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NFL Draft '99

Projected Top 10 Picks

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Posted: Thursday April 15, 1999 03:12 PM


BEREA, Ohio -- Ready or not, 48 hours before the draft, here's my best guess on the Top 10 picks.

1. Cleveland: Tim Couch, QB, Kentucky. But the pressure's on agent Tom Condon to agree to the parameters of a deal before Saturday at noon.

2. Philadelphia: Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse. The Eagle fandom is up in arms. The people want Ricky Williams. They won't get him.

3. Cincinnati: Akili Smith, QB, Oregon. I still think the Bengals should trade down with New Orleans to the 12th pick in the first round and take Cade McNown and a treasure trove of draft choics. Too bad the Bengals don't agree with me.

4. Indianapolis: Ricky Williams, RB, Texas. Colts general manager Bill Polian told me the other day, "You have to have a big back to win in an eastern division." My hunch is that Williams is big enough.

5. Washington: Champ Bailey, CB, Georgia. But the Redskins are talking trade to about 32 teams right now.

6. St. Louis: Torry Holt, WR, North Carolina State. Now here's a shocker: The Rams, even before they traded for Marshall Faulk, were ready to pick Holt over the player most widely reported to be their lock pick, Edgerrin James.

7. Chicago: Chris McAlister, CB, Arizona. The Bears desperately want Couch and aren't enamored with many of the other quarterbacks. So they turn to a corner -- and I'll probably get in trouble for saying this —-- who I think is overrated and will not, as Chicago hopes, neutralize the Randy Mosses of the NFC Central.

8. Arizona (or a trade): Edgerrin James, RB, Miami (Fla.). New England will try hard to move up and get this pick. And the Patriots should. James is only 20 and he's going to be a big star.

9. Detroit: Chris Claiborne, LB, USC. If the Bears don't get him first, look for the Lions to plug Claiborne into what is already an overstocked position for them.

10. Baltimore: David Boston, WR, Ohio State. I'll be blunt about this pick: I have no idea if Baltimore is going to take David Boston. None. But the Ravens don't know what they want to do right now, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Minnesota slide into this pick and steal Daunte Culpepper.

Related information
Peter King's 1998 Draft Report Card
Peter King's Top 10 players from the 1998 draft
Dr. Z's Mock Draft
Dr. Z's Prospect Rankings
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