Mock Draft

The 2005 NFL draft is less than three weeks away. There will be some free agent signings and draft order maneuvering that will impact the draft selections that will be eventually made. This mock draft is based on the current data that is available. That being said, here we go...<p>

1) San Francisco 49ers - QB Aaron Rodgers (California)

The 49ers have recently been a QB driven team. Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia have all played major roles in the Niners rate of success. Rodgers played his college ball in the 49ers' back yard. He has all the attributes that the 49ers want out of a winning QB.

2) Miami Dolphins - RB Ronnie Brown (Auburn)

The Dolphins really missed the production of RB Ricky Williams last year. The Dolphins may or may not welcome Williams back to their fold. Miami can't afford to let this pick go up in smoke. Brown would provide the Fins with some insurance, not to mention the complete package at RB.

3) Cleveland Browns - QB Alex Smith (Utah)

The Browns drafted QB Luke McCown last year. McCown has ability, but is very raw. Smith would provide the Browns with excellent leadership and athletic skills. He could blossom into the franchise QB that Tim Couch never became.

4) Chicago Bears - WR Braylon Edwards (Michigan)

The Bears recently released WR David Terrell, who was a number one pick out of Michigan a few years back. The Bears will roll the dice again with their selection of Edwards. Edwards has more play making ability than Terrell, and he would be a nice compliment to recent UFA acquisition Mushin Muhammed.

5) Tampa Bay Bucs - RB Carnell Williams (Auburn)

The Bucs currently have Michael Pittman, Charlie Garner and Mike Alstott on their depth chart at RB.

Pittman has good ability, especially in the passing game, but he has had off the field issues and he fumbles too often. Garner is aging and has had some recent knee issues, while the under-utilized Alstott is nearing the end of his career. Coach Jon Gruden loved Williams at the Senior Bowl and he is hoping that Williams will help make the Bucs offense more explosive.

6) Tennessee Titans - CB Antrel Rolle (Miami, Fl.)

The Titans have many holes to fill on their roster. CB is one position that needs to be addressed and Rolle would provide an instant upgrade to that area. Rolle is big and physical and can play man to man very effectively.

7) Minnesota Vikings - WR Mike Williams (USC)

The Vikings need to buffer the loss of WR Randy Moss by taking Williams, who has exceptional size. Williams has great hands and can get off jams easily. The knock on Williams is his lack of speed, but he has the ability to catch anything thrown in his direction.

8) Arizona Cardinals - RB Cedric Benson (Texas)

The Cardinals need to replace the retired RB Emmitt Smith. They also have Marcus Shipp, but he has had injury issues and he is more of a role back. Benson is too good for Denny Green to pass on at this point. Benson is a great athlete who has a nice combination of size and speed.

9) Washington Redskins - DE Erasmus James (Wisconsin)

The Redskins tried hard to bring in DE Courtney Brown after he was released by the Browns. James is a better option than Brown. James missed the 2003 season with a hip injury, but he was truly dominant at times in 2004. James can bring some serious heat with his pass rush and he also plays the run tough, even with his lack of bulk.

10) Detroit Lions - DE Dan Cody (Oklahoma)

The Lions may have had the best team draft in the entire NFL in 2004. The Lions hope to continue that trend with the selection of Cody. Cody will help the Lions defense get to the point where Green Bay and Minnesota won't look forward to playing the Detroit D.

11) Dallas Cowboys - OLB Derrick Johnson (Texas)

Bill Parcells is thrilled to get a LB of Johnson's caliber here. Johnson can play inside or outside and he also can bring a pass rush as well as play the run effectively. Parcells knows that defense wins championships.

12) San Diego Chargers - DE David Pollack (Georgia)

The Chargers desperately need to get a better pass rush. Pollack will provide the Bolts the edge rusher that they have been looking for. Pollack is very consistent and he always plays hard which will endear him with coach Marty Schottenheimer.

13) Houston Texans - DT Travis Johnson (Florida State)

The Texans need a big and quick DT to help anchor their defense. Houston is a team on the rise and Johnson is another piece in the puzzle that will help Dom Capers get his defense to elite status.

14) Carolina Panthers - OT Alex Barron (Florida State)

The Panthers are revamping their offensive line. First, they signed highly regarded UFA OL Mike Wahle. Now they select Barron who will help anchor the right side of the line so Wahle can play LG.

15) Kansas City Chiefs - CB Adam Jones (West Virginia)

The Chiefs have to improve their secondary. Acquiring CB Patrick Surtain from the Dolphins would be a good start. Jones would be another great addition. The Chiefs might actually stop some passing attacks.

16) New Orleans Saints - ILB Channing Crowder (Florida)

The Saints are looking to find a LB to anchor their defense. Crowder is very talented, but he does come with some off the field issues. Bourbon Street and Crowder may be an explosive combination. The Saints hope the fireworks happen on the field.

17) Cincinnati Bengals - DE Shaun Cody (USC)

Marvin Lewis knows defense. Cody will help the Bengals with his versatility, as he can play inside or outside. Cody can pressure the QB as well as stuff the run.

18) Minnesota Vikings - OLB Shawne Merriman (Maryland)

The Vikings helped their offense with their first pick, now they get help for the defense. Merriman plays the game at full throttle and he also brings an nasty attitude. He also brings a nice abilty to rush the passer as well as solid tackling ability in the run game.

19) St. Louis Rams - OT Jammal Brown (Oklahoma)

The Rams need to keep QB Marc Bulger from getting hit and sacked. Brown would be a good addition. The Rams passing scheme calls for deeper pass patterns and the offensive line needs to hold their pass blocks a count or two longer. Pass blocking is Brown's strength.

20) Dallas Cowboys - CB Carlos Rogers (Auburn)

The Boys go defense again with this pick. Rogers may be the best CB in the draft, so he could be a steal at this point. The Dallas defense could become dominant again after this draft as Rogers is the complete package at CB.

21) Jacksonville Jaguars - CB Brandon Browner (Oregon State)

The Jags were hurt last year by shaky play at CB. They would have liked to have picked Rogers here, but Browner also has great ability and better size. Browner should be able to step in immediately and make an impact for the Jacksonville defense.

22) Baltimore Ravens - WR Troy Williamson (South Carolina)

The Ravens have a scary defense. Coach Brian Billick is now trying to get the offense to be more balanced. Williamson is a great value at this point and he brings the abilty to stretch a defense which will help keep defenses from loading up 8 in the box to stop Jamal Lewis.

23) Seattle Seahawks- DE Matt Roth (Iowa)

The Seahawks need to protect themselves here as DE Grant Wistrom is coming back from injury. Roth is a high energy guy that can bring pressure in the passing game and he is also a very good tackler in the run game.

24) Green Bay Packers - S/OLB Thomas Davis (Georgia)

The Packers need help in a lot of areas defensively. Davis can play either S or OLB, which are two positions the Packers need to upgrade. Davis is always around the ball. He also brings a physical presence that sometimes leaves the opposition looking out of their ear hole after he brings one of his jarring hits.

25) Denver Broncos - WR Mark Clayton (Oklahoma)

The Broncos need to find the eventual replacement for WR Rod Smith. Clayton is very consistent and he helped his cause at the Senior Bowl, where he was a man among boys.

26) New York Jets - TE Heath Miller (Virginia)

The Jets lost TE Anthony Becht to free agency. Miller will help fill that void, plus be a downfield threat. Miller has exceptional hands and usually gets anything thrown in his vicinity.

27) Atlanta Falcons - S Brodney Pool (Oklahoma)

The Falcons need some help at S. Pool has excellent size and he can play the ball very well. Pool also plays the run fairly effectively. Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell won't see many fourth-and-26 completions with Pool in the secondary.

28) San Diego Chargers - WR Roddy White (UAB)

The Chargers helped the defense with their first pick, now it's time to help the offense. WR Reche Caldwell is coming off a knee injury and WR Keenan McCardell is no spring chicken. White would certainly help the depth chart, not to mention the vertical passing game.

29) Indianapolis Colts - DE Marcus Spears (LSU)

Tony Dungy has a high octane offense. Now he needs to get his defense back to the days when he was coaching the Bucs. Spears would be a nice bookend to compliment DE Dwight Freeney.

30) Pittsburgh Steelers - WR Matt   Jones (Arkansas)

Nobody has shot up the draft charts quicker than Jones. The former QB has a great size to speed ratio. The Steelers have to replace Plexico Burress and they always have like WRs that have played some QB.

31) Philadelphia Eagles - RB Ciatrick Fason (Florida)

The Eagles need to help compliment RB Brian Westbrook. Dorsey Levens was fairly effective, but his best years are behind him. Correll Buckhalter has talent, but his is coming off an injury. Fason brings a nice blend of running and catching ability which are important in the west coast offense.

32) New England Patriots - CB Corey Webster (LSU)

The Patriots always seem to reload year after year. The addition of Webster will help fill the void of losing CB Ty Law. Webster has great size and good man to man skills which are important in the New England defensive scheme.

Note: Bob Fox is a correspondent for from Tampa, Fla. E-mail him at

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