2000 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
New Mexico S Brian Urlacher
New Mexico S Brian Urlacher
Posted Apr 23, 2009

What should each team have done in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft?

Draft Redo ... 2000

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 2000 draft.

Who Went

How the Draft Should've Gone

1. Cleveland Browns
Courtney Brown, DE Penn State

QB Tom Brady (6th), Michigan
New England Patriots

The Browns needed defense and just drafted Tim Couch, but it's impossible to argue against taking Joe Montana part two.

2. Washington Redskins
LaVar Arrington, LB Penn State

LB Brian Urlacher (1st), New Mexico
Chicago Bears

The Redskins needed some consistency at quarterback and could've used Tom Brady. Boo hoo. Urlacher is hardly a second prize.

3. Washington Redskins
Chris Samuels, OT Alabama

RB Shaun Alexander (1st), Alabama
Seattle Seahawks

There are a ton of great pass rushers on the board, and Samuels has worked out well for Washington. He wasn't Shaun Alexander, who would've allowed the Redskins to later on keep Champ Bailey and not trade for Clinton Portis.

4. Cincinnati Bengals
Peter Warrick, WR Florida State

OT Chris Samuels (1st), Alabama
Washington Redskins

Let's assume the Akili Smith experience isn't going to work out. The Bengals needed more building blocks and could've used Samuels, even if this is a bit too high.

5. Baltimore Ravens
Jamal Lewis, RB Tennessee

RB Jamal Lewis (1st), Tennessee
Baltimore Ravens  

A 2,000-yard season, several Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl, a blown out knee and a jail sentence. Baltimore got a little bit of everything out of the pick.

6. Philadelphia Eagles
Corey Simon, DT Florida State

DT Corey Simon (1st), Florida State
Philadelphia Eagles

Call this a short term solution since it helped the Eagles get to a Super Bowl. Simon turned into one of the best defensive tackles in football and a rock of the Philadelphia defense for a little while. There's no reason to change a thing even though he left for Indianapolis.

7. Arizona Cardinals
Thomas Jones, RB Virginia

LB Julian Peterson (1st), Michigan State
San Francisco 49ers

Peterson has become a steady defender grew into a top pass rusher. Seven might be a bit high with Plaxico still on the board, but it's a need pick.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers
Plaxico Burress, WR Michigan State

WR Plaxico Burress (1st), Michigan State
Pittsburgh Steelers 

Burress would have to be considered again even though he'd eventually take off and shine for the Giants.

9. Chicago Bears
Brian Urlacher, LB New Mexico

QB Marc Bulger (6th), West Virginia
New Orleans Saints 

Bulger, with a little bit of time, would've broken the ugly string of bad Chicago quarterbacks.

10. Baltimore Ravens
Travis Taylor, WR Florida

OG Brian Waters (Undrafted), North Texas
Kansas City Chiefs

Taylor held out and was a mega-bust for the Ravens at the ten. Waters would become a Pro Bowl performer.

11. New York Giants
Ron Dayne, RB Wisconsin

RB Thomas Jones (1st), Virginia
Arizona Cardinals 

Dayne never worked out and was a major bust at the 11. Jones never worked out for Arizona and was a major bust at the seven. He'd eventually pay off for other teams.

12. New York Jets
Shaun Ellis, DE Tennessee

LB/DE John Abraham (1st), South Carolina
New York Jets

Flip-flop the picks. Abraham and Ellis turned into mainstays and great pass rushers for the Jet defense so there's no reason to mess with what worked.  

13. New York Jets
John Abraham, LB South Carolina

DE Shaun Ellis (1st), Tennessee
New York Jets

The temptation is there to take Darren Howard or Laveraneues Coles ahead of Ellis, but the Jets would take the Vol again.

14. Green Bay Packers
Bubba Franks, TE Miami

DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (5th), San Diego State
Green Bay Packers 

The Packers wouldn't get KGB in the fifth round again.

15. Denver Broncos
Deltha O'Neal, DB California

DB Deltha O'Neal (1st), California
Denver Broncos

Ahmed Plummer, Deon Grant and Mike Brown would be tempting, but O'Neal became a nice all-around player for the Broncos before taking off to Cincinnati.

16. San Francisco 49ers
Julian Peterson, LB Michigan State

TE Bubba Franks (1st), Miami
Green Bay Packers 

Once Peterson got his feet wet, he became a decent linebacker for the Niners. Franks would've done more to help a dying offense.

17. Oakland Raiders
Sebastian Janikowski, K Florida State

QB Chad Pennington (1st), Marshall
New York Jets

The Janikowski pick, even though he's a solid kicker, was one of the dumber selections in draft history. Pennington, lousy arm and all, would've been a great fit to be groomed behind Rich Gannon and wouldn't have gotten hurt right away.

18. New York Jets
Chad Pennington, QB Marshall

LB Keith Bulluck (1st), Syracuse
Tennessee Titans

The Jets went defense with the first two picks and there's no reason not to beef it up further with a steady linebacker like Bulluck. Laveranues Coles might be the pick if the Jets could be assured he wouldn't leave for free agency.

19. Seattle Seahawks
Shaun Alexander, RB Alabama

WR Darrell Jackson (3rd), Florida
Seattle Seahawks

Seattle got one of its better receivers later on in the draft, but Jackson won't be there in the third round in the redraft.

20. Detroit Lions
Stockar McDougle, OT Oklahoma

WR Laveranues Coles (3rd), Florida State
New York Jets

Coles can't slide any further. The Lions need immediate receiving help even though he wouldn't turn into an NFL superstar and will leave for free agency.

21. Kansas City Chiefs
Sylvester Morris, WR Jackson State 

S Mike Brown (2nd), Nebraska
Chicago Bears

The Kansas City draft room is breaking stuff after Jackson and Coles went off the board. A ball-hawking safety like Brown, even an oft-injured one, would work extremely well in the Chief secondary. 

22. Seattle Seahawks
Chris McIntosh, OT Wisconsin

DE Darren Howard (2nd), Kansas State
New Orleans Saints

Howard would be used in a variety of ways to be a pass rusher for the Seahawk line.

23. Carolina Panthers
Rashard Anderson, DB Jackson State

LB Marcus Washington (2nd), Auburn
Washington Redskins

Washington probably should've gone far higher. While not spectacular, he's a great tackler.

24. San Francisco 49ers
Ahmed Plummer, DB Ohio State

DB Deon Grant (2nd), Tennessee
Carolina Panthers

Plummer was fine for a while, but Grant would've been better for a longer time. No argument if you think he should've gone in the top 20.

25. Minnesota Vikings
Chris Hovan, DT Boston College

RB Mike Anderson (6th), Utah
Denver Broncos

Hovan hasn't been all that bad, but Anderson would've been a power runner the Vikings could've plugged in for several years.

26. Buffalo Bills
Erik Flowers, DE Arizona State

OT Marvel Smith (2nd), Arizona State
Pittsburgh Steelers

Smith wouldn't be an exciting pick like a Jerry Porter would be on drafted, but he'd be a rock on the line. 

27. New York Jets
Anthony Becht, TE West Virginia

OG Todd Wade (2nd), Mississippi
Miami Dolphins

Injuries would potentially become a problem, but Wade would be a stalwart of the Jet line for five years.

28. Indianapolis Colts
Rob Morris, LB BYU

LB LaVar Arrington (1st), Penn State
Washington Redskins 

Morris was never the right fit for the Colt defense. Needing defense, the better pick, as least for a while, would've been Arrington.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars
R. Jay Soward, WR USC

RB Dante Hall (5th), Texas A&M
Kansas City Chiefs

Soward was a dumb pick, the Jaguars admitted at the time it was a dumb pick, and then they did it anyway. Hall might not have done much as a runner, but he would've been a premier weapon for the return game.

30. Tennessee Titans
Keith Bulluck, LB Syracuse

OG Cosey Coleman (2nd), Tennessee
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bulluck was a nice pick for the Titans and wouldn't be a bad pick up here. Coleman is too good and too steady to let slide any further.

31. St. Louis Rams
Trung Canidate, RB Arizona

RB Reuben Droughns (3rd), Oregon
Detroit Lions

The Rams wanted a running back to complement Marshall Faulk. Droughns would eventually take over the starting job.