Lionsfans.com mock draft

Lionsfans.com
Posted Apr 17, 2005


A mock draft is nothing more than your basic crap shoot. You have about 0% chance of being right and 1000% chance of being wrong, but isn't that the fun of putting a mock together? Lionsfans.com's Mike Fowler weighs in with his version of how the 2005 NFL draft will fall and it's a doozy. (Above) Utah quarterback Alex Smith asks "Excuse me?" perhaps in disbelief at Mike Fowler's mock draft for Lionsfans.com

A mock draft is nothing more than your basic crap shoot. You have about 0% chance of being right and 1000% chance of being wrong, but isn't that the fun of putting a mock together?

The trade rumors involving the Miami Dolphins possibly acquiring Travis Henry of Buffalo would seriously damage my mock draft because that would mean that Miami would no longer be looking for a running back while Arizona would be in serious need of a franchise ball carrier.

Also with Edgerrin James and Shawn Alexander both being shopped for as little as a second run pick, those holes could be filled without using a costly #1. So here goes with our 2005 mock draft (the double asterisks indicate a high probability of a trade at this position.)

1. San Francisco 49ers (2-14)
Braylon Edwards | WR | Michigan.
San Francisco has a servicable quarterback in Tim Rattay. If they use the first overall pick on Aaron Rodgers, they won't get any value from it for two seasons. Edwards is the kind of pure playmaking receiver that the 49ers have had since Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens left the Bay.

2. Miami Dolphins (4-12) ***
Ronnie Brown | RB | Auburn
This pick immediately changes if the Dolphins obtain the rights to Travis Henry for their second round pick, but why take Henry when James is available for likely the same price?

3. Cleveland Browns (4-12) **
Travis Johnson | DT | Florida State
The Bill Billichick system begins getting installed in Cleveland as new coach Romeo Crennel gets his franchise run stopper.

4. Chicago Bears (5-11)
Mike Williams | WR | USC
The Bears were hoping to pair Braylon Edwards with free agent acquisition Mushin Muhammad but with Edwards off the board, they get a solid chain mover in Williams who complements Muhammad in the star role.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cadillac Williams | RB | Auburn
Jon Gruden gets the pass catching, slashing back he favors as he makes over a team two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Williams immediately becomes the feature back in the Chris Simms era.

6. Tennessee Titans
Antrel Rolle | CB | Florida State
With the Titans losing both their starting corners, Rolle is too good to pass up. Watch him show why he's the best corner in the draft by making a pro bowl appearance as a rookie.

7. Minnesota Vikings
Troy Williamson | WR | South Carolina
Look for the Vikings to find a big play man to take the play of departed Randy Moss. Williamson's rep as a deep ball threat fills the bill here.

8. Arizona Cardinals
Aaron Rodgers | QB | California
Rodgers may be the best QB in the draft, but he isn't as good as past QB prospects. Still, Dennis Green is always looking for the next great arm and decides that with the running backs off the board, he'll go for the QB.

9. Washington Redskins
Adam Jones | CB | West Virginia
Redskins are still feeling the pinch from trading away Champ Bailey and need a shut down corner. Jones has the reputation but somehow I get the feeling he's going to be the draft's big disappointement.

10. Detroit Lions**
Alex Smith | QB | Utah
Look for the Lions to trade out of this spot. They would like to get a defensive player, but not this high. They also want extra picks to build up the depth on the team. If they stay here and Smith is on the board, Detroit will grab him and say adios to Joey Harrington. Harrington will count almost $9 million against Detroit's cap if he's on the roster on July 1. With his lack of productivity and veteran Jeff Garcia ready to hold down the starting job for the next two to three years, Detroit can bring Smith along slowly to be the quarterback of the future that Harrington never developed into.

11. Dallas Cowboys **
Derrick Johnson | LB | Texas

12. San Diego Chargers **
Marcus Spears | DE | LSU

13. Houston Texans
Cedric Benson | RB | Texas

14. Carolina Panthers
Heath Miller | TE | Virginia

15. Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Barron | T | Florida State

16. New Orleans Saints
Thomas Davis | S | Georgia

17. Cincinnati Bengals
Erasmus James | DE | Wisconsin

18. Minnesota Vikings
DeMarcus Ware | DE | Troy State

19. St. Louis Rams
Khalif Barnes | T | California

20. Dallas Cowboys
Carlos Rogers | CB | Auburn

21. Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark Clayton | WR | Oklahoma

22. Baltimore Ravens
Shawne Merriman | DE | Maryland

23. Seattle Seahawks
Alex Smith | TE | Utah

24. Green Bay Packers
Adrian McPherson | QB | Florida St.

25. Denver Broncos
Travis Johnson | DT | Florida St.

26. New York Jets
Justin Tuck | DE | Notre Dame

27. Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White | WR | UAB

28. San Diego Chargers
Dan Cody | DE | Oklahoma

29. Indianapolis Colts
Darryl Blackstock | LB | Virginia

30. Pittsburgh Steelers
David Pollack | DE | Georgia

31. Philadelphia Eagles
Terrence Murphy | WR | Texas A&M

32. New England Patriots
Matt Roth | DE | Iowa -------SECOND ROUND------
1. San Francisco 49ers
Marion Barber III | RB | Minnesota

2. Cleveland Browns
Shaun Cody | DT | USC

3. Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Burnett | LB | Tennessee

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brodney Pool | S | Oklahoma

5. Tennessee Titans
Jamaal Brown | T | Oklahoma

6. Oakland Raiders
Fabian Washington | CB | Nebraska

7. Chicago Bears
Josh Bullocks | S | Nebraska

8. New Orleans Saints (from Washington)
Mike Patterson | DT | Arkansas

9. Detroit Lions
Adam Terry | T | Syracuse The Lions need a replacement for veteran Stockar McDougle and Millen strikes gold simply by staying put and taking the best tackle after the big three of Barnes, Barron and Brown are gone. Terry has big-league size and good skills and best of all, a second round price tag.


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