Pats Fan Mock Draft 2005

With The 32nd Pick, In the 2004 NFL Draft, The New England Patriots Select ...

This years draft is a very interesting one for fans of the World Champion New England Patriots. The first round is no where near the level of talent as last year. This can help or hurt a mock draft. I have found that when a draft is lower in talent teams will go for needs more then players. Now we just have to find the teams top needs:

Barrett Rudd Inside Linebacker  6-2, 240 Nedraska Kevin Burnett OLB/ILB  6-3, 236   Miami

Lance Mitchell Inside Linebacker  6-2, 245 Oklahoma

Lofa Tatupu ILB/ST 6, 224 USC

Mike Goolsby Inside Linebacker 6-3, 248 Notre Dame

Darryl Blackstock Outside Linebacker 6-3, 233 Virginia

Rian Wallace  Inside Linebacker  6-2, 245 Temple 

Alfred Fincher Inside Linebacker Connecticut 6-2, 237

The Pats are in a tough position this year with less draft picks and more needs and uncertainties. Inside Linebacker is the teams top need, and the player I believe should be their top priority is Barrett Rudd:

# Team My Picks:

Top Needs:

Team Moves:

1. 49ers Aaron Rogers QB



F.A. Signings and Trades:

Jonas Jennings, LT

Joe Nedney, K

Key F.A.  Loses:

Ronnie Heard, S (ATL)

Todd Peterson, K (ATL)

Brandon Whiting, DE

Cedrick Wilson, WR (PIT)

Best QB in the draft. Has a superior arm to Alex Smith, or else Smith would be he top QB. 49ers have to get a QB here, and there is not much more to say.

2. Dolphins Alex Smith QB Utah


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Kevin Carter, DE

Damion Cook, G

Heath Evans, FB

Gus Frerotte, QB

Vonnie Holliday, DE

Tebucky Jones , S

Stockar McDougle, T

Donnie Spragan, LB

Travares Tillman, S

Key F.A.  Loses:

David Boston, WR

Jay Fiedler, QB (NYJ)

Arturo Freeman, S

Morlon Greenwood, LB (HOU)

Sammy Knight, S (KC)

Rob Konrad, FB

James Newson, WR

Bryan Robinson, DT (CIN)

Jay Williams, DE (STL)

Shawn Wooden, S


Dolphins need a QB and Saban would be a fool to Pass on Alex Smith, but word is he has no intention of taking Smith here. I my opinion Gus Frerotte is the best QB on their roster, and is not a special QB by any means. Both Shaun Alexander and Edgerrin James have said they want to play in Miami. Taking Brown here and passing on these two is a mistake. They could take Smith and Alexander and have a completely revamped offense. That being said I am a Ronnie Brown fan. I kept watching Auburn play this year to see Cadillac Williams play, and I kept being more impressed with Brown then Williams. So I was happy that he has jumped over Williams in most peoples ratings, because it makes me feel more confident in my scouting ability. Okay with all that being said I am reminded that Saban is from the Belichick school of drfat paranoia. So any player associated with him is probably not going to be taken.  

3. Browns Derrick Johnson OLB Texas


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Joe Andruzzi, G

Gary Baxter, CB

Cosey Coleman, G

Jason Fisk, DT

Kyle Richardson, P

Matt Stewart, LB

Trent Dilfer QB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Gerard Warren DT

Courtney Brown, DE

Damion Cook, G (MIA)

Jeff Garcia, QB (DET)

Barry Gardner, LB (NYJ)

Kelvin Garmon, G

Robert Griffith, S (ARI)

Kelly Holcomb, QB

Anthony Henry, CB (DAL)

Lewis Sanders, CB (HOU)

Ebenezer Ekuban DE

Michael MyersDT

I am a huge derrick Johnson fan. He has tremendous speed and tenacity. He is a 240 pound Linebacker with 4.5 speed.he set a school record with 9 Interceptions, and with his speed he will be a fierce pass rusher in the Pro's. The Brown's has had a fierce need for LBers for the past 2 drafts. If they switch to a 3-4 they will have to take Johnson. The other concern is the Broncos bizarre acquisition of their entire Defensive Line, but there are no real top ten D-Linemen in this draft.

4. Bears Ronnie Brown RB Auburn


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Eddie Berlin, WR

Roberto Garza, G

Fred Miller, T

Muhsin Muhammad, WR

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jonathan Quinn, QB

David Terrell, WR

Yes I know everybody and there brother has Braylon Edwards slotted here, and they could very easily take him. But Smith has a young talented interesting defense, and said he wants to gear his Offense around a power running game. To me Brown is the perfect back for that. He has 4.4 speed at 233 pounds and was a power running at Auburn. The signing of Mushin Muhammad allows the Bears to take a great runner rather then Edwards and dramatically improve two aspects of the offense rather then just one.

5. Buccaneers Cadillac Williams RB Auburn RB, TE, QB, WR, OL, DL

F.A. Signings and Trades:

Anthony Becht, TE

Juran Bolden, CB

Matt Bryant, K

Josh Buhl, LB

Akili Smith, QB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Keith Burns, LB (DEN)

Cosey Coleman, G (CLE)

Chartric Darby, DT (SEA)

 Mario Edwards, CB

Brad Johnson, QB (MIN)

Joe Jurevicius, WR (SEA)

Matt O'Dwyer, G (GB);

Dwight Smith, S (NO)


I saw Gruden tell Williams that is he was there at five he would take him. So I'm sticking with this pick, even though I know illusions and smoke screens are just as much a part of the draft as talent and evaluation.

6. Titans Braylon Edwards WR Michigan


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Ola Kimrin, K

Key F.A.  Loses:

Eddie Berlin, WR (CHI)

Kevin Carter, DE (MIA)

Robert Holcombe, FB

Derrick Mason, WR (BAL)

Shad Meier, TE (NO)

Fred Miller, OT (CHI)

Joe Nedney, K

Samari Rolle, CB (BAL)

I believe that if either QB Rogers or Smith falls here they will take him. Otherwise this pick is dedicated to replacing Free Agent loses. Antrel Rolle would be a terrific fit here, and if Edwards is gone it would be an easy pick for them. But Edwards is big strong fast and was very productive at Michigan, plus he was a combine star. This is a recipe for a top ten pick.

7. Vikings Mike Williams WR USC


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Brad Johnson, QB

Darren Sharper, S

Fred Smoot, CB

Travis Taylor, WR

Pat Williams, DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Gus Frerotte, QB (MIA)

Chris Claiborne, LB (STL)

Randy Moss WR

I just like how WMike WIlliams fit here. Mike Williams is USC all-time leader in Touch Downs scored. Think about that. Think of all the great running backs that went to school at USC. Williams scored 30 TDs in two seasons, more then any of those great runners scored in 4. He wasn't even a football player in high school, he was a basketball player. His potential has to be considered on the Jerry Rice/Marvin Harrison- best of all-time level, since he is only 20. The Vikings get a steal here at 7.

8. Cardinals

Cedric Benson RB Texas


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Robert Griffith, S

Orlando Huff, LB

Rhett Nelson, DB

Chike Okeafor, DE

Oliver Ross, T

Kurt Warner, QB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Shaun King, QB

Michael Stone, DB (STL)

Karl Williams, WR


Benson is just a terrific football player. He has good size speed amazing production and was considered the top back in this draft right up to the combine where Ronnie Brown stole the show. Green intends to start Warner. If he is serious he better have a better O-Line or a better ground game. Benson will provide a better running game. His ability to get yards after contact is just amazing. he may be the best at doing that in this draft, althoug Brown has amazing power as well.

9. Redskins Antrel Rolle CB Miami


F.A. Signings and Trades:

David Patten, WR

Pierson Prioleau, S

Casey Rabach, C

Sanata Moss WR

Key F.A.  Loses:

Laveranues Coles (NYJ)

Ola Kimrin, K (TEN)

Antonio Pierce, LB (NYG)

Fred Smoot, CB (MIN)

Skins hope Williams or Edwards falls to them, and one just might do that. Erasmus James would also fit rather snugly here as well. However, the loss of Bailey and Smoot over the past two years make CB a priority, so Gibbs grabs the best corner in the draft. Antreel Rolle has everything you want in a DB. Good size good speed and great athletic ability.

10. Lions Erasmus James DE Wisconsin


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Rick DeMulling, G

Jeff Garcia, QB

Kenoy Kennedy, SS

Marcus Pollard, TE


Key F.A.  Loses:

Stephen Alexander, TE (DEN)

Stockar McDougle, OT (MIA)

Mike McMahon, QB (PHI)

Brian Walker S

The Lions have one of the youngest developing Offenses in the league. They are desperate for defense, and especially pass rushers. So Lions get lucky as the  best Defensive End in the draft falls to them. More important is that many consider James to be the best pass rusher in the draft. Has had some medical concerns , which slowed his progress in college, so last season was his best. If he can stay health and is not a one year wonder he could be a much needed pass rusher for this team for a long time.

11. Cowboys

Shawne Merriman OLB/ DE Maryland



Key F.A. Signings:

Drew Bledsoe, QB

Jason Ferguson, DT

Anthony Henry, CB

Marco Rivera, G

Key F.A.  Loses:

Dexter Coakley, LB (STL)

Gennaro DiNapoli, C

Marcellus Wiley, DE


Word is that Parcells has had his eye on Merriman for a while, and thinks he can be the center piece in the Cowboys switch to the 3-4. He may not be LT, but Parcells will use him like he used LT. He'll just keep rushing him from the right side of the Defense. Merriman has the unique blend size speed and athletic ability to be a great one.

12. Chargers Marcus Spears DE LSU


Key F.A. Signings:

Bhawoh Jue, SS

Key F.A.  Loses:

Tim Dwight, WR/KR (NE)

Doug Flutie, QB

Jason Fisk, DT (CLE)


Bolt's have good Defense and a growing Offense. There main two needs are DE and WR. The switch to the 3-4 means they will be looking for bigger stouter DE's. DE/DT tweeners are better suited for the 3-4, so Spears and Shaun Cody are good possibilities here.I went with Spears because he is bigger and has more experience in a two-gap system. He is 6-4 300 pounds and has been clocked at a 4.9.

13. Texans Alex Barron OT Florida State


Key F.A. Signings:

Frank Chamberlin, LB

Jerry DeLoach, NT

Morlon Greenwood, LB

Lewis Sanders, CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Marlon McCree, S (CAR)


Houston will be ding cartwheels if Baron falls to them. David Carr has been sack 140 times since he joined the Texans 3 years ago, and was sacked 49 times last season.Seth Wand looked over matched last season. Barron is huge and has amazing athletic ability. He was running sub-4.9's at the FSU Pro-Day. He needs to add some strength and tenacity if he is going to be an All-Pro. But he has everything you are looking for in a Left tackle: his is 6-7, 320 pounds, and has 39 inch long arms. 

14. Panthers Khalif Barnes OLT Washington  ORT, WR, DT, S, CB

Key F.A. Signings:

Ken Lucas, CB

Marlon McCree, S

Mike Wahle, OL

Key F.A.  Loses:

Doug Brzezinski, OG

Artrell Hawkins, CB

Muhsin Muhammad, WR (CHI)

Rodney Peete, QB

Travares Tillman, S (MIA)

A lot of people think Panthers need a Right Tackle, but that is wrong. The Panthers started solidify when Jordan Gross moved back to Right Tackle. He really struggled at LT, and really plays well as a RT. This may be a bit of a reach Barnes, but he is the fastest riser in the draft over the bpast couple of week. He is the most athletic O-Lineman in this draft. He has good size, great speed and the feet of a ballerina. I usually judge LTs by their feet. He has to strength, but taking a legitimate LT prospect at number 14 is not a bad pick.

15. Chiefs Pac Man Jones CB West Virginia



Key F.A. Signings:

Kendrell Bell, LB

Sammy Knight, S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Derrick Blaylock, RB (NYJ)

Vonnie Holliday, DE (MIA)

This many be the weakest part of my draft, I can't see how Pacman can fall this far, and yet i can't seem to find a place for him. He is a phenomenal Corner, who will step right in and start for this team. The Chief's are desperate for any and all Defensive help they can get, and Pacman is certainly a step in the right direction.

16. Saints Thomas Davis S/LB Georgia


Key F.A. Signings:

Levar Fisher, LB

Jermane Mayberry, G

Shad Meier, TE

Dwight Smith, S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Tebucky Jones, S (MIA)

Saints have the worse defense in the league. This pick just fits to perfectly to happen. Saints must get a Safety and a Linebacker in this draft. However, Haslett was obsessively watching the Linebackers at the Senior bowl. Saints could easy take Burnett or Pollack here, but Davis is such a unique player that they will have trouble passing on him. Half the GMs think he's a safety and half the GM's think he's a safety. I think he'll be a play maker from either position, N.O. should take him hear and figure out which position he will play later, depending on their depth.

17. Bengals Travis Johnson DT Florida State


Key F.A. Signings:

Bryan Robinson, DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Frank Chamberlin, LB (HOU)

Kyle Richardson, P (CLE)

Dennis Weathersby, CB


Johnson slides past the Saints because he is a one-gap DT and not a Nose Tackle. Hey doesn't Marvin Lweis love one-gap charging DT. This is another pick that seems to perfect to happen. Johnson seems to have sll the assets Bengals are looking for in a DT. However, Johnson is charging up the charts and made be picked much earlier. He is the only legit first round caliber DT, and he was running sub-4.9s at just under 300 pounds.

18. Vikings


David Pollack OLB/DE Georgia

WR, LB, DL, WR, DB, Ol, DL

Key F.A. Signings:

Brad Johnson, QB

Darren Sharper, S

Fred Smoot, CB

Travis Taylor, WR

Pat Williams, DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Gus Frerotte, QB (MIA)

Chris Claiborne, LB (STL)

Randy Moss WR

Vikings get lucky again. Pollack is the most underrated player in this draft. he is a taller heavier Tedy Bruschi, and that is as good a compliment you can give to anybody. Vikings need pass rushers. Pollack is the most productive pass rusher in this draft. Whether it's at OLB, ILB, or DE if you let him go forward he will be a great player. He does need work on going backwards. If he is going to play LBer he will need to blitz often. 

19. Rams Jamal Brown ORT Oklahoma


Key F.A. Signings:

Chris Claiborne, LB

Dexter Coakley, LB

Michael Stone, DB

Jay Williams, DE

Roland Williams, TE

Key F.A.  Loses:

Rich Coady, DB (ATL)

Bryce Fisher, DE (SEA)

Matt Lehr, G (ATL)

Chris Terry, RT

This would be a terrific pick for the Rams. The Turley-Martz incident must e addressed. Brown was a three time all big12 pick, and won the Outland trophy as the nations best Lineman. He is a nasty player that all teams need. He will need to add a little more size and strength, but that should with age. Kevin Burnett would be an interesting pick here as well.

20. Cowboys Carlos Rogers CB Auburn


Key F.A. Signings:

Drew Bledsoe, QB

Jason Ferguson, DT

Anthony Henry, CB

Marco Rivera, G

Key F.A.  Loses:

Dexter Coakley, LB (STL)

Gennaro DiNapoli, C

Marcellus Wiley, DE

Parcells make surprise pick here, Rogers is a top fifteen player and the third best Corner in the draft. Rogers is a great athlete who finally put it all together his senior year. He helped to lead the Auburn defense to an undefeated season. He has everything you want in a CB, except hands. He has terrible hands, but Saints need Defense like I need potato chips.

21. Jaguars

Troy Williamson WR South Carolina


Key F.A. Signings:

Martin Chase, DT

Terry Cousin, CB

Reggie Hayward, DE

Nate Hybl, QB

Kenny Wright CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Juran Bolden, CB (TB)

FB Marc Edwards

Tommy Hendricks, LB

Dewayne Washington, CB

Ideally Jags would like to draft a Left Tackle prospect here, but both Barron and Barnes will be gone. Adam Terry and Michael Munoz are Second to Third round prospects. Word is Del Rio wants a Corner and OT high.in this draft, so Justin Miller is a possibility. I think a Wide Receiver would be a nice fit for this team, and the two highest rated players on the board are WR. Williamson has all the measurables you want in a WR and is really climbing up the charts. His speed and big play ability should make him an interesting player.

22. Ravens

Chris Spencer, C, Mississippi


Key F.A. Signings:

Derrick Mason, WR

Samari Rolle , CB

Keydrick Vincent, G

Key F.A.  Loses:

Gary Baxter, CB (CLE)

Corey Fuller, CB

Ed Hartwell, LB (ATL)

Kevin Johnson, WR

Harold Morrow, FB

Casey Rabach, C (WAS)

Travis Taylor, WR (MIN)

Chris Spencer is a great Offensive Center, and OC is Atlanta top need. Look for the Falcons to trade down and try to pick up some extra picks in the 2nd or 3rd round. Some scouts believe he is a better prospect then Damien Woody. Many scouts believe he is a pro-Bowler waiting to happen. He is a little under-experienced at Center, because he played Guard his whole career except for last season. OC is one of those positions that is ignored too much in the first round. Ask any O-Line Coach hoe important the Center position is, and you will see a lot more teams drafting Centers early. 

23. Seahawks DeMarcus Ware OLB/DE




Key F.A. Signings:

Kevin Bentley, LB

Chartric Darby, DT

Bryce Fisher, DE

Kelly Herndon, CB

Joe Jurevicius, WR

Joe Tafoya, DE

Key F.A.  Loses:

Heath Evans, FB (MIA)

Ken Lucas, CB (CAR)

Chike Okeafor, DE (ARI)

Jerry Rice, WR

Damien Robinson, S

Anthony Simmons, LB

'Hawks GM has a history of taking D-Lineman in the first round. He likes smaller quicker and faster players for his defense. Ware fits this profile perfectly. Seattle's two biggest needs, besides a WR with descent hands, are at LB or DE. Ware is a tweener who could be a LB or DE. The one thing for sure is that he is a pass rusher.

24.  Packers Justin Miller CB Clemson


Key F.A. Signings:

Todd Franz, DB

Matt O'Dwyer, G

Key F.A.  Loses:

Bhawoh Jue, SS (SD)

Marco Rivera, G (DAL)

Darren Sharper, S (MIN)

Mike Wahle, OG (CAR)


Packers allowed the most passing Touch Downs in the league. I really like Brodney Pool going here, but with Justin Miller still on the board the Packers can't pass on him. Miller is a marvelous cover corner with great athletic ability and is a superior punt returner. He lacks a little size, but has everything else teams look for in a CB.

25. Broncos Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma


F.A. Signings and Trades:

Stephen Alexander, TE

Keith Burns, LB

Ian Gold, LB

Gerard Warren DT

Courtney Brown DE

Ebenezer Ekuban DE

Michael Myers DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Reuben Droughns RB

Reggie Hayward, DE (JAC)

Kelly Herndon, CB (SEA)

Kenoy Kennedy, SS (DET)

Dan Neil, OG

Donnie Spragan, LB (MIA)

I think David Baas is the perfect fit for the Broncos O-Line. Denver prefers smaller tougher smarter lineman to the bigger maulers like Elton Brown. But because of his position and lack of measurable athletic abilities he should be available to Denver in the Second round. SO they take the most polished WR in this draft to help Plummer out. Rod Smith is nearing the end and Ashley Lelie is the only other viable WR on their roster. Clayton is an excellent player who should step right into the 3rd WR role and take over for Smith when he retires.

26. Jets Heath Miller TE Virginia

CB, TE, S, RB, WR, DT, S

Key F.A. Signings:

Derrick Blaylock, RB

Jay Fiedler, QB

Barry Gardner, LB

Lance Legree, DE

Key F.A.  Loses:

Anthony Becht, TE (TB)

Sam Cowart, LB (MIN)

Jason Ferguson, DT (DAL)

Toby Gowin, P (ATL)

LaMont Jordan, RB (OAK)

Kareem McKenzie, OT (NYG)

Santana Moss, WR (WAS)

This is probably the most popular pick in all mock drafts. I think Corner is their top need and that Fabian Washington would do a lot to help this team, but I seem to be in the minority in that opinion however. Miller is as good a TE prospect to come along sinceWinslow. Okay so it hasn't been that long, but he is a tall fast TE prospect with better hands then Winslow. He will be a starter next season for any team who picks him.

27. Falcons Shaun Cody DT/DE USC


Key F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:



Jim Mora is a defensive guy, and word is that he went to USC's Pro Day and was blown away by both Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson. Cody shouldn't have fallen this far. He knows how to use his hands to keep people off his body and has near psychic instincts. Falcons could probably use a WR or CB more, but every team wants to draft a young D-Lineman every year.

28. Chargers Roddy White WR UAB


Key F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:



Roddy White has been the drafts fastest riser. WR is the one position where coming from a lower level of competition does hurt as much. White has good size and spectacular speed. His production was astounding. Chargers are not in desperate need for a step in starter, so White will be given a little time to develop. Keenan McCardell is 35 and Bolts don't really have anything behind him and Eric Parker. When your leading receiver is a TE drafting a WR is usually a good idea.

29. Colts Kevin Burnett OLB/ILB Tennessee





Key F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:



Dungy needs Defense. Burnett is little undersized but fast and productive. That is just the kind of Linebacker Dungy likes. Many scouts think Burnett can play Middle Linebacker as well as Outside. If Colts think so they will draft him here. They must pick up a starter in the middle in this draft. Burnett is a quick tenacious tackling machine who also has the versatility teams are looking for in the salary cap era.

30. Steelers Elton Brown ORG/ORT Virginia



Key F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:



Elton Brown is a massive mauler of a football player. He is also an interesting prospect because he can play RT and RG, though Right Guard is his natural position. He should have gone higher, but bailing out of the Combine really hurt his status. Still he is a runblocking force and that is the Steelers bread and butter.

31. Eagles Dan Cody OLB/DE Oklahoma


Key F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:



Word is Eagles like Cody. He could play DE or OLB depending on where they need him. He is a wonderful player whose pass rushing skills are desired by a lot of teams. Concerns about his depression and fainting will cause him to fall. If he is healthy, physically and mentally this pick could be the steal of the draft.

32. Patriots

Barrett Rudd ILB Nebraska


Key F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:

Joe Andruzzi, G             






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