NickSeiler's 2005 Three-Round Mock Draft (4/7/05)
1. San Francisco -- Aaron Rodgers, QB, California
-The liklihood of a trade down seems to be thin at this point, and the ***** have narrowed their field down to four players: Rodgers, Smith, Rolle, and Edwards. I think Rodgers wins out here, as the tempation to grab an in-state prospect first overall as your franchise QB is too great.
2. Miami -- Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
-Miami apparently hasn't ruled out moving out of this position, and could entertain offers from teams that seek the talent of Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams. But I'm not convinced that Nick Saban will pass up on grabbing someone like Brown, who could be a franchise back for years.
3. Cleveland -- Alex Smith, QB, Utah
-Romeo Crennel is a defensive coach, so a linebacker like Derrick Johnson would make sense here. But between Davis, Taylor, Stewart, and Thompson, I think the Browns have enough bodies at linebacker to push this need down on the board. What they need is a QB to build on.
4. Chicago -- Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
-Signing Mushin Muhammad went a long way to improving this offense, but the Bears could really use another talented receiver, especially if Lovie Smith still has dreams of running a Ram-like offense in Chicago. Braylon Edwards has everything the Bears could want out of a receiver.
5. Tampa Bay -- Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
-Mike Williams is tempting here, because the Williams/Clayton duo would be dangerous for years to come. But the Bucs passing offense was 12th in the league last season, while their running offense was 29th. It's that kind of disparity that's going to cause the Bucs to invest in a Caddy.
6. Tennessee -- Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
-The Titans need help at both offensive tackle and cornerback, but after losing both Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson, I think cornerback wins out in the battle of the first round. I'm not going to bend to the pressure of having Adam Jones as the top cornerback in this draft, though.
7. Minnesota (f/OAK) -- Mike Williams, WR, USC
-The Vikings did just about everything imaginable to improve their defense - they traded for Napoleon Harris and Sam Cowart, and signed Pat Williams and Darren Sharper in free agency. However, the Vikes need to do something else to improve their receiver unit besides signing Travis Taylor.
8. Arizona -- Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
-A cornerback like Jones is tempting here because the Cardinals have virtually nothing at cornerback right now outside of David Macklin. But I don't believe Denny Green passes on Benson, once considered the top running back in this draft class, and perhaps the last piece missing from a dangerous offense.
9. Washington -- Adam Jones, CB, WVU
-Losing Fred Smoot and trading Champ Bailey means the Redskins have a big need at cornerback. Shawn Springs and Walt Harris are good but there's nothing behind them. Jones could challenge immediately for a starting job, and at worst, play in nickel packages his rookie season.
10. Detroit -- Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas
-Word has it that Johnson is slipping a bit, but the Lions aren't going to be bothered by those kind of rumblings. They want to move Teddy Lehman inside to challenge the aging Earl Holmes as the starting middle linebacker, meaning a talented outisde linebacker will be needed.
11. Dallas -- Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland
-The Cowboys cut ties with Marcellus Wiley after a failed expensive experiment, so there's a need at defensive end. Even if Dallas doesn't switch to the 3-4 defensive scheme, Merriman has shown he's a solid defensive end prospect, and could play upright if Dallas is so inclined.
12. San Diego (f/NYG) -- Marcus Spears, DE, L.S.U.
-Grabbing a receiver like Troy Williamson is an option for the Chargers, who lack a big time playmaker at the receiver position. But their defensive line needs an influx of talent as well, and Marcus Spears is certainly someone who fits that bill, especially in a 3-4 system like the one San Diego runs.
13. Houston -- Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
-The Texans made an attempt to lure Orlando Pace to Houston this spring, but Pace instead used their offer to get some more from the Rams and signed long term with St. Louis. There's no question the Texans need offensive line help, and Barron is a potential franchise left tackle.
14. Carolina -- Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina
-Will Kerry Colbert be able to fill in for Mushin Muhammad now that the veteran has found a new home elsewhere? Perhaps, but what's left behind Smith and Colbert on the depth chart? The Panthers would benefit from another playmaking receiver, and Williamson is just that.
15. Kansas City -- Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
-The Chiefs may be close to trading for Patrick Surtain, but until it happens, you have to assume they've still got cornerback as one of their top needs on their draft board. With Pacman Jones and Antrel Rolle already off the board, the clear-cut choice is Rogers.
16. New Orleans -- Thomas Davis, LB/S, Georgia
-The need for a safety was quieted some by the signing of Dwight Smith, but the Saints let Tebucky Jones walk and thus could still use more depth in their secondary. Even if Davis doesn't fit there, he could try to crack the line-up as an outside linebacker, where some project him anyways.
17. Cincinnati -- Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
-The Bengals need to look at middle linebackers given that Nate Webster may not be healed in time for training camp, but it's slightly too early to take someone like Channing Crowder here. Another defensive presence is needed on that line, so I suspect the Bengals go with James.
18. Minnesota -- Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
-The Vikings signed Pat Williams to a three year deal to play opposite of Kevin Williams, but Pat's going to be 33 this fall, and by drafting Johnson, the Vikings would have a young talent waiting in the wings, rotating into the line-up and eventually taking over for the big man.
19. St. Louis -- Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma
-Kyle Turley's request to play DE is probably more legal posturing than it is a legitimate proposition. I still very much expect the Rams to make Turley a June cap casualty, which means the right tackle position is priority number one. If Brown is available, he'll be the man to fill the hole.
20. Dallas (f/BUF) -- Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
-Reports indicate that Keyshawn Johnson is not happy (imagine that) with his current contract with the Dallas Cowboys and would like a pay raise. The Cowboys may or may not be entertaining such an idea, but either way, they need youth at the receiver position, and Clayton is the best on the board.
21. Jacksonville -- Justin Miller, CB, Clemson
-After signing both Reggie Hayward and Marcellus Wiley as free agents, the need to spend a first round pick on a defensive end has decreased, and Jacksonville can afford to address another area of its defense - the secondary. Miller should be an immediate contributor in his rookie year.
22. Baltimore -- David Pollack, DE, Georgia
-Word out of Baltimore is that they love this guy, and it's not hard to see why. Pollack's heart and determination have kept him in the first round despite a lack of elite physical skills and measurables. While the Ravens could use help at the WR position, it sounds as if Pollack is their man.
23. Seattle -- Channing Crowder, LB, Florida
-After signing DE Bryce Fisher, DT Chartric Darby, and CB Kelly Herndon, it seems the only defensive need that needs help filling is the linebacker position. The Seahawks cut Anthony Simmons so there's a need at outside linebacker, but the best player at this position on the board is Crowder.
24. Green Bay -- Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma
-After losing Darren Sharper, Michael Hawthorne, and Bhawoh Jue, the Packers need some serious help at safety. Davis was perhaps the best safety prospect, but Pool looks to be the best pure free safety in the class, and the Packers will waste no time selecting him here.
25. Denver -- David Baas, G, Michigan
-Trades with Cleveland have basically secured the defensive front, which was the biggest need area for the Broncos. The addition of Courtney Brown and Ebenezer Ekuban as well as Trevor Pryce's restructuring means the Broncos can go another direction, such as Baas, who can replace Dan Neil.
26. New York Jets -- Marlin Jackson, DB, Michigan
-The Jets need to add some youth to their secondary, and while they began the process last season by takng Derrick Strait in the third round, they'll continue it here by taking Marlin Jackson, whose workouts showed that he can in fact be a legit NFL cornerback despite concerns about his speed.
27. Atlanta -- Shaun Cody, DL, USC
-The Falcons need depth at both defensive end and defensive tackle after cutting ties with some veteran back-ups, and Cody has the ability to play both positions. He's an explosive pass rusher with good speed who could break into the starting line-up at defensive tackle.
28. San Diego -- Roddy White, WR, U.A.B.
-The Chargers passed on a playmaking receiver in Troy Williamson earlier in the first round in order to beef up their defensive line with stud defensive end Marcus Spears, so I don't expect them to pass on Roddy White, who has broken into the first round with good size and sub 4.5 speed.
29. Indianapolis -- Corey Webster, CB, LSU
-The Colts would have liked for Justin Miller to fall to them here, but they can't pass up on making additions to their secondary, even if it may be a bit of a reach. Webster may not have watched his stock sore like other corners in this class, but would still be a solid selection for the Colts.
30. Pittsburgh -- Heath Miller, TE, Virginia
-Miller has been unable to work out while recovering from abdominal surgery, and it has hurt his stock. But I think he remains the top tight end in this class, and if he falls to Pittsburgh, they'll select him here as they want to add another playmaking threat to their offense.
31. Philadelphia -- Matt Jones, WR/TE, Arkansas
-The Eagles are looking for a wide receiver to compliment Terrell Owens, and thus far haven't been able to really find one. Jones has watched his stock sore over the last few weeks, and because of his athleticism, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Eagles take him late in the first.
32. New England -- Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia
-Ted Bruschi's future with the club is uncertain because of his health problems. While he might be back, I don't think the Pats can afford to pass up on adding some youth to their linebackers by selecting Thurman, whom they've had their eye on anyway and would be a solid fit for them.
33. San Francisco -- Brandon Browner, DB, Oregon State
-Browner's stock has been falling, but he adds versatility to a San Francisco secondary that could use help at CB and S.
34. Cleveland -- Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin
-After losing many of their defensive lineman to the Broncos via trade, the Browns need to restock with Hawthorne.
35. Philadelphia (f/MIA) -- Kevin Burnett, OLB, Tennessee
-Burnett may not start immediately, but he's a solid addition for the future of the club's defense.
36. Tampa Bay -- Elton Brown, G, Virginia
-Despite disappointing people at the combine, Brown will be the Bucs' choice mostly because of need on the O-line.
37. Tennessee -- Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington
-Some consider Barnes a first round pick, making him a great selection for the Titans in the second round.
38. Oakland -- Barrett Ruud, ILB, Nebraska
-Rudd's stock is on the rise, and after trading away Napoleon Harris, the Raiders need an inside presence.
39. Chicago -- Ciatrick Fason, RB, Florida
-Chicago passed on a stud rusher in the first, but will add one here in Fason.
40. New Orleans -- Luis Castillo, DT, Northwestern
-The Saints will continue to address their defense, this time their defensive line.
41. Detroit -- Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
-The Lions got a great player in Johnson in round one, and continue to add to their defense with Cody.
42. Dallas -- Daryl Blackstock, LB, Virginia
-Even if the Cowboys aren't going to the 3-4, they could use Blackstock to add depth to their LB unit.
43. New York Giants -- Justin Tuck, DE, Notre Dame
-Michael Strahan isn't getting any younger, and Tuck could challenge for a starting spot opposite of him in the meantime.
44. Arizona -- Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska
-Outside of David Macklin, the Cardinals have nothing at cornerback. Drafting Washington here is a must.
45. Carolina -- Adam Terry, OT, Syracuse
-The Panthers passed on Jammal Brown to add a playmaking receiver in round one, so they'll grab a tackle here.
46. Kansas City -- Chris Henry, WR, WVU
-After going defense in the first round, the Chiefs add youth to their offense by taking a shot on Henry.
47. Houston -- Demarcus Ware, DE, Troy St.
-The Texans could use some quality additions to their defensive line, and some consider Ware a potential first rounder.
48. Cincinnati -- Chris Spencer, C, Ole Miss
-Even if the Bengals resign Rich Braham, they need to begin planning for the future at the center position.
49. Minnesota -- Marcus Johnson, G/T, Ole Miss
-There's no reason the Vikings can't add more depth to their offensive line with this pick.
50. St. Louis -- Josh Bullocks, S, Nebraska
-Adam Archuleta may not be the answer at free safety for the Rams, but Bullocks very well could be.
51. Green Bay -- Charlie Frye, QB, Akron
-It's finally time the Packers find Brett Favre's replacement, and getting Frye this late is a steal.
52. Jacksonville -- Ernest Shazor, S, Michigan
-Donovan Darius isn't happy about being in Jacksonville, so the Jags should start planning for life without him.
53. Baltimore -- Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton
-After passing on a receiver in round one, the Ravens add Mathis in the second round to bolster their offense.
54. Seattle -- Logan Mankins, G/T, Fresno State
-The Seahawks could use more depth on the offensive line. Mankins could compete for the starting RT position.
55. Buffalo -- Wesley Britt, OT, Alabama
-After losing Jonas Jennings to free agency, the Bills need to find an answer at left tackle. It could be Britt.
56. Denver -- Donte Nicholson, S, Oklahoma
-They might have resigned Chris Young, but Donte Nicholson would be a nice fit for the Broncos at strong safety.
57. New York Jets -- Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
-Smith may have fallen off the radar because of the recent Matt Jones lovefest, but remains a solid prospect at tight end.
58. Green Bay -- Lance Mitchell, ILB, Oklahoma
-If the Packers want to move Nick Barnett to the outside, they're going to need to find someone to play MLB.
59. Atlanta -- Fred Gibson, WR, Georgia
-Peerless Price isn't working out as the number one target in Atlanta, so I see the Falcons grabbing this local prospect.
60. Indianapolis -- Kirk Morrison, ILB, San Diego St.
-With Rob Morris gone, the Colts need a presence at inside linebacker and will look to Morrison as their answer.
61. San Diego -- Oshiomogho Atogwe, S, Stanford
-Do the Chargers really expect Bhawoh Jue to be their starting free safety in 2005?
62. Pittsburgh -- Michael Munoz, OT, Tennessee
-Losing Oliver Ross to free agency hurt, but Munoz can at least compete for Ross's vacated position.
63. Philadelphia -- Marion Barber III, RB, Minnesota
-Drafting Barber here gives the Eagles a nice compliment to Brian Westbrook in the backfield.
64. New England -- Bryant McFadden, CB, FSU
-The Pats may not have looked like losing Ty Law hurt them, but more depth in the secondary wouldn't hurt.
65. San Francisco -- Vernand Morency, RB, Oklahoma St.
-Is Kevin Barlow the answer at running back for San Fran?
66. St. Louis (f/MIA) -- Antonio Perkins, CB, Oklahoma
-Perkins gives the Rams not only depth in the secondary but a solid return threat.
67. Cleveland -- Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia
-More depth in the passing game is needed if the Browns want Alex Smith to succeed.
68. Tennessee -- Terrance Murphy, WR, Texans A&M
-Cutting Derrick Mason means the Titans need some help at receiver.
69. Oakland -- James Butler, S, Georgia Tech
-Willing in coverage and run support, Butler would be a good fit in Oakland.
70. Miami (f/CHI) -- Chris Colmer, T, NC State
-If Colmer can stay healthy, he could be a solid lineman for the Dolphins.
71. Tampa Bay -- Mike Patterson, DT, USC
-Who better to replace Warren Sapp than the player nicknamed "Baby Sapp?"
72. Detroit -- Jeremy Parquet, T, Soutern Miss
-Losing Stockar McDougle means the Lions need to look at offensive tackles.
73. Houston (f/DAL) -- Rian Wallace, LB, Temple
-A 3-4 defense can never have enough linebackers, and Wallace is a solid prospect.
74. New York Giants -- Eric Green, CB, VA Tech
-Rumor had it Will Allen was on the trading block, and the Giants need depth at CB anyway.
75. Arizona -- C.J. Mosley, DT, Missouri
-The Cardinals need someone to play beside Darnell Dockett, so Mosley's the man.
76. Washington -- Matt Roth, DE, Iowa
-Roth has a great motor and would be a solid addition to the Redskins' defensive line.
77. Philadelphia (f/KC) -- Pete McMahon, T, Iowa
-The Eagles could use some additional depth to their offensive line after losing Mayberry.
78. Houston -- Robert McCune, LB, Louisville
-Despite taking a linebacker earlier in round three, the Texans need to restock after cutting Sharper and Foreman.
79. Carolina -- Eric Shelton, RB, Louisville
-Questions surround Steven Davis and DeShaun Foster, so adding Shelton as security is a good move.
80. Minnesota -- Chris Canty, DE, Virginia
-Durability is a concer, but Canty has the tools to be a solid defensive end in the pros.
81. St. Louis -- Joel Dreessen, FB/TE, Colorado St.
-The combo of Manumaleuna/Williams at tight end can be upgraded by a quality pass catcher like Dreessen.
82. New Orleans -- Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn
-If Campbell falls this far, the Saints will be more than happy to take him in the third round.
83. Cincinnati -- Craphonso Thorpe, WR, Florida St.
-There is speculation that Peter Warrick could be released, but regardless, the Bengals could use more help at receiver.
84. Baltimore -- Ben Wilkerson, C, LSU
-The Ravens lost Casey Rabach to free agency and a young talent like Wilkerson may be able to fill the hole.
85. Seattle -- Darrent Williams, CB, Oklahoma St.
-Williams projects as a quality nickel/dime back, which the Seahawks could certainly use.
86. Buffalo -- Ronald Fields, DT, Mississippi St.
-Someone needs to replace Pat Williams on the defensive line in Buffalo.
87. Jacksonville -- J.J. Arrington, RB, California
-Undersized, but is a threat with the ball and quite versatile. The Jags may also bite on Clarett later in the draft.
88. New York Jets -- Ray Willis, OT, Florida State
-Willis will at worst compete for the starting job at right tackle.
89. Green Bay -- Chris Kemoeatu, G, Utah
-The Packers have some options on the offensive line, but Kemoeatu can provide another one, just in case.
--. Denver -- Forfeited Selection
90. Atlanta -- Michael Boley, LB, Southern Miss
-Boley is a fast player who could be a very good fit playing beside Hartwell and Brooking.
91. Tampa Bay (f/SD) -- Roscoe Parrish, WR, Miami
-The Bucs need another receiver to compliment Clayton, and Parrish's speed makes him a big threat.
92. Indianapolis -- Atiyyah Ellison, DT, Missouri
-Interior line help is needed in Indy, and Ellison should at the very least add that.
93. Pittsburgh -- Mark Bradley, WR, Oklahoma
-Bradley may not have Plaxico's size, but could be an adequate replacement in time.
94. Philadelphia -- Vincent Jackson, WR, Northern Colorado
-If the Matt Jones experiment doesn't work out, Jackson gives the Eagles some security.
95. Arizona (f/NE) -- Andrew Walter, QB, Arizona St.
-Kurt Warner isn't a long term answer, and McCown hasn't proved much as a starter.
96. Tennessee (Comp.) -- Evan Mathis, OL, Alabama
-The Titans may need more O-line depth depending on Brad Hopkins's situation.
97. Denver (Comp.) -- Bill Swancutt, DE, Oregon St.
-At the end of day three, selecting another body for the D-line couldn't hurt.
98. Seattle (Comp.) -- Matt McCoy, LB, San Diego State
-More depth to the linebacker unit could be added, and McCoy's stock has been on the rise.
99. Kansas City (Comp.) -- Adam Seward, LB, UNLV
-The Chiefs want to move Kendrell Bell around, and may need more depth at MLB under those circumstances.
100. New England (Comp.) -- C.J. Brooks, G, Maryland
-A smart player who would add depth as both a guard and a tackle for the Pats.
101. Denver (Comp.) -- Kevin Everett, TE, Miami
-Could Everett be the guy to finally fill the shoes of Shannon Sharpe?
Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Three-Round Mock Draft (4/7/05)
nice work, nick. this is as solid as many of the "expert" mocks on the web...
i like the first and 2nd rd, but personally, i'd go for eric green at #66 and vincent jackson at #81...
jackson may be the redzone receiving threat the rams have been lacking the past decade or so...
Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Three-Round Mock Draft (4/7/05)
Great work nick I'll be happy if it falls that way I like all four picks
Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Three-Round Mock Draft (4/7/05)
Green is a solid prospect that could probably play either corner or safety, so I wouldn't be disappointed with that choice. I think you've made a good assessment on Jackson - he's an underrated receiver prospect in this class who has great size and athletic ability, though he might find himself switching to a receiving tight end as a pro. As a former basketball player, you have to wonder if he could be the next Antonio Gates.
Originally Posted by rampete