Sunday Morning Massacre

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DRAFT STUFF
 
There is some buzz going around the league that the Browns may shock the football world and tab Clinton Portis with their first-round pick.  Let's put that rumor to rest right now and file it away with the "KJ-to-Philly" talk.  While the Browns are indeed high on the former Hurricanes running back, they do not feel that he's "worthy" of the sixteenth pick in the draft......
 
While all of the draft talk involving the Carolina Panthers centers on defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Quentin Jammer, don't rule out the possibility of quarterback Joey Harrington being taken with the second-overall pick.  A league source tells The Insiders that Harrington is still very much on Carolina's radar, but some in the organization, particularly head coach John Fox, feels somewhat hamstrung by the fact that Peppers is a home-grown talent and would appeal to an apathetic fan base......
 
The Insiders has learned that the Vikings personnel staff is in the belief that one of the top two offensive tackles in the draft, either Bryant McKinnie or Mike Williams will be available with their choice at number seven. While that possibility is intriguing to the Vikings, league sources have informed The Insiders that the Vikings have been working the draft board and have the defensive backfield, defensive tackle, offensive tackle, and wide receiver as targeted 'hot-spots'.  A source close to the Vikings organization informed The Insiders from Winter Park that the team would have a very difficult time passing over either McKinnie or Williams if they were available......
 
The Cowboys are not paying particular attention to the negativity surrounding running back William Green and are still considering the back -- along with Oklahoma safety Roy Williams and Miami cornerback Phillip Buchanon -- with the sixth-overall pick or as, more likely, their target in a trade-down scenario.  The possibility of Dallas trading down will grow even stronger if, as expected, the object of their desire -- Jammer -- goes off the board in the first five picks......
 
The closer draft day gets, the more it seems likely that the Giants will select Miami tight end Jeremy Shockey if he's still available, a league source tells The Insiders.  However, New York is growing increasingly concerned that Cincinnati, selecting tenth-overall, will nab the talented TE.  Should Shockey be off the board, Tennessee wide receiver Donte' Stallworth and Arizona State offensive tackle Levi Jones are next on their draft board......
 
The Redskins are hoping beyond hope that Joey Harrington somehow, some way pulls a Chad Pennington and slips to their pick at No. 18 overall.  Head coach Steve Spurrier is enamored with Harrington, but is resigned to the fact that there is no way the Oregon product will fall that far.  Also, barring a change in the organization's thinking, they will not trade up to acquire Harrington......
 
Another scenario involving Washington and the quarterback position has the Redskins trading down in the first round and tabbing Tulane's Patrick Ramsey.  Ramsey's stock has soared in recent weeks and he may be off the board by the time the Redskins select in the second round......
 
The Packers, owners of the 28th pick in the draft, have an interest in Deshaun Foster and could use their first-round pick on the UCLA running back.  Foster is projected to be a late first or early second-round pick, which would fit nicely into Green Bay's draft slot.....
 
Last year's trade-up for Michael Vick left the Falcons without a second-round pick which, when coupled with the absence of a fourth-rounder, has Atlanta looking to trade down in this year's draft and acquiring extra selections......
 
Just two years ago, the Broncos were the envy of the National Football League with their backfield triumvirate of Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson.  Injuries, however, have depleted the backfield depth and has Denver looking at that position with their first-round pick......
 
According to one league insider, "you can make book" on the Ravens taking either safety Ed Reed and cornerback Lito Sheppard if one or both is available with the 24th pick......
 
Whispers coming out of Philadelphia have the Eagles looking for a running back in the first round, particularly if William Green or T.J. Duckett slip to No. 26......

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