Monday, April 28, 2003

Team adds fullback to mix


Bengals notebook: Johnson known for blocking at W. Kentucky

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Jeremi Johnson is a blocker first and runner second. That makes the prospect of clearing a path for Bengals tailback Corey Dillon all the more exciting.

"I know he's the best running back in the NFL," Johnson said Sunday. "Being around the best can't do anything but help me."

Despite the departures of free agent fullbacks Lorenzo Neal and Nicolas Luchey this off-season, Cincinnati now has four sizeable fullbacks to choose from.

The Bengals drafted Johnson, who's from Louisville and played at Western Kentucky last season, with the 118th overall pick in the NFL Draft on Sunday.

"He's a blocker, but he has really good hands coming out of the backfield and can catch the football down the field," running backs coach Jim Anderson said. "He was a very dominant player at his position."

Johnson (5-11, 260 pounds) transferred to Western Kentucky from Indiana before his senior season. He rushed for 637 yards on 102 carries and caught 23 passes for 310 yards.

He will compete for playing time with Mike Green, Chris Edmonds and Terry Witherspoon.

Johnson has lost 20 pounds since the end of the college season, but the Bengals will closely monitor his conditioning.

"We don't want that balloon effect," Anderson said. "We don't want him to have that disease called fatosis."

SMALL COLLEGE, BIG PLAYER

When he enrolled at Division II Mars Hill College as a freshman, Khalid Abdullah hoped news of his ability would travel beyond the mountains of North Carolina.

"Like they say, if you can play ball," Abdullah said, "they'll find you."

The Bengals chose the linebacker with the first pick (136th overall) in the fifth round.

Abdullah had 98 tackles and five sacks for Mars Hill last season and is touted for his 4.8 speed and aggressive style.

"We think he has the desire to be good. That's important in football," Bengals defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "Even when the ball is not run directly at him, he's still chasing plays."

A GRAPPLER

In addition to his physical strength and experience playing under Lou Holtz at South Carolina, the Bengals liked defensive tackle Langston Moore for his hand quickness.

Cincinnati took Moore, who played in 46 career games for the Gamecocks, with the first pick in the sixth round.

"Using your hands as a defensive lineman is one of the most important things you can do," said Moore, who had 116 tackles and one interception the past two seasons. "That's one thing I continue to try and work on."

Toward that end, he's taking a class in Aikido, a martial art.

THE SEVENTH ROUNDERS

The Bengals used their final two picks to select an offensive and defensive lineman - North Carolina State offensive lineman Scott Kooistra (215th overall) and Central Florida defensive end Elton Patterson (259th overall).

"(The Bengals are) on the rise," said Kooistra, who played in 25 games for the Wolfpack and whose family is from the Cleveland area. "They just got a great new head coach up there that's definitely making some good choices with the players they've selected ... It's just a good situation."

Patterson was a three-year starter at Central Florida and had 63 tackles and 9.5 sacks last season.

"I'm bringing hard work to the table," he said. "I think Cincinnati is going to be happy they chose me."

2003 Draft by School

Alabama 5, Alabama A&M 1, Arizona 3, Arizona State 3, Arkansas 1, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1, Baylor 1, Bethune-Cookman 1, Boise State 1, Boston College 3, Brigham Young 2, California 4, Carson-Newman 1, Central Florida 4, Cincinnati 3, Clarion, Pa. 1, Clemson 2, Colorado 6, Eastern Kentucky 1, Eastern Michigan 1, Eastern Washington 1, Florida 8, Florida State 6, Fresno State 1, Georgia 7, Georgia Southern 1, Grand Valley State 1, Gustavus Adolphus 1, Hampton 1, Hawaii 3, Houston 1, Howard 1, Idaho State 1, Illinois 5, Indiana 1, Iowa 5, Iowa State 1, Kansas State 4, Kentucky 2, LSU 4, Louisian-Lafayette 2, Louisville 4, Mars Hill 1, Marshall 3, Maryland 1, Memphis 2, Miami 8, Michigan 6, Michigan State 1, Middle Tennessee 1, Minnesota 1, Mississippi 1, Mississippi State 3, Missouri 2, Morgan State 1, N.W. Misouri 1, Nebraska 4, Nevada 1, New Mexico State 1, North Carolina 1, North Carolina State 2, Northwestern 1, Northwestern State 1, Notre Dame 7, Ohio State 5, Oklahoma 4, Oklahoma St. 1, Oregon 3, Oregon State 3, Penn State 6, Pittsburgh 3, Purdue 1, Rice 2, Rutgers 1, San Diego State 1, San Jose St. 1, South Carolina 3, South Florida 3, Southern California 5, Southern Methodist 1, Southern Mississippi 1, Southeast Missouri 1, Stanford 4, Syracuse 2, Temple 2, Tennessee 8, Texas 4, Texas A&M 6, Texas Christian 2, Texas Tech 2, Toledo 1, Troy State 2, Tuskegee 2, UCLA 2, Utah 3, Utah State 1, Vanderbilt 1, Virginia 2, Virginia Tech 2, Wake Forest 3, Washington State 3, West Texas A&M 1, West Virginia 2, Western Illinois 1, Western Kentucky 1, Western New Mexico 1, Wisconsin 4.

2003 Draft by Position

Center 10; Guard 14; Offensive Tackle 21; Wide Receiver 36; Tight End 14; Quarterback 13; Running Back 23; Kicker 1; Defensive End 24; Defensive Tackle 24; Linebacker 30; Defensive Back 49; Punter 2; Nose Tackle 1.

How early entries fared (overall pick in parentheses)

Santonio Beard, rb, junior, Alabama, not selected.

Anquan Boldin, wr, junior, Florida State, second round (54), Arizona.

Chris Brown, rb, junior, Colorado, third round (93), Tennessee.

Peter Christofilakos, pk, junior, Illinois, not selected.

Dallas Clark, te, junior, Iowa, first round (24), Indianapolis.

Chris Clemons, lb, junior, Georgia, not selected.

J.P. Comella, fb, junior, Boston College, not selected.

Brennan Curtin, ot, senior-x, Notre Dame, sixth round (212), Green Bay.

Reggie Duncan, rb, junior, Kansas, not selected.

Dante Ellington, ot, junior, Alabama, not selected.

Lynaris Elpheage, cb, junior, Tulane, not selected.

Bret Engemann, qb, junior, Brigham Young, not selected.

Jeff Faine, c, junior, Notre Dame, first round (21), Cleveland.

Brandon George, c, junior, Temple, not selected.

Rex Grossman, qb, junior, Florida, first round (22), Chicago.

Ken Hamlin, s, junior, Arkansas, second round (42), Seattle.

Kwame Harris, ot, junior, Stanford, first round (26), San Francisco.

Wayne Hunter, ot, junior, Hawaii, third round (73), Seattle.

Andre Johnson, wr, junior, Miami, first round (3), Houston.

Robert Johnson, te, junior, Auburn, not selected.

Teyo Johnson, wr, sophomore, Stanford, second round (63), Oakland.

Derek Jones, qb-wr, sophomore, West Virginia, not selected.

Reshard Lee, rb, sophomore, Middle Tennessee, not selected.

Brandon Lloyd, wr, junior, Illinois, fourth round (124), San Francisco.

Rien Long, dt, junior, Washington State, fourth round (126), Tennessee.

James Lynch, fb, junior, Maryland, not selected.

Shaun McDonald, wr, junior, Arizona St., fourth round (106), St. Louis.

Willis McGahee, rb, sophomore, Miami, first round (23), Buffalo.

Clint Mitchell, de, junior, Florida, seventh round (227), Denver.

Shantee Orr, de, junior, Michigan, not selected.

Terry Pierce, lb, junior, Kansas State, second round (51), Denver.

Shurron Pierson, de, junior, South Florida, fourth round (129), Oakland.

Dewayne Robertson, dt, junior, Kentucky, first round (4), N.Y. Jets.

Charles Rogers, wr, junior, Michigan St., first round (2), Detroit.

Ian Scott, dt, junior, Florida, fourth round (116), Chicago.

Musa Smith, rb, junior, Georgia, third round (77), Baltimore.

Onterrio Smith, rb, junior, Oregon, fourth round (105), Minnesota.

Terrell Suggs, de, junior, Arizona St., first round (10), Baltimore.

Johnathan Sullivan, dt, junior, Georgia, first round (6), New Orleans.

LaBrandon Toefield, rb, junior, LSU, fourth round (132), Jacksonville.

Kelley Washington, wr, junior, Tennessee, third round (65), Cincinnati.

Dewayne White, de, junior, Louisville, second round (64), Tampa Bay.

Jimmy Wilkerson, de, junior, Oklahoma, sixth round (189), Kansas City.

Jason Witten, te, junior, Tennessee, third round (69), Dallas.

George Wrighster, te, junior, Oregon, fourth round (104), Jacksonville.

x-one year eligiblity remaining.

2003 Draft trades

1, Arizona traded its first- (No. 6) and second-round (No. 37) choices to New Orleans for the Saints two first- (No. 17 and No. 18), second- (No. 54) and fourth-round (No. 102) choices. New Orleans selected Johnathan Sullivan, dt, Georgia and Jon Stinchcomb, ot, Georgia. Arizona selected Bryant Johnson, wr, Penn St.; Calvin Pace, de, Wake Forest and Montrae Holland, g, Florida St.

2, Chicago traded its first-round (No. 13) choice to New England for the Patriots first- (No. 14) and sixth-round (No. 193) choices. New England selected Ty Warren, dt, Texas A&M. Chicago selected Michael Haynes, de, Penn St. and traded the sixth-round (No. 193) choice to Jackksonville.

3, San Diego traded its first-round (No. 15) choice to Philadelphia for the Eagles first- (No. 30) and second-round (No. 62) choices. Philadelphia selected Jerome McDougle, de, Miami. Philadelphia selected Sammy Davis, db, Texas A&M and Tyrone Calico, wr, Middle Tennessee.

4, Kansas City traded its first-round (No. 16) choice to Pittsburgh for the Steelers first- (No. 27), third- (No. 92) and sixth-round (No. 200) choices. Pittsburgh selected Troy Polamalu, db, Southern Cal. Kansas City selected Larry Johnson, rb, Penn St.; Julian Battle, db, Tennessee and traded the sixth-round (No. 200) choice to the New York Jets.

5, New England traded its first-round (No. 19) choice to Baltimore for the Ravens second-round (No. 41) and 2004 first-round choice. Baltimore selected Kyle Boller, qb, California. New England traded the second-round (No. 41) choice to Houston.

6, Houston traded its second- (No. 36) and fourth-round (No. 117) to New England for the Patriots second- (No. 41) and third-round (No. 75) choices. New England selected Eugene Wilson, db, Illinois and Dan Klecko, dt, Temple. Houston selected Bennie Joppru, te, Michigan and Seth Wand, ot, Northwest Missouri.

7, Carolina traded its second-round (No. 45) to New England for the Patriots second- (No. 50) and fourth-round (No. 120) choices. New England selected Bethel Johnson, wr, Texas A&M. Carolina selected Bruce Nelson, c, Iowa and traded the fourth-round (No. 120) choice to Denver.

8, Buffalo traded its third-round (No. 79) choice to Green Bay for the Packers third- (No. 94) and fourth-round (No. 127) choices. Green Bay selected Kennt Peterson, dt, Ohio St. Buffalo selected Angelo Crowell, lb, Virginia and Sam Aiken, wr, North Carolina.

9, Denver traded its third-round (No. 82) to Carolina for the Panthers two fourth- (No. 108) and (No. 120) and seventh-round (No. 227) choices. Carolina selected Ricky Manning Jr. Denver selected Quentin Griffin, rb, Oklahoma; traded the fourth-round (No. 120) choice to New England and selected Clint Mitchell, de, Florida.

10, Houston traded its third-round (No. 83) and seventh-round (No. 262) choices to Oakland for the Raiders 2004 second-round choice. Oakland selected Sam Williams, lb, Fresno St. and Ryan Hoag, wr, Gustavus Adolphus.

11, Denver traded its fourth-round (No. 120) choice to New England for the Patriots fourth- (No. 128) and fifth-round (No. 157) choices. New England selected Asante Samuel, db, Central Florida. Denver selected Bryant McNeal, de, Clemson and Ben Claxton, c, Mississippi.

12, Houston traded its fifth-round (No. 138) choice to Indianapolis for the Colts 2004 fourth-round choice. Indianapolis selected Robert Mathis, de, Alabama A&M.

13, Jacksonville traded its fifth-round (No. 143) choice to Chicago for the Bears two sixth- (No. 176) and (No. 193) and seventh-round (No. 218) choices. Chicago selected Justin Gage, wr, Missouri. Jacksonville selected Brandon Green, de, Rice; Marques Ogden, ot, Howard and Malaefou Mackenzie, rb, Southern Cal.

14, Seattle traded its fifth-round (No. 147) to Green Bay for the Packers fifth- (No. 165) and sixth-round (No. 203) choices. Green Bay selected James Lee, dt, Oregon St. Seattle selected Chris Davis, rb, Syracuse and traded the sixth-round (No. 203) choice to New Orleans.

15, Kansas City traded its fifth- (No. 150) and sixth-round (No. 200) choices to the New York Jets for the Jets fifth- (No. 153) and sixth-round (No. 189) choices. New York selected Matt Walters, dt, Miami and Brooks Bollinger, qb, Wisconsin. Kansas City selected Jordan Black, ot, Notre Dame and Jimmy Wilkerson, de, Oklahoma.

16, New England traded its fifth- (No. 154) and seventh-round (No. 225) choices to Tennessee for the Titans fifth- (No. 164), sixth- (No. 201) and seventh-round (No. 243) choices. Tennessee selected Donnie Nickey, db, Ohio St. and Todd Williams, g, Florida St. New England selected Dan Koppen, c, Boston College; Kliff Kingsbury, qb, Texas Tech and Ethan Kelley, nt, Baylor.

17, Philadelphia traded its fifth-round (No. 166) choice to Green Bay for the Packers sixth- (No. 185) and seventh-round (No. 244). Green Bay selected Hunter Hillenmeyer, lb, Vanderbilt. Philadelphia selected Jeremey Bridges, ot, Southern Miss. and Norman LeJeune, db, LSU.

18, Carolina traded its sixth-round (No. 181) choice to Miami for the Dolphins two seventh-round (No. 226) and (No. 247) choices. Miami selected Corey Jenkins, db, South Carolina. Carolina selected Walter Young, wr, Illinois and Casey Moore, rb, Stanford.

19, Seattle traded its sixth-round (No. 203) choice to New Orleans for DT Norman Hand. New Orleans selected Kareem Kelly, wr, Southern Cal.

20, Detroit traded RB Aveion Cason to Dallas for the Cowboys seventh-round (No. 236) choice. Detroit selected Brandon Drumm, rb, Colorado.

21, Detroit traded RB Larry Foster to Arizona for the Cardinals seventh-round (No. 220) choice. Detroit selected Blue Adams, db, Eastern Kentucky.

22, Philadelphia traded its seventh-round (No. 245) choice to Green Bay for the Packers 2004 sixth-round choice. Green Bay selected Chris Johnson, db, Louisville.




NFL DRAFT
A lifetime lived in 8 days
Day Two sees team turn focus to defense
Team adds fullback to mix
2 more Bearcats selected in draft
Five Buckeyes headed to NFL
Winners and losers in 2003 draft
Were there really 12 QBs better than Ken Dorsey?
Colts say draft went according to plan
With McGahee pick, Bills start new soap opera
Giants bolster defense through draft
Texans select Drew Henson
2003 NFL Draft selections
Team-by-team draft

REDS
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Daugherty: Bob Boone
Larkin boosts Lopez, who then boosts Reds
Reds notebook: Larkin won't rush return

MORE BASEBALL
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AL: Blue Jays rally to beat Royals
Notes from Sunday's games

HORSE RACING
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Frankel's horses pass workouts

PREP SPORTS
Kentucky insider: Madden eager for her return
Prep polls and leaders
Schedule and results

NHL PLAYOFFS
Flyers shut out Senators 2-0

NBA PLAYOFFS
Pierce walks his talk as Pacers fall

GOLF
Couples wins his first in 5 years

TENNIS
A furious finish follows sluggish start for Agassi

AUTO RACING
Busch ends slump at Auto Club 500

REMEMBERING...
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