The Huddle Report Mock Draft

March 26, 2002
 

By : Robby Esch
1 TEXANS
David Carr not only looks like the first pick but it also looks as if the Texans will have him signed by draft day. If all the Carr talk is a smoke screen (and it's not) other possible picks would be a stud defensive lineman. QB David Carr Fresno St
DE Julius Peppers North Carolina
DT John Henderson Tennessee
2 PANTHERS
The smart money here is on DE playmaker Julius Peppers from North Carolina. If for some reason the Panthers donít want Peppers, one of the big DT's may fit the bill. But if it's not Peppers then the best bet is a trade down. DE Julius Peppers North Carolina
DT John Henderson Tennessee
DT Wendell Bryant Wisconsin
3 LIONS
This is the spot that has created the most talk so far in the first round about teams wanting to trade up to take QB Joey Harrington or one of the Defensive Tackles. I believe that the Lions will keep the pick and take CB Quentin Jammer of Texas or Safety Roy Williams of Oklahoma. CB Quentin Jammer Texas
S Roy Williams Oklahoma
RB William Greene Boston College
4 BILLS
The Bills could go several ways with this pick one of which could be QB; but with talk of the Bills trading for Drew Bledsoe, one would have to assume QB will either not be a need or the Bills would not have this pick. That said I still like OT Bryant McKinnie here. T Bryant McKinnie Miami
QB Joey Harrington Oregon
DT John Henderson Tennessee
5 CHARGERS
The Chargers need help at wide receiver, o-line at guard and tackle and could also use a corner. With no guard jumping off the board here, it will come down to 2 players -- CB Buchanon and OT Williams. The question will be whether or not the Chargers feel that Williams can play on the left side. Trading down with rival Oakland could be the call. CB Phillip Buchanon Miami 
T Mike Williams Texas
WR Jabar Gaffney Florida
6 COWBOYS
The Cowboys will be looking for play makers. With the addition of DT Glover & CB Westbrook through free agency the focus is squarely on Oklahoma safety Roy Williams. DT, however, should not be ruled out. A trade down with the Raiders is also a strong possibility.  S Roy Williams Oklahoma
DT John Henderson Tennessee
DT Albert Haynesworth Tennessee
7 VIKINGS
The Vikings have a history of taking the best player on the board and at this point would be more than happy to see John Henderson still on the board.Other needs that could be addressed with this pick are wide receiver and safety. DT John Henderson Tennessee
WR Donte Stallworth Tennessee
S Edward Reed Miami
8 CHIEFS
With primary needs at defensive tackle, wide receiver, cornerback, and defensive end the Chiefs could go several ways with this pick. We give then the highest rated player on our board at their highest rated need position and itís a good fit in Wisconsin DT Wendell Bryant. DT Wendell Bryant Wisconsin
DT Ryan Sims North Carolina
WR Donte Stallworth Tennessee
9 JAGUARS
If the first 8 picks fall the way we have it here this could become a very sought after pick with teams such as Washington and Seattle among others looking to steal QB Harrington away from the Bengals at 10. Staying here, the Jags will look for an Offensive Tackle or Defensive Tackle with Wide Receiver a possibility. T Mike Williams Texas
DT Albert Haynesworth Tennessee
WR Jabar Gaffney Florida
10 BENGALS
Having not been able to land a new QB in free agency or through trade the Bengals will get their new Franchise QB the old fashion way and draft him. If none is available the focus changes to Tight End and Cornerback. QB Joey Harrington Oregon
TE Daniel Graham Colorado
DT Ryan Sims North Carolina
11 COLTS
The Colts front office knows that this team's weak link has been its defense. They now seem committed to addressing the problems there -- first with the hiring of head coach Tony Dungy and now with the drafting of some players on defense to match the one already on offense. I personally don't see how the Colts can not go defense in the first round. DT Albert Haynesworth Tennessee
DT Ryan Sims North Carolina
S Edward Reed Miami
12 CARDINALS
Having addressed a huge need at CB in free agency with the signing of Duane Starks, the Cardinals can now concentrate on their below average Defensive line. DT Ryan Sims and DE Kalimba Edwards are among their targets and both could very well be available. DT Ryan Sims North Carolina
DE Kalimba Edwards South Carolina
TE Jeremy Shockey Miami
13 SAINTS
With needs in several offensive positions combined with the losses of Glover and Johnson from the defensive line, the Saints will have plenty of options and needs to choose from with this pick. WR Jabar Gaffney Florida
DE Kalimba Edwards South Carolina
TE Daniel Graham Colorado
14 TITANS
If the first round breaks as I have it here, the Titans may want to trade down and pick up some extra picks later in the draft rather than reach for a player that may not quite fit what they are looking for. If staying here my best guess isÖ S Edward Reed Miami
DE Dwight Freeney Syracuse
CB Keyuo Craver Nebraska
15 GIANTS
With needs at Offensive Tackle, Tight End, Wide Receiver and Guard -- all possible first round targets. The Giants are in position at 14 to address any of them with the exception of Offensive Tackle. TE Daniel Graham Colorado
G Toniu Fonoti Nebraska
WR Donte Stallworth Tennessee
16 BROWNS
With the highest rated Running Back still on the board, this looks like an easy pick even though several quality guards remain on the board and are slotted for this area. The call is Running Back. RB William Greene Boston College
RB TJ Duckett Michigan St
G Toniu Fonoti Nebraska
17 FALCONS
The Falcons now have offensive playmakers in QB Michael Vick and RB with the signing of Warrick Dunn. Their biggest hole now is at Wide Receiver and let me tell you they are desperate for help. I donít see them picking any other position at this spot. WR Donte Stallworth Tennessee
WR Antonio Bryant Pittsburgh
WR Ashley Lelie Hawaii
18 REDSKINS
All the experts have the Redskins taking a Wide Receiver with this pick. After looking at what the Redskins have done in free agency and are trying to do, I believe the Redskins will take a DT if one is available. If not, anything is possible. G Toniu Fonoti Nebraska
DE Kalimba Edwards South Carolina
WR Ashley Lelie Hawaii
19 BRONCOS
Wide Receiver is the order of the day in Denver. The Broncos desperately need to find a young complement to Rod Smith with Ed McCaffrey coming off a broken leg. Therefore, I think it will be a WR with an outside shot for South Carolina's DE Kalimba Edwards, who at this point is sliding. WR Antonio Bryant Pittsburgh
WR Ashley Lelie Hawaii
DE Kalimba Edwards South Carolina
20 SEAHAWKS
Edwards slides no further than 20 as the Seahawks are eager to snatch him up.Other positions that get consideration are Tight End and Safety. Edwards is the value pick at 20 and fills a prime need. DE Kalimba Edwards South Carolina
TE Jeremy Shockey Miami
DE Dwight Freeney Syracuse
21 RAIDERS
The Raiders would like to trade up into the top ten or higher to get a shot at one of the top Defensive Tackles and that is a very good possibility. Staying here, the Raiders will look at Receiver and Guard. WR Ashley Lelie Hawaii
G Andre Gurode Colorado
G Kendall Simmons Auburn
22 JETS
The Jets could go in several directions here. DT (any left would be a reach), WR (2 yrs in a row?). The quality for the Jets needs at this point in the draft is along the offensive line and thatís where I think this pick will be. T Levi Jones Arizona St
G Andre Gurode Colorado
G Kendall Simmons Auburn
23 RAIDERS
The Raiders would like to trade up into the top ten or higher to get a shot at one of the top Defensive Tackles and that is a very good possibility. Staying here and having selected a Wide Receiver at pick 21, Guard and Linebacker become the focus. LB Napoleon Harris Northwestern
G Andre Gurode Colorado
G Kendall Simmons Auburn
24 RAVENS
The former champs have been torn apart by the salary cap and now have many holes to fill including Offensive Tackle, Cornerback, Safety, Wide Receiver. The Ravens focus their first round pick on what Billick does best -- Offense. WR Josh Reed LSU
DE Dwight Freeney Syracuse
CB Keyuo Craver Nebraska
25 SAINTS
Saints will be looking for some playmakers on offense and Shockey fits in that category. Also getting a good long look will be Wide Receiver and Guard. TE Jeremy Shockey Miami
G Andre Gurode Colorado
WR Marquise Walker Michigan
26 EAGLES
Not exactly the type of running back the Eagles have been looking for this off-season, but he is big, powerful and has long distance speed -- something the Eagles have been missing in the running game. Wide Receiver remains an outside possibility. RB TJ Duckett Michigan St
WR Marquise Walker Michigan
RB DeShaun Foster UCLA
27 49ERS
The 49ers hope to finally find a consistent receiver opposite Terrell Owens and thatís why they give Michigan's Marquise Walker a long look here. Also in the picture is Nebraska CB Keyuo Caver with an outside shot being a Guard. WR Marquise Walker Michigan
CB Keyuo Craver Nebraska
G Andre Gurode Colorado
28 PACKERS
The search for an above average cover corner continues in Green Bay. While they have solid, but unspectacular corners, they donít have anyone to fear and CB could be the way to go here. Defensive Tackle could figure in as well. CB Keyuo Craver Nebraska
CB Lito Sheppard Florida
DT Anthony Weaver Notre Dame
29 BEARS
The Bears will be looking for an edge rusher and will have a couple to choose from. They could also go for a cornerback with an outside chance of them taking a shot at an offensive lineman that may be falling. DE Alex Brown Florida
DE Charles Grant Georgia
CB Lito Sheppard Florida
30 STEELERS
With both first round Tight Ends gone and no LB worthy of a first round pick, the Steelers will look to add to their secondary with a Corner or Safety. S Lamont Thompson Washington St
S Michael Lewis Colorado
CB Lito Sheppard Florida
31 RAMS
While a Wide Receiver would be tempting here, the more pressing need may be at Offensive Tackle. There should be some options at both positions available with this pick. T Mike Pearson Florida
WR Reche Caldwell Florida
WR Andre Davis Virginia Tech
32 PATRIOTS
With needs along the Defensive Line and Linebacker apparent, The World Champions will look to the d-line. As this is not a very good draft for linebackers -- and you can never count out a player that is falling on draft day (like Colorado G Andre Gurode is in my first round here) being taken by the Champs whether it is a need position or not. DT Anthony Weaver Notre Dame
DT Larry Tripplett Washington
G Andre Gurode Colorado
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