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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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"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.)

1 BROWNS
Courtney Brown, DE, PENN STATE
Assuming all goes well in negotiations, Brown's the man. Otherwise Cleveland may turn to teammate LaVar Arrington.

2 REDSKINS
LaVar Arrington, LB, PENN STATE
Skins celebrate. They were thinking about trading with the Browns to get this lightning-fast 250-pound playmaker.

3 REDSKINS
Chris Samuels, T, ALABAMA
Best offensive lineman on the board. Washington will plug this 291-pounder in at LT to replace the aging Andy Heck.

4 BENGALS
Peter Warrick, WR, FLORIDA STATE
Concerns about a disappointing 40-yard time on a slow surface erased by recent clockings in the mid-4.5 range.

5 BRONCOS (from Ravens)*
Chad Pennington, QB, MARSHALL
A head-scratcher. Smart guy with a medium-range arm...sounds just like the QB Denver already has, Brian Griese.

6 EAGLES
Corey Simon, DT, FLORIDA STATE
Philly coaches were worried about the four shoulder operations he has had—until he bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times.

7 CARDINALS
Thomas Jones, RB, VIRGINIA
Explosive 216-pounder with a 4.47 clocking, but Arizona could pull a switch and go with New Mexico LB Brian Urlacher.

8 STEELERS
Plaxico Burress, WR MICHIGAN STATE
At 6'5", 231, he's a Randy Moss clone—tremendous potential, weird attitude. Could take Pennington if he's available.

9 BEARS
Brian Urlacher, LB, NEW MEXICO
A converted safety who grew into a linebacker (6'3�", 258) but retained his DB speed, as his 4.57 scouting combine time showed.

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