KFFL.com - Mock Draft

Clint Rusch
Editor: Ryan R. Bonini
March 07.2002
1 Houston Texans David Carr QB Fresno State
Texans management has become enamored with Carr's maturity and his arm, and plans on building the franchise around him.
2 Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers DE North Carolina
In any other year, Peppers would be the No. 1. He's a physical freak, a DE in the Jevon Kearse mold, but bigger and stronger than Kearse.
3 Detroit Lions Roy Williams S Oklahoma
The Lions' secondary last year was atrocious. Williams is a huge, vicious hitter who will shore up the weakest part of the Lion defensive unit.
4 Buffalo Bills Joey Harrington QB Oregon
The Bills figured out that QB Rob Johnson wasn't the answer. They'll go with Harrington, whose mobility, arm, and leadership have wowed the Bills front office.
5 San Diego Chargers Bryant McKinnie OT Miami (FL)
After questions about Mike Williams' knee cause his stock to slip, the Chargers select Bryant McKinnie, the best overall OT in the draft.
6 Dallas Cowboys Quentin Jammer CB Texas
After finding no takers for their pick, the Cowboys select a shutdown corner ... one who's already from Texas.
7 Minnesota Vikings Mike Williams OT Texas
His knee questions cause him to slide to No. 7, but Williams will be gone here, as the Vikings need to jump-start their running game ... a fantastic blocker will help.
8 Kansas City Chiefs Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin
After his amazing workout on March 6, Bryant's stock has shot up. The Chiefs like his versatility, and Dick Vermeil will love his amazing work ethic and motor.
9 Jacksonville Jaguars Ashley Lelie WR Hawaii
After the WR R. Jay Soward fiasco, the Jags have learned that character counts. They'll bypass the more skilled Antonio Bryant for Lelie, who's a class act.
10 Cincinnati Bengals Phillip Buchanon CB Miami (FL)
The Bengals have said they won't deal the pick for QB Drew Bledsoe, of the New England Patriots. They choose to go with a player who can start right away.
11 Indianapolis Colts Ryan Sims DT North Carolina
The Colts get a standout defensive lineman who was actually the best every down lineman last season for the Tar Heels.
12 Arizona Cardinals Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee
Haynesworth is a steal at No. 12. He's young, has tremendous instincts, and has nothing but upside.
13 New Orleans Saints John Henderson DT Tennessee
The Saints are pleased to select a DT who can stuff the run as well as collapsing the pocket, and will pair him with DT Norman Hand for a formidable interior line.
14 New York Giants Jeremy Shockey TE Miami (FL)
Shockey's selection drastically upgrades the Giant passing game, which was dismal last season ... especially the TE position.
15 Tennessee Titans Toniu Fonoti OG/OT Nebraska
Fonoti is a stud with a lot of upside, and with the uncertainty of Bruce Matthews' situation, the Titans need a new OG. Fonoti can also be switched outside if needed.
16 Atlanta Falcons Antonio Bryant WR Pittsburgh
The Falcons are attracted to the idea of a stud WR like Bryant, and head coach Dan Reeves will likely be able to control his dysfunctional nature.
17 Cleveland Browns William Green RB Boston College
The Browns keep the pick, rather than dealing it to New Orleans, and select their RB of the future in Green, who's absurdly strong.
18 Washington Redskins Jabar Gaffney WR Florida
Since Steve Spurrier is assembling Gainesville North, it makes sense that he'll grab another Gator weapon to line up for the 'Skins.
19 Denver Broncos Dwight Freeney DE Syracuse
Denver's D-Line is aging, and Freeney's youth and athleticsim will be a perfect match. He also helps their anemic pass rush.
20 Seattle Seahawks Daniel Graham TE Colorado
Mike Holmgren needs an upgrade at TE, and Graham is it. He's got great hands and will fit in well in Holmgren's scheme.
21 Oakland Raiders (Compensation for Jon Gruden) Kalimba Edwards DE South Carolina
Edwards is a bit of a tweener, with the potential to fall through the cracks. He'll play DE for the Raiders, though, and will provide an insurance policy for Trace Armstrong, who is trying to return from a torn Achilles' tendon.
22 New York Jets Donte Stallworth WR Tennessee
The Jets like the idea of Stallworth and Laveranues Coles as their WR duo. So will Vinny Testaverde, and then Chad Pennington.
23 Oakland Raiders Napoleon Harris LB Northwestern
The Raiders need a LB. Harris is the only 1st Rd caliber LB, and will be a Raider. He's a playmaker with great lateral speed.
24 Baltimore Ravens Josh Reed WR LSU
Brian Billick will want to surround his QB, whoever it will be, with weapons. Reed will be one of them.
25 New Orleans Saints (Proj. trade with Miami) Andre Gurode OG Colorado
After dealing RB Ricky Williams to the Dolphins, the Saints upgrade their offensive line, helping to fill the holes in the unit.
26 Philadelphia Eagles Ed Reed S Miami (FL)
Reed is a solid safety, and his selection by the Eagles will help their secondary adjust to the loss of Damon Moore.
27 San Francisco 49ers Marquis Walker WR Michigan
Walker is a perfect pick for the 49ers. He's got amazing hands, and the current Niner WRs, with the exception of WR Terrell Owens, don't.
28 Green Bay Packers Dennis Johnson DE Kentucky
The Packers decide not to go WR in the 1st Rd, despite the need there, and decide instead to upgrade their pass rush with Johnson.
29 Chicago Bears Levi Jones OT Arizona State
Jones' athleticism (a former D-Lineman) impresses the Bears, who see him as the eventual replacement for the Big Cat.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Derek Ross CB Ohio State
The Steelers grab Ross, a corner with perfect size and shutdown skills, who will start as the nickel back, but will move to a starter probably within his first year.
31 St. Louis Rams Reche Caldwell WR Florida
With WR Az-Zahir Hakim's departure all but assured, the Rams need a new burner. Caldwell is that guy.
32 New England Patriots Jerramy Stevens TE Washington
Stevens' impressive bowl game will bolster his draft selection. The 6-7 target will become well acquainted with Tom Brady's end zone tosses.