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CNNSI.com's 2001 NFL Mock Draft

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Posted: Thursday March 15, 2001 6:34 PM

  LaDainian Tomlinson LaDainian Tomlinson continues to impress the scouts during the workout season. AP

By Jon A. Dolezar, CNNSI.com

The workout season in upon us, and players' stocks are fluctuating like the NASDAQ.

Former certain top-five pick David Terrell may be slipping due to questions about his injured foot. Wisconsin cornerback Jamar Fletcher measured only 5-foot-8 7/8 at the Combine causing GMs to cringe, then missed Wisconsin's Pro Day on March 7 with a thigh injury.

Conversely, players like LaDainian Tomlinson, Freddie Mitchell and Chris Chambers have helped themselves tremendously with their performances at the Combine and/or individual workouts.

L.T. hustled to a 4.41 40-yard dash at the Combine, then helped himself even more by reportedly catching nearly all of the 60 or so passes thrown to him at his private workout March 9. Freddie Mitchell ran a 4.47 at Indianapolis to solidify his status as a first rounder.

As impressive as Mitchell was, no one has helped himself more this offseason than former Wisconsin WR Chris Chambers. Chambers nearly scraped the ceiling with a 45-inch vertical, and also had an 11-feet, 2-inch standing long jump. He continued his first-round ascent by timing between 4.27 and 4.40 in the 40 during his workout in Madison, Wis., on March 7.

Here is our third Mock Draft of the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, compiled by a panel of seven CNNSI.com "draftniks." We will update it monthly leading up to the April 21 draft, reflecting changes in team needs due to free-agent signings, as well as the rising or falling of a player's stock due to individual workouts.

Here's our updated glimpse at what the first round could look like. Also, please feel free to compare that to our last version with a look back at our Mock Draft from February, as well as user Reactions.

CNNSI.com's 2001 NFL Mock Draft
Pos. Team Analysis
1 San Diego Chargers 1-15
* Michael Vick QB Virginia Tech
Chargers now have Flutie to tutor Vick.
2 Arizona Cardinals 3-13
* Gerard Warren DT Florida
"Big Money" can rush passer and disrupt run.
3 Cleveland Browns 3-13
Deuce McAllister RB Ole Miss
Deuce has rare total package like Faulk and James.
4 Cincinnati Bengals 4-12
* Justin Smith DE Missouri
"Godzilla" has passed other DEs with huge workouts.
5 Atlanta Falcons 4-12
* David Terrell WR Michigan
Slipping a bit due to questions surrounding injured foot.
6 New England Patriots 5-11
Leonard Davis OT Texas
Pats need house like Davis to protect their $103 million man.
7 (1) Seattle Seahawks 6-10
Dan Morgan LB Miami (Fla.)
Seahawks signed two DTs and now need help at LB.
8 Chicago Bears 5-11
LaDainian Tomlinson RB TCU
Has moved into top 10 by proving he can catch the ball.
9 San Francisco 49ers 6-10
Andre Carter DE California
49ers badly need an upgraded pass rush.
10 (2) Green Bay Packers 9-7
Santana Moss WR Miami (Fla.)
Packers need speed demon to free up Freeman.
11 Carolina Panthers 7-9
Richard Seymour DT Georgia
The Panthers' dream D-line never panned out.
12 Kansas City Chiefs 7-9
Drew Brees QB Purdue
Chiefs break Steelers' heart by snagging accurate Brees.
13 Jacksonville Jaguars 7-9
* Koren Robinson WR N.C. State
Robinson would make Smith, McCardell even better.
14 Buffalo Bills 8-8
Damione Lewis DT Miami (Fla.)
Bills need a replacement for departed NT Washington.
15 Washington Redskins 8-8
* Freddie Mitchell WR UCLA
Put severe leg injury in the past with stellar workouts.
16 Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7
Jamal Reynolds DE Florida State
Steelers need to replace Henry at rush end
17 (3) Seattle Seahawks 6-10
Chris Chambers WR Wisconsin
Has been the offseason star with NBA-like vertical leap.
18 Detroit Lions 9-7
Steve Hutchinson G Michigan
Lions have a big hole to replace with Hartings gone.
19 New York Jets 9-7
* Chad Johnson WR Oregon State
Slipped again after running 4.56 at the Combine.
20 St. Louis Rams 10-6
Marcus Stroud DT Georgia
Could start as a rookie for Rams' depleted defense.
21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6
* Kenyatta Walker OT Florida
Bucs would be thrilled to grab talented Gator this late.
22 Indianapolis Colts 10-6
* Jamie Winborn LB Vanderbilt
Undersized to play inside, but always makes plays.
23 New Orleans Saints 10-6
Fred Smoot CB Mississippi State
Needs to bulk up from 172 lbs. to face big NFC WRs.
24 Denver Broncos 11-5
Willie Howard DT Stanford
Could step in and replace Traylor immediately.
25 Philadelphia Eagles 11-5
Reggie Wayne WR Miami (Fla.)
Slower and less athletic than Moss, but has great hands.
26 Miami Dolphins 11-5
Jeff Backus OT Michigan
Dolphins hope Backus gives them 11 good years like Webb.
27 Minnesota Vikings 11-5
* Michael Bennett RB Wisconsin
Vikings have to upgrade from Chapman, Williams at RB.
28 Oakland Raiders 12-4
Adam Archuleta S/LB Arizona State
College LB has become best safety prospect in draft.
29 Tennessee Titans 13-3
Maurice Williams OT Michigan
Titans opt to add depth at OT behind Hopkins, Miller.
30 New York Giants 12-4
Will Allen CB Syracuse
Was the fastest CB at the Combine with a 4.39 40.
31 Baltimore Ravens 12-4
* Dominic Raiola C Nebraska
Champs would love to get Husker to replace Mitchell.
* -- Underclassman
(1) -- From Dallas in Joey Galloway trade
(2) -- From Seattle in Matt Hasselbeck trade
(3) -- From Green Bay in Matt Hasselbeck trade

Mock Draft conducted by NFL producers B. Duane Cross and Jon A. Dolezar, college sports producers Stewart Mandel and Marc Lancaster, senior producer Ryan Hunt, Statitudes producer Jacob Luft and fantasy sports producer James Quintong.


 
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