*--* GREEN BAY 1 (25) AHMAD CARROLL DB Arkansas 3 (70) JOEY THOMAS DB Montana State 3 (72) DONNELL WASHINGTON DT Clemson 3 (87) BJ SANDER P Ohio State 6 (179) COREY WILLIAMS DT Arkansas State 7 (251) SCOTT WELLS C Tennessee
The Packers are hurting in the secondary, and that was the case even before Mike McKenzie asked to be traded. So, they used their first two picks on cornerbacks. Carroll is a shorter player but has blistering speed, and Thomas showed a lot of promise in college but it remains to be seen if he can make the tremendous leap from a small school to the NFL. The Packers also needed an edge-rushing defensive end who could give Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila a spell. "KGB" might be the hardest-working man in football -- he was on the field for 87% of the defensive snaps last season, too much for his lighter build.
*--* HOUSTON 1 (10) DUNTA ROBINSON DB South Carolina 2 (27) JASON BABIN LB W. Michigan 4 (122) GLENN EARL DB Notre Dame 6 (170) VONTEZ DUFF DB Notre Dame 6 (175) JAMMAL LORD DB Nebraska 6 (200) CHARLIE ANDERSON LB Mississippi 7 (210) RAHEEM ORR LB Rutgers 7 (211) SLOAN THOMAS WR Texas 7 (248) B.J. SYMONS QB Texas Tech
The Texans gave up an awful lot to division-rival Tennessee just to move up and get Babin, a third-rounder on some people's boards. General Manager Charley Casserly is a man with a plan, though, and he obviously sees something special in Babin. The Texans didn't have much luck upgrading their linebackers through free agency, and Babin could leave every other team saying, "How'd we miss this guy?"
*--* INDIANAPOLIS 2 (44) BOB SANDERS DB Iowa 3 (68) BEN HARTSOCK TE Ohio State 3 (69) GILBERT GARDNER LB Purdue 4 (107) KENDYLL POPE LB Florida State 4 (125) JASON DAVID DB Washington State 5 (141) JAKE SCOTT OT Idaho 6 (173) VON HUTCHINS DB Mississippi 6 (193) JIM SORGI QB Wisconsin 7 (229) DAVE KIMBALL PK Penn State
The Colts needed someone who can at least compete for a starting job. Evidently, the club is waiting until after June 1 to see who gets cut loose, because it didn't take a corner early. Instead, they took a safety in Sanders, who is tough and fast but short (5-8). The Colts used a high pick on Dallas Clark last year, and they weren't hurting for a tight end, so they must think a lot of Hartsock.
*--* JACKSONVILLE 1 (9) REGGIE WILLIAMS WR Washington 2 (39) DARYL SMITH LB Georgia Tech 2 (55) GREG JONES RB Florida State 3 (86) JORGE CORDOVA LB Nevada 4 (118) ANTHONY MADDOX DT Delta State 4 (120) ERNEST WILFORD WR Virginia Tech 5 (137) JOSH SCOBEE PK Louisiana Tech 5 (150) CHRIS THOMPSON DB Nicholls State 5 (159) SEAN BUBIN OT Illinois 7 (249) BOBBY MCCRAY DE Florida
Williams gives Byron Leftwich a playmaking target to get the passing game going. A lot of people expected Jacksonville to use its first pick on USC's Kenechi Udeze, but the Jaguars got nervous about Udeze's lingering shoulder troubles. They're hoping to get a starter at linebacker out of Smith and Cordova.
*--* KANSAS CITY 2 (36) JUNIOR SIAVII DT Oregon 2 (61) KRIS WILSON TE Pittsburgh 3 (93) KEYARON FOX LB Georgia Tech 4 (105) SAMIE PARKER WR Oregon 4 (126) JARED ALLEN DE Idaho State 6 (195) JERIS McINTYRE WR Auburn 7 (231) KEVIN SAMPSON DT Syracuse
The Chiefs tipped their hand before the draft when folks learned that seven of the 19 college players invited to workout at Arrowhead Stadium were defensive tackles. So it was no surprise Kansas City snapped up Siavii one pick after the Chargers took Olshansky, his Oregon teammate. Apparently, the Chiefs viewed Wilson as the best player remaining on their board, because they weren't in dire need of a tight end. They do need run-stuffers for their defense, though, and Fox fits that mold.
*--* MIAMI 1 (19) VERNON CAREY OT Miami 4 (102) WILL POOLE DB USC 5 (160) TONY BUA LB Arkansas 6 (174) REX HADNOT G Houston 7 (221) TONY PAPE OT Michigan 7 (222) DERRICK POPE LB Alabama
Few teams would have benefited more by getting a good receiver than the Dolphins, who are sorely lacking depth at the position. Yes, Miami acquired David Boston this off-season and still has Chris Chambers, but the Dolphins also lost James McKnight and so they don't have much margin for error. They needed a tackle and they got one from their back yard in Carey.
*--* MINNESOTA 1 (20) KENECHI UDEZE DE USC 2 (48) DONTARRIOUS THOMAS LB Auburn 3 (88) DARRION SCOTT DE Ohio State 4 (115) NAT DORSEY OT Georgia Tech 4 (119) MEWELDE MOORE RB Tulane 5 (155) ROD DAVIS LB S. Mississippi 6 (184) DEANDRE EILAND DB South Carolina 7 (220) JEFF DUGAN TE Maryland