<P>Scout.com's very own Lane Adkins forecasts what each team will do in the upcoming
2005 NFL Draft. Will the 49ers go with a QB? Will Bill Parcells add to his Cowboys
defensive roster, or go with a playmaker? How about the Superbowl champion Patriots
who need players on both sides of the ball?</P><P>Read on for picks 1-32 for the
first round of this Aprils NFL Draft.</P>
1. San Francisco 49ers: QB
Aaron Rodgers, California. The 49ers are in need of a franchise quarterback to
lead them into the future.
2. Miami Dolphins: RB Ben Ronnie Brown,
Auburn. In Brown, Miami gets a legitimate threat every time he touches the ball.
Cleveland Browns: WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan. The Browns need playmakers,
and the explosive Edwards fits the bill.
4. Chicago Bears: RB Cedric Benson, Texas. Head coach Lovie Smith wants to run the football effectively, starting
with the productive Benson.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Carnell Williams,
Auburn. Jon Gruden met with Williams at the Senior Bowl and likes what he brings
to the table.
6. Tennessee Titans: CB Antrel Rolle, Miami (Fla.):
Tennessee is looking to upgrade the CB position with the departure of Samari Rolle.
Minnesota Vikings: WR Mike Williams, USC. While replacing Randy Moss may not
be possible, Mike Williams will be a huge target.
8. Arizona Cardinals:
QB Alex Smith, Utah. After watching Kurt Warner for a season, this talented
and smart young man from Utah will shine.
9. Washington Redskins:
CB Adam Jones, West Virgina. In Jones, Washington gets an solid talent that can
be a factor in the return game.
10. Detroit Lions: LB Derrick Johnson,
Texas. Johnson is easily the best linebacker in the draft as Detroit tries to
improve its front seven.
11. Dallas Cowboys: DE/OLB Shawne Merriman,
Maryland. Merriman has the power, speed, and quickness in projecting as a DE/OLB.
San Diego Chargers: DE Marcus Spears, LSU. The Chargers seek consistency and
a pass-rusher from the DE position.
13. Houston Texans: OT Alex Barron,
Florida State. The left tackle will provide the backside support for quarterback
14. Carolina Panthers: WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina.
Speed kills and Williamson is a legitimate vertical threat.
15. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn. The Chiefs are in need of talent and
depth in the defensive backfield.
16. New Orleans Saints: OLB/S Thomas Davis, Georgia. New Orleans has issues in the defensive backfield, and Davis is
17. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin. James
may be the most underrated pass rushing defensive end in the draft.
Minnesota Vikings: DE Dan Cody, Oklahoma. Cody has the ability to be a force
against the run as well as the pass.
19. St. Louis Rams: OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma. St. Louis has had problems with its right offensive tackle position
for the past few seasons.
20. Dallas Cowboys: WR Roddy White, UAB.
Very reliable as a receiver. Was a star at the Senior Bowl against top-caliber
21. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Justin Miller, Clemson.
Miller is solid in the defensive backfield and is a good player in the return
22. Baltimore Ravens: DT Travis Johnson, Florida State. Should
be a great fit in the Baltimore defense which expects to go to a 4-3.
Seattle Seahawks: DE/DT Shaun Cody, USC. Cody has the size and strength to
play tackle, but projects best at end.
24. Green Bay Packers: CB
Marlin Jackson, Michigan. Has the size to play safety and the speed and coverage
skills to play cornerback.
25. Denver Broncos: DE Demarcus Ware,
Troy State. Has the speed, strength, and quickness to play with a hand-down on
the line or off the ball.
26. New York Jets: DE Antajj Hawthorne,
Wisconsin. Tough call here with Hawthorne or tight-end Heath Miller.
Atlanta Falcons: S Brodney Pool, Oklahoma. Pool projects as an immediate starter
and upgrade over the departed Cory Hall.
28. San Diego Chargers:
WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma. An explosive San Diego offense adds a quality receiver.
Indianapolis Colts: CB Fabian Washington, Nebraska. The Colts need help at
DT, LB, and CB. Washington has adequate size and speed.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG Elton Brown, Virginia. Depth is an issue for Pittsburgh across
the offensive line. Brown is the best guard in the draft.
31. Philadelphia Eagles: LB Darryl Blackstock, Virginia. Depth at linebacker is an issue in
32. New England Patriots: CB Corey Webster, LSU. Depth
issues in the defensive backfield and potentially linebacker make this a tough
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