31- Philadelphia: Mike Patterson/DT/USC: Potentially a replacement for Corey Simon, Patterson is an explosive defender who attitude and tenacity fit right in with Andy Reid.
30- Pittsburgh: Heath Miller/TE/Virginia: Known to be the Steelers object of desire for a while, Miller adds another weapon to the arsenal of Ben Roethlisberger. Though injury questions abound, Miller will have plenty of time to heal and will produce as a rookie.
29- Indianapolis Marlin Jackson/CB/Michigan The Colts obviously had to take a cornerback somewhere in this draft and Marlin Jackson fits the bill nicely for the team. With experience playing both cornerback and free safety at Michigan, Jackson combines prototype size with a penchant for making athletic plays. As technically sound as he is physically gifted Jackson may ultimately be moved to free safety. Until then he provides an excellent upgrade at cornerback in Tony Dungy's cover two defense.
28- San Diego: Luis Castillo/NT/Northwestern: Considering Jamaal Williams is already manning the nose tackle spot and the team chose a defensive front seven player in the first half of round one, this pick was surprising.
27- Atlanta: Roddy White/WR/UAB: Still looking for a consistent pass catching threat at receiver, White represents the third consecutive year Atlanta has expended a first round pick on a wide receiver.
26- Seattle: Chris Spencer/C/Mississippi: A mild surprise considering the Seahawks recently resigned 35-year old starter Robbie Tobeck to a two-year extension, though Spencer is an explosive lineman with a terrific future.
25- Washington: Jason Campbell/QB/Auburn: The rumor of the week came true as Washington reaches for Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell. A passer coming off a terrific senior season, most had Campbell rated as a second round choice.
24- Green Bay: Aaron Rogers/QB/California: The Packers are pleasantly surprised that Rogers, considered by many as the top passer in this draft, is still available. Has the luxury of learning behind Brett Farve for the next year as he cuts his teeth.
23- Oakland: Fabian Washington/CB/Nebraska: After starting the week with no pick in round one, Oakland made a pair of trades to get back into the initial frame. Needing a replacement for Philip Buchannon who they shipped to Houston, they look to Nebraska junior Fabian Washington, one of the better pure corners in this draft.
22- Baltimore: Mark Clayton/WR/Oklahoma: Looking for more firepower and speed in the receiver ranks, the Ravens turn to Clayton Possibly the most polished wide out in the draft, expect him to have an immediate impact as a rookie.
21- Jacksonville: Matt Jones/TE-WR/Arkansas: One of the more intriguing stories in this draft came to an early conclusion as former college quarterback Matt Jones is selected by the Jaguars earlier then most people expected. A king sized pass catcher who will ultimately be used at tight end, expect Jones to contribute as a rookie.
20-Dallas -Marcus Spears/DL/LSU - Spears was certainly under consideration for Dallas with their first selection and they're doubly happy to get him here. Spears has the versaility to line up at end or inside at tackle and most observers of his career believe he can only succeed in a 3-4 scheme. Spears will likely line up for Dallas as a "5 techique" player on the end.
19-St. Louis -Alex Barron/OT/Florida St. - The biggest need on the team was to find a replacement at right offensive tackle for Kyle Turley and they've found one in Barron. When motivated, Barron can be a like a wall for opposing defensive ends. The question is, can they get him motivated to play at a high level on every snap.
18-Minnesota -Erasmus James/DE/Wisconsin - After securing badly needed help at wide receiver earlier in the first round, the next need they had was at defensive end. James will compete for a starting job right away opposite second-year pro Kenechi Udeze. At the top of his game, James is an outstanding pass rusher who can impact a game. His biggest problem is staying on the field due to injury.
17-Cincinnati - David Pollack/DE/Georgia - The Bengals were going to look for defense in this draft and started up front with a high-energy hybrid player. Pollack is also capable of playing at outside linebacker but look for him to challenge for the starting job at end opposite veteran DE Justin Smith.
16-Houston (form New Orleans) - Travis Johnson/DT/Florida St. - After the team saw the top players on their draftboard go before them (Demarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman), they decided to trade down.
Johnson is capable of playing inside or he can be moved to end in the team's 3-4 defense. Johnson could also be groomed as a possible replacement for veteran DL Gary Walker whose career is nearing an end.
15-Kansas City: Derrick Johnson/LB/Texas - This was one of those picks that the Chiefs will say, "We couldn't believe he was there." With Demarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, Thomas Davis, and all of the top cornerbacks gone, the team went with the next highest player on their board and grabbed Johnson.
He'll come in and compete right away for playing time as a rookie likely at either of the outside spots. Johnson is the type of impact linebacker that the team needs and he'll team with veteran LB Kendrell Bell to form a solid tandem.
14-Carolina: Thomas Davis/S/Georgia - Because the Saints traded up for the player they wanted in Jammal Brown, the Panthers looked on the defensive side of the ball with the best safety. They felt they would need an eventual replacement for veteran S Mike Minter and Davis will probably be it. He also could be groomed to play at linebacker.
13-New Orleans (from Houston): Jammal Brown/OT/Oklahoma: Brown was the top player on their draftboard and the team was concerned that Carolina would select him so they traded up to make sure that didn't happen.
With Brown on board at right tackle, the Saints can move free agent acquisition OL Jermane Mayberry inside to guard.
12-San Diego: As noted previously be scout.com, the Chargers were looking for help at wide receiver and defensive end in this draft. They have filled one need with the addition of Merriman who had risen well up draft boards in the last month or so. With 28th selection in the draft, they then can look for a wide receiver.
11-Dallas: Demarcus Ware/DE-OLB/Troy St: The team had him at the top of their draft board which means they almost certainly will be changing their defensive scheme to a 3-4. Ware is probably the highest riser on the defensive side of the ball in this draft because of his performance during Senior Bowl practices. Expect him to line up at outside linebacker with the Cowboys.
10- Detroit: Mike /WR/USC: In the first major surprise of the daft, the Detroit Lions selected a receiver in the top ten for the third consecutive ddraft.
9- Washington: Carlos Rogers/CB/Auburn: After trading away Champ Bailey and losing Fred Smoot in free agency over the past two years, Washington fills a need with a very good player. Rogers has been on a straight shot north up draft boards since a spectacular senior season.
8- Arizona: Antrel Rolle/CB/Miami: A sore spot for several seasons now, Dennis Green hopes Rolle's physical style of play at cornerback will help remedy the situation.
7- Minnesota: Troy Williamson/WR/South Carolina: Desperately needing a game breaking player at receiver to replace Randy Moss, the Vikings hope they got one at this pick. The speedy junior needs time to polish his game yet his speed is such that opponents will take a few extra steps backwards to compensate every time Williamson steps on the field.
6- Tennessee: Adam Jones/CB/West Virginia: A team that's taken a lot of free agency and salary cap hits the past two years, Tennessee selects Jones to fill a need at cornerback. The shutdown Mountaineer corner can be used in a variety of systems and also excels as a game breaking return specialist.
5- Tampa Bay: Carnell Williams/RB/Auburn: After getting a productive season from first round pick Michael Clayton last year, the Bucs hope to duplicate that with another skill player from this April's draft. After becoming enamored with Williams at the Senior Bowl, head coach Jon Gruden feels the elusive back is a perfect fit for his offense.
4- Chicago: Cedrick Benson/RB/Texas: While the Bears have many holes on the roster, running back was not one of them. Yet no one can blame them for selecting Benson, the durable, all purpose ball carrier who, like the pick before him, was good value.
3- Cleveland: Braylon Edwards/WR/Michigan: With a totally revamped front office the Browns draft for value, selecting the draft's best player, Braylon Edwards with the third selection.
2- Miami: Ronnie Brown/RB/Auburn: After trying to deal the second selection of the draft for more then a week, the Dolphins finally settled on Ronnie Brown. After Ricky Williams abruptly left the franchise before the start of the '04 season, Miami now looks to Brown as their franchise running back.
1- San Francisco: Alex Smith/QB/Utah: The 49ers did what became apparent to most last week and selected Utah junior signal caller Alex Smith with the draft's first selection. A franchise with many holes to fill, they now look towards Smith to lead them at quarterback in the future.