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post #16 of 28
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I agree with Tokyo Slim - Mike Williams is going to be a very good NFL receiver. It seems that he's stayed motivated after getting screwed over by the NCAA and should arrive in shape and ready to shine next fall.
I'm not sold on Mike Williams as a WR.  He has fantastic hands, but a tight-end build and unexceptional speed.  One scout last year thought he could get jammed really easily at the line of scrimmage.  He might better as a pass-catching TE in the NFL.
post #17 of 28
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Williams is down to about 225 lb now. No Leinart now, so it looks to be a race of the other QBs. Donahue (although he's no longer at SF) was saying that he thought another QB would be taken earlier than Leinart, I wonder if SF will take Rodgers/Smith with the first overall pick, or what they will address? They may want to trade down at this point. BTW, in college Williams was an absolutely devastating blocker, throwing Greg Jones style stiff-arms at people, I could see him as a Shannon Sharpe/Tony Gonzalez style tight end if he put the weight back on.
post #18 of 28
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No Leinart now, so it looks to be a race of the other QBs.  
Wow.  That's a surprise.  I'd rather be in college than the real world, but I wasn't about to become an instant millionaire after leaving.  With almost everyone returning, and assuming no major injuries, the question is not whether USC is going to win the national title, but whether anyone will be able to give them a good game.
post #19 of 28
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I wonder how Mark Sanchez feels right now (#1 QB prospect in the nation, committed to USC) I guess he will redshirt anyways. John David Booty is probably pissed now too (was #1 QB prospect in the nation, on the bench behind Leinart)
post #20 of 28
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I wonder how Mark Sanchez feels right now (#1 QB prospect in the nation, committed to USC)  I guess he will redshirt anyways.  John David Booty is probably pissed now too (was #1 QB prospect in the nation, on the bench behind Leinart)
No Sh*t...would you not be pissed, along with the team drafting, thinking they had maybe the next Peyton, the guy is incredible, he convinced me in the Champ game....lookout world, USC has to be the fav next year.
post #21 of 28
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Mel Kiper projects Alex Smith to be taken with the #1 overall pick.
post #22 of 28
Here is Mel's 1st round from another board...not sure how SF could pass on the home town Rodgers... 1. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith (jr.), QB, Utah A smart player who will pick up an NFL system quickly, Smith has good size, is mobile enough to hurt teams with his running ability and is also an efficient passer who can make all the necessary throws. 2. Miami Dolphins: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas A strong, tough runner with good speed for his size, Benson would help fill the void left by the retirement of Ricky Williams. But there is speculation the Dolphins will attempt to fill their running back need through trade, perhaps for Buffalo's Travis Henry, so stay tuned. 3. Cleveland Browns: Aaron Rodgers (jr.), QB, California Rodgers is a smart, accurate passer with a quick release. His arm strength is adequate and he is a better prospect at this point in his career than former Cal QB Kyle Boller, now the starter for the Baltimore Ravens. 4. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn Perhaps the most complete back in the draft, Brown can carry or catch the ball with equal skill. He has size, instincts and quickness that allowed him to put up excellent numbers at the college level. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carnell Wiliams, RB, Auburn A creative, deceptive runner with tremendous natural skills. Williams can get tough yards inside despite lacking ideal size, a point illustrated by his 29 rushing TDs over the last two years. 6. Tennessee Titans: Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia A good cover man who will also contribute as a kick returner, Jones has very good closing speed and is a willing tackler in run support. That may be his most important quality with the NFL hurting pass defenses by focusing on downfield infractions by defensive backs. 7. Oakland Raiders: Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma A fiery, intense player who always goes all-out, Cody is similar to former NFL standout Kevin Greene in his ability to play on his feet as an outside linebacker, or in a three-point stance as a defensive end. 8. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State Johnson improved his stock immensely this year. He ties up offensive linemen and is able to gain penetration against the run as well as collapse the pocket in passing situations. 9. Washington Redskins: Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan Edwards has the size, speed and athleticism to take over games, and he did that several times in 2004. He also significantly cut down on dropped passes and concentration lapses this past season, pushing his stock even higher. 10. Detroit Lions: Heath Miller (jr.), TE, Virginia A tremendous pass receiver and a willing blocker along the line, Miller would give quarterback Joey Harrington another weapon to complement his wide receivers. He'll also be a help to running back Kevin Jones in the rushing attack. Braylon Edwards Braylon Edwards would bolster the Redskins' attack. 11. Dallas Cowboys: Shawne Merriman (jr.), DE/OLB, Maryland A workout warrior with incredible physical skills, Merriman would be an ideal end/linebacker combo in a 3-4 scheme. 12. San Diego Chargers (from NYG): Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas Has the speed and strength to chase ballcarriers from sideline to sideline and make things happen when he gets to the ball. 13. Houston Texans: Mike Williams (jr.), WR, USC Williams did not play in 2004 but dominated the college game for two seasons while at USC. His 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame gives him a big advantage over defensive backs, and he would make a perfect complement to young standout receiver Andre Johnson. 14. Carolina Panthers: Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma Brown's long arms, good feet and balance allow him to engage defenders easily and move them off the ball or away from the quarterback. 15. Kansas City Chiefs: Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami The Chiefs likely will dedicate most of their draft to defense, and Rolle is a good start. He has the cover skills to shut down wide receivers and also gives up his body against the run. 16. New Orleans Saints: Thomas Davis (jr.), OLB, Georgia A punishing tackler who played safety in college, Davis has the size and speed to move into the front seven and make an impact at the pro level. 17. Cincinnati Bengals: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin A force along the line of scrimmage, James can play the run, rush the passer and command double-team blocks. There are some durability questions, though, after he missed parts of the last two seasons with injury. 18. Minnesota Vikings: Shaun Cody, DL, USC A versatile lineman who can play end or tackle, Cody would be a great fit for a Vikings team that has struggled at times along the defensive front. 19. St. Louis Rams: David Pollack, DE, Georgia Pollack plays with tremendous intensity and his motor does not stop. He makes up for a lack of size with good initial quickness and great closing speed. 20. Dallas Cowboys (from BUF): Troy Williamson (jr.), WR, South Carolina The fastest wideout in the draft, Williamson would be a great help to a team that lacked a consistent vertical threat. 21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alex Barron, OT, Florida State Barron is equally adept in the passing and running games and has light feet for a player his size. 22. Baltimore Ravens: Roddy White, WR, UAB White's 4.42 speed in the 40 gives him a size/speed combination in the elite category. He is a big-play wideout who averaged 20.0 yards per catch in 2004. 23. Seattle Seahawks: Darryl Blackstock (jr.), OLB, Virginia Blackstock is a solid all-around talent who shows flashes of greatness and has tremendous natural physical skills. 24. Green Bay Packers: Channing Crowder (so.), MLB, Florida A tremendously productive player who adapted quickly to the collegiate game, Crowder has the ideal physical skills for a man in the middle. David Pollack David Pollack should impress NFL scouts in workouts. 25. Denver Broncos: Matt Roth, DE, Iowa Roth is similar to David Pollack: undersized with a great motor and intensity. Roth was productive during his senior year and has good physical ability. 26. New York Jets: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn A consistent, durable corner who can cover and support the run, Rogers has played against some of the best talent in the nation during his career. 27. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Browner (so.), CB, Oregon State A consistent cover man with good size, Browner would make a nice complement to Atlanta's top pick last year, CB DeAngelo Hall. 28. San Diego Chargers: Roscoe Parrish (jr.), WR, Miami Parrish has speed and would be a good option to round out a receiving corps bolstered by the addition of WR Keenan McCardell and the emergence of TE Antonio Gates. 29. Indianapolis Colts: Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State Did not intercept many passes, but that's because teams respected his ability and avoided his side of the field. McFadden has the size to match up with big receivers. 30. New England Patriots: Justin Miller (jr.), CB, Clemson A good fit for a team thin in the secondary this season. 31. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Tuck (jr.), DE, Notre Dame Good size and strength. Would be an asset for a team that thrives on pressuring the quarterback. 32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Smith, TE, Stanford An athletic pass receiver with great body control, Smith can s
post #23 of 28
Regarding Williams's speed - Boldin wasn't/isn't fast either and he fared well his rookie year. Regarding Kiper's board, reportedly Saban wants Travis Henry who wants out of Buffalo.
post #24 of 28
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I think Henry will go to Miami, perhaps Warner as well. I think they will go with the Franchise QB with their draft, as will SF. Nolan is going into the hornet's nest in SF, even with the #1 overall pick. He better sign Alexander or another franchise RB or he will have issues.
post #25 of 28
Merriman and Williamson? Who? C'mon Tuna, you're smarter than Mel. Also, that's just what the Dolphins need. Another pothead running back from Texas.
post #26 of 28
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Ricky Williams is from San Diego, although he did go to UT, and Benson would be a great pick for the Dolphins although I think they will sign Henry and draft a QB.
post #27 of 28
If the Chiefs could pick up Rolle at 15, I'd be ecstatic. koji
post #28 of 28
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Ricky Williams is from San Diego, although he did go to UT, and Benson would be a great pick for the Dolphins although I think they will sign Henry and draft a QB.
San Diego has had its share of pothead running backs...remember Rashaan "marijuana makes you lazy" Salaam? That guy was a big bust for Chicago, although I think he was a late first round pick.
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