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16 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Backroom dealings characterize NFL Draft

Chicago, Chicago


,NEW YORK (AP) -- The Washington Redskins
hove maneuvered their way up in the NFL draft with
one player in mind - LaVar Arrington, this year's
"next Lawrence Tavlor"
.But the Skins' best laid plans could go awry with one
sentence from commissioner Paul Tagliabue: "With the
first pick in the 2000 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns
(or New York Jets) select linebacker LaVarArrington of
Penn State."
ISure, with the second and third picks Washington can
tare Courtney Brown, the other prime-time Penn State
defender and Chris Samuels, the Alabama lineman who
can be their left tackle for years to come.
But Brown is a defensive end, of which Washington
has plenty. Arrington adds the impact linebacker the
Redskins need to help 35-year-old owner Dan Snyder
achieve a real Super Bowl to go along with the ones he
won in his fantasy leagues.
Thus the intrigue of draft week.
It started in earnest yesterday when the New York Jets
agreed to send disgruntled wide receiver Keyshawn
Johnson to Tampa Bay for the Bucs' two first-round

picks and either Bert Emmanuel or Reidel Anthony.
The deal will go forward if Johnson and the Bucs can
agree on a contract before noon Saturday, when the
draft starts.
That would give New York, which already has two
first-round choices, the 13th, 16th, 18th and 27th picks,
perhaps enough to trade up with Cleveland to No I for
Arrington or Brown.
"If someone came to us with four first-round picks,
we'd have to do it," Dwight Clark, Cleveland's person-
nel chief, said last week, probably tipping his hand too
soon. "If it were three, we'd have to think about it."
Brown and Arrington, who have supplanted Florida
State wide receiver Peter Warrick at the very top, visit-
ed the Browns together last week.
Cleveland was thought to be leaning toward Brown.
But Clark came out of the meeting gushing about'
Arrington the same way he gushed about his buddy Joe
Montana after making The Catch that won the 1981
NFC title. The Jets probably want Arrington, too - Bill
Parcells, who remains the team's general manager for
now, coached Lawrence Taylor.

He looks like a great prospect," Parcells said. "But
the bus station is full of guys who were once compared
to Lawrence Taylor."
That's what makes draft week so tricky -everybody
lies or dissembles.
Two years ago, Indianapolis' Bill Polian kept every-
one guessing over whether he would take Peyton
Manning or Ryan Leaf with the first pick. He took
Manning and says now - as Manning stars and Leaf
struggles --- that Manning was always No. 1 in his heart.
The prize for most truthful GM probably goes to
Buffalo's John Butler, who before the 1997 draft said he'd
jump in an instant if Antowain Smith fell to 23rd, where
the Bills picked. Smith fell to 23rd and Buffalo jumped.
This year, Snyder and his underlings in Washington,
notably coach Norv Turner and personnel director
Vinny Cerrato, have to be getting nervous.
"We like four guys and we're happy with two of any
of them," Cerrato says, referring to Arrington, Brown,
Samuels and Warrick. "Whoever Cleveland takes,
we're going to end up with two outstanding football

Although Frank Sinatra might have wished t
this year's NFL Draft, the fans in Cleveland,
Browns are selecting first.
Barring any trades between now and Saturda
draft, this is the order in which teams will cl
players in the first round.
1. Cleveland
2. Washington (from New Orleans)
3. Washington (from San Francisco)
4. Cincinnati
5. Baltimore (from Atlanta)
6. Philadelphia
7. Arizona
8. Pittsburgh
9. Chicago
10. Denver
11. New York Giants
12. San Francisco (from Carolina through
13. Taihpa Bay (from San Diego)
14. Green Bay
15. Baltimore
16. New York Jets (from New England)
17. Oakland
18. New York Jets
19. Seattle (from Dallas)
20. Detroit
21. Kansas City
22. Seattle
23. Carolina (from Miami)
24. San Francisco (from Washington)
25. Minnesota
26. Buffalo
27. Tampa Bay
28. Indianapolis
29. Jacksonville
30. Tennessee
31. St. Louis

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Surviving FINALS

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You have pushed yourSelf all semester to keep up with your studies. Now is the time to put
in a little extra effort to get through finals and pull off good grades. How are you going to make the
most of the preCIOuS hours before eXams? Here are some suggestions:

1. Good lecture notes. If your notes
aren't very detailed, get together with a
classmate and review each others' notes.
And while you're at it, don't just read your
notes, copy or type them over so your
brain has another chance to absorb the
2. Grab friends. Study groups can be a
waste of time if they aren't focused.
However, they can be invaluable if you
have just a few people who come pre-
pared to quiz each other and really work,
even if you're studying different subjects.
3. Get up and Get Moving ! Sitting in
one place for several hours can put you to
sleep. Stand up, walk around, or move
from one end of the library to the other if
you need a change of scenery.
4. Have a strategy. Start with the
most difficult subject, or the one you like
least. You'll be able to concentrate more
on a boring subject when you're fresh.
5. Take a break. Take quick breaks or

7. Anticipate. Remember your profes-
sors' hour-long tangents? There will
probably be a question on one of them.
You know your instructors, so structure
your studying around what they feel is
most important.
8. Eat well. If you do the all-nighter
thing, you will probably crave junk food.
This is especially true if you're PMSing.
Greasy or sweet snacks will only make
you feel sluggish though, so don't give in!
Stick with a healthy diet.
9. Get comfortable. If you've got to
spend the day studying, treat yourself to
wearing your most comfortable jeans and
softest old sweatshirt. And, if it's that time
of the month, try Playtex@ tampons
because they are so comfortable you
won't even feel them.
10. Be confident! Before the test, take
one last look at flashcards and take a
couple of deep breaths to relax. Be sure
to take along extra pens and/or pencils.
Co in with hPnnfidtanr ofnewinny




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