KFAN Mock Draft


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I don't like the Merriman selection, but Rogers at #20 is solid. He could end up as our number #1 corner. I realize some people don't think we will take a CB, but those people forget that injuries happen and FA signings (i.e. Henry) sometimes go bad.


04.05.05 -- KFAN dot com's second mock draft hasn't changed much at the top, but begins to turn when the Vikings make a somewhat surprising pick at No. 7 (and still add to the defense with the 18th overall selection). Check back each Tuesday until the draft (April 23-24) for the latest mocks.


1. San Francisco Aaron Rodgers | QB | California
Both sides are denying the rumor that the 49ers may send this pick to San Diego for quarterback Philip Rivers. Either way, San Francisco will address its most glaring deficiency.

2. Miami: Ronnie Brown | RB | Auburn
The Dolphins need a feature back and, despite a single 1,000-yard season in college, Brown has the size (6-feet, 233 lbs.) and speed (4.43 in the 40) to become that player.

3. Cleveland: Braylon Edwards | WR | Michigan
The Browns already have turned over their defense through free agency, and probably would like to continue that process by trading down in the first round. If they don't, Utah quarterback Alex Smith certainly will receive consideration; however, the Browns have Trent Dilfer locked up for four years, and might look for a young, ball-control quarterback later on Day 1. Meanwhile, two of their top three receivers -- Antonio Bryant and Andre' Davis -- are in contract years, so landing Edwards would shore up a potential weakness-to-be.

4. Chicago: Derrick Johnson | LB | Texas
Thomas Jones, who enjoyed a resurgence last season in Chicago, is under contract for two more years, and the team remains committed to quarterback Rex Grossman despite his season-ending injury a year ago. It's a reach to take a linebacker in the Top 5, but Lovie Smith can continue to build his young nucleus by selecting best defensive playmaker available.

5.: Tampa Bay: Alex Smith | QB | Utah
The cerebral signal-caller would find a welcome home with the Bucs, who essentially have given up on Chris Simms and plan to use Brian Griese as a stop-gap solution for another year. Like Rodgers, Smith is a highly intelligent football player, and seems a perfect fit for Jon Gruden's complex offense -- something Simms has proven he probably can't become.

6.: Tennessee: Antrel Rolle | CB | Miami
Though USC's Mike Williams is still on the board in this scenario, new Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow can't make much of a case for drafting a receiver. Tennessee can make do with Drew Bennett and Tyrone Calico, but not their shoddy secondary. That means it's either Rolle or West Virginia's Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, and Rolle could have the edge because of his three-inch height advantage.

7. Minnesota: Cedric Benson | RB | Texas
The Vikings want to replace Randy Moss, but they also could use a true feature back to carry the load every week. If this scenario unfolds, the Vikings' choice between Benson and USC receiver Mike Williams will speak volumes about the direction coach Mike Tice wants to push his offense.

8.: Arizona Alex Barron | T | Florida State
This mock doesn't include draft-day trades, but, as we hear it, the on-again off-again deal to send tackle L.J. Shelton to Buffalo for disgruntled running back Travis Henry will go through before April 23. If that deal falls through (again), Dennis Green probably would consider Auburn running back Cadillac Williams. But if the Cards already have their starting back in hand, the decision will boil down to Barron or West Virginia cornerback Adam Jones. The likely departure of Shelton tips the scales toward Barron.

9.: Washington Adam Jones | CB | West Virginia
The Commanders' secondary seems to be in constant flux. Selecting "Pac-Man" would allow Washington to keep Walt Harris at nickelback, play the rookie opposite Shawn Springs and also add a bona fide return specialist.

10.: Detroit David Pollack | DE | Georgia
Average workouts haven't outweighed Pollack's production and high football IQ. The Lions already post one of the NFL's best young defensive lines; adding Pollack would increase the line's versatility and give Detroit options when Cory Redding's contract expires at season's end.

11.: Dallas Shawne Merriman | DE/LB | Maryland
Merriman might be best-suited to play base end in the NFL, but he also would be a perfect fit in Dallas' new 3-4 defensive scheme.

12. San Diego: Mike Williams | WR | Southern California
There's little chance that, if Williams falls past the first nine teams, someone wouldn't trade up with Detroit to grab him. But if not, this scenario would drop another dangerous end-zone threat into the Chargers' lap.

13. Houston: Carnell Williams | RB | Auburn
It's tough to believe Cadillac would slip this far, but durability concerns might lead to just that. Ironically, the Texans could be in the market for a back because starter Domanick Davis has battled his own injury problems.

14. Carolina: Troy Williamson | WR | South Carolina
The Panthers need to replace Muhsin Muhammed, who departed for Chicago in free agency. Despite a relatively average college career, Williamson's stock has skyrocketed after he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds at the scouting combine.

15. Kansas City: Shaun Cody | DE/DT | Southern California
Cody probably is a better fit inside at the next level, but he'll have to bulk up to stay healthy. Then again, any semblance of a pass rush would be an improvement for the Chiefs defense.

16. New Orleans: Marcus Spears | DE | LSU
Spears is stout enough to play inside as well, and might produce better at tackle due to his size (6-foot-4, 307 lbs.) and lack of speed. However, he'd bring versatility to a Saints line that currently lacks athleticism.

17. Cincinnati: Travis Johnson | DT | Florida St.
A true playmaker in the middle to help the Bengals make up for the loss of Tony Williams.

18. Minnesota: Erasmus James | DE | Wisconsin
The middle of the first round is stocked with quality defensive linemen, which could allow James to slip on draft day. James' stock has fallen due to injury concerns -- he missed the 2003 season with a hip injury and was nicked throughout his senior year -- but is an established pass-rusher who (if he stays healthy) could push Darrion Scott and Kenny Mixon for playing time. The Vikings also might consider adding offensive line help or a receiver, but there isn't much value available in this scenario.

19. St. Louis: Jammal Brown | T | Oklahoma
With Kyle Turley on his way out, adding Brown could help the Rams on the field in the short term, while also preparing them to move Orlando Pace's giant contract in the near future.

20. Dallas: Carlos Rogers | CB | Auburn
The Cowboys could also use a receiver, but UAB's Roddy White would be a gamble here. Instead, the Cowboys might look to add an emerging cover corner to play opposite Terence Newman.

21. Jacksonville: Khalif Barnes | T | Washington
A reach, but the Jaguars badly need depth at tackle. Barnes' stock is on the rise after an impressive combine, which could give him the edge on Syracuse's 6-foot-8 behemoth Jason Terry.

22. Baltimore: Roddy White | WR | Alabama-Birmingham
Monster senior year set White up for a big NFL payday, but questions remain about his ability to produce consistently at the next level.

23. Seattle: Thomas Davis | FS | Georgia
Many scouts project Davis as an NFL linebacker -- the opposite transition second-round draft pick Michael Boulware made last season. Considering the Seahawks' injury problems on defense in recent years, Davis probably could step in and contribute immediately at either position.

24. Green Bay: Elton Brown | G | Virginia
The Packers' offensive line has been decimated in the offseason. They can address one need by grabbing Brown, a hefty (6-foot-5, 329 pounds), pro-ready guard.

25. Denver: Mark Clayton | WR | Oklahoma
Clayton might have been better-served to turn pro after his junior season -- by far his most productive at the college level. He's undersized (5-foot-10, 185 lbs.), but Clayton can at minimum develop into a solid No. 2 receiver at the next level.

26. N.Y. Jets: Fabian Washington | CB | Nebraska
The best player available still on the board, Washington could bring much-needed speed to the aging Jets secondary.

27. Atlanta: Dan Cody | DE | Oklahoma
If he slips this far, Cody could make an immediate impact as a pass-rusher for the Rod Coleman-less Falcons.

28. San Diego: DeMarcus Ware | DE/LB | Troy State
The versatile Ware would be a nice fit as a pass-rushing linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 defense.

29. Indianapolis: Barrett Ruud | LB | Nebraska
Another Cornhusker sneaks into Round 1 -- this one to help out the Colts' laughable defense.

30. Pittsburgh: Heath Miller | TE | Virginia
The Steelers find themselves without an experienced tight end on the roster, and Miller is by far the most polished prospect available.

31. Philadelphia: Channing Crowder | LB | Florida
Crowder could turn into this year's Will Poole -- a player with great production and raw athletic ability whose off-the-field concerns cause a draft-day free-fall. But Crowder is considered intelligent on the football field, and the reigning NFC champs need a young player to eventually succeed Jeremiah Trotter.

32. New England: Marlin Jackson | CB | Michigan
Though the Patriots are good enough to take on a project with this pick, they also lack secondary depth. Jackson is a proven corner who might get consideration earlier in the first round if teams can look past his off-the-field issues.


The Dog that Saved Charleston
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And we pass on MW.

Corner was likely beforehand but we just shelled out big bucks for Henry.


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Are you that confident in Henry?

We also gave a big signing bonus to Wiley. Where is he now? Even if Henry works out, who is the third corner? Answer: Someone who will be getting picked on a lot.

If CB is the BPA at #20, then we should draft him.


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If we pass on MW and draft a corner at 20...im jumping out of a window

Danny White

Winter is Coming
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There are so many problems with the assumptions behind this mock draft, I don't even know where to begin.