Michael Vick, who 24 hours earlier expected to be going to San Diego, was selected first in the NFL draft Saturday by the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta acquired the pick Friday and immediately said it would take the Virginia Tech quarterback. Vick, who played only two seasons in college before declaring for the draft, drew a loud ovation from the crowd at Madison Square Garden when he came on stage after commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced him as the first selection
Arizona then took Texas offensive tackle Leonard Davis, a 370-pound All-American. Davis is expected to play the right side for the Cardinals.
Cleveland supplied the first surprise of the early picks, taking defensive tackle Gerard Warren of Florida. The Browns were expected to go for an offensive skill player such as running back LaDainian Tomlinson or wide receiver David Terrell.
But when the Cardinals passed on Warren considered the best defensive player in the draft Cleveland took him to team with last year's No. 1 overall selection, defensive end Courtney Brown.
With the fourth pick, Cincinnati went for Justin Smith, a quick defensive end from Missouri whose strong postseason workouts raised his stock.
Then came the Chargers, using the pick they acquired from Atlanta for Vick. San Diego had been interested in Tomlinson even if it held onto the top spot and passed on Vick. So the Chargers grabbed the TCU running back at No. 5.
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Written by Barry Wilner
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