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1999 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
Syracuse QB Donovan McNabb
Syracuse QB Donovan McNabb
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 23, 2009


What should each team have done in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft?


Draft Redo ... 1999

How should the drafts have gone?

By Pete Fiutak 

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Here's a look at past NFL drafts looking to see what each team needed, who they all took in the first round, and in hindsight, who should've gone based on how their pro careers turned out (forgetting about proper coaching and other circumstances).

If each team could draft knowing what we all know now and not taking future drafts into account, this is how the first round should've gone.

There were 31 picks in the first round of the 1999 draft. As you'll quickly see, things turn ugly.

Who Went

How the Draft Should've Gone

1. Cleveland Browns
Tim Couch, QB Kentucky

QB Donovan McNabb (1st), Syracuse
Philadelphia Eagles

Couch never had any weapons to work with, so you can't necessarily blame him for not turning into a superstar right away. McNabb didn't have any weapons to work with and still turned out to be one of the league's perennial MVP candidates. 

2. Philadelphia Eagles
Donovan McNabb, QB Syracuse

CB Champ Bailey (1st), Georgia
Washington Redskins

While the Eagles needed a quarterback and would've considered Daunte Culpepper, it would've been impossible to pass up on a Hall of Fame corner.

3. Cincinnati Bengals
Akili Smith, QB Oregon

QB Daunte Culpepper (1st), UCF
Minnesota Vikings

Smith was never healthy and stunk when he got his chance. While Edgerrin James would be considered, with Corey Dillon already in the backfield. Culpepper would've been the better pick.

4. Indianapolis Colts
Edgerrin James, RB Miami

RB Edgerrin James (1st), Miami
Indianapolis Colts

After all the criticism over taking James instead of Ricky Williams, the Colts deserve credit for hitting a home run by taking the Hurricane star. 

5. New Orleans Saints
Ricky Williams, RB Texas

DE Jevon Kearse (1st), Florida
Tennessee Titans

After all is said and done, from the megatrade to get this pick to the injuries to the horrible contract to the loss of Mr. Dreadlock to the Dolphins, the Williams deal has to go down as one of the NFL's biggest fiascos. Kearse established himself as one of the league's premier pass rushers. Williams deserves to be taken here, but he didn't work out so the Saints aren't taking him again.

6. St. Louis Rams
Torry Holt, WR NC State

WR Torry Holt (1st), NC State
St. Louis Rams

Holt was one of the best receivers in football from the moment he became a Ram. No need to mess with the pick.

7. Washington Redskins
Champ Bailey, CB Georgia

RB Ricky Williams (1st), Texas
New Orleans Saints 

Washington already had Stephen Davis, but Williams would be better until the wheels came off. Yeah, he'd be leaving leaving, but he would've been worth it for the years he was around.

8. Arizona Cardinals
David Boston, WR Ohio State

DE Patrick Kerney (1st), Virginia
Atlanta Falcons

Kearney would've become one of the league's most dangerous sackmasters for the Cardinals.

9. Detroit Lions
Chris Claiborne, LB USC

LB Joey Porter (3rd), Colorado State
Pittsburgh Steelers

Claiborne needed a while to reach his potential and wasn't a bad pick at the eight. Porter would've been the better selection.

10. Baltimore Ravens
Chris McAlister, CB Arizona

CB Chris McAlister (1st), Arizona
Baltimore Ravens

McAlister was an integral part of one of a Super Bowl winning defense becoming the Ravens' top corner and a Pro Bowl performer.

11. Minnesota Vikings
Daunte Culpepper, QB UCF

CB Antoine Winfield (1st), Ohio State
Buffalo Bills

Many experts fired on the Vikings for taking Culpepper instead of a much needed defensive player. Yeah, the Viking brain trust blew any chance of looking smart by taking Dimitrius Underwood later, but Culpepper has turned out to be a franchise quarterback. Always needing defense, Winfield wouldn't have been a bad pick.

12. Chicago Bears
Cade McNown, QB UCLA

DE Aaron Smith (4th), Northern Colorado
Pittsburgh Steelers

McNown was supposed to be the quarterback most ready to start out of the class of 1999. What the Bears failed to properly scout out was just how much of an arrogant jerk McNown turned out to be as he alienated his teammates from the second he became a Bear. Smith would've been a nice pass rusher who would've been a fan favorite.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers
Troy Edwards, WR Louisiana Tech

OT Jon Jansen (2nd), Michigan
Washington Redskins

Edwards has never given the Steelers the receiving threat the needed. Jansen might have been a 2nd round pick, but he became a consistent performer. If you can find year in and year out starting tackle, you take him.

14. Kansas City Chiefs
John Tait, OT BYU

OT John Tait (1st), BYU
Kansas City Chiefs

A lengthy holdout hurt Tait's development, but he started to become decent before leaving for Chicago.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Anthony McFarland, DT LSU

DE/LB Rosevelt Colvin (4th), Purdue
Chicago Bears

McFarland never panned out for the Bucs. Colvin, until a knee injury, would've been a perfect fit for one of the league's nastiest defenses.

16. Tennessee Titans
Jevon Kearse, LB/DE Florida

CB Dre Bly (2nd), North Carolina
St. Louis Rams

Bly would've been a Pro Bowl-caliber performer, but the Titans would've had to figure out a way to keep him around.

17. New England Patriots
Damien Woody, C Boston College

C Jeff Saturday, (undrafted) North Carolina
Indianapolis Colts 

Taking a center with the 17th pick might seem high, but Saturday would grow into an integral part of a Super Bowl offense for the Colts.

18. Oakland Raiders
Matt Stinchcomb, OT Georgia

OT Luke Petitgout (1st), Notre Dame
New York Giants

Stinchcomb still hasn't turned into the player the Raiders need. Petitgout would've been the far better tackle for Al Davis.

19. New York Giants
Luke Petitgout, OT Notre Dame

C Damien Woody (1st), Boston College
New England Patriots

The Giants could've used a receiver, but an solid performer like Woody would've found a spot on the line.

20. Dallas Cowboys
Ebenezer Ekuban, DE North Carolina

CB Fernando Bryant (1st), Alabama
Jacksonville Jaguars

While not a star, Bryant would've helped an aging Cowboy secondary.

21. Arizona Cardinals
L.J. Shelton, OT Eastern Michigan 

WR Donald Driver (7th), Alcorn State
Green Bay Packers

Shelton was considered a dicey draft day pick and it turned out Arizona was two for two on the first round selections. Would Driver have been as good if he didn't have Brett Favre throwing to him? He might not have had the chance.

22. Seattle Seahawks
Lamar King, DE Saginaw Valley State

LB Al Wilson (1st), Tennessee
Denver Broncos

King just didn't work out for the Seahawks. Wilson, off the field issues and all, turned into a consistent performer for the Broncos and would've helped the Seattle back seven.

23. Buffalo Bills
Antoine Winfield, DB Ohio State

WR Marty Booker (3rd), NE Louisiana 
Chicago Bears

The Bills needed more receiving weapons and Booker would be a perfect complement to Eric Moulds. At least he would've been good for a little while.

24. San Francisco 49ers
Reggie McGrew, DT Florida

RB Kevin Faulk (2nd), LSU
New England Patriots

Faulk might not have been a consistent runner, but he'd have been a good all-around weapon out of the 49er backfield.

25. Green Bay Packers
Antwan Edwards, DB Clemson

LB Dat Nguyen (3rd), Texas A&M
Dallas Cowboys

Edwards hasn't been bad, but Green Bay should've taken a player like Nguyen to be a steady addition to the Packer linebacking corps.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fernando Bryant, CB Alabama

LB Chris Claiborne (1st), USC
Detroit Lions

While not a star, Claiborne would be a great cog in any linebacking corps.

27. Detroit Lions
Aaron Gibson, OT Wisconsin

OT L.J. Shelton (1st), Eastern Michigan
Arizona Cardinals

Gibson's massive weight turned out to be a huge problem as he was never healthy and then was cut. Shelton would've been a steal here.

28. New England Patriots
Andy Katzenmoyer, LB Ohio State

LB Mike Peterson (2nd), Florida
Indianapolis Colts

Katzenmoyer has been so invaluable that the Patriots went and won three Super Bowls without him. Peterson would've been a productive piece to the Patriot defense.

29. Minnesota Vikings
Dimitrius Underwood, DE Michigan State

DE Mike Rucker (2nd), Nebraska
Carolina Panthers

Underwood might go down as one of the league's all-time busts and a tribute to the lack of homework the Viking front office did. Rucker became a decent pass rusher for the Panthers.

30. Atlanta Falcons
Patrick Kearney, DE Virginia

FB Cecil Martin (6th), Wisconsin
Philadelphia Eagles

Fullbacks are usually a dime a dozen and the Falcons were pretty set, but Martin's versatility would've come in handy.

31. Denver Broncos
Al Wilson, LB Tennessee

LB Warrick Holdman (4th), Texas A&M
Chicago Bears

With Wilson off the board, Holdman would be a better than average replacement.