The War Room | HoustonProFootball.com April 23, 2005
Mock With Me
by Keith Weiland
Aye, another mock. Silly me. All that time spent on projecting the first 32 picks of the 2005 NFL Draft when I could have been… er, could have been… aw, hell, who am I kidding? I had nothing better to do.
I am a man of few rules, but I hold one near and dear to my heart this time of year: no mock draft trades. This exercise is wayward enough without making up some half-witted fake deals. That didn’t stop my brother in arms, Warren, from projecting a few trades in his mock though.
Alright, enough of the banter, and on with the silliness.
1. San Francisco: QB Alex Smith, Utah
I like him better than Aaron Rodgers. 49ers should, too.
2. Miami: RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
Dolphins need a QB, but take a RB instead. Silly Saban.
3. Cleveland: WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan
Some much needed offense for the Orange Helmets named Browns.
4. Chicago: RB Cedric Benson, Texas
I think the Bears would be better off with a WR, though they could take Cadillac here instead.
5. Tampa Bay: QB Aaron Rodgers, Cal
Rodgers probably won’t slip out of the top 5, regardless of the team picking him.
6. Tennessee: CB Antrel Rolle, Miami
Bud’s team plays the Colts two times each year, too.
7. Minnesota: WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina
They’ll need to replace Randy Moss somehow. This guy has downfield speed to match with their possession guys.
8. Arizona: RB Carnell Williams, Auburn
Cards putting together a nice offense. Too bad no one cares.
9. Washington: CB Adam Jones, West Virginia
Could be Carlos Rogers, too. Pick ’em.
10. Detroit: LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
Lions get a playmaker for their defense.
11. Dallas: LB Demarcus Ware, Troy
Ugh… I could really see Shawne Merriman here just as easily.
12. San Diego: WR Mike Williams, USC
Mike’s goin’ back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali, goin’ back to Cali… yeah, I think so.
13. Houston: LB Shawne Merriman, Maryland
Pass rush gets an upgrade. Obvious passing downs won’t be the same with a combo of Babin, Peek, Wong and Merriman somewhere on the field.
14. Carolina: OT Alex Barron, Florida State
Would not surprise me one bit if this turned out to be Jammal Brown instead.
15. Kansas City: S/LB Thomas Davis, Georgia
Man alive, the Chiefs need some defense.
16. New Orleans: CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn
The next best corner here seems like a no brainer. Saints might have been the happiest when Texans acquired Phillip Buchanon.
17. Cincinnati: DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin
I think they might be better served with David Pollack, and I wasn’t the worst team of the 90s. So there.
18. Minnesota: DL Marcus Spears, LSU
Vikes bolster their defensive line with Spears. Not sure how much they like Pollack.
19. St. Louis: OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
Rams need a tackle to replace Kyle Turley.
20. Dallas: DE Shaun Cody, USC
Coach Parcells wants to beef up the defensive line.
21. Jacksonville: TE Heath Miller, Virginia
Jaguars doctors think this guy can get healthy. Jags doctors… what an oxymoron.
22. Baltimore: WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma
Lucky Ravens have a big need at the position where the best player available plays.
23. Seattle: DE David Pollack, Georgia
The Seahawks get a motor on their line.
24. Green Bay: – CB Marlin Jackson, Michigan
I just see this as a good value here for the Pack.
25. Washington: WR Roddy White, Alabama-Birmingham
The Redskins need help at WR in a big way.
26. Oakland: CB Fabian Washington, Nebraska
Could opt for Justin Miller to replace Showtime.
27. Atlanta: OT Khalif Barnes, Washington
The Falcons are in need of a good tackle.
28. San Diego: S Brodney Pool, Oklahoma
Heartbreak hotel for the Chargers with the picks ahead of them.
29. Indianapolis: CB Justin Miller, Clemson
Colts obviously go defense here… maybe a D-lineman like Travis Johnson instead?
30. Pittsburgh: TE/WR Matt Jones, Arkansas
Ooh. The drama.
31. Philadelphia: DT Travis Johnson, Florida State
Eagles like the depth Johnson will bring here. Eagles fans hate it, of course.
32. New England: LB Barrett Ruud, Nebraska
A linebacker is the logical pick. Ruud’s a smart player for a smart team.
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