1. San Francisco- Alex Smith, QB Utah
The Niners will desperately try to trade out of this pick, but I think they'll end of taking Smith here. He has the athleticism, intelligence and skills to be a very solid QB in the NFL.
2. Miami- Ronnie Brown, RB Auburn
Like the 49ers, the Browns will try and move down. But finding a partner will be hard and Brown should end up being the pick here. He's big, strong, fast and can be a factor in the passing game. Brown should be an early candidate for offensive Rookie of the Year.
3. Minnesota (from Cleveland) - Braylon Edwards, WR Michigan
The Vikings give their 7th overall and 49th overall picks to the Browns for their 3rd overall pick.
I don't usually like predicting trades, but with the success Minnesota's had so far in Free Agency this year, they can afford to part with a 2nd Round pick to ensure getting Edwards. He the size, speed and hands to be a legit Pro Bowl player and is the best overall player in this class.
4. Chicago- Mike Williams, WR USC
Williams is rumored to be higher on Chicago's boards than Braylon Edwards, so it's no secret they could pull the trigger on him at #4. QB Rex Grossman needs weapons around him and Williams' 6'4" 230 size should help.
5. Tampa Bay- Cadillac Williams, RB Auburn
Although the trade rumors surrounding the Bucs to get Alex Smith appear to be genuine, the chances of them doing so are small. Williams has been a target of Tampa Bay's since the Senior Bowl and will give them instant credibility at RB.
6. Tennessee- Antrel Rolle, CB Miami
There might not be a team in greater need of CB help than the Titans. Losing Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson will hurt more than team officials care to let on and grabbing a talented CB like Antrel Rolle would soften the blow. He has the size and skill to contribute immediately.
7. Cleveland (from Oakland, through Minnesota) - Derrick Johnson, OLB Texas
Grabbing a LB is a necessity for the Browns and by trading down they're able to get one AND gather another 2nd Round pick. Johnson, the epitome of a playmaker, is exactly what new head coach Romeo Crennel needs to get his defense rolling.
8. Arizona- Adam "Pac Man" Jones, CB West Virginia
Because I thin the Travis Henry trade still has a chance, or that ‘Zona can get a decent RB in Round 2, I'm going to go with Jones here. Arizona's defense was much improved last year, but they need a premier cover CB to make the final push. Expect Jones to start as a rookie.
9. Washington- Carlos Rogers, CB Auburn Three Tigers in the top-10? Why not? Rogers is rumored to be ranked extremely high on Washington's board and could get the pick here. He put it all together this season and should start opposite Shawn Springs in ‘05.
10. Detroit- Shawne Merriman, OLB/DE
Speedy pass rushers are always hard to find and the Lions can't afford to let him go by. Merriman's a 3-4/4-3 hybrid, but after tipping the scales at 270 and still possessing elite quickness, he's convinced many teams he can play DE full time.
11. Dallas- DeMarcus Ware, OLB/DE
Ware's in the same category as Merriman, a ‘tweener OLB/DE that specializes in rushing the passer. Coach Bill Parcells love having a weapon like this and could pull the trigger on him here. Whether he's an OLB or DE, Ware should have be a factor at the next level and have a Terrell Sugss-like impact.
12. San Diego (from New York Giants)- Troy Williamson, WR South Carolina
The Chargers came out of nowhere last year, but don't expect their offense to continue flourishing if they can't add talent at WR. After busting on FA David Boston and 2nd Round pick Reche Caldwell, San Diego should jump at the chance to get Williamson. One of the fastest players in this Draft, Williamson has the potential to be a very good player and at least draw attention away from WR Keenan McCardell and TE Antonio Gates as a rookie.
13. Houston- Cedric Benson, RB Texas
Grabbing a RB isn't priority #1, but passing on a local product like Benson is too hard to do. Easily the most productive runner in the class, Benson can wear down defenses and give QB David Carr a consistent ground game. While he isn't fast, Benson also has the necessary speed to get outside, breaks tackles and has been durable . . . something no current Houston RB is.
14. Green Bay (from Carolina) - Aaron Rodgers, QB Cal
Green Bay trades it's 1st Round pick (24th overall) and their 2nd Round pick (51st overall) in exchange for Carolina's 1st Round pick (14th overall).
If Rodgers starts slipping like this, Green Bay may finally get their QB. It'll cost them a 2nd Round pick, but Rodgers is clearly better than anyone they'd have got in Round 2. He has the arm strength, toughness and ability to be Brett Favre's heir.
15. Kansas City- Marcus Spears, DE LSU
Spears might be the most athletically gifted 300 pound lineman I've ever seen. A former TE, Spears has good agility and incredible strength, but doesn't quite have the speed necessary to be a huge pass rushing threat. However, he's a much safer pick than some of the other DE's and should start as a rookie.
16. New Orleans- Alex Barron, OT Florida State
Right tackle is a problem for the Saints and although they might have more pressing needs at LB, Barron is a Pro Bowl caliber OT that could play for a decade. He's too talented not to take and should start immediately.
17. Cincinnati- Erasmus James, DE Wisconsin
As much as his injury problems will knock him down, I just can't see James slipping past here. When healthy, he's easily the best pure 4-3 pass rusher in the class and can also wreak havoc against the run. Pairing him to Justin Smith would be a solid move for the defense.
18. Minnesota- David Pollack, DE Georgia
If the Vikes successfully get Pollack and Braylon Edwards in Round one, consider their offseason one of the finest in recent NFL history. Pollack has absolutely embarrassed his competition in the SEC the past three years, making huge plays at huge times despite being a marked man. His addition to Minnesota's defense might finally put them in real Super Bowl contention.
19. St. Louis- Jammal Brown, OT Oklahoma
RT Kyle Turley definitely isn't coming back and his replacements were victimized last year. QB Marc Bulger can pick apart any defense if given the necessary time, so taking Brown appears to be a ‘no brainer'. A pass protections specialist, Brown would fit in nicely with coach Mike Martz's downfield scheme.
20. Dallas (from Buffalo)- Mark Clayton, WR Oklahoma
For as good as Clayton is, he's sure not getting the hype he should. Despite his smaller size, Clayton is every bit as good as the top-3 receiver in this class. He has amazing hands, speed and can cut on a dime. With a receiving core approaching AARP status, Clayton makes too much sense here.
21. Jacksonville- Fabian Washington, CB Nebraska
Bringing in DE's Reggie Hayward and Marcellus Wiley were necessary moves this year. Now expect the Jags to grab a CB. Washington's one of the fastest players in the Draft and has had a terrific offseason to go with his solid career. With a defense now emphasizing speed, Washington could be in Jacksonville next year.
22. Baltimore- Roddy White, WR Alabama Birmingham
This may be a bit early for White, but his size, speed and playmaking ability warrant this pick. Personally, I'm not sold on him yet, but for a team in dire need of talent on the outside, White is worth the risk.
23. Seattle- Dan Cody, DE Oklahoma
GM Tim Ruskell now looks like a genius after adding LB Jamie Sharper and CB's Andre Dyson and Kelly Herndon via free agency. The ‘Hawks are now in a position to grab the best available player and go with Cody, a DE/LB tweener that specializes in rushing the passer. Expect him to see time as a nickel DE as a rookie.
24. Carolina (from Green Bay)- Khalif Barnes, OT Washington
Barnes went from a possible Day-1 prospect to a legitimate Round 1 pick by showing off his impressive athleticism and getting healthy (wrist). He can play either OT position and would be a real asset to the Panthers because of that versatility.
25. Washington (from Denver)- Travis Johnson, DT Florida State
Adding a pass rush will be a top priority for the Redskins, especially after adding Carlos Rogers at #9. They'll likely take the highest rated DT or DE, and at this point it's Johnson. A perfect 3-technique DT, Johnson can penetrate effectively and on a consistent basis. He has a chance at starting as a rookie and is a great value pick here.
26. Oakland (from New York Jets)- Daryl Blackstock, OLB Virginia
Any team running a 3-4 defense has to have LB's. Unfortunately, the Raiders don't, and would jump at the chance to grab Blackstock here. His ability to put QB's on their back and apply constant pressure make him very worthy of this pick, but he needs to get better in coverage or he'll be a target in the passing game.
27. Atlanta- Thomas Davis, S/OLB Georgia
Davis is an incredible athlete that many teams have mixed opinions of. Some think he can be a very nice SS, and others suggest he'd be much better moving up to weakside LB. Wherever he ends up playing, Davis should have an impact.
28. San Diego- Shaun Cody, DT/DE USC
Bringing in Cody would be a very nice addition for a defense that needs some new blood along the defensive front. He has the size to play the run and the quickness to be a pass rush threat, even in a 3-4.
29. Indianapolis- Matt Roth, DE Iowa
One of my favorite players in the Draft, Roth finally hears his name called. Much like Georgia's David Pollack, Roth is just a bit undersized but makes plays by being relentless and using good fundamentals. He'll be a nice boost for Indy's suspect defense.
30. Pittsburgh- Heath Miller, TE Virginia
A CB might be a nice pick here, but adding another young target for QB Ben Roethlisberger is also at the top of the list. Miller is easily the best TE in the class, has great hands and isn't afraid to block. He could start as a rookie and be a nice bail-out option for Rothy.
31. Philadelphia- Matt Jones, WR/TE Arkansas
With a slew of picks to play with, the Eagles may again trade up for the 3rd year in a row, or they could stay put and grab Jones. At 6'5" 230 and with legit 4.4 speed, Jones is an inviting target, but he'll need time to develop. . . he could be worth it.
32. New England- Marlin Jackson, CB Michigan
LB is also a concern, but Jackson has a chance to contribute right away. He's played S and CB at Michigan and isn't afraid to hit. Jackson's a nice pick to ensure the loss of CB Ty Law goes over much smoother.
33. San Francisco- Brodney Pool, S Oklahoma
34. Cleveland- Jason Campbell, QB Auburn
35. Philadelphia- Kevin Burnett, OLB Tennessee
36. Tampa Bay- Reggie Brown, WR Georgia
37. Tennessee- Marcus Johnson, G/T Ole Miss
38. Oakland- Justin Miller, CB Clemson
39. Chicago- Corey Webster, CB LSU
40. New Orleans- Odell Thurman, ILB Georgia
41. Detroit- Barrett Ruud, ILB Nebraska
42. Dallas- Bryant McFadden, CB Florida State
43. New York Giants- Justin Tuck, DE Notre Dame
44. Arizona- J.J. Arrington, RB Cal
45. Carolina- Chris Henry, WR West Virginia
46. Kansas City- Channing Crowder, ILB Florida
47. New York Jets (from Oakland, through Houston)- Eric Green, CB Virginia Tech
48. Cincinnati- Mike Patterson, DT USC
49. Cleveland (from Minnesota)- Adam Terry, OT Syracuse
50. St. Louis- Brandon Browner, CB/S Oregon State
51. Carolina (from New Orleans, through Green Bay)- David Baas, C/G Michigan
52. Jacksonville- Marion Barber III, RB Minnesota
53. Baltimore- Anttaj Hawthorne, DT Wisconsin
54. Seattle- Chris Spencer, C Ole Miss
55. Buffalo- Alex Smith, TE Stanford
56. Denver- Domonique Foxworth, CB Maryland
57. New York Jets- Mike Nugent, K Ohio State
58. Green Bay- Elton Brown, G Virginia
59. Atlanta- Jonathan Babineaux, DT Iowa
60. Indianapolis- Ryan Moats, RB Louisiana Tech
61. San Diego- Roscoe Parrish, WR Miami
62. Pittsburgh- Fred Gibson, WR Georgia
63. Philadelphia- Ciatrick Fason, RB Florida
64. New England- Michael Boley, OLB Southern Miss
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