New Sporting News Mock Draft
The Crap contiues....
MOCK DRAFT: ROUND 1
PICK TEAM PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 (1) 49ers Alex Smith* QB Utah
Niners' officials have arrived at two conclusions: 1) They won't be able to trade down and 2) The team cannot win in the short term. So, the 49ers should take the QB with the most upside and develop him slowly. Smith could sit behind Tim Rattay in 2005 and learn without undo pressure and not take a beating behind a rebuilding offensive line. Smith has a strong arm, outstanding athleticism and winning intangibles.
Team needs: QB | DE | WR | RB | NT | OT | S | OLB | CB
2 (2) Dolphins Ronnie Brown RB Auburn
Nick Saban is a defensive-minded coach, but he has final say on all personnel matters. He needs a workhorse back to make his conservative, ball-control offense work. Brown, with his great combination of power and speed, is tough to tackle and also excels as a receiver.
Team needs: G | RB | DT | QB | S | CB
3 (3) Browns Derrick Johnson OLB Texas
Romeo Crennel wants to build the New England way -- defense first. Johnson is the consensus best defensive prospect in this draft. Outside linebacker is key to the success of Crennel's 3-4. Johnson, a great athlete, also shows terrific natural football instincts.
Team needs: QB | LB | G | OT | CB | S | DE | P
4 (4) Bears Braylon Edwards WR Michigan
Chicago will take the biggest playmaker on the board. Some say Mike Williams would be the top receiver choice, but Edwards is faster and has a better character grade. Edwards, in addition to his solid frame, has great hands and the potential to become an All-Pro wideout. He immediately would become the Bears' best offensive player.
Team needs: QB | OT | WR | RB | G | LB | TE | CB | K
5 (5) Buccaneers Carnell Williams RB Auburn
Coach Jon Gruden says he never can have enough offensive cogs. The public favorite is Tampa native Mike Williams, but the Bucs are in more need of a workhorse back. This Williams has the body to take the pounding and the speed to be a home-run threat.
Team needs: RB | TE | WR | K | G | QB | NT
6 (6) Titans Aaron Rodgers* QB Cal.
Despite what Titans officials say, the team is rebuilding. Although Jeff Fisher is a defensive-minded coach, GM Floyd Reese will make this call. Rodgers would sit behind Steve McNair, learn without undue pressure and keep from taking a beating behind a shoddy offensive line.
Team needs: WR | OT | CB | OLB | ILB | RB | DE
7 (7) Vikings Mike Williams* WR USC
(from Oakland) The Vikings rebuilt their defense through the free-agent market and trades and would look to replace some of Randy Moss' production here. Williams is big (6-4 5/8, 229), physical and fast enough to create mismatches all over the field.
Team needs: LB | S | DT | G | DE | WR | QB
8 (8) Cardinals Cedric Benson RB Texas
The Cardinals have outstanding young receivers, upgraded their offensive line with free agents and have put a Band-Aid on QB. Coach Dennis Green covets a power running back, and Benson has both the size (222 pounds) and will to run hard between the tackles and both the great vision and speed to get outside. Benson would balance the offense and take pressure off Kurt Warner.
Team needs: RB | CB | QB | TE | NT | DE | OT | DT
9 (9) Redskins Adam Jones* CB W.Va.
After trading Champ Bailey last year and losing free-agent Fred Smoot this year, the Redskins now have a glaring need at cornerback. Jones lacks great size (5-9 5/8) but is a big-time playmaker with a confident, winning attitude. He tends to gamble, but his risky decisions usually pay off. Jones would need to become a better assignment corner in Gregg Williams' disciplined defense.
Team needs: WR | DE | C | G | QB | TE | OT | CB
10 (10) Lions Antrel Rolle CB Miami (FL)
Facing the Vikings and Packers twice a year in the pass-happy NFC North, Detroit is forced to use nickel personnel about two-thirds of the time on defense. Rolle (6-0 5/8, 197, 4.49) raises his good size and decent speed with impressive intelligence and instincts.
Team needs: S | OT | DE | LB | G | TE | WR
11 (11) Cowboys Troy Williamson* WR S. Carolina
With the first of two first-round picks, the Cowboys can get the missing piece in their attempt to re-create the QB-RB-WR Triplets magic of the '90s -- shifty Julius Jones and strong-armed Drew Bledsoe are the other two ingredients. Williamson would become Bledsoe's top deep threat and open things up for Jones, Jason Witten and Keyshawn Johnson underneath.
Team needs: DT | OLB | CB | S | OT | G | WR
12 (12) Chargers Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma
(from NY Giants) San Diego would be thrilled if Clayton still were on the board here. Clayton, drawing comparisons to Marvin Harrison, is a playmaker who can score from anywhere on the field. He is a bit undersized (5-10 3/8, 193) but shows elite speed, hands and agility.
Team needs: DE | S | WR | OT | NT
13 (13) Texans Alex Barron T Florida St.
The Texans would be happy beneficiaries if Barron slides this far down. Huge (6-7 1/2, 320) with outstanding athleticism, he excels in pass protection. Barron might struggle, however, if he must play right tackle because he isn't a great run blocker. He still should start as a rookie.
Team needs: OT | OLB | DT | CB | WR | ILB
14 (14) Panthers Travis Johnson DT Florida St.
Brentson Buckner is nearing retirement age, and Johnson would be an ideal heir. He is a big (6-3 7/8, 296) physical presence and would team with Kris Jenkins to form a dominant interior line.
Team needs: OT | RB | DT | WR | C | CB | S
15 (15) Chiefs Erasmus James DE Wis.
The Chiefs' line is the weakest of several weak links on defense. James is an active, two-way end who plays with great intensity and terrific leverage.
Team needs: CB | LB | DE | WR | DT | OT | QB
16 (16) Saints Carlos Rogers CB Auburn
Rogers' stock is rising and would give the Saints an immediate upgrade. In addition to his great speed (4.44) and quickness, he is physical and fearless and can provide good run support. He needs to improve his ball skills, however.
Team needs: LB | G | S | CB | RB | OT | C
17 (17) Bengals Shawne Merriman* DE Maryland
The Bengals had trouble stopping the run last season. Merriman, an outstanding athlete who can play either end our outside linebacker, could be the key ingredient to improving the team's athleticism. The Bengals would use Merriman as a pass-rush specialist at first but develop him into a two-way end opposite Justin Smith.
Team needs: DE | DE | TE | S | C | TE | RB
18 (18) Vikings Jammal Brown T Oklahoma
The Vikings have addressed most of their defensive needs with veterans, so they should consider another offensive addition here. Brown would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle with his long strong arms, working best in pass protection. He has the tools for run blocking but must get stronger and bulkier to excel.
Team needs: LB | S | DT | G | DE | WR | QB
19 (19) Rams Brodney Pool* S Oklahoma
The Rams have a glaring need at strong safety as they plan to move Adam Archuleta to free safety. Pool, an outstanding athlete, is strong in run support and solid in coverage. He is the kind of physical safety that defensive coaches covet. With his nose for the ball, he would keep the Rams from converting linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa.
Team needs: OT | LB | S | DE | G | RB | DT | CB
20 (20) Cowboys Marcus Spears DE LSU
(from Buffalo) Bill Parcells is a 3-4 defensive coach at heart and is looking to acquire the personnel to make the transition. Spears has the size (6-4, 307) and athleticism to play end in a two-gap scheme.
Team needs: DT | OLB | CB | S | OT | G | WR
21 (21) Jaguars David Pollack DE Georgia
The Jaguars have two of the game's best young defensive tackles in John Henderson and Marcus Stroud, and now need another end to complement former Bronco Reggie Hayward. Pollack (6-2 3/8, 270) is undersized but compensates with great speed, quickness, instincts and hustle. Best suited as a pass rusher, he also can stuff the run and play in open field.
Team needs: DE | OT | CB | WR | RB | S
22 (22) Ravens Darryl Blackstock* OLB Va.
The Ravens are set to revert to a 4-3 defense and must restock their personnel. Blackstock, paired with All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis, would be the weaksider set free to use his speed and athleticism to chase the ball.
Team needs: WR | G | OT | CB | DT | ILB | RB
23 (23) Seahawks Justin Miller* CB Clemson
The Seahawks lost free-agent cornerback Ken Lucas and must fill his void in this draft. Miller possesses great change-of-direction and ball skills and is both tough and physical. He also is a productive kick returner.
Team needs: OLB | DE | CB | WR | RB | C | DT | ILB
24 (24) Packers Demarcus Ware DE Troy State
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is the Packers' only viable pass rusher. Ware played outside linebacker in college but would move to end as a pro. He shows both the speed and burst to be a dynamic pass rusher and has both the athleticism and instincts to play the run.
Team needs: S | QB | DE | LB | TE | G | P
25 (25) Broncos Fabian Washington* CB Nebraska
The Broncos lost free-agent Kelly Herndon and Lenny Walls, their starter opposite Bailey, is coming off an injury-riddled season. They must upgrade at corner, considering they must now face the Raiders' dynamic duo of Moss and Jerry Porter twice each season. Washington, who had an Olympian Combine workout (4.29 40, 3.91 short shuttle, 41 1/2-inch vertical leap), compensates for his undersized frame (5-10 1/2, 188) with his athleticism and strong coverage skills.
Team needs: DE | G | WR | CB | RB | OLB
26 (26) Jets Khalif Barnes T Wash.
The Jets lost right tackle Kareem McKenzie as a free agent and don't have his replacement on the roster. Barnes is the fastest-rising prospect in the draft. He is experienced, having started 42 consecutive games at Washington. He also has a big frame (6-5 3/4, 305) to go with his terrific athleticism and speed. He needs to add some bulk to be really effective in run blocking.
Team needs: CB | TE | S | RB | WR | DT | C | K | QB
27 (27) Falcons Shaun Cody DT USC
Cody, a versatile defender, can play anywhere on the line. He eventually will settle in at tackle as a pro but has both the quickness and intensity to fit the Falcons' attacking persona.
Team needs: ILB | S | DT | OT | WR | DE | S
28 (28) Chargers Matt Roth DE Iowa
Roth plays with nonstop hustle and sometimes gets a little out of control. He would need to adapt to the Chargers' two-gap scheme and must improve his pass-rush discipline but shows tremendous pro potential.
Team needs: DE | S | WR | OT | NT
29 (29) Colts Channing Crowder* OLB Florida
The Colts must upgrade their defensive talent, starting at linebacker. If not for some character concerns, Crowder wouldn't stay on the board this long. Aggressive with nonstop hustle, he can play undisciplined, but he still is young, having played only two years at Florida.
Team needs: ILB | DT | DE | RB | CB | S | OLB | OT | FB
30 (30) Steelers Marlin Jackson CB Michigan
Jackson is a big (6-0 5/8, 198), physical defender but lacks elite speed. He compensates with great quickness. He played both cornerback and safety in college and would be a factor in the Steelers' nickel packages until possibly eventually taking over for veteran corner Willie Williams.
Team needs: WR | DE | TE | G | ILB | RB | CB
31 (31) Eagles Kevin Burnett OLB Tennessee
Linebacker is the only weak link on an elite Eagles defense. Jim Johnson likes to blitz from everywhere and needs athletic linebackers to be most effective. A high-character player, Burnett can both run and hit with a nose for the ball.
Team needs: WR | DE | DT | RB | TE | QB
32 (32) Patriots Updated Barrett Ruud OLB Nebraska
The Patriots' defense is driven by their aging linebackers, but Tedy Bruschi's heart complications may cause him to miss the season, and Ted Johnson and Willie McGinest are 32 and 33, respectively. Ruud is the versatile defender coach Bill Belichick covets. Ruud isn't the most gifted athlete, but he plays smart and has great character.
Team needs: CB | OT | ILB | OLB | FB | G | QB
Round Two is posting well but they have the Broncos taking the WR Crapso (I know that is not his real name but I couldn't resist).....with Baas being taken one spot ahead of us...
I'm gonna go on record as saying there is zero chance of the Broncos taking a DB in round one this year if they stay at 25.
TSN has to have the absolutely worst football coverage of any pub. Back in the 80's I subrscribed and I used ot enjoy reading a whole week's MLB box scores in one sitting. It was my fav newspaper. But USA Today made them totally redundant. They've been scrambling to find a reason to exist ever since.
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