Aaron Wilson's Mock Draft

<p>Although the order of the NFL draft's first round is likely to be torn asunder by heavy trading by the time you read these educated guesses, here are my humble suggestions as to what may transpire tomorrow. <p>Even if I was blinded by a cloud of Mel Kiper Jr. hairspray, I'm guaranteed of handicapping at least one selection correctly since Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis took away the suspense of the first pick with a successful negotiation with Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer.

So, without any further adieu from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, I'm on the clock:

Pick Team Player Position School Comment
1. Cincinnati Bengals Carson Palmer QB USC
How long before fans start clamor for $49 million man?
2. Detroit Lions Charles Rogers WR Michigan St.
Rare blend of size, speed and concentration.
3. Houston Texans Jordan Gross OT Utah
Texans need tae kwon do expert to protect David Carr.
4. New York Jets Andre Johnson WR Miami
Jets moved up to make up for loss of Laveranues Coles.
5. Dallas Cowboys Dewayne Robertson DT Kentucky
Bill Parcells craves wide bodies. This is one big tuna.
6. Arizona Cardinals Terrell Suggs DE Arizona St.
Popular local guy had 24 sacks last season.
7. Baltimore Ravens Byron Leftwich QB Marshall
Ravens engineer trade to acquire top pocket passer.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars Terence Newman CB Washington St.
James Harris will take top available player.
9. Carolina Panthers Jimmy Kennedy DT Penn St.
Perfect interior complement to Julius Peppers.
10. Minnesota Vikings Marcus Trufant CB Washington St.
Panacea for woeful collection of defensive backs.
11. Seattle Seahawks Kevin Williams DT Oklahoma St.
Versatile lineman could take heat off Anthony Simmons.
12. St. Louis Rams Boss Bailey OLB Georgia
Champ Bailey's brother is top pure athlete in draft.
13. Chicago Bears Johnathan Sullivan DT Georgia
Sullivan has best long-term upside of linemen.
14. New England Patriots Kwame Harris OT Stanford
Cerebral, gigantic blocker is extremely agile.
15. San Diego Chargers Eric Steinbach OL Iowa
Nasty, intense prospect can play guard or tackle.
16. Kansas City Chiefs William Joseph DL Miami
If motivated, Joseph represents an awesome upgrade.
17. New Orleans Saints Jason Witten TE Tennessee
Volunteers squandered his pass-catching skills.
18. New Orleans Saints E.J. Henderson LB Maryland
Jim Haslett will recognize his passion for tackling.
19. New England Patriots Jerome McDougle DE Miami
Bill Belichick will relish chance to pick up virtual Hugh Douglas clone.
20. Denver Broncos Troy Polamalu S USC
Enforcer offers influx of legitimate toughness.
21. Cleveland Browns Jeff Faine C Notre Dame
Vicious middle man can get to linebackers at second level.
22. Chicago Bears Kyle Boller QB Cal
Strong-armed quarterback of the future.
23. Buffalo Bills Michael Haynes DE Penn St.
Quiet storm is ready to play immediately.
24. Indianapolis Colts Dallas Clark TE Iowa
Allows Marcus Pollard to concentrate on catching.
25. New York Giants Kenny Peterson DE Ohio St.
Ernie Accorsi acquires Kenny Holmes' replacement.
26. San Francisco 49ers Taylor Jacobs WR Florida
Beware of the Gators' curse.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers Andre Woolfolk CB Oklahoma
Great hands and speed for secondary lacking those qualities.
28. Tennessee Titans Kelley Washington WR Tennessee
Floyd Reese rolls dice on a boom-bust prospect.
29. Green Bay Packers Eugene Wilson CB Illinois
Packers lost Tyrone Williams and Tod McBride.
30. Philadelphia Eagles Larry Johnson RB Penn St.
Eagles' backfield needs short-yardage threat.
31. Oakland Raiders Wayne Hunter OT Hawaii
Just too good a blocker to pass up.
32. Oakland Raiders Willis McGahee RB Miami
Riverboat gambler Al Davis takes chance on damaged goods.

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