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Tuesday, April 17, 2001
Updated: April 20, 5:56 PM ET
Draft the Playbook

By by Brandon Funston

How do the Broncos turn draft afterthoughts into 1,000-yard rushers? They stick them in Mike Shanahan's high-octane offense. And what does that teach us? Don't draft the player, draft the playbook -- meaning, any rookie lucky enough to land a gig with Shanahan, Steve Mariucci, Mike Holmgren or Tom Coughlin. Let Mel Kiper Jr. worry about the who, what and when. Just tell me where. Here are some offensive juggernauts with positions to fill.

San Francisco 49ers
The Niners' attack exploited the multidimensional Roger Craig, Ricky Watters and, wonder of wonders, Charlie Garner.
Perfect Fit: Not only does Deuce McAllister have size and speed, he's also the most talented receiver in this year's RB crop. Picture him in the West Coast offense-and your backfield.

Seattle Seahawks
Holmgren made 2000 third-rounder Darrell Jackson the league's hottest rookie receiver. In Green Bay, he made '95 third-rounder Antonio Freeman a Pro Bowler. Now, for the first time, he may spend a first-round pick on a pass catcher.
Perfect Fit: Wolverine David Terrell has the best hands in the class. If the Hawks get Terrell at No. 7 and pair him with QB Matt Hasselbeck, you'll want them both.

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags finished in the top 6 in rushing TDs in each of the past four seasons, even with Fred Taylor missing all those games. Guess what? They don't have a backup for Taylor anymore.
Perfect Fit: My late-round sleeper is Pittsburgh's Kevan Barlow, a power back with good speed and balance. If he lands in Alltel Stadium, pencil him in as your late-round sleeper. Then hit the snooze button until August.

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