|Massive offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie (Lackawanna/Miami)
slipped to the seventh overall choice by the Minnesota Vikings, but he
will be an offensive line cornerstone for them for many years. QB Dante
Culpepper has to be walking around with a big smile.
Seven picks later Jeremy Shockey, the slick tight end from N.E. Oklahoma by way of Miami, went to the New York Giants . Jim Fassel's gang used a 4th round pick to move up a notch to insure getting the 6-4, 252-pound Shockey.
Green Bay moved up eight spots to pick Javon Walker (Jones Co./Florida
State) and he figures to fit right in immediately with Terry Glenn and
last year's great pick, Robert Ferguson
(Tyler/Texas A&M). The Packers will surely be able to
stretch the field with that trio. They
especially liked Walker's athleticism (he played three years of minor
league baseball) and speed.
Seattle's Seahawks nailed down a pair of JC grads in the second round , picking running back Maurice Morris (Fresno/Oregon) and defensive end Anton Palepoi (UNLV/Dixie).
Morris is slated to back up Shaun Alexander and his speed and soft
hands will be a change from Shaun Alexander's power running.
Palepoi is a fine rusher off the edge, something the Hawks have
The third round found ex-Coffeyville/Purdue defensive end, Akin
Ayodele, going to Jacksonville and defensive tackle Dorsett Davis (Mississippi
Delta/Miss State) to Denver. Ayodele
is expected to be moved to outside backer because of his 6-2, 257 size
and Davis should be a backup on the defense as he adds weight to his
6-5, 304-pound frame.
A surprise fourth-round choice was guard Travis Scott, selected by
the St. Louis Rams. The
former Mesa/Arizona State (J.C. Grid-Wire All-American) played just 13
games at ASU due to injuries, but the Rams look at the 6-6, 311-pounder
as a strong backup while he gains experience.
They like his size and toughness.
Kevin McCadam, a safety from Grossmont/Virginia Tech, one that we
missed in our preview, was a surprise fifth-round choice of the Atlanta
Falcons. Do you suppose his
former teammate, Mr. Vick, put in a few choice words for him?
McCadam should soon be a starter at free safety.
Other picks included RB Josh Scobey (N.E. Oklahoma/Kansas State) in
the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals; CB Chris Cash (Palomar/Southern
California) in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions; CB Demarcus Faggins
(Navarro/Kansas State) in the sixth round by the Houston Texans; and FB
Rock Cartwright (Trinity Valley/Kansas State) in the seventh round by
the Washington Redskins; DT Howard Green (SW Miss./LSU) in the sixth
round; DE Brett Keisel (Snow; BYU) in the seventh round by Pittsburgh.
NFL teams are picking up a lot of free agents, who used to play at
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