1999 Mock Draft
The draft is fast approaching (on April 17th and 18th). With the
NFL expansion to
Cleveland this will be the second draft of the year. Cleveland has the
first pick in
each round, and with the first pick they will most likely select Tim Couch,
the best Q.B.
in the draft. This years draft is deep at quarterback, with 5 possible
starters; Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper, and Cade
However the best player in the draft is with out a doubt Ricky Williams, a
Below is a run down of the top 15 players as I see them:
Ricky Williams RB Texas
Williams is the best player in the draft hands down. He is an
back, a rare find in the NFL. He has size, strength, speed, and
Williams can be compared to Randy Moss in that he is the single player in
this years draft
that can make a huge impact on an NFL team. Williams hits the holes
quickly and reminds some of the great Earl Cambell.
Tim Couch Q.B. Kentucky
Couch is your prototype build for a quarterback, he is 6-5 and
However his skill far surpasses that of another rookie Q.B., and could even
years top two pics look ugly. Couch is strong and has a good
arm. He has the
potential to be a pro-bowl Q.B. in the future.
Champ Bailey CB Georgia
Next to Williams Bailey will make the second biggest impact on a
Bailey has an eye for the ball, and has decent size and speed too.
Champ is an
exceptional athlete that can play ironman, sort of like Dieon Sanders.
ability to fill holes may improve his position in the draft, but he will
impact any team,
the way Charles Woodson did for the Raiders last season.
Akili Smith Q.B. Oregon
Smith is another Q.B. that just never says die. He has a
about him. Smith has everything a Q.B. needs to be successful, a
mobility and a quick release. He is an incredible young athlete that
could grow into
a great starting Q.B.
Chris Claiborne LB USC
Chris is a big linebacker, that is very intimidating. He is a
leader on the
field, and has great speed. He could be the future of any teams
but wherever he is, you will be able to hear his hits around the league.
is a great athlete and can effectively be used in a 3/4 or 4/3 defense.
Chris McAlister CB Arizona
This years draft is also deep at the cornerback position. A
McAlister excels in. Chris is a big and fast corner, and plays well in
both man to
man and zone defenses. McAlister could start next season, but is
Any team would love to have him, but he still has some to learn and
greatly from taking a step back a year and learning from the pros.
Donovan McNaab Q.B. Syracuse
McNaab is another quarterback in this years draft that can really
make it in the
NFL. He has the intangible skill of going through progressions and is
mobile. McNaab may not be a starter this season, but a couple more
years and he will
be one of the better ones out there.
Edgerrin James RB Miami(Fla.)
James is possibly the second best offensive weapon in the
draft. He is
quick, but doesn't lack in size or power. He can take it up the middle
outside. He is a decent receiver and blocker too, but still needs some
work in these
Daunte Culpepper Q.B. Central Fla.
Culpepper is a mammoth Q.B. He is 6-5, 250 and has a rocket
for an arm.
He is an extremely accurate passers, and has the unteachable quality
He has the brains for a quarterback, and players respect him and his
Torry Holt W.R. N.C. State
Though he is no Randy Moss, Holt is a great wide out that has
potential to make
it in the NFL. Holt has the speed to go long, and runs rather tight
still needs work on down field blocking but would be an asset to any
John Tait OT BYU
Tait is 6-7, 307 pounds, and is agile for his size. He is a
and any defensive lineman would have a long day against Tait. He has
prostyle offenses but will need time to adjust to the faster pace of the
Jevon Kearse LB Florida
Kearse is another solid linebacker that has the ability to play all
field. He follows the ball really well. Kearse has incredible
speed and eye
for the ball to record a very high sac number in his rookie year.
David Boston W.R. Ohio State
Boston is a good wide out and would be great in the slot
position. He has
size, speed, and toughness. He would be a great asset to go over the
middle on third
down situations. He has solid hands and has the potential to be a
great one in the
NFL. He would be a best fit in a west coast offense.
Matt Stinchcomb OT Georgia
Another big tackle that would be a great asset to a team with
weapons, but no
time to use them. Matt is a tackle with extreme force and
dominance. He will
definitely help any team gain a few more seconds in the pocket.
Anthony McFarland DT LSU
Defensive tackles are a rare find in the draft, and McFarland seems
to be a great
one. The defensive lines on most teams are aging and many of the great
are beginning to retire ala Chris Doleman and Reggie White. Time for
some young ones
to step in and McFarland could be a great one in the future.
Bellow is a mock draft of the first fifteen pics. Below each teams
is a quick synopsis of why I suggested this player.
The Browns will need to build for the future, and the best way to start is
quarterback. Tim Couch is the best one out there, and he will have
some time to
learn from next years starter Ty Detmer.
Eagles-- Ricky Williams
The Eagles offense is dismal, and Williams could add a much needed
the Eagles need a QB too, so don't be surprised if they trade down to pick
up some extra
picks, and still aquire a franchise QB.
Bengals-- Torry Holt
The Bengals are a few steps away from becoming a good team, but with the
loss of Carl Pickens, a wide out becomes a necessity.
Colts-- Chris Claiborne
The Colts need to tough it up on D, if they intend to get anywhere ever,
Claiborne is a
linebacker that can lead a defense.
Redskins (Carolina)-- Champ Bailey
Bailey will be a steal at this position and with the Skins corners ageing,
ask for a better future.
Rams-- Donnovan McNaab
The Rams thought they had a talent in Tony Banks, but what 49ers fan doesn't
first game? He was sacked so many times, and the 9ers recorded two
safeties due to
him. It's time for them to bite the bullet.
Bears-- Akili Smith
The Bears have been trying to get bye without a real QB for too long.
give them something to build on.
Cardinals-- Torry Holt
Jake Plummer is a great QB, so give him some more weapons! Holt would fit
like a comfy
Lions-- John Tait
The Lions have a man named Barry Sanders on the team. He has always
had to fight for
holes, wouldn't be nice if they were opened for him? This would also
give Batch a
little more time then he has now.
Ravens-- Daunte Culpepper
The Ravens need to groom a QB for the future. Culpepper should be
He would fit well into the system.
Vikings (Redskins)-- Chris McAlister
The Vikings have a great offense, but it's time for them to get some defense
A CB would be a perfect start.
Saints-- Edgerrin James
One of the most underrated players in the draft. The Saints need some
James could be a huge spark to their fire.
The Stealers are losing players left and right, and Thigpen will be one of
They will need a wideout if Kordell will ever be a threat.
The Chiefs D-line needs canes to walk. Some youth will be a huge
benefit to them on
the D side of the ball.
The Bucs are a running team, and need holes to run through, Stinchomb can
This mock draft, and college player analysis was written by Bryan.
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