- Aug 26, 2004
- Reaction score
Since the draft order isn't even set, this is way early, but just for funDraft order is set by me, with games predicted through the playoffs. Underclassmen are projected to go in the draft if it's likely they will go in the first round. 1. \tSan Francisco \t2-14 Matt Leinart, QB USC Need at QB make this choice a no-brainer. SF can sign some very capable RBs on the open market, with Alexander and James potentially available. Leinart is a perfect fit for the West Coast offense, very similar to Steve Young. 2. \tMiami \t4-12 Alex Smith, QB Utah Another team that needs a franchise QB, as Feeley was a big mistake. Smith will bring toughness to a franchise that will thrive on it. They may bring in Kurt Warner as a short term solution, and will definitely be in on the Edgerrin sweepstakes unless the Colts lock him up quickly. 3. \tCleveland \t4-12 Aaron Rodgers, QB Cal Could this be another year of the three consecutive QBs picked in the first round? Rodgers brings a bit less athleticism than Boller but alot more football intelligence. It's patently obvious that neither Holcomb or Garcia are long term solutions and neither is Luke McCown. 4. \tChicago \t5-11 Mike Williams, WR, USC David Terrell is not the answer, and Chicago's biggest weakness is playmakers at the WR position. With Grossman back in 2005, a solid receiving target may be just what he needs to thrive, as Thomas Jones is a pretty good option in the backfield. 5. \tTampa Bay \t5-11 Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin With Simms and Griese at QB and Pittman doing a pretty good job at RB, Tampa needs to improve their pass rush, the loss of Warren Sapp was greater than expected. James is perhaps the best defensive end on the board. 6. \tTennessee \t5-11 Antrell Rolle, CB Miami The perfect complement to replace the likely departing Andre Dyson, Antrell can play opposite his brother and they can shut down receivers together. 7. \tOakland \t5-11 Ronnie Brown, RB Auburn Is this the year that the Raiders finally take a franchise running back? Could be...Tyrone Wheatley is certainly not the answer and it doesn't appear that Fargas is, either. 8. \tArizona \t6-10 Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn Back to back running back picks? Emmitt Smith is just about done, and Shipp plain sucks, who else is there in Arizona? 9. \tWashington \t6-10 Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan Lots of needs, but the pick will probably be at QB or WR, and if Washington doesn't trade up, Edwards is the best WR left on the board after Williams. 10. \tDetroit \t6-10 Dan Cody, DT Oklahoma Detroit would be tempted to pick a QB, but I think they will give Joey one more year to prove himself before they cut him loose. A big run-stopping DT that can rush the passer is essential. 11. \tDallas \t6-10 Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas Johnson may be the best player on the board at any position. 12. \tSan Diego (from Giants) \t6-10 Matt Roth, DE Iowa The Giants really screwed the Chargers over with Barber's TD as time expired, as this would have been the 7th overall pick if Barber had been stopped short. As it is, the Chargers will address their defense and pick up an outstanding pass rusher in Roth. 13. \tHouston \t7-9 David Pollack, DE Georgia Houston needs help up front, a pass rusher is key, and Pollack has a great motor, good size, and great speed, even if he isn't as athletic as James or Roth. 14. \tCarolina \t7-9 Alex Barron, OT Florida State Carolina needs help protecting Delhomme, and with many starters returning from injury, Barron can play opposite Jordan Gross for a decade or more. 15. \tKansas City \t7-9 Travis Johnson, DT Florida State Johnson slides to 15, where the Chiefs absolutely need to pick defensive players as they have been run over for years. 16. \tNew Orleans \t8-8 Marcus Spears, DE LSU A local boy, who will help Charles Grant improve the New Orleans defense, one of the worst in the league in 2004. 17. \tCincinnati \t8-8 Marlin Jackson, CB Michigan Deltha O'Neal is not the answer. 18. \tMinnesota\t8-9 Roderique Wright, DT Texas Needing to go defense, they will get stronger up front. 19. \tSeattle \t9-8 Cedric Benson, RB Texas Wave goodbye to Shawn... 20. \tDallas (from Buffalo) \t9-7 Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue A stronger-armed version of Drew Brees. 21. \tJacksonville \t9-7 Jamaal Brown, OT, Oklahoma Leftwich is getting hit on every play, he needs protection, and Brown is one of the best bodyguards in the NCAA. 22. \tBaltimore \t9-7 Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma Clayton is similar to Michael Clayton from last year, a great possession receiver with pretty good speed. He will have a similar effect to Clayton in TB, and give Jamal a bit more room as Boller develops. Baltimore would like to trade up to get Edwards or Williams also. 23. \tSt. Louis \t9-8 Ahmad Brooks, LB Virginia St Louis needs to get better on defense, and Brooks will help the Rams defense stiffen up when necessary. They are pretty strong up front due to the 3 DTs they signed in 2001. 24. \tDenver \t 10-7 Michael Munoz, OT, Tennessee In name value alone, he brings alot to the table, but Munoz is a great blocker as well. 25. \tN.Y. Jets \t10-7 Dan Buenning, OG, Wisconsin A great guard that has blocked for one of the best rushing offenses in the country. 26. \tAtlanta \t11-6 Craphonso Thrope, WR Florida State All jokes about his name nonwithstanding, FSU has turned out some good WRs in past years, and Atlanta desperately needs someone to stretch the field for Vick. 27. \tSan Diego \t12-5 Matthias Kiwanuka, DE Boston College A pure pass rusher that will help San Diego improve their already great defense even more. 28. \tIndianapolis 12-5 Shawn Cody, DT, USC Indianapolis needs some lumber in the middle of that line, and Reagor isn't the answer. 29. \tPhiladelphia \t13-4 Deangelo Williams, RB, Memphis A strong, powerful runner, Williams will be a great complement to Westbrook as it doesn't seem like Buckhalter can stay healthy. 30. \tPittsburgh \t15-2 Antajj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin Underperformed a bit in 2004 but was slowed by injury, Hawthorne looked like a top 5 pick in 2003, and will be a great tackle in the NFL. 31. \tGreen Bay \t13-7 Andrew Walter, QB Arizona State GB needs a long term solution at QB, and Walter is it. 32. \tNew England 17-2 Corey Webster, CB, LSU One of the best corners in the draft, Pioli and Belichick work their magic again.