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David Carr officially becomes the No. 1 draft pick.
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Saturday, April 20, 2002
Updated: April 22, 12:47 AM ET
 
Carr joins Texans as No. 1 pick in NFL draft
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Fresno State quarterback David Carr officially became the expansion Houston Texans' first draft pick, going No. 1 overall in Saturday's NFL draft.

Carr and the Texans agreed during the week to a seven-year contract worth $46.2 million. He led college passers in yards and touchdowns last year and won the John Unitas Golden Arm Award as the top senior quarterback.

Patience is a virtue
Some days, fans in Houston are going to wonder, "What in the world is this guy doing?" But they'll have to be patient -- QB is the toughest position to play in football -- especially as a rookie. Carr is a mature guy, but he will struggle -- it's inevitable when you're dealing with a 22-year-old kid.
-- Tim Brown, Raiders wide receiver

Carolina, as expected, used the second pick for a local player, North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers, a junior. Peppers, who also played basketball for the Tar Heels, has been compared to Tennessee Titans star Jevon Kearse.

"He plays the game physical, he plays the game tough. I mean, he's strong," said John Fox, the Panthers' new coach. "The thing that people make reference to is consistently dominating. You see this physical prowess in him."

In a mild surprise, Detroit went for quarterback Joe Harrington of Oregon at No. 3. The Lions finished last season with 2001 fifth-round pick Mike McMahon at quarterback, but they had been thought to have their sights on Texas cornerback Quentin Jammer.

"I was unbelievably surprised," Harrington said. "Honestly, I had been told five minutes earlier that they were going in another direction. So, I was just about to sit down with my mom and dad and watch the Lions pick someone else, and I got a phone call. I was shocked. I was caught off-guard, but I'm thrilled to be there."

Harrington led Oregon to a No. 2 ranking last season and was the MVP of the Fiesta Bowl.

Massive offensive tackle Mike Williams of Texas was chosen fourth overall by Buffalo. The Bills get one of the biggest blockers in the nation -- the 6-foot-5{ Williams goes anywhere from 360 to 375 pounds. Williams could replace the declining John Fina on the Bills' line.

Jammer, considered the best cover cornerback available, became the second straight Longhorns player selected, going fifth to San Diego. The Chargers ranked 20th in pass defense last season.

With their former coach and expert drafter Jimmy Johnson watching from the ESPN tower at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Dallas Cowboys used up all 15 minutes of their time without making a selection, eliciting a loud groan from their fans in the crowd -- and taunts from fans of other teams.

Kansas City acquired the Cowboys' No. 6 choice, however, and selected during Minnesota's time on the clock, but before the Vikings picked a player. The Chiefs grabbed Ryan Sims, a defensive tackle who played alongside Peppers at North Carolina.

Dallas acquired Kansas City's first-round choice, No. 8 overall, and the Chiefs' third-rounder, No. 75, plus a sixth-round pick in next year's draft.

Grand theft
McKinne is the best overall tackle in this year's draft. I thought we'd (the Vikings) concentrate on defense first, but they can adjust that later in free agency. They couldn't pass up a guy like Mckinnie -- many people thought he was going to be the No. 1 overall pick just a few weeks ago -- but he slid to seventh. The Vikings got a grand-larceny type of steal with this pick of McKinnie.
-- Corey Chavous, Vikings cornerback

Sims' stock rose rapidly at the Senior Bowl and during postseason workouts. Originally, he was projected as the fourth-best player at the deep defensive tackle position. But Kansas City found him valuable enough to trade up.

The Vikings then took All-American tackle Bryant McKinnie, the first player chosen from national champion Miami. The 6-8, 330-pound McKinnie never has allowed a sack and will move into the left tackle spot held by Korey Stringer before he died last summer from heat stroke.

Dallas got the player it was expected to take, anyway, taking big-play safety Roy Williams of Oklahoma in the eighth spot. Williams should start immediately for a defense that was vastly improved in 2001 and ranked fourth overall.

Jacksonville made Tennessee's John Henderson, who should fill a huge void at defensive tackle, the ninth overall choice. The rebuilding Jaguars are particularly weak on the defensive line after losing two tackles in the expansion draft.

Cincinnati made the biggest surprise choice of the first 10, taking Arizona State tackle Levi Jones. Many projected him to drop until late in the opening round.

Six linemen went in the first 10 spots -- three offensive tackles, two DTs and one DE.

Another defensive lineman, Syracuse sacks specialist Dwight Freeney, was chosen No. 11 overall by Indianapolis. Freeney led the nation with 17½ sacks last season, but was considered an outsider to go in the opening round.

The run on defensive linemen continued when Wisconsin's Wendell Bryant was chosen by Arizona, which is weak throughout its line.

Donte Stallworth of Tennessee was the first wide receiver chosen, by the Saints at No. 13. Stallworth, a junior, originally entered the draft, then changed his mind. But the NCAA would not reinstate his eligibility.

Next up were the Titans, but they traded down one spot with the Giants, who were afraid someone would move up to get Miami tight end Jeremy Shockey. The Giants, who also gave up a fourth-round pick in the deal, haven't had a top tight end since Mark Bavaro.

The Titans then went for an in-state product, Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth, the last of the four high-quality defensive tackles to go. He was the third Volunteer chosen in the opening 15 picks.

Cleveland took care of one of its biggest holes by taking the top-rated running back, William Green of Boston College, at No. 16. Browns coach Butch Davis made no secret before the draft of his desire for a feature back.

Oakland swapped its No. 21 pick to Washington for the 18th spot -- the Redskins also got a third-rounder -- and then dealt with Atlanta for the 17th pick. The Falcons acquired No. 18 and a fifth-rounder.

For their maneuvering, the Raiders got ball-hawking cornerback Phillip Buchanon, the third Miami Hurricanes player taken in the opening round.

Atlanta, using the pick from Oakland, added to an already deep backfield with running back T.J. Duckett of Michigan State. That could signal the end of Jamal Anderson's career with the Falcons.

Denver, which never found a replacement for Ed McCaffrey after he was injured in the 2001 opener, found one in the draft: junior Ashley Lelie of Hawaii.

Seattle coach Mike Holmgren then made a trade with his former team, giving the Packers the 20th overall spot and a fifth-rounder for No. 28 in the first round and the Packers' second-rounder. Green Bay used the 20th pick for Florida State receiver Javon Walker, generally regarded as a second-rounder.

Washington coach Steve Spurrier, with a chance to take his former receiver at Florida, Jabar Gaffney, instead sent the 21st spot to New England. The Super Bowl champions took Colorado tight end Daniel Graham and gave up picks in the first (32nd overall), third (89th), and seventh rounds.

Another first-round shock was provided by the New York Jets, who took UAB defensive end Bryan Thomas. The Jets, who needed a tackle on their defensive line, have drafted three ends in the last three years.

Oakland aided its defense even more, adding the top-rated linebacker, Napoleon Harris of Northwestern, to Buchanon. Then Baltimore, in a rebuilding mode just one year after winning the Super Bowl, took yet another Miami Hurricanes player, safety Ed Reed, possibly to replace Rod Woodson. The Hurricanes tied the record for most first-rounders, five, when cornerback Mike Rumph was chosen by San Francisco with the 27th pick. Southern California had five in 1968.

Before Rumph, DE Charles Grant of Georgia went to New Orleans at No. 25 with the Dolphins' pick that was part of the Ricky Williams deal, and cornerback Lito Sheppard of Florida was selected 26th by Philadelphia.

Seattle took the third tight end, local product Jerramy Stevens of Washington, at No. 28. Chicago followed with Boston College tackle Marc Colombo and Pittsburgh drafted another tackle, Kendall Simmons of Auburn, who also can play guard.

St. Louis took UCLA's Robert Thomas, just the second linebacker chosen in the first round. He went 31st, then the Redskins completed the round with quarterback Patrick Ramsey of Tulane.