Thursday, April 18, 2002

Bengals take CB Buchanon
in Enquirer's mock draft




By Mark Curnutte mcurnutte@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Miami (Fla.) cornerback Phillip Buchanon will be the Bengals' choice with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Saturday, according to the Enquirer's mock draft.

        Other forecasters predict Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington will slip to No.10, where the Bengals will grab him. But The Enquirer sees Kansas City taking Harrington with the No. 8 pick.

        With the help of newspaper beat writers around the country, here's the Enquirer's mock draft for the first round.

        1. Houston Texans: David Carr, quarterback, Fresno State.

        He will receive an $11 million signing bonus on a seven-year deal to become the expansion club's first draft pick.

        2. Carolina Panthers: Julius Peppers, defensive end, North Carolina.

        The Panthers fill their top need for a pass-rushing defensive end who also can stop the run. Peppers had 24 sacks the past two seasons for the Tar Heels, and this North Carolina hero can only help the franchise boost ticket sales, which bottomed out at 20,000 for the season finale.

        3. Detroit Lions: Quentin Jammer, cornerback, Texas.

        Mike McMahon is the quarterback of the future for the Lions, and general manager Matt Millen will go for Jammer, the top-rated cornerback in the draft, to boost a secondary that finished 25th against the pass in 2001.

        4. Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, offensive tackle, Texas.

        The Bills will try to trade down to acquire more picks but if they are unsuccessful they will take this 375-pound franchise left tackle, who has calmed doubts about the health of his knee.

        5. San Diego Chargers: Bryant McKinnie, offensive tackle, Miami (Fla.).

        With Jammer off the board, the Chargers will attempt to fill their other major need — the offensive line.

        6. Dallas Cowboys: Roy Williams, safety, Oklahoma.

        The Cowboys have bigger holes at cornerback, tight end and wide receiver, but owner Jerry Jones thinks Williams is too good to pass up. Dallas wants two starters out of the draft.

        7. Minnesota Vikings: Ryan Sims, defensive tackle, North Carolina.

        The Vikings would love it if either Mike Williams or McKinnie would drop at offensive tackle, but Sims will fill a big hole at nose tackle.

        8. Kansas City Chiefs: Joey Harrington, quarterback, Oregon.

        The Chiefs do not have a quarterback on their roster under contract past 2002, and coach Dick Vermeil thinks Harrington is better than Carr. Kansas City would rather Harrington weren't available, so it could focus on defense. But Sims is the guy the Chiefs like most, and he'll go to the Vikings.

        9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Albert Haynesworth, defensive tackle, Tennessee.

        The Jags need help up front on defense after losing linemen in the expansion draft as part of their salary-cap purge.

        10. Cincinnati Bengals: Phillip Buchanon, cornerback, Miami (Fla.).

        There is little chance the Bengals will trade up, and Harrington's selection by Kansas City removes that temptation from quarterback-loving club president Mike Brown. Buchanon might not start immediately ahead of Artrell Hawkins and Jeff Burris, but he'll make an instant contribution as a nickel back and punt returner.

        (Phillip Buchanon draft profiles at ESPN.com | NFL.com)

        11. Indianapolis Colts: Wendell Bryant, defensive tackle, Wisconsin.

        Tony Dungy's makeover of the Colts' Swiss cheese defense gets a player who fits well into what the defense-oriented coach likes to do.

        12. Arizona Cardinals: John Henderson, defensive tackle, Tennessee.

        There is a big need for a defensive end who can rush the passer, and the Cardinals will be very happy if Henderson is still available this late. He will be.

        13. New Orleans Saints: Antonio Bryant, wide receiver, Pittsburgh.

        With 110 receptions and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons, Bryant will become a prime target for quarterback Aaron Brooks.

        14. Tennessee Titans: Ashley Lelie, wide receiver, Hawaii.

        Coach Jeff Fisher has never failed to take the best player available on the team's draft board, regardless of position and need, and this year it will be Lelie. The Titans like his height, almost 6 feet 3.

        15. New York Giants: Jeremy Shockey, tight end, Miami (Fla.).

        With several needs, only one year removed from a Super Bowl berth, the Giants will address a big one.

        16. Cleveland Browns: William Green, running back, Boston College.

        Coach Butch Davis likes players he recruited as a college coach at Miami. Green is one who got away from the Hurricanes, but he won't get away from Davis this time. Davis prefers Green over Michigan State's T.J. Duckett.

        17. Atlanta Falcons: Donte Stallworth, wide receiver, Tennessee.

        Looking to give quarterback Michael Vick as many weapons as possible, they'll take the best wide receiver available, and it will be Stallworth.

        18. Washington Redskins: Jabar Gaffney, wide receiver, Florida.

        Coach Steve Spurrier continues to collect his former Gators. There's a big need on the offensive line, but it's hard to picture the headline-grabbing combination of Spurrier and owner Daniel Snyder taking a tackle or guard with their first pick.

        19. Denver Broncos: Napoleon Harris, linebacker, Northwestern.

        They need help at running back because of injuries, but Harris will provide depth at linebacker.

        20. Seattle Seahawks: Charles Grant, defensive end, Georgia.

Coach Mike Holmgren likes defensive ends who remind him of Reggie White. That's Grant. This pick will allow the Seahawks to use the aging John Randle more selectively.

        21. Oakland Raiders (from Tampa Bay): Anthony Weaver, defensive tackle/end, Notre Dame.

        He's a productive player and a further good fit because he's a good citizen, something the Raiders need.

        22. New York Jets: Lito Sheppard, cornerback, Florida.

        Coach Herman Edwards has an eye for corners, and Sheppard will be the best still available.

        23. Oakland Raiders: Saleem Rasheed, linebacker, Alabama.

        He'll be groomed to replace free agent signee Bill Romanowski, who can't last forever.

        24. Baltimore Ravens: Levi Jones, offensive tackle, Arizona State.

        Coach Brian Billick is looking to fill three starting roles in the draft. Jones is a good run blocker and should help Jamal Lewis, the featured running back recovering from a serious knee injury.

        25. New Orleans Saints (from Miami): Toniu Fonoti, guard, Nebraska.

        The top-rated guard on many forecast lists should help the club re-establish the running game with Ricky Williams gone and Deuce McAllister in.

        26. Philadelphia Eagles: Ed Reed, safety, Miami (Fla.).

        He's good against the run, and the Eagles finished 18th in the league in rushing defense last season. Reed could switch to corner and replace Troy Vincent when he calls it quits.

        27. San Francisco 49ers: Mike Rumph, cornerback, Miami (Fla.).

        In a division with Kurt Warner, David Boston and Trent Dilfer, a team can't have too many good corners.

        28. Green Bay Packers: Josh Reed, wide receiver, LSU.

        Quarterback Brett Favre will get another new receiver to throw to. Reed is especially good running after the catch.

        29. Chicago Bears: Kalimba Edwards, defensive tackle/outside linebacker, South Carolina.

        The Bears have been looking for a defensive lineman to rush the passer since Richard Dent retired. Dwight Freeney of Syracuse is another possibility.

        30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Duckett, running back, Michigan State.

        There is fear in Pittsburgh that franchise running back Jerome Bettis and his injured groin might be done sooner than later. Duckett would provide depth if Bettis is OK and a future replacement if Bettis has to retire.

        31. St. Louis Rams: Andre Davis, wide receiver Virginia Tech.

        Coach Mike Martz puts a premium on wide receivers, and he likes Davis' speed (4.44 in the 40-yard dash). Davis also is an outstanding punt returner, with four brought back for touchdowns in past two seasons.

        32. New England Patriots: Daniel Graham, tight end, Colorado.

        The Pats scored three offensive touchdowns, one each game, in their final three playoff victories, including the Super Bowl. Graham would give quarterback Tom Brady a nice target over the middle.

        Bengals could fill several needs in draft
Wednesday's story: Bengals ponder another QB pick



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