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DR. Z'S MOCK DRAFT
Paul Zimmerman
April 26, 2004
Last year the big guys took center stage, with 12 linemen drafted in the first round. This year it's the wideouts' turn: Seven have a chance to be among the first 32 picks, and six of them stand 6'2" or taller and weigh upwards of 200 pounds. The era of the big wideout is upon us, and defensive backs will be hard-pressed to keep pace, especially now that the officials have been told to crack down on pass-coverage techniques. "You're just going to have to find bigger cornerbacks somewhere," says Scott Pioli, the Patriots' vice president of player personnel.
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April 26, 2004

Dr. Z's Mock Draft

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19 VIKINGS
JONATHAN VILMA, LB, Miami
He's still here? Grab him. This tackling machine comes from the same school that produced Ray Lewis, Mike Barrow and many more.

20 DOLPHINS
MICHAEL CLAYTON, WR, LSU
Wideout is not a need position, but this possession wideout would be a nice complement to Chris Chambers and David Boston.

21 RAVENS*
STEVEN JACKSON, RB, Oregon State
They get this pick back from the Pats, then take this slashing 233-pounder as insurance for Jamal Lewis, who is facing drug charges.

22 COWBOYS
SHAWN ANDREWS, T, Arkansas
They've mentioned Michigan RB Chris Perry, so we know who it won't be. With Larry Allen on the decline, Andrews would be ideal.

23 SEAHAWKS
MICHAEL JENKINS, WR, Ohio State
They could go for defense, but Jenkins, another of those size-speed (6'4", 218 and 4.38) wonder kids, is too inviting to pass up.

24 BENGALS
CHRIS PERRY, RB, Michigan
Having shipped Corey Dillon to New England, Cincinnati snaps up the third-highest-rated running back in the draft.

25 PACKERS
BEN TROUPE, TE, Florida
He's not a burner, but he's quick and explosive, and the Pack would like another big guy (6'5", 262) to team with Bubba Franks.

26 RAMS
BEN WATSON, TE, Georgia
Brandon Manumaleuna is a minimal receiving threat. Enter Watson, who wowed 'em with a 4.50 40 and 34 reps on the bench press.

27 TITANS
MARCUS TUBBS, DT, Texas
Rated the third-best player in the draft at his position, this sturdy 324-pounder makes up for the loss of Robaire Smith to free agency.

28 EAGLES
CHRIS GAMBLE, CB, Ohio State
With both starting comerbacks gone, Philadelphia goes for a player who can cover but whose tackling isn't NFL quality.

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