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Dr. Z's Mock First Round
Paul Zimmerman
April 17, 2000
"I have a feeling you're going to see one of the most active drafts in history," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci says. "People trading up, trading down, last-minute jockeying for position. It's going to be crazy." San Francisco wants additional picks, and it could give up the No. 12 spot to get them. The Chiefs, who need a running back, could do likewise. If the Jets, who have two first-round choices, trade wideout Keyshawn Johnson, they could end up with a quartet of No. I selections, Where would they find the money to pay them all? (Asterisk denotes a projected trade.)
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April 17, 2000

Dr. Z's Mock First Round

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20 LIONS
Chris McIntosh, T-G, WISCONSIN
Desperate to reestablish a running game, Detroit plans to move Dayne's favorite escort inside to guard.

21 BROWNS (from Chiefs)*
Shaun Alexander, RB, ALABAMA
Cleveland likes him enough to trade up. If Kansas City stays put, Ohio State CB Ahmed Plummer will be the man.

22 SEAHAWKS
Julian Peterson, LB, MICHIGAN STATE
More defensive help. Peterson, 6'4", 240 and athletic, will play over the tight end, freeing LB Chad Brown for the pass rush.

23 PANTHERS
Dwayne Goodrich, CB, TENNESSEE
"I always like defensive linemen," George Seifert says, "but this year I might cross 'em up." Clockings in the 4.3 range sell Seifert.

24 49ERS
Ahmed Plummer, CB, OHIO STATE
Mariucci can't believe his favorite cover man is still on the board. He had assumed one of three other teams would have picked Plummer.

25 VIKINGS
Chris Hovan, DT, BOSTON COLLEGE
Takes the place of an aging Jerry Ball as a sturdy run-stopper who can cover for John Randle's upfield rushes.

26 BILLS
Rashard Anderson, CB-S, JACKSON STATE
Physical, 6'2�", 206-pound corner counters trend toward big wideouts. Might be switched to departed FS Kurt Schulz's spot.

27 BUCS
Todd Wade, T, MISSISSIPPI
Tampa Bay has done a lot to shore up its line, but LT Paul Gruber broke his leg in the regular-season finale and may retire.

28 COLTS
Darren Howard, BE, KANSAS STATE
Everyone says Brigham Young MLB Rob Morris is a lock here, but Indianapolis will gamble that it can pick him up later.

29 JAGUARS
Dez White, WR, GEORGIA TECH
Would prefer a tackle, but at this spot the "best athlete" theory applies. White, with tremendous big-play potential, qualifies.

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