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I havent seen this posted yet....... its Dr. Z's mock draft at Sports Illustrated. He has the Skins now drafting G Andre Gurode, rather than G Toniu Fonoti. Hmmm. Personally I like Fonoti better because he has an "attitude," but Gurode is more versatile being able to also play center.

Dr. Z has Joey Harrington being drafted by K.C. at the #8 spot.

After over 500 posts......... why am I beginning to feel like a bee bringing honey back to the nest? :doh:

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Fonoti is just a puppy, he's only 20 years old. I'm not sure if this a positive or a negative, in the day of free agency.

Positive - He is still going to develop, you may not see the best of him until he is 23 yrs. old.

Negative - He is still going to develop, you may not see the best of him until he is 23 yrs. old. And maybe ready to sign a contract with someone else.

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Kansas City is NOT going to take Harrington at #8. Vermeil is 66 years old. He already has a quarterback he gave up a #1 pick for last year.

He isn't going to wait 2 years for Harrington to get ready to help the Chiefs compete.

Vermeil is going to draft a player that can come in and contribute right away, whether at WR, LB, DL or CB.

I wouldn't be surprised if KC were to move down and trade their pick as they could still get value at #12-16.

The Skins will NOT take Gurode. Believe me, the last consideration on anyone's mind at #18 is the belief that a player taken MIGHT be able to slide over and provide depth at center in addition to be a functional guard. :)

The fact is from the boards and comments I have seen, Gurode is a late first or early second round pick. And might fall a bit further if there is a run on receivers at the end of the first round.

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Just heard on WTEM the 'Skins are looking to move to grab Harrington.

I think the team that would take him would be the Bungles, but are they willing to take that risk? I think the 'Skins should wait and see where he falls. It's possible Harrington falls to the 'Skins unless someone trades above them which is a possibility.

I just hope we don't over do it and drop our pants.

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Here's what the good doctor says:

Go ahead, mock me

A detailed preview at how Saturday's first round could look

This is what is known as a mock draft. I draft, everyone else mocks. The problem is that I had to write mine, my original one, for the magazine last Friday, eight days prior to the actual event. Lots of things can happen in the interim. So I bite my nails for a week, hoping that whatever happens doesn't occur near the top of the board because then the whole progression goes out of whack. You will find perhaps one or two changes between this one and the one that's now on the newsstand. Additional information. Paralysis by analysis. Most of the time the original one is better.

I have, for instance, Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington projected to Kansas City in the eighth spot. There has been a strange silence regarding this guy who, a few months ago, was a tossup with David Carr for the top spot. Harrington seems to have dropped. But I just know in my heart that the team or teams that really want him are playing it close to the vest and getting a package together for a move upward and a chance to grab him. I just don't know which team it is. It's maddening.

Enough whining. Time for some drafting.

Dr. Z's NFL Mock Draft

1 Houston Texans

David Carr, QB, Fresno State

Charley Casserly made it very easy for us poor draftniks by announcing his choice early on.

2 Carolina Panthers

Julius Peppers, DE, North Carolina

For a while the race was between Peppers and cornerback Quentin Jammer. There was also a little talk about moving down because so much help was needed, particularly on defense. John Fox, the new coach, wanted the pass rusher, though. Peppers has the incredible size-speed numbers but he's an outside rusher who still has to perfect his moves. Last year Jamal Reynolds was the same type of player, although smaller, and he didn't do much until the end of the season for the Packers. "Peppers is going to have trouble," said one personnel man who didn't want his name used in case he proves to be spectacularly wrong. "He's a wide rusher and those NFL tackles will overset him and take away his best stuff." Overset means to swing out wide and defy the guy to go inside. We'll see. He's explosive -- and expensive.

3 Detroit Lions

Quentin Jammer, CB, Texas

Here's where the trade-up action might take place. Detroit likes Jammer, a big, physical corner, but the Lions don't love him. Marty Mornhinweg was kind of intrigued by Harrington, but the personnel people aren't not so sure he's better than the guy they have, Mike McMahon. The Lions don't want to move down much lower than No. 6 (for a while Dallas talked to them about trading up from that spot for Jammer, but now the Cowboys seem to have found the guy they want). Detroit could pull a double drop, trade down twice and pick up a lot of people, or maybe even somehow end up with Oakland's two No. 1 choices. Or maybe none of the above.

4 Buffalo Bills

Mike Williams, T, Texas

In March, people were giving Harrington to Buffalo, slam dunk. The only problem was that the Bills didn't like his arm strength. Then Buffalo picked up former Denver tackle Trey Teague. That takes care of one side of the line. But the Bills are worried about left tackle John Fina, whose body is finally starting to wear down, and they've never wavered from their strong feelings about Williams, a powerhouse but slightly overweight at 375. With a strict diet and a serious workout regimen they feel they can get him down to 372.

5 San Diego Chargers

Donte Stallworth, WR, Tennessee

A 4.27 burner who is projected a little farther down on other people's boards. For most of the week I had either cornerback Phillip Buchanon or tackle Bryant McKinnie penciled in at this spot. The only question was which way the Chargers would go. Then out of the blue a very solid informant told me the guy was Stallworth. "They want speed," he said. "LaDainian Tomlinson, Donte Stallworth, blue and gold down the field and away we go." Doesn't seem to make sense to me, but who am I to argue?

6 Dallas Cowboys

Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma

At first it was Jammer on a trade-up. Then it was defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Then it was a tossup between Haynesworth and Buchanon. Last word I had out of the Cowboys camp was the safetyman, an unusual choice for this high up, but the study they did on him blew their minds. "The best athlete in the whole draft," said their scouting director, Larry Lacewell.

7 Minnesota Vikings

Bryant McKinnie, DT, Miami

The knock is that this 6-foot-8, 343-pound giant plays a bit soft. The plus is that his potential is unlimited. New coach Mike Tice is simply nuts about defensive tackle Ryan Sims, and I have a sneaking suspicion that this will actually be the pick. So why have I selected McKinnie? Beats me. Too much analysis. Too much study. Not enough instinct.

8 Kansas City Chiefs

Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon

Before he dies, Lamar Hunt wants to say that he saw the Chiefs draft a really good QB. This has never happened. I guess the closest might be Todd Blackledge, for a while a terrific prospect. (Don't forget that Len Dawson originally was drafted by the Steelers.) Reason No. 2 is that I think they're ready to give up on Trent Green. Just in case there's a switch, though, I'll throw another couple of names at you: Stallworth, if he's still there, and defensive tackle John Henderson.

9 Jacksonville Jaguars

Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee

When I talked to Tom Coughlin he said he wanted a DT to cover for the loss of both of last year's starters because of cap dollars. I informed him that at least two of them would be gone. He started crying. Now I find that none of them are gone. A happy fella is Tom, getting pick of the litter. Now watch him go take a wideout or something.

10 Cincinnati Bengals

Phillip Buchanon, CB, Miami

A lot of people are giving them Harrington. Actually, the Bengals are not sure about him, but they know that if they don't pick him, it could come back to haunt them. They mentioned a few other names, none with much conviction. But Buchanon, a terrific deep cover guy, is a very comfortable pick for the Bengals. The only problem is that his arrogance in his workouts (or non-workouts) for the scouts has turned off a lot of people. "I wouldn't take him in any round," said one personnel director.

11 Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Sims, DT, North Carolina

Never figured to last this long and he probably won't. Tony Dungy wants a defensive tackle and this guy, dedicated, talented, hard-working, is almost too good to be true.

12 Arizona Cardinals

John Henderson, DT, Tennessee

Here they come, folks. This is what the late George Young once called "the dance of the elephants." DTs are dropping like boulders. Henderson is actually Dave McGinnis' favorite of the bunch, but he'll take either of the other blue-chippers I've named.

13 New Orleans Saints

Charles Grant, DE, Georgia

Jim Haslett said that his first pick would be a defensive lineman and that his remaining first-round choice would be a wideout. Everyone else has it the other way around, possibly because the Saints picked up Grady Jackson in free agency. But they still need an end to cover the loss of Joe Johnson and Grant is tops on their board at this point. Haslett loves Henderson, though, and he could go against logic and take the tackle if he's still there.

14 Tennessee Titans

Wendell Bryant, DT-DE, Wisconsin

The last member of the Big Four defensive tackles. The snapper is that he could be converted to an outside guy, and that's what Tennessee wants.

15 New York Giants

Jeremy Shockey, TE, Miami

It's no secret that New York is after this gifted receiver. The only question is if he'll be there. It's a tossup. Fallback position is offensive tackle Levi Jones. And if he's gone, then it's a grab bag. Wideout, I'd guess.

16 Cleveland Browns

T.J. Duckett, RB, Michigan State

Everyone's pick for Cleveland. Weighs 254, runs in the 4.5's. Has moved ahead of Boston College's William Green as the No. 1 back. Cleveland finished last in the NFL in rushing in 2001.

17 Atlanta Falcons

Ashley Lelie, WR, Hawaii

Yes, he's a terrific receiver. Yes, he ran under 4.3 in his fast-track workouts, and he'll run away from people on the Falcons' artificial turf. But first he has to learn to get off a jam. He's a bit on the wispy side. "A guy like Dale Carter will put a hole in his chest," one scout said. Speed always goes fast in the draft, though (did I really write that?), and Lelie could be gone. Next candidate? Wideout Jabar Gaffney.

18 Washington Redskins

Andre Gurode, G, Colorado

Oops, red light. I've pulled a switch. In the magazine, I gave them Toniu Fonoti, the guard from Nebraska. At least I kept the position the same. Here's the story. Joe Mendes and his scouts are trying to talk Dan Snyder into taking the best guard on their board, Fonoti at first but now Gurode. Snyder -- and I didn't actually hear him say this but it was reported to me by a very honorable gentleman -- said he wants a "sexy pick, a guy who excites you." Who's more exciting than a quarterback? Step up, please, Patrick Ramsey of Tulane. But wait a minute, Steve Spurrier's homeboy is Danny Wuerffel. Does the owner want to get his new coach mad at him, too? Well, wideouts are also exciting. How about Gaffney? I can't tell you who's going to win this star wars thing, but it's interesting, isn't it?

19 Denver Broncos

Levi Jones, WR, Arizona State

Generally conceded to be the third best tackle in the draft. The Broncos lost their left tackle, Teague. "Don't forget that we signed Ephraim Salaam from Atlanta," Mike Shanahan said. Sorry, I forgot it already. He mentioned wideouts. Three of them. Lelie, Gaffney, Antonio Bryant. I'm doing a dumb thing, neglecting solid information to go with the guy I think they should draft. This has killed me in the past and it will continue to do so.

20 Seattle Seahawks

Daniel Graham, TE, Colorado

Mike Holmgren doesn't mess around. He wants a tight end and likes Graham after Shockey. If they're gone, and the good DTs are, too, he says he'll try to put a package together and move up to get one.

21 Oakland Raiders (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Napoleon Harris, LB, Northwestern

One thing you must learn about the Raiders: Anyone they mention by name, well, that's a guy they won't take. They didn't mention Harris, except with a snort. "You might as well join the party. Everyone else is giving him to us, too," my Raiders, uh, informant said.

22 New York Jets

Mike Rumph, CB, Miami

They're still looking for a big wideout to take the place of Keyshawn. They also need a corner, since right now they've got only one, Ray Mickens. He's a little guy and usually they match up small corner vs. small receiver, big guy vs. big guy. Rumph, at 6-2, 205, seems like a natural fit here. At least he was one of the people I mentioned to Herm Edwards in whom he seemed rather interested. This is the Reed part of the draft, when the names of wideout Josh and safety Ed come up. Edwards didn't seem too excited about either one.

23 Oakland Raiders

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Florida

You're never right about the Raiders, anyway, so I have to admit I got a little silly here in assigning them their remaining first rounder. Josh Reed, WR, LSU. The Fred Biletnikoff Award winner. Even wore Freddy's old number, 25. Pure poetry, I reasoned. But wait a minute. An Oakland guy was the one who told me about Reed. He mentioned him by name. Goodbye Josh.

24 Baltimore Ravens

William Green, RB, Boston College

I talked to their player personnel director, Ozzie Newsome. He mentioned Shockey and Levi Jones and a few DTs he knew would be gone. Then I dropped Green's name on him. "You're kidding," Newsome said. "He's still gonna be there?" Well, he probably won't, but his slow workout times turned people off, and you never know. Besides, the Ravens might figure out a way to trade up for him. My theory is that when a team really likes somebody, make the club happy and give him to it.

25 New Orleans Saints (from Miami Dolphins)

Antonio Bryant, WR, Pitt

This is Haslett's wideout pick. Bryant is a talented, feisty guy with an attitude. Just the same as Haslett when he was a player. "Immature" is the euphemism the NFL uses for someone who's kind of a jerk, but that doesn't seem to make much difference here.

26 Philadelphia Eagles

Marc Colombo, T, Boston College

The Eagles say that at this position, they're picking for down-the-road help. They're looking for projects, rather than trying to fill a need. Both Reeds are impatiently waiting their turn, and so is DeShaun Foster, the flashy UCLA running back, but Andy Reid mentioned Colombo as a rough nugget who could be a top-notch lineman some day.

27 San Francisco 49ers

Lito Sheppard, CB, Florida

His stock is rising. Third best corner in the draft, people are saying. The Niners like him. Foster would be an interesting pick here, too. There are Reeds out there. OK, we're guessing, but I like the guess.

28 Green Bay Packers

Anthony Weaver, DT, Notre Dame

This is where a Reed, probably the defensive variety, has been projected. When the Packers guy I talked to mentioned Weaver, I reminded him that 10 d-linemen all saw service last year in Green Bay. "This guy is special," he said. But, in fairness, he also mentioned that all the voting wasn't in yet and either Reed might be attractive.

29 Chicago Bears

Dwight Freeney, DE, Syracuse

Everyone has the same thing to say about the collegiate sack leader: Intriguing. He's a pure edge rusher and Chicago has one -- Rosevelt Colvin -- but not two. This is a pick so logical that I just know it won't happen.

30 Pittsburgh Steelers

Kalimba Edwards, DE-LB, South Carolina

When I brought up his name, Billy Cowher laughed at me. "Yeah, sure, he'll be there," he said. Well, I just can't find a spot for the player who some people have tabbed as the No. 2 DE on the board. "Edwards would be a great pick for us," Cowher said. "Bring him in as a situation rusher, to give Gildon and Porter a break. Keep the pressure on. Keep hitting them with rushers. Oh, man."

31 St. Louis Rams

Javon Walker, WR, Florida State

Josh Reed. Ed Reed. There, I've said it for the last time. Another logical home for either one. But look at Walker. Time in the high 4.3's. Inconsistent, yes, but Mike Martz has a way with inconsistent receivers. Plus, and here's the clincher, he likes the guy.

32 New England Patriots

Clinton Portis, RB, Miami

The Patriots like bigger, pounding backs. Portis isn't that big, but he's a relentless type of runner. Plus, he's one of the few guys I mentioned about whom GM Scott Pioli didn't say, "Not in this spot." What he said was, "Interesting." At No. 32, that's all you need to hear.


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Fonoti's pass blocking leaves something to be desired. He doesn't compare to Simmons in that sense. Gurode is similar because CU ran the ball frequently. But Fonoti has played with option teams his entire life. His highschool team was an option/power running team just like Nebraska. Accordingly, the kid is a run blocking horse. However, the Redskins will be throwing more in Spurrier's offense and Fonoti's lack of pass blocking skills and blitz recognition will hurt the Skins more then his run blocking will help. He's young, so he can develop these skills. But OGs seldom go in the 1st. If they do, they should be able to contribute from day 1 as a pass and run blocker. Why use the 1st rounder on an OG that can only run block as of now? Pancakes are overrated!

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Now the story becomes readily accepted among Redskin- & Snyder-hating SI:

Joe Mendes and his scouts are trying to talk Dan Snyder into taking the best guard on their board, Fonoti at first but now Gurode. Snyder -- and I didn't actually hear him say this but it was reported to me by a very honorable gentleman -- said he wants a "sexy pick, a guy who excites you."

That "very honorable gentleman" is obviously Peter King who, I can assure you, heard it from NO ONE. I'd bet Snyder never said anything remotely like that, but King & Zimmerman just don't like Dan Snyder, so, to them, it feels like something he MIGHT say. "We're 'journalists,'" they warble. "We have a platform & a hungry audience. If we say it's so -- without support, ipse dixit , it'll be." A-holes.

Someone get me Peter King. He & I need to talk.

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