Trading up pays dividends for Chiefs, Raiders, Giants

Seahawks miss chance to get tight end Graham

April 21, 2002|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

The Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants all traded up yesterday to get players they wanted. The Seattle Seahawks had to settle for something less when they traded down.

In the first round of the NFL draft, trading up turned out to be the way to go.

The Chiefs snagged the draft's top defensive tackle in Ryan Sims, by trading up two spots with the Dallas Cowboys. The Raiders traded up twice to get falling cornerback Phillip Buchanon with the 17th pick. And the Giants moved up one spot to get the tight end they coveted, Jeremy Shockey.

Seattle - wanting tight end Daniel Graham - came up dry when it traded down from the 20th pick and watched the New England Patriots grab him at No. 21.

Here's how the first round shook out:

1. Houston: QB David Carr, Fresno State. Knowing this pick would go for a quarterback, the Texans had all season to scrutinize Carr and Joey Harrington. Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer came away convinced Carr was the better choice, despite questions about his delivery and footwork. The Texans plan to play him as early as possible.

2. Carolina: DE Julius Peppers, North Carolina. The Panthers ignored disclaimers that Peppers liked to take plays off in college and selected a playmaker with potential to become a superstar.

3. Detroit: QB Joey Harrington, Oregon. Coach Marty Mornhinweg won the internal debate to get the quarterback who should resolve the Lions' offensive doldrums of a year ago. Harrington's accuracy and poise, coupled with a revamped receiving corps, give the Lions a credible passing game.

4. Buffalo: OT Mike Williams, Texas. The Bills want to get back to being a smash-mouth offense. At 6 feet 5 and 375 pounds, Williams has the toughness and attitude the team was looking for.

5. San Diego: CB Quentin Jammer, Texas. The Chargers were hoping Harrington would go to Detroit and drop Jammer into their lap. That filled a need. But the Chargers also needed an offensive tackle in the worst way, and passed on Bryant McKinnie.

6. Kansas City (from Dallas): DT Ryan Sims, North Carolina. The Chiefs played beat the clock to get the player they most coveted in the draft. They barely got the trade made and the card to the podium ahead of Minnesota, which also wanted Sims.

7. Minnesota: OT Bryant McKinnie, Miami. Missing on Sims, the Vikings plugged a major hole in the offensive line at left tackle. McKinnie, a natural left tackle, will allow Pro Bowl center Matt Birk - the projected left tackle - to stay at his position.

8. Dallas (from Kansas City): S Roy Williams, Oklahoma. The Cowboys made a good move to get an extra third-round pick and a future pick and still come away with the player they wanted.

9. Jacksonville: DT John Henderson, Tennessee. The Jaguars targeted a defensive tackle and came away with the tallest of the top prospects. Henderson, almost 6-7, was plagued by ankle and back injuries last season.

10. Cincinnati: OT Levi Jones, Arizona State. Jones was a huge reach for the Bengals, who have major needs at cornerback and tight end. They had chances to move down in the draft and probably still could have had Jones.

11. Indianapolis: DE Dwight Freeney, Syracuse. The Colts also made a major reach for this pick, but it fills one of their most pressing needs. Freeney is an undersized pass rusher with terrific speed. He will be vulnerable against the run, however.

12. Arizona: DT Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin. The Cardinals are desperate to generate a pass rush, but believe Bryant can pressure the quarterback from inside.

13. New Orleans: WR Donte Stallworth, Tennessee. The Saints wanted to add a speed receiver and they got the fastest wide-out in the draft.

14. N.Y. Giants (from Tennessee): TE Jeremy Shockey, Miami. The Giants moved up one slot, surrendering a fourth-round pick in the process, to get a tight end they believe will make a big impact.

15. Tennessee (from N.Y. Giants): DT Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee. A risk pick for a junior who lacked maturity. But Haynesworth has potential to be good and should take some heat off defensive ends Jevon Kearse and Kevin Carter.

16. Cleveland: RB William Green, Boston College. Green passed the Browns' background checks after two suspensions at BC. He is a hard runner who plays faster than his 40-time.

17. Oakland (from Atlanta): CB Phillip Buchanon, Miami. The Raiders traded up twice to get Buchanon, who was a top-10 talent on most boards. Buchanon will move into the starting lineup if Eric Allen, 36, retires before camp. Otherwise, he's a nickel back and punt returner.

18. Atlanta (from Oakland): RB T.J. Duckett, Michigan State. With this pick, the Falcons cast serious doubt about the odds of Jamal Anderson making it back from his second knee surgery in three years. The 6-0, 254-pound Duckett is a powerful runner in the mold of Anderson (5-11, 237).

19. Denver: WR Ashley Lelie, Hawaii. Lelie has great speed and is tall, but not particularly polished, even though he played for former NFL coach June Jones at Hawaii.

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