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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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Jerome McDougle, DE, Miami A pass rusher for the right side, and if newly acquired DT Daryl Gardener is on his game, Denver will have an impressive front four.

Jeff Faine, C, Notre Dame Too high for a center? Butch Davis doesn't think so. Picture a young Dermontti Dawson—quick off the ball, exceptional blocking range—and that's Faine.

Taylor Jacobs, WR, Florida Strictly a need pick to cover the departure of Laveranues Coles. Good size (6 feet, 205) and speed (4.37). Set school record with 246 yards receiving against UAB.

23 BILLS (from Falcons)
Michael Haynes, DE, Penn State The Senior Bowl defensive MVP will fit nicely into a unit that has added such big league talent as LBs Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey.

Troy Polamalu, SS, Southern Cal Another player whose stock soared late. Polamalu, with 4.34 speed, reminds some of storied Trojans Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith.

Kenny Peterson, DT-DE, Ohio State Texas A&M's Ty Warren or Nebraska's Chris Kelsay could go here. So could Harris, the Stanford tackle, if the D-linemen are gone.

26 49ERS
Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska With free agent Chike Okeafor off to Seattle, San Francisco needs a strongside wingman to take the heat off DE Andre Carter.

Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State A running back finally gets picked. There is sentiment in the Pittsburgh draft room for QB Rex Grossman, but the talented Johnson represents excellent value here.

Eugene Wilson, CB, Illinois Tennessee took three DBs in the first four rounds last year, but the Titans won't quit until they get it right. Wilson has good coverage instincts in man and zone defenses.

Rex Grossman, QB, Florida Obviously not a need pick, but another one of those "we can't believe he's still there" selections.

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