The Wulf Den - 2005 Draft Special Edition

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    2005 Draft Special Edition
    April 19, 2005

    Many of you have asked about my draft website, and where it might be found this year. Unfortunately, because I changed servers earlier this year, I was unable to get the site completed in time for the draft. However, I have done my normal draft research, and have completed my 7-round mock draft, including trades in the first 3 rounds.

    I adhere to the policy that teams will take the best player available in most situations, although they will be inclined to take a player at a position of need over one who is not if they are equally rated. Of course, this type of mock is highly subjective, and including trades only makes it moreso. So if you would like to discuss the picks, please feel free to do so. But don't waste everyone's time with responses like "there's no way that guy will drop that far" or "that's way too high to take him", as such things cannot possibly be us or any of the so-called experts. After all, if they could tell those things, they'd be getting paid a lot more than they currently are to do so for an NFL team.

    So, without further ado, here is the Wulf Mock for day 1 of this year's draft. The mock for day 2 will be posted tomorrow. Enjoy!


    First round

    1 San Francisco QB Aaron Rodgers California

    The 49ers have made no secret of the fact that they have whittled down their possibilities for the first overall pick to four players: QBs Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith, WR Braylon Edwards, and CB Antrel Rolle. What should be even more obvious is that, barring an offer that they simply cannot refuse to trade down, they will take one of the two QBs with this pick. While many teams are split on who is the best choice with this pick, the 49ers need someone who can immediately start and revitalize their fanbase. Despite the potential upside in Utah’s Smith, Rodgers has played in a pro style system and is the most ready to start right away. Add in that he is a local product, and this choice should be a solid one for everyone involved.

    2 Miami RB Ronnie Brown Auburn

    Miami would dearly love to trade down from this pick and acquire additional picks, but they need a trading partner for that, and it’s unlikely teams will want to pay the price to move up this far considering the lack of sure-fire blue chip prospects in this year’s draft class. The Dolphins were left at the altar by RB Ricky Williams a year ago, and their offensive output reflected the significance of the loss. He is now making overtures about returning to Miami, and they are at least saying that they’ll consider it. I find his return unlikely, however, as it would likely cause a great deal of trouble in the locker room. Of the two backs in this year’s draft who fit the hard-hitting, between-the-tackles style of RB new Head Coach Nick Saban wants, the most impressive has been Auburn’s Ronnie Brown. He has the power for the inside and the speed for the outside, and will start from day one. A recent story out of Miami has them interested in QB Alex Smith, and they have indeed had him in for an interview and workout. But I think this is posturing to try to entice teams interested in Smith to trade up to this position, as I don’t think they will bring in a future franchise QB when A. J. Feeley—he who cost them a second round pick in this year’s draft—hasn’t had a legitimate shot at the starting job with any level of offensive talent around him. Indeed, Tampa Bay has reportedly already talked to the Dolphins, presumably to take Smith for themselves. This whole thing looks and smells like a smokescreen to me, and I fully expect them to take Brown…but anything’s possible.

    3 Minnesota (from Cleveland) WR Braylon Edwards Michigan

    **Projected Trade** The Browns have needs across the board, and could sit still and make a solid choice. But because they have so many needs, they will be looking to move down a little, acquire an additional pick or two, and still get one of their top-rated players. As for the Vikings, they pull off this trade because the top two players at their position of greatest need—WR—will likely be gone by the time they are on the clock at #7. With Chicago, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee all in the market for a WR, the possibility of either Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams getting thru is very slim. Teams are split on which of these two WRs is the top in the class, but the Vikings go with the guy who can help them replace the downfield threat that Randy Moss possesses. While Williams is a threat in the redzone, Edwards is a threat from anywhere on the field. Will likely beat out free agent WR Travis Taylor for the starting job as Moss’ replacement, leaving him to battle with Marcus Robinson for the other starting position.

    4 Chicago RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams Auburn

    Chicago may be sitting in the most enviable position in the draft. They have their choice of the best remaining WR (and perhaps the best at the position) in Williams, two of the top three RBs in Carnell Williams and Cedric Benson, one of the top two QBs (again arguably the best at his position) in Alex Smith, and the best defensive prospect in the draft in LB Derrick Johnson. With so many prime players available at so many positions of need, they will undoubtedly have a lot of offers to trade down. Unfortunately for them, it’s doubtful that any of the teams with severe need at these positions will be in a position to trade up…or desire to give up what is necessary to do so. So the Bears stay put and take the highest rated player on their board at a position of need. They could certainly use Mike Williams, but the signing of Muhsin Muhammad makes it a luxury. But Thomas Jones’ back-up from a year ago, Anthony Thomas, is gone, so they need someone to groom for the future and back-up Jones this year. Cadillac fits the system that Lovie Smith brought with him from St. Louis better than Benson, so he’s the best choice.

    5 Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams USC

    The Buccaneers have watched the draft come to them, knowing that, with three top RBs and two top WRs, one of them would fall to them at #5 no matter what other teams did. If given their choice, however, they would certainly have taken either RB Carnell Williams or WR Mike Williams. The staff coached Cadillac at the Senior Bowl and were very impressed with him. They have also made no secret of their appreciation for Mike Williams’ playmaking ability. So, in essence, Chicago made this pick easy for the Bucs, and they take the former Trojan WR. With the re-signing of Joey Galloway, and the emergence of last year’s rookie WR Michael Clayton, Williams won’t have to come in and start right away…but don’t be surprised if he does. At the very least, he’ll cut into Galloway’s playing time a lot by mid-season.

    6 Tennessee CB Antrel Rolle Miami

    The Titans have more needs than they can possibly fill in the draft, even if they trade down with every pick. To make matters worse, there are far more teams looking to trade down than to trade up, so you have to be in the right place and the right time to find a trading partner this year. As much as the Titans would love to drop a few spots, I just don’t see it happening unless they take less than proper value for the pick. I don’t think they’re that desperate, and they can get a player at a need position here that is also near the top of their draft board. Rolle is arguably the best CB in the draft, along with West Virginia’s Adam “Pac-Man” Jones, and the decision may be made by whether or not the Titans also need want this player to be a return man. I think they’ll address that later with a WR, and they’ll take the best physical cover corner with this pick.

    7 Cleveland (from Oakland thru Minnesota) QB Alex Smith Utah

    **Projected Trade** This could not have worked out better for the Browns and their new front office. They acquired the Vikings’ 2nd and 5th round picks this year along with a 3rd rounder next year to drop back 4 spots, and still are able to take the future of the franchise. With their acquisition of QB Trent Dilfer, they have a seasoned veteran who can start and serve as a mentor for Smith while he picks up the pro game. And, like their Ohio counterparts in Cincinnati, expect them to start their rookie acquisition next season, no matter how Dilfer performs this year. This is an excellent start to the Romeo Crennel regime.

    8 Arizona CB Adam “Pac-Man” Jones West Virginia

    This pick is going to surprise a lot of people who think the Cardinals will take RB Cedric Benson here, particularly with the retirement of Emmitt Smith. But I expect the Cards to complete the long-anticipated trade with Buffalo to acquire RB Travis Henry, sending OT O. J. Shelton to the Bills along with their 5th round pick in this year’s draft (#168 overall, formerly belonging to New England), thus giving them the premiere RB they need. Add in the return of Marcell Shipp and the re-signing of RBs Damien Anderson and Troy Hambrick, and there’s no immediate need for a RB. The need at CB, however, is extreme. In fact, the need was severe before the trade of Duane Starks to the Patriots. Jones will be able to step in and start immediately, and will likely not be the last corner taken by Arizona in this draft.

    9 Washington DE Shawne Merriman Maryland

    The Redskins had a much improved defensive unit last year, but they have some significant holes to fill. Fred Smoot was their best cover corner, and both Walt Harris and Shawn Springs are getting up there in years. They also lost LB Antonio Pierce in free agency, and free agent signee Brian Allen (Carolina) is unlikely to be able to fill that void. Add in the injury-filled season by LaVar Arrington and his recent comments, and you could certainly make a case for taking LB Derrick Johnson. But the biggest need is for a pass-rush playmaker in the defensive front seven, and Merriman fits the bill, whether he stays at 280 and plays DE or drops some weight to play at OLB. He is a local product, so they know him well, and drafting him serves two key purposes: it fills an immediate need and keeps Merriman away from the division rival Cowboys, who are very interested in him.

    10 Detroit OT Alex Barron Florida State

    Just about every mock I’ve seen has the Lions nabbing LB Derrick Johnson here, and that’s certainly a possibility. But their biggest need areas are elsewhere—specifically the offensive and defensive lines. So, as good of a value as Johnson might be here, he loses out to a player that is likely rated nearly as high on the Lions’ draft Board, and who can solidify the spot vacated by the free agent departure of OT Stockar McDougle. Barron will develop into a starting caliber LT in time, and will likely compete for a starting position on one side or the other this year. Expect him to win job as McDougle’s replacement, and to help make RB Kevin Jones’ second year even better than his first. He should also enable QB Joey Harrington to find those playmakers he has on the offensive side of the ball, assuming both Roy Williams and Charles Rogers can stay healthy.

    11 New Orleans (from Dallas) LB Derrick Johnson Texas

    **Projected Trade** This is another of those key spots in the draft, where the way previous players have fallen has played right into the Cowboys’ hands. Ideally, Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells want to trade down a few spots, pick up additional picks—preferably on the first day—and still get a player they want. The player that is likely to be in highest demand here is LB Derrick Johnson, who is coveted by several teams in the next ten picks. But with RB Cedric Benson sliding this far, he could also be in demand, as could CB Carlos Rogers—the last of the surefire first round talents at CB. And, with at least three first-round DEs, the top-rated DT, and two first round WRs still available, the Cowboys can drop at least to #17 and still get a desired player. Instead, they use the leverage to complete the trade that has been discussed for the last couple of months. New Orleans’ biggest need is LB, and they love Johnson. As for the Cowboys, they acquire the pass-rush DE they need to start opposite Greg Ellis, and still have two first round picks to fill other needs or trade down further. Value-wise, this is the equivalent of trading a high third round pick for Howard, which is less than the Saints wanted, but all the Cowboys are likely to offer.

    12 San Diego (from NY Giants) DE Marcus Spears LSU

    This is a tough call. The Chargers could use a WR with the ability to challenge for the starting position opposite Keenan McCardell—and eventually serve as his replacement. South Carolina’s Troy Williamson would be a nice fit in that instance. But as badly as they need that WR, especially with the free agent departure of Tim Dwight (New England) and with Reche Caldwell returning from a significant injury, they need a DE just as badly. With the 3-4 defense they are running, they choose to go with Spears rather than Georgia’s David Pollack, even though I have Pollack rated higher on my draft board. Spears will compete for the starting job and should win it, barring injury. He also has the size and ability to potentially play inside on some packages, making him a very solid addition.

    13 Houston RB Cedric Benson Texas

    It is very unlikely that the Texans envisioned a scenario where they could take one of the premiere RBs without trading up. But Gm Charley Casserly is a patient and very talented draft man, and this one came right to him. Benson will not be far from his college stomping grounds, meaning he should add considerably to the fanbase. He is very gifted, and should compete with Domanick Davis for the starting job. Whoever comes out as the starter, however, expect them to form a devastating two-man attack, with Davis cutting outside and Benson plowing through the middle. It will also make opposing defenses play even more to stop the run, allowing David Carr an extra second to find his targets downfield.

    14 Carolina WR Troy Williamson South Carolina

    With Muhsin Muhammad gone to the Bears, and Steve Smith coming off a serious injury, the Panthers have to add another long-term solution to the passing game. Williamson has game-breaking speed, and the size to get separation from opposing defenders. He will also be playing not too far from where he played his college ball, and should add to the fans’ excitement over this choice. He likely will not start immediately, but don’t be surprised if he is challenging for that spot by midseason, at the latest.

    15 Kansas City CB Carlos Rogers Auburn

    Like several teams ahead of them, the Chiefs feel lucky to have a quality player at a position of great need fall into their laps. Rogers is perhaps the best pure cover corner in the draft, and has the ability to contribute immediately. They could potentially go with a DE here, but this value is just too much to resist.

    16 Dallas (from New Orleans) DE/OLB David Pollack Georgia

    ** Projected Trade** This may seem to be a redundant pick, considering they have already acquired a starting DE from New Orleans in Darren Howard. But Pollack is a high-quality, high-motor, high-character guy that has excelled everywhere he’s played regardless of position (he played no less than 3 positions for the Bulldogs). He is the quintessential “Parcells guy”. I feel confident that a part of his recent visit with the Cowboys was to discuss his role with the team, should he be taken by them in the draft. He has played at weights ranging from 245 to 290, so he has the ability to compete for a pack-up, pass-rush position at DE in the 4-3 defense, or to push veteran Al Singleton at SLB and play as a stand-up pass-rusher in 3-4 alignments. With Ogbogu already working as a pass-rush specialist at DE, I expect Pollack to drop down to the 250-260 range and play at OLB. Don’t be surprised if he cuts into Singleton’s playing time or even beats him out, despite having to learn a new position. His motor runs that high.

    17 Cincinnati TE Heath Miller Virginia

    The Bengals could very easily take a defensive end here to help with Marvin Lewis’ pass rush. But what they seem to need even more is a legitimate receiving threat across the middle of the field. Lewis had a chance to see for himself the impact that Todd Heap had in Baltimore, and Miller is cut from the same cloth. He is, by far, the best TE in the draft, and will start immediately. He has the talent to challenge for offensive rookie of the year honors, as well as push Heap, Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez, and San Diego’s Antonio Gates for a Pro Bowl spot. Another very solid pick for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals.

    18 Minnesota DE Erasmus James Wisconsin

    Minnesota has been filling their most obvious needs in free agency, having signed QB Brad Johnson to replace the departed Gus Frerotte, DT Pat Williams to replace Chris Hovan, and S Darren Sharper to replace Brian Russell. They also received LB Napolean Harris in the trade with the Raiders, and he’ll replace the departed Chris Claiborne. In addition, they upgraded by signing CB Fred Smoot, who will start opposite Antione Winfield to form a very dynamic starting combination at the position. Having taken Edwards earlier to help fill the void left by Randy Moss, they can afford to take the best player available, regardless of position. Fortunately for them, James also happens to play at a position of need. Pairing him with last year’s draft pick, DE Kenechi Udeze, will give the Vikings one of the most formidable front four in all of football.

    19 St. Louis OT Jammal Brown Oklahoma

    The Rams finally signed premiere LT Orlando Pace to a long-term contract, solidifying that side of the offensive line. Unfortunately for them, RT Kyle Turley, who was acquired from the Saints to be the bookend on the other side, is likely out of football due to injury. Veteran Grant Williams has had multiple opportunities to win the starting position there, and he simply doesn’t have what it takes week in and week out. Brown is a legitimate RT, and should step into the starting line-up from day one.

    20 Atlanta (from Buffalo via Dallas) DT Travis Johnson Florida State

    **Projected Trade** In what seems to be a recurring theme, the Cowboys trade down again, this time gaining the Falcons’ picks in the first (#27), third (#90), and sixth round (#163) picks. This may seem to be a lot, but the Falcons get the best DT in what is a very shallow talent pool, and they do have a sixth round pick from Denver to use. They need help at both DE and DT, but the likelihood of one worthy of a first round pick making it to them at #27 is small, at best. Johnson will help fill the holes caused by the departure of DTs Ed Jasper and Travis Hall, and should start immediately.
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    21 Jacksonville CB Justin Miller Clemson

    The Jaguars could go in many different directions here, as they have needs at a number of positions, including WR, TE, and OT. But Head Coach Jack Del Rio is a defensive-minded guy, and he needs more than anything to better his talent at CB. This may be a little high to take Miller, but he gives the double benefit of being both a good cornerback and a solid return man. He should be able to contribute immediately on special teams and in the nickel packages, and could potentially be a starter on opening day.

    22 Baltimore WR Mark Clayton OKlahoma

    The Ravens have needed an upgrade at WR for several years now, and have not addressed it in the first round of the draft since Travis Taylor was taken. Taylor is now gone, as is fellow WR Kevin Johnson, and the only receiver the Ravens have signed to bolster their unit is former Titan Derrick Mason. He is a significant improvement over Taylor, but they still need another legitimate threat to stretch the field and open the middle for TE Todd Heap. Clayton can do that and more. He has the speed to get open, the hands to catch anything catchable, and the quickness to pick up crucial yards after the catch. I’ll be shocked if he’s not opening day starter opposite Mason on the new-look Ravens’ offense. They have talked about the possibility of trading up into the top ten—high enough to take either Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams—so such a move is at least a possibility. To do so would likely cost them multiple day one picks this year, as well as a first next year…but they’ve done such a thing before to get the player they wanted (QB Kyle Boller). If either of the top WRs should slide to Dallas at #11, expect the Cowboys to trade down this far and take advantage of the extra picks—likely this pick, the Ravens’ 3rd round pick (#84), and their first round pick in 2006…and possibly more.

    23 Seattle DE Dan Cody Oklahoma

    Heading into the offseason, the Seahawks had needs across the defense, and had only addressed some of them. The biggest area of concern was at LB, and the recent signing of free agent Jamie Sharper meets that need, at least initially. Another key area of need is a DE to apply some pressure opposite Grant Wistrom. Fortunately for them, a legitimate first-round caliber DE is available in Cody. He is extremely intense and will make plays, hopefully helping their young defensive backs make more big plays on defense.

    24 Green Bay CB Fabian Washington Nebraska

    Despite drafting two CBs in last year’s draft to join veteran Al Harris, the fact is that they struggled in their pass defense last year. Part of it was rookie mistakes, and part of it was a lack of consistent pressure on opposing QBs. But they have to address this need, and hopefully give a boost to their return game in the process. Washington has been climbing draft boards with excellent performances at the Combine and at his personal workout, and slides in to the bottom of the first round because of them.

    25 Denver S Thomas Davis Georgia

    Davis is considered, by most experts, to be the best safety prospect in this year’s draft—although some feel that distinction should go to Oklahoma’s Brodney Pool. No matter where you rank him, though, Davis has impressive size (6-1, 220) and can hit as hard as almost any safety to come out of college in recent years. He is a very sure tackler, and is great supporting the run. He’ll need work in his pass coverage skills, and he’ll have to watch his weight. As Bill Parcells once told safety Roy Williams, Davis is one biscuit away from being a linebacker. But he’ll contribute immediately, and will give the Broncos a physical presence in the defensive backfield they haven’t had since Steve Atwater left.

    26 New York Jets OT Khalif Barnes Washington

    The Jets have lost several key players along the offensive line in recent years, particularly on the right side. They lost RG Randy Jordan in free agency last year to the Washington Redskins, and lost RT Kareem McKenzie this year to the New York Giants. They were able to fill their need at RG from within last year, but there is no one on the roster to fill the void left by McKenzie. Barnes may eventually move to the left side, as he has the technique and foot speed to handle such a transition. But for the time being, he’ll be asked to step in and fill the starting job vacated by McKenzie on the right side. Expect him to start immediately.

    27 Dallas (from Atlanta) S Brodney Pool Oklahoma

    **Projected Trade** When Roy Williams was drafted by the Cowboys several years ago, it left a hole in Oklahoma’s defensive backfield that was quickly filled by Brodney Pool. Now, Pool follows Williams again, this time to Dallas. Unlike his predecessor, however, Pool has the ball skills and coverage ability to play a true free safety position. Williams was forced to play a lot of free safety last year, rather than playing close to the line like a strong safety—his true position—which would allow him to make more big plays on the blitz and against the run. With the addition of CB Anthony Henry in the first week of free agency, and the presence of CB Terence Newman and Williams, the Cowboys will boast one of the best young defensive backfields in the league…and could have them together for quite a while. This draft pick may make the return of DB Pete Hunter more unlikely, as he wants a chance to start, and his best chance was at FS. He could still be brought back to challenge for a back-up CB position, but only under a very cap-friendly contract.

    28 San Diego WR Roddy White Alabama-Brimingham

    The Chargers acquired veteran WR Keenan McCardell last year, and the combination of he, WR Reche Caldwell, and TE Antonio Gates formed a formidable receiving corps for QB Drew Brees…and that’s not even counting RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who is the team’s most prolific receiver. But Caldwell went down with a season-ending injury, and there was no one to take up the slack. Caldwell is expected to return at full speed, but the team knows that McCardell isn’t getting any younger, and that they need to fill the spot left by the departure of Tim Dwight (NE). White is underrated around the league, perhaps because he played at a smaller program at UAB. But there’s nothing small about White (6-1, 207), his speed (4.45 in the 40), or his game. He should be able to contribute as the #3 receiver this year, and could challenge for a starting job in training camp next year.

    29 Indianapolis DT Shaun Cody USC

    The Colts can use help either at defensive tackle or opposite Dwight Freeney at defensive end. Instead, they grab a player that can potentially be both. Cody played primarily end at USC, but has the size to play inside in the Colts’ scheme. In fact, if the Colts have or acquire a pass-rush specialist at LB or DE, they could potentially use Cody as a starter at DE on 1st and second down, and then shift him inside in passing situations. He’ll need a little technique, but has the size and tenacity to develop into a solid starter in a year or two.

    30 Pittsburgh WR Matt Jones Arkansas

    The Steelers took QB Kordell Stewart several years back, then used him so much at multiple positions that he became known as “Slash”. Then, just a couple of years ago, they took former Indiana QB Antwaan Randle El and used him as a return man and #3 receiver. Because of their success, many teams are now re-considering their position on QBs who are converting to another position—if they have the athletic ability. And, because of Matt Jones’ incredible showing at the Combine and at his personal workout, it will likely take a late first round pick or a high second round pick to get him. The Steelers know he won’t be available when they pick at the end of the second round, so they take a chance on him here. They desperately need a receiving threat at TE, having released veteran Jay Reimersma, and replaced the departed Plaxico Burress with former 49er Cedrick Wilson—a step down in playmaking ability to say the least. Whether Jones plays at WR or TE, he should be able to help immediately.

    31 Philadelphia DE Demarcus Ware Troy State

    The Eagles have re-signed two of their free agent linebackers—Keith Adams and Jeremiah Trotter—but both were only signed to one-year deals. In addition, they lost Ike Reese in free agency to Atlanta, and Nate Wayne has yet to sign. In addition, they lost DE Derrick Burgess in free agency (OAK), and have little in the way of depth behind starters Jevon Kearse and Hugh Douglas. Ware is a linebacker-defensive end ‘tweener, and could be asked to either play LB or DE in the pros. For this year at least, I expect Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson to use him as a pass-rush specialist. Ware comes from a smaller program, but is a playmaker, and should contribute immediately. He would potentially be a better fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, even though he played DE in a 4-3 alignment at Troy State. But every team can find room for a playmaker.

    32 New England LB Channing Crowder Florida

    With the likelihood that LB Teddy Bruschi may miss the season due to a non-football related injury, and with Roman Phifer no longer on the roster, the Patriots need some help in the linebacking corps. In addition, the Patriots have proven that they like players who are able to move around as the teams’ needs change, and Crowder can potentially play either inside or outside. He has had some off-the-field concerns, but Head Coach Bill Belichik has talked with Crowder extensively, and has undoubtedly let him know what will be expected of him. Don’t be surprised if he steps in and contributes immediately, perhaps even stepping into a starting role to begin the season.

    Second round

    33 San Francisco WR Reggie Brown Georgia

    The 49ers took their quarterback of the future in the first round, now they need someone to catch it. They have several promising young WRs, but lost veteran Cedrick Wilson in free agency to the Steelers. Brown is one of those guys that gets better every year, and he has the size and speed to develop into a legitimate #1 receiver in the league. A solid pick.

    34 Cleveland LB Kevin Burnett Tennessee

    The Browns got extra picks in a trade down in the first. Now they’ll take the best player available regardless of position, as they need help in a number of areas. Burnett has first round talent, but slides a little because of differing team needs. He should start as a rookie for Cleveland.

    35 Philadelphia (from Miami) TE Alex Smith Stanford

    This is a little early to take Smith, but the Eagles don’t expect him to be around when they pick at the end of the round and they need help at the position badly. Smith is not the same caliber of player as top-rated Heath Miller, but he is still a quality prospect. He should be able to step in and contribute immediately as a starter or #2 option at tight end.

    36 Tampa Bay RB Ciatrick Fason Florida

    The Bucs got their playmaking WR in the first round, and now get a future replacement for RB Michael Pittman. Fason is a local product, and has the ability to run both inside and outside, as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. Will need to work on his blocking skills, but is an excellent choice for Tampa Bay at this point.

    37 Tennessee DE Matt Roth Iowa

    The Titans lost both of their starting defensive ends from a year ago, and three starters in the last two years. Despite using multiple picks on the defensive line last year, they will still need help in this year’s draft. Fortunately for them, the run on ends in the first round didn’t include Roth, who has first round talent. He should start as a rookie.

    38 Oakland CB/S Marlin Jackson Michigan

    The Raiders have used the franchise tag on CB Charles Woodson each of the last two years, and have talked about the possibility of trading him. They also have not been pleased with the development of CB Philip Buchanon, and the gambling style that has burned the team repeatedly. Add to that the departure of two safeties, and this is a logical pick. Jackson could provide depth at CB—assuming he doesn’t have to compete for a starting job following a Woodson trade—or challenge for a starting job at safety.

    39 Chicago LB Darryl Blackstock Virginia

    Blackstock has as much natural talent and potential as any LB in this year’s class—including Texas’ Derrick Johnson. In addition, he has been coached at Virginia by the same man who developed the great Lawrence Taylor—Head Coach Al Groh. Blackstock will start, and could make Brian Urlacher even more dangerous.

    40 New Orleans (from Washington) QB Jason Campbell Auburn

    This may seem a strange pick at first glance, but the Saints know that Aaron Brooks won’t go on forever, and they don’t have anyone on their roster that they are certain can replace him for the long-term. Campbell has outstanding leadership skills and many of the same physical characteristics as Brooks, and could challenge him in a year or two.

    41 Detroit DE Justin Tuck Notre Dame

    The Lions bolstered their offensive line in the first round, and move to the defensive side of the ball here. With the retirement of long-time Lion DE Robert Porcher, and the failure of any of the younger players to step up behind him, the Lions need a defensive playmaker who can disrupt opposing QBs. Tuck has the potential to be that guy.

    42 Buffalo (from Dallas) G/C David Baas Michigan

    **Projected Trade** It may seem strange the Bills would trade up with their first pick of this year’s draft, but they have a severe need for interior offensive linemen. Baas played guard in college, but has been playing center in the postseason, and has shown an aptitude at both positions. This versatility has moved him up past the top-rated players at either position, and has given him a legitimate first round rating on most draft boards. For him to slide this far is a bit of a surprise, and the Bills will plug him into their starting line-up. With their acquisition of OT O. J. Shelton from the Cardinals, they have now solidified the offensive line to protect new starting QB J. P. Losman. To move to this pick, the Bills send the Cowboys their second (#55) and third (#86) round picks.

    43 New York Giants DT Antaaj Hawthorne Wisconsin

    The Giants have lost two DTs in the last two years in free agency (Cornelius Griffin—Redskins and Lance Legree—Jets), and have two more (Norman Hand and Martin Chase) that have not yet been resigned. They did sign Pittsburgh’s Kendrick Clancy in free agency this year, but need more depth. Hawthorne should challenge for a starting position.

    44 Arizona DT Luis Castillo Northwestern

    It seems like the Cardinals have been taking two or three defensive linemen in every draft for the past decade—and that’s not too far off. But the fact is that the players either haven’t panned out or have only proven effective after they have moved on to another team. There is still hope for several players currently on the squad, but they still need more depth. Castillo may slide a little because of his admission of using steroids prior to the Combine, but his openness scored a lot of points with front offices around the league.

    45 Carolina OT Adam Terry Syracuse

    This is a little bit of a reach, but the Panthers can’t wait for a lesser product that may or may not be able to step in and start. Terry is a legitimate left tackle, which is good because former first round pick Jordan Gross has proven—at least thus far—to be more effective on the right side. They could switch sides, but Terry will have a better chance of starting immediately if he plays the same side as he did in college. He’ll need some technique development, and struggles at times against speed rushers, but he is a solid pick here.

    46 Miami (from Kansas City) QB Charlie Frye Akron

    **Projected Trade** The parameters of a restructured contract have already been worked out with Dolphin CB Patrick Surtain, and the only hang-up in this trade has been compensation. The Chiefs have been offering no more than a third round pick, and the Dolphins have been holding out for a first. They’ll compromise and pull off the trade on draft day, if not before. Despite taking CB Carlos Rogers in the first round, the Chiefs needed more help in the defensive backfield. By acquiring a proven veteran like Surtain, and having added free agent help at both safety (Sammy Knight) and linebacker (Kendrell Bell), this move frees them to look for a playmaking WR and depth on the defensive line with their remaining picks. As for the Dolphins, I think they are serious in their desire to find their QB of the future, and Frye has been climbing draft boards. In fact, they may have to trade higher than this to get him. He’ll be expected to do no more than hold the clipboard and learn this year, but could replace A. J. Feeley as the starter next year if Feeley flops.

    47 Houston S Ernest Shazor Michigan

    The Texans have been filling holes with young players ever since their initial expansion draft. Nowhere is this more evident than in the defensive backfield, where former Jets Aaran Glenn and Marcus Coleman were taken to start at CB and get Dom Capers’ defense off to a solid start. Last year, Houston moved Coleman to FS in an effort to not only prolong his career, but to shore up their safety position—which had only SS Marlon McCree as a potential playmaker. In Coleman’s place, they drafted CB Dunta Robinson, and he showed a great deal of promise in his rookie campaign. This year, they’ve lost McCree to the Panthers in free agency, and need a young player to step in and start as a rookie at SS. Shazor is a true SS, with the ability and desire to support the run defense and lay a wicked hit on receivers coming across the middle.

    48 Cincinnati DE Chris Canty Virginia

    This pick is a little bit of a gamble, but only because Canty had a serious injury as a senior. He is well on his way to full recovery, however, and few would argue about his top level talent when healthy. He has the size to play DE in a 3-4 alignment despite playing in the 4-3 at Virginia, and has been well coached there by former NFL head coach Al Groh.
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    49 Cleveland (from Minnesota) DT Mike Patterson USC

    **Projected Trade** This is one of the picks acquired from the Vikings in the first round of this year’s draft. The Browns traded almost their entire defensive line to the Denver Broncos in the offseason, including jettisoning former first round pick DT Gerard Warren and last year’s leading sacker, DE Ebenezer Ekuban. They also made no effort to re-sign former first round pick Courtney Brown. As a result, they need to completely restock the D-line, and Patterson is a solid way to start. He’ll need to add a little mass to play the run-stuffer in the middle of a 3-4 alignment in the NFL, but has been a consistent run-stopper at the collegiate level.

    50 St. Louis G Elton Brown Virginia

    The Rams complete the overhaul of their offensive line with this pick, their second offensive lineman of the draft and the best guard in this year’s class. Brown dominated in the tough ACC division, and was widely considered to be among the best offensive linemen at any position. With him lined up next to either Pro Bowl LT Orlando Pace or first round pick RT Jammal Brown, the former Virginia guard should open up massive holes for RBs Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson.

    51 Green Bay (from New Orleans) G/OT Marcus Johnson Mississippi

    Had QB Charlie Frye fallen to this position, the Packers would have taken him here. In fact, they may consider trading up to acquire him if it doesn’t cost too much. But with Frye off the board, the Packers look to replace one of their two departed offensive guards (Marco Rivera—Dallas and Mike Wahle—Carolina). They have already signed Matt O’Dwyer to fill one of the positions, and Johnson should be able to step into the other. In addition, he is flexible enough to play guard or tackle, so he’ll contribute somewhere immediately.

    52 Jacksonville LB Odell Thurman Georgia

    The Jaguars need help at LB, and the only question about whether Thurman can do the job is where he’ll play. He has played on the inside at Georgia, and has been a playmaker from that position. But his size is somewhat limited to play inside at the pro level, unless he proves to follow in the footsteps of Zach Thomas in Miami and Dat Nguyen in Dallas. But he will start at one of the LB positions this year, as his playmaking skills are too good to have him on the sidelines…even if it means shifted a veteran to another position.

    53 Baltimore DT Jonathan Babineaux Iowa

    The Ravens are switching from the 3-4 defense they used so successfully in recent years back to a 4-3 alignment. As a result, they need more bodies on the defensive line, and at least one more starter. Babineaux hasn’t had the press that several of his fellow DTs have had, but he is a solid contributor and a high energy defender. He’ll likely challenge for the under tackle position, meaning that his primary job will be to beat his man and get upfield to disrupt plays in the backfield.

    54 Seattle CB Eric Green Virginia Tech

    The Seahawks have watched their solid cornerbacks depart one after the other in recent years, first Shawn Springs to Washington and now Ken Lucas to Carolina. Of course, they still have a terrific young shutdown corner in Marcus Trufant, but they need someone who can step in and challenge for the starting position opposite him. Green has been climbing draft boards around the league after solid workouts. He’s not spectacular at any one area, but is a nice combination of size and speed with very good bump and run coverage ability.

    55 Dallas (from Buffalo) WR Terrence Murphy Texas A&M

    **Projected Trade** The Cowboys are pleased to see Murphy still available at this point in the second round, and are pleased to add him to their mix at wideout. With Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn as the expected starters, the Cowboys know they need to bring in their eventual replacements. Quincy Morgan, acquired in a trade with the Browns last year for WR Antonio Bryant, has not yet shown the ability to be a #1 receiver, and both Terrance Copper and Patrick Crayton are still learning the receiver position at the pro level. Murphy has good speed, runs good routes, and catches the balls he should and some he shouldn’t, and will contribute immediately as a kick returner—a fact that will sell Parcells on him very quickly. In fact, by adding Murphy to returning RB ReShard Lee, newly re-acquired S Woody Dantzler, CBs Lance Frazier and Nathan Jones, and Copper and Crayton, the Cowboys may be developing the best stable of return men in the league…not counting anyone taken later in the draft. Expect a fierce competition in training camp.

    56 Denver G Chris Kemoeatu Utah

    Longtime Bronco G Dan Neil is not expected to return, and Denver’s offense is predicated on the ability of its O-line to shift and open lanes for the running game. Kemoeatu has played in a spread formation at Utah, where he did more in pass protection than run blocking. But it developed his footwork and he should be a nice fit in the Broncos’ line scheme.

    57 New York Jets CB Corey Webster LSU

    Had Webster chosen to come out of LSU a last year immediately following their national championship run, he likely would have been taken in the first round of this year’s draft. But he had an up and down senior season, and his draft stock slipped a bit because of it. He still has the talent of a first rounder, however, and could end up being a steal here. As for the Jets, they desperately need help at the CB position, and Webster should come in and challenge for a starting position immediately.

    58 Green Bay QB Andrew Walter Arizona State

    The Packers finally take the prospect they think can develop into Brett Favre’s replacement in a year or two. Walter had to have shoulder surgery late in the season, and some teams have a concern because of it. But he should recover completely, and, when healthy, has an arm as strong as anyone in the country—perhaps even as strong as Favre’s, although that is conjecture at this point. While he may not have Favre’s flair for makeshift plays, he is a gritty competitor, and should be ready to step up when Favre decides to step down.

    59 Atlanta OT Chris Colmer North Carolina State

    The Falcons need a starting quality offensive tackle, and have needed one since Bob Whitfield retired. There are significant question marks about the alternatives that are already on the roster, so the Falcons go out and draft a guy that should develop into a quality starter in the NFL. Will challenge immediately, and will start…although perhaps not this year.

    60 Indianapolis CB Bryant McFadden Florida State

    The Colts re-signed CB Nick Harper, but they need more help than simply bringing back the same guys they had last year. McFadden has patterned his game after his idol, former Florida State Seminole and future Hall of Fame CB Deion Sanders. While he doesn’t have Sanders’ pure cover ability, McFadden is a playmaker and is much better in run support.

    61 San Diego LB Barrett Ruud Nebraska

    The Chargers’ switch to the 3-4 alignment a year ago provided immediate results, and they’ll draft to shore up and provide depth for that scheme. Ruud is a legitimate inside linebacker, with the size and instincts to fill the gaps and make tackles, and will either start as a rookie or provide significant depth in rotation.

    62 Pittsburgh CB Brandon Browner Oregon State

    The Steelers re-signed CB Willie Williams in the offseason, but have made no effort to re-sign former first round pick Chad Scott. The most likely person to fill his shoes in the starting lineup is last year’s rookie draft choice, Ricardo Colclough. But there is a need for another corner to develop, and Browner has uncommon size for a legitimate cover corner. He was more highly rated earlier in the season, but had some struggles as the season wore on. He doesn’t have the best speed, but is extremely physical and can match up with any possession receiver in the league. He may have some difficulty adjusting to the pass coverage rules being emphasized in the NFL, but should become a solid corner.

    63 Philadelphia WR Chris Henry West Virginia

    The Eagles have had all they want of WR Freddie Mitchell, whose antics and mouth have far outstripped his ability and production on the field, and will likely trade him at some point during the draft or immediately following to a team that is willing to take a chance on a potential locker room nightmare. In addition, prima donna WR Terrell Owens has already started talking about wanting a new contract, just one year after agreeing to a $54 million deal that paid him in excess of $9 million last year. And, as usual, he’s making every effort to paint himself as the victim while explaining to the world how he’s barely able to stretch all those millions to take care of his family. I will only say this: you got what you asked for when you traded for him. But the Eagles know that, with Mitchell on his way out, and T. O. a potential holdout or disruption, they need to grab a wideout with the ability to develop into a number one option. Henry has the talent, without doubt. Unfortunately for the Eagles, he’s cut from the same egotistical cloth as Owens, and could be a huge mistake. This is either going to be a great value or another bust at the position who is more trouble than his production is worth. The Eagles should be used to that by now.

    64 New England G Evan Mathis Alabama

    With Joe Andruzzi gone to Cleveland via free agency, and no long-term alternative on the roster, the Patriots need to bring in someone who has the potential to be a starter for years to come. Mathis has that ability, and fits the Belichik mold in two key areas: he is a very high effort, high energy guy, and he is flexible enough to play either guard or tackle.

    Third round

    65 San Francisco RB J. J. Arrington California

    With the departure of veteran RB Garrison Hearst last year, the 49ers didn’t have anyone to push starter Kevin Barlow. They don’t want to repeat that mistake, and take Arrington to either push Barlow or replace him down the road.

    66 St. Louis (from Miami) S Josh Bullocks Nebraska

    The Rams need a legitimate free safety to pair with Adam Archuleta, and Bullocks should be able to come in and start immediately.

    67 Cleveland WR Craphonso Thorpe Florida State

    The Browns traded WR Quincy Morgan to the Cowboys last year in exchange for Antonio Bryant in an effort to increase the playmaking ability of their passing game. But Bryant has been sporadic thus far, and they need a deep threat. Thorpe has had his problems, but is a legitimate big play receiver who can score from anywhere on the field.

    68 Tennessee WR Fred Gibson Georgia

    Over the last couple of years, the Titans have watched just about every quality receiver leave via free agency or trade, including Kevin Dyson, Justin McCairens, Derrick Mason, and even Eddie Berlin. They begin replenishing this group here. Gibson isn’t going to take over a game, but he has playmaking ability and will develop into a solid starter.

    69 Oakland DE Jovan Haye Vanderbilt

    This is a little bit of a reach, but the Raiders need another DE as they switch back to the 4-3 alignment following a disastrous attempt at the 3-4 last year. Haye is going to need time to develop, but he should be able to help in the rotation immediately.

    70 Miami (from Chicago) CB Stanley Wilson Stanford

    With the projected trade of veteran CB Patrick Surtain to the Chiefs, the Dolphins need to add some young depth to their defensive backfield. Wilson should be able to help in the nickel and dime packages this year, and could push the incumbents a year from now.

    71 Tampa Bay G/OT Logan Mankins Fresno State

    The Buccaneers could use help at both guard and tackle, so they grab a player that can potentially help them at either position. Mankins may not slide this far, but if he does, he is a solid value. He could start as a rookie, depending on the ease with which he transitions to the NFL.

    72 Detroit DT Attiyyah Ellison Missouri

    Detroit is replenishing the youth on the defensive line, and they need someone to work in the DT rotation—and potentially start opposite Shaun Rogers. Ellison should be able to contribute immediately, although he may be a year away from starting.

    73 Houston (from Dallas) OT Wesley Britt Alabama

    The Texans would have preferred to get one of the premiere OTs in the earlier rounds, but the draft didn’t fall that way, and the depth at the position is not great this year. Britt has the talent to be an NFL LT, but it may take him time to adjust to the speed of the pro game. Seth Wand likely will start, but will be challenged next year.

    74 New York Giants RB Marion Barber Minnesota

    The Giants have tried to get by with Ron Dayne as the primary back-up to starter Tiki Barber for the past couple of years. They finally decided to let Dayne go in free agency this year, and need someone to spell Barber—and potentially develop as his replacement. Barber probably should have stayed in school another year, but will become a solid pro.

    75 Arizona LB Lance Mitchell Oklahoma

    Last year, the Cardinals added some young talent to their LB corps, and they’ll try to do the same again this year. Mitchell is very intense, and could win the starting job this year.

    76 Washington CB Ronald Bartell Howard

    The Redskins traded their best CB (Champ Bailey) to Denver last year in exchange for RB Clinton Portis. They then watched as Fred Smoot sign with the Vikings in free agency this year. Their starters will likely be Walt Harris and Shawn Springs, but neither is getting any younger. Bartell is from a smaller local school (Howard), but has all the potential to become a solid starting corner in this league. He could be seen as a steal in a few years.

    77 Philadelphia (from KC) RB Verand Morency Oklahoma State

    The Eagles have watched their veteran RBs depart in free agency in recent years, and had to endure an entire season without Correll Buckhalter. Fortunately for them, Brian Westbrook has been up to the challenge. But he needs long-term help, and Morency can provide it. He may not slide this far, and is an excellent value pick here.

    78 Houston WR Courtney Roby Indiana

    Houston needs more downfield weapons for the passing game, particularly if Corey Bradford doesn’t return. If they don’t have someone with speed on the opposite side, teams will stack their defenses against #1 receiver Andre Johnson. Roby has the speed, and slides this far because he doesn’t have the name recognition of many of his fellow WRs.

    79 Carolina DT C. J. Mosley Missouri

    Carolina’s defensive front four have been among the league’s best for several years now, but the interior is getting older. Mosley came out a year early, but he should have a chance to develop behind high quality starters. If he learns from them, he should be able to step into the starting rotation in a year or two.

    80 Minnesota K Mike Nugent Ohio State

    The Vikings have made no secret of the fact that they want Nugent, and have even been rumored to be considering taking him with their second round pick. If they trade up to take a receiver, however, as I anticipate, they either won’t have a second first round pick or their second rounder. In that instance, they can’t afford to use a pick in the first or second on a kicker.
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    81 St. Louis CB Darrent Williams OKlahoma State

    The Rams have been developing some young players at CB, but have still had to depend on aging wonder Aeneas Williams for support. With Williams gone, they need depth more than ever. Williams is a little under-sized, but makes plays and should be able to contribute in the nickel as the rookie.

    82 New Orleans S Donte Nicholson Oklahoma

    The Saints parted ways with veteran Tebucky Jones, who signed a free agent deal with Miami, and need a hard-hitting safety to replace him. Nicholson fills the bill, and will likely start as a rookie.

    83 Cincinnati C Chris Spencer Mississippi

    The Bengals will be ecstatic if Spencer is available here, as they are in dire need of a long-term solution at center, and Spencer is the best pure center in the draft this year. He would likely have gone earlier had he stayed in school another year, but will be a quality player regardless.

    84 Baltimore RB Eric Shelton Louisville

    This may seem to be a strange choice, given the presence of Jamal Lewis, Chester Taylor, and Musa Smith. But each of them has had injury concerns at some point in recent years, and Taylor was sought by other teams during the free agency period. Shelton will have a chance to develop, and is an insurance policy in the event of injury.

    85 Seattle WR Mark Bradley Oklahoma

    Bradley doesn’t get the press that teammate Mark Clayton does, but he is a quality receiver in his own right. He has a solid size-speed combination, and will contribute immediately on special teams. What’s more important for the Seahawks, however, is that he will actually catch the ball.

    86 Dallas (from Buffalo) OT Ray Willis Florida State

    **Projected Trade** Dallas needs a long-term answer at RT, and the players who auditioned last year didn’t provide one. There is still a chance that Torrin Tucker or Kurt Vollers will develop into a starter, as each had only limited playing time until last year, and Tucker had played guard almost exclusively in college. But the experiment on the right side with last year’s second round pick, Jacob Rogers, appears to be over, as Rogers has been backing up Flozell Adams on the left side in offseason workouts. Willis has the wide body and dominant size teams want at RT, and comes from a program that allowed him to play against the top competition on a regular basis. His presence will likely mean that either Tucker or Vollers will be on the outside looking in, barring an injury.

    87 Jacksonville RB Kay-Jay Harris West Virginia

    The Jaguars have been looking for a legitimate back-up—and eventual replacement—for Fred Taylor. Greg Jones was brought in last year, and is an intimidating physical specimen. But he has not yet shown the ability to carry the ball on a consistent basis on the Pro level. Harris has the ability to be Taylor’s successor…he just has to use it.

    88 New York Jets WR Vincent Jackson Northern Colorado

    The Jets traded Santana Moss to the Redskins and got Laverneous Coles back in return, primarily to try to recapture the chemistry he shared with QB Chad Pennington. But even with Coles and McCairens on the outside and Chrebet in the slot, they still need a physical presence to work the middle of the field. Jackson has a tight end’s size—standing nearly 6-5 and over 240 pounds—and a receiver’s speed—running in the 4.45 range. Don’t be surprised if he cuts into Chrebet’s playing time by midseason.

    89 Green Bay DE Bill Swancutt Oregon State

    The Packers missed out on the plethora of defensive ends in the first round, and there really wasn’t one worthy of their second round pick. Swancutt is a little bit of a reach here, but he is significantly better than anyone remaining on the board at the position, and wouldn’t be available when the Packers choose in the fourth round.

    Denver Forfeited pick

    This pick was forfeited by Denver due to salary cap infractions.

    90 Oakland (from Atlanta via Dallas) QB Kyle Orton Purdue

    **Projected Trade** This pick was acquired by Dallas from Atlanta in the first round of this year’s draft. The Raiders went out and got QB Kerry Collins to be their QB of the present, but he’s not going to be around much longer. His back-up, Marques Tuiasosopo, has had only limited opportunities, but has also had some injury problems…and wasn’t drafted by current Head Coach Norv Turner. Orton slides a bit, but Turner nabs him before Jon Gruden can with the next pick. Expect Orton to hold a clipboard this year, and to challenge for the back-up role—at least—next year. By the 2007 season, he should be in a position to supplant Collins as the starter. The Cowboys acquire the Raiders fourth round pick (#105) this year, along with the Cowboys’ own sixth round pick (#185) that the Raiders had from the Kenyon Coleman deal, and the Raiders’ fourth rounder in 2006.

    91 Tampa Bay (from SD) S Oshimogho “O. J.” Atogwe Stanford

    The Buccaneers lost FS Dwight Smith in free agency, and will miss his presence. The best they can do is draft a legitimate free safety to take his place, and hope they get near the same level of production.

    92 Indianapolis LB Robert McCune Louisville

    The Colts lost their best LB to Washington in free agency last year (Marcus Washington), and have injury concerns with MLB Rob Morris. They need someone with the size and work ethic to come in and contribute either on the inside or outside, and McCune may be just the right guy. He impressed a lot of people with his Combine workouts.

    93 Pittsburgh LB Kirk Morrison San Diego State

    This is going to be one of those picks that, a year or two down the road, other teams look back and say, “How did they get him in the third round?” Morrison is a playmaker, plain and simple, and that’s what the Steelers need out of their linebackers. With Kendrell Bell gone, they need someone to back-up and rotate on the inside, and Morrison is the man.

    94 Philadelphia LB Rian Wallace Temple

    The mini-run on linebackers continues as the Eagles take the underclassman coming out of local Temple University. Wallace is another of those who would potentially have benefited from another year in college, but he has the raw talent to be a good NFL player. Has enough size to play in any scheme, and could be the replacement for MLB Jeremiah Trotter next season.

    95 Arizona (from NE) TE Kevin Everett Miami

    The Cardinals signed Freddie Jones away from the Chargers several years ago, expecting him to be a primary part of their passing attack. Instead, he has had several so-so seasons, and the Cardinals are tired of waiting. Everett doesn’t have the sheer talent of Heath Miller or Alex Smith, but he is an all-around talent at TE and could start as a rookie.

    96(c) Tennessee OT Michael Munoz Tennessee

    The Titans need a replacement for OT Fred Miller, who retired. Munoz has exceptional technique and superior bloodlines. Unfortunately, he also has an injury history, which is why he’s still available at this point in the draft. If he stays healthy, he could be a quality starting LT for years to come.

    97(c) Denver WR Jerome Mathis Hampton

    Denver knows that WR Rod Smith isn’t getting any younger, and former first round pick Ashley Lelie hasn’t yet become the #1 threat they expected. Mathis is from a smaller school and played against lesser competition, but you can’t teach speed. Mathis broke the Combine record for the 40-yard dash with a blistering 4.28, and is a solid kick returner as well. He has been climbing draft boards around the league, and may be a surprise pick by a team earlier than this.

    98(c) Seattle RB Ryan Moats Louisiana Tech

    Quick, name the back-up to starting RB Shaun Alexander. If you’re drawing a blank, you’re not alone. If you immediately knew the answer, you’re either a Seahawk fan or cover their games in some capacity. The fact is that Seattle had to re-sign Alexander because their cupboard was bare behind him. Moats is a smaller back, but that should enable him to see the field regularly as a change of pace to the punishing Alexander.

    99(c) Kansas City WR Roscoe Parrish Miami

    The Chiefs have needed a playmaker at receiver for quite a while now, and Dante Hall is best served to play in the slot and on the return teams. Tony Gonzalez can only do so much, and needs a legitimate deep threat to take some attention away from him. Parrish is a deep threat, with sub-4.4 speed, despite not having much size, and runs solid routes.

    100(c) New England CB Antonio Perkins Oklahoma

    The Patriots got by without Pro Bowl CB Ty Law for most of last season, and decided to let him go in the offseason. But they did it primarily with lower draft picks and undrafted players—even using WR Troy Brown at CB—and they can’t keep pushing that kind of performance. Even Brown is not returning. Perkins has the ability to contribute in the nickel, and can also provide immediate help on special teams.

    101(c) Denver CB Scott Starks Wisconsin

    With the last pick of the third round, the Broncos try to bolster their depth at CB. Champ Bailey is a legitimate shutdown corner on one side of the field, and Lenny Walls is being asked to step up on the other side. But Kelly Herndon departed via free agency, so they need depth at the position. Starks is climbing draft boards, and is a solid value pick here.


    The rest of the draft will be posted tomorrow.


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  5. The30YardSlant

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  6. Roughneck

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    Quite simply the most in depth mock draft I've ever seen in my life.

    Can't say that I agree with a lot of the moves but outstanding effort wulf.
  7. flashback

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    A for effort Wolfman. I like the trade down for Howard, and I think its fairly likely. I also like getting Pool and a WR on the first day. Pollack is an interesting choice, particularly with Ware still on the board.
  8. Cbz40

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    Very interesting Wulf. Lot of thought, in depth study, reasoning, and I can't wait until Saturday to see how close you are to the real thing.
  9. jksmith269

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    The pick/trade at 11 is good for both teams the trade to atlanta is also good trade. the second round trade I don't much like, and don't really see it happening.
  10. S. Fla Sting

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    I enjoyed your draft also, thank you for putting so much time and effort.
  11. Phrozen Phil

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    55 Dallas (from Buffalo) WR Terrence Murphy Texas A&M

    This would make Brown Sugar one VERY happy Cowboy's fan !!
  12. Rack Bauer

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    I'm sure Dallas will trade down with one of their first 3 picks (try to anyway), but no way in hell are they gonna trade down with ALL of their first three picks.

    I like the first trade down though.
  13. Paniolo22

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    I think you're right with the redundency. I think Ware would be the better pick at #16 because he could go to OLB. Good job though.
  14. BrAinPaiNt

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    Hard to say a team will trade down that much, but it is not like they have not before so who knows.

    However I can say I like all of those picks.

    We get Howard for basically a 3rd round pick. (A need player)

    We get a high motor and productive player in Pollack to move to LB (a need player)

    We get a good FS (another need position) in Brodney Poole.

    Terrance Murphy...a guy that could help out this WR corp and of course another possible return guy, something bill loves. (another need player)

    Ray Willis...I really like this pick in the 3rd. I think he could be a high motor guy that already knows how to play the RT position as opposed to a LT who is mostly used in passing situations. (a need or at worst good depth player)...can he beat out Tucker will be the question.

    So for those players I would be happy with that draft so far...I may want Ware over Pollack but would not complain.
    This may not be a glamour draft but IMO it is a good quality draft while getting a proven DE in Howard.

    I love the time and effort you put into this mock.

    Thanks for posting. :cool:
  15. big dog cowboy

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    I didn't know I needed a note pad to keep up. Overall, not to bad. I personally doubt we trade down that much.
  16. tyke1doe

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    Good job, Wulfman.
  17. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Great job and effort and all. Just can't see that much trading down though. I would like for once the Cowboys to stay where they are and take a playmaker instead of pretending that they know something that others don't and trading down and taking a chance on the next Shante Carver.
  18. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    If all that happened for us, I would be the happiest man in the Metroplex.

    That being said - I hope to get a nice DT in the later rounds, too.....
  19. like a dog

    like a dog Panamanian Cowboy

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    I would be pissed if the first day went down like this. Tremendous amount of writing but, I think, a horrible group of selections for Dallas.
  20. silverbear

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    I like the creative trading you have the Cowboys doing, Wulf... I do have a coupla criticisms, though:

    1) The Skins will either draft a CB or a WR at pick 9...

    2) I honestly don't see the Cowboys drafting Pool at pick 27... first off, even a lot of Sooners fans believe that guy is a liability in coverage... second, 27 is just too high for the guy (somebody may reach for him that high, but he's simply not good value)... Bullocks would be a better option later on, or Considine...

    Other than that, I'm pretty impressed with your in-depth knowledge of this draft, and team's needs... your knowledge of the latter is far superior to my own... and I LOVE us taking Willis, I think he has a lot of Erik Williams in him... talk about filling a need...

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