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Nfl Draft : The First Round At A Glance

April 21, 1996

1. NEW YORK JETS

Keyshawn Johnson (6-3 1/4, 220), WR, USC

Had spectacular junior and senior seasons, topped by record-setting Rose Bowl (12 catches for 216 yards). Strengths: Big hands, good speed, great size. He is close to being the perfect receiver prospect. Weaknesses: A bit immature and some concentration problems that lead to drops.

2. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Kevin Hardy (6-4 1/2, 245), LB, Illinois

Butkus Award winner in 1995, as well as being All-American and Big Ten defensive player of the year. Strengths: The most well-rounded and complete linebacker prospect in years with great work habits and attitude. Weaknesses: Pass rush skills need improvement.

3. ARIZONA CARDINALS

Simeon Rice (6-5, 259), DE, Illinois

Big Ten's career sack leader with 45 career sacks. Ranks eighth on NCAA's career sacks list. Strengths: Dominating pass rusher with long arms, good quickness, Makes lots of big plays. Weaknesses: Played inconsistent and uninterested last season, especially against the run. May need to add weight.

4. BALTIMORE RAVENS

Jonathan Ogden (6-8, 318), OT, UCLA

Lombardi Trophy winner and Outland Trophy runner-up last season. May go to Olympic trials as a shotputter. Strengths: Tremendous athlete with a perfect build for a tackle. Very light on his feet and mobile. Weaknesses: Needs to play more aggressive and become a little mean.

5. NEW YORK GIANTS

Cedric Jones (6-3 1/2, 276), DE, Oklahoma

All-Big Eight selection as a junior and senior, as well as his school's career sack leader with 31.5. Strengths: Great off-the-corner rusher, who flies into the backfield. Weaknesses: Lower body strength is questionable and he is coming off knee and eye surgery.

6. ST. LOUIS RAMS

Lawrence Philips (5-11 1/2, 225), RB, Nebraska

Ran for 1,722 yards in 1994. Was suspended for six games for assaulting his ex-girlfriend in '95, but ran for 712 yards and 11 TDs in the six games in which he appeared. Strengths: Very aggressive and explosive runner, who cuts well and sets up his blocks. Weaknesses: A bit slow accelerating and little receiving experience. Volatile personality.

7. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Terry Glenn (5-10 1/4, 183), WR, Ohio State

Burst onto the scene in 1995 winning the Biletnikoff Award, after two inconspicuous seasons behind Joey Galloway and Chris Sanders. Strengths: Tremendous athlete, who runs sharp routes and explodes in the open field. Weaknesses: Does not have great size and work habits have been called into question.

8. CAROLINA PANTHERS

Tim Biakabutuka (6-0 1/4, 205), RB, Michigan

1995 All-Big Ten pick, who ran for 1,724 yards and 12 TDs, including 313 yards vs. Ohio State. Strengths: Elusive, with good speed, balance and quick feet. Weaknesses: Somewhat new to the game and still learning. Does not run with great power.

9. OAKLAND RAIDERS

Ricky Dudley (6-6, 245), TE, Ohio State

Former basketball player, did not become a full-time football player until last season when he was All-Big Ten. Strengths: Tall, long arms and extremely athletic player. Runs very well after the catch. Weaknesses: Still learning how to catch, run routes and especially block.

10. CINCINNATI BENGALS

Willie Anderson (6-5, 325), OT, Auburn

Second team All-America selection and All-SEC pick in 1995. Strengths: Thick and athletic with good balance and strong hands. Weaknesses: Inexperience. Must get stronger and improve pass blocking against speed rushers.

11. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Alex Molden (5-9, 186), DB, Oregon

Returned from serious knee injury in 1992, to make full recovery and become a second team All-American last season. Strengths: Physical, bump-and-run corner with the right temperament for playing man-to-man. Weaknesses: Takes a lot of chances and the repaired knee makes him a bit of a risk.

12. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Regan Upshaw (6-3 1/2, 250), DE, California

28 career sacks and a first team All-Pac-10 player last season, who had a great Hula Bowl. Strengths: Tremendous pass rusher. An incredibly well-built athlete with good quickness. Weaknesses: Needs to add size and power to handle bigger players.

13. CHICAGO BEARS

Walt Harris (5-11, 190), DB, Mississippi State

Moved to safety at the begin of 1995 after stellar '94 season at cornerback. He moved back to corner seven games into last season. Strengths: Very smooth player, who gets an excellent break on the ball. Weaknesses: Erratic tackler. Scouts differ on whether he should play safety or corner.

14. HOUSTON OILERS

Eddie George (6-2 1/2, 230), RB, Ohio State

1995 Heisman Trophy winner. Ran for 1,927 yards and 24 TDs last season. Strengths: Tough, dedicated, strong and durable. Cuts well and has good stamina. Weaknesses: Does not have great speed and runs high.

15. DENVER BRONCOS

John Mobley (6-1, 230), LB, Kutztown

Division I-AA All-American in 1995, who returned kicks and punts as a senior. Strengths: Great speed, very muscular and coachable. Played very well against top competition at Senior Bowl. Weaknesses: Small with little potential to get bigger.

16. MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Duane Clemons (6-5, 260), DE, California

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