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    Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    1. San Francisco *****: Alex Smith (jr.), QB, Utah
    A smart player who will pick up an NFL system quickly, Smith has good size, is mobile enough to hurt teams with his running ability and is also an efficient passer who can make all the necessary throws.


    2. Miami Dolphins: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
    A strong, tough runner with good speed for his size, Benson would help fill the void left by the retirement of Ricky Williams. But there is speculation the Dolphins will attempt to fill their running back need through trade, perhaps for Buffalo's Travis Henry, so stay tuned.


    3. Cleveland Browns: Aaron Rodgers (jr.), QB, California
    Rodgers is a smart, accurate passer with a quick release. His arm strength is adequate and he is a better prospect at this point in his career than former Cal QB Kyle Boller, now the starter for the Baltimore Ravens.


    4. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
    Perhaps the most complete back in the draft, Brown can carry or catch the ball with equal skill. He has size, instincts and quickness that allowed him to put up excellent numbers at the college level.


    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carnell Wiliams, RB, Auburn
    A creative, deceptive runner with tremendous natural skills. Williams can get tough yards inside despite lacking ideal size, a point illustrated by his 29 rushing TDs over the last two years.


    6. Tennessee Titans: Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia
    A good cover man who will also contribute as a kick returner, Jones has very good closing speed and is a willing tackler in run support. That may be his most important quality with the NFL hurting pass defenses by focusing on downfield infractions by defensive backs.


    7. Oakland Raiders: Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
    A fiery, intense player who always goes all-out, Cody is similar to former NFL standout Kevin Greene in his ability to play on his feet as an outside linebacker, or in a three-point stance as a defensive end.


    8. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
    Johnson improved his stock immensely this year. He ties up offensive linemen and is able to gain penetration against the run as well as collapse the pocket in passing situations.


    9. Washington Redskins: Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
    Edwards has the size, speed and athleticism to take over games, and he did that several times in 2004. He also significantly cut down on dropped passes and concentration lapses this past season, pushing his stock even higher.


    10. Detroit Lions: Heath Miller (jr.), TE, Virginia
    A tremendous pass receiver and a willing blocker along the line, Miller would give quarterback Joey Harrington another weapon to complement his wide receivers. He'll also be a help to running back Kevin Jones in the rushing attack.


    11. Dallas Cowboys: Shawne Merriman (jr.), DE/OLB, Maryland
    A workout warrior with incredible physical skills, Merriman would be an ideal end/linebacker combo in a 3-4 scheme.


    12. San Diego Chargers (from NYG): Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas
    Has the speed and strength to chase ballcarriers from sideline to sideline and make things happen when he gets to the ball.


    13. Houston Texans: Mike Williams (jr.), WR, USC
    Williams did not play in 2004 but dominated the college game for two seasons while at USC. His 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame gives him a big advantage over defensive backs, and he would make a perfect complement to young standout receiver Andre Johnson.


    14. Carolina Panthers: Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma
    Brown's long arms, good feet and balance allow him to engage defenders easily and move them off the ball or away from the quarterback.


    15. Kansas City Chiefs: Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
    The Chiefs likely will dedicate most of their draft to defense, and Rolle is a good start. He has the cover skills to shut down wide receivers and also gives up his body against the run.


    16. New Orleans Saints: Thomas Davis (jr.), OLB, Georgia
    A punishing tackler who played safety in college, Davis has the size and speed to move into the front seven and make an impact at the pro level.


    17. Cincinnati Bengals: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
    A force along the line of scrimmage, James can play the run, rush the passer and command double-team blocks. There are some durability questions, though, after he missed parts of the last two seasons with injury.


    18. Minnesota Vikings: Shaun Cody, DL, USC
    A versatile lineman who can play end or tackle, Cody would be a great fit for a Vikings team that has struggled at times along the defensive front.


    19. St. Louis Rams: David Pollack, DE, Georgia
    Pollack plays with tremendous intensity and his motor does not stop. He makes up for a lack of size with good initial quickness and great closing speed.


    20. Dallas Cowboys (from BUF): Troy Williamson (jr.), WR, South Carolina
    The fastest wideout in the draft, Williamson would be a great help to a team that lacked a consistent vertical threat.


    21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
    Barron is equally adept in the passing and running games and has light feet for a player his size.


    22. Baltimore Ravens: Roddy White, WR, UAB
    White's 4.42 speed in the 40 gives him a size/speed combination in the elite category. He is a big-play wideout who averaged 20.0 yards per catch in 2004.


    23. Seattle Seahawks: Darryl Blackstock (jr.), OLB, Virginia
    Blackstock is a solid all-around talent who shows flashes of greatness and has tremendous natural physical skills.


    24. Green Bay Packers: Channing Crowder (so.), MLB, Florida
    A tremendously productive player who adapted quickly to the collegiate game, Crowder has the ideal physical skills for a man in the middle.


    25. Denver Broncos: Matt Roth, DE, Iowa
    Roth is similar to David Pollack: undersized with a great motor and intensity. Roth was productive during his senior year and has good physical ability.


    26. New York Jets: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
    A consistent, durable corner who can cover and support the run, Rogers has played against some of the best talent in the nation during his career.


    27. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Browner (so.), CB, Oregon State
    A consistent cover man with good size, Browner would make a nice complement to Atlanta's top pick last year, CB DeAngelo Hall.


    28. San Diego Chargers: Roscoe Parrish (jr.), WR, Miami
    Parrish has speed and would be a good option to round out a receiving corps bolstered by the addition of WR Keenan McCardell and the emergence of TE Antonio Gates.


    29. Indianapolis Colts: Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State
    Did not intercept many passes, but that's because teams respected his ability and avoided his side of the field. McFadden has the size to match up with big receivers.


    30. New England Patriots: Justin Miller (jr.), CB, Clemson
    A good fit for a team thin in the secondary this season.


    31. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Tuck (jr.), DE, Notre Dame
    Good size and strength. Would be an asset for a team that thrives on pressuring the quarterback.


    32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
    An athletic pass receiver with great body control, Smith can stretch the deep middle and is a good hook-zone threat.
    Maybe it's just me, but I thought this was a very poor mock. Anyone else share this opinion?

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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    Kiper is great for information, but usually outside the top three, his mock draft is as good as anyone else's.
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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    My critique list...

    1) Alex Smith, first overall? I don't buy it. His stock has risen if only because Leinart isn't declaring, but he's not first overall material, IMO.
    2) The Bears taking a running back? No love for Thomas Jones? They have much bigger needs that can be filled here.
    3) Titans take Pacman Jones OVER Antrel Rolle? Kiper must be pretty high on Jones - I'm not quite there, and I saw him play here at WVU.
    4) Raiders wouldn't pass on Derrick Johnson if he fell to them, IMO.
    5) I think Travis Johnson is going too high, but Kiper has him rather high on the big board, so I guess it makes sense according to his rankings.
    6) I doubt the Redskins go after a WR when some of the top defensive ends remain on the board. I'm beginning to think Kiper has his team needs shuffled.
    7) Cowboys wouldn't pass on Rolle.
    8) If the Rams passed on Alex Barron to take another first round defensive lineman, I'd take my own life.
    9) The Packers just drafted a middle linebacker not long ago, and he was in the running for DROT at some point. They have bigger needs than linebacker, IMO.
    10) Roscoe Parrish is not a first round pick, IMO. Neither is Bryant McFadden. And if the Colts pass on Justin Miller to take McFadden, I'd be surprised.
    11) Steelers taking a tight end in the first round? It's a need, but big enough to reach for Smith? Doubtful.
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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    If Alex Barron is still around when the Rams pick, he'd be tough to pass up.

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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    Especially if the Pace situation isn't dealt with for the long-term. Barron would be productive on the right side, but he's a natural left tackle.
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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by NickSeiler
    Especially if the Pace situation isn't dealt with for the long-term. Barron would be productive on the right side, but he's a natural left tackle.
    I'd take him, even if the Pace deal is wrapped up. Then Saipaia could move back inside and along with Tercero & Turner, our 3 inside positions could begin to transition.

    However, I think Kiper has botched this first attempt. Unless he knows something the rest of the world doesn't (which may be the case, who am I to say), I just don't see the draft panning out like his mock AT ALL.
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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    The Pace deal will not be wrapped up, this is something that will go on infinitely until Pace gets what he wants which is why the Rams should draft for OT and let him go if he continues to live in Orlandoland.
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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    I think Pace was in POSTONLAND. Now that they are gone I think things should go A little bit better!
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    Re: Mel Kiper's Stunningly Horrible First Attempt at a 2005 Mock Draft

    Poston may be gone, but I don't think Pace's attitude has. What incentive does Pace have? He can get a buttload of cash while skipping all of training camp.
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