The HD Mock Draft

It's that time of year. That time of year where countless so-called NFL experts venture into making fools of themselves by trying to predict whom 32 different teams are going to take in the NFL draft. Some of us even try to predict trades, which is no more pointless than those (like myself) who don't predict trades. If there is one thing we know for sure, it's that the draft order that we see today will change frequently over the weekend (something Ravens fans are very aware of this year).

Of course, the other even thing that's even more certain is that we're not even going to come close to getting most of these picks right. So, with all that said. I present, the HD mock draft:

 First Round: 

  1. Cincinnati- Carson Palmer, QB, USC  (6'5 232, 4.8)- Palmer was always going to be their pick.
  2. Detroit- Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan St. (6'2 202, 4.4)- As much of a lock as Palmer to Cincinnati is.
  3. Houston- Andre Johnson, WR, Miami (6'2 230, 4.3)- Gives David Carr a big-time WR threat to throw to..
  4. Chicago- Dewayne Robertson, DT, Kentucky (6'1 317, 4.86)- Jerry Angelo, who was Tampa Bay's scouting director when they drafted Warren Sapp, will envision Robertson as his Chicago version of Sapp.
  5. Dallas- Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Penn St. (6'4 320, 5.22)- Bill Parcells likes to build his defenses from the front 7 out, and Kennedy gives him the desired size he wants from a DT..
  6. Arizona- Terence Newman, CB, Kansas St. (5'10 189, 4.39)- The Cardinals may end up trading down with New Orleans, but if they stay here, Newman may be too hard to pass up.
  7. Minnesota- Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona St. (6'3 262, 4.8)- The Vikings wanted one of the top DT's, but will gladly take Suggs as a consolation prize.
  8. Jacksonville- Byron Leftwich, QB, Marshall (6'5 231, 4.9)- The Jags break Ravens fans hearts as they grab their franchise QB of the future.
  9. Carolina- Jordan Gross, OT, Utah (6'4 300, 5.02)- A tough choice between him and Trufant, but the Panthers opt to address their offense first.
  10. Baltimore- Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington St. (5'11 199, 4.4)- Trufant would be the third corner taken by the Ravens with the 10th pick in the last six years, but look for them to trade down to grab Kyle Boller if they can't get Leftwich or Kennedy at the 10th pick. Staying at 10 and drafting Trufant or Gross is probably a worst-case scenario for the Ravens.
  11. Seattle- Johnathan Sullivan, DT, Georgia (6'3 313, 5.04)- The Seahawks go for the best run stuffing DT left on the board.
  12. St. Louis- Boss Bailey, OLB, Georgia (6'3 233, 4.38)- Bailey fits right in perfectly with Lovie Smith's defense, as Mike Martz for once, doesn't reach for a player.
  13. New York Jets- Kevin Williams, DT, Oklahoma St. (6'4 304, 4.84)- Breaks the Patriots hearts as they grab the best DT left on the board.
  14. New England- Ty Warren, DT, Texas A&M (6'4 307, 5.15)- With the switch to a 3-4 defense, the Pats grab a man who's had experience playing all both DE and NT in a 3-4 in the former Aggie standout.
  15. San Diego- William Joseph, DT, Miami (6'5 308, 5.12)- The run on defensive tackles continues as the Chargers look to add a much-needed run stuffer to their defensive line.
  16. Kansas City- Jerome McDougle, DE, Miami (6'2 264, 4.65)- They signed Vonnie Holliday, but they could still use another pass rusher.
  17. New Orleans- Eric Steinbach, OL, Iowa (6'6 297, 4.93)- The most versatile offensive linemen in the draft, Steinbach could start right away at LG and then move out to LT in a year or two to replace Wayne Gandy.
  18. New Orleans- E. J. Henderson, MLB, Maryland  (6'0 245, 4.82)- With the top DT's gone; the Saints take the rugged Henderson to fill their hole in the middle of their linebacking corps.
  19. New England- Kelley Washington, WR, Tennessee (6'2 223, 4.5)- In need of a big target to compliment their "runts," at wide receiver, the Pats take a chance on Washington.
  20. Denver- Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska (6'4 273, 4.72- In need of a pass rushing threat on the outside, the Broncos grab the relentless Kelsay.
  21. Cleveland- Kwame Harris, OT, Stanford (6'7 310, 5.21)- Finally some protection for whoever plays QB.
  22. New York Jets-Taylor Jacobs, WR, Florida (6'0 205, 4.45)- The Jets get another option for Chad Pennington.
  23. Buffalo- Michael Haynes, DE, Penn State (6'3 281, 4.88)- In need of an edge rusher, the Bills nab the best one left in Haynes.
  24. Indianapolis- Troy Polamalu, S, USC (5'10 209, 4.48)- Tony Dungy gets his playmaking safety to control his defensive backfield.
  25. New York Giants- Sammy Davis, CB, Texas A&M (5'11 186, 4.46)- The Giants will try and move up for one of the second-tier defensive linemen.
  26. San Francisco- Kyle Boller- A value pick, Boller fits Dennis Erickson's deep passing offense better than Garcia.
  27. Pittsburgh- Willis McGahee, RB, Miami (6'0 223, 4.45)- The Steelers take the former Miami standout with an eye towards 2004.
  28. Tennessee- Andre Woolfolk, CB, Oklahoma (6'1 197, 4.46)- The Titans need help in the secondary badly.
  29. Green Bay- Rex Grossman, QB, Florida (6'1 217, 4.92)- The Packers get the heir apparent to Brett Favre, as despite other needs at both LB and DT, Grossman is just too good to pass up here.
  30. Philadelphia- Jason Witten, TE, Tennessee (6'5 264, 4.75)- Chad Lewis is on his last legs.
  31. Oakland- Calvin Pace, DE, Wake Forest (6'4 269, 4.75)- With the age of Trace Armstrong, and health questions regarding Tony Bryant, The Raiders need an edge rusher.
  32. Oakland- Mike Doss, S, Ohio State (5'10 207, 4.55)- The Raiders have had trouble filling the safety spot for years.

Second Round:

  1. Cincinnati- Jeff Faine, C, Notre Dame (6'2 303, 5.1)
  2. Detroit- Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State  (6'1 228, 4.6)
  3. Chicago- Chris Simms, QB, Texas (6'4 220, 4.82)
  4. Houston- Wayne Hunter, OT, Hawaii (6'5 303, 5.12)
  5. Arizona- Bryant Johnson, WR, Penn State (6'2 214, 4.55)
  6. Dallas- Rashean Mathis, DB, Bethune-Cookman (6'0 202, 4.41)
  7. Jacksonville- Vince Manuwai, OG, Hawaii (6'2 304, 5.14)
  8. Minnesota- Rien Long, DT, Washington State (6'6 302, 4.99)
  9. Baltimore- Kenny Peterson, DE/DT, Ohio State (6'3 298, 4.8)- Much like Anthony Weaver last year, Peterson falls through the cracks in the draft because he's a little undersized for defensive tackle, and is a best fit as a 3-4 DE.
  10. Seattle- Terry Pierce, MLB, Kansas State (6'1 251, 4.77)
  11. St. Louis- Dallas Clark, TE, Iowa (6'3 257, 4.55)
  12. Washington- Dewayne White, DE, Louisville (6'2 273, 4.74)
  13. Carolina- Eugene Wilson, CB, Illinois (5'10 192, 4.46)
  14. San Diego- Jon Stinchcomb, OT, Georgia (6'5 302, 5.06)
  15. Kansas City- Nick Barnett, OLB, Oregon St. (6'1 236, 4.66)
  16. Buffalo- L.J. Smith, TE, Rutgers (6'3 258, 4.63)
  17. Miami- George Foster, OT, Georgia (6'5 338, 5.25)
  18. New England- Antwan Peek, DE/OLB (6'2 246, 4.62)
  19. Denver- Dave Ragone, QB, Louisville  (6'3 249, 4.94)
  20. Cleveland- Chaun Thompson, OLB, West Texas A&M (6'1 240, 4.56)
  21. New York Jets- Montrae Holland, OG, Florida State (6'1 333, 5.3)
  22. New Orleans- Nick Eason, DT, Clemson (6'3 301, 5.12)
  23. Atlanta- Ken Hamlin, S, Arkansas (6'2 209, 4.6)
  24. New York Giants- Julian Battle, S, Tennessee (6'2 205, 4.55)
  25. San Francisco- Tyler Brayton, DE, Colorado (6'6 277, 4.75)
  26. Indianapolis- Bennie Joppru, TE, Michigan (6'4 272, 4.8)
  27. Pittsburgh- Nnamdi Asomugha , DB, California (6'2 213, 4.5)
  28. Tennessee- Onterrio Smith, RB, Oregon (5'9 220, 4.45)
  29. Philadelphia- Brandon Lloyd, WR, Illinois (6'0 184, 4.61)
  30. Philadelphia- Tully Banta-Cain, DE, California (6'2 264, 4.8)
  31. Oakland- Tyrone Calico, WR, Middle Tennessee State (6'3 223, 4.34)
  32. Tampa Bay- Musa Smith, RB, Georgia (6'0 232, 4.6) 

Third Round: 

  1. Cincinnati- Cory Redding, DE, Texas (6'4 279, 4.9)
  2. Detroit- Kevin Garrett, CB, SMU (5'9 194, 4.31)
  3. Houston- Chris Brown, RB, Colorado (6'2 220, 4.55)
  4. Chicago- Drayton Florence, DB, Tuskegee (6'0 198, 4.44)
  5. Dallas- Lee Suggs, RB, Virginia Tech (5'11 202, 4.55)
  6. Arizona- Kenny King, DT, Alabama (6'3 281, 4.93)
  7. Minnesota- Anquan Boldin, WR, Florida State (6'1 211, 4.62)
  8. Jacksonville- Al Johnson, C, Wisconsin (6'4 305, 4.99)
  9. Seattle- Terrence Holt, S, NC State (6'2 205, 4.53)
  10. St. Louis- Kevin Curtis, WR, Utah State (5'11 186, 4.34)
  11. New England- Brett Williams, Florida State (6'5 321, 5.26)
  12. Carolina- Sam Aiken, WR, North Carolina (6'2 209, 4.50)
  13. Baltimore- Derrick Dockery, Texas (6'6 347, 5.55)- A mammoth run blocker who has experience playing both RG and RT, Dockery's stock dropped because of some lethargic workouts, but his potential is almost as huge as he is.
  14. New England- Justin Fargas, RB, USC (6'0 219, 4.38)
  15. Buffalo- Kareem Kelly, WR, USC (5'11 186, 4.45)
  16. San Diego- Jamal Green, DE, Miami (6'1 272, 4.75)
  17. Washington- Nate Burleson, WR, Nevada-Reno (6'0 197, 4.54)
  18. Miami- Pisa Tinoisamoa, OLB, Hawaii (6'0 231, 4.56)
  19. Houston- Jarrett Johnson, DT, Alabama (6'2 284, 5.1)
  20. Cleveland- Gerald Hayes, LB, Pittsburgh (6'0 238, 4.75)
  21. New York Jets- Cie Grant, OLB, Ohio State (6'0 228, 4.55)
  22. New Orleans- Donald Strickland, CB, Colorado (5'10 187, 4.44)
  23. Denver- Mike Pinkard, TE, Arizona State (6'4 259, 4.68)
  24. Houston- Shurron Pearson, OLB, South Florida (6'1 243, 4.64)
  25. San Francisco- Ryan Hoag, WR, Gustavus Adolphus (6'2 200, 4.5)
  26. Indianapolis- Torrin Tucker, OG, Southern Mississippi (6'5 328, 5.38)
  27. New York Giants- Anthony Adams, DT, Penn State (5'11 299, 5.11)
  28. Pittsburgh- Kindal Moorehead, DE, Alabama (6'2 285, 5.05)
  29. Tennessee- Eric Manning, DT, Oregon State (6'1 303, 5.05)
  30. Green Bay- Bradie James, LB, LSU (6'2 242, 4.75)
  31. Philadelphia- Tony Pashos, OT, Illinois (6'6 337, 5.3)
  32. Oakland- Kawika Mitchell, LB, Central Florida (6'0 253, 4.66)
  33. Tampa Bay- Jeremy Bridges, OT, Southern Mississippi (6'4 301, 5.42)

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