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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.

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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