...Poor Akili Smith, chosen third, is bound for Cincinnati, where high draft choices (David Klinger, John Copeland, Dan Wilkinson, KiJana Carter, Reinard Wilson) go to die. On Monday the Bengals cut last year's incumbent quarterback, Neil O'Donnell. They'll play Jeff Blake while Smith learns the system.
The End Zone
Science of Scouting
If the Saints were so hot for a running back, why were they interested only in Ricky Williams and not Edgerrin James? When he met James at the NFL scouting combine in February, New Orleans coach Mike Ditka didn't think much of James's handshake. "Like shaking hands with a dead fish," Ditka said last week.