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04-22-2005, 07:36 AM
1. San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Rodgers (jr.), QB, California
Virtually nothing separates Rodgers and Utah quarterback Alex Smith, but Rodgers gets the nod because of his local roots and the fact that he conducted an outdoor workout for the 49ers while Smith threw the ball indoors in Salt Lake City. A trade down is still possible, but with no consensus No. 1 player it remains to be seen whether San Francisco will receive an offer equal to the normal value of the No. 1 overall pick.

Ronnie Brown's versatility should make him the No. 2 overall pick.
2. Miami Dolphins: Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
A complete back with power, speed and size, Brown is adept at catching the ball out of the backfield. New Dolphins coach Nick Saban is very familiar with Brown after spending the last few seasons in the SEC West and Brown would be a great addition for a team whose running game was sorely lacking last season.

3. Cleveland Browns: Alex Smith (jr.), QB, Utah
New coach Romeo Crennel needs a quarterback,and Smith has the smarts, accuracy and mobility teams look for. Smith is only 20 years old and would be a nice place to start as the Browns look to rebuild.

4. Chicago Bears: Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
Edwards has the size and athletic ability to make defensive backs sweat. He would be a terrific addition opposite Muhsin Muhammad, who signed as a free agent, and allow quarterback Rex Grossman to open things up a bit.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
Williams gets tough yards inside despite lacking ideal size thanks to deceptive speed and tremendous feel for running in traffic. He scored 29 rushing TDs over the last two years, and Tampa coach Jon Gruden is very familiar with him after coaching Williams in the Senior Bowl.

6. Tennessee Titans: Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
Rolle ran a 4.49 in the 40 during his individual workout and his size gives him an advantage over Pac-Man Jones of West Virginia, who was projected in this spot in my last mock draft. Cornerback is a major need position for the Titans and Rolle brings plenty of experience against big-time competition to the table.

7. Minnesota Vikings (from Oakland): Mike Williams (jr.), WR, USC
Williams has the size, strength and hands to be a perfect replacement for Randy Moss, who was traded for a package that included this pick. The Vikings have needs on defense as well but Williams will immediately address Minnesota's biggest loss of the offseason.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
Benson is basically equal to the two running backs projected ahead or him and is a little better as a blocker, which is key to NFL teams. Getting a player of his caliber at No. 8 would be a major victory for a team that needs a big-time back. This could change, though, if the Cardinals work out a trade for disgruntled Buffalo running back Travis Henry.

9. Washington Redskins: Adam "Pac-Man" Jones (jr.), CB, West Virginia
The Redskins would not only get a tough, aggressive corner who is good in run support but also a dynamic return man, someone in the mold of former Washington standout Darrell Green. Jones has tremendous speed and instincts.

10. Detroit Lions: Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas
The first pick that falls under the "best available player" category. The Lions don't have a pressing need at outside linebacker but Johnson would be an upgrade at that position and allow Detroit some flexibility at linebacker with players such as Teddy Lehman and Boss Bailey already there.

11. Dallas Cowboys: Shawne Merriman (jr.), DE/OLB, Maryland
A workout warrior with incredible physical skills, Merriman would be an ideal end/linebacker combo in a 3-4 scheme. Not many players have the ability to start from a three-point stance or play on their feet at 274 pounds. Merriman is reminiscent of Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, who was the first draft pick of the Patriots when current Cowboys coach Bill Parcells began his tenure in New England.

12. San Diego Chargers: Marcus Spears, DE, LSU
The Chargers need more playmakers on the front seven and Spears would be a good option for providing pressure along the defensive front. He fits perfectly into San Diego's 3-4 scheme with his ability to play both the run and the pass, and at over 300 pounds he will be able to occupy blockers and allow linebackers to run to the ball.

13. Houston Texans: Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
The Texans had an interest in St. Louis veteran Orlando Pace but did not get him, and with quarterback David Carr needing more protection, the versatile Barron an ideal fit. He is very strong in the lower body and has quick feet in pass protection.

14. Carolina Panthers: Troy Williamson (jr.), WR, South Carolina
Williamson showed great speed at the combine and would be a nice option for a team that lost Muhsin Muhammad in free agency. Williamson did not play in a passing offense in college but has the speed all teams are looking for.

15. Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Ware, DE/OLB, Troy
The Chiefs likely will dedicate most of their draft to defense, and Ware is a solid end/outside linebacker combo in the mold of Peter Boulware who will help the front seven generate some heat on the passer.

16. New Orleans Saints: Thomas Davis (jr.), S/OLB, Georgia
A college safety who projects to linebacker at the next level because of his size, Davis is a punishing tackler with big-play ability whose weakness in coverage will not be exposed at linebacker the way it could be at safety.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
Rogers was a steady, reliable player at Auburn and was perhaps the Tigers' best defensive player last season. He has plenty of experience against top-shelf SEC competition and his aggressive attitude would make him a nice fit in Marvin Lewis' defensive scheme.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
The Vikings drafted end Kenechi Udeze in the first round last year, but the defensive line is a major need area for Minnesota and Cody has enough athleticism to be able to play on his feet at times. Cody also has a great motor and never quits so he would fit in nicely under head coach Mike Tice.

19. St. Louis Rams: Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Orlando Pace is a Pro Bowler at left tackle but the Rams need a right tackle in the worst way. Brown had an outstanding season as both a pass and run blocker and his good feet and long arms allow him to move defenders off the line or away from the quarterback.

20. Dallas Cowboys (from Buffalo): Roddy White, WR, UAB
Getting Merriman at No. 11 would allow the Cowboys to fill another major void with White, who averaged 20 yards per catch during his senior season and was very good at both the Senior Bowl and the combine. The acquisition of quarterback Drew Bledsoe means the Cowboys will have to find him some help in the passing game.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan
Jack Del Rio's team is thin in the secondary and Jackson showed in his individual workout that he has the necessary speed to play corner at the NFL level. He also has good size and a lot of experience against some of the best wideouts in the country. Don't forget, he went head-to-head with Braylon Edwards every day in practice.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
Arguably the most polished receiver in the draft, Clayton has speed and athleticism that make him one of the most dangerous receivers after the catch to come along in recent years. His presence would help the Ravens overhaul a passing attack that was bolstered with the free-agent signing of Derrick Mason.

David Pollack
David Pollack's intensity is one of the things that make him a first-rounder.
23. Seattle Seahawks: David Pollack, DE, Georgia
The Seahawks need a pass rusher with a big-time motor and Pollack fits the bill with his intensity and nose for the ball. An ideal fit for Mike Holmgren's team if he lasts this long on the board.

24. Green Bay Packers: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
The Packers need someone to complement end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and James would do just that. He can play the run and pass equally well, and would have been a top-five pick had injury/durability questions not come into play.

25. Denver Broncos: Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
The Broncos signed several former Cleveland players along the defensive line but only one, end Ebenezer Ekuban, who was productive last season. Johnson improved tremendously last season and would provide a big-time presence inside who could collapse the pocket, stuff the run and occupy blockers.

26. New York Jets: Fabian Washington (jr.), CB, Nebraska
With Marlin Jackson moving up thanks to a good workout, Washington falls to the Jets. He is arguably the best athlete among all the cornerback prospects, though, and is the fastest of the group. Washington was a safety/corner combo in college who did not really play to the level of a first-round pick but his workouts showed his potential and moved him up.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Shaun Cody, DE/DT, USC
Atlanta needs both an end and a tackle along the defensive front, and Cody showed in college the versatility to play either position. He was a major contributor to the nation's No. 1 run defense last season.

28. San Diego Chargers: Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington
Barnes overcame a late-season wrist injury and had a terrific week at the Senior Bowl, and if he can sustain his concentration and intensity for 60 minutes a week he will fill a big need for the Chargers and their young offensive stars.

29. Indianapolis Colts: Matt Roth, DE, Iowa
His presence would take a lot of pressure off stud pass rusher Dwight Freeney and give a boost to a defense that has been a problem area for the Colts in recent seasons.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Heath Miller (jr.), TE, Virginia
A mid-first round talent who dropped down the board thanks to a hernia problem that required surgery after the college season. Miller still remains the best tight end prospect and would give Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger a nice option in the middle of the field.

31. Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Jones, QB/WR, Arkansas
Jones is shooting up the draft board after posting a 4.39 in the 40 at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. He will have a tough transition to make from quarterback to wide receiver, but a championship-caliber team like the Eagles can afford to give him time to work his way into a new position. He looked like a fifth-round pick after the college season but his great workouts have helped immensely.

32. New England Patriots: Justin Miller, CB, Clemson
The Patriots were thin at corner last fall and Miller would fill that void nicely. He will be a nice nickel/dime back initially as he learns the system and gains experience, but he is also a great return man who will contribute on special teams.

04-22-2005, 07:37 AM
33. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Green, CB, Virginia Tech
Green is an in-your-face corner who would fill a need area for the Niners. He is reminiscent of current NFL standout Al Harris.

34. Cleveland Browns: Darryl Blackstock (jr.), LB, Virginia
A pass-rushing outside linebacker who has tremendous athletic ability and played in an NFL-type system under Al Groh.

35. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami): Odell Thurman (jr.), LB, Georgia
One of the most instinctive linebackers in the draft, Thurman was an inside linebacker in college but could move to the outside at the next level.

36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Roscoe Parrish (jr.), WR, Miami
Would be a nice third option in the passing game with his ability to run after the catch, and would also be valuable as a return man.

37. Tennessee Titans: Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton
The first non-Division I-A player in my projection, Mathis dominated the I-AA ranks with his size, speed and hands and has the tools to succeed under new offensive coordinator Norm Chow. The Titans might also be looking for the heir-apparent to quarterback Steve McNair, so consider Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell a possibility here, too.

38. Oakland Raiders: Mike Patterson, DT, USC
As I said earlier, getting his big presence to fill a need along the defensive front would be a steal for the Raiders with Patterson possessing first-round talent.

39. Chicago Bears: Ryan Moats (jr.), RB, Louisiana Tech
Moats is elusive and has tremendous ability to change direction, something that allowed him to put up excellent numbers in college.

40. New Orleans Saints (from Washington): Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State
I have been screaming for years that the Saints need to draft a big-time corner and McFadden fits the bill. Perhaps the most aggressive corner in the draft, he also has good size.

41. Detroit Lions: Ray Willis, OT, Florida State
An absolute destroyer in the running game, Willis would really help emerging star Kevin Jones make a bigger mark.

42. Dallas Cowboys: Brodney Pool (jr.), S, Oklahoma
Was not as impressive as a junior as he was during his sophomore season, but Pool is instinctive and has good athletic ability. Along with former Oklahoma Sooner Roy Williams, Pool would make a nice OU tandem in Dallas' defensive backfield.

43. New York Giants: Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin
A 323-pound clogger in the middle who would boost a New York run defense that finished 14th in the NFL last season.

44. Arizona Cardinals: Stanley Wilson, CB, Stanford
Current Arizona coach Dennis Green was once the coach at Stanford and knows what kind of players come out of Palo Alto. Wilson was a four-year starter for the Cardinal.

45. Carolina Panthers: David Baas, OL, Michigan
Baas has a mean streak and banged heads with some of the best linemen in the nation during his four years at Michigan. He has a first-round grade because of his ability to play both center and guard.

46. Kansas City Chiefs: Mark Bradley, WR, Oklahoma
Was the best receiver in the country after the catch last season. A former defensive back, Bradley's best football is ahead of him as he learned the finer points of the position.

47. Houston Texans: Roydell Williams, WR, Tulane
Was not among the 40 receivers at the combine but has steadily moved up thanks to his stellar workouts and productive college career.

48. Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Spencer (jr.), OL, Mississippi
Another offensive lineman who trades on his versatility, Spencer can play any position along the line.

49. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Nugent, PK, Ohio State
The Vikings have two first-round picks and filled a lot of needs via free agency, so they can afford to go after a player who is unquestionably the best kicker in the draft.

50. St. Louis Rams: Justin Tuck (jr.), DE, Notre Dame
The Rams need a defensive end and Tuck is a good value pick at this point after slipping due to durability concerns.

Charlie Frye
Charlie Frye may have some big shoes to fill in Green Bay.
51. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): Charlie Frye, QB, Akron
A tough player with good mobility and accuracy, Frye would become the heir apparent to Brett Favre and have time to get ready to step in once the Green Bay fixture is ready to retire.

52. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trent Cole, DE, Cincinnati
An undersized end in the Hugh Douglas mold, Cole has a good first step and can get into the backfield.

53. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Johnson, OL, Mississippi
Yet another versatile lineman, Johnson can play guard or tackle and has the overall consistency NFL scouts look for.

54. Seattle Seahawks: Matt McCoy, LB, San Diego State
An under-the-radar prospect who was not at the combine, McCoy has great instincts and aggressiveness despite his lack of ideal size.

55. Buffalo Bills: Luis Castillo, DT, Northwestern
A feisty player with terrific intensity and a great motor.

56. Denver Broncos: Evan Mathis, G, Alabama
Mathis is one of the fastest-rising offensive line prospects thanks to impressive workouts. He can play both center and guard.

57. New York Jets: Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Iowa
A very intense, productive college player who teamed with projected first-rounder Matt Roth to cause trouble for Big Ten offensive linemen.

58. Green Bay Packers: Gerald Sensabaugh, S, North Carolina
The 6-0, 213-pounder has had some terrific workouts, running in the 4.45 range and showing a 46-inch vertical jump. He would he a big help for a Packers secondary that was weak at times last year. Interesting note: Sensabaugh played only one year at North Carolina after starting for three seasons at East Tennessee State before the school dropped its football program.

59. Atlanta Falcons: Josh Bullocks (jr.), Nebraska
Intercepted 10 passes as a sophomore but only two last season. Still, Bullocks has all the physical skills you could ask for and a good nose for the ball.

60. Indianapolis Colts: Barrett Ruud, LB, Nebraska
His speed and athletic ability made him Nebraska's all-time leading tackler. Ruud would help the Colts shore up a defense that has been their undoing in recent years.

61. San Diego Chargers: Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia
Had a great Senior Bowl week that prompted many to consider him a possible late-first or early-second-round pick, but this looks like a good fit with the Chargers trying to give quarterback Drew Brees more weapons.

62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Browner (3rd-so.), CB, Oregon State
Has terrific size at 6-3, 221, but a lack of speed combined with a so-so season at Oregon State have him dropping down the board. Browner could eventually end up in the third or fourth round.

63. Philadelphia Eagles: J.J. Arrington, RB, California
A back in the mold of current Eagle Brian Westbrook. Arrington can catch the ball and is an underrated runner who led the nation in total rushing yards while showing breakaway speed.

64. New England Patriots: Alfred Fincher, LB, New England
One of the most productive linebackers in the nation, Fincher led the Big East with 140 total tackles last season and has good size and toughness. The Patriots need to get younger at linebacker and Fincher would be an ideal fit.

04-22-2005, 07:38 AM
65. San Francisco 49ers: Chris Canty, DE, Virginia
66. St. Louis Rams (from Miami): Corey Webster, CB, LSU
67. Cleveland Browns: Craphonso Thorpe, WR, Florida State
68. Tennessee Titans: Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn
69. Oakland Raiders: Kevin Burnett, LB, Tennessee
70. Miami Dolphins (from Chicago): Michael Roos, OT, Eastern Washington
71. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adam Snyder, OT, Oregon
72. Detroit Lions: Airese Currie, WR, Clemson
73. Houston Texans (from Dallas): Channing Crowder, LB, Florida
74. New York Giants: Adam Terry, OT, Syracuse
75. Arizona Cardinals: Scott Young, OG, BYU
76. Washington Redskins: Terrence Murphy, WR, Texas A&M
77. Philadelphia Eagles (from Kansas City): Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
78. Houston Texans: Atiyyah Ellison, DL, Missouri
79. Carolina Panthers: Jovan Haye, DE, Vanderbilt
80. Minnesota Vikings: Logan Mankins, OL, Fresno State
81. St. Louis Rams: Oshiomogho Atogwe, S, Stanford
82. New Orleans Saints: Adam Kieft, OT, Central Michigan
83. Cincinnati Bengals: Sean Considine, S, Iowa
84. Baltimore Ravens: Daven Holly, CB, Cincinnati
85. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Brown, C, North Carolina
86. Buffalo Bills: Kevin Everett, TE, Miami
87. Jacksonville Jaguars: Darren Sproles, RB, Kansas State
88. New York Jets: Chris Henry, WR, West Virginia
89. Green Bay Packers: Robert McCune, LB, Louisville
90. Atlanta Falcons: Stanford Routt, CB, Cincinnati
91.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from San Diego): Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue
92. Indianapolis Colts: Dustin Fox, CB, Ohio State
93. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vernand Morency, RB, Oklahoma State
94. Philadelphia Eagles: C.J. Mosley, DL, Missouri
95. Arizona Cardinals (from New England): Lynn McGruder, DL, Oklahoma
96. Tennessee Titans (compensatory pick): David Stewart, OT, Mississippi State
97. Denver Broncos (comp): Fred Gibson, WR, Georgia
98. Seattle Seahawks (comp): Travis Daniels, CB, LSU
99. Kansas City Chiefs (comp): Karl Paymah, CB, Washington State
100. New England Patriots (comp): Eric Ghiaciuc, OL, Central Michigan
101. Denver Broncos (comp): Nick Collins, CB, Bethune-Cookman
102. San Francisco 49ers: Courtney Roby, WR, Indiana
103. Cleveland Browns: Mike Montgomery, DL, Texas A&M
104. Miami Dolphins: Justin Beriault, DB, Ball St.
105. Oakland Raiders: Kelvin Hayden, CB, Illinois
106. Chicago Bears: Antonio Perkins, CB, Oklahoma
107. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Michael Boley, LB, Southern Miss
108. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Jacobs, RB, Southern Illinois
109. Dallas Cowboys: Rob Petitti, OT, Pittsburgh
110. New York Giants: Cedrick Williams, CB, Kansas St.
111. Arizona Cardinals: Ellis Hobbs, CB, Iowa St.
112. Washington Redskins: Marcus Lawrence, LB, South Carolina
113. Detroit Lions: Adrian McPherson, QB, Florida St.
114. Houston Texans: Marion Barber III, RB, Minnesota
115. Carolina Panthers: Vincent Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
116. Kansas City Chiefs: Jordan Beck, LB, Cal Poly-SLO
117. St. Louis Rams: Chris Kemoeatu, OG, Utah
118. New Orleans Saints: David Greene, QB, Georgia
119. Cincinnati Bengals: Vincent Jackson, WR, Northern Colorado
120. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Welsh, LB, Wisconsin
121. Seattle Seahawks: Tab Perry, WR, UCLA
122. Buffalo Bills: Chris Myers, OL, Miami
123. Jacksonville Jaguars: Craig Bragg, WR, UCLA
124. Baltimore Ravens: Bill Swancutt, DE, Oregon St.
125. Green Bay Packers: Elton Brown, OG, Virginia
126. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver): J.R. Russell, WR, Louisville
127. New York Jets: Eric Shelton, RB, Louisville
128. Atlanta Falcons: Daniel Loper, OT, Texas Tech
129. Indianapolis Colts: Dan Connolly, OG, SE Missouri State
130. San Diego Chargers: Cornelius Wortham, LB, Alabama
131. Pittsburgh Steelers: Pete McMahon, OL, Iowa
132. Philadelphia Eagles: Kirk Morrison, LB, San Diego State
133. New England Patriots: Chase Lyman, WR, California
134. St. Louis Rams (compensatory pick): Dan Buenning, OG, Wisconsin
135. Indianapolis Colts (comp pick): Ciatrick Fason, RB, Florida
136. Tennessee Titans (comp pick): Brandon Jones, WR, Oklahoma

04-22-2005, 07:41 AM
That might be the worst first day mock I've ever seen for KC.

I'd rather have Travis Johnson at 15.

04-22-2005, 07:49 AM

04-22-2005, 07:55 AM
Don't know too much about Ware, but if he can be used in the same manner as DT, then I'm for it. I would rather have Ruud in round 2. We certainly don't need another defensive tackle in this draft.

04-22-2005, 08:12 AM
I like Paymah, but no way he goes in the third.