| Mark Maske's Mock NFL Draft |
Web Posted: Monday, April 18, 2005; 4:47 p.m. EST
Editor's Note: The number in parenthesis is Mark's projection from his last mock draft, published April 7.
1. 49ers -- Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal (1)
Is it Rodgers? Is it Smith? Is it a trade? Coach Mike Nolan and front-office chief Scot McCloughan must decide soon.
2. Dolphins -- Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn (2)
It's still hard to believe they won't take a running back.
3. Browns -- Alex Smith, QB, Utah (3)
They could take Edwards, especially if they make a rumored trade for Patriots backup QB Rohan Davey.
4. Bears -- Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan (4)
Many teams have him atop their draft boards.
5. Buccaneers -- Cedric Benson, RB, Texas (8)
One NFL executive said last week he's the best player in the draft. 6. Titans -- Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami (6)
Could new offensive coordinator Norm Chow talk the Titans into selecting Williams, his star at USC?
7. Vikings -- Mike Williams, WR, USC (7)
They simply can't let this potential Randy Moss replacement go by if he's still available.
8. Cardinals -- Carnell (Cadillac) Williams, RB, Auburn (5)
This would seem to be the latest he could go.
9. Redskins -- Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, CB, West Virginia (9)
This could change if the Redskins trade for a veteran cornerback.
10. Lions -- Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas (10)
Johnson or Merriman?
11. Cowboys -- Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland (11)
Merriman's camp believes he won't fall below 11.
12. Chargers -- Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina (12)
San Diego goes offense with the first of its two first-rounders.
13. Texans -- Alex Barron, T, Florida State (13)
It's widely assumed that he'll be the first offensive lineman drafted.
14. Panthers -- Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma (14)
..... Is vying with Williamson to be the third wideout taken.
15. Chiefs -- Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn (16)
That would make it three cornerbacks in the draft's top 15 players.
16. Saints -- Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin (17)
Bolsters the position in case New Orleans trades Darren Howard.
17. Bengals -- Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State (18)
Best defensive tackle in a down year for the position.
18. Vikings -- Marcus Spears, DE, LSU (15)
Minnesota gets defensive help after bolstering the offense at No. 7.
19. Rams -- Jammal Brown, T, Oklahoma (19)
St. Louis needs help at the position with Kyle Turley hurt and now talking about moving to defense.
20. Cowboys -- Khalif Barnes, T, Washington (26)
This pick could be a wide receiver but the offensive line needs help, too.
21. Jaguars -- Matt Roth, DE, Iowa ( - )
Defensive end was a problem spot for the Jaguars last season.
22. Ravens -- Roddy White, WR, Alabama-Birmingham (20)
They got Derrick Mason in free agency, but this wide-receiver corps was severely lacking.
23. Seahawks -- Shaun Cody, DT-DE, USC (24)
A versatile defensive lineman.
24. Packers -- David Pollack, DE, Georgia (23)
A defensive playmaker.
25. Broncos -- Thomas Davis, S, Georgia (25)
A replacement for departed free agent Kenoy Kennedy, but he could be gone by this point.
26. Jets -- Heath Miller, TE, Virginia (30)
The best tight end available.
27. Falcons -- Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia ( - )
Atlanta desperately needs receiver help.
28. Chargers -- Demarcus Ware, LB, Troy State (32)
The Chargers get a pass rusher after going offense at No. 12.
29. Colts -- Channing Crowder, LB, Florida (22)
Indy simply must have defensive help.
30. Steelers -- Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma (21)
The league's best defense gets better.
31. Eagles - Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas (31)
Freddie Mitchell is on the way out and Terrell Owens wants a new contract, so why not take the draft's most intriguing player?
32. Patriots - Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska ( - )
The champs need depth at cornerback and linebacker.
Dropped Out: Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin (27); Barrett Ruud, LB, Nebraska (28); Darryl Blackstock, LB, Virginia (29)
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