Aaron Wilson's mock draft

Acknowledging right away that the top of this NFL draft remains a fluid situation, here's hoping my humble projection of the first round doesn't become a mockery:

1. Giants Eli Manning, QB, Ole Miss 

Bottom line: Chargers avoid embarrassment of drafting a player praying they won't draft him. John Elway revisited, and this time Ernie Accorsi gets his man.

2. Raiders Roy Williams, WR, Texas

Al Davis dismisses Browns' trade offers and obtains the best wide receiver.

3. Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pitt

Bottom line: Dennis Green reunited with former Vikings' ball boy who has matured into an elite football player.

4. Chargers Robert Gallery, OT, Iowa

Bottom line: Marty Schottenheimer thrilled to acquire the surest thing in the draft, a complete cornerstone of a blocker.

5. Redskins Sean Taylor, S, Miami (Fla.)

Bottom line: Desperate for defense, and hard-hitting Taylor is a combination of Cowboys' Roy Williams and Ravens' Ed Reed.

6. Lions Kellen Winslow II, TE, Miami (Fla.)

Bottom line: Blood lines, talent run deep for this brash Hurricane.

7. Browns Ben Roethlisberger QB, Miami (Ohio)

Bottom line: Big Ben would be a popular apprentice behind Jeff Garcia.

8. Falcons DeAngelo Hall, CB, Virginia Tech

Bottom line: Compares himself favorably to Deion Sanders (a total stretch), but this cocky Hokie has speed to burn.

9. Jaguars Will Smith, DE, Ohio State 

Bottom line: In major need for a pass rusher, scared of Kenechi Udeze's shoulder problems.

10. Texans Vince Wilfork, DT, Miami (Fla.)

Bottom line: Two-gapping, 345-pound plugger has great future if he can learn to push away from the dinner table. 

11. Steelers Philip Rivers, QB, North Carolina State

Bottom line: Bill Cowher reaches toward his alma mater for eventual successor to limited Tommy Maddox.

12. Jets Dunta Robinson, CB, South Carolina

Bottom line: Former Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson, now Jets defensive boss, would be thrilled with this influx of speed.

13. Bills Jonathan Vilma, LB, Miami (Fla.)

Bottom line: Tom Donahoe enamored of this cerebral, quick-striking tackler

14. Bears Tommie Harris, DT, Oklahoma

Bottom line: Jerry Angelo throws this sinking Sooner a life preserver. Fits Lovie Smith's mold of active defenders.

15. Buccaneers Kenechi Udeze, DE, USC 

Bottom line: Jon Gruden ignores injury rumors and takes one of the highest-rated players left.

16. San Francisco Reggie Williams, WR, Washington

Bottom line: Exits of Terrell Owens, Tai Streets make Williams their guy.

17. Broncos Stephen Jackson, RB, Oregon St.

Bottom line: Poised to make Mile High fans forget Clinton Portis and Terrell Davis.

18. Saints D.J. Williams, LB, Miami (Fla.)

Bottom line: John Madden once said this sculpted athlete was ready for the NFL in high school.

19. Vikings Chris Gamble, CB, Ohio State

Bottom line: Vikings' secondary needs his sound coverage skills.

20. Dolphins Shawn Andrews, OT Arkansas

Bottom line: Dolphins beef up with a mammoth Razorback.

21. Patriots Marcus Tubbs, DT, Texas

Bottom line: Hefty, explosive successor to Ted Washington.

22. Cowboys Kevin Jones, RB, Virginia Tech

Bottom line: Swift, shifty back who has been betrayed by stopwatches this spring.

23. Seahawks Randy Starks, DT, Maryland

Bottom line: Terps' versatile Starks will fit right in with Ray Rhodes' scheme.

24 Bengals Vernon Carey, G/T, Miami (Fla.)

Bottom line: Marvin Lewis sticks with plan of building line to protect Carson Palmer.

25. Packers J.P. Losman, QB, Tulane

Bottom line: Will learn behind Brett Favre after Tim Couch trade talks unravel.

26. Rams Lee Evans, WR, Wisconsin

Bottom line: A sprinter for Mad Mike Martz to experiment with.

27. Titans Donnell Washington, DT, Clemson

Bottom line: Creates quite a tandem with moody Albert Haynesworth.

28. Eagles Karlos Dansby, LB, Auburn

Bottom line: Too many Eagles linebackers were run over last year in the playoffs.

29. Colts Igor Olshansky, DT, Oregon

Bottom line: Known as "The Pain from the Ukraine."

30. Chiefs Darnell Dockett, DT, Florida State

Bottom line: Carl Peterson rolls the dice on troubled, gifted Maryland native.

31. Panthers Rashaun Woods, WR, Oklahoma State

Bottom line: Would keep defenses honest opposite Steve Smith, tough choice over Michael Clayton.

32. Patriots Justin Smiley, OG, Alabama

Bottom line: With Damian Woody gone, Bill Belichick adds depth to interior line.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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