Draft claims several locals

Monday, April 23, 2001 at 1:00am

Vanderbilt linebacker Jamie Winborn headed the list of area players selected over the weekend during the NFL Draft.

Winborn was chosen Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round with the 47th selection overall.

"I'm definitely happy about going to San Francisco," Winborn said. "They have a good defense and they want me to play weakside 'backer, kind of like the Will position we have at Vanderbilt."

Winborn led Vanderbilt in tackles in 1999 and was named an All-American. In 2000, Winborn played nine games, had 105 tackles and three sacks and was a consensus All-SEC pick.

Winborn was among four Vanderbilt players selected in the draft. The other three were taken on Sunday with fellow linebacker Matt Stewart being taken in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons (102nd overall) and kicker John Markham going to the NFC champion New York Giants with the 160th pick as a fifth-rounder. Commodores cornerback Jimmy Williams was selected in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills with the 196th overall choice.

The University of Tennessee had five players chosen in the draft, led by running back Travis Henry, who was a second-round pick (58th overall) by Buffalo.

Vols linebacker Eric Westmoreland was taken in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who also grabbed Tennessee punter David Leaverton in the fifth round (143rd overall). In the sixth round, the 49ers grabbed wide receiver Cedrick Wilson with the 169th overall selection. The Green Bay Packers chose wide receiver David Martin with the 198th pick, also in the sixth round.

The University of Memphis had three players selected, led by second-rounder Idrees Bashir, a safety selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 37th pick overall. Cornerback Michael Stone was taken by the Arizona Cardinals with the 54th choice. His Tiger teammate Marcus Bell will join him on the Cardinals. Arizona took him with a fourth-round choice, the 123rd overall.

With the 235th pick, Jacksonville took Richmond Flowers of Chattanooga. Flowers, a wide receiver, is the son of a former University of Tennessee standout of the same name. His Chattanooga teammate, Terdell Sands, a defensive tackle, was taken in the final round with the 243rd pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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