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  • NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

    Based on the most recent draft order I could find, I decided to attempt a first-round mock draft for the second year in a row. Comments are welcome, and will help me structure the next version.

    1. San Francisco -- Matt Leinart, QB, USC
    -The ***** won't miss the chance to take a franchise quarterback. Regardless of whether or not Carroll is going to be a part of their organization, the ***** will probably take Leinart here if they can't trade out of this pick. Even with Rattay and Dorsey, the prospect of bringing a stud QB is too tempting if they have to pick here.

    2. Miami -- Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
    -Another team probably looking to trade down and address multiple needs. The 'Phins could take a QB or RB here, but the offensive line in Miami has been horrible, and no skill player is going to do well until that is secured. Despite drafting O-line in round one last year, they're going to do it again.

    3. Cleveland -- Aaron Rodgers, QB, California
    -With Barron off the table, the Browns will take Rodgers and find a franchise quarterback that will grow alongside Kellen Winslow. With Garcia, Holcolm, and McCown on their roster, the Browns could use a top signal-caller, and they'll get one in Rodgers.

    4. Chicago -- Mike Williams, WR, USC
    -This seems like a no-brainer pick, and it's amazing how a guy projected in the bottom of the top ten last year can see his stock rise after not playing a year. But I rank Williams over Edwards right now, and Chicago is in need of a receiver. With a good work-out, Williams will look like less of a reach here.

    5. Tampa Bay -- Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin
    -The Buccaneers could go RB with this pick, but Gruden probably wants a 'back with receiving abilities here, and neither Benson or Williams are strong receivers. Ronnie Brown would be a reach, so I think the Bucs address their defense with a stud defensive tackle who will replace Warren Sapp on the line.

    6. Tennessee -- Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn
    -The Titans need help on the offensive line, and McNeill is an amazing player at 6'9" with a lot of upside. Considering the Titans are in danger of losing both of their starting tackles because of the salary cap, drafting McNeill here makes a lot of sense in my mind.

    7. Oakland -- Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas
    -The Raiders need a stud running back for their offense, and while taking someone like Benson could be tempting here, the Raiders will froth at the mouth when Johnson falls to them. If Oakland is going to continue running the 3-4, Johnson will be a great addition.

    8. Arizona -- Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
    -The Cardinals are going to need a playmaking running back to depend on when Emmitt Smith calls it quits, but Dennis Green likes speed in his 'backs, and none of the top running backs are burners. So I think Green addresses his defense in the first round by picking Rolle.

    9. Washington -- Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
    -Washington needs a pass rusher, and James is an absolute beast on the line of scrimmage. He's struggled with some injury problems, but his natural ability and upside make him too tempting for the Redskins to pass up. His stock really rose this last year.

    10. Detroit -- Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan
    -Detroit takes local product Jackson here not only because of their need at safety but because of injuries to Dre Bly and Fernando Bryant. Jackson has experience at both corner and safety and thus could help at either position, but could probably challenge Bryant for a starting role in a disappointing secondary.

    11. Dallas -- Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia
    -A playmaker is what the Cowboys secondary is seeking, and Pacman Jones has a nose for the ball. Plus, Jones is good in run support and isn't afraid to take a hit while making a tackle. After losing Mario Edwards, the Cowboys will welcome Jones to their secondary.

    12. San Diego (f/NYG) -- Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma
    -Let's face it, Shane Olivea isn't your ideal right tackle, and the Chargers need to add some youth to that offensive line. With two picks in the first round and needs at cornerback and defensive end, I think the Chargers wait and address their defense later, picking the best offensive tackle on the board here.

    13. Houston -- Marcus Spears, DE, L.S.U.
    -The Texans have only used one first-day pick on a defensive lineman in three years. That changes in 2005, when they draft Marcus Spears, who projects to be an ideal fit in a 3-4 scheme. Spears could probably play either tackle or end because of his versatility, and is a playmaker that the Texans need.

    14. Carolina -- Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
    -The Panthers would love some offensive line help, but the top three tackles are off the board. With Muhsin Muhammad seeking a big contract in free agency, I think the Panthers will let him walk and take Edwards, who is a big receiver that will compliment Steve Smith and Keary Colbert.

    15. Kansas City -- Justin Miller, CB, Clemson
    -At 5'11" and 200 lbs, Miller fits the mold of a typical Chiefs cornerback. He's a playmaker that would really improve the AFC's worst pass defense, and also is an excellent return man, a threat that could possibly help free up Dante Hall for a larger role in the Chiefs offense.

    16. New Orleans -- Thomas Davis, S, Georgia
    -The Saints could really use some help at linebacker, but I don't think they pass up the kind of talent and potential that Davis has shown. Davis is a strong physical defensive back that can move up to the line to support the run because of his strong tackling abilities. If worse comes to worse, the Saints could try to move him to linebacker.

    17. Cincinnati -- Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
    -A beast at 345 lbs, and while Lewis might prefer smaller defensive tackles, he needs a stud lineman to stop the run, and Ngata fits the bill. He has amazing athletic ability and speed for a man of his size, and will help as a pass rusher as well.

    18. Minnesota -- Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
    -Chris Hovan is most likely gone from Minnesota, which means the Vikings need to look for someone to compliment Kevin Williams. Johnson can penetrate as a one-gap pass rusher and improved his stock dramatically during his senior season. I think he'll be better in run support for the Vikings than someone like Cody out of USC.

    19. St. Louis -- Kevin Burnett, LB, Tennessee
    -The Rams need help on the offensive line, but the top tackles have been taken. The next position of need is linebacker, and Barnett is the best on the board. He's a leader with excellent ability and good size, as well as the kind of speed that will allow him to make plays all over the field. This pick would allow the Rams to let Tommy Polley walk and free up money to be spent addressing other need areas.

    20. Dallas (f/BUF) -- David Pollack, DE, Georgia
    -The guy's got a hell of a motor, and the Cowboys probably won't be picking up the bonus on Wiley, who has been a disappointment this season. Pollack is a good pass rushing defensive end and will be a productive member of the Dallas defensive line.

    21. Jacksonville -- Ernest Shazor, S, Michigan
    -The way I hear it, Donovan Darius isn't pleased about being given the franchise tag the last two seasons. Considering Jacksonville entertained trade offers last spring for him, I don't think they're willing to sign him to the kind of deal he wants. Therefore, they'll take Shazor here, who is also a big hitter and in the Darius mold.

    22. Baltimore -- Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
    -If the Ravens don't make a run at one of the top free agent receivers this offseason, and I wouldn't blame them if they didn't after the TO fiasco, then I could see them taking Clayton here as he's the best receiver on the board at this position. I'm confident that Boller can be a good quarterback, but the first step in getting him there is giving him some targets.

    23. Seattle -- Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
    -Running backs have been going lower and lower in the last few drafts, and I couldn't see a team that really needed a running back as their top priority over other positions. And while the Seahawks will probably want to address their weak defense in the draft, they won't be able to pass up on the talent of Benson, who should compete immediately for a job if Shaun Alexander isn't retained.

    24. Green Bay -- Alex Smith, QB, Utah
    -If ever Brett Favre was going to retire, I think it's going to be this year. I don't anticipate that some of the better young quarterbacks (Brees, Hasselbeck) will be available in free agency, so the Packers will take Smith here, which might be considered a bit of a reach but I think Smith's intelligence and leadership abilities make him a good pick for Green Bay.

    25. Denver -- Heath Miller, TE, Virginia
    -The Broncos have needed a presence at tight end since Sharpe retired, and while they could easily use this pick on the defensive side of the ball, I think they'll jump at the chance to take the best tight end in this year's class. Miller provides not only a great receiving target but also a decent blocker. Giving Plummer yet another target to throw to should only help him continue to develop in the Broncos offense.

    26. New York Jets -- Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
    -The Jets would have loved to nab someone like Pacman Jones, but they're not getting a raw deal by taking Rogers here. The Auburn cornerback has good size and speed with a lot of experience to back his play up, but might need some motivation. Still, the Jets will be more than willing to take a chance on a very naturally talented young man.

    27. Atlanta -- Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma
    -Atlanta's defense has been the talk of the town this season, but there's certainly room for improvement. In a secondary that boasts upwards of 12 interceptions on the year, free safety Cory Hall doesn't have a single one. Pool has a nose for the ball and a lot of upside, and I think he would be a great fit at free safety for the Atlanta Falcons.

    28. San Diego -- Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina
    -San Diego addressed their offensive line earlier in the first round, and I think they stay on that side of the ball with this pick. At 6'2", Williamson has good size but more importantly displays excellent speed and is a big threat whenever he gets the ball. The San Diego offense is slowly but surely gaining some valuable weapons, and they'll benefit from having another young target to throw to.

    29 Indianapolis -- Brandon Browner, CB, Oregon State
    -Who in the world are Joseph Jefferson and Von Hutchins? They're players who have seen more time than they should have because of injuries to a Colts secondary already in need of help. Browner is a beast at 6'4" and shows excellent speed with a nose for the ball. He's still a bit raw, but has really done well in the Pac-10 over his career and would add a great player in a need position for Indy.

    30 New England -- Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee
    -The Patriot secondary was so decimated by injuries this season that Troy Brown had to play cornerback for them. That usually means it's a position of need, and I think the Patriots will jump on a young junior with versatility and good physical skills. Allen could either stay at corner or replace Eugene Wilson at free safety, allowing Wilson to move back to cornerback himself. Allen's ability to play the run is an added benefit for the Patriots.

    31 Philadelphia -- Channing Crowder, LB, Florida
    -Neither Mark Simoneau or Jeremiah Trotter are the future for the Eagles at this position, so why not take a player who many feel would be a steal here? Crowder has some character issues that might need to be addressed, but has been an extremely productive player. He's aggressive with good size and speed, making plays all over the field. The Eagles will be happy to add another defensive player to their already dangers group.

    32 Pittsburgh -- Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
    -Kimo von Oelhoffen is on the downside of his career. Nearing 34-years-old, the Steelers need to add another playmaker to their defensive line if they want to continue ranking in the elite levels. Cody is a good athlete, a solid pass rusher, and a team leader. He could also be used as a linebacker in Pittsburgh's 3-4 system, which makes him an ideal pick for the Steelers at the bottom of the first round.

  • #2
    Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

    17 hours, not one comment. Maybe I should have posted it in the Ram forum...

    Plus, it seems this is already outdated, as Jason Allen has decided to stay at school.
    Last edited by Nick; -01-13-2005, 05:28 PM.


    • #3
      Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

      Cody will GO MUCH HIGHER prob top 10 trust me.


      • #4
        Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

        Another change - Marcus McNeill is staying in school.


        • #5
          Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

          Originally posted by NickSeiler
          17 hours, not one comment.
          Don't you hate it when that happens?

          I'm afraid I don't follow college ball enough to be of any assistance here, Nick. But, I do know a good effort when I see it. You've obviously put a lot of time into this. It appears to be well thought out. Good job!

          I think a LB would be a good pick in the 1st round for the Rams if there are no top tier O-linemen left.


          • #6
            Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

            I can;t see Miami going for an OT in the first round with their many needs. I can see them going WR or even QB but i agree that there best shot is to trade down. I also think that Alex Smith will go higher.. maybe Arizona, Detroit, Dallas !!


            • #7
              Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

              I have read it Nick, just a little early for me to think of the draft. Besides I got us picking last ;-)


              • #8
                Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                Once the season is done, we'll open a Draft Forum, and the talk will pick up then.


                • #9
                  Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                  Originally posted by NickSeiler
                  Another change - Marcus McNeill is staying in school.
                  Maybe (Hopefully) I'm wrong, but aren't we looking at the 25th spot at best since we are in the final 8?

                  With Ferguson and now McNeil staying in school, I'm quite sure there will not be a 1st round OT left by the time we pick. So, I'd agree with you Nick, Burnett is the way to go.
                  The more things change, the more they stay the same.


                  • #10
                    Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                    Excellent analysis Nick. The Dolphins need to address their RB and QB problems as well if not in the draft then in Free Agency.

                    I can accept the Rams not taking OT in the first round if they do so later. I would rather see some secondary help in the first round though.


                    • #11
                      Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                      I don't think there's any real way to predict what Miami is going to do with Saban coming in. No loyalties to past players as well as no NFL head coaching experience/tendencies from Saban. I happen to think they (Miami) will go after Edgerrin to fill their rb needs and a FA qb will likely be the route Miami takes to compete with now incumbent starter Feeley. They've got a lot tied up in Feely so I don't know that they're too anxious to see he lose the starting job. Again though, the new coach is too much of a wild card at this point to make any realistic predictions. It all depends on how much control Saban is given by ownership.


                      • #12
                        Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                        Originally posted by DJRamFan
                        I can accept the Rams not taking OT in the first round if they do so later. I would rather see some secondary help in the first round though.
                        Other than OT, I go back and forth between a LB or help in the secondary in the 1st round. I have nightmares of opponents converting on 3rd and 25 over and over as they have in the past. Edwards has been a solid addition. But, I'd still like to see a shutdown corner or safety. Someone like Trufant would work.


                        • #13
                          Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                          Leinart's staying in school, so that's another top pick on here that's gone.


                          • #14
                            Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                            Originally posted by NickSeiler
                            Leinart's staying in school, so that's another top pick on here that's gone.
                            Come on Nick, where were you getting your intel? Close to 10% (and climbing) have fallen by the wayside. Apparently, your people have been having difficulty judging the intentions of these young men. Just kidding...I do appreciate the analysis you have done. It has given me a starting point for consideration. Some things to think about. Thank you.

                            By the way, I'm with RamWraith, my board (ya right) has us picking last! :redface:

                            Go Rams!!!
                            Last edited by viper; -01-15-2005, 09:40 AM.


                            • #15
                              Re: NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v1.0

                              That's what happens when you do a mock before the deadline for declaration. ;)


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                                NickSeiler's 2005 First Round Mock Draft v1.1
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                                NickSeiler's 2005 First-Round Mock Draft v1.1 - 1/24/05

                                1. San Francisco -- Aaron Rodgers, QB, California
                                -The ***** will definitely try to trade down from this pick, because as of right now, there's no clear-cut number one selection in this draft. However, that's the exact problem that's going to make it hard to find people who want to move up here. Barring a trade, I think they take Rodgers, who I grade out as the best quarterback in the draft.

                                2. Miami -- Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
                                -Miami will be looking to trade out of this slot and would probably have more success than San Francisco, but if they can't make it happen, I think they go with Benson here to shore up their running game. With Rodgers off the board, Saban will get a franchise back and address his offensive line in later rounds.

                                3. Cleveland -- Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas
                                -The run defense in Cleveland has left a lot to be desired, and selecting Johnson here would be the first step to fixing that part of the defense. Johnson is one of the best linebacker prospects to come out in recent years, and would be a great pick for a team that's in need of help in their front seven.

                                4. Chicago -- Mike Williams, WR, USC
                                -Even if David Terrell's arrest wasn't factored in, the Bears would benefit from having a receiver who could actually catch the ball and provide a solid target for up-and-coming quarterback Rex Grossman. Terrell's arrest after missing a court date only furthers the need to add some depth here.

                                5. Tampa Bay -- Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
                                -John Gruden wants a franchise running back who can both pound the ball on the ground and has the kind of hands to make receptions out of the backfield. Brown has that ability, and while some might grade Carnell Williams ahead of Brown on their board, Ronnie is a better fit for Tampa Bay and will be taken by the Bucs.

                                6. Tennessee -- Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
                                -The Titans will be looking to replace cornerback Samari Rolle with his cousin, Antrel. Samari could very well be one of the cap casualties for the Titans heading into 2005, as they are reportedly $23 million over the projected cap. Decisions will have to be made, and one of the easier ones will be drafting Rolle here.

                                7. Oakland -- Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
                                -With the two best defenders off the table, including the best outside linebacker, the Raiders don't have much of a decision here. They've been seeking a playmaking running back and, barring a trade to acquire someone like Michael Bennett, they'll get their man here in Carnell Williams.

                                8. Arizona -- Alex Smith, QB, Utah
                                -Raise your hand if you think Josh McCown is a starting NFL quarterback. That's what I thought. Alex Smith has watched his stock rise the last week or so, especially after Matt Leinart elected to remain at USC for his senior season. Expect the Cardinals...
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                      's 2005 Mock Draft v1.2 (1/18/05)
                                by Nick
                                1. San Francisco ***** - Aaron Rodgers*, QB California
                                If the ***** lock up the top slot, they should take a potential franchise quarterback to build around, but I would be surprised if they didn’t try to trade out of the pick to avoid paying the salary a quarterback would command from the top slot. If they do move down, they could be targeting an offensive tackle, or even a running back.

                                2. Miami Dolphins – Cedric Benson, RB Texas
                                The Dolphins have a second-round pick invested in A.J. Feeley, but with a new regime coming in, they could be looking for their own guy to groom. However, a running back like Cedric Benson would fill a much bigger need at this time.

                                3. Cleveland Browns – Derrick Johnson, OLB Texas
                                The Browns really need an upgrade at left tackle, but Alex Barron would probably be a little bit of a reach here. Cleveland is also lacking playmakers on defense, and with new GM Phil Savage coming over from Baltimore, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go after a franchise-type player he can build a defense around.

                                4. Chicago Bears – Mike Williams*, WR USC
                                Like the Browns, the Bears might also be tempted by Florida State’s Alex Barron, especially with GM Jerry Angelo’s tendency to pick linemen in the first round. In fact, I would not be surprised to see him trade down to fill weaknesses at both the offensive tackle and wide receiver positions. However, if he doesn’t trade down, the Bears must come out of the No. 4 spot with an offensive playmaker.

                                5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New York) – Carnell Williams, RB Auburn
                                The Bucs are near the bottom of the league when it comes to running the ball, so a running back makes sense here, especially if they can have their pick of Williams, teammate Ronnie Brown, and Cedric Benson out of Tennessee. These three prospects rank very closely in overall talent, but in my view, Brown’s skills translate best to the NFL. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, to see any of the three picked first at their position.

                                6. Tennessee Titans - Antrel Rolle, CB Miami (Fla)
                                The Titans are another team that might be looking to move down in the draft. With their cap problems, they may very well have to let some of their own free agents leave, and CB Andre Dyson could very well be one of them.

                                7. Oakland Raiders – Ronnie Brown, RB Auburn
                                The Raiders have a lot of question marks, so there are a lot of directions they could go here. But Brown is a good fit for Norv Turner’s offense and the Raiders could mask some of their deficiencies on with his abilities. Brown may possess the best all-around skills of any back in the draft.

                                8. Arizona Cardinals – Alex Smith, QB Utah
                                In my opinion, this is a little high for Smith, but with Leinart electing to stay in school, his value just got a little higher. The Cardinals are probably eyeing one of the top-three running backs...
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                              • Nick
                                NickSeiler's 2005 Mock Draft v2.0 (Two Rounds)
                                by Nick
                                ROUND ONE

                                1. San Francisco -- Aaron Rodgers, QB, California
                                -Rodgers solidified himself as a viable first overall pick by ending debates about his height when, at the combine, he measured in at a solid 6'2". Barring a trade, the ***** will take Rogers.

                                2. Miami -- Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
                                -Out of sight, out of mind? Despite not working out at the combine, I still expect Benson to be the first 'back taken at this point.

                                3. Cleveland -- Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas
                                -With Romeo Crennel as the head coach, the Browns will be looking defense. And Johnson is the best defensive player in the class.

                                4. Chicago -- Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
                                -Edwards very well be taken ahead of Williams by the Bears, who, despite signing Mushin Muhammad, could still use help at WR. Don't rule out Ronnie Brown here, though.

                                5. Tampa Bay -- Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
                                -I haven't seen or heard anything that is going to end the love affair Gruden has with Williams, and I don't think the Bucs have the cap room to make a play on a free agent runner.

                                6. Tennessee -- Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
                                -The Titans need to reload their secondary after cutting Samari Rolle, and despite the rising stock of Pacman Jones, Rolle will probably still be the first corner taken.

                                7. Minnesota (f/OAK) -- Mike Williams, WR, USC
                                -With top defenders Johnson and Rolle off the board, the Vikings will select Williams and bolster a group that has seen Moss leave and might see Kelly Campbell miss time.

                                8. Arizona -- Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
                                -News remains silent on the Cardinals finding a veteran running back via trade, so taking the guy whose stock has soared as of recent seems like a smart play for Dennis Green.

                                9. Washington -- Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia
                                -The 'Skins need help in the secondary with Smoot hitting the market. If they land Samari Rolle, obviously this pick will change. Until then, I think Jones would be a good fit for them.

                                10. Detroit -- Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
                                -Heath Miller is a tempting pick, but the Lions have gone offense with every first round pick they've had since 2000. Time to add some help to the defensive side of the ball.

                                11. Dallas -- Shawne Merriman, OLB, Maryland
                                -Merriman is really impressing at the combine, and Dallas could probably use him either as an outisde linebacker if they go 3-4 or perhaps even at DE, where Marcellus Wiley has been disappointing.

                                12. San Diego (f/NYG) -- Marcus Spears, DE, L.S.U.
                                -Is a defense going to command any respect with a defensive end named Dingle? Of course not. Spears is a much more fear-inducing name, and the Chargers know that.

                                13. Houston -- Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
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                                NickSeiler's 2005 Three-Round Mock Draft (4/7/05)
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                                ROUND ONE

                                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
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                              • Nick
                                NFLDraftCountdown's 2005 2-Round Mock (1/17/05)
                                by Nick
                                Scott Wright's 2005 MOCK DRAFT - January 17th, 2005

                                1. San Francisco 49'ers: Aaron Rodgers, QB, California

                                This is a team in flux with a new front office and coaching staff coming in but more often than not any good rebuilding effort centers around a franchise quarterback. Tim Rattay can be an excellent backup in the league but anything more would have to be considered wishful thinking so with the #1 overall pick they have the opportunity to bring in a centerpiece to rejuvenate the franchise. This is a close call and Alex Smith of Utah also has a good shot at being the first quarterback selected but I give the edge to Rodgers because of his local ties as well as his growing up a fan of the 49'ers. Simply put, he understands what this franchise once was and will take a personal interest in helping to restore that luster. Don't be fooled though, Rodgers is more than deserving of the #1 overall pick based on talent alone and is one of the few players in this Draft who I feel has true star potential. He doesn't have the height you would prefer but his mechanics are textbook and flawless, he is smart after having been tutored by noted quarterback guru Jeff Tedford, he has a great arm and his accuracy is nothing short of amazing. Keep in mind that this is a team that has developed a reputation for being cheap lately so you can't rule out them trading down to save money, but doing so would likely eliminate any chance of landing either of the two franchise signal callers. In my mind there is no doubt that San Francisco should stay at #1 overall and select a quarterback.

                                2. Miami Dolphins: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas

                                There is a new sheriff in town and a lot will depend on how Nick Saban assesses the talent on the team, but A.J. Feeley played much better down the stretch and after already investing a high second round pick in him you would think they would be inclined to give him another shot. What this team really lacks is a stud running back after Ricky Williams abruptly retired on them just before the start of training camp. Remember, this was a team with Super Bowl aspirations and the only major change was the loss of Williams so you have to believe that major strides could be made if they can bring that running game back to life. Cedric Benson is one of the most productive running backs in college football history and is a sure thing who will be a 1,000+ yard rusher as a rookie in the NFL. With three great running backs available the Dolphins may look to move down a little and try to recoup the second round pick they dealt to Philadelphia to acquire Feeley and then nab Cadillac Williams or Ronnie Brown later in the top ten if possible. You can't completely rule out Aaron Rodgers or Alex Smith here since Feeley was far from impressive for most of the season and with Saban's defensive roots he may want to bring in some talent on that side of the ball as well, but when all is said and done my money...
                                -01-19-2005, 09:10 AM