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How they stack up

By PETE YOUNG

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 21, 2001


Staff writer Pete Young and analysts Joel Buschbaum and Mel Kiper Jr. predict the first round.

No. 1: Atlanta Falcons

MICHAEL VICK, QB, Virginia Tech: The Chargers were unable to sign him, so they opted for a package that includes the No. 5 pick.

KIPER'S PICK: Vick.

BUCHSBAUM'S PICK: Vick.

No. 2: Arizona Cardinals

LEONARD DAVIS, OT, Texas: A massive (6-foot-53/4, 370 pounds) player, Davis is not as polished as Florida's Kenyatta Walker. Nonetheless, he's a tantalizing talent.

KIPER: Davis.

BUCHSBAUM: Gerard Warren, DT.

No. 3: Cleveland Browns

LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, RB, Texas Christian

Incredibly productive in college, Tomlinson worked his way up draft charts with good workouts. KIPER: Gerard Warren, DT *(Packers).

BUCHSBAUM: David Terrell, WR.

No. 4: Cincinnati Bengals

KENYATTA WALKER, T, Florida: Most top-flight tackles play the left side, but Walker (and Davis) might play right. He is a deluxe pass protector but not overly powerful.

KIPER: Walker.

BUCHSBAUM: Leonard Davis, T.

No. 5: San Diego Chargers

JUSTIN SMITH, DE, Missouri: Concerns about his girth (6-41/4, 270) could drop Smith from the Top 5. Tomlinson, Davis or Walker will be chosen here if available.

KIPER: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB.

BUCHSBAUM: Tomlinson.

No. 6: New England Patriots

GERARD WARREN, DT, Florida: Warren (6-4, 325) could use more strength, but he could go as high as No. 2. He has surprising agility.

KIPER: Koren Robinson, WR.

BUCHSBAUM: Kenyatta Walker, T.

No. 7: Seattle Seahawks

RICHARD SEYMOUR, DT, Georgia: The 6-61/4, 300-pound Seymour is strong, nasty and aggressive. Barely 20, his upside is huge. Terrell also is a possibility.

KIPER: David Terrell, WR.

BUCHSBAUM: Seymour.

No. 8: Chicago Bears

DAVID TERRELL, WR, Michigan: Big (6-3, 213), fast (4.43 40), instinctive, productive and used to playing in bad weather.

KIPER: Justin Smith, DE.

BUCHSBAUM: Smith.

No. 9: San Francisco 49ers

ANDRE CARTER, DE, California: Like Smith, faces questions about his thickness (6-41/2, 250). Plays like Charles Haley.

KIPER: Carter *(Broncos).

BUCHSBAUM: Deuce McAllister, RB.

No. 10: Green Bay Packers

KOREN ROBINSON, WR, North Carolina State: He ran a slow 40 time (4.63) recently on a bad hamstring. Robinson toyed with ACC competition, though.

KIPER: Dan Morgan, LB *(Browns).

BUCHSBAUM: Morgan.

No. 11: Carolina Panthers

DEUCE MCALLISTER, RB, Mississippi: He has size (6-1, 220) and speed (4.40), but durability a concern.

KIPER: Richard Seymour, DT.

BUCHSBAUM: Steve Hutchinson, G.

No. 12: St. Louis Rams

DAN MORGAN, LB, Miami: Morgan is fast, instinctive and sure-tackling, which the Rams desperately need.

KIPER: Damione Lewis, DT.

BUCHSBAUM: Nate Clements, CB.

No. 13: Jacksonville Jaguars

MARCUS STROUD, DT, Georgia: A mirror image of college sidekick Richard Seymour, Stroud (6-61/4, 320) also could be a 10-year starter.

KIPER: Steve Hutchinson, G.

BUCHSBAUM: Andre Carter, DE.

No. 14: Buffalo Bills

JAMAL REYNOLDS, DE, Florida State: The Bills need a pass-rushing replacement for departed DE Marcellus Wiley KIPER: Marcus Stroud, DT.

BUCHSBAUM: Reynolds.

No. 15: Washington Redskins

STEVE HUTCHINSON, G, Michigan: The 'Skins might be looking to trade down and gather picks. Hutchinson, who fits a need, appears ready.

KIPER: Jeff Backus, T *(Bucs)

BUCHSBAUM: Koren Robinson, WR.

No. 16: Pittsburgh Steelers

NATE CLEMENTS, CB, Ohio State: Clements could become Buckeyes' fourth first-round CB in the past five years (Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer).

KIPER: Clements.

BUCHSBAUM: Marcus Stroud, DT.

No. 17: Seattle Seahawks

ROD GARDNER, WR, Clemson: A big target (6-21/2, 219) who makes big plays, Gardner made a sensational last-second, 50-yard grab to help beat South Carolina last season.

KIPER: Jamal Reynolds, DE.

BUCHSBAUM: Gardner.

No. 18: Detroit Lions

JAMAR FLETCHER, CB, Wisconsin: Undersized (5-9, 180) with modest speed, Fletcher was exceptional over three seasons for the Badgers. He has superior coverage skills.

KIPER: Drew Brees, QB.

BUCHSBAUM: Todd Heap, TE.

No. 19: New York Jets

CHAD JOHNSON, WR, Oregon State: Coach Herman Edwards reportedly loves Miami's Santana Moss. Johnson is the cousin of the Bucs' Keyshawn Johnson.

KIPER: Rod Gardner.

BUCHSBAUM: Moss.

No. 20: St. Louis Rams

DAMIONE LEWIS, DT, Miami:St. Louis could use all three first-rounders to bolster its horrid defense. The disruptive Lewis is one of four 'Canes who could be first-round picks.

KIPER: Santana Moss, WR.

BUCHSBAUM: Lewis.

No. 21: Tampa Bay Bucs

TODD HEAP, TE, Arizona State: Offensive tackle is No. 1 need, but is there anyone who can help now? Maybe not at No. 21. Heap has been compared with Tony Gonzalez.

KIPER: Chris Chambers, WR *(Redskins)

BUCHSBAUM: Jeff Backus, T.

No. 22: Indianapolis Colts

FRED SMOOT, CB, Mississippi State: The Colts might pick Fletcher. Smoot, a loudmouth, relies on great instincts to compensate for average physical traits.

KIPER: Casey Hampton, DT.

BUCHSBAUM: Will Allen, CB.

No. 23: New Orleans Saints

FREDDIE MITCHELL, WR, UCLA: The Lakeland product fills a need for the Saints. Mitchell, whose stock has risen, could be one of eight first-round receivers.

KIPER: Todd Heap, TE.

BUCHSBAUM: Mitchell.

No. 24: Denver Broncos

CASEY HAMPTON, DT, Texas: Like Jerry Ball, Hampton has a low center of gravity (6-11/4, 315) and active legs. KIPER: Shaun Rogers DT, *(49ers).

BUCHSBAUM: Adam Archuleta, SS.

No. 25: Philadelphia Eagles

CHRIS CHAMBERS, WR, Wisconsin: The Eagles need a receiver for QB Donovan McNabb, but many could be off the board when they select.

KIPER: Freddie Mitchell, WR.

BUCHSBAUM: Chambers.

No. 26: Miami Dolphins

SANTANA MOSS, WR, Miami: They just signed Dedric Ward, but local product Moss, though just 5-9, is too good to pass up. Backus and Purdue QB Drew Brees are possibilities.

KIPER: Willie Middlebrooks, CB.

BUCHSBAUM: Quincy Morgan, WR.

No. 27: Minnesota Vikings

MICHAEL BENNETT, RB, Wisconsin: Lacks great instincts, but is a major breakaway threat who was very durable in one year as a regular. He will replace Robert Smith.

KIPER: Deuce McAllister, RB.

BUCHSBAUM: Bennett.

No. 28: Oakland Raiders

Adam Archuleta, SS, Arizona State: Archuleta, a workout demon and great tackler, will be switching from LB.

KIPER: Archuleta.

BUCHSBAUM: Drew Brees, QB.

No. 29: St. Louis Rams

FRED MIDDLEBROOKS, CB, Minnesota: With their third pick of the first round the Rams also might consider Archuleta or another DT.

KIPER: Fred Smoot, CB.

BUCHSBAUM: Jamar Fletcher, CB.

No. 30: New York Giants

WILL ALLEN, CB, Syracuse: Allen, Fletcher, Smoot, Middlebrooks and Mississippi's Ken Lucas are the contenders. KIPER: Allen.

BUCHSBAUM: Middlebrooks, CB.

No. 31: Baltimore Ravens

ALGE CRUMPLER, TE, North Carolina: The enormous Crumpler (6-21/2, 270) has receiving skills and won't be pushed around on running plays.

KIPER: Crumpler.

BUCHSBAUM: Crumpler.

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* -- Trade

Shopping list

Quarterback

1. Michael Vick, 6-0, 213, Va. Tech

2. Drew Brees, 6-1/4, 215, Purdue

3. Jesse Palmer, 6-2, 229, Florida

4. Chris Weinke, 6-41/4, 228, FSU

5. Mike McMahon, 6-21/4, 208, Rutgers

6. Marques Tuiasosopo, 6-1, 220, Wash.

7. Sage Rosenfels, 6-41/2, 227, Iowa St.

8. Quincy Carter, 6-2, 225, Georgia

9. Josh Booty, 6-21/2, 222, LSU

10. Cleo Lemon, 6-2, 223, Ark. St.

Running back

1. Deuce McAllister, 6-11/4, 222, Mississippi

2. LaDainian Tomlinson, 5-101/4, 222, TCU

3. Michael Bennett, 5-91/4, 209, Wisconsin

4. Anthony Thomas, 6-11/2, 229, Michigan

5. Lamont Jordan, 5-101/4, 225, Maryland

6. Kevan Barlow, 6-1, 235, Pittsburgh

7. Derrick Blaylock, 5-10, 192, S. F. Austin.

8. Travis Henry, 5-10, 222, Tennessee

9. Correll Buckhalter, 5-111/2, 223, Nebraska

10. Ja'mar Toombs, 6-1/4, 275, Texas A&M

Fullback

1. Heath Evans, 6-0, 244, Auburn

2. Moran Norris, 6-1, 250, Kansas

3. Darvell Bivens, 5-101/2, 255, NW St. (La.)

4. R. J. Bowers, 6-1/2, 245, Grove City (Pa.)

5. George Layne, 5-111/2, 243, TCU

6. Pat Conniff, 6-0, 238, Washington

7. Jameel Cook, 5-10, 227, Illinois

8. Terry Witherspoon, 5-111/2, 267, Clemson

9. Ed Wilder, 6-11/2, 259, Ga. Tech

10. Tommy Banks, 6-0, 272, LSU

Wide receiver

1. Koren Robinson, 6-11/2, 210, N.C. St.

2. Rod Gardner, 6-21/4, 217, Clemson

3. David Terrell, 6-3, 213, Michigan

4. Chad Johnson, 6-1, 191, Oregon

5. Chris Chambers, 5-111/2, 210, Wisconsin

6. Santana Moss, 5-9, 185, Miami

7. Freddie Mitchell, 5-111/4, 185, UCLA

8. Reggie Wayne, 6-0, 200, Miami

9. Robert Ferguson, 6-11/2, 208, Texas A&M

10. Quincy Morgan, 6-1, 209, Kansas St.

Tight end

1. Todd Heap, 6-41/2, 252, Ariz. St.

2. Alge Crumpler, 6-21/2, 265, N. Carolina

3. Arther Love, 6-31/2, 238, S. Carolina

4. Billy Baber, 6-31/2, 251, Virginia

5. Tony Stewart, 6-5, 255, Penn St.

6. Shad Meier, 6-5, 255, Kansas St.

7. Jabari Holloway, 6-21/4, 252, Notre Dame

8. Sean Brewer, 6-31/2, 254, San Jose St.

9. Mike Roberg, 6-41/4, 255, Idaho

10. Marcellus Rivers, 6-41/4, 249, Okla. St.

Offensive tackle

1. Kenyatta Walker, 6-41/2, 313, Florida

2. Leonard Davis, 6-51/2, 370, Texas

3. Jeff Backus, 6-51/2, 310, Michigan

4. Maurice Williams, 6-5, 308, Michigan

5. Kareem McKenzie, 6-51/2, 325, Penn St.

6. Brandon Winey, 6-6, 303, LSU

7. Marques Sullivan, 6-5, 338, Illinois

8. Kenyatta Jones, 6-3, 310, USF

9. Matt Light, 6-41/2, 310, Purdue

10. Alex Sulfsted, 6-4, 310, Miami, Ohio.

Offensive guard

1. Steve Hutchinson, 6-5, 315, Michigan

2. Mike Gandy, 6-41/2, 305, Notre Dame

3. Matt Lehr, 6-2, 289, Va. Tech.

4. Bill Ferrario, 6-21/4, 315, Wisconsin

5. Ryan Diem, 6-61/2, 338, N. Illinois

6. Chad Ward, 6-41/4, 320, Wash.

7. Omar Smith, 6-11/2, 293, Kentucky

8. Shawn Draper, 6-31/2, 300, Alabama

9. Kynan Forney, 6-21/2, 313, Hawaii

10. Mathias Nkwenti, 6-31/2, 293, Temple

Center

1. Dominic Raiola, 6-2, 309, Nebraska

2. Robert Garza, 6-2, 305, Texas A&M-Kingsville.

3. Casey Rabach, 6-41/2, 298, Wisconsin

4. Ben Hamilton, 6-5, 305, Minnesota

5. Chukky Okobi, 6-1, 315, Purdue

6. Bernard Robertson, 6-3, 308, Tulane

7. Bruce Wiggins, 6-21/2, 290, Arizona

8. Jeff McCurley, 6-4, 285, Pittsburgh

9. Paul Hogan, 6-3, 290, Alabama

10. David Brandt, 6-3, 285, Michigan

Defensive end

1. Justin Smith, 6-4, 268, Missouri

2. Jamal Reynolds, 6-3, 268, FSU

3. Andre Carter, 6-41/4, 260, California

4. Aaron Schobel, 6-31/2, 263, TCU

5. Kyle Vanden Bosch, 6-4, 270, Nebraska

6. Paul Toviessi, 6-6, 260, Marshall

7. David Warren, 6-21/4, 254, FSU

8. DeLawrence Grant, 6-21/2, 277, Oregon St.

9. Karon Riley, 6-21/2, 263, Minnesota

10. Ellis Wyms, 6-31/4, 285, Miss. St.

Defensive tackle

1. Gerard Warren, 6-4, 325, Florida

2. Richard Seymour, 6-61/4, 298, Georgia

3. Damione Lewis, 6-21/2, 293, Miami

4. Willie Howard, 6-31/2, 293, Stanford

5. Marcus Stroud, 6-6, 322, Georgia

6. Shaun Rogers, 6-4, 322, Texas

7. Kris Jenkins, 6-5, 317, Maryland

8. Casey Hampton, 611/4, 315, Texas

9. Daleroy Stewart, 6-31/2, 309, Mississippi

10. Willie Blade, 6-21/2, 315, Miss. St.

Inside linebacker

1. Dan Morgan, 6-2, 247, Miami

2. Jamie Winborn, 5-11, 223, Vanderbilt

3. Kendrell Bell, 6-11/4, 235, Georgia

4. Edgerton Hartwell, 6-1, 250, W. Illinois

5. Torrance Marshall, 6-2, 249, Oklahoma

6. Brandon Spoon, 6-21/4, 245, N. Carolina

7. Alex Lincoln, 6-0, 247, Auburn

8. Zeke Moreno, 6-11/2, 246, Southern Cal

9. Carlos Polk, 6-21/4, 250, Nebraska

10. Anthony Denman, 6-11/4, 239, Notre Dame

Outside linebacker

1. Tommy Polley, 6-4, 233, FSU

2. Quinton Caver, 6-4, 230, Arkansas

3. Sedrick Hodge, 6-31/2, 245, N. Carolina

4. Morlon Greenwood, 6-1/2, 237, Syracuse

5. Eric Westmorelnd, 5-111/2, 235, Tennessee

6. Brian Allen, 6-0, 238, FSU

7. Markus Steele, 6-3, 233, Southern Cal

8. Orlando Huff, 6-21/2, 244, Fresno St.

9. Keith Adams, 5-101/2, 222, Clemson

10. Patrick Chukwurah, 6-11/4, Vanderbilt

Cornerback

1. Fred Smoot, 5-111/2, 173, Miss. St.

2. Nate Clements, 5-11, 209, Ohio St.

3. Will Allen, 5-101/2, 193, Syracuse

4. Ken Lucas, 6-1/4, 200, Mississippi

5. Jamar Fletcher, 5-9, 180, Wisconsin

6. Anthony Henry, 6-1/2, 198, USF

7. Andre Dyson, 5-10, 181, Utah

8. Willie Middlebrooks, 6-11/2, 202, Minn.

9. Brock Williams, 5-91/2, 183, Notre Dame

10. Tay Cody, 5-91/4, 181, FSU

Safety

1. Derrick Gibson, 6-11/2, 216, FSU

2. Adam Archuleta, 6-0, 210, Ariz. St.

3. Hakim Akbar, 6-1/2, 210, Wash.

4. Adrian Wilson, 6-21/4, 213, N.C. St.

5. Idrees Bashir, 6-21/4, 205, Memphis

6. James Boyd, 5-11, 207, Penn. St.

7. Gary Baxter, 6-11/2, 205, Baylor

8. Jarrod Cooper, 6-1/2, 220, Kansas St.

9. Marlon McCree, 5-11, 196, Kentucky

10. Damian Demps, 6-1/2, 287, Central Fla

Kicker

1. Bill Gramatica, 5-91/2, 179, USF

2. Owen Pochman, 5-111/4, 182, BYU

3. Vitaly Pisetsky, 5-101/2, 227, Wisconsin

4. Jamie Rheem, 6-11/4, 202, Kansas St.

5. Brad Selent, 5-101/2, 186, W. Michigan.

6. Dan Stultz, 5-11, 200, Ohio St.

7. Chris Kaylakie, 5-11, 195, TCU

8. John Freeman, 5-111/2, 179, W. Ore.

9. Nick Gatto, 6-0, 185, Ark. St.

10. Kris Stockton, 5-9, 198, Texas

Punter

1. Nick Harris, 6-11/2, 213, California

2. Dan Hadenfeldt, 5-101/2, 202, Nebraska

3. David Leaverton, 6-31/4, 213, Tennessee

4. Matt Allen, 6-41/2, 240, Troy St.

5. Jason Baker, 6-1/2, 197, Iowa

6. Kevin Stemke, 6-1, 188, Wisconsin

7. Ray Cheetany, 5-10, 178, UNLV

8. Kurtis Doerr, 6-1, 215, Oregon

9. Keith Cottrell, 6-3, 209, FSU

10. Dan Frantz, 6-1, 191, Portland St.

- Compiled by Bruce Lowitt.

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