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NFL Draft '99

McNabb better get used to boos

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Posted: Saturday April 17, 1999 12:44 PM


Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, covering his 16th NFL Draft, will check in throughout the day with reports on the '99 version of the draft. You can find King's reports from earlier in the day in the related information table at the bottom of the page:

ASHBURN, Va. (CNN/SI) -- Into the very early meat of this draft, here are five things I think I think:

1.) I think Donovan McNabb had better have thick skin. When the Eagles picked him with the second pick of the first round, they angered an entire city. "We want Ricky! We want Ricky!" fans screamed at a Flyers game this week. So McNabb better get used to the "How do you feel about being second-best in the fans' minds?" questions.

2.) I think there's finally some action here at the top of the draft. Shortly before noon, the Redskins, at No. 5, tentatively agreed to trade their first-round pick to New Orleans, at No. 12, for a bounty of eight draft choices -- assuming Ricky Williams is still on the board. That could happen if Indianapolis, as has been heaviliy rumored this morning, picks Georgia cornerback Champ Bailey.

3.) I think -- still -- Cade McNown will be the best quarterback to come out of this draft.

4.) I think I'd feel a lot better about the Donovan McNabb pick if he'd played well against Miami and in the Syracuse bowl game.

5.) I think I have no idea why Cleveland, after agreeing to terms with Tim Couch this morning at 8:25 ET, took 13 minutes to announce their selection. The hype of this thing is beyond belief.

Related information
Throughout the day with Peter King, pre-draft: Brown played Couch deal perfectly
Throughout the day with Peter King, early Saturday: Browns will make Couch top pick
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