We Mock What We Don't Know

April 11 - The 2002 NFL Draft is drawing closer, and Sandy Penner is back just in time to share his Mock Draft with BucMag.com visitors. The NFL Draft will be held on April 20-21.

For those of you that like to make a mockery of the mock NFL Drafts you see everywhere, I'm here to tell you why mine's different. Well, actually it's not really different at all. After careful and judicious thought I came to the realization that the mock drafts are really just for fun. After all, if one of your picks is wrong then the domino effect goes into play and you're really screwed. Without further procrastination, here we go:

1. HOUSTON: David Carr, QB, Fresno St.

Comment: He should be all ready for action after the Texans announced they signed Kent Graham to tutor him.

2. CAROLINA: Julius Peppers, DE, North Carolina.

Comment: Michael Strahan comparisons? They might not be so far fetched.

3. DETROIT: Quentin Jammer, CB, Texas.

Comment: His college team underachieved, his pro team just stinks.

4. BUFFALO: Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon.

Comment: How will he live up to the legend that was Rob Johnson?

5. SAN DIEGO: Bryant McKinnie, OT, Miami.

Comment: Barring unforeseen circumstances, a 10 year star in the league.

6. DALLAS: Wendell Bryant, DT, Wisconsin

Comment: Had great workouts but Jerry Jones will figure out a way to screw it up.

7. MINNESOTA: Mike Williams, OT, Texas.

Comment: If it doesn't work out, just blame Dennis Green.

8. KANSAS CITY: Jabar Gaffney, WR, Florida.

Comment: Maybe he pulls a John Elway and demands a trade to Washington.

9. JACKSONVILLE: John Henderson, DT, Tennessee

Comment: Questions linger about his back but he can't fall any farther than this.

10. CINCINNATTI: Phillip Buchanon, CB, Miami.

Comment: Don't laugh, but Cincy will have one of the more athletic defenses in the league.

11. INDIANAPOLIS: Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma.

Comment: Anyone else surprised Tony Dungy isn't drafting offense?

12. ARIZONA: Ryan Sims, DT, North Carolina.

Comment: A need pick. Is there one Cardinal fan who even knows when the draft is?

13. NEW ORLEANS: Tonui Fonoti, G, Nebraska.

Comment: No replacement for Willie Roaf, but an interior lineman who can start right away.

14. TENNESSEE: Ed Reed, S, Miami

Comment: One of the worst secondarys in the league gets better.

15. NEW YORK GIANTS: Jeremy Shockey, TE, Miami.

Comment: Mark Bavaro, Howard Cross. Have there ever been any other Giant TE's?

16. CLEVELAND: William Green, RB, Boston College.

Comment: Butch Davis would love former Cane Clinton Portis but Green is the better player.

17. ATLANTA: Donte Stallworth, WR, Tennessee.

Comment: Uh Oh, another guy to take some of Warrick Dunn's "touches"

18. WASHINGTON: Josh Reed, WR, LSU.

Comment: I know, I know, he's not a Gator but he did play in the SEC.

19. DENVER: Kalimba Edwards, DE, South Carolina.

Comment: The knee injury is worrisome but without it he might be the best athlete in the draft.

20. SEATTLE: Daniel Graham, TE, Colorado.

Comment: Hey, former Packer Mark Chumura is available, isn't he?

21. OAKLAND: Larry Tripplett, DT, Washington.

Comment: And with the 21st pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...... The post Jon Gruden/Darryl Russell era starts off with an inconsistent college player.

22. NEW YORK JETS: Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee

Comment: Herman Edwards longs for a Warren Sapp like disrupter.

23. OAKLAND: Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh.

Comment: You didn't think Al Davis accumulated all those draft picks to blow off the receiver position, did you?

24. BALTIMORE: Kurt Kittner, QB, Illinois.

Comment: This is too high for the slow footed Kittner, but the Ravens are in rebuilding mode.

25. MIAMI: T.J. Duckett, RB, Michigan St.

Comment: He's a Bettis like back who can start right away in this Miami offense.

26. PHILADELPHIA: Andre Gurode, G, Colorado.

Comment: The Iggles desperately need interior line help and Gurode can play guard and center.

27. SAN FRANCISCO: Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida.

Comment: When reached for comment, Bill Walsh was ecstatic. Oops, I'm sorry, Steve Maruicci is still the coach.

28. GREEN BAY: Ashley Lelie, WR, Hawaii.

Comment: Brett Favre isn't getting any younger therefore this glaring weakness couldn't be ignored any longer.

29. CHICAGO: Dwight Freeney, DE, Syracuse.

Comment: There are questions about his size, but he's got great instincts and a prove everybody wrong attitude.

30. PITTSBURGH: Jerramy Stevens, TE, Washington

Comment: They could go a number of ways here, but if Stevens stays out of trouble, he's a star.

31. ST LOUIS: Andre Davis, WR/KR, Virginia Tech.

Comment: He's fast. He's got to play for the Rams.

32. NEW ENGLAND: Lito Sheppard, CB, Florida.

Comment: Strictly a best athlete on the board pick. If free agent signee Tom Knight has his usual injury problems, Sheppard could end up starting.

Oh, by the way, don't quote me on this.

You can listen to Sandy Penner on 620 WDAE Monday through Friday, 6:00-8:00 AM. If you're not in the Tampa Bay area, you can listen to Penner live by logging onto 620WDAE.com.

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