San Diego Chargers: Eli Manning, QB, Ole Miss
Archie Manning has declared that his son, Eli, will not play for the San Diego Chargers. From what I'm hearing, San Diego will keep this pick and will
still draft the quarterback out of Ole Miss. If the Bolts decide to trade this pick, possible suitors include: Oakland and New York (Eli Manning),
Arizona and Jacksonville (Larry Fitzgerald) and Cleveland (Robert Gallery). The most likely scenario? New York trades up to this spot and drafts Manning.
The Chargers would then select Phillip Rivers with the fourth pick. However, this mock draft will not predict any trades. There's also a
possibility that San Diego will select Larry Fitzgerald, Phillip Rivers or Robert Gallery instead of Manning. If I'm San Diego's GM, I trade down
and select Roethlisberger. Why draft a player who will either hold out, or just leave once his initial contract is up? Plus, the Chargers have
tons of holes on their roster that need to be filled.
Oakland Raiders: Roy Williams, WR, Texas
very likely that both Jerry Rice and Tim Brown will be gone after this season, so Oakland might like to have Roy Williams, who will team
up with Jerry Porter to form a very scary duo in the near future. Williams amazed everyone by running a 4.3 during his Pro Day workout. Al Davis loves
speed, which means Williams will probably be drafted by the Raiders. Eli Manning is a possibility if the Chargers pass up on him. Also, given his
personality and prior draft tactics, I would be shocked if Al Davis drafts an offensive tackle (Robert Gallery) with the second pick overall.
Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh
Arizona will either take a quarterback or a wide receiver with this pick. I think Larry Fitzgerald is too good a prospect to pass up. Dennis
Green wants to recreate Minnesota's 1998 offense in the Valley of the Sun. Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are a young comparable version of
Cris Carter and Randy Moss. Plus, Dennis Green has known Fitzgerald, ever since he was a Vikings ball-boy during his high school days.
New York Giants: Robert Gallery, OT, Iowa
New York's offensive line has some major holes in it (especially at right tackle), so look for them to draft the best offensive lineman available.
A strong possiblity is that a trade between the Giants and Chargers takes place, where New York obtains the top pick overall and takes Eli Manning.
Kerry Collins would then be released, granting New York $7 million in cap space. However, with all of that being said, I think drafting Gallery would be
the smartest move.
Washington Redskins: Sean Taylor, S, Miami
Poor chemistry is brewing in Washington's lockerroom, as Ifayene Ohalete refuses to give up his #26 jersey to Clinton Portis. Chances are, the Redskins
will draft Sean Taylor and either trade or release Ohalete, even though he's a promising young safety. Sean Taylor is an amazing player, who could be the
best safety in the NFL in a few years.
Detroit Lions: Tommie Harris, DT, Oklahoma
Brock Marion signed with the Lions, which means that their need at the safety position has been satisified. Now, they must address their defensive line.
Luther Elliss has signed with the Broncos, which means that Detroit must find a replacement for the run stuffer. Tommie Harris is the highest ranked
defensive tackle by a wide margin. The Lions could also consider Kenechi Udeze or trading down, aspiring to draft Steven Jackson.
Cleveland Browns: Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, Miami
If Kellen Winslow Jr. is available, I believe Cleveland will draft him. Jeff Garcia would reap the benefits of having such a talented tight end
in his offense. It's still conceivable that the Browns would select Shawn Andrews, an offensive tackle out of Arkansas, however, Andrews' stock has been
slipping due to his weight and attitude.
Atlanta Falcons: Kenechi Udeze, DE, USC
With Mike Williams out of the picture, Atlanta will turn to their defensive line. A reason why Atlanta allowed 3,800 passing yards in 2003 was the lack of
pressure from their defensive ends. Patrick Kerney led this pathetic group with 6? sacks. Right end Brady Smith only registered four. Kenechi Udeze would
be a tremendous upgrade.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Smith, DE, Ohio State
Hugh Douglas was a major free agent bust last season, only registering 4? sacks after multiple double digit sack seasons with the Eagles.
Jacksonville desperately needs a solid pass rusher, as well as a cornerback and a wide receiver, so it's conceivable that they could also draft
DeAngelo Hall or Reggie Williams.
Houston Texans: DeAngelo Hall, CB, Virginia Tech
Drafting DeAngelo Hall, will allow Dom Capers to move Marcus Coleman to safety, which has been a position of great need during the Houston Texans'
short existance. If one of the top two defensive ends (Kenechi Udeze or Will Smith) is still on the board, the Texans might go in that direction.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Miami Of Ohio
I'm hearing rumors that Amos Zereoue will be released this offseason, which is why I stated that the Steelers would select Steven
Jackson with their first round pick in previous mock drafts. However, the Steelers just signed Duce Staley, which means a running back
won't be drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round. If Ben Roethlisberger is available, Pittsburgh will draft him, because the revolving
door of Steeler quarterbacks must end.
New York Jets: Reggie Williams, WR, Washington
Although the Jets need a defense more than anything (particularly a defensive end or a cornerback), Reggie Williams will be too tempting to pass up.
New York missed Laveraneus Coles' presence last season, so they'll probably draft Reggie Williams or Michael Clayton to fill that void.
Buffalo Bills: Michael Clayton, WR, LSU
In 2002, Buffalo had one of the top offenses in the league. Last year, it vanished. The difference was Peerless Price, who left the team
for Atlanta. Who Buffalo has to take seems fairly obvious to me. If Will Smith is still avaialble, the Bills might take him.
Chicago Bears: Vince Wilfork, DT, Miami
Chicago's defensive tackles have done an awful job this season, so Wilfork could start right away. With Wilfork in the lineup, Brian Urlacher will be
protected, and he can go back to making plays.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Randy Starks, DT, Maryland
Charlie Garner has been reunited with Jon Gruden, and the trade for Joey Galloway means the Buccaneers no longer have a need at the running back or wide
receiver positions. Warren Sapp has signed with the Oakland Raiders, officially ending his long tenure with Tampa Bay. The Bucs currently have a huge
hole at defensive tackle, which will probably be taken care of with this pick.
San Francisco 49ers: Lee Evans, WR, Wisconsin
In 2003, Terrell Owens and Tai Streets started for San Francisco at wide receiver. Right now, Brandon Lloyd and Cedrick Wilson are the
top two receivers on the depth chart. Not good enough.
Denver Broncos: Steven Jackson, RB, Oregon State
Denver acquired this pick from Cincinnati in exchange for their first round selection, their fourth round pick and cornerback Deltha O'Neal. Clearly,
Steven Jackson's stock is rising, because Denver traded ahead of New England and Dallas to acquire him. I still wouldn't be surprised if either of those
two squads moves up, or if Detroit moves down a bit to draft Jackson. Mike Shanahan knows that average running backs will no longer be able to look like
stars in his system, because offensive line coach Alex Gibbs was hired by the Atlanta Falcons. If Jackson is not on the board, the Broncos might go after
New Orleans Saints: Chris Gamble, CB, Ohio State
New Orleans needs a lot of help on defense, so why not start at corner where they probably need the most assistance? Gamble will become the Saints'
top corner in a matter of months.
Minnesota Vikings: Antwaan Odom, DE, Alabama
Minnesota's most significant problem on defense was their inability to stop the run on the outside. Adding an outstanding defensive end like
Antwaan Odom will at least make their defense mediocre. An outside linebacker like D.J. Williams is also a possibility. Now that the Vikes
have added Antoine Winfield through free agency, cornerback is no longer an option.
Miami Dolphins: Shawn Andrews, OT, Arkansas
Now that Miami has acquired A.J. Feeley from the Eagles (see my top story to read my opinion about that trade), they'll opt for an offensive tackle with
their first round pick. Shawn Andrews' stock has slipped quite a bit since my last mock draft, but that's what happens when scouts question a prospect's
weight and attitude. I have a feeling that Andrews will be a bust.
New England Patriots: Duanta Robinson, CB, South Carolina
Cornerback Tyrone Poole was exposed in the Super Bowl, so he has to be replaced before every team in the NFL attacks him next year. New
England lost Damien Woody and Ted Washington to free agency, which means drafting a center or a defensive tackle are options. Now that the Patriots
acquired Corey Dillon, running back is no longer an option.
Dallas Cowboys: Kevin Jones, RB, Virginia Tech
Dallas hasn't really done much this offseason as far as filling needs is concerned. That could change with the selection of Kevin Jones, whose stock has
slipped due to a poor 40 time at Virginia Tech's Pro Day Workout (4.61). Nevertheless, the Cowboys desperately need a running back.
Seattle Seahawks: Darnell Dockett, DT, Florida State
Seattle's defensive line was a disaster in 2003. They added Grant Wistrom through free agency, but they still desire a defensive tackle.
By September, Dockett could be the elite defensive tackle on the Seahawks.
Cincinnati Bengals: Igor Olshansky, DT, Oregon
Cincinnati acquired Deltha O'Neal from Denver, which will sway them from drafting a cornerback in the first round. Instead, they turn to defensive tackle,
because they allowed a nauseating 4.8 yards per carry last season. Igor Olshansky has benefitted from a strong combine. Expect a corner to be taken in
Green Bay Packers: Phillip Rivers, QB, NC State
Recently, I argued that Green Bay shouldn't draft a quarterback in the first round, because they could easily add one in the middle rounds, and drafting
one early would displease Brett Favre. However, if Phillip Rivers is still around, the Packers must select him. If they don't, they'll add a defensive
lineman or a linebacker.
St. Louis Rams: Jason Babin, DE, Western Michigan
Grant Wistrom defected to rival Seattle. Wistrom's replacement? Sean Moran. Mike Martz will be tempted to draft Ben Troupe, the outstanding tight end
from Florida, but in my opinion, he must go with Jason Babin, whose stock has been rising this past month.
Tennessee Titans: Dwan Edwards, DT, Oregon State
Tennessee's defensive line took a major hit when Jevon Kearse and Robaire Smith signed with other teams. I believe Carlos Hall can replace
Kearse and do an admirable job, but the loss of a great defensive tackle like Smith could be too much for the Titans to swallow, unless of
course they draft a defensive tackle with their first pick.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Vilma, OLB/MLB, Miami
Whether it was Barry Gardner, Levon Kirkland or Marc Simoneau, the Eagles have had problems at middle linebacker ever since Jeremiah
Trotter left. Vilma could fix this problem. Philadelphia might take Ahmad Carroll, if they don't add a veteran cornerback prior to the draft.
Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Williams, OLB, Miami
Indianapolis needs tons of help on defense, and they can start by taking a solid pass rushing linebacker in Williams. If Marcus Tubbs or
one of the corners taken in this round are available, Indy might look in that direction, but the loss of Marcus Washington will prompt
Tony Dungy to draft Williams. Plus, Dungy had a Pro Bowl caliber outside linebacker during his tenure with the Buccaneers. Just some guy
whose name was Derrick Brooks.
Kansas City Chiefs: Rashaun Woods, WR, Oklahoma State
Kansas City would love to take RaShaun Woods, because they need a wide receiver who can actually catch the football. Kansas City's stop unit needs a lot of
help, so they could go in different directions at this point, however, Dick Vermeil doesn't seem to believe in defense.
Carolina Panthers: Matt Ware, S/CB, UCLA
Carolina has added a number of valuable free agents this offseason, including Travis Claridge, Adam Meadows, Brandon Short and Jessie Armstead.
Two positions of need that they did not address were the cornerback and free safety slots. Matt Ware can play both positions, making him a significant
addition to the Panthers' outstanding defense.
New England Patriots: Vernon Carey, G, Miami
Now that Corey Dillon is a Patriot, and New England drafted a corner, Bill Belichick's top priority is protecting Tom Brady, and All Pro Damien Woody
signed with the Lions. Carey will be his replacement.