http://www.draftstudio.com/mock.htm 1. Aaron Rodgers QB California A complete gun-slinger is what the 49ers are getting in this pick, Aaron Rodgers has one of the best arms in all of college football and on top of that he's a winner, showing that when he almost knocked off the #1 team in the nation. Some say that Rodgers is a part of the Tedford system that produces good college QBs, but fail in the league, but he is the best Quarterback available at this point and it's the 49ers biggest need. If you look at all the major winning NFL teams, they all have a quality QB that led them there, not dissing these guys, but Tim Rattay and Ken Dorsey are not the ones that will get them back into the playoff hunt. 2. Cedric Benson RB Texas The Dolphins' biggest need at this time is running back. With the departure of Ricky Williams, they acquired players like Lamar Gordon in hopes that someone would step up to be the next starter. No one has shown themselves as capable of doing so. Cedric is the top running back in the draft. He is a very powerful north-south runner with great moves and a powerful stiff-arm. He has excellent vision and exceptional leg drive. He can carry a load of defenders and could become one of the leagues elite backs. 3. Alex Smith QB Utah Front Office and Management of the Cleveland Browns organization has a lot of thinking to do, and who to pick at the #3 overall selection. They could go for an offensive tackle which they need desperately, they could go for a cornerback because of the lack of depth and no real lockdown corner, or they could go for Quarterback. They have a minimal future with the Jeff Garcia/Luke McCown combo, and Garcia is slated to make big bucks the next three seasons. Alex Smith was an outstanding college Quarterback and scouts think that he could continue that production at the pro level, where he could even rise to the #1 pick. 4. Mike Williams WR Southern California Mike is still the most talented WR in the draft. He is among the most talented players available for the draft, regardless of position, as well. The Bears have an impressive young receiver named Justin Gage for a deep threat. Adding a big play possession receiver such as Mike Williams will give their offense a solid template for success. His best asset is his physical style of play and his uncanny ability to change his body position in mid-air, seemingly, without effort. There are some questions about his speed, but a guy his size makes up for lack of speed with aggressiveness and strength. He could walk on to this team and be easily the best receiver in the locker room. 5. Carnell Williams RB Auburn The Bucs may have found their match in the Cadillac himself. Jon Gruden is the head coach for the South Team at the Senior Bowl and he has been overly impressed with Williams there so far. Tampa Bay has a few needs that need to be addressed, but a feature back that is consistent is what they are really looking for. Michael Pittman is under contract for two more seasons in Tampa, and that could be the end of his stay there. If Carnell Williams plays his chips right, he could make some noise and contention for the #2 spot from the Phins. 6. Alex Barron OT Florida State Alex Barron is easily the most talented OT prospect in this draft. He has good size and he has great strength. The Titans snag him at the sixth spot overall for those reasons. Brad Hopkins is an aging veteran whose retirement is imminent. Alex provides a solid starting prospect who can play either side of the line equally well. With all of his abilities and strengths as a pro prospect, he still lacks the ability to shut down his man 100% of the time. Therefore, we can't refer to him as a franchise offensive tackle prospect, and that is the only reason he slips from the top 5. 7. Braylon Edwards WR Michigan The Raiders were inches from grabbing a receiver with the #2 pick of last years draft (either Roy Williams or Larry Fitzgerald), and instead they took Robert Gallery. The Raiders top receiver Jerry Porter is a free agent but all signs point to him coming back, but they have no defined #2 receiver. Ronald Curry and Doug Gabriel both stepped up their ability to produce big time for Oakland, but still neither one of them are worthy of a starting spot with no efficient running game. On note, Braylon Edwards has had atleast 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons, and seems to be a nice fit in the Norv Turner offense. 8. Antrel Rolle CB Miami (FL) The Cardinals have enough holes on both sides of the ball for two teams. There are a number of ways they could go with this pick. QB is an option, but both Rodgers and Smith are already off the board. RB could be a viable pick, but Benson and Williams are both gone as well. Rolle is easily the best player available at this pick, and it also suits a team need. He is a lockdown corner who is well known for his physical style of play. He's a hard worker and, along with Jackson, Wilson, and Starks, could complete one of the most formidable secondaries in the league. 9. Travis Johnson DT Florida State Before this season Travis Johnson was considered a 5th round pick, but after he put hard work and dedication in the weight room during the off-season, he is 6'4" and nearly 300 pounds but yet he can still run in the 4.88-4.92 range (which is very tough to do at that size). Travis also had an career-high 18 tackles for a loss and 50 tackles. The Hogs depth at defensive tackle is very weak, other than Cornelius Griffin they have a bunch of guys that would struggle to be on a roster. Johnson would provide a pass rush that most tackles don't, and could possibly solidify the Skins as having one of the best defenses in the NFL. 10. Thomas Davis FS Georgia The Lions have to address their defensive needs this year. Brock Marion is a solid starter, but may be on his way to retirement. Terrence Holt is waiting in the wings for a shot to start at FS, but they still have no depth. Thomas is the type of player who can fill in the vacant SS position, or allow Holt, who's better in coverage, to play SS while he stays at free. Either way, Detroit gets a winner with the tenth overall pick. Davis is much better against the run, and he is an amazing tackler with the skills to play LB. Look for him to be off the board no later than the top 10. 11. Derrick Johnson OLB Texas Being on of the better defensive players in Texas Longhorns history, Derrick Johnson has a bright future heading into the NFL. Johnson has impressive size and speed that would blend nicely in the AFC East. Bill Parcells' first season in Dallas, his defense was a force to be reckoned with, but this past season they fell apart and looked deceased. DJ would most likely take the spot of Al Singleton and solidify the Cowboys as having one of the better linebacker corps in the NFL. 12. Marcus Spears DE Louisiana State Marcus Spears had a much higher grade before this season but he has too much talent to drop out of the first round in my opinion. Spears has the versatility to play either end of tackle in a 4-3 scheme, and could play end in a 3-4 scheme. The Broncos would love to have his overall run stuffing and pass rushing abilities. The Chargers have fewer and fewer team needs every year. Soon they will be the most complete NFL team in the league. The addition of a star prospect 3-4 defensive end like Spears will help their defense to reach the next plateau. 13. Heath Miller TE Virginia Charlie Casserly drafted Bennie Joppru in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, but he has yet to even step on the field as a professional. Also Billy Miller showed lots of promise as the Texans future, but this past season he went through a major slump and played terribly (other than a few catches every now and then). Heath Miller is undoubtedly the best tight end in this draft class and could go much higher than 13th overall, but if he falls to the Texans, they will be very tempted to pick him. Another target for Carr makes the offense even stronger, potentially dangerous. 14. Shawne Merriman OLB Maryland Shawne is one of the most amazing physical specimen in the Draft this year. He is 6'4" tall and 253lbs. He runs a 4.6 flat forty time and is built to last. He is immensely strong in his arms, legs, and chest. Similar playing style to that of current NFL star Joey Porter, he can navigate the field and locate the ball easily. He is a ferocious tackler and he is extremely competitive. He doesn't lack anything in the way of fortitude, and will not be out-done effort wise. Mark Fields has already stated publicly that this is his final season in the NFL. The Panthers will fill an immediate need with a capable prospect who has a ton of upside. 15. Adam Jones CB West Virginia Pac-Man Jones is a player who has the aggressiveness to catch eyes of defensive coordinators. He also has good speed and can be a special teams threat. Jones could add immediate impact on a team like the Chiefs where they lack a true starting corner on the team. Also this could provide the opportunity to move Julian Battle to safety (another need they have) and still be very effective in the secondary. 16. Anttaj Hawthorne DT Wisconsin Anttaj was a very highly-touted player coming into the season. After being overshadowed by rising star, Erasmus James, his stock has taken a slight decline. He becomes a great fit for the New Orleans Saints because of his size and ability to reach the QB. A common criticism of the Saints organization is that they do not motivate their players to stay in shape (i.e. Jonathon Sullivan). However, Hawthorne is a great locker room presense and is very self-motivated in the weight room. The Saints fill their largest defensive need of the season in round one. 17. Justin Tuck DE Notre Dame One guy that I think will rise up many boards after his Combine/Pro Day is this man, Justin Tuck. His production has been way too outstanding to not be a first round pick, and he has a terrifying size and speed combination. He is 6'5" 264 pounds and runs a 4.7. Marvin Lewis has already made it clear that he is going for defense this year, saying either a pass rusher or a run stuffer (Hawthorne is a major option here). Justin Tuck will be Duane Clemons replacement most likely for opening day, that is if Tuck is still available at this pick. 18. Carlos Rogers CB Auburn The Vikings team needs are mostly along the defensive side of the ball this year. While they may elect to go in another direction here, Rogers is a hard talent to refuse. There are no solid defensive tackles worthy of this selection, and LB's can really be found in the later rounds of this draft. So they select the player most apt to start immediately for their team. Rogers is one of, if not, the best pure coverage corner in the draft. He is very fast and has the ability to adjust his body to the receiver very well. The Vikings get a solid defensive starter, a playmaker, and an excellent character in the locker room all in one pick. 19. Dan Cody DE Oklahoma The absense of Grant Wistrom during last years offseason hurt the pass rush of the Rams big time. They showed a lot of promise in 3rd round pick Tony Hargrove, but not enough to hold down the starting position with ease. Mike Martz likes to rotate his DEs so they stay fresh the whole game, but with the depth at DE, he will be in trouble with who he has behind the starting lineup. Not to mention, Dan Cody is one of the best players overall in this draft, it's just his upside is limited in my opinion. 20. Justin Miller CB Clemson The Cowboys second of two first round picks is likely to be help in the secondary. With the selection of Derrick Johnson earlier, they decide to add another playmaking talent to the defensive side of the ball here. Miller is a very versatile prospect who can play full-time CB at any level, as well as service special teams as the return man on punts and kicks. He's a good tackler, solid coverage man, and an explosive returner. This pick suits the Cowboys for more than one reason, and will fill one of the many needs this offseason. 21. Erasmus James DE Wisconsin It''s not a secret that the Jaguars are looking for a starting defensive end in this years draft, after losing their two starters last year, Hugh Douglas and Tony Brackens. Right now their two starters that are pencilled in are Paul Spicer and Lionel Barnes, personally I think neither one of them are worthy of a starting spot in the league, but just quality backup positions, so its obvious they need help. Erasmus James had a great year this year, while teams in the Big Ten were frightened by the Wisconsin defensive line. James could shuffle all the way up to the number 9 position based on his workouts. 22. Troy Williamson WR South Carolina Baltimore is in serious need of a playmaker on offense. They have a few possession receivers who are capable of making the intermediate catches. But what they are really lacking is a big-play WR. That's exactly what Troy can provide. He has been clocked at 4.39 seconds on his forty yard dash, and his vertical jump is nearly 37". This pick will give them the opportunities on the offensive side of the ball to effectively stretch the field. They have already confirmed that Mark Clayton is not the top WR prospect on their draft board. 23. Ronnie Brown RB Auburn After making it clear that Shaun Alexander is heading out of town (most likely to Oakland), the Seahawks would have Maurice Morris as the starting tailback. I don't think that Maurice Morris is a bad running back, I just don't think he can take the load by himself in a team that is struggling in the passing game also. Ronnie Brown is alot like Shaun Alexander in his playing style, and has has the potential to be a top 5 overall selection with the size and speed combo that he possesses. If Brown didn't have to share carries with Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, he would most likely be the first running back selected. 24. David Pollack DE Georgia Pollack has a storied history at the University of Georgia, as a playmaker. He's been described by some as the "Urlacher" of the defensive line. Green Bay has a prominent need on the defensive line, as they released Joe Johnson and Jamal Reynolds at the beginning of the season. Pollack provides a solid pass-rushing presence, as well as an apt run defender. He is an every down player who could easily develop into one of the leagues top defensive lineman. Green Bay would be able to plug him into a starting role, almost immediately. 25. Shaun Cody DT Southern California Veteran end Trevor Pryce is rumored to be moving back to defensive tackle and Reggie Hayward is a highly coveted free agent this offseason. Shaun Cody's versatile style of play will make him a hot commoditty come April. He has is an interesting prospect with the size of a defensive tackle and the physical ability of a defensive end. He's played both with great success at the college level. 26. Alex Smith TE Stanford Smith is a big-bodied TE with excellent hands. As a matter of fact, there may not be a more pure pass catching TE in the entire draft. He is a lurching 6"6" tall and about 260lbs. He has excellent speed, and does extremely well after the catch. The Jets may be interested in a few players at this point, but with the possibility of losing current starter, Anthony Becht, to free agency they may look to upgrade. Smith is a perfect fit for the west-coast style offense. His major strength is making the grab from short to intermediate range, and breaking open field tackles. 27. Jammal Brown OT Oklahoma The Falcons need to add protection to their super stud Michael Vick, and Todd Weiner has held down the right tackle position very well, but Jammal Brown could come in and play either left or right tackle. Brown had a lot to do with the break out year of Jason White and the year following of Adrian Peterson. He has excellent feet for a man his size and has great handwork for a tackle, locking onto the breastplates and tying up defenders, could be something special in an offense like the Falcons'. 28. Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma It's difficult to debate which receiver will be taken with this selection. The Chargers' biggest and most glaring offensive need is WR, and we have found that Mark Clayton is and will be the best fit. The Chargers have guys like Reche Caldwell and Eric Parker as deep threats, but they have no true possession receivers. No one that they can go to on underneath routes. No one who they can count on to make the important catch on third down. All of that responsibility was lain upon Antonio Gates in 2004. But in 2005, Mark Clayton will share that spotlight. 29. Brandon Browner CB Oregon State Brandon Browner might not just be another Lenny Walls, a tall cornerback. Even though Browner is a full 6 foot 3, he has good ball skills and great recovery speed, making him a very intriguing prospect. On the other hand, the Colts were outstanding on the offensive side of the ball, and they hoped to say the same about their defense, but that didn't happen. They are in the NFC South which is an upcoming passing conference with David Carr, Byron Leftwich and Billy Volek, all potential gun slingers, so the Colts could use the depth and the potential here. 30. Channing Crowder ILB Florida Hard to debate what direction the Steelers may go, but with Kendrell Bell slated for free agency this year, we figure Crowder is as good a bet as any. The Steelers defense is and always has been anchored by one unanimous trait. Excellent linebackers. Crowder is just another in a long line of linebackers to carry on this tradition. He is fast, smart, and he can tackle a tank. His excellent footspeed and awareness make him a perfect fit for the extremely fast defensive system in place in Pittsburgh. He is a guy that has potential to become the next Ray Lewis. 31. Ciatrick Fason RB Florida The Eagles are one of the few teams this year without a big team need. Brian Westbrook can hold down a starting spot well as he's shown, but he Fason could be put in as a 3rd down back at times or even fill in when Westbrook is hurt. Fason was a terror in the SEC this year, rushing for almost 1,200 yards and almost 300 yards receiving. Even though I don't see Fason cracking the top three running backs (Benson, Williams, and Brown) I do see him rising a bit, because of his power and speed. 32. Roddy White WR Alabama-Birmingham Any pick the Patriots make this April will simply be a drop in the bucket. WR is a need because of the fact that David Patten and David Givens will both be free agents. White is a good pick for the Patriots offense because he excels mostly in 10-15 yard range, and he has excellent character. He's a hard working prospect who has played extremely well in his senior season. The injury he sustained at the senior bowl may be the only thing holding this guy back from a top 15 selection, and we still have the combines to go.