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.
ELI MANNING, QB. Mississippi
There will be trade talk right up to the announcement of the selection, as the Giants try to move up to get this talented gunslinger.
ROBERT GALLERY T Iowa
They need a downfield wideout, such as Roy Williams of Texas, but Gallery is the kind of lineman who comes along once in a decade.
LARRY FITZGERALD, WR, Pittsburgh
New coach Dennis Green says he's happy with young QB Josh McCown, so Arizona goes with the receiver who has the best hands.
SEAN TAYLOR, FS, Miami
This is awfully high for a safety to be taken, but Taylor is the type of player—a hard hitter with speed—who can light up a defense.
KELLEN WINSLOW JR., TE, Miami
He's not as big as his Hall of Fame dad was coming out of college, but he's faster and nastier. Joe Gibbs likes to collect tight ends.
ROY WILLIAMS WR Texas
They wanted one of these three playmakers: Williams, Winslow or Fitzgerald. The speedy Williams means instant touchdowns.
BEN ROETHLISBERGER, QB, Miami ( Ohio)
Sure, they signed former 49er Jeff Garcia, but the plan is to let Big Ben learn the trade for a couple of years and then take over.
DEANGELO HALL, CB, Virginia Tech
Upon his arrival new coach Jim Mora Jr. found a depleted secondary. Hall, who's also a skilled return man, should help.