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Dr. Z's Mock First Round
Paul Zimmerman
April 20, 1998
Here's how Paul Zimmerman thinks the first round of the NFL draft will unfold. (Asterisk indicates a projected trade.)
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April 20, 1998

Dr. Z's Mock First Round

Here's how Paul Zimmerman thinks the first round of the NFL draft will unfold. (Asterisk indicates a projected trade.)

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1 COLTS Peyton Manning, QB, Tennessee
Polished, poised, professional; Archie's kid has it all, including leadership ability

2 CHARGERS (from Cardinals) Ryan Leaf, QB, Washington State
Bigger than Manning, with a bigger gun and untapped potential, so don't be surprised if Colts make a last-minute switch to him

3 CARDINALS (from chargers) Andre Wadsworth, DE, Florida State
Trade-up still possible by another team hungering for this 278-pound pass rusher with tremendous speed and burst off the ball

4 RAIDERS Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan
Best cover man since Deion, with same arrogance; just what Oakland needs to inject new life into dying secondary

5 RAMS* (from Bears) Curtis Enis, RB, Penn State
Everyone wants this relentless 242-pounder, but St. Louis, with highest pick to deal, wins battle to move up

6 BEARS* (from Rams) Keith Brooking, LB, Georgia Tech
Randy Moss, the gifted wideout, a possibility, but in same division with Barry Sanders, Robert Smith and Warrick Dunn, Chicago needs a big (6'2�", 244 pounds), fast inside linebacker

7 SAINTS Tra Thomas, T, Florida State
Moss's name mentioned here also, but Mike Ditka leans toward crunch rather than flash

8 COWBOYS Grant Wistrom, DE, Nebraska
Offense certainly can use boost (i.e., Moss), but this 273-pound edge rusher with a nonstop motor is too good to pass up

9 JAGUARS (from Bills) Vonnie Holliday, DT, North Carolina
Jacksonville will grab run-stuffer first and hope premier runner is available when its number comes up again at 25

10 RAVENS Duane Starks, CB, Miami
Unless they trade for Panthers cornerback Tyrone Poole, in which case they'll take WR Kevin Dyson or move down

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