Mock Draft: Top Sixty Six (Version 3.0)

The 2004 NFL Draft is set to begin...<br><br> After months of speculation and preparation every team will finally make the pick that could define a franchise. Others will be defined by the picks they do not make.

Round One

1. Chargers- Eli Manning- QB- Ole Miss- This selection not only energizes a downtrodden team as well as its remaining fan base, but it gives the Chargers a premiere playmaker at the game's most pivotal position, and one whose bloodline just screams success. That the family doesn't want to play in San Diego is more of a reason to make sure he goes nowhere else and it will spark plenty of talk about the team...as long as he signs.

2. Raiders- Robert Gallery- OT- Iowa- Al Davis prides himself on having a deep and dominating offensive line, and Gallery will indeed dominate while protecting the aging and fragile Rich Gannon.

3. Cardinals- Larry Fitzgerald- WR- Pitt- Although wide receiver is not this team's greatest need, loading this unit by lining up Fitzgerald next to Anquan Boldin and last year's first round pick Bryant Johnson gives the Cardinals a dominant unit that can light up a score board Denny Green style.

4. Giants- Sean Taylor- S- Miami- Tom Coughlin would do well to begin re-building this team in his image by starting with a hardnosed safety who hits like a linebacker and covers like a corner.

5. Redskins- Kellen Winslow- TE- Miami- Although Joe Gibbs typically relies more on dominant blocking tight ends, this team will get best value for this pick by adding Winslow, who can dominate in the passing game and help become a safety valve for Brunell and a decoy for Coles.

6. Lions- Roy Williams- WR- Texas- With no running back worth taking this high, the best way for the Lions to improve their offense is by adding a playmaker to play opposite Charles Rogers, meaning neither of the two elite receivers will face double coverage on a regular basis.

7. Browns- DeAngelo Hall- CB- Virginia Tech- Hall has the size the Cleveland secondary is lacking, and the speed and ball skills to become the only shutdown corner to come from this draft.

8. Falcons- Vince Wilfork- DT- Miami- Defensive minded head coach Jim Mora starts rebuilding his defensive line by adding the draft's best defensive lineman, one who can improve last year's dreadful run defense immediately.

9. Jaguars- Kenechi Udeze- DE- USC- Coach Jack Del Rio believes in building his team around a dominant defensive line, and Udeze is the most complete lineman in the draft with the size to anchor against the run and the speed to be a pass rushing terror off of the edge.

10. Texans- Will Smith- DE- Ohio State- The Texans add versatility to their defense and speed to their pass rush with this pick by adding Smith, who could provide snaps as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker in this defense.

11. Steelers- Ben Roethlisberger- QB- Miami-Ohio- The Steelers end Roethlisberger's free fall by picking a player with the size, mobility, arm strength, and accuracy to be a winning quarterback in this league for a long period of time.

12. Jets- DJ Williams- LB- Miami- The Jets need to reshape their linebacking unit, as well as add speed to their front seven, and there is no better way to do it than by bringing Williams on board.

13. Bills- Phillip Rivers- QB- NC State- The Bills land the heir apparent to Drew Bledsoe, and a player whose accuracy and intelligence are a great in Mike Mularkey's creative offensive scheme.

14. Bears- Tommie Harris- DT- Oklahoma- The Bears get the kind of penetrating tackle needed in Lovie Smith's cover two defense, and a possible anchor of their defensive line for years to come.

15. Buccaneers- Reggie Williams- WR- Washington- The Buccanneers more than replace Keyshawn Johnson by adding a younger, cheaper, and faster clone who offers more production than headache.

16. Forty Niners- Chris Gamble- CB- Ohio State- With the Forty Niners now in full re-building mode, they add size, speed and athleticism to their undermanned secondary by snagging this playmaker.

17.Broncos- Dunta Robinson- CB- South Carolina- The Broncos pick up the defensive back with the quickest feet in the draft, and one whose lack of size will be protected by playing amongst the tallest secondary in football today.

18. Saints- Jonathan Vilma- LB- Miami- The Saints add the kind of versatile every-down middle linebacker their defense has been missing, and one who is an undeniable tackling machine.

19. Vikings- Will Poole- CB- USC- The Vikings secondary has been a weakness for years now, but adding the ballhawk Poole to play across from money man Antoine Winfield should fix that.

20. Miami Dolphins- Shawn Andrews- OT- Arkansas- This pick just makes too much sense, with the Dolphins needing a road grader for Ricky Williams and a replacement for the departed Todd Wade.

21. Patriots- Michael Jenkins- WR- Ohio State- The Patriots need a receiver with Jenkins size, and he would provide a great target for Tom Brady along the sidelines.

22. Cowboys- Steven Jackson- RB- Oregon State- Jackson has the power and vision to dictate tempo in a Bill Parcell's offense, and will easily be the leading ground gainer from this rookie class.

23. Seahawks- Daryl Smith- LB- Georgia Tech- This is a great pick for Seattle, as it will improve their run defense as well as provide a influx of youth to a unit in desperate need of it.

24. Bengals- Randy Starks- DT- Maryland- If defensive guru Marvin Lewis can get Starks to play to his potential then the Bengals will fill their biggest hole and have a star in the making.

25. Packers- Sean Jones- S- Georgia- Jones will be allowed to start at strong safety in a veteran secondary, where he can showcase his physical style of play and nose for the football.

26. Rams- JP Losman- QB- Tulane- The Rams add another arm to the leagues most feared offense because Marc Bulger throws picks, Kurt Warner gets hurt, and because Mike Martz is crazy like that.

27. Titans- Darnell Dockett- DT- Florida State- The Titans will choose a defensive lineman out of necessity, and Dockett's pass rushing skills will show well next to the powerful Albert Haynesworth.

28. Eagles- Kevin Jones- RB- Virginia Tech- The Eagles will add a homerun threat to their backfield to take the pressure off of the leagues new hottest tandem of McNabb and Owens.

29. Colts- Derrick Strait- CB- Oklahoma- This is a great fit as Strait is the kind of sound tackler Tony Dungy loves, and his slow speed will be hidden by safety help in the cover two defense.

30. Chiefs- Karlos Dansby- LB- Auburn- Dansby is a player with great versatility and potential, and along with Kawika Mitchell and Shawn Barber would give the Chiefs and elite group of linebackers.

31. Carolina Panthers- Vernon Carey- OG- Miami- Carey has incredible size and strength, and would replace Jeno James for the Panthers at left guard while providing depth at tackle as well.

32. Patriots- Justin Smiley- OG- Alabama- Smiley is a tough competitor with the kind of team first attitude that makes him a great fit on this New England squad.

Round Two

33. Cardinals- Ricardo Coclough- CB- Tuculsum- While Coclough is raw he has blazing speed and been dominant through his career, two attributes Dennis Green would love to add to his secondary.

34. Giants- Nat Dorsey- OT- Georgia Tech- While Dorsey is not as technically sound as some, he has huge upside, and it's a good bet new offensive line coach Joe Bugel will find a way to bring that out in him.

35. Chargers- Jacob Rogers- OT- Georgia Tech- This pick seems obvious, as the Chargers have a huge hole at left tackle, and Rogers is the most NFL ready left tackle in the draft after Robert Gallery.

36. Lions- Chris Perry- RB- Michigan- Steve Mariucci need a big time bruising back to carry his offense, and Perry has the strength and vision to do just that.

37. Browns- Chris Snee- OG- Boston- The Browns need to upgrade their offensive line in a bad way, and Snee is the best offensive guard or tackle left on the board at this point.

38. Falcons- Jake Grove- C- Virginia Tech- The Falcons add a player who can protect their franchise player, as well as at stability at the center of a line coming off of a very sub par season.

39. Jaguars- Ben Troupe- TE- Florida- The Jaguars get a great target here for emerging star Byron Leftwich, and one who has great hands and solid in-line blocking abilities.

40. Texans- Marcus Tubbs- DT- Texas- The Texans need someone with the size to dominate in a two gap role, and provide depth behind the oft injured Seth Payne.

41. Broncos- Lee Evans- WR- Wisconsin- By adding Evans blazing speed and awesome hands to play along side fellow speedster Ashley Lelie, the future would be brightened for Jake Plummer's Broncos.

42. Jets- Ahmad Carroll- CB- Arkansas- The Jets take a chance on a player with the size and most importantly speed to play outside, while hoping he can turn potential into production for them.

43. Bills- Michael Clayton- WR- LSU- Clayton is a big time playmaker who, despite poor forty times, can get open and make a big play at any given time.

44. Steelers- Keith Smith- CB- McNeese State- The Steelers need speed in their secondary, and Smith can bring that, as well the tons of experience in the man to man coverage scheme the Steelers would like to employ more of.

45. Raiders- Rashaun Woods- WR- Oklahoma State- This pick has steal written all over it, as Woods has great size, runs tight routes, and is possibly the most polished receiver available in the draft.

46. Forty Niners- Devery Henderson- WR- LSU- Henderson has the speed and big play ability to make an impact, as well as to open things up underneath for the sure handed Brandon Lloyd.

47. Bears- Adrian Jones- OT- Kansas- The Bears are rebuilding their offense, so it makes sense for them to add a player who has the athleticism to anchor the blindside for years after a little grooming.

48. Saints- Matt Ware- S- UCLA- The Saints add a player who can add ball skills to their interior secondary while providing depth for the questionable cornerback corps.

49. Bengals- Dontarrious Thomas- LB- Auburn- The Bengals continue to add to their defensive front seven by adding Thomas, a powerful tackler who has improved his coverage abilities greatly.

50. Vikings- Antwaan Odom- DE- Alabama- The Vikings bolster their pass rush by adding this incredible physical specimen, who has the speed to chase the passer and the size to anchor as well.

51. Ravens- Keary Colbert- WR- USC- Colbert has shown impressive speed to go with his great hands and good size, and should be a starter as a number two receiver from day one.

52. Cowboys- Dwan Edwards- DT- Oregon State- Edwards has the size and power to add depth the thin Cowboys line, as well as to free up pass rushers La'Roi Glover and Marcellus Wiley.

53. Seahawks- Isaac Sopoaga- DT- Hawaii- Sopoaga will be a space eater for this defense, and should excel at filling run lanes and opening things up for Grant Winstrom, Chike Okeafor and company.



54. Broncos- Marquis Hill- DE- LSU- Hill has the size to anchor as a power end, which would allow Reggie Howard to resume his role as a pass rushing third end, which is where he fits best.

55. Green Bay- Travis LaBoy- DE- Hawaii- LaBoy has great speed, and could spell the slower Aaron Kampman on passing downs, and could develop into a terror rushing across from KGB.

56. Bengals- Stuart Schweigert- FS- Purdue- This would be a great pick as Schweigert should start from day one, and his ability to dominate in the running game would help key Marvin Lewis' defense.

57. Titans- Max Starks- OT- Florida- The Titans starters at tackle are aging and ravaging the team's salary cap, so this pick adds depth for now until this massive and powerful player is ready to start.

58. Eagles- Michael Boulware- LB- Florida State- This is a great fit as Boulware has the speed to rush the passer and the footwork to excel in coverage that the Eagles expect from their linebackers.

59. Colts- Teddy Lehman- LB- Oklahoma- Lehman has terrific speed and the ability to sift through blockers to locate the ball, and so should excel in Tony Dungy's aggressive defense.

60. Saints- Nathan Vasher- CB- Texas- The Saints need to add depth to their constantly struggling cornerback corps during the draft, and Vasher's experience and ball skills would do just that.

61. Chiefs- Donnell Washington- DT- Clemson- Washington has first round caliber tools, and could provide depth all across the Chiefs perennially unproductive defensive line.

62. Panthers- Ben Watson- TE- Georgia- Watson has had a terrific off-season, and has shown he has the size, speed, and hands to excel from the tight end position.

63. Patriots- Keyaron Fox- LB- Georgia Tech- Fox has terrific speed, range, and instincts and would provide depth for an again linebacker corps while he hones his game playing special teams.

Round 3

64. Cardinals- Igor Oslansky- DT- Oregon- This is the kind of big, powerful player the Cardinals need to free up former first round picks Wendell Bryant and Calvin Pace to make plays.

65. Giants- Richard Seigler- LB- Oregon State- Coach Coughlin would like to get younger, faster, and more aggressive on defense and adding a player such Seigler would be a great way to accomplish that.

66. Chargers- Jason Babin- DE- Western Michigan- Chargers GM AJ Smith will not shy away from small school players, so adding a pass rushing terror like Babin would make a lot of sense.

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