The First Round
George Young, the late Giants general manager, used to call it "the dance of the elephants," the stage of the draft when every team seems to snap up the big guys, the linemen. Last year the rush came early—nine went in the first 14 picks. This time I project eight linemen will go in that span. "When in doubt, pick the big guy," says John Fox, the Panthers' rookie coach. No position offers as much quality and depth as defensive tackle.
David Carr, QB, FRESNO STATE
Strong-armed and poised, he seems an ideal candidate to lead the baby Texans in their debut season.
Julius Peppers, DE, NORTH CAROLINA
Carolina thought hard about corner Quentin Jammer but will go with a 6'6", 283-pound pure pass rusher who's run the 40 in the low 4.7s.
Quentin Jammer, CB, TEXAS
QB Joey Harrington will get some consideration, but the chance to take this gifted bump-and-run corner is too enticing.
Mike Williams, T, TEXAS
Brings 375 pounds of serious intent to the table; a right tackle in college—for a lefthanded QB—will anchor the left side as a pro.
Donte Stall worth, WR, TENNESSEE
Williams is a possibility, as is CB Phillip Buchanon, but Stallworth's 4.27 speed will swing the election.
Roy Williams, S, OKLAHOMA
"Are we taking a safety too high?" says scouting director Larry Lacewell. "I don't think so. We 'd get the best pure player in the draft."
Bryant McKinnie, T, MIAMI
Their sights are set on a defensive lineman, figuring this 6'8", 343-pound monster will be gone. Surprise!
Joey Harrington, QB, OREGON
Some K.C. scouts are pushing for a DT, but if you have a shot at a franchise player, you don't pass it up.