The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 34
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D4 SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2001 NFL DRAFT THE SALINA JOURNAL TIRADE Falcons deal for No. 1 choice TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES ' Chargers, unable to work out deal with Vick, drop to fifth spot By DAVE GOLDBERG • The Associated Press NEW YORK — It looks like Michael Vick will be a Falcon rather than a Charger. San Diego, unhappy with its negotiations with the Virginia Tech quarterback, made the first move in the 2001 NFL draft Friday by trading the first overall pick to Atlanta. The Falcons will use it to take Vick. "We think he's an exceptional young man," Atlanta coach Dan Reeves said of Vick, who played just 20 games in college. "He's a great football player, but he's an „ exceptional young man who I think will set this franchise up • for a long time to come." The Falcons gave the Chargers the fifth overall pick in the first round; their third-round pick, the 67th overall; their second-round pick in 2002; and wide receiver Tim Dwight. The Chargers hope to use that fifth pick on TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson, whom John Butler, the Chargers' general manager, is known to covet and also have two other players in mind, Leonard Davis, the 370-pound offensive tackle from Texas, and defensive tackle Gerard Warren of Florida. Butler considers Tomlinson similar to Thurman Thomas, who he drafted in 1988 when he W3S in Buffalo. The deal proved that the Chargers weren't bluffing when team president Dean Spanos warned Vick and his agents that they better have a deal done by the start of the draft. "We got this trade opportunity while we were working on the deal and it was too good to pass up," Chargers coach Mike Riley said, adding that he still ., likes Vick but was worried about a holdout. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I was disappointed," Vick told reporters at the ESPNZone in . New York. "I really like Coach • BIG 12 Riley I really like Coach Norv Turner. I would have loved being down there. But things do happen. I don't think they had any doubts about me, but there are some business decisions that have to be made." In another deal, Green Bay and San Francisco swapped a total of eight draft picks between the second and seventh rounds. Most teams want to trade down because there appears to be little difference in the caliber of players available from the middle of the first round to the middle of the second. Only a few want to go up, like Green Bay, which would like to move into the top four to get Warren, a defensive tackle from Florida who reminds scouts of Tampa Bay's Warren Sapp. But Vick remains the first choice. He is from the new mold: mobile, just a little over 6 feet, and very green. But he's also the kind of prospect who could carry a team for years. Atlanta can groom him behind Chris Chandler and hope the 35-year-old Chandler can avoid the injuries that have plagued him every year but the Falcons' Super Bowl season in 1998. The Chargers, meanwhile, are either hoping or know that Cleveland, which picks third, will pass on Tomlinson and take a wide receiver, probably David Terrell of Michigan. Arizona, which picks second and Cincinnati, which picks fourth, both are expected to take linemen — the three possibilities are Warren, Davis or offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker of Florida. The other intriguing player is Dan Morgan, a linebacker from Miami. Butch Davis, who coached Morgan in college, now coaches the Browns. Davis compares Morgan with Super Bowl MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis, another Miami product, and would like to trade down to get both Morgan and an extra draft pick. "He's got the complete package," Davis said of Morgan. Morgan to keep close eye on tube By The Salina Journal Quincy Morgan knows better than to guess just how today's early rounds of the National Football League draft will play out. But that won't keep him away from the television this morning, anxiously waiting to hear his _ „ _ . name called. MORGAN just hanging out, excited to see what happens," Morgan, Kansas State's all-Big 12 wide receiver, said Friday from his mother's home in Houston. "Probably every team has called me this week, to varify everything, (but) I don't have a clue where I'll end up." Live television coverage of the draft will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on ESPN (Salina cable 38), then switch to ESPN2 through the conclusion of the third round. Morgan, a 6-foot-2, 215- pounder from Garland, Texas, is expected to be the first K- State player chosen in the draft, probably late in the first round or early in the second. Defensive tackle Mario Fatafehi and strong safety Jarrod Cooper also have been mentioned by several publications as possible second- to fourth- round selections. Morgan, who transferred to K-State from Blinn (Texas) Community College, then sat out a year as a redshirt, made an immediate impact in the Big 12 with his combination of size and speed. In just two seasons, he moved into second place on the K-State chart for career touchdown catches with 23, third in career receiving yards with 2,173 and seventh in career receptions with 113. Since the Wildcats' 35-21 Cotton Bowl victory over Tennessee on Jan. 1 — he had seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns — Morgan has spent his time with his family in Houston while preparing for the draft. He returned to Manhattan to work out for the NFL scouts. Morgan, Cooper and Fatafehi are not the only Wildcats likley to be drafted, though the others most likely will go Sunday, in rounds 4-7. Running back David Allen, an All-America return specialist before being slowed by injuries last year, could go early on Sunday, as could cornerback Jerametrius Butler. But Butler, who declared for the NFL after his junior season, also slipped through undrafted in some mock drafts. Other Wildcats likely to be picked Sunday are tight end Shad Meier and defensive end Monty Beisel. Cornerback Dyshod Carter and kicker Jamie Rheem are long shots. At Kansas, three former Jay- hawks — fullback Moran Norris, free safety Carl Nesmith and outside linebacker Chaz Murphy — may hear their names called this weekend. Norris is ranked the No. 1 fullback prospect by The Sports News after a dazzling performance at the NFL combine, where he set a position record by bench-pressing 225 pounds 37 times. Custom Design & Jewelry Repair ive L e RS Fine Credit Jewelers^ It's the little things that matter. 123 N. Santa Fe/825-0531 I.ATLANTA (4-12) LAST SEASON: Continued dizzying faii from Super Bowi season o( 1998. Faiconsiiave just nine vlclories in hvo years, f)JBling speculation ttils could be final year lor Dan Reeves. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; Re-signed CB Ray Buctianan and OT Bob Wtiitfield. Lost P Dan Stryzinskl. but signed Chris l^ohr. Traded for QB Eric Zeier as Clitis Chandler's backup, ditching Danny Kaneil. K Morten Andersen and LB Henri Crockett are unrestricted tree agents. WR-KR Tim Dwighl went to San Diego In the trade that got them the first pick. NEEDS: WR, DE. OL. LIKELY CHOICES: QB Michael Vick, Virginia Tech. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Did they really play in the Super Bowl just three seasons ago? 2. ARIZONA (3-13) LAST SEASON: Coach Vince Tobin was fired seven games In, replaced by Dave McGinnIs, but with a weak OL and DL along wHh a flurry of injuries, things just got uglier. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Signed G Pete Kendall, lost DE Simeon Rice. Let several players, including DTs Tony McCoy and Marti Smith, leave. NEEDS: OL, OL, CB, TE, S. LIKELY CHOICES: OT Leonard Davis, Texas; OT Gerard Warren, Florida; DE Justin Smith, Missouri. Would prefer to trade down. OVERALL OUTLOOK: This Is long reclamation project the Cardinals hope is finished by 2004, when new stadium is to open. 3. CLEVELAND (3-13) LAST SEASON: The Browns' second year back was worse than Year 1. Alter a 2-1 start, injuries, brutal schedule and bad luck led to 1-12 finish and coach Chris Palmer's firing. Butch Davis, who rebuilt University of Mia- -ni's program, will try to do same here. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: New coaching staff. LB Dwayne Rudd, TE Rickey Dudley, RB Curtis Enis, TE/FB Mike Sellers, OT Mart< Smith and OL Ross Verba signed as free agents. Lost WR David Patten and FB Marc Edwards. NEEDS: Just about everywhere. LIKELY CHOICES: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU; WR David Terrell, K/lichigan; DT Warren; LB Dan Morgan, Miami; trade down. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Davis spent 15 years with Jimmy Johnson and may follow Johnson's system ol drafting players he knows besL so expect some Hurricanes.. 4. CINCINNATI (4-12) LAST SEASON; Moved into Paul Brown Stadium and had 10th straight season without winning record, selling out only twice. Coach Bmce Coslet quit after 0-3 start. Ak- Hi Smith got benched as starting QB. Corey Dillon set NFL rushing record with 278 yards against Denver, then tried to leave as restricted free agent. Coach Dick LeBeau got two-year contract extension. GM Wis Brown made no major changes in front offlce or coaching staff alter record fell to 47-113 since 1991. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; Added oHensive coordinator Bob BratkowskI, OB Jon KItna, DT Tony Williams, K Richie Cunningham. Dropped QB Scott Mitchell. NEEDS: A Ironf-olfice overhaul, which won't happen. A plan for QB, plus OT, pass njshing DE, CB, WRs to complement Peter Warrick. LIKELY CHOICES: OT Davis, DT Warren. OVERALL OUTLOOK: As grim as ever. Despite all-out recruiting effort, found top-notch free agents won't play for them, 5. SAN DIEGO (1-15) LAST SEASON: Earned franchise's first-ever overall top pick before dealing it to Atlanta, and finally tired of Ryan Leafs interceptions and attitude. AODITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: New GM John Butler released Leaf and another expensive bust, CB DeRon Jenkins, spent $101.9 million on QB Doug Flutie, DE Marcelius Wiley and CBs Ryan McNeil and Alex Molden in free agency. Added WR-KR Tim Dwight in trade tor first pick. NEEDS: QB, RB, OL, LB. LIKELY CHOICE: RB Tomlinson, OT Davis, DT Warren. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Alter trading top pick, Butler hopes he can get immediate help with the extra choices. 6. NEW ENGLAND (5-11) LAST SEASON: Bill Belichick's first season as coach unraveled earty with 2-8 start and few offensive weapons to help QB Drew Bledsoe. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Added 11 second-line free agents including QB Damon Huard, WR Bert Emmanuel and LB Larry I220, all from Miami, and FB Marc Edwards, Biggest loss was DT Chad Eaton. Let LB Chris Slade and S Larry Whigham go in salary-cap moves. NEEDS; WR, OL, pass rusher. LIKELY CHOICES: WRs Terrell and Robinson, OT Davis, DE Smith. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Can't fill all the oHensive holes through draft, pari of reason they were so active in free agency. 7,17. SEATTLE (6-10) LAST SEASON; First losing year in Mike Holmgren's coaching career. Defense ranked last In NFL, ADDITIONS and SUBTRACTIONS; QB Matt Hasselbeck in trade with Green Bay; DTs John Handle and Chad Eaton; MLB Levon Kirk- iand; FS Marcus Robertson, Eaton, at 29, is youngest of defenders. Lost or let go OT Cortez Kennedy, G Pete Kendall, QB Jon Kitna, WRs Derrick Mayes and Sean Oawkins, FS Jay Bellamy, MLB George Koonce. NEEDS: WR, DT, CB, S, LIKELY CHOICES; WRs Terrell, Robinson or Rod Gardner, Clemson at No, 7; CBs Fred Smoot, Mississippi Stale, or Willie Middlebrooks, Minnesota, at 17. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Holmgren's thinking Super Bowl within three years. 8. CHICAGO (5-11) LAST SEASON: Had injury problems, and second-year QB Cade McNown periected his Ryan Leaf imitation, playing badly and annoying teammates with off-field antics. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Upgraded DL with Ted Washington and Keith Traylor. Added P Brad M^gwg^^ Maynard. Released RB Curtis Rn^^aH Enis, fifth overall pick just three NEEDS: RB, DB, pass msher. LIKELY CHOICES: DE Smith, RBs Tomlinson or McAllister if there, OVERALL OUTLOOK; With a solid core oi good, young players, will eventually make playoffs. Odds of It happening this year are still slim. 9. SAN FRANCISCO (6-10) LAST SEASON: Had second straight losing year lor first time In two decades, but four wins in last six games restored respectability to still-proud franchise. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; Cap problems cost them RB Chariie Gamer and most likely WR Jerry Rice. LBs Ken Norton Jr. and WInfred Tubbs already gone. But kept talented OL intact, signed LB Derek Smith from Washington and might get DT Dana Stubbielield back. NEEDS: RB, defensive depth at every position, partlcu- , lariyonllno. LIKELY CHOICES: LB Morgan, RBs McAllister and Tomlinson, OT Walker; DE Andre Carter, California; DT Richard Seymour, Georgia. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Optimism high, but young team probably needs another year before playotf talk begins. 10. GREEN BAY (9-7) UST SEASON; Stumbled through injury epidemic, but won Tnal four games to give Mike Sherman winning record in first year as coach. Sherman is now GM-in- waiting with pending retirement of Ron Woll, architect of Green Bay's rise In 1990s. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Released LB Brian Williams and OL Ross Vertja, signed backup QB Doug Pederson alter trading Hasselbeck to Seattle lor 10lh pick in draft. Re-signed PK Ryan Longwell, S Darren Sharper and TE Tyrone Davis, restructured contracts of RB Dorsey Levens, OL Eart Dotson and QB Brett Favre, among others. NEEDS; DL, WR, where Antonio Freeman has fallen off since lucrative deal In 1999. LIKELY CHOICES; DT Wanren, OE Smith, WR Robinson, II they move up. II stay at 10, DT Seymour, LB Morgan, or OT Walker. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Exploring ways to move up. Bui Woll is reluctant lo part with picks and has five of first 82. 11^ CAROLINA (7-9) LAST SEASON; Imported expensive names on OL in bid to win immedialely. Reggie White couldn't return to form, Eric Swann was on downside and Chuck Smith played only two games because ol arthritic knee. ADDiTIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Released QB Steve Beueriein, FB William Floyd, CB Eric Davis and LB Lee Woodali in salary cap moves. Signed OT Todd Steussie, C Jeff Mitchell and G Kevin Donnalley. NEEDS; DL, RB, OL, maybe QB. LIKLEY CHOICES: RBs Tomlinson and McAllister, LB Morgan — if they last. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Other than Anderson, RB Tshl- manga Biakabutuka is only one of first-round picks still on the 6-year-oid team. 12^ 20, 29 ST. LOUIS (10-6) LAST SEASON; Went 7-9 and fired coach Gunther Cunningham. Lured Dick Vemieii out ol retirement. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; QB Elvis Grtjac chose free agency, leaving Chiefs only team in NFL entering draft without starting QB. Also gone are CB James Hasty and DT Chester McGlockton. Signed DB Ray Crockett, C Casey WIegmann, DE Rich Owens and P Dan Stryzinskl. NEEDS; QB, RB. LIKELY CHOICES: RBs McAllister or Michael Bennett, Wisconsin. Good possibility is draft-day trade with St. Louis for QB Trent Green, which would leave Chiefs without first-rounder. OVERALL OUTLOOK; Crisis at QB and RB. Unlikely draft or trade will ease pain in both places, if Vemieii had known Grtjac was about to boll, would he still be retired? 13. JACKSONVILLE (7-9) LAST SEASON; Started as Super Bowl contenders, but Injuries led to eariy losses and a tortuous second hall lhal was played mostly for pride — and to keep coach Tom Coughiln off their backs. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: No additions. Lost RT Leon Searcy, RT Todd Fordham, G Brenden Stai, C Quentin Neujahr, LB Brant Boyer, S Mike Logan, P Bryan Bari<er, WR Reggie Bartow. NEEDS: OL, DL, LB if team trades Kevin Hardy, who is balking at cap-friendly contract renegotiation, LIKLEY CHOICES: G Steve Hutchinson or OT Jetf Backus, both Michigan; LB Morgan. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Because ol salary-cap purge, Coughiln figures up to 15 rookies might make 2001 roster. J 4. BUFFALO (5-11) ^^^^^ me LAST SEASON; Opened 7-4 before rash of injuries to defensive stalwarts led to collapse, GM John Butler tired in finai week for refusing to commit long term, and coach Wade Phillips was canned in January, ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Coaching staff, led by Gregg Williams, and GM Tom Donahoe. Cut QB Doug Fiulie, DT Ted Washington, LB Sam Rogers and P Chris Mohr; lost DE Marcelius Wiley to free agency. NEEDS; OL alter losing Washington and Wiley, and switching to 4-3. New coach Williams seeking tali CBs. LIKELY CHOICES: Marcus Stroud, DT, Georgia; G Hutchinson; Jamai Reynolds, OE, Florida Slate. OVERALL OUTLOOK: New regime has no choice but to rebuild with 10 dratt picks. Could trade down lo add more. 15.^WASHINGTON (8-8) LAST SEASON; Priciest raster in NFL history never jelled. Norv Turner was fired with three games remaining and replaced in offseason by Marty Schohenheimer, who ended two- year retirement. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Depariures include DT Stubbielield, G Tre Johnson, G Keith Sims, WR Irving Fryar and T Andy Heck (ail released) and QB Brad Johnson, LB Derek Smith, DE N.D. Kaiu, WR James Thrash, WR Albert Connell and FB-TE Sellers (free agency). Signed WR Kevin Lockelt, TE Waiter Rasby, K Brett Conway, P Bryan Bari<er. NEEDS; G, LB, WR, DT, CB, LIKELY CHOICES: WR Santana Moss, Miami; G Hutchinson, although Schottenheimer will trade down it he can, OVERALL OUTLOOK: Need bodies and have no cap room, so Schottenheimer will eagerly trade big-money first-round pick lor mulliple lower-round picks. Have just lour picks, none past the lifth round. 16. PITTSBURGH (9-7) LAST SEASON: Overcame 0-3 start to win lour of last live and finish 9-7, but missed postseason lor third straight year. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Released oHensive and defensive captains C Demnontti Dawson and LB Levon Kirtdand In cap moves and signed OL Jeff Hartings and S Mike Logan. DE Kevin Henry signed with Cincinnati. NEEDS: ILB, DE, CB, WR. LIKELY CHOICES: LB Morgan or DT Shaun Rogers, Texas; CBs Nate Clements, Ohio Stale or Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin. OVERALL OUTLOOK; Emphasis will shift to defense. With only six picks, may trade up or down for additional picks, 18. DETROIT (9-7) UST SEASON; As usual, good enough to tease with impressive wins and inconsisteni enough to miss playoffs. Coach Bobby Ross resigned when Lions were 5-4. Gary Moeller led team to three straight wins, then dropped three of last lour, including loss to Chicago on a last-second fiekt goal thai cost playotf berth. Owner William Clay Ford made rare, bold move, hiring Matt Millen as team president, firing Moeller and hiring San Francisco assistant Marty Momhinweg as head coach. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Added l^illen, l^omhinweg, director of player personnel Bill Tobin, G Brenden Stai, CB Todd Lyght and QB Jim Holm Automotive Center, Inc. Abilene, Kansas Harbaugh. Lost G Jeff Hartings and dropped OT Ray Roberts. NEEDS: G, DE, QB lo develop behind Cfiarlie Batch, who has had Injury-riddled career, ' LIKELY CHOICES: G Hulcfiinson, OT Carter, Ja­ mai Reynolds, OE, Rorlda State. OVERALL OUTLOOK; The Lions might not be more than average this season, but Millen, Momhinweg and Tobin have been given the keys by the Fords, who are not going to be back-seat drivers. 19. NY JETS (9-7) UST SEASON; After opening 4-0 and 6-1 wHh slew of wild comeback victories, fell apart late, losing final three to Oakland, Detroil and Baltimore when one win would have gotten them into playoffs. Coach Al Groh left for University of Virginia. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; Entirely new regime led by GM Terry Bradway and coach Herm Edwards. Will Install West Coast offense and 4-3 defense, neither ol which Bill Parcells was comfortable with. LBs Bryan Cbx, Roman Phifer and Dwayne Gordon were cut. LB James Darting added. Backup QB Ray Lucas lelt for Miami. Signed WR Matthew Hatchette, underused in Minnesota. NEEDS: WR, FS, DL, KR. OVERALL OUTLOOK; Not a bad team, and four first- rounders of last year ail should contribute. 21. TAMPA BAY (10-6) UST SEASON; Lost tirst playoff game in Philadelphia after being one ol NFC favorites. Fired offensive coordinator Les Steckei and promoted Clyde Christensen to take strain off one of league's top de- tenses, AODITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Signed QB Brad Johnson and claimed troubled QB Leal off waivers. Signed DE Rice. Figure lo lose RG Frank Middleton and S Damien Robinson. NEEDS: OL, FS. LIKELY CHOICES; OT Backus. OVERALL OUTLOOK: GM Rich McKay has turned club's draft-day fortunes around by emphasizing college productivity over potential. 22. INDIANAPOLIS (10-6) UST SEASON; Had high expectations, but stnjggled on road and holding leads. Lost tour of five in late stretch, but won last three games to reach playoffs. Blew another lead in Miami. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Placed franchise tag on backup TE Marcus Pollard, matched Cleveland's qualifying offer to OL Wa- veriy Jackson, re-signed guard G Steve McKlnney. Released LB Cornelius Bennett and CB Tyrone Poole, both starters. Also allowed S Jason Belser, DT Bernard Whittington and LB Dwight Holiier to become unrestricted free agents. NEEDS: DT, CB, S. LIKLEY CHOICES; CBs Smoot, Will Allen ol Syracuse, or Fletcher; DTs Rogers or Lewis. OVERALL OUTLOOK; Need overall upgrade on defense lo go with Peyton Manning-led offense. 23. NEW ORLEANS (10-6) UST SEASON: Huge Improvement under GM Randy Mueller and new coach Jim Haslett alter 3-13 in Mike Dit- ka's final season. Won NFC West over St. Louis, then beat Rams for first playoff win. Haslett was coach ol the year. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Signed WR Connell and S Bellamy. Cut LB Fields for salary cap purposes. Lost CB Molden to free agency, cut K Doug Brien and WR Jake Reed. NEEDS; CB, LB. LIKELY CHOICES; CBs Clements, Middlebrooks; LB Morgan, although will need to trade up to get him, OVERALL OUTLOOK; For a change, Saints aren't picking at or near top and won't be picking players who raise more questions than provide answers. 24. DENVER (11-5) UST SEASON: After embarrassing loss at Cincinnati dropped them to 4-4, Broncos reeled oft six straight wins, but were beaten In Baltimore in first playoff round. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Added CB Oenard Walker, WR Eddie Kennison, DTs Mc­ Glockton and OT Leon Lett, DE Keith Washington, TE/FB Patrick Rape, OT Ethan Brooks, OT Fordham, G Phil Ostrowski. Resigned LB John Mobiey, G Dan Neil, QB Gus Freratte. Lost were OT Tony Jones, CB Crockett, CB Terrell Buckley, DT Traylor, TE Byron Chamberiain. NEEDS: DE, CB, WR, LIKELY CHOICES: CBs Smoot or Alien; Freddie Mitchell, WR, UCU; Willie Howard, OT-DE, Stanford, OVERALL OUTLOOK: Broncos hope to get back to Super Bowl, but that will depend on health ol Griese and rejuvenation of detense that ranked 24th. 25. PHILADELPHIA (11-5) UST SEASON: Improved from 5-11 behind second- year QB Donovan McNabb. Could have gone further if not for three tosses to Giants, including playoH game alter win over Tampa Bay in wild-card round. AODITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Signed WR Thrash, DE Kaiu; Cut WR Torrance Small. NEEDS: WR, RB in case Duce Slaley isn't healthy; depth on DL and at ILB. LIKELY CHOICES: WRs Moss, Mitchell or Chad Johnson, Oregon Slate. OVERALL OUTLOOK; Must find a No. 1 receiver to complement McNabb, who emerged as one of top players in league. 26. MIAMI (11-5) UST SEASON: In the Dolphins' first post-Dan Marino season, finally found a running game to go with stout defense and won AFC East lor first time since 1994. Jay Fiedler, fiist-year starter at QB, struggled late alter pinching nerve in neck, RB back Lamar Smith was pleasant surprise, ADDiTIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Lost DE Trace Amistrong and G Kevin Donnalley as tree agents. Signed QB Ray Lucas to compete with Fiedler, and WR James McKnighl. NEEDS; WR, OL, QB. LIKELY CHOICES: WR Moss; Drew Brees, QB, Purdue, OVERALL OUTLOOK; Miami has taken an offensive player with its tirst pick the past lour years and will likely do it again. 27. MINNESOTA (11-5) UST SEASON; Surprised with 7-0 start but faltered late and hit bottom with 41-0 loss to Giants In © NFC title game. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: RB Robert Smith retired I and cap casualties Included I longtime stalwarts DL Handle and OT Steussie. LB Rudd, WR Hatchette and DT Tony Williams lett as free agents. Signed DE Lance Johnstone, WR Reed, TE Chamberiain. NEEDS: CB, RB, DL, OT. LIKELY CHOICES: CBs Fletcher or Allen or Ken Lucas, Mississippi State; RBs Bennett or Anthony Thomas, Michigan. OVERALL OUTLOOK: More needs than picks. 28. OAKLAND (12-4) UST SEASON: Alter going 6-8 the previous two seasons, went to AFC championship game on strength of running game, scrambling QB Rich Gannon and passionate coach Jon Gmden. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: TE Dudley as free agent and RB Napoleon Kaufman retired. Signed RB Gamer, resigned WR James Jeff, RB Teny Kirtjy NEEDS; TE, S QB for future. LIKELY CHOICES; TEs Todd Heap, Arizona State, or Alge Cnimpler North Carolina. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Because Ai Davis has been busy testifying in the trial over his lawsuit against the NFL, Garden and staff have been left to wori< on their own draft strategy. Bui need Gannon to repeat last season and iongtemi QB. 30. NY GIANTS (12-4) UST SEASON: Biggest surprise in NFL winning last five regular-season games to win NFC East. Won two playoff games. Including 410 rout of Minnesota in NFC title game, before losing Super Bowl /iff/lU to Baltimore 34-7. LM ILLLLM ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS: Signed DE Kenny Holmes from Tennessee and resigned two prime free agents, RB Tiki Barber and CB Jason Sehom. Released DE Cedric Jones to make room for Holmes, lost P Maynard to Chicago as free agent. NEEDS: CB, TE, OL, OVERALL OUTLOOK: Everything went Giants' way last year. Relatively few injuries to key players and schedule was easy. Holmes makes DL one of league's best, but will need good draft, good health and some breaks. 31. BALTIMORE (12-4) UST SEASON: Defense that allowed fewest points since merger carried team to Super Bowl despite midseason stretch of five games without a touchdown. Won final 11, Including playoffs. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; Signed QB Grtjac, OT Searcy and re-signed LB Jamie Sharper. Released QB Trent Oilier. Lost C Mitchell, S Herring. NEEDS: OL, DB depth, WR. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Have done well drafting high. Challenge now Is to snare some talent with final pick In each round. With Grtjac Instead of Oilier, face pressure of being favorites to repeat. 37. DALLAS (5-11) UST SEASON: Jeny Jones' plan to blend newcomers with Super Bowl holdovers finally unraveled. Worst record since 1-15 in Jimmy Johnson's debut season. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; QB Troy Alkman retired, signed Tony Banks to replace him. Added WR Cari Pickens. Lost WR McKnight, DL Lett. NEEDS; Both lines, secondary, RB as 31 -year-old Emmitt Smith ages. LIKELY CHOICES; Too late to tell. Could gamble on QB if Brees, Chris Weinke available. OVERALL OUTLOOK: Galloway trade also cost this year's first-round pick, seventh overall. With Cowboys spending one-third of salary cap on ex-players, draftees will get chance to play Immediately. Dallas has picked only six starters In last live drafts. America won't like this team for a while. 60. TENNESSEE (13-3) UST SEASON: Won AFC Central but lost to the Ravens at home in playolls. ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS; DE Kevin Carter obtained for St. Louis for first-round pick. No. 29 overall. DT Josh Evans returned Irom drug suspen- sion.Salary cap problems cost FB Lorenzo Neal, PK Al Del Greco and FS Robertson. DE Holmes and CB Oenard Walker, both starters, lost to free agency. NEEDS: Depth, WR, OL, DB. OVERALL OUTLOOK; GM Floyd Reese has excelled in finding latent Ihis time ol year. The Titans are 26-6 past two seasons with nine No. 1 picks on a roster slocked mostly through draft. JOIN OUR FAMILY FUN AT THE ELKS! • 18 Hole Championship Course • Summer Junior Golf Program • Restaurant & Banquet Faculties • Swimming Pool Call For Details 785-827-8585 Caring... Respect... Trust. 401 West Iron. Salina / (785) 823-3456 Central National Bank Personal Service inMankato MEMBER FDIC 201 N. Commercial, Mankato 785-378-^ 162

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