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Dr. Z's Mock First Round
Paul Zimmerman
April 20, 1998
Here's how Paul Zimmerman thinks the first round of the NFL draft will unfold. (Asterisk indicates a projected trade.)
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April 20, 1998

Dr. Z's Mock First Round

Here's how Paul Zimmerman thinks the first round of the NFL draft will unfold. (Asterisk indicates a projected trade.)

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11 EAGLES Kyle Turley, T, San Diego State
At 309 pounds not a monster but a fine athlete with a superb work ethic; some say he's best tackle on the board

12 FALCONS Shaun Williams, S, UCLA
Big hitter who can play strong side; team him with Packers import Eugene Robinson and—presto!—secondary is in good shape, or at least better

13 BENGALS Brian Simmons, LB, North Carolina
Both of Cincy's first-round picks go for defense (ranked 28th in NFL last year); nailing best outside LB on the charts is good place to start

14 REDSKINS* (from Panthers) Flozell Adams, T, Michigan State
We're assuming Skins and Panthers complete Sean Gilbert deal; if not, Carolina goes for North Carolina DE Greg Ellis

15 SEAHAWKS Bandy Moss, WR, Marshall
How did he last this long? Runs like the wind but more aggressive off the field than on it

16 OILERS Takeo Spikes, LB, Auburn
Dyson gets strong consideration but coach Jeff Fisher is a former Buddy Ryan cornerback, and his defensive instincts kick in

17 BENGALS (from Redskins) Greg Ellis, DE, North Carolina
Can Cincinnati be this lucky? Put former Cardinal Michael Bankston at one end and Ellis at the other, and the 3-4's in business

18 PATRIOTS (from jets) Robert Edwards, RB, Georgia
Can he become another Curtis Martin? He has been injury-prone but did hit Wisconsin for 110 yards in the Outback Bowl

19 DOLPHINS Fred Taylor, RB, Florida
They'll have to trade up to get this 226-pounder who runs 40 in 4.46, but Jimmy Johnson's serious about running game

20 LIONS Anthony Simmons, LB, Clemson
Undersized but speedy (4.55 in the 40); Detroit needs open-side linebacker to replace the retired Reggie Brown

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