SCOUT'S HONOR: 2002 mock draft

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2002 NFL Draft: Here's an early look at how the first round of the NFL Draft could play out. Expect changes over the next few months as priorities shift for many teams via free agency.
2002 mock draft
Pick Team Player Pos. School
1. Houston Texans David Carr QB Fresno State
Carr would be a perfect fit to provide hope for the future with his leadership ability and smarts.
2. Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers DE North Carolina
Mike Rucker developed into a pass rusher last season, but they need another perimeter threat to build the club's pass rush for the future.
3. Detroit Lions Roy Williams S Oklahoma
The Lions could trade down here. If they stay here, an impact defender who will provide a physical presence in the secondary is a priority.
4. Buffalo Bills Bryant McKinnie OT Miami (Fla.)
John Fina isn't the answer for Buffalo. With Fina at left tackle, the Bills haven't been able to get past the first round of the playoffs and now are reloading for the new era that began last season. McKinnie and Jonas Jennings would give the Bills a new set of bookends for the next several seasons.
5. San Diego Chargers Mike Williams OT Texas
Building an offensive line is critical for Marty Schottenheimer. Williams is an enormous big man who can anchor the line for years if he takes a more aggressive approach to the game. A cornerback could also be a possibility.
6. Dallas Cowboys Quentin Jammer CB Texas
The Cowboys will listen to trade offers here. Jammer is the difference maker at cornerback the Cowboys would like to have bolster their secondary. John Henderson will also be a strong possibility because they want an impact lineman along the defensive front.
7. Minnesota Vikings John Henderson DT Tennessee
The Vikings need to rebuild their defensive front with more impact players besides Chris Hovan. Henderson would be a physical presence up front with his strength and explosiveness.
8. Kansas City Chiefs Ryan Sims DT North Carolina
The Chiefs have two major needs. They need a defensive tackle who can stop the run and, of course, playmakers for their offense. Dick Vermeil values playmakers heavily and covets Gaffney's tools, but Sims would be tough to pass up on the defensive side of the ball.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars Kalimba Edwards DE South Carolina
The Jaguars need help in a lot of places, but will lose two of their top three pass rushers on the perimeter. With Kevin Hardy likely elsewhere, Edwards would be a nice fit to replace him and give the Jaguars a young perimeter playmaker.
10. Cincinnati Bengals Phillip Buchanon CB Miami (Fla.)
The Bengals need a difference maker in their secondary. Buchanon would give the Bengals someone who can change the course of the game at cornerback.
11. Indianapolis Colts Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin
The Colts need help along the defensive line and at cornerback. The Colts could have their pick of a few guys with better upside potential, but Bryant could be a very dependable player. Bryant would help the Colts improve at stopping the run.
12. Arizona Cardinals Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee
The Cardinals need an impact player along their defensive line. Ideally, a perimeter player would be a perfect fit, but the interior players grade much higher at this point of the first round. Haynesworth has the potential to become a healthy Eric Swann-type talent.
13. New Orleans Saints Jabar Gaffney WR Florida
The Saints could be looking for a cornerback here also, but the wide receiver position might provide better value if Buchanon doesn't fall here. Gaffney would give Aaron Brooks a steady option to team with Joe Horn next season.
14. Tennessee Titans Levi Jones OT Arizona State
Jones moved up with a solid senior bowl week. Brad Hopkins has shown signs of losing a step at left tackle.
15. New York Giants Jeremy Shockey TE Miami (Fla.)
The Giants will be looking to upgrade their offense at a few different spots. The tight end position is one area they would like more production from in order to add balance within the passing game.
16. Cleveland Browns William Green RB Boston College
Expect the Browns to add some offensive line help this spring, but a true feature back would be a nice addition to go along with their upgrades. Sure James Jackson could be a better back with improved blocking, but he isn't durable enough as a workhorse.
17. Atlanta Falcons Donte Stallworth WR Tennessee
A number of possibilities here on both sides of the ball who can make an impact. Stallworth is one of those players the Falcons need to surround Michael Vick with to put him in the best position to succeed.
18. Washington Redskins Joey Harrington QB Oregon
The Redskins might do anything to get to this spot to get their quarterback, especially with Steve Spurrier on board with his flashy offense. Harrington could go anywhere in the first round.
19. Denver Broncos Ed Reed S Miami (Fla.)
The defense suffered some inconsistencies due to the erratic play of their safeties. Reed isn't the natural athlete Eric Brown is, but he's much smarter and would become a leader for the Broncos.
20. Seattle Seahawks Daniel Graham TE Colorado
Graham is a little smaller than Mike Holmgren would like, but his athleticism and natural feel for the passing game would add balance to Seattle's offense.
21. Oakland Raiders (from T.B.) Antonio Bryant WR Pittsburgh
With this extra pick, Al Davis can't resist adding a young playmaker with two of his top three wide receivers up in years. Or they can trade up or down for a top defensive tackle or cornerback.
22. New York Jets Michael Lewis S Colorado
Most of the Jets' needs would be tough to address here, but they could add a smart safety who can make plays. Lewis would upgrade the production the Jets had last season.
23. Oakland Raiders Napoleon Harris LB Northwestern
It's always unpredictable to say where the Raiders will go, but Harris would be a nice upgrade on the strong side to enhance their ability to make plays.
24. Baltimore Ravens Lito Sheppard CB Florida
Although the offense was erratic this past season, the Ravens will lose a lot of players on the defensive side of the ball to the salary cap. Addressing other positions could be a reach here in terms of value, so cornerback could be a likely target. Duane Starks is a free agent and James Trapp was slowed by an injury late in the year. Sheppard would fill an immediate role at cornerback and also replace Jermaine Lewis as a return man.
25. Miami Dolphins T.J. Duckett RB Michigan State
The offensive line will also be a consideration on the first day, but Duckett would give the Dolphins a young back who can move the chains on a consistent basis.
26. Philadelphia Eagles Andre Gurode C/OG Colorado
The Eagles could go in a few directions. Gurode would solidify the middle of the Eagles' offensive line with his size and tenacity.
27. San Francisco 49ers Mike Pearson OT Florida
The 49ers must begin looking ahead to the future along the offensive line. Pearson would be a nice pickup who would likely develop into a starter for the 2003 season.
28. Green Bay Packers Ashley Lelie WR Hawaii
Lelie brings much-needed speed and athleticism to the Packers' passing game.
29. Chicago Bears Alex Brown DE Florida
Brown doesn't grade well with many teams right now, but the Bears need to add some juice to their pass rush and have the blue-collar players on defense to push Brown to play at full speed.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers Keyuo Craver CB Nebraska
The Steelers could go in a few directions here. If the Steelers lose Deshea Townsend, they will need another corner to step into their nickel packages.
31. St. Louis Rams Josh Reed WR Louisiana State
Look for some new names behind Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt at wide receiver next season. The Rams haven't been able to develop any future depth here after drafting a few guys last season. If Reed lasts this long, it would be a coup for the Rams. Reed's quickness and ability to gain yards after the catch would be a natural fit within their offense.
32. New England Patriots Marquise Walker WR Michigan
Walker isn't a true first-round prospect because he lacks ideal speed and quickness, but he'll be a solid pass catcher due to his size, smarts, and toughness. That's something the Patriots could use in their passing game.

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