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Dr. Z'S DRAFT FORECAST
April 21, 1997
Two big guys, Ohio State tackle Orlando Pace and Southern Cal defensive tackle Darrell Russell, plus a small one, Ohio State cornerback Shawn Springs, will be the first three picks in this weekend's NFL draft, but nobody can quite figure out in what order they'll be chosen and which teams will be there to take them. Several trades have already shuffled the draft order, and a frenzy of last-minute deals could be in the works.
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April 21, 1997

Dr. Z's Draft Forecast

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8 BUCCANEERS
Yatil Green WR, Miami
His 4.38 was the fastest 40 at the scouting combine, and he has good size too (6'2", 205 pounds).

9 CARDINALS
James Farrior LB, Virginia
Seth Joyner is getting old, Jamir Miller is a rush linebacker; Farrior brings versatility to an outside spot.

10 SAINTS (FROM RAIDERS)
Dwayne Rudd LB, Alabama
Houston running back Antowain Smith is enticing, but the Saints take a step toward the days when they had four All-Pro linebackers.

11 FALCONS (FROM BEARS VIA SEAHAWKS)
Tony Gonzalez TE, California
Athleticism vaults him from the bottom of the first round. Atlanta might trade down and take Virginia Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller.

12 JETS* (FROM SEAHAWKS VIA RAMS)
Reward Wilson DE, Florida state
Wherever they pick, the Jets will go defense, and this gifted pass rusher has had dynamic workouts.

13 OILERS
Michael Booker CB, Nebraska
Houston could move down and still get this 6'1", 205-pounder; in a division loaded with tall wideouts, the Oilers need a big guy.

14 BENGALS
Tom Knight CB, Iowa
A neat pairing with All-Pro Ashley Ambrose, but Cincinnati will go for a linebacker if it can't sign free agent Wayne Simmons.

15 CHARGERS* (FROM DOLPHINS)
Antowain Smith RB, Houston
San Diego will deal up from the second round if Smith, rated by some as the best running back, is available.

16 BUCCANEERS (FROM CHARGERS)
Warrick Dunn RB, Florida state
He's tiny (5'8", 177 pounds) but phenomenally gifted—and the personal favorite of Tony Dungy.

17 REDSKINS
Jamie Sharper LB, Virginia
Defense is a priority; some think Sharper, coming off an outstanding Carquest Bowl, is on par with teammate Farrior.

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