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Top 4 draft selections Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are likely to start at QB for their new teams sooner than later. Late-rounders Luke McCown or Jeff Smoker have a tougher road ahead, but the precedent has been set for lesser known QBs to emerge as stars. Smoker, drafted by the Rams, was one of Mel Kiper's many steals of the draft .

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Inside the Draft
Kiper: Draft reaches Insider
NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. examines the biggest reaches among the 255 picks in the 2004 NFL draft.
Scouts, Inc.: Draft review (AFC) Insider
Our scouts rate each AFC team's draft performance and project what impact each pick will have in 2004.
Scouts, Inc.: Draft review (NFC) Insider
Our scouts rate each NFC team's draft performance and project what impact each pick will have in 2004.
Scouts: Top undrafted FAs Insider
Many of the top undrafted free agents will sign deals before Monday morning.
Scouts: Breaking down Day 2 of the draft Insider
The picks come a lot more quickly, and the names are more unfamiliar. But our scouts are here to help.

Mel's Big Board
1. Glenn DorseySr.DTLSU
2. Jake LongSr.TMichigan
3. Sedrick EllisSr.DTUSC
4. Chris LongSr.DEVirginia
5. Matt RyanSr.QBBoston College
6. Brian BrohmSr.QBLouisville
7. Dan ConnorSr.LBPenn State
8. Andre' WoodsonSr.QBKentucky
9. Mike JenkinsSr.CBSouth Florida
10. Keith RiversSr.LBUSC

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Rookie money: Will Manning get less than Rivers?
The Chargers, who swapped quarterbacks with the Giants, have the most rookie money available this year.
Gallery Diary: Silver and black
Though Robert Gallery tried not to single out a franchise, he felt all along that the Raiders were a great fit.
Paolantonio: Legal issues
There are miles of legal wrangling left before the fates of Maurice Clarett and Mike Williams are decided.
Maisel: Buckeyes' big draft day started with Cooper
While most saw Ohio State's record-setting day at the NFL draft, few remember it was former coach John Cooper who brought those players to Columbus.
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SportsNation: Voice of the Fan
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