Mock draft

Here's is a mock draft of the first round provided by TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline. Each selection is followed by the NFL team selecting, player, position, and school:<p>

1., Houston, David Carr, QB, Fresno State

Carr is the first pick by default as no one else has challenged for the top spot. Houston would trade if a solid offer is put in front of them.

2., Carolina, Julius Peppers, DE, North Carolina

John Fox had great success with another monster pass rusher named Michael Strahan and sees much the same in Peppers.

3., Detroit, Philip Buchannon, CB, Miami-Fl

A great young cover corner with speed and smarts. Also does a fine job returning punts. The Lions need all three.

4., Buffalo, Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon

The Bills need not only a quarterback of the future but a signal caller for the present. Harrington solves both and soared up charts after a great combine workout.

5., San Diego, Bryant McKinnie, OT, Miami, Fla., 7th

They add another piece to the offensive puzzle and get a stalwart at left tackle for Drew Brees and Ladainian Tomlinson.

6., Dallas, Quentin Jammer, CB, Texas

The Cowboys answered a need signing La'roi Glover in free agency and now address one, possibly two problems areas with this pick, as Jammer is a solid cover corner that is an effective safety in a pinch.

7., Minnesota, Mike Williams, OT, Texas

Minnesota has a ton of needs but must get back to drafting good football players, which is what Williams is.

8., Kansas City, John Henderson, DT, Tennessee

At the top of his game possibly the best player in this draft and someone that can impact on a numbers of positions on the defensive line.

9., Jacksonville, Wendell Bryant, DT, Wisconsin

Bryant can play end or tackle, both needs for Jacksonville.

10., Cincinnati, Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma

The Bengals need more defensive playmakers, and that is Williams to a "T".

11., Indianapolis, Ryan Sims, DT, North Carolina

The type of player new coach Tony Dungy likes; explosive, high-revving and a little undersized.

12., Arizona, Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee

The Cards need an a lot of help on the defensive line.

13., New Orleans, Ashley Lelie, WR, Hawaii

The Saints need to improve team speed and select the fastest guy of the draft.

14., Tennessee, Donte Stallworth, WR, Tennessee

There are needs at other areas but Stallworth is good value and the Titans can use another pair of reliable hands.

15., N.Y. Giants, Levi Jones, OT, Arizona State

Off season move dictate the offensive line needs to be addressed immediately.

16., Cleveland, T.J. Duckett, RB, Michigan State

Butch Davis has fallen in love with this guy. The only other position they'd consider is an offensive lineman.

17., Atlanta, Jabar Gaffney, WR, Florida

After signing running back Warick Dunn the Falcons continue to add more skill players.

18., Washington, Kalimba Edwards, DE, South Carolina

They've signed a lot of receivers in free agency and now address the defense.

19., Denver, Bryan Thomas, DE, Alabama-Birmingham

This is a surprise but Thomas is screaming up draft boards and Denver desperately needs a defensive end.

20., Seattle, Dan Graham, TE, Colorado

A defensive end is high priority but all the good ones will be gone at 20. Tight end is priority number two.

21., Oakland (from TB), William Green, RB, Boston College

Green is a good value after the 15th selection and with two first round choices the Raiders have the luxury of taking this developmental prospect.

22., N.Y. Jets , Edward Reed, S, Miami-Fl

New York could make a move on draft day but if they stand pat they select a ball-hawking safety, something they have not had for almost twenty years.

23., Oakland, Josh Reed, WR, LSU

The have the "over-the-hill" gang at wide receiver and not to much in the pipeline for the future.

24., Baltimore, Napoleon Harris, OLB, Northwestern

A great fit for the new defense and a replacement for Jamie Sharper.

25., New Orleans (from MIA), Lito Sheppard, CB, Florida

More speed as this time they address another need position, cornerback.

26., Philadelphia, Keyou Craver, CB, Nebraska

The players they need will not be available so they take the best player available.

27., San Francisco, Toniu Fonoti, G, Nebraska

Dominant lineman that will be effective in the West Coast offense.

28., Green Bay, Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh

Josh Reed, the better pick may not be available, neither is Napoleon Harris. When focused Bryant is a game-controlling receiver that takes over games, something the Pack needs. At the top of his game he would've been considered one of the first 15 players drafted. Hopefully Brett Farve can inject some maturity into him and help him meet his upper most potential.

29., Chicago, Alex Brown, DE, Florida

A risky selection but it fills a need and Brown will pay high dividends if he buckles down and concentrates on the task at hand.

30., Pittsburgh, Dwight Freeney, DE/OLB, Syracuse

A perfect fit for the four-three and a defender.

31., St. Louis, Mike Pearson, T, Florida

Pearson could slide over to the right tackle spot, a sore area for this explosive offense.

32., New England, Jeremy Shockey, TE, Miami-Fl

They need big, reliable pass catchers for Tom Brady.


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