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    Post-Dispatch's Mock Draft

    Post-Dispatch's Mock Draft
    Friday, Apr. 22 2005

    About our mock draft

    Year in and year out, the Post-Dispatch mock draft is among the most reliable.

    We use a panel of football writers throughout the nation to make the picks,
    with each writer picking for the team that he or she covers. Jim Thomas of the
    Post-Dispatch staff makes the Rams' pick. The mock draft reflects the latest
    draft order of teams and does not allow for potential draft-day trades.

    Last season, our mock draft correctly picked seven of the first 12 picks. Of
    the first dozen players taken, we had 11 of the actual 12 players chosen going
    somewhere. But this year there's uncertainty at the top, with QBs Aaron Rodgers
    and Alex Smith, and WR Braylon Edwards all possibilities for San Francisco:

    1.) SAN FRANCISCO
    Aaron Rodgers, QB (California)
    It could come down to sign-ability between Rodgers and Alex Smith.

    2.) MIAMI
    Alex Smith QB, (Utah)
    RB Ronnie Brown is the obvious pick, but Dolphins are smitten with Smith.

    3.) CLEVELAND
    Braylon Edwards, WR (Michigan)
    Browns get a potential difference-maker for new head coach Romeo Crennel.

    4.) CHICAGO
    Cedric Benson, RB (Texas)
    Bears have been looking for a back since Walter Payton and Neal Anderson
    departed.

    5.) TAMPA BAY
    Ronnie Brown, RB (Auburn)
    Jon Gruden says Brown has the best hands in the draft, including WRs!

    6.) TENNESSEE
    Cadillac Williams, RB (Auburn)
    Under this scenario, and minus a trade down, the run on RBs continues.

    7.) MINNESOTA
    Mike Williams, WR (Southern Cal)
    So who needs Randy Moss anyway? Williams should fill a desperate need.

    8.) ARIZONA
    Antrel Rolle, CB (Miami, Fla.)
    With the big three RBs gone, Big Red are the first to draft a defensive player.

    9.) WASHINGTON
    Carlos Rogers, CB (Auburn)
    Among the top CBs, he's faster than Rolle and bigger than Adam "Pacman" Jones.

    10.) DETROIT
    Derrick Johnson, LB (Texas)
    A sideline-to-sideline player who joins Boss Bailey and Teddy Lehman at LB.

    11.) DALLAS
    Marcus Spears, DE (LSU)
    But potential Darren Howard trade with New Orleans could affect this pick.

    12.) SAN DIEGO
    Shawne Merriman, DE/LB (Maryland)
    Needing pass-rush help, the Chargers are ecstatic to land Merriman.

    13.) HOUSTON
    Troy Williamson, WR (South Carolina)
    Texans land a burner to pair with Andre Johnson and stretch defenses.

    14.) CAROLINA
    Alex Barron, OT (Florida State)
    Had targeted Williamson, but with Barron can move Jordan Gross back to RT.

    15.) KANSAS CITY
    Thomas Davis, S/LB (Georgia)
    Whether it's at safety or linebacker, Dick Vermeil loves this guy.

    16.) NEW ORLEANS
    Adam Jones, CB (West Virginia)
    With Davis gone, Jammal Brown is tempting, but so is Pacman.

    17.) CINCINNATI
    Erasmus James, DE (Wisconsin)
    Bengals get a pass-rushing complement to former Mizzou Tiger Justin Smith.

    18.) MINNESOTA
    Shaun Cody, DL (Southern Cal)
    Cody can play DE or DT; David Pollack, DeMarcus Ware are other DE options.

    19.) ST. LOUIS
    Jammal Brown, OT (Oklahoma)
    Brown gives the Rams a prototype right tackle, with an attitude to boot.

    20.) DALLAS
    Mark Clayton, WR (Oklahoma)
    After going defense at No. 10, the Cowboys want a speedy wide receiver.

    21.) JACKSONVILLE
    Fabian Washington, CB (Nebraska)
    With the top two right corners cut from '04 squad, Washington fills a need.

    22.) BALTIMORE
    Travis Johnson, DT (Florida State)
    It's Johnson in a close call over Georgia defensive end David Pollack and OU
    safety Brodney Pool.

    23.) SEATTLE
    David Pollack, DE (Georgia)
    Joins former Rams Grant Wistrom and Bryce Fisher to give Seahawks three high-motor DEs.

    24.) GREEN BAY
    DeMarcus Ware, DE (Troy)
    Packers can now line up Ware and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila on the edge in passing situations.

    25.) WASHINGTON
    Roddy White, WR (Alabama- Birmingham)
    Redskins need a big WR; White averaged 20 yards per catch last season.

    26.) OAKLAND
    Justin Miller, CB (Clemson)
    It should be a Miller; if not Justin, then Virginia TE Heath Miller.

    27.) ATLANTA
    Justin Tuck, DE (Notre Dame)
    A quick pass rusher who fills GM Rich McKay's character qualifications.

    28.) SAN DIEGO
    Khalif Barnes, OT (Washington)
    After going defense at No. 12, Barnes is a good value here for Chargers.

    29.) INDIANAPOLIS
    Matt Roth, DE (Iowa)
    LB is a bigger need, but Colts take a Hawkeye for the third consecutive draft.

    30.) PITTSBURGH
    Marcus Johnson, G/T (Mississippi)
    Steelers lost their starting RG and starting RT in free agency.

    31.) PHILADELPHIA
    Matt Jones, TE (Arkansas)
    TE Heath Miller is tempting, but Eagles go with the former college QB.

    32.) NEW ENGLAND
    Marlin Jackson, CB/S (Michigan)
    A big corner who provides versatility; inside LB is another option here.

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    Re: Post-Dispatch's Mock Draft

    My analysis...


    6.) TENNESSEE
    Cadillac Williams, RB (Auburn)
    Under this scenario, and minus a trade down, the run on RBs continues.
    With big needs at OT and CB, the Titans take... a RB? Not buying it. I know Chris Brown has had problems staying on the field, but bigger needs have to be addressed at this pick.


    13.) HOUSTON
    Troy Williamson, WR (South Carolina)
    Texans land a burner to pair with Andre Johnson and stretch defenses.
    Not as unbelievable as their Tenn pick, but it's hard to imagine the Texans passing on an offensive tackle in Barron here.


    14.) CAROLINA
    Alex Barron, OT (Florida State)
    Had targeted Williamson, but with Barron can move Jordan Gross back to RT.
    I like this pick. Gross is more suited to play right tackle, IMO. While I wouldn't be surprised if they took someone like Brown, it would seem like a better option to take Barron if available.


    16.) NEW ORLEANS
    Adam Jones, CB (West Virginia)
    With Davis gone, Jammal Brown is tempting, but so is Pacman.
    I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see Jones fall this far. I think his height may be a major hang-up for some teams.



    21.) JACKSONVILLE
    Fabian Washington, CB (Nebraska)
    With the top two right corners cut from '04 squad, Washington fills a need.
    Reach. Miller would have been a better choice, even with his recent problems with the law.
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