Friday April 22nd, 2005

Mock NFL Draft #5
17DEErasmus JamesWisconsinSr.6-4263
You might notice that Florida State defensive tackle Travis Johnson isn't in this spot for the first time in my mock efforts. The Bengals still need a run-stuffer up front, but they also covet a pass rusher to lighten the load of defensive end Justin Smith. Georgia DE David Pollack is another option.
18WRTroy WilliamsonSouth CarolinaJr.6-2200
The Vikings can't believe their luck: Their No. 3-rated receiver -- behind Edwards and Williams -- is still on the board when their second first-rounder rolls around. This pick was supposed to be a defensive player if they went offense with No. 7, but they did get those five new starters in free agency.
19OTJammal BrownOklahomaSr.6-6313
Brown, the player who has made the most sense for the Rams all along, should be there unless Baltimore gets aggressive and trades up ahead of St. Louis to get him. Brown will immediately fill the vacancy at right tackle that has plagued St. Louis since 2002. And so ends the memorable Kyle Turley error, uh ... era.
20QBJason CampbellAuburnSr.6-5228
(Projected Trade): Say what? Here's what: The Browns want Campbell and now know they can't wait for him to be there early in the second round, given that Washington might just take him at No. 25. The Cowboys were hoping that Spears or James would make it to No. 20, but they didn't, and Dallas is willing to part with its second first-rounder to acquire more picks.
21DEDavid PollackGeorgiaSr.6-2270
What could be better than selecting a Bulldog, given that so many folks feel Jacksonville is basically southern Georgia anyway? The Jags could go cornerback here, and take either Fabian Washington, Marlin Jackson or Justin Miller. But Pollack is a greater value at No. 21.
22WRMark ClaytonOklahomaSr.5-11187
The Ravens covet Jammal Brown and could try and trade ahead of No. 19 St. Louis to get him. But Clayton fills a need. Other possibilities: FSU's Travis Johnson, Washington's Khalif Barnes and UAB's Roddy White. One more longshot scenario? The Browns and Ravens, bitter enemies, swing a deal moving Cleveland to No. 22 for Campbell.
23DEDan CodyOklahomaSr.6-4254
The Seahawks' D-line needs help and they have options here. Iowa's Matt Roth, Southern Cal's Shaun Cody, and even Northwestern's Luis Castillo could get the nod. But in Cody, Seattle would be getting a player who was once rated higher but was hurt by reports of being treated for depression.
24DTTravis JohnsonFlorida StateSr.6-5292
We were going to give the Packers Iowa defensive end Matt Roth, and he's still very much an option. But when the higher-rated Johnson gets past No. 22 Baltimore, it will be Green Bay who benefits. There's no first-round value at the Packers' most-pressing need, guard.
25DEMatt RothIowaSr.6-3278
Who knows what the Redskins are thinking? Maybe not even the Redskins. They gave away the farm to acquire this pick from Denver earlier this week, and one theory is that it's part of another deal involving a veteran such as Charles Woodson, Darren Howard or John Abraham. If Campbell is gone, and no deal materializes, Roth fills a need.
26CBFabian WashingtonNebraskaJr.5-8186
Speaking of teams that puzzle us, the Raiders early in the week looked like non-factors in this draft, but two deals later they're a major first-day player. We're giving them Washington for two reasons: He's the highest remaining corner, a need now that Phillip Buchanon is a Texan, and Al Davis loves speed, speed and more speed.
27DE/DTShaun CodyUSCSr.6-4295
With the underrated Ed Jasper gone, the Falcons need to get stud defensive tackle Rod Coleman some help inside. The Falcons also could address receiver with UAB's Roddy White or Georgia's Reggie Brown, or upgrade at offensive tackle with Washington's Khalif Barnes.
28WRRoddy WhiteAlabama-BirminghamSr.6-1207
The chalk pick here is probably Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes. But then I got to thinking about how Marty Schottenheimer got burned by playing it safe in the playoffs, and how much the Chargers need a speed receiver to stretch the field opposite Keenan McCardell. And that's when I talked myself into White.
29CBJustin MillerClemsonJr.5-10201
If the Colts were scared away from Florida linebacker Channing Crowder because of character issues, and all their top-rated defensive ends are gone, it stands to reason they'll go cornerback. After all, if you're going to ever beat the Patriots, you need more cover men against all those gnat-like New England receivers.
30OTKhalif BarnesWashingtonSr.6-5310
The Falcons and Chargers pass on Barnes late in the round, but not the Steelers, who have a huge need at right tackle after losing Oliver Ross in free agency. Barnes is actually a true left tackle, but playing the right side is an easier assignment for a rookie. Virginia tight end Heath Miller would be solid if Barnes is gone
31SBrodney PoolOklahomaJr.6-1207
Taking a receiver such as Georgia's Reggie Brown would make it seem like the Eagles are worried about the Terrell Owens contract situation and, upon further review, Joe Banner and Andy Reid don't want to send that message. Pool is for depth purposes only right now, but he's the highest remaining prospect, and that's the Eagles' M.O.
32CBMarlin JacksonMichiganSr.6-0198
Cornerback seems to be the best value at the bottom rung of the first round, and even with Duane Starks on board, the Patriots remain in the market for secondary depth. If the champs want a replacement for Tedy Bruschi just in case, the choices include Florida's Channing Crowder or Georgia's Odell Thurman.

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