One Man's 2003 Mock Draft

For all the true NFL fans out there, this is the time of the year when you focus on improving your team and building towards the future. With that in mind, Dana Cotromano, otherwise known as Glover97, gives his two cents about the first round in this year's draft.

1. Cincinnati- Carson Palmer, QB, USC
- Cincinnati has said that they are content with Jon Kitna at quarterback, but I don't buy it. Look for them to add the best quarterback in the draft.

2. Detroit- Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State
- Detroit needs a big playmaker on offense, and a new target for rookie sensation Joey Harrington. Rogers is a Randy Moss type player (Without the attitude).

3. Houston- Andre Johnson, WR, Miami
- The Texans could also use a playmaker on offense and a new toy for David Carr. They could opt to trade down and hope he is still available in the 8-12 position. But it's very unlikely that he will be.

4. Chicago- Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona State
- Suggs is just way too good for Chicago to pass up, they probably would have drafted Leftwich, but instead signed Kordell Stewart to start in 2003.

5. New York Jets (from Dallas) - Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Penn State
- Dallas gets the 13th overall pick and John Abraham from the Jets and the Jets take defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy from Penn St.

6. Arizona Cardinals- Terence Newman, CB, Kansas State
- Arizona needs help at cornerback, Duane Starks is a good corner, but David Barrett isn't exactly starting material. Terence Newman is by far the best corner in the draft and bring a much need presence to the Cardinals secondary.

7. Minnesota Vikings- DeWayne Robertson, DT, Kentucky
- Robertson's stock has risen quite a bit after his workouts. The Vikings need serious help at defensive tackle and Robertson will step right in and fill that void.

8. New Orleans (from Jax)- Kwame Harris, OT, Stanford

- Jacksonville gets the Saints 17th overall pick as well as their 2nd round pick. New Orleans could use help opposite Kyle Turley and Kwame Harris is an amazing athlete.

9. Carolina- Byron Leftwich, QB, Marshall
- Leftwich surprisingly drops all the way down to the 9th spot, where an anxiously waiting Carolina already has his name written down on their draft card.

10. Baltimore- William Joseph, DT, Miami
- The Ravens have nobody to speak of at defensive tackle, and at one point. Joseph was considered the best defensive tackle in the draft. He fills a major void on the Ravens d-line.

11. Seattle- E.J. Henderson, MLB, Maryland
- With Isaiah Kacyvenski the only MLB on the roster, Seattle takes the best inside linebacker in the draft. Henderson is a big linebacker with good speed and vision.

12. St. Louis- Jordan Gross, OT, Utah
- St. Louis gets a great offensive tackle to line-up opposite Orlando Pace. Gross is a massive offensive tackle with good balance and strength.

13. Dallas- Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington St.
- The Cowboys have a major void at the cornerback position, with only Derek Ross, Mario Edwards and Pete Hunter on the roster. Trufant isn't much of a drop off from Terence Newman and will be a great addition to an already strong Cowboys defense.

14. New England- Michael Haynes, DE, Penn St.
- New England needs a pass-rushing specialist on the defensive line, Haynes will be just that guy.

15. San Diego- Boss Bailey, LB, Georgia
- After losing Junior Seau this offseason, San Diego jumps all over Bailey.

16. Kansas City Chiefs- Jonathan Sullivan, DT, Georgia
- Kansas City isn't very strong on the d-line, Sullivan is an instant upgrade.

17. Jacksonville- Andre Woolfolk, CB, Oklahoma
- Andre Woolfolk is a great addition to a weak Jacksonville secondary.

18. New Orleans- Michael Doss, S, Ohio St.
- Who plays safety for the Saints? I don't know.

19. New England- Taylor Jacobs, WR, Florida
- The Patriots lost Donald Hayes this past offseason. Jacobs has good size ( 6-1, 200 ) and gives the Patriots a good possession-type receiver.

20. Denver Broncos- Jerome McDougal, DE, Miami
- The Broncos are running short at defensive end, McDougal is a steal at this point in the draft.

21. Clevland Browns- Brett Williams, OT, Florida St.
- With the offensive line possibly being the weakest position on the Browns team, they select one of the top OT's in the draft in Brett Williams.

22. New York Jets- Jon Stinchcomb, OT, Georgia
- This may be a reach, but they need some help at OT.

23. Buffalo- Kevin Williams, DT, Oklahoma St
- I think this is a steal; Williams will be a great upgrade on the d-line for the Bills.

24. Indianapolis- Dennis Weathersby, CB, Oregon
- The Colts could use some help in the secondary, Weathersby would have been there in the 2nd-round, just not when they picked.

25. New York Giants- Rien Long, DT, Washington St.
- The Giants got poor play from the DT's in 2002. Rien Long is a project player IMO.

26. San Fransisco- DeWayne White, DE, Louisville
- The 49ers fill a weak spot in their defense with White.

27. Pittsburgh- Rashean Mathis, CB, Bethune-Cookman
- Mathis' stock has been steadily rising and for good reason. He's a very good cover corner who could start right away.

28. Tennessee Titans- Lee Suggs, RB, Virginia Tech
- Eddie George is getting old and probably won't be around much longer. The Titans draft his heir apparent early and grab the speedy Lee Suggs.

29. Green Bay- Ty Warren, DT, Texas
- The Packers don't have much depth or talent at DT, Warren will give them a good presence in the middle.

30. Philadelphia- Terry Pierce, LB, Kansas St.
- The Eagles are getting slim at the linebacker, and Pierce is a much better than most people think. He could be an opening day starter.

31. Oakland- Kyle Boller, QB, California
- The ancient Rich Gannon won't be around much longer, so the Raiders hope they have found his successor.

32. Oakland- Larry Johnson, RB, Penn St.
- The Raiders have another old man at running back too, Johnson is either going to make them very happy, or very sad.

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