2005 NFL MOCK DRAFT
1. San Francisco-Aaron Rodgers QB-Cal
With the 1st pick in the draft the 49ers address a ? on offense and in my opinion select the best QB in this years draft. Inconsistency and injuries especially at the QB spot tore apart the 49ers offense this past season and with Aaron Rodgers they will be able to begin to rebuild what once was a potent offense. He will come into a system having targets in Eric Johnson and Rashaun Woods.
2. Miami-Cedric Benson RB Texas
Ricky was missed in Miami most by whoever was playing QB. Miami needs a running game to establish a passing game. Running back by committee is not going to cut in the AFC East. Cedric Benson will provide a power running attack and a nice target out of the backfield for Miami. People have Miami going QB here but I think they like what they saw from Feely and it’s unfair to knock the guy considering what he had to work with in 2004. No David Boston, no running game and a defense that wore down towards the end of the season. He will be a better QB with Benson in the backfield.
3. Cleveland-Mike Williams WR USC
Wow…where to begin with this team? Cleveland needs help on offense no matter who they decide to start at QB in 2005. Hands down Mike Williams is the best WR in the draft and will bring big play ability to a lack-luster offense. I don’t worry too much about the rust, he’ll shake that off in the off-season and you can’t think he has been eating cheetos, watching ESPN for the last year…who do you think he is Maurice Clarette? Whoever the QB is in Cleveland in 2005 will have quite a few weapons at his side in Winslow, Bryant, and Williams. Looking better already!
4. Chicago Braylon Edwards WR Michigan
Chicago needs an offensive boost. Thomas Jones was a nice addition and the
re-emergence of the “A” Train was a pleasant surprise but with no deep threat to stretch the field with you have a pretty one-dimensional offense. Edwards is going to be a beast in this offense and will team with Grossman to make a combo talked about for years to come in the Windy City!
5. Tampa Bay Cadillac Williams RB Auburn
QB is no longer an issue in Tampa Bay, at least it shouldn’t be. You’re looking at Grease and Simms battling it out in the off-season. What hurt Tampa is not having a running game. I hope Gruden considers taking a back in the draft and if he does it will be Cadillac. He missed out on Stephen Jackson in last year’s draft. Lets not make it two years in a row you pass up a talented back in favor of Garner and Pittman.
6. Tennessee Mathius Kawanuka DE Boston College
This guy will make Tennessee fans forget all about the departure of Kearse. At 6’8” this kid has amazing size and is very quick off the ball. They get the speed rusher that the lacked in 2004 and you can even play him outside at OLB, he brings many options to the table.
7. Oakland Ronnie Brown RB Auburn
Ronnie Brown is the 3rd running back off the board and we aren’t even through the first ten picks. A lot of teams need a jump-start in the running game but none more the Oakland Raiders, averaging 75 yards a game in 2004 it is time to make a change. Ronnie Brown is a talented back that will provide power and speed to the Raiders backfield and give defenses fits. Being overshadowed in college by teammate Cadillac Williams hurt his stock but don’t be fooled, Brown has the skills to succeed in the NFL.
8. Arizona Antrell Rolle CB Miami
See ‘em goin QB here? Maybe but I think they snag a shut-down corner that will give their defense a much needed element that it didn’t have last season. Antrell is too good to pass up and will pay dividends immediately! McCown is not a horrible QB and lacked a consistent running game as well as Anquan Bolden so I don’t think Green will be thinking QB here. Their secondary however continues to get torched and needs to be addressed.
9. Washington D’Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia
Redskins have problems up front and Ferguson solves them. They need a tackle opposite of Samuels to help protect Ramsey and open holes for Portis. Best Tackle in the draft? Perhaps I feel he is up there with Barron but I feel that D’Brickashaw better fits the Redskins offense.
10. Detroit Heath Miller TE Virginia
Detroit would love to have the success other teams such as San Diego and Kansas City has throwing down the field to the TE and now they can. Heath will open and stretch the middle of the field for Harrington and provide another target for him to throw to as well as provide additional help blocking for Kevin Jones. With a healthy Rogers due back in 2005, this is offense is starting to find it’s identity!
11. Dallas Sammy Davis S Georgia
Dallas’ secondary is soft and Woodson is as good as gone. They need help along the defensive line but they will address that with their second 1st round pick. Davis will improve a secondary that struggled and helped it’s defense drop from #1 in 2003. I think Davis is a good pick here and should do will under Parcell’s If Newman can bounce back in 2005 from a sub-par year then Dallas’ secondary will be one of the youngest and most formidable in the league in 2005
12.San Diego Derrick Johnson OLB Texas
Oh yeah, do they really need a LB…not more than they need a WR but I don’t see a big play receiver on the board worthy of taking at this point. They will select a WR with their second pick or maybe through FA DJ is just too good to pass up!
13.Houston Roderick Wright DT Texas
The third Longhorn taken in the draft and boy is he a good one. Here’s the scoop, they’ll play him on the end and that will free up Robaire Smith to play inside. Seth Payne is a hard working guy but his production has dropped not to mention injuries to his knees have taken a toll, the Texans do not resign him in the off-season and start to rebuild a defensive line that desperately seeks a pass rusher!
14.Carolina Alex Barron OT Florida State
No surprise what Carolina lacks and that’s compliment to Gross on the other side of the line. With Barron, the Panther’s create a dynamic pair of bookends to anchor their line! Injuries really hurt their chances of making the play-offs in 2004 They will be returning a lot of players in 2005 that’s why I don’t see them going skill position with their 1st choice.
15. Kansas City Ahmad Brooks OLB Virginia
Defense, Defense and more Defense should be the Chief’s focus in 2005. Brooks gives Gunther Cunningham a playmaker on defense and someone to build his defense around. I look for him to have an impact much like the one Vilma made in N.Y. or D.J. Williams in Denver.
16. New Orleans Matt Leinhart QB USC
Didn’t see him dropping this far did you? Well the only other team I can see picking this kid up is Arizona but I feel McCown second year as a starter will be a lot better and Green rather address his defense in the first round. Aaron Brooks sure can look good at times but boy can he stink it up others. I think the Saints organization makes a move here and looks help build a stronger offense.
17.Cinncinatti Anttaj Hawthorne DT Wisconsin
It was a close decision between Hawthorne and fellow teammate Erasmus James but in the end I feel Hawthorne fits the Bengal’s needs. The Bengal’s would like to be able to stop the run in 2005 and Hawthorne will help do that and bolster a sub-par defensive line. Some question Hawthorne’s work ethic but I wouldn’t worry about that too much, Lewis is a good coach and will get the most out of his rookie DT.
18. Dallas(f/Buffalo) Erasmus James DE Wisconsin
Dallas’ d-line is another issue to address. At DT La Roi Glover is their stud but there is no talent behind him but an even bigger problem is the lack or production from Marcellus Wiley. If James doesn’t start in 2005 he will see a load of playing time. Under Parcell’s Erasmus James will have the oppurtunity to make a huge splash in the league.
19. Jacksonville David Pollack DE Georgia
David is an undersized DE with a huge motor and even bigger heart. I think his personality and work ethic fits Jack Del Rio’s style. Pollack will give his all every snap of the game and that’s what the Jaguars need. He will be a good pick up and team favorite.
20. Baltimore Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma
Baltimore needs help at the wide out position there is no doubt about it. Mark Clayton will help out the struggling Ravens offense tremendously especially Kylie Boller. Mark may be a little undersized but his maturity and experience having played under Bob Stoops will help make a splash on his new team and adjust to NFL play.