Wade is wild card

Most of the National Football League mock drafts printed in publications and posted on web sites agree that Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem will be selected in the second half of Round 1.

Most of these mock drafts also list defensive tackle Justin Harrell and guard Arron Sears as late first-round to early second-round picks. There's considerably less agreement on ex-Vol cornerback Jonathan Wade, however. The "experts" have him going anywhere from Round 2 to Round 5.

Wade's biggest supporter appears to be Lindy's Pro Football Draft guide ($6.99 on newsstands). The magazine projects he will be an early second-round pick this Saturday in New York, going to the Miami Dolphins with the 41st overall selection.

Miami picked a Vol cornerback (Jason Allen) in Round 1 last spring and moved him to safety. Allen reportedly struggled mightily as a rookie, which might make the Dolphins a tad hesitant to use a premium pick on a guy who played the same position at the same school for the second year in a row.

Regardless, here's what Lindy's has to say about Miami's proposed selection of Wade: "The Dolphins generated 47 sacks last season and the secondary still had just five interceptions."

Lindy's two-round mock draft has Meachem going to the Kansas City Chiefs with pick 23 in Round 1, along with the notation: "Larry Johnson might do cartwheels if the Chiefs land someone who can take a safety out of the box."

The magazine projects that the Tennessee Titans will select Sears with their second-round pick, No. 51 overall. The explanation: "With Benji Olson on the backside of his career, the Titans can look in-state for a replacement."

Apparently scared off by his bicep injury, Lindy's does not project Harrell to go in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. In fact, the publication ranks Vol teammate Turk McBride (sixth) ahead of Harrell (eighth) in its defensive tackle ratings elsewhere in the magazine, projecting each to go in Round 3.

Lindy's rates Cory Anderson No. 2 among fullback prospects and projects him as a fifth-round draft pick.

Jayson Swain is not among the 34 receivers Lindy's projects to be drafted but is among five tabbed "Worth Watching." Marvin Mitchell is not among the 16 inside linebackers projected to be selected but also made the "Worth Watching" list at his position.


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