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Dr. Z's Mock Draft
Paul Zimmerman
April 28, 2003
It's a great time to be a defensive lineman. Eight went in the first round last year. Nine were chosen that early in 2001. "In this era you can't get by with just four or even five defensive linemen," Giants vice president and general manager Ernie Accorsi says. "You need to keep the rotation going. If your pass rush tires late in the game, you get killed. That's what happened to us against the 49ers in the playoffs." This year, I see as many as II going in the first round.
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April 28, 2003

Dr. Z's Mock Draft

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Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington State Dallas trades back up from No. 17 with Baltimore to select Trufant, a talented pass defender who's coveted by several teams.

Kevin Williams, DT, Oklahoma State Mike Holmgren might still trade up so he can grab Trufant, but if he's gone Seattle will settle for muscle up front.

Kwame Harris, T, Stanford Can play guard or tackle to help rebuild the wall in front of Kurt Warner. But Trufant is the guy St. Louis really wants.

13 JETS (from Skins)
Johnathan Sullivan, DT, Georgia They want serious defensive muscle with their first pick and then will go for a wideout at No. 22.

14 PATRIOTS (from Bills)
Ty Warren, DT, Texas A&M It'll be defense all the way for New England. First the Pats take care of the line, then the secondary five spots later.

William Joseph, DT, Miami San Diego's still a bit nervous about the return of Jamal Williams, who dislocated his ankle last year. Joseph's a pocket pusher, a force if needed.

Boss Bailey, LB, Georgia His workouts were impressive, but a knee injury drops him to the middle of the round. Dick Vermeil wants him on the strong side.

Kyle Boller, QB, California The quarterback they really want is Leftwich, but they'll trade down from No. 10 and gamble that Boiler is still on the board.

Eric Steinbach, G, Iowa Taking a guard in the first round is unusual for Bill Parcells, but Steinbach, the speediest interior lineman in the draft, is too good an athlete to pass up.

Sammy Davis, CB, Texas A&M They had the oldest defense in the NFL last season, but the draft will give them youth, and Davis provides 4.41 speed.

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