| Mark Maske's Mock NFL Draft |
Web Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005; 11:04 p.m. EDT
Alex Smith, QB, Utah
The 49ers couldn't get a contract done this week with Smith's agent, Tom Condon. But can a 2-14 team without a franchise QB afford to pass up the quarterback that it thinks is the best in the draft?
2.Vikings (from seventh and 18th via trade with Dolphins)
Mike Williams, WR, USC
Miami desperately wants to trade down, especially if Smith is gone. The Vikings, Redskins and Buccaneers are possible trade partners. In this case, Minnesota trades up to get the receiver that some in the league say it prefers.
Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
Cleveland passes up a quarterback of the future (Aaron Rodgers) for a receiver who might help immediately.
Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
Chicago needs an offensive workhorse and a tough between-the-tackles runner.
Carnell (Cadillac) Williams, RB, Auburn
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
Tennessee gets a top cornerback to replace the departed Samari Rolle (no relation).
7. Dolphins (from second via trade with Vikings)
Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
Miami moves down and gets the draft's most versatile back.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal
The 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
San Diego moves up to get the draft's late riser.
Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas
Johnson or Shawne Merriman?
Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland
Dallas gets a coveted 'tweener.
12. Redskins (from ninth via trade with Chargers)
Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
Redskins, if they can't trade up for Edwards, 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.
13. Saints (from 16th via trade with Texans)
Adam (Pac-Man) Jones, CB, West Virginia
New Orleans trades up to get the remaining of the Big Three cornerbacks.
Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina
Carolina gets a receiver to go with Steve Smith after Muhsin Muhammad's exit.
Thomas Davis, S, Georgia
Friday's trade for Patrick Surtain means Kansas City can afford to pick Davis instead of a cornerback.
16. Texans (from 13th via trade with Saints)
Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
People around the league are convinced that Houston will draft a receiver despite its offensive-line needs.
Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
The draft's top defensive tackle in a down year for the position.
18. Dolphins (from second via trade with Vikings)
Marcus Spears, DE, LSU
Trade-down enables Coach Nick Saban to choose his former LSU player.
Alex Barron, T, Florida State
St. Louis fills its need created by Kyle Turley's ailing back.
Jammal Brown, T, Oklahoma
Everyone expects Dallas to take a wide receiver here. Since when did Bill Parcells do what everyone expects?
Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
Jacksonville bolsters a spot that was a problem area last season.
Shaun Cody, DT, USC
Baltimore needs to be better up front on defense, and Cody also can play end.
David Pollack, DE, Georgia
Could be an outside linebacker, or even an inside linebacker, in the NFL.
Channing Crowder, LB, Florida
Green Bay adds some toughness to its defense.
Roddy White, WR, Alabama-Birmingham
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 QB?
Justin Miller, CB, Clemson
Oakland replaces the traded Phillip Buchanon.
Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia
Atlanta needs help in the passing game.
Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas
The college quarterback is one of the draft's most intriguing players.
Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska
Indianapolis adds a speedster to its secondary.
Heath Miller, TE, Virginia
The draft's best tight end might tempt someone with a need to trade up and get him.
Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
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.
On the cusp for the first round: Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn; Matt Roth, DE, Iowa; Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma; Khalif Barnes, T, Washington; Marcus Johnson, T, Mississippi; Barrett Ruud, LB, Nebraska; Darryl Blackstock, LB, Virginia; J.J. Arrington, RB, Cal; Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State.
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