VikingUpdate.com Mock Draft — Round Two

Taking a shot at second-round projections in the 2005 NFL Draft is even harder, but we'll still try after researching team needs.

VikingUpdate.com 2005 Mock Draft
ROUND TWO
No. Club
Win
Loss
Strength of Schedule
1. San Francisco
2
14
.488
Matt Roth, DE, Iowa — There are always players who are viewed as first-rounders that fall through the cracks. Roth will be one of these victims. His stock has been on the rise for months after great showings at the Combine and at the week of practice at the Senior Bowl, where he dominated some of the top tackles in the college game. The 49ers are in big rebuilding mode and need help in a lot of spots. Roth fits under the "best player available" tag.
2. Cleveland
4
12
.590
Darryl Blackstock, LB, Virginia — Romeo Crennel gave in and took a QB with his first pick, but you knew that wouldn't last. The Browns had awful play from their linebackers last year and need to add some young talent to make it better. With Blackstock still on the board, Crennel gets his first defender to mold in his own image — instead of having to share credit with Bill Belichick.
3. Philadelphia (from Miami)
4
12
.555
Justin Tuck, DE, Notre Dame — With their second pick in the last five selections (if they didn't package both of them to move up in the first round), the Eagles address one of their few problem areas. Derrick Burgess left via free agency and Jerome McDougle is a health risk — to a lesser extent so is Jevon Kearse. Tuck is an active player and a hard worker who will fit right in with the Eagles — whether as a starting player or waiting for one of the ends to go down to injury.
4. Tampa Bay
5
11
.477
Marcus Johnson, OT, Mississippi — The Bucs offense was anemic last year and the team is trying things to upgrade it, but it will never be better unless there is a solid O-line to lead the way. Johnson would be a value at this spot and, combined with the selection of Cadillac Williams in the first round, have the Bucs looking a lot more optimistic about their offense than they did at the end of last season.
5. Tennessee
5
11
.512
Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia — The Titans went cornerback on the first round, but Steve McNair needs help on the offensive side with the loss of Derrick Mason to free agency. Brown is a player that can come in and contribute immediately and, while he doesn't have the flash of a Braylon Edwards or the size of a Mike Williams, he can do a solid job of getting open and giving McNair a viable passing option.
6. NY Jets (from Oakland)
5
11
.570
Corey Webster, CB, LSU — The Jets traded out of the first round to set themselves up with more picks and, if the Steelers didn't take Heath Miller in the first round, they might jump on him despite getting Doug Jolley in the deal. But, with Miller gone, the Jets go after the player they believe can make the most immediate impact and, in a draft deep in CB talent, Webster is a pick that makes sense and fills a void.
7. Chicago
5
11
.465
Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia — The Bears are going to be trash talking if the draft falls this way. First they get a game-breaking wide receiver in Braylon Edwards and now defensive playmaker to line up next to Brian Urlacher. Thurman is a pure linebacker who can cause a lot of havoc and make a unit that has lost a lot of talent in recent years a lot stronger.
8. New Orleans (from Washington)
6
10
.477
Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin — The Saints have very good defensive ends, but need help in the middle of the defensive line. Hawthorne is a 325-pound run stuffer who can force teams to double-team him in the middle and open up even more things for the defensive ends. With a Saints team that needs plenty of defensive help, adding pieces like S/LB Thomas Davis and Hawthorne can plug a lot of the holes that have existed the last couple of seasons.
9. Detroit
6
10
.496
Adam Terry, OT, Syracuse — The Lions went defense on their first pick of the draft and follow it up with the glaring need at offensive tackle. With all the talent the team has amassed in the last three years on offense, the O-line needs to be better for the Lions to continue their rise to respectability. Terry will give them a guy they can plug in immediately and hopefully keep him there for a decade — perhaps long after Mooch and Millen are gone.
10. Dallas
6
10
.516
Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma — If (and it's a big if) the Cowboys held on to their two first-round picks, they have Shawne Merriman and Mark Clayton already in the fold — addressing two pressing needs. Some contend that Pool is the best safety in the draft and, teamed with Roy Williams, could arguably give the Cowboys the best young safety tandem in the NFL. Bill Parcells loves his defense, and nobody could blame him for stocking up at a position when the getting is good.
11. N.Y. Giants
6
10
.516
Eric Green, CB, Virginia Tech — Because of the Eli Manning trade last year, this is the first we've heard of the G-Men in this draft. Despite a flurry of cornerbacks to go off the board, this is an area of vital need — especially seeing as the teams in their division are all targeting wide receivers in the draft. This may be a little bit of a reach, but their hand has been forced.
12. Arizona
6
10
.461
Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State — The run on CBs continues. This pick, of course, is predicated on the Cardinals taking Cedric Benson on the first round and letting CB slide. Arizona had bad corners last year and trading away Duane Starks made a position of weakness a position of need. While they would likely prefer the two teams in front of them to go elsewhere than corner, even if the run lays out as we have scripted, there's almost no chance they can wait another round without addressing this gaping hole in the defense.
13. Carolina
7
9
.508
Chris Spencer, C, Mississippi — The rebuilding of the Panthers offense continues. After taking a speed receiver in the first round, the Panthers have a shot at the best center in the draft and what some believe may be the best center in years to come into a draft. He has slid into the second round because of teams with needs elsewhere and would be a gift at this spot for the Panthers.
14. Miami (from Kansas City)
7
9
.551
Barrett Ruud, LB, Nebraska — The conventional wisdom might be that the Dolphins would go after a cornerback to replace Patrick Surtain — for whom they got this pick. But, with the run on CBs since the middle of the first round, the depth has been tapped at that position while others are much less sullied. Ruud is a great athlete who can fill in at linebacker, replacing Junior Seau, and allow a defense that wasn't all that bad last year to get at least one breath of life early in the draft.
15. Oakland (from Houston)
7
9
.504
J.J. Arrington, RB, California — Lamont Jordan has been brought in to be a 20-carry-a-game guy to keep defenses honest and open things up for Randy Moss and Jerry Porter. But, Jordan is a north-south runner who isn't a threat to rip off an 80-yard run for a TD. Arrington is one of those backs and would be an ideal change-of-pace type to spell Jordan — who has never played a full season as a full-time back. Norv Turner likes the smashmouth game, but to a certain extent. Arrington is a breakaway threat Al Davis has always been fond of and, on draft day, Al has the last word.
16. Cincinnati
8
8
.543
David Baas, C/G, Michigan — The Bengals have a few needs, but tops among them is center. Rich Braham has been decent, but he's 35 and new blood is needed. Bass could play a year at guard if needed or be groomed as Braham's replacement. He has the talent to push for a starting job immediately and be a fixture for the next decade.
17. Minnesota
8
8
.480
Mike Nugent, K, Ohio State — Tie up Scott Studwell before this pick is announced. There are several ways the Vikings could go with this pick — primary among them offensive line or linebacker — but special teams remains the one area the Vikings have completely failed to address in the offseason. This may be a little too high to take a kicker, but he won't make it past some of the weaker teams in the third round who have a kicker need too. Stud may not like it. We're not jumping up and down about it. But, it's a pick that needs to be made.
18. St. Louis
8
8
.488
Josh Bullocks, S, Nebraska — The Rams safeties were a mess last year between injuries and aging veterans. They need an infusion of youth in the position, and Bullocks brings them a big hitter who can help out a unit that was a low-point and a sore spot for the Rams a year ago.
19. Green Bay (from New Orleans)
8
8
.465
Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn — This is a difficult pick for a couple of reasons. We've heard that the Packer like Kyle Orton, who would be available much later than this. We've also heard that the best thing Campbell had going for him was turning around and handing the ball to Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown. But, his stock is on the rise and the Packers need to face the fact that Brett Favre has threatened retirement that last two years. The third time will be the charm and they need someone to be groomed for when that day comes.
20. Jacksonville
9
7
.527
Marion Barber, RB, Minnesota — The Jags have tried to get a replacement for Fragile Fred Taylor for the last two or three years with spotty results. The biggest problem is that they have brought in low-rent Taylor clones. Barber is a hard-running slasher that can spell Taylor and, if need be, step in to be a 20-carry guy on those weeks when Fred just can't go. This pick could go several ways, but every time Taylor has been hurt, the Jags offense has suffered. Barber could help ease some of that pain.
21. Baltimore
9
7
.551
Roscoe Parrish, WR, Miami — The team addressed defense with its first pick, but now needs to once again replace a wide receiver lost to the Vikings. Parrish is very small, but has great speed and can stretch a defense for long passes, as well as open up the intermediate zone for Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap. His speed could also reduce how many times defenses stack the box to stuff Jamal Lewis, which would make the entire offense better.
22. Seattle
9
7
.445
Kevin Burnett, LB, Tennessee — The Seattle defense is in full overhaul mode and Chad Brown is likely to be cut for cap reasons. Getting a replacement with good credentials is a must and Burnett is rated by some as one of the best pure linebackers in the draft — making him an ideal fit for an organization that needs to trim some salaries and remain the top dog in its division.
23. Buffalo
9
7
.512
Richie Icognito, C, Nebraska — Icognito is a problem child that got thrown off the Nebraska team a year ago and failed in a bid to transfer to Oregon State. He's had a lot of off-field issues that have dropped his stock dramatically, but, after giving up their first-round pick to Dallas in trade last year, he is a player that has Pro Bowl potential if he can be handled properly. The Bills surprised people by taking Willis McGahee, so Icognito would fit into that same mindset of taking a player with a big upside regardless of his downside.There are some who are convinced Icognito won't go until the second day, but many of those same people said that McGahee wouldn't go until the second or third round — and Buffalo proved them wrong in that instance too.
24. Denver
10
6
.484
Vincent Jackson, WR, Northern Colorado — A local college product who has great size at 6-4 and would be an ideal fit for the role in the Broncos offense manned so ably over the year by Ed McCaffrey — a big possession receiver who moves the chains and opens things up for big-play receivers Ashley Lelie and Rod Smith. Mike Shanahan made his feelings clear about the crop in this year's draft by trading out of the first round to get another first-rounder in 2006. If you've come into a draft giving up on the talent level, taking a risk-reward pick on someone like Jackson doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.
25. NY Jets
10
6
.523
Alex Smith, TE, Stanford — The Jets traded out of the first round and, in doing so, missed out on Heath Miller and accepted veteran Doug Jolley. That doesn't mean they're married to him. They made a strong RFA push for Jeb Putzier of Denver — only to have the Broncos match. Smith is a guy who can stretch the field and has the luxury of learning behind Jolley and being used as an offensive weapon right away. To some, this pick doesn't make sense. But to others, it's the answer to the same question as to why the Vikings signed Jermaine Wiggins when they already had Jim Kleinsasser. They do different things well.
26. Green Bay
10
6
.457
Evan Mathis, G, Alabama — While they took the QB of the future six picks earlier, they still have Brett Favre as the QB of the present. But, he is missing both of his starting guards from the last several years — both part of a payroll purge that backfired big time when they both signed away within 24 hours of being released. Replacements are needed and Mathis looks NFL-ready. For Favre's sake, he better be.
27. Atlanta
11
5
.434
Vincent Fuller, S, Virginia Tech — This could easily go the way of wide receiver to give Michael Vick another weapon, but the defense that got Atlanta to the top last year is only a couple of component parts away from making a legitimate Super Bowl run this year. Having added a versatile lineman in Shaun Cody in the first round, Fuller is a playmaker at safety who can team with DeAngelo Hall to give the Falcons one of the best young secondaries in the NFC.
28. Indianapolis
12
4
.500
Mike Patterson, DT, USC — The only things keeping the Colts out of the Super Bowl the last couple of years have been the Patriots and an awful defense. The offense remains steady and intact, but the defense needs to keep building. Patterson is a solid run stopper who can be disruptive and can help take constant double teams away from Dwight Freeney — which could open up the entire Colts defense for big plays that were sorely lacking the last couple of years.
29. San Diego
12
4
.477
Terrence Murphy, WR, Texas A&M — The Chargers have tried many times in many ways to improve their pass offense, but with the exception of unknown-turned-superstar Antonio Gates, it has been with mixed results. Murphy has good size and speed and will be critical to taking the heat off of Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson and could give the Chargers offense another weapon for opponents to deal with. If the Chargers used either of their first-round picks to address wide receiver, obviously they will go in a different direction. But other needs combined with the availability of top players at that position precluded taking pressure off Tomlinson. If Murphy can stretch the field on a regular basis, he's done his job.
30. Pittsburgh
15
1
.484
Chris Canty, DE, Virginia — The Steelers opened up their offense with their first pick. Now it's time for Bill Cowher to pluck a defender he can plug into his scheme to provide a pass rush threat. Canty can give the defensive front a change of pace — whether full-time or part-time — and be a piece to the new-look Steelers puzzle.
31. Philadelphia
13
3
.453
Ciatrick Fason, RB, Florida — Brian Westbrook has earned his starting spot, but neither he nor Correll Buckhalter can provide what Fason does — a 210-pounder who can grind out the tough yards when the teams need a yard for a first down or a first down to wear down the clock. There are a couple of different teams dealing with the perceived success of Fason, but he fills a void in the Eagles backfield that people like Dorsey Levens could no longer handle.
32. New England
14
2
.492
Elton Brown, G, Oregon State — Some scouts grade Brown out as the best guard prospect in the draft. The Patriots need some help on the interior offensive line, since their bread and butter last year was putting games away in the second half pounding Corey Dillon at opponents. Brown is huge (if the Vikings hadn't taken Mike Nugent, we would have Brown in purple and gold) and can step into a team that defines roles and excels.

 


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