"I have a feeling you're going to see one of the most active drafts in history," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci says. "People trading up, trading down, last-minute jockeying for position. It's going to be crazy." San Francisco wants additional picks, and it could give up the No. 12 spot to get them. The Chiefs, who need a running back, could do likewise. If the Jets, who have two first-round choices, trade wideout Keyshawn Johnson, they could end up with a quartet of No. I selections, Where would they find the money to pay them all? (Asterisk denotes a projected trade.)
Courtney Brown, DE, PENN STATE
Assuming all goes well in negotiations, Brown's the man. Otherwise Cleveland may turn to teammate LaVar Arrington.
LaVar Arrington, LB, PENN STATE
Skins celebrate. They were thinking about trading with the Browns to get this lightning-fast 250-pound playmaker.
Chris Samuels, T, ALABAMA
Best offensive lineman on the board. Washington will plug this 291-pounder in at LT to replace the aging Andy Heck.
Peter Warrick, WR, FLORIDA STATE
Concerns about a disappointing 40-yard time on a slow surface erased by recent clockings in the mid-4.5 range.
5 BRONCOS (from Ravens)*
Chad Pennington, QB, MARSHALL
A head-scratcher. Smart guy with a medium-range arm...sounds just like the QB Denver already has, Brian Griese.
Corey Simon, DT, FLORIDA STATE
Philly coaches were worried about the four shoulder operations he has had—until he bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times.
Thomas Jones, RB, VIRGINIA
Explosive 216-pounder with a 4.47 clocking, but Arizona could pull a switch and go with New Mexico LB Brian Urlacher.
Plaxico Burress, WR MICHIGAN STATE
At 6'5", 231, he's a Randy Moss clone—tremendous potential, weird attitude. Could take Pennington if he's available.
Brian Urlacher, LB, NEW MEXICO
A converted safety who grew into a linebacker (6'3�", 258) but retained his DB speed, as his 4.57 scouting combine time showed.