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CNNSI.com's 2000 NFL Mock Draft

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ATLANTA (CNNSI.com) -- The NFL Draft is just days away, and the draft picture is starting to get a little clearer. The Cleveland Browns appear to have narrowed it down to two for the top choice, with Penn State's Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington the last two men standing as the possible top pick overall. After that, it's anybody's guess, as the Washington Redskins hold the second and third picks, and their picks will dictate how teams selecting behind them will draft.

This is the fifth in a series of Mock Drafts, put together by a panel of CNNSI.com "Draftniks." It has been updated to reflect the deal between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets for Keyshawn Johnson, the swapped picks between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, and the Jets trade with the San Francisco 49ers to move up to No. 12 from the 16th slot. It will be updated again as warranted before the April 15 draft.

Here's a glimpse at what the first round could look like come draft day.

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CNNSI.com's 2000 NFL Mock Draft
Pos. Team Analysis
1 Cleveland Browns 2-14
Courtney Brown DE Penn State
Browns can't pass up talented, speedy Nittany Lion.
2 Washington Redskins (1) 10-6
Chris Samuels OT Alabama
Samuels may go second because he'll be easier to sign.
3 Washington Redskins (2) 10-6
LaVar Arrington LB Penn State
Arrington will give Redskins a playmaking LB they lack.
4 Cincinnati Bengals 4-12
Peter Warrick WR Florida State
Drafting Warrick would allow Bengals to trade Pickens.
5 Baltimore Ravens (3) 8-8
Jamal Lewis RB Tennessee
A trade here is likely, but Billick needs a versatile RB.
6 Philadelphia Eagles 5-11
Corey Simon DT Florida State
Best defensive tackle available will help Eagles immediately.
7 Arizona Cardinals 6-10
Thomas Jones RB Virginia
Cards also like Urlacher, but need is greater at RB.
8 Pittsburgh Steelers 6-10
Chad Pennington QB Marshall
Steelers think Pennington can push Stewart right away.
9 Chicago Bears 6-10
Brian Urlacher LB/S New Mexico
Bears also love Burress, but D wins out in Windy City.
10 Baltimore Ravens (4) 8-8
Travis Taylor WR Florida
Fastest-rising player in draft would be great fit with Ravens.
11 New York Giants 7-9
Ron Dayne RB Wisconsin
Giants love large Big Ten running backs.
12 New York Jets (5) 8-8
Plaxico Burress WR Michigan State
Jets need a WR to replace Keyshawn.
13 New York Jets (6) 8-8
Bubba Franks TE Miami (Fla.)
Jets don't have a strong record picking tight ends.
14 Green Bay Packers 8-8
Shaun Ellis DE Tennessee
Pack hope Ellis can rush passer like Reggie White.
15 Denver Broncos (7) 6-10
Sylvester Morris WR Jackson State
Shanahan will love Morris in his offense.
16 San Francisco 49ers (8) 4-12
Keith Bulluck LB Syracuse
'Niners need speedy LB to replace Lee Woodall.
17 Oakland Raiders 8-8
Darren Howard DE Kansas State
Raiders need help on the pass rush.
18 New York Jets 8-8
Stockar McDougle OT Oklahoma
Jets will surely take a WR with one of their four picks.
19 Seattle Seahawks (9) 8-8
Chris Hovan DT Boston College
Seattle needs DL help with Daniels gone to free agency.
20 Detroit Lions 8-8
Chris McIntosh OT Wisconsin
McIntosh would join fellow Badger Gibson at tackle.
21 Kansas City Chiefs 9-7
Shaun Alexander RB Alabama
Chiefs would be thrilled to get him this late.
22 Seattle Seahawks 9-7
Julian Peterson LB Michigan State
Seahawks can't resist a speed rusher like Peterson.
23 Carolina Panthers (10) 8-8
John Engelberger DE Virginia Tech
Would be speed complement to interior strength of Gilbert.
24 San Francisco 49ers (11) 4-12
Deltha O'Neal CB California
Need help at DB, and Mariucci recruited O'Neal to Cal.
25 Minnesota Vikings 10-6
John Abraham LB/DE South Carolina
Vikings need help at OL, DB as well.
26 Buffalo Bills 11-5
Ahmed Plummer CB Ohio State
Bills take Buckeyes CB for second straight year.
27 New York Jets (12) 8-8
Cornelius Griffin DT Alabama
Jets can reach a bit with fourth first-round pick.
28 Indianapolis Colts 13-3
Rob Morris LB BYU
Bennett's injury unmasks limited LB depth.
29 Jacksonville Jaguars 14-2
Marvel Smith OT Arizona State
Smith would give Jaguars depth on offensive line.
30 Tennessee Titans 13-3
Dez White WR Georgia Tech
White will take some pressure off Yancey Thigpen.
31 St. Louis Rams 13-3
Todd Wade OT Mississippi
Free agent defections make OL a priority.
(1) -- From New Orleans
(2) - From San Francisco
(3) -- From Atlanta
(4) -- From Denver
(5) - From Carolina via Washington via San Francisco
(6) -- From San Diego via Tampa Bay
(7) -- From Baltimore
(8) -- From New York Jets via New England
(9) -- From Dallas
(10) -- From Miami
(11) -- From Washington
(12) -- From Tampa Bay


 
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