FoxSports Mock Draft.....here comes the TE picks now!!
SPORTING NEWS MOCK DRAFT: Round 1
Pick Team Player Pos. School Previous Rising/Falling High/Low
1. 49ers Aaron Rodgers* QB California 1st SAME 1st / 1st
The 49ers are desperate to trade down to address their many needs, but no other team wants this pick. Rodgers is a nice prospect but not a no-brainer No. 1 overall pick. He has terrific arm strength and good accuracy and would be an instant upgrade over Tim Rattay or Ken Dorsey.
2. Dolphins Ronnie Brown RB Auburn 8th (+6) 2nd / 25th
After an impressive workout at the NFL Combine, Brown has emerged as the clear-cut No. 1 guy in a great backfield class. The Dolphins are running out of free-agent options to fill their most glaring need, and Brown, in addition to being able to carry load as a power runner, is versatile enough to be a productive short-yardage receiver.
3. Browns Derrick Johnson OLB Texas 3rd SAME 3rd / 3rd
The Browns addressed their other huge defensive need, cornerback, with the signing of ex-Raven Gary Baxter. Considering LBs were key to the success of Browns coach Romeo Crennel's defense in New England, Johnson's versatility makes him a solid cornerstone around whom to build. A sideline-to-sideline speedster, Johnson, who shined at the Combine, excels as a solid tackler, blitzer and cover man.
4. Bears Braylon Edwards WR Michigan 4th SAME 4th / 4th
Picks 4-8 are prime trading spots. If they stay here, the Bears would go for the top playmaker. They signed Muhsin Muhammad but need another, younger receiver and can land a Wolverine again despite the bust of David Terrell.
5. Buccaneers Carnell Williams RB Auburn 5th SAME 5th / 25th
The Bucs' coaches fell in love with Williams while coaching him at the Senior Bowl. Wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line and the secondary are other possible options with this pick, but because the team missed on a good free-agent crop or running backs, it's imperative to land Williams.
6. Titans Antrel Rolle CB Miami (Fla.) 6th SAME 6th / 11th
Rolle is the right choice for the team's secondary — to either replace Samari Rolle (no relation) or Andre Dyson, who both won't be back. Antrel (6-0, 205) is a big, physical corner with the man-to-man coverage skills to succeed in Jeff Fisher's defense.
(from Raiders) Mike Williams* WR USC 7th SAME 7th / 21st
After acquiring this pick from Oakland in the blockbuster Randy Moss trade, the Vikings can groom his big-play replacement. Despite a year off, Williams remains an explosive and dynamic receiver with elite size, strength, hand-eye coordination and body control.
8. Cardinals Cedric Benson RB Texas 2nd (-6) 2nd / 8th
The Moss trade helps the Cardinals here because it could allow the third of the three elite backs to drop to them. The Cardinals are desperate because of the retirement of Emmitt Smith and Marcel Shipp coming back from a broken leg. Benson is more of a pure, physical between-the-tackles runner than either Brown or Carnell Williams. QB Alex Smith also is an option, but it's less likely after the team signed Kurt Warner.
9. Redskins Erasmus James DE Wisconsin 10th (+1) 6th / 10th
The Redskins addressed their big needs at center (Casey Rabach) and WR (Santana Moss, David Patten) through the veteran market, and next on the shopping list is an end. James is a risk-reward prospect because of his history of injuries, but he is the best pure pass rusher in the draft.
10. Lions Alex Barron T Florida State 14th (+4) 5th / 14th
The Lions have more pressing concerns at safety and defensive end, but with the looming free-agent departure of Stockar McDougle and a young offense in place, they need a strong right tackle opposite Jeff Backus. Barron has a good combination of size, strength, finesse and footwork.
11. Cowboys Adam Jones* CB West Virginia 9th (-2) 8th / 32nd
The Cowboys could go for an edge pass rusher here instead but would not pass on Jones if he were to slip this far. With the free-agent signing of Anthony Henry and the maturation of Terence Newman, the addition of Jones could turn the team's biggest weakness into a strength. Jones would bring great speed and toughness to a secondary that needs more of it.
(from Giants) Dan Cody DE Oklahoma 12th SAME 12th / 13th
The Chargers need another productive edge pass rusher for their 3-4 defense. Cody would provide that kind of presence and more. His upfield-charging style fits coordinator Wade Phillips' aggressive scheme, and he can hold up well against the run.
13. Texans Shawne Merriman* OLB Maryland 18th (+5) 13th / 23rd
Merriman's stock is on the rise, and his versatility on the edge makes him the ideal fit for the Texans' 3-4, which needs a further injection of youth after the team signed former Dolphin Morlon Greenwood to play on the inside. Merriman is a "drive-stopper" that would add a big-play dimension to their defense.
14. Panthers Troy Williamson* WR South Carolina 21st (+7) 14th / 2nd round
Considering the Panthers landed two big free agents in guard/tackle Mike Wahle and cornerback Ken Lucas, they can afford to wait to fill their remaining needs on the offensive line and in the secondary for good later-round values. With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Williamson's blinding speed would be a nice complement to Steve Smith and Keary Colbert.
15. Chiefs Carlos Rogers CB Auburn 20th (+5) 15th / 2nd round
The Chiefs have needs all across their defense but are weakest at cornerback, where there is no reliable option after Eric Warfield. It's more imperative they shore up the position because they will face new Raider Randy Moss twice a season. Rogers is a physical corner with the confidence to play man-to-man.
16. Saints Alex Smith* QB Utah 16th SAME 8th / 24th
QB Aaron Brooks has needed a kick in the backside for years, and the selection of Smith would push Brooks to become the elite quarterback he is capable of being — or accelerate his departure. Smith would be a great value pick here.
17. Bengals Travis Johnson DT Florida State 11th (-6) 11th / 17th
The Bengals desperately need help in the middle of their defensive line, and they wouldn't hesitate to jump on Johnson if he falls here. Despite some off-the-field concerns, it's difficult to pass up a disruptive one-gap penetrator of this caliber.
18. Vikings Thomas Davis* S Georgia 17th (-1) 17th / 2nd round
Davis plays safety like a linebacker and excels in run support. The Vikings already have a run-stuffing tackle up front in former Bill Pat Williams; now Ted Cottrell's defense needs a sound tackler and punishing hitter in the secondary.
19. Rams Jammal Brown OT Oklahoma 28th (+9) 19th / 28th
With Kyle Turley a likely post-June 1 cut and Orlando Pace still on the trading block, the team must invest in a tackle. Brown might be a reach here, but for the Rams' immediate purposes, he is an agile pass protector whose run blocking should improve with experience.
(from Bills) Shaun Cody DT USC 19th (-1) 19th / 29th
Cody played tackle at USC but projects as an end in the NFL. That gives the Cowboys some flexibility as they experiment with a switch to a 3-4 scheme. After getting a corner with their first first-round pick, a defensive lineman makes sense here.
21. Jaguars David Pollack DE Georgia 13th (-8) 6th / 21st
With the signing of prolific pass rusher Reggie Hayward, putting Pollack on the opposite end would give the Jaguars one of the league's most explosive front fours. Pollack is undersized, but with opponents worrying about Hayward and tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, Pollack often would draw favorable one-on-one matchups. His work ethic also fits Jack Del Rio's mold.
22. Ravens Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma 22nd SAME 22nd / 22nd
The Ravens got a top free-agent receiver in former Titan Derrick Mason, but they also could use a promising youngster to bring along with third-year QB Kyle Boller. Although Clayton (5-10, 185) lacks ideal size, his quickness and intangibles make him a good open-field playmaker.
23. Seahawks Corey Webster CB LSU 29th (+6) 15th / 30th
Although a hamstring injury hindered him in his senior season, Webster has the complete package for the position. A strong, tough, instinctive corner, he would help the Seahawks replace Lucas in their secondary.
24. Packers Matt Roth DE Iowa 23rd (-1) 23rd / 2nd round
A linebacker also is an option here, but Roth's relentlessness would fit well in new coordinator Jim Bates' system. The team already likes what it got from another Hawkeye defensive lineman, Aaron Kampman, and Ross is a nasty, tough, throwback-type player who could spark the entire unit.
25. Broncos Heath Miller* TE Virginia 26th (+1) 25th / 2nd round
The Broncos have until Friday, March 11 to match the Jets' five-year, $12.5 million offer sheet for current starter Jeb Putzier. That's unlikely, so Denver would be ecstatic if Miller is available here. Miller, with similar skills to Shannon Sharpe, is a special athlete and blocker who can provide a deeper threat down the seams.
26. Jets Brandon Browner* CB Oregon St. 15th (-11) 15th / 2nd round
Cornerback is the Jets' clear-cut No. 1 need as aging players have robbed them of good speed in coverage. Browner, with great size (6-3 3/8, 202) and terrific speed (4.44), could become an immediate starter.
27. Falcons Channing Crowder* ILB Florida 24th (-3) 18th / 2nd round
Jim Mora is building a young, fast defense for the Falcons, and Crowder has the potential to be an immediate impact player. Teaming with Pro Bowler Keith Brooking and second-year man Demorrio Williams, Crowder would give Atlanta an impressive trio of quick, speedy and aggressive linebackers.
28. Chargers Roddy White WR UAB 31st (+3) 28th / 2nd round
With a top-flight quarterback, running back and tight end in place, the Chargers need a big-time deep threat to help stretch the field. White — who is moving up draft boards — has the speed and playmaking ability to be an impact downfield receiver.
29. Colts Justin Miller* CB Clemson 30th (+1) 29th / 2nd round
The Colts could use another fast athlete in their secondary, and Miller fits that mold and has the aggressive nature needed to succeed in Tony Dungy's swarming cover 2. Miller has even more value with the spark he can provide as a punt and kick returner.
30. Steelers Chris Henry* WR West Virginia 2nd round 30th / 2nd round
The Steelers are likely to lose Plaxico Burress as a free agent and are unsure whether Antwaan Randle El is a No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver. Henry has some character concerns but has the size (6-4 3/8, 190) and speed (4.48) to be groomed into a disciplined starter.
31. Eagles Marcus Spears DE LSU 25th (-6) 25th / 2nd round
With five Day 1 picks and an extra in the fifth round, the Eagles might trade up for a shot at a top wide receiver such as USC's Mike Williams or Oklahoma's Mark Clayton. If they stay here, they might need to target an end if Derrick Burgess leaves as a free agent. Spears lacks big-time speed but uses his size (6-4, 295) and power to burst into the backfield.
32. Patriots Darryl Blackstock* OLB Virginia 2nd round 32nd / 2nd round
The team released Roman Phifer, and Willie McGinest will be 34 in December. Blackstock's stock is on the rise and can play either in a 4-3 or a 3-4, which gives him the right versatility for Bill Belichick's defense. Blackstock also would bring terrific run-stopping and pass-rush skills.
Fallen from the first round:
Brodney Pool — Oklahoma S (No. 27, Falcons)
Marlin Jackson — Michigan CB (No. 32, Patriots)
We are going to match the offer.
but if Denver likes the trade offer by the Jets, than Putzier is gone.
Miller is going to be such a special player
This would be a fine move if we could address our D problems elsewhere
Alex Smith slipping all the way down to 16?? Doubt it.
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