From the Chargers' perspective the deal makes sense, considering that TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson is the top-rated player on San Diego's draft board anyway, and now the Chargers will likely be able to select him at the fifth position. San Diego also added a valuable pick early in the third round and a second-rounder in next year's draft, in addition to dangerous return specialist/wide receiver Tim Dwight.
|CNNSI.com's 2001 NFL Mock Draft|
|1 || (1) Atlanta Falcons 4-12 |
* Michael Vick QB Virginia Tech
| San Diego happy not to deal with Vick's contract demands.
|2 || Arizona Cardinals 3-13 |
* Gerard Warren DT Florida
| Cards may still try to trade down, but Warren fills a need.
|3 || || Cleveland Browns 3-13 |
* David Terrell WR Michigan
| Terrell would make Couch a Pro Bowler within two years.
|4 || || Cincinnati Bengals 4-12 |
Leonard Davis OT Texas
| Would give Bengals massive bookend offensive tackles.
|5 || || (2) San Diego Chargers 1-15 |
LaDainian Tomlinson RB TCU
| Bolts get the player they really wanted in the first place.
|6 || || New England Patriots 5-11 |
* Kenyatta Walker OT Florida
| Bledsoe's $101 million deal necessitates better protection.
|7 || || (3) Seattle Seahawks 6-10 |
* Justin Smith DE Missouri
| Holmgren thrilled this pass rushing demon falls to him.
|8 || || Chicago Bears 5-11 |
Andre Carter DE California
| Bears do need to upgrade their pass rush.
|9 || || San Francisco 49ers 6-10 |
Deuce McAllister RB Ole Miss
| Deuce is the prototypical West Coast back.
|10 || || (4) Green Bay Packers 9-7 |
Richard Seymour DT Georgia
| Packers may be tempted by Gardner, Robinson here, too.
|11 || || Carolina Panthers 7-9 |
Dan Morgan LB Miami (Fla.)
| Panthers can use a speedy sideline-to-sideline linebacker.
|12 || || (5) St. Louis Rams 16-6 |
Damione Lewis DT Miami (Fla.)
| Rams open defensive spree with speedy DT.
|13 || || Jacksonville Jaguars 7-9 |
Steve Hutchinson G Michigan
| If Morgan is gone, Hutch would be choice of the men in teal.
|14 || || Buffalo Bills 8-8 |
Marcus Stroud DT Georgia
| Bills wanted Lewis, settle for Stroud and his huge upside.
|15 || || Washington Redskins 8-8 |
* Koren Robinson WR N.C. State
| Robinson's potential wins out over Gardner's steadiness.
|16 || || Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7 |
Drew Brees QB Purdue
| Steelers wanted defense, but settle for QB.
|17 || || (6) Seattle Seahawks 6-10 |
* Nate Clements CB Ohio State
| Would team with fellow speedy Buckeye Springs.
|18 || || Detroit Lions 9-7 |
Jeff Backus OT Michigan
| Millen knows Batch needs protection to emerge.
|19 || || New York Jets 9-7 |
Santana Moss WR Miami (Fla.)
| Moss' explosiveness, versatility overcome his lack of ideal size.
|20 || || St. Louis Rams 10-6 |
Jamal Reynolds DE Florida State
| Rams' defensive revival needs a pass-rushing machine.
|21 || || Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6 |
* Todd Heap TE Arizona State
| Big pass-catching target the Bucs have been missing.
|22 || || Indianapolis Colts 10-6 |
* Willie Middlebrooks CB Minnesota
| Middlebrooks' height, speed make him second CB taken.
|23 || || New Orleans Saints 10-6 |
Fred Smoot CB Mississippi State
| Saints need to replace departed Molden at CB.
|24 || || Denver Broncos 11-5 |
Rod Gardner WR Clemson
| Broncos would be ecstatic to add Gardner as a No. 3 WR.
|25 || || Philadelphia Eagles 11-5 |
Chris Chambers WR Wisconsin
| McNabb would be thrilled to add offensive weapons.
|26 || || Miami Dolphins 11-5 |
Maurice Williams OT Michigan
| Dolphins may go WR, but OL needs to be addressed.
|27 || || Minnesota Vikings 11-5 |
* Michael Bennett RB Wisconsin
| Yet another character project for Green to work with.
|28 || || Oakland Raiders 12-4 |
Adam Archuleta S/LB Arizona State
| Tough-guy strong safety just looks like a Raider.
|29 || || (7) St. Louis Rams 10-6 |
Ken Lucas CB Ole Miss
| Rams go defense again to get replacement for Lyght.
|30 || || New York Giants 12-4 |
Will Allen CB Syracuse
| Speedy corner would play as a nickel back as a rookie.
|31 || || Baltimore Ravens 12-4 |
* Dominic Raiola C Nebraska
| Champs would love to get Husker to replace Mitchell.
|* -- Underclassman|
(1) -- From San Diego in trade for top pick
(2) -- From Atlanta in trade for top pick
(3) -- From Dallas in Joey Galloway trade
(4) -- From Seattle in Matt Hasselbeck trade
(5) -- From Kansas City in Trent Green trade
(6) -- From Green Bay in Matt Hasselbeck trade
(7) -- From Tennessee in Kevin Carter trade