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PsychoChicken
02-08-2005, 04:28 PM
Well, here's Mel Kiper's first mock draft. It looks pretty good, but I doubt Roscoe Parrish is a first rounder and Heath Miller should be taken long before 30. I do like Demarcus Ware for us, though.

By Mel Kiper Jr.
Special to ESPN Insider

MOCK DRAFT: Mel Kiper's Latest First-Round Projection | Feb. 8
The Senior Bowl and Super Bowl have both come and gone, which means it's time to update my projections for the first round of the NFL draft.

Utah quarterback Alex Smith still looks like the No. 1 pick, but there are some new entries on the list. Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, Troy outside linebacker Demarcus Ware and Georgia wide receiver Reggie Brown have all worked their way into the first round while LSU defensive end Marcus Spears makes his debut all the way up at No. 10.

In all, there are 11 underclassmen among my first 32 picks, including a pair of third-year sophomores. Auburn and Oklahoma each have three players on the list -- including two of the top 10 for the Tigers -- while Texas, USC, Florida State and Wisconsin all have two players on my firsr-round board.

Here's how they fall into order:

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: 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.

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. Was also coached by Tampa head coach Jon Gruden in the Senior Bowl.

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: 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.

9. Washington Redskins: 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 has excellent hands. Would be a great help in the development of quarterback Patrick Ramsey and help take some pressure off Clinton Portis in the running game.

10. Detroit Lions: Marcus Spears, DE, LSU
Spears boosted his stock immensely with an outstanding performance at the Senior Bowl. He showcased his speed, strength and athleticism against some of the best offensive linemen in the nation, and his size would make him a welcome addition for a team that needs to boost its pass rush.

11. Dallas Cowboys: Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
Spends a lot of time in opposing backfields after collapsing the pocket or gaining penetration against the run. Came on strong and raised his stock significantly during his senior year.

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: Troy Williamson (jr.), WR, South Carolina
Perhaps the fastest wideout in the draft, Williamson would be a nice complement to budding superstar and physical wideout Andre Johnson.

14. Carolina Panthers: Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
With light feet for a player his size, Barron is a consistent blocker who is equally adept in both the pass and run games.

15. Kansas City Chiefs: Shawne Merriman (jr.), DE/OLB, Maryland
A workout warrior who would help shore up a defensive line that had trouble pressuring the quarterback last season. Expect Kansas City to commit nearly its entire draft to the defensive side of the ball.

16. New Orleans Saints: Brodney Pool (jr.), S, Oklahoma
A complete safety who excels in coverage and is more than adequate in run support, Pool has excellent size, covers a lot of ground and shows good anticipation in diagnosing plays.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Roddy White, WR, UAB
A big-play wideout who averaged 20.0 yards per catch last season, White's combination of size and speed is in the elite category.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Shaun Cody, DL, USC
A versatile lineman who can play end or tackle, and was a leader on the nation's best rush defense..

19. St. Louis Rams: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
Has to answer questions about his durability, but when healthy, James was a force along the line who commanded double-team blocks on a regular basis.

20. Dallas Cowboys (from BUF): Antrell Rolle, CB, Miami
A good cover man who did not see a lot of balls thrown his way in 2004, Rolle was still a force in run support and is adept at blitzing off the corner.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington
Another player who raised his stock at the Senior Bowl, where he answered questions about a wrist injury that sidelined him for the final six games of 2004. Excellent in both run and pass blocking and earned the respect of Iowa DE Matt Roth at the Senior Bowl, with Roth calling Barnes the best tackle he faced all season.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
Has excellent speed and is one of the best in years at running after the catch, making Clayton a big-play threat who would give young QB Kyle Boller another option on the outside.

23. Seattle Seahawks: Matt Roth, DE, Iowa
A tremendous natural pass rusher who has fire and intensity, Roth's outstanding consistency this season helped raise his stock.

24. Green Bay Packers: Thomas Davis (jr.), OLB, Georgia
A punishing tackler who played safety in college, Davis has the size and speed to become a force in the front seven at the pro level.

25. Denver Broncos: Demarcus Ware, OLB, Troy
Needs to add a little bulk to his frame, but his quickness would give a boost to a Denver pass rush that was lackluster in 2004.

26. New York Jets: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
A physical player who is an asset in run support and also has the speed to be an outstanding cover man. Rogers was the best player on a very good Auburn defense thanks to his consistency and durability.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Browner (so.), CB, Oregon State
With his good size and speed, Browner is a consistent cover man who would be a nice complement to last year's top pick, fellow CB D'Angelo Hall.

28. San Diego Chargers: Roscoe Parrish (jr.), WR, Miami
A speedy guy who would round out a receiving corps bolstered this season by the addition of Keenan McCardell and the emergence of TE Antonio Gates. Parrish would also be an asset in the return game.

29. Indianapolis Colts: Anttaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin
His combination of size, strength and athleticism make Hawthorne an ideal 4-3 defensive tackle. He knows how to handle double-team blocks and can create lost-yardage plays.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Heath Miller (jr.), TE, Virginia
A tremendous pass receiver and a willing blocker along the line, Miller would give young quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another weapon to complement his wide receivers and also be a help to the Pittsburgh running game.

31. Philadelphia Eagles: Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia
Has excellent size and hands and gained plenty of attention with a good Senior Bowl showing. Would be a nice addition to a receiving corps led by Terrell Owens.

32. New England Patriots: Channing Crowder (so.), MLB, Florida
Crowder immediately became one of the best linebackers in college after setting foot on campus. He has all the skills and instincts to be a tremendous middle linebacker at the next level.

urinal_cake
02-08-2005, 04:34 PM
I dunno, I've seen better mock drafts than this. And the Bolts have 2 good return specialists already w/ Parker & Dwight.

Dream
02-08-2005, 04:39 PM
There are a lot of things I hate about this draft. I don't even know why they consider Kiper an expert. I watch a lot of tape and I go to a few college games a year and I faired way better than Kiper did in last year's draft predictions.

Seven or eight receivers in this round alone, no way.

The first five picks I do agree with but how in the hell does Rolle go to 20, I highly doubt it.

There is more I'd pick on about it later, but I don't feel like it.

PsychoChicken
02-08-2005, 04:58 PM
I'm definitely not one to defend Kiper. The guy was plucked out of his parents' basement by ESPN because he was a nerd who liked watching game film of the Senior Bowl. The number of picks I agree with outnumber the picks I disagree with, and in February, that makes it a mildly good mock draft in my eyes.

There are some picks I hate.

At the fifth pick, the consensus is that Jon Gruden is in love with Ronnie Brown.

At the twelth pick, the Chargers will probably go with wide receiver, either Williams or Williamson.

The seventeenth spot might be a little early for Roddy White, considering he didn't get to prove anything at the Senior Bowl. Still, Lee Evans was supposedly a late first rounder too.

At the twentieth pick, Antrel Rolle WILL be long gone unless he blows out a knee.

At the twenty-second pick, Mark Clayton could be gone. He should definitely be drafted ahead of Roddy White at this point.

I already mentioned picks 28 and 30.

At the thirty-first pick, it's probably a little early to grab Reggie Brown, but that's just my opinion.

Dream
02-08-2005, 05:08 PM
At the fifth pick, the consensus is that Jon Gruden is in love with Ronnie Brown.


I agree with everything in your post but that, it is Williams who he is in love with, not Brown.

OhNoKoolAid
02-08-2005, 05:10 PM
I'm definitely not one to defend Kiper. The guy was plucked out of his parents' basement by ESPN because he was a nerd who liked watching game film of the Senior Bowl. The number of picks I agree with outnumber the picks I disagree with, and in February, that makes it a mildly good mock draft in my eyes.

There are some picks I hate.

At the fifth pick, the consensus is that Jon Gruden is in love with Ronnie Brown.

At the twelth pick, the Chargers will probably go with wide receiver, either Williams or Williamson.

The seventeenth spot might be a little early for Roddy White, considering he didn't get to prove anything at the Senior Bowl. Still, Lee Evans was supposedly a late first rounder too.

At the twentieth pick, Antrel Rolle WILL be long gone unless he blows out a knee.

At the twenty-second pick, Mark Clayton could be gone. He should definitely be drafted ahead of Roddy White at this point.

I already mentioned picks 28 and 30.

At the thirty-first pick, it's probably a little early to grab Reggie Brown, but that's just my opinion.

I agree with all of these and let me add two more. There are better tackles than Khalif Barnes available for Jacksonville, and Roscoe Parrish has third round talent, not first. Although I should give Parrish the benefit of the doubt because he spent his last two years with a bum quarterback.

PsychoChicken
02-08-2005, 05:16 PM
I agree with everything in your post but that, it is Williams who he is in love with, not Brown.

Oh, my bad. My memory sucks.

dbdom
02-09-2005, 06:47 AM
kipper is a weirdo, he always has really strange picks

NZrichy
02-09-2005, 10:45 AM
Yeah, that draft is cr*p.