The NFL Draft...according to Gomila

You can HAVE Mel Kiper and his Eddie Munster cut.<br><br>Back with another year of NFL draft predictions,'s Billy Gomila breaks down the first round and gives us an idea of where the Tigers are likely to go in next weekend's selections. He talks with another homegrown draft authority about LSU's future pros.

Mock First Round

1. Cincinnati Bengals – Carson Palmer, QB, Southern Cal

New head coach Marvin Lewis might want to draft defense, but owner/GM Mike Brown is reportedly enamored with the Trojan Heisman winner.

2. Detroit Lions – Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State

Rogers is a Michigan native, attended a Michigan school, and fulfills a big need for the Lions. Rogers is considered the surest thing in the draft and should be a lock here.

3. Houston Texans – Andre Johnson, WR, Miami

This former Hurricane is a remarkable prospect, and the Texans believe he will be a major downfield threat for franchise QB David Carr. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds with 4.3 forty speed, Johnson is a rare specimen at his position.

4. Chicago Bears – Dewayne Robertson, DT, Kentucky

The Bears want to add some youth to their defensive line, and Robertson is a squatty, wide defensive tackle, perfect to help keep MLB Brian Urlacher free to make plays.

5. Dallas Cowboys – Terrence Newman, CB, Kansas State

The Cowboys have many needs and may look to trade down. But if not, they will not pass up Newman. Most will consider it a shock that he falls this far, as he may be the best athlete in the draft and can help upgrade a secondary instantly.

6. Arizona Cardinals – Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona State

The Cardinals get the man they want. Suggs is a big time pass rusher, something the Cards have liked, plus he's a hometown boy, something any team would love to have.

7. Minnesota Vikings – Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Penn State

The Vikings need help on defense, and Kennedy is a 330-pounder who will help free up DT Chris Hovan to make more plays in the backfield.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars – Byron Leftwich, QB, Marshall

Jacksonville covets Andre Johnson, but if he's off the board they'll take the best available player, which is definitely Leftwich.

9. CarolinaJordan Gross, OT, Utah

Carolina needs help along the offensive line, and Gross is the top tackle prospect. He can come in and start immediately on the right side for John Fox's club.

10. Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Boller, QB, California

Coach Brian Billick is enamored with the Cal signal caller, who has risen big-time with off-season workouts. The Ravens have needed a franchise QB for several years, and Boller might be just that.

11. Seattle Seahawks – Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington State

Seattle needs help on defense, and local product Trufant is more than capable of starting as a rookie.

12. St. LouisEric Steinbach, OL, Iowa

The offensive line was a major weakness for the Rams last year. They traded for Kyle Turley, but Orlando Pace's holdout doesn't have an end in sight and he could be traded. Steinbach can come in and help quickly at either guard or tackle.

13. New York Jets – Kevin Williams, DT, Oklahoma State

The Jets need some help on the d-line, and Williams is a tough run-stopper who would fit in well.

14. New England Patriots – William Joseph, DT, Miami

The Patriots run defense was awful last year, and the line was a big part of the problem. Joseph is a 300-pounder who can play the run and pass.

15. San Diego Chargers – George Foster, OT, Georgia

San Diego's offensive line is a major weakness, one that Foster can help address quickly. He's a versatile player that could fit in at guard or tackle.

16. Kansas City Chiefs – Jerome McDougle, DE, Miami

The Chiefs managed only 33 total sacks last season. McDougle can help provide instant pass-rush as a rookie, though he'll need to add bulk.

17. New Orleans Saints – Jonathan Sullivan, DT, Georgia

The Saints desperately need help on defense, and Sullivan is a consistent, blue-collar worker who will fit in well with Jim Haslett. The former Bulldog is strong at the point of attack against the run and the pass.

18. New Orleans Saints – Troy Polomalu, S, Southern Cal

New Orleans needs to add youth and speed in the secondary. Polomalu is a big hitter and a tremendous athlete. Many consider him to be one of the top 10 or 15 true football players in this draft.

19. New England Patriots – Kelley Washington, WR, Tennessee

The Patriots are looking for a big receiver, and at 6-2 and 220 pounds, Washington fits that mold. His thick frame and run after the catch skills make him a good fit in New England's short passing offense.

20. Denver Broncos – Kwame Harris, OT, Stanford

Harris is a combination of great size (6-7, 320), agility and intelligence. His maturity can help him come in and start quickly on a Denver line that has tailed off in recent years after several seasons of dominance.

21. Cleveland Browns – Boss Bailey, OLB, Georgia

The Browns have lost both of their starting outside linebackers, and Bailey has a rare blend of size and speed that could make him a remarkable playmaker on the weak side.

22. New York Jets – Bryant Johnson, WR, Penn State

The Jets could use a big receiver to go with "smurf" types Wayne Chrebet and Santana Moss. Johnson is a big, physical wideout with decent speed.

23. Buffalo Bills – Michael Haynes, DE, Penn State

The Bills need somebody to help bring a pass rush from the edges. Haynes has a quick burst off the line and at 280 pounds, the size to play the run.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Kenny Peterson, DL, Ohio State

The Colts need depth along the d-line and Peterson is a "tweener" end/tackle prospect who can play anywhere. A tough, one-gap penetrator, he's a good fit for Tony Dungy's defensive scheme.

25. New York Giants – Ty Warren, DT, Texas A&M

Injuries showed the Giants how important defensive line depth is last year. Warren is a big defensive tackle who can push the pocket and help Michael Strahan terrorize quarterbacks again.

26. San Francisco 49ers – Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska

San Francisco is also desperate for d-line help, and Kelsay can help ad some teeth to their pass rush from the end spot.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers – Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State

The Steelers want to bring in a young back to take over for Jerome Bettis. They are reportedly high on Johnson, who is a bruising power runner in the mold of "The Bus."

28. Tennessee Titans – Willis McGahee, RB, Miami

This pick will shock many, but Eddie George has had injury problems as of late and may only have a few years left. McGahee's knee injury will likely cost him the 2003 season, but he could come in soon after and take over for George.

29. Green Bay Packers – Rex Grossman, QB, Florida

The Packers decide the time is now to choose the successor to Brett Favre. Grossman has the size, arm strength, and field vision to be a fine NFL starter, and he'll have time to develop while Favre finishes out his last years.

30. Philadelphia Eagles – Tyler Brayton, DE, Colorado

The Eagles just lost Hugh Douglas and need to bring in an edge-rushing end to replace him. Brayton fits the bill. He's a tall, athletic defender with a nose for the ball.

31. Oakland Raiders – Jeff Faine, C, Notre Dame

The Raiders aren't likely to want center Barrett Robbins around after his problems before the Super Bowl. Faine is a fitting successor, a tough, nasty blocker who fits well into the Raider mold.

32. Oakland Raiders – Rashean Mathis, S, Bethune-Cookman

Rod Woodson can't play forever, and Mathis is a tremendous athlete and a versatile defensive back that can provide depth and eventually move into his spot.

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