| Mark Maske's Mock NFL Draft |
Web Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2005; 12:53 p.m. EDT
Editor's Note: The number in parenthesis is Mark's projection from Tuesday's mock draft.
Alex Smith, QB, Utah (1)
Assuming they can get the contract done with agent Tom Condon, who's driving a hard bargain and wants Smith to get more money than Eli Manning.
2. Vikings (from 7th via trade with Dolphins)
Mike Williams, WR, USC (7)
Minnesota trades up to get the receiver that it apparently prefers.
Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan (4)
Cleveland passes up a quarterback of the future (Aaron Rodgers) for a receiver who might help immediately.
Cedric Benson, RB, Texas (5)
Chicago needs an offensive workhorse and a tough between-the-tackles runner.
Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, RB, Auburn (8)
Tampa Bay is thwarted in its effort to trade up for Smith, and settles for a runner to spark its offense.
Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami (6)
Tennessee gets a top cornerback to replace the departed Samari Rolle (no relation).
7. Dolphins (from 2nd via trade with Vikings)
Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn (2)
Miami moves down and gets the all-purpose back that it might have taken at No. 2.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal (3)
Cardinals can't pass up a potential solution to their glaring quarterback problem.
9. Chargers (from 12th via trade with Redskins)
Demarcus Ware, LB, Troy (28)
San Diego moves up to get the draft's late riser.
Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas (10)
Johnson or Merriman?
11. Chiefs (from 15th via trade with Cowboys)
Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, CB, West Virginia (9)
Kansas City moves up to get the pass defender that it so desperately needs.
12. Redskins (from 9th via trade with Chargers)
Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn (15)
Redskins trade down to add badly needed extra picks and fill a big hole on their defense created by Fred Smoot's departure in free agency.
Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina (12)
Some people around the league are convinced that Houston is picking a receiver despite its offensive-line needs.
Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma (14)
Carolina gets a receiver to go with Steve Smith after Muhsin Muhammad's exit.
15. Cowboys (from 11th via trade with Chiefs)
Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland (11)
Dallas trades down for additional picks and gets a coveted 'tweener.
Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin (16)
New Orleans bolsters the position so that it can afford to trade Darren Howard, its franchise player.
Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State (17)
The draft's top defensive tackle in a down year for the position.
18. Dolphins (from 2nd via trade with Vikings)
Alex Barron, T, Florida State (13)
Miami can use all the first-round selections it possibly can get.
Jammal Brown, T, Oklahoma (19)
St. Louis fills its need created by Kyle Turley's ailing back.
Khalif Barnes, T, Washington (20)
Everyone expects Dallas to take a wide receiver here. Since when did Bill Parcells do what everyone expects? The Cowboys need offensive-line help, too.
Marcus Spears, DE, LSU (18)
Jacksonville bolsters a spot that was a problem area last season.
Shaun Cody, DT, USC (23)
Baltimore needs to be better up front on defense.
David Pollack, DE, Georgia (24)
Could be an outside linebacker, or even an inside linebacker, in the NFL.
Channing Crowder, LB, Florida (29)
Green Bay adds some toughness to its defense.
Roddy White, WR, Alabama-Birmingham (22)
Yes, it could be Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell here. But, when it comes down to it, is a team with an old offensive coaching staff really going to use a first-round pick on a quarterback? Wide receiver is a more pressing need, although White could go to Dallas at No. 20.
Justin Miller, CB, Clemson ( - )
Oakland replaces the traded Phillip Buchanon.
Thomas Davis, S, Georgia (25)
The draft's best safety could go higher.
Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia (27)
San Diego bolsters its offense with its second first-rounder.
Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska (32)
Indianapolis adds a speedster to its secondary
Heath Miller, TE, Virginia (26)
The draft's best tight end might tempt someone with a need to trade up and get him.
Matt Roth, DE, Iowa (21)
Philadelphia lost blossoming defensive end Derrick Burgess in free agency.
Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan ( - )
The champs somehow survived being short-handed at cornerback last season.
Dropped Out: Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma (30); Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas (31)
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