Cardinals land two starters in Round 1
Posted: Saturday April 17, 1999 06:12 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) -- As we make out way through Round 2, here are five things I think I think:
1.) I think you can't underestimate what a good job Arizona did in the first round. To get two starting players -- Ohio State wide receiver David Boston and tackle Lonnie Shelton -- in one draft is rare, and the Cardinals are 10 percent better than they were six hours ago.
2.) I think I can't quite figure out why New England took Andy Katzenmoyer with their second pick of the first round. When the Big Ten coaches chose the all-conference team in December, Katzenmoyer didn't make the first team. These things happen when you go sackless in 10 of 12 games and average but six tackles a game. I sure hope Pete Carroll knows what he's doing.
3.) I think I wonder if anyone has heard from the Jets.
4.) I think the draft is usually a boring affair. And I thought this one was going to be a sleeper, too. But then the Colts passed on Ricky Williams, the Redskins got a first-round pick in 2000 for free and still got the player (Georgia cornerback Champ Bailey) they wanted. And the offensive richness of Minnesota got richer with Daunte Culpepper. Interesting day.
5.) I think, still, that this is one of the overblown days in all of sports. I know fans get excited because they all want their teams to get better in a hurry, but how many teams ever do get better, significantly, by what happens on an April Saturday? Teams don't get better with magic pills. They get better with long-term planning and smart people executing those plans.
Don't forget to log on Sunday for King's analysis of Day 1 of the NFL Draft.
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