Bengals have first pick, but users have choice thoughtsPosted: Tuesday February 18, 2003 1:53 PM
SI.com posted its first Mock Draft of the offseason, and users sounded off with their opinions:
First off, saying William Joseph will get picked ahead of Jimmy Kennedy is way off! Do you know why Michael Haynes had so many sacks? Because Kennedy was getting double-teamed all the time, and he still finished with five sacks. He's a monster at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds. He'll plug up the middle and will register 10-plus sacks a year; that's a great sack total for a defensive tackle. We'll see how the next mock draft comes up after the NFL combine.
The media needs to get off the "Steve Spurrier loves to pick up his former Gators" angle. He realized he could have done a lot better without Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews -- and he cut Reidel Anthony, Jacquez Green and Willie Jackson during the season. If the Redskins can't resign Daryl Gardener, a defensive tackle (possibly Dewayne Robertson) makes a lot more sense for them with the 13th pick.
The only place Kelley Washington goes during the first round will be to the bathroom while waiting for the phone to ring. No team is going to take a chance on Washington until maybe the third or fourth round. Then Houston will get him. He did have a very serious injury, almost to the point of never playing again. ... If he goes in the first round, I go in the second.
I disagree with your selection of Larry Johnson at No. 19 to the Patriots. First off, as you mentioned at the 14th pick, the Patriots need to shore up their 23rd-ranked defense. What better way to do it than to pick up two top-20 players on the defensive side of the ball? Marcus Trufant is a stud at the corner position, but grabbing a defensive tackle like Dewayne Robertson or Johnathan Sullivan with the No. 14 pick can allow the Pats to hopefully land a linebacker or corner with the second pick (No. 19). I would also look for the Patriots to package a first and a possible second or third to move up and grab E.J. Henderson or Jimmy Kennedy.
I agree that the 49ers need some help on the D-Line; however, there is more of a glaring need to at the cornerback position. Mike Rumph is a project, Jason Webster is a short-term fill in and Ahmed Plummer may be gone to free agency in a couple of years. Trade up for the best corner possible.
I think the Packers selecting a quarterback at their current pick (No. 29) is a smoke screen for what is really important: giving Brett Favre and the rest of the team the final pieces for a run at the Super Bowl. First thing is the defense needs help. With a chance of losing up to three starters on the defensive line via free agency (Vonnie Holliday, Gilbert Brown and Cletidus Hunt), losing a starting over-the-hill middle linebacker (Hardy Nickerson) and potentially losing a starting cornerback (Tyrone Williams (high cap number and bonus in 2003 season), the Packers are in desperate need to shore up the defense.
No Chris Simms in the first round? Well, I can't say I blame you. His big game question marks must be taken into account. This, however, might turn out to be the draft where everyone miscalculated on the big kid out of Texas. Simms has all the tools to succeed at the next level; plus, he has a good head on his shoulders, and as much football smarts as any college QB coming out since Peyton Manning. Someone is going to take a flyer on Simms. And that someone is going to have their quarterback of the future in place.
Terrell Suggs has jumped the shark. His size (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) is too small to be an every down defensive end. And you have him slated to be an Arizona Cardinal; anyone the Cardinals select is always the bust of the first round. Runner-up would be anyone selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. Dan Wilkinson, Akili Smith, David Klingler, Ki-Jana Carter, the list goes on and on. This is where great college players' careers go to die. Cincinnati should change its mascot to a tombstone.
Throughout the offseason we'll post users' mock drafts. Here are two:
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