top 3 is not as easy as it used to be. Nowadays
teams are reluctant to move up this high, mainly because of the money that's
involved. For example; last year, the Arizona Cardinals did not want to
stay at #2, however there was no prospect attractive enough for another
team to trade up for. No trade was made and the Cards ended up drafting
Leonard Davis. This year Millen is hoping that either Joey Harrington or
Bryant McKinnie is that attractive prospect, and, when it's all said and
done, he may be right. If Detroit stays, however, expect them to draft
either Jammer or Roy Williams from Oklahoma.
4. Buffalo - Albert Haynesworth,
DT, Tennessee* At this point, Tom Donahoe and the
Bills are leaning towards taking a defensive tackle instead of a quarterback
(Harrington) or offensive tackle (McKinnie). If Haynesworth is drafted
by the Bills, expect either Jeff Blake or Drew Bledsoe to be added before
5. San Diego - Bryant McKinnie,
OT, Miami The Chargers want to add an impact
offensive lineman and they'll likely choose between McKinnie and Mike Williams
from Texas. McKinnie is the higher rated prospect of the two and San Diego
needs a left tackle (McKinnie) more than a right (Williams).
6. Dallas - Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma* Dallas will try to move down if
Jammer is not available. If they don't pull off such a deal, expect the
Cowboys to draft Williams or a defensive lineman.
7. Minnesota - Mike Williams,
OT, Texas Minnesota, at this point, would
be interested in drafting an impact offensive tackle like Williams to help
improve the league's 25th ranked ground attack instead of a defensive tackle,
like Wendell Bryant or Ryan Sims , to help improve the NFL's 27th ranked
pass rush. In 2000, the Vikings ranked 28th ( pass rush), and 6th (running
game) in those two respective categories.
8. Kansas City - Ryan Sims, DT,
North Carolina The plan (I'm told) is for the Chiefs
to address their defensive needs (particularly DT) through the draft and
acquire the teams offensive needs (WR and RT) through free agency. So far
that plan isn't going to well, as Kansas City has lost out on key free
agents like Tim Dwight, Az-Zahir Hakim, and Bill Romanowski.
9. Washington* (from Jacksonville)
- Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon The Redskins still need to find
the "Gun" in Steve Spurrier's "Fun 'N' Gun" offensive system. Harrington
has the gun, as well as the intelligence and poise. This will be a good
fit all around.
10. Cincinnati - Phillip Buchanon,
CB, Miami* The Bengals could have two new starting
corners in 2002. Buchanon is very similar to former Hurricane Duane Starks,
the 10th overall selection in 1998..