Sports Illustrated's Peter King's Report Card:
Now, I fault the Raiders for panicking and not dropping down once or twice 10 or so spots and getting an extra four, five or six while ensuring they'd still get their man, kicker Sebastian Janikowski. (A Seahawk mole tells me the Raids turned down a six from Seattle to move down two spots, from 17 to 19, and who knows what else they could have unearthed.) That having been said, this team went 8-8 last year, losing all eight by a touchdown or less. They missed 11 field goals. Janikowski is the best kicking weapon to come out of college football, maybe ever. Assuming he can stay in America and stay out of trouble, Janikowski will increase the Raiders' touchbacks from 8 to about 50 this year, and he should soon be a great pro field-goal man. Punter Shane Lechler was the best in college football this year. Remember: special-teams plays account for about 22 percent of the plays. Field position wins. Love these picks, though I question exactly where Janikowski went. I hear, by the way, that Cleveland was solid on taking Janikowski with the first pick of round two.
Peter King's complete 2000 NFL Draft Report Card