Pats Fan Mock Draft 2004

With The 21st 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 loaded with talent, and it appears the Pats could pick up two impat players in the first round. Especially if the draft unfolds as many Draftnics having going now, with Stephen Jackson somehow falling to number 21. I believe the Pats most underrated need is at inside linebacker, their top need obviously at Running Back. The problem is that the top rated LBs are outside, while the top rated inside LBer is undersized, the LBer that fits the Patriots defense best is Outside Linebacker Karlos Dansby, who is also undersized. :

Jonathon VilmInside Linebacker  6-2, 220 Miami D.J. Williams OLB  6-2, 245   Miami

Daryl Smith Inside Linebacker  6-2, 235 Georgia Tech

 

Karlos Dansby OLB 6-5, 235 Auburn

Rod Davis Inside Linebacker  Southern Miss 6-3, 246

Michael Boulware Outside Linebacker 6-3, 220 Florida St.

Courtney Watson  Inside Linebacker  6-1, 234 Notre Dame

 

Teddy Lehman Outside Linebacker Oklahoma 6-2, 235

The Pats are in a great position, with no glaring needs, and many extra picks. Look for them to trade up in the first round, especially if RB Jackson or Jones starts to get close, or if for some reason Vince Wilfolk falls within range, which seems to be happening in many draftnics mock drafts. Here are osme of my thoughts:

# Team My Picks:

My Reasons:

Top Needs

1. Chargers Eli Manning QB
Mississippi

DT, OL, QB, OC, DE, TE, DL, WR

 

*please note- Key UFA:

Page T, McIntosh T, Garmon G, Wilson S, Christie K
Key RFA: Moreno LB (5th), Polk LB (4th)

 

Key F.A. Signings:

Steve Foley LB

OG Mike Goff

LB Randall Godfrey

LB Steve Foley

Key F.A.  Loses:

TE Stephen Alexander

DE Raylee Johnson

T Vaughn Parker

C Cory Raymer

DE Marcellus Wiley

A lot of talk is surfacing that the Chargers won't take Manning, this may be a ploy to try and get the Cards to hop over the Raider for Fitzgerald.. If they do not take Manning or Rothlisberger this draft will a bust. I don't think they can trade down more then two spots and still get one of the QBs. Manning has all the intangibles teams are looking for in a QB. He will be a start in this league. Eli, like his brother, was raised to be a QB by their father. He succeeded. He is not as big and strong , nor does he have as good an arm as Roethlisberger, but he knows how to read defenses and study film. He has a chance to become a consummate pro, just like his brother.
Alternative: None. This is the type of pick that changes franchises for years. 

Colin Lindsay of gbnreport.com (Great Blue North Report) reports: With the 2004 draft now less than three months away, the pressure is starting to mount on San Diego which has the #1 pick overall. In particular, do the Chargers take one of the elite QBs - Eli Manning of Ole Miss or Miami of Ohio junior Ben Roethlisberger - available in this year's draft class, trade the pick for a package of additional selections, or take a player at another position such as Pitt WR Larry Fitzgerald where he to be eligible for this year's draft. The Chargers had indicated immediately after the 2003 season ended that they wouldn't be using the #1 pick on a QB, however, it appears they have modified that stance since. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who was coaching the South squad at last week's Senior Bowl, for example, was quoted in Mobile as saying that the Chargers would be looking at all their options and that he would favor using a premium pick on a QB if a 'franchise' player was available

* USAToday.com reports: The Chargers have the No. 1 overall pick, and they are desperate for a franchise-type quarterback. So it's a slam dunk they will snag Mississippi's Eli Manning with their pick, right?  Not exactly.  The Chargers still have the burn marks to show for giving super-bust Ryan Leaf some $12 million. They no longer sprain their arm giving back slaps to themselves for drafting Drew Brees in the second round.  It seems they will trade down and try to upgrade both lines, and pick up a quarterback either in the free agent market on in a trade.

2. Raiders Ben Roethlisberger QB Miami (OH)

RB, QB, OL, WR, DL, YOUTH, LB

 

* Key UFA: Stubblefield DT, Bromell DE, Woodson CB, Mirer QB, Badger G,  Dorsett S, Shaw CB

Key F.A. Signings:

Ted Washington DT (OUCH!)

OG Ron Stone              

DL Ike Charlton

LB Dwayne Rudd

Key F.A.  Loses:

DE Trace Armstrong       

RB Charlie Garner

G Frank Middleton

LB Bill Romanowski

DT Rod Coleman

LB Eric Barton

 

Roethisberger is the Prototype QB. He has the size, and and smarts to be a great one. He is only lacking experience. Plus with his arm he fits the Raider traditional idea of the throw it deep QB. Most people have Fitzgerald going here, but the Raiders need a QB the way the Pats need a RB. I know Fitzgerald is the popular choose here, but QB is a huge need on this team. Rick Mirer was the starting QB at the end of the season! If you have a shot at a franchise QB, you have to take it. Plus this years drafts is deeper at WR then I've ever seen, and this was before Mike Williams entered the draft. I believe all the wide outs will start to fall as a result. Are the Raiders better of with Fitzgerald here, and a QB in the second round, or Roethlisberger here and Jenkins or Woods in the 2nd, or Colbert, Henderson, or Wilford in the 3rd? That is the question Davis will be asking himself in just a couple of months.

 East Coast Sports News- Wr Larry Fitzgerald  (Pittsburgh)...One of the Raiders biggest needs is at the Receiver position and the Raiders pass on Qb's Manning and Rothlisberger because Owner Al Davis wants to win NOW and feels taking an impact WR with this pick can help his team right away...Note- If WR Mike Williams has a Super Pro-Day Workout he could be the pick here since Al Davis is partial to USC players.

Alternative: None. When you have a shoot at a franchise QB you have to take it. This will also increase the value of Gannon. He may only have a year or two left in his body, but as a mentor/back-up he may have 4 or 5 years left.

ProFootballWeekly.com reports: The belief in Oakland is that the Raiders are looking in the direction of University of Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald with the second overall pick in April’s draft. Miami (Ohio) QB Ben Roethlisberger’s name has been mentioned as well, but owner Al Davis is believed to be a bit apprehensive about spending that much money on a collegiate passer because of the substantial transition time typically needed for the position. The payoff needs to be more immediate for the Raiders, and league scouts, who recently compared Fitzgerald to the Cardinals’ Anquan Boldin, are of the consensus that Fitzgerald could contribute immediately.
USAToday.com reports: The Raiders have the second pick in the draft. What San Diego does with the first pick will impact where they choose to go with their pick. The Raiders are in need of an impact wide receiver and Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald would be a natural fit if the Chargers don't take him first. If they do select Fitzgerald, they must then decide what to do with Tim Brown and Jerry Rice. Although there is speculation the Raiders might go for one of the top quarterbacks - probably Eli Manning best fits their needs — they need a player who can make an impact now and could decide to trade down for additional picks. Their biggest needs are on the offensive and defensive lines
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3. Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsbergh

CB, QB, DT, RB, WR, DB, OG, S

Key UFA:

Yeah Right!

 

Key F.A. Signings:

DE Bertrand Berry

QB Shaun King

CB David Macklin

Key F.A.  Loses:

CB David Barrett

 

Green has set his sights on Fitzgerald, as Green said at the combine "He's a fabulous young man. He's about as impressive as it gets." Green even inquired about moving up to number one, but Chargers want two Number One picks, plus.... Cards cannot give up next years number one, which will be a top ten pick as well, as they have to many pressing needs- USAToday.com reports: The Cardinals hold the third pick overall in the draft and, after five wins in 2002 and four in 2003, you name it, they need it. They've seemingly settled on Josh McCown at QB and say they won't use a first-day selection at that position. They can't stop the run. Their pass rush has been worst in the league for three years. They need help at cornerback. Their offensive line, touted as the strength of the team, is showing signs of breaking down. It might be time to find a new middle linebacker, although Green lists Ron McKinnon as one of only five sure starters at this point. It will be a matter of prioritization but with a pick that high most coaches want a player who can turn a game quickly.

Alternative: Ben Rothisberger. If Raiders or Chargers take Fitzgerald, then Cards will have to take a QB, and Rothisberger is most likely to be here over Manning.

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: The bet here is that Green uses his first-round choice on wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and pairs him with  Anquan Boldin, the 2003 rookie of the year. Green is a close friend of Larry Fitzgerald Sr., the wideout's father, and could see the Pittsburgh star as a second coming of Randy Moss.
Darren Urban of the East Vally Tribune reports: Cardinal's head coach Dennis Green said the odds of the Cards taking a quarterback in the first three rounds of April's NFLDraft are slim. If this holds true to form, it means the Cardinals will not have an Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger to compete with Josh McCown, who was previously named the team's starter by Green.  Green, however, would not completely rule out taking a QB in the first round but emphasized that McCown is entrenched as the starter.  Further Green said he thought WR Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh) was the best player in the country.

4. Giants Robert Gallery OT Iowa

OT, RB, WR,CB, LB, DT, DE, RB, S

 

*Key UFA:

Short LB,, Bober C, Washington DE,
Key RFA: Peterson  CB (3rd)

 

Key F.A. Signings:

OC Shaun O'Hara

LB Barrett Green

DT Keith Hamilton (ret)

LB Carlos Emmons

LB Dhani Jones

OL Barry Stokes

Key F.A.  Loses:

OT Chris Bober

RB Dorsey Levens

RB Brian Mitchell

LB Mike Barrow,

I'm a big Big-Uglies guy. I like to draft O-Linemen and D-Linemen first. Giants have a lot of problems on the OL. D-line would not be a surprise either, and Harris, Udeze, Wilfork would be nice fits here. But the O-line must be address, and Gallery has amazing feet and enough size to be a great left tackle for years to come. Browns have to take Gallery if he is available, and then quietly sit back and watch the increased production from all the so-called skilled positions. "Sporting News.com- The Giants, who have the No. 4 pick in the first round, sent an airplane load of staffers to the Bayou quarterback derby. Head coach Tom Coughlin, offensive coordinator John Hufnagel, quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride, general manager Ernie Accorsi and player personnel director Jerry Reese all were in attendance.Manning won't likely be available at No. 4, but Losman could fall to the Giants in the second round (pick No. 34)."  Look at the Offensive minds currently residing in NY. I think you can guarantee they will be taking an Offensive player here. But will it be Gallery or Williams? That is a tough choice. Giants have signed two O-Linemen so far in free agancy.  

Alternative: Vince Wilfolk. D-line help for Strahan. Wilfolk is the kind of D-Lineman that rises as we get closer to the draft, but Giants desperate for OL help.

 NY Football Digest- OT Robert Gallery- The Giants have a multitude of needs, but a Blue-Chip offensive lineman to protect a their QB is always a must. Gallery may be the best linemen to come out of college in the last 15 years. The Giants cannot pass on this kid if he is still on the board.

ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Don’t lock in Iowa OT Robert Gallery as the fourth overall pick in the draft just yet. Although a reliable offensive lineman is at the top of the Giants’ wish list, New York might consider trading down if the right offer is there, although that scenario appears unlikely unless one of the two top QB prospects (Mississippi’s Eli Manning or Miami (Ohio)’s Ben Roethlisberger) or WR Larry Fitzgerald falls to that spot. One source close to the team thinks the Giants will sign at least two free-agent linemen, opening up the possibility that the team could go after a playmaking linebacker, a pass rusher to deflect some of the attention away from DE Michael Strahan or even a power running back in light of Tiki Barber fumbling problems, which made him less dependable as a fourth-quarter runner.
USAToday.com reports: The Giants, by virtue of a dismal 4-12 record, will draft in the fourth overall slot. They were tied with three other teams at that record — San Diego, Oakland and Arizona — but their overall opponents' won-lost percentage placed them last among the quartet.  They would be interested in one of the two blue-chip quarterbacks, but there is a feeling both Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger will be gone. They have expressed an interest in Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery, Miami (Fla.) safety Sean Taylor and Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris. They have also indicated they might be willing to listen to trade offers involving that fourth overall position, but wouldn't want to slide too far down and would demand a second round pick as the bonus.

5. Redskins Kenechi Udeze DE/DT USC
TE, DL, DB, S, OG, WR, DL,

 

Key F.A. Signings:

LB Marcus Washington

DE Phillip Daniels

DT Cornelius Griffin

CB Shawn Springs

Key F.A.  Loses:

LB Jessie Armstead

P Bryan Barker

DT Lional Dalton

Skin' owner likes the big names, but this draft filled with bid names. D-Linemen's stock always rise as we get closer to draft day. In fact you could easily see three straight D-Linemen go in the next three picks. I just can't get over Kenechi production size ratio. He will be a DE in the Pro's, but he has played DT at USC, and he can hold up against the run. Did I mention he had 16.5 sacks last season at 285 pounds. He could easy be the second or third pick in the draft. If not for Manning and Roethlisberger he would probably go Number 1. Skins will have a tough choice between him and Winslow, who will be a great one, and Winslow may be a bigger name. But pass rushers win over TE in most equations. Current rumors have Gibbs talking about Winslow and Taylor the two Miami underclassmen, which makes me feel safer in this pick.

Sporting News.com Defensive tackle. The team needs a player who dominates at this position. Bernard Holsey, Darrell Russell and Martin Chase all. Lional Dalton also was cut, Jermaine Haley is coming off a season-ending thumb injury, and Brandon Noble suffered a potentially career-ending knee injury last year. While the team signed former Giant Cornelius Griffin to man one tackle, Oklahoma's Tommie Harris is a possibility in the first round, as are Clemson's Donnell Washington, Florida State's Darnell Dockett and Texas' Marcus Tubbs in the second. Defensive end. Renaldo Wynn isn't a productive pass rusher, and Regan Upshaw is undersized. Bruce Smith was released. Unrestricted free agent Peppi Zellner is expected back but needs to be a better pass rusher. The Redskins could use the No. 5 pick overall on Southern Cal's Kenechi Udeze. They also could tab someone such as Alabama's Antwan Odom in the second round.

Alternative: Mike Williams WR. If Williams declares and is available here Gibbs can't pass on him can he? 

6. Lions Kellen Winslow TE Miami

RB, DT, LB, RB,  S, DE,

 

*Key UFA: Bryson RB, Jett P, Beverly G, Hall DE, Walker S

.

Key F.A. Signings:

OC Damien Woody

CB Fernando Bryant

WR Tai Streets

Key F.A.  Loses:

DT Luther Elliss

WR Bill Schroeder

RB James Stewart

S Corey Harris

LB Barrett Green

Lions have said they will not take a RB in the first down. They do not believe Jackson or Jones is a top ten pick. This is good news for the Pats. With Charles Rogers missing most of last season due to injury, leaving a lot to prove, and Az-Zahir Hakim, who is a great third receiver but not a great starter (49 receptions for 449 yards at 4 million per year), Lions have to be thinking WR.. However, Winslow is the typical Miami All-American, an amazing talent with an amazingly selfish mouth. Could be the best ever TE, and a Terrell Owens type pain in the butt. Has let his ego get in the way on and off the field upon occasion. but the talent is amazing! Steve Mariucci is an offensive coach who knows how valuable a great TE is in the west-coast offense. Plus Winslow is an exceptionally hard worker and is putting on weight and muscle all the time.

Alternative: Mike Williams WR USC. Having Williams  running routes between Rogers and Hakim may just be too much for Mariuccito pass on. This may be the toughest choice in the draft, but with two good receivers already on the roster a TE is more of a priority.

NFL Fans.com Mike is the complete package at the WR position, possessing a great size, strength, and speed combination to go along with exceptional receiving and running skills that make him invaluable to an offense.
Strategy: Det Mike Williams - At the start of the draft Detroit had all the intention of going Defense, but with the # 2 top prospects we had, not taken, Detroit chooses M.Williams it was a no brainer, we have been hurting at this position and having the number 2 WR in the draft was a great addition.

KFFL.com reports: Northern Illinois RB Michael Turner said at the NFL Combine Friday, Feb. 20, that he has met with the Detroit Lions. (3rd round pick?)
KFFL.com reports: Florida TE Ben Troupe he met with the Detroit Lions at the NFL Combine Friday, Feb. 20 (2nd round pick?).

7. Browns Tommy Harris DT Oklahoma

OL, Ol, DL, TE, WR, Ol, RB, DB,

 

Key UFA: Northcutt WR, Stokes T, O'Hara G, Boyer LB, Sanders CB, Gardocki P
Key RFA: Zukauskas G (7th)

Key F.A. Signings:

QB Jeff Garcia

DE Ebenezer Ekuban

FB Terrelle Smith

Key F.A.  Loses:

OC Shaun O'Hara

OL Barry Stokes

The loss of second O-Linemen to Giants makes a bad situation desperate. They may have to give up a 2nd rounder to trade up for Gallery, or trade down and take Shawn Andrews. With the underachieving Gerald Warren and the over-achieving Orpheus Roye as there starting DT pair, Wilfolk would help. However, I think Tommie Harris would a better fit for there defense. He is the typical one-gap, get to the QB DT. Plus he can also play LDE. Don’t rule out Sean Taylor either, but with Griffith (93 tackles) and Little (6 Int) Safety is not a desperate need, and D-Linemen always become more valuable on draft day. Harris is a 290 pound super aggressive one-gap DT. He was recently timed at a 4.67 in the 40, which is remarkable. He was doubled and tripled teamed in college, which opened a lot of lanes for teammates. Super-quick and strong, he should be a good one for a long time.

Alternative: Sean Taylot S. Showed up out of shape for workouts and may be falling.

USAToday.com reports: The Browns will pick seventh or eighth and would love to somehow fall into Iowa left tackle Robert Gallery. It's not likely he'll be on the board, though, so the Browns are taking a long look at tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and safety Sean Taylor, both from the University of Miami.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: It might be too early to speculate about something like this but it seems like the Browns interest in Roethlisberger is even hotter than first reported. So hot in fact that the Browns are toying with the idea or may have already talked to the Raiders about moving into the #2 spot in the first round. If this happens expect the Raiders to try and land Shawn Andrews at tackle and the deal from Cleveland would most likely involve a player like Tim Couch or Quincy Morgan.

8. Falcons

 Mike Williams WR USC

 

WR, CB, LB, OT, DE, WR

 

*Key UFA:  Bolden CB
Key RFA: Garza G (4th), Forney G (7th), Stewart LB (4th), Feely K

Key F.A. Signings:

OC Todd McClure

CB Jason Webster

DT Rod Coleman

OG Steve Herndon

OL Eric Beverly

Key F.A.  Loses:

Ray Buchanan CB

Sam Rogers LB

Mike Williams has declared for the draft and is available. He 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 Maurice Clarett ruling is going to prove disastrous for a lot of kids, but Williams will not be one of them. I’m a big Williams guy, and the Falcons must be praying Detroit doesn’t take him. He adds immediate help for Vick and the over-priced Price. Peerless proved two years ago he is a great number 2 receiver, unfortunately last year he proved he could be the front guy. Williams will be Atlanta’s number one receiver, and Vick best friend, for years to come.

Alternative: None. For Vicks sake take the big guy.

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET- WR: Price and Finneran are an okay combo.  Price has the skills to be a lead receiver, but will certainly not be confused with Moss-Holt-Owens-Harrison.  The Falcons are also relatively weak on the bench behind these two, although I am intrigued by Edwards.  The Falcons need two receivers.  Ideally, one to challenge for a starting spot, and one to play in multiple receiver sets.

9. Jaguars Will Smith DE Ohio State

WR, DE, OT, OG, LB 

 

Key UFA: Clark LB, Bryant CB, Darius S, Hanson P

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

Deon Grant

OG Mike Compton

CBDewayne Washington

CB Lewis Sanders

Key F.A.  Loses:

Tony Brackens DE

Mark Brunell QB

Jags have to address the WR position, but with the amazing Depth at WR they will start to drop.There will be some starting quality WR available in the second round, so the Jags turn to defense. Though there DL is solid, they cut Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas has been an over-aged bust. There is no way they can pass on Smith. I think he will be a terrific pass-rusher for years to come. Smith could be averaging double figure sacks in a year or two, plus he ran an amazing 4.58 at 275 pounds. Smith has added size and muscle to his great quickness, power and speed. He is a senior whose maturity and experience will show next season as he sttarts as a rookie

Alternative: Roy Williams. Top WR left on the board, or top Defender on the board. Will be a hard choice. 

USAToday.com reports: How the Jaguars fare in free agency will likely determine their direction in the draft. Their top needs are a pass rusher, a shutdown corner and a big time wide receiver. There's been a lot of speculation they may take wide receiver Roy Williams in the draft, but they haven't given any indication if he's in their plans.

10. Texans Sean Taylor S

S, CB, LB, WR, DE, RB

Key UFA: Mack RB, Washington G, Randall T

 

Key F.A. Signings:

Robaire Smith DT

Todd Wade OT

Gary Walker DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

S Matt Stevens

Latest rumor have the Texans infatuated with Taylor, the all-world talent physically, and waver wire talent mentally. He has everything you want in a pro safety. However, he has had off the field issues and may be a detriment to any team he is on. But if he matures he could easily be the best safety in the NFL. He did make it through last season without any trouble, so he maybe a good risk here.

Alternative: Vince Wilfolk. It seems to me Texans would be crazy to pass on Wilfolk. There D-line needs help, and Wilfolk seems made to be a NT. Signign of Robaire Smith may allow Texans to take Taylor, but Wilfolk is the best NT prospect in the draft.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports:  The Houston Texans are looking towards the secondary and they may be the team that winds up with Sean Taylor if he is on the board. The thoughts by many is that the Texans would be looking for an offensive or defensive lineman in round 1. Sources with the team seem to be looking there for later rounds or might make a selection there if Taylor is off the board at #10. If Taylor is still around then the Texans figure to make him their selection because they feel he is too good to pass up and would make an immediate impact.
USAToday.com reports: The Texans will devout most of their attention to defense in this year's draft. That should come as no surprise considering the team finished 31st in total defense, 31st against the pass and 29th against the run. Houston, meanwhile, stockpiled on offense during their first two drafts, using their first-round selections to select quarterback David Carr in 2002 and wide receiver Andre Johnson in 2003.  The early concentration will be on the defensive line. The Texans would like to have Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris, but he'll likely be gone by the time they pick. Maryland's Randy Starks, Texas' Marcus Tubbs and Miami's Vince Wilfork all could be possibilities for the Texans, who are in need of a run-stopping, two-gap defensive lineman, particularly one who could provide an inside pass rush.  Houston also needs to upgrade at free safety. Miami junior Sean Taylor is the best safety in the draft, and many scouts have compared him to Dallas' Roy Williams.

11. Steelers

Phillip Rivers QB North Carolina State

QB, OT, CB, QB, DE, TE

Key UFA: Clancy DT, Logan S

 

Key F.A. Signings:

LB Clark Haggans (ret)

P   Chris Gardocki

RB Duce Staley

DT Travis Kirschke

Key F.A.  Loses:

RB Amos Zereooue

TE Mark Bruener

CBDewayneWashington                                     

This is HUGE news for the Pats- Pitt signs Staley. No longer a tough choice here, the Steelers biggest need was QB and RB. The Signing of Duce Staley has tipped their hand. The Steelers have zeroed in on a player, and it's not a running back, which is great news for the Pats. The Steelers interest in Philip Rivers may not be unique, he is flting up the charts, and the Sporting news.com has rated him about Rothlisberger. Rivers was 4 and 0 in bowl games in college, and has all the intangibles a QB needs. Like Brady he just wins the big games. He was dominate at the Senior Bowl and showed he was not just a systems QB. He will be the third QB taken. He has continued his rise at the combine where he was reported to be very impressive. He may not be available here.

Alternative: Kevin Jones. May just be to good to pass up.

SportingNews.com: Philip Rivers, 6-5/229, NC State. Is a ridiculously accurate passer who completed 72 percent of his attempts in '03 to lead the nation. Reads defenses well, and has a great feel for the game. Is a winner with every intangible. Is an average athlete, and lacks much mobility. Is big and strong. Throws with an awkward motion, which concerns some scouts. Has a quick release. Has pretty good arm strength. After lining up in shotgun much of college career, must adjust to taking snaps under center.

East Coast Sports News- QB Philip Rivers (No Carolina St)...The Steelers were leaning towards taking one of the Drafts top halfbacks with this pick but since they were able to sign FA HB Duce Staley they are now able to finally fill their need  at the QB position...Note- some Draftniks may feel this is too high for Rivers to go...but Coach Cowhrer knows that Rivers wont be there when the Steelers pick next and He's too high on Rivers to pass on him and regret it later.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: I have some solid info on the Steelers...very juicy as well. Greg Jones worked out at fullback today and many teams like the idea because he has shown good hands out of the backfield. Pittsburgh did a lot of work with 2-back sets last year with Fu'umatu-Ma'afala before they released him. The Steelers were looking hard at Greg Jones, prompting some of us to speculate they would take him in round 2 and possibly use him as a fullback, virtually creating an effective two-back setup on offense. With Mularkey gone Pittsburgh may scale back the offense and get back to their roots and pound the ball. A two-headed monster with Jones in the 2nd round would likely mean they go for a corner in round 1. It is a risk to bank on him falling into round 2 there but the scenario on offense there is interesting.
USAToday.com reports: With the 11th pick in the first round, the Pittsburgh Steelers draft ... a quarterback, a cornerback, a running back or an offensive tackle. Take your pick. They would love to have a cover corner or a running back that can step right in. It's likely they won't draft a tackle because Outland Trophy winner Robert Gallery of Iowa will be gone. It's more likely that a quarterback could fall to them before a tackle.

12. Jets Jonathon Vilma ILB Miami

  

LB, DB ,WR, OT, DE, LB, DT, DB,

Key UFA:  Smith G, McGlockton DT, Brien K, Stryzinski P
Key RFA: McKenzie T (3rd), Henderson CB (4th)

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

WRJustinMcCareins(2nd)        

LB Eric Barton              

CB David Barrett

Key F.A.  Loses:

CB Aaron Beasley

S Sam Garnes

LB Mo Lewis

LB Marvin Jones

WR Curtis Conway

Jets still looking to replace Coleman and Glenn at CB, but Roy Williams is the real deal, and Wilfolk is the kind of NT/DT that change a defense, like Ted Washingtont. Ironically trading for Justin McCariens may cause them to pass on Roy Williams, not because they no longer need him, but because they need LBs so desperately and have no second rounder. In the end Vilma could be a star in NY, Vilma is ultra fast and instinctive. He always seems to know where the ball is. He is horribly undersized, which may cause him to drop down this far. If he had D.J. Williams size he would be a top ten prospect. He is one of those players where you have to throw out the combine numbers and watch him play. Watch how he is always around the ball. He will gain weight naturally with age, as he is already doing. "Linebacker. Cap pressure pushed out starters Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones. Further complicating matters, new coordinator Donnie Henderson is expected to mix in the 3-4 alignment and use John Abraham at outside linebacker at times. Though Abraham has some experience at linebacker, he might be unable to make the transition. Victor Hobson is projected to move inside and replace Jones. Hobson is better suited to play inside, but he is somewhat of a liability in coverage. A lack of depth inside also will make the 3-4 difficult to run. One positive is Hobson's versatility, which lets the Jets draft the best available player. The team could select the top inside linebacker in the draft, Jonathan Vilma of Miami (Fla.), with its first pick. It also could stick with Abraham, Hobson and Sam Cowart, then use a couple of middle-round picks on Notre Dame's Courtney Watson and Nebraska's Demorrio Williams for depth." I hate to give the Jets such a good player at a need position, but this is the deepest first round I have ever seen. May have to go with Hall or Wilfolk, but they have no Line Backers, and no second rounder. Vilma will step in and start for this team next season.

Alternative: Vince Wilfork DT. Wilfolk will continue rising as we get closer to the draft.

NY Football Digest- DT Vince Wilfork- If this guy can keep his weight under control once he starts living the good life in the NFL, he could be Warren Saap type player. Wilfork is currently around the 360lb mark and he has been known to take a few plays off. This is a nice fit for him

USAToday.com reports: The Jets draft 12th and have serious needs at receiver, linebacker and defensive back. Unlikely to trade up for the second straight year, the Jets might not have a shot at one of the top three or even four receivers so they may focus on defense. Two corners who the Jets seem interested in are DeAngelo Hall (Virginia Tech) and Chris Gamble (Ohio State). Miami S Sean Taylor has also been mentioned

13. Bills Vince Wilfork DT Miami

WR, OL, DE, QB, TE, OL,

 

Key UFA:  Winfield  CB, Sidney CB

Key F.A. Signings:

Chris Villarial OG

Key F.A.  Loses:

Ruben Brown OG

Dave Moore TE

Wilfolk is the kind of NT/DT that change a defense, like Ted Washingtont.Ironically trading for Justin McCariens may cause them to pass on Roy Williams, not because they no longer need him, but because they need LBs so desperately. Him still here at 13 is a sign as to how deep this draft really is. He is a monster to move and may be the best run stuffer in the draft. Plus he still has enough speed to get to the QB.

Alternative: Roy Williams. No O-Lineman worth taking here, but there appear to be plenty of interior linemen available in the second round. So DT or WR makes the most sense here.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Keary Colbert of USC has been very solid for the North (at Senior Bowl practices) and looks like he could be the ideal #3 receiver who could play the slot on a pass oriented team. I guess to gage a wide receiver you see how interested the Rams are and they like Colbert  The Bills are also interested in Colbert.

USAToday.com reports: The Bills draft 13th overall and their priorities are pass-rushing defensive end, center or guard to shore up a weak middle of the offensive line, and speed receiver to complement Eric Moulds. Pass rushers Will Smith of Ohio State and Kenechi Udeze of USC are likely to be there when Buffalo selects. No interior offensive linemen would provide good value at 13 so moving down is a possible move.

14. Bears Randy Starks DT/DE

 

DT, CB, LB, WR, DE

Key F.A. Signings:

RB Thomas Jones

OT John Tait

Key F.A.  Loses:

 

Bears still looking to replace Washington, who they gave away to the Pats for a 4th rounder. Wilfork appears to be best run-stuffer in the draft, and could go anywhere from 5-20, and I can't see the Bears passing on him. I believe Stark will be flying up the charts as we get closer and closer to draft time. He played DT and DE in college at 6-4 305, and he is only growing. He can be a force against the run, and still has enough speed to get to the QB. He could start at DE his rookie year, or be the primary back-up at 3 positions on the defensive line. In fact, he may be best compared to Kevin Williams. Big and strong enough to play DT, and Quick and fast enough to play DE.

 but Jones is superb athlete who stock will soar once he start working out for teams. He has 4.3 speed at 218 pounds. Remember in his first two seasons he was thought of as an underachiever with all his vast athleticism and small production Bears would like to come out of this draft with a starting RB. "Defensive tackle. The team wants to continue its transition from a line that occupied blockers to one that makes plays. That means interior run stuffer Keith Traylor won't return. Bryan Robinson is an adequate starter who is relentless, but he lacks ideal explosiveness. Alfonso Boone is a two-gap player. If the Bears don't draft an elite tackle, such as Maryland's Randy Starks, in the first round, Michigan State's Matthias Askew, Oregon's Igor Olshansky and Mississippi State's Tommy Kelly should be available in the third round and could push for playing time immediately."

Alternative: Roy Williams WR Texas. "Wide receiver. Shea wants receivers who can get open quickly and produce after the catch. Dez White, an unrestricted free agent, doesn't fit well into that scheme and isn't expected back. Marty Booker and David Terrell are more explosive, but Booker drops catchable passes and Terrell is inconsistent. Marshall's Darius Watts, Mississippi State's Justin Jenkins and Oregon's Samie Parker are capable of pushing for playing time and could slip to the middle rounds." 

The Chicago Tribune reports: with the Bears drafting 14th overall in the upcoming  NFL Draft, it may give them a shot at rookie RBs like Kevin Jones (Virginia Tech) or  Steve Jackson (Oregon State).
USAToday.com reports: The Bears draft 14th and they should be looking for an offensive left tackle, which is probably the most glaring hole on the team. That would be the first step in solidifying a unit that has been in makeshift mode more often than not the past couple years. A defensive tackle might be another consideration because none of the ones they have are dominant players and UFA Keith Traylor, 34, will probably not be back.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Two teams to keep an eye on when discussing Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett: The Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals. Both franchises have the tailback spot listed as a priority, and neither club was put off, during individual interviews, by his demeanor. "I can't see taking him off our board, not just because of some hearsay, that's for sure," said Bears general manager Jerry Angelo. The Bengals will almost certainly part ways with tailback Corey Dillon and will need a viable backup to Rudi Johnson, plus owner Mike Brown has always harbored a soft spot for Buckeyes players, and former Ohio State coach John Cooper is a Cincinnati personnel consultant
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15. Buccaneers Shawn Andrews OT Arkansas

 

WR, QB, TE,  DB, DL, LB

 

Key UFA: King QB, Jones RB, Coleman G, Sapp DT, Darby DT, Webster LB, Tupa P

 

Key F.A. Signings:

Dave Moore TE

OL Matt Stinchcomb

OL Derrick Deese

RB Charlie Garner

Key F.A.  Loses:

S John Lynch

TE Ken Dilger

LB Dwayne Rudd

TE Roland Williams

WR Karl Williams

More HUGE news for Pats, Buccs sign Charlie Garner Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Appeared to be the three teams in front of the Pats interested in a running back. Now it appears all three are no longer interested in Running backs At 350 pounds Andrew is a top ten pick, and a vicious road grader. At 400 pounds, which he is rumored to be at, he is a vicious risk, and will certainly have a shortened career. But the Bucc's need a right tackle, and the talent is still there.

Alternative: Roy Williams. Would be an interesting replacement for Crybaby Johnson.

The St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Bucccaneers are happy USC WR Mike Williams has decided to enter the NFL Draft. Head coach Jon Gruden said the team is going to have to do their homework on him and that Williams is a "heck of a player."  Gruden is encouraged with this year's class of wide receivers that are entering the Draft. "There's some very interesting prospects," Gruden said. "The receivers in this draft are big, physical guys. There's an awful lot of good ones."
USAToday.com reports: For the first time under Jon Gruden, the Bucs own a first-round draft pick - 15th overall. Tampa Bay has so many needs - the offensive line, receiver, linebacker and running back - that they should consider trading down to stockpile picks.

16. 49ers Roy Williams WR Texas

WR, QB, WR, OL, CB, RB, WR, TE, DL, OL, DE

 

 

 

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

RB Kevan Barlow (ret)

CB Plummer (ret)

Key F.A.  Loses:

WR Terrell Owens

OL Derrick Deese

RB Garrison Hearst

DE Sean Moran

OG Ron Stone

QB Jeff Garcia

CB Jason Webster

WR Tai Streets

 WR is their top need, but if you look at their history 49ers have a lot of luck with later round WRs. There will be plenty of quality WRs in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, but Roy Williams should not be here, and they cannot pass on him if he slides down here. Roy has Randy Moss type triangle numbers(6'2.5; 212, 4.45), plus he is a team player and has never been accused of anything by teammates.. "SportingNews.com: Bottom line: After working hard in the weight room for the first time in his career in the offseason leading up to the '03 season, he avoided the hamstring injuries that bothered him in the past and looked sharper than ever. Williams is a complete wide receiver with excellent size, speed, hands and run-after-catch skills. He is the second-best receiver in the '04 class and should be selected in the top 10.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports:  The 49ers are also a team that seems to be leaning towards the secondary with their first round selection. It sounds like the 49ers are anxious for the private workout by Virginia Tech cornerback DeAngelo Hall and he would be the front runner for their top selection at this time. 

Alternative: Mark Clayton. Another replacement for another whining reciever.

17.  Bengals Chris Gamble CB/WR Ohio St

CB, CB, DE, S, OL, LB

Key UFA: Bennett RB, O'Dwyer G, Beckett S, Roman S
Key RFA: Johnson RB (4th round)

 

Key F.A. Signings:

LB Nate Webster

FS Kim Herring

OC Rich Braham (Ret)

Key F.A.  Loses:

DT Oliver Gibson 

CB Artrell Hawkins

CB Jeff Burris

I'm predicting the Bengal's take the top rated corner they can find, So gambling on Gamble may not be the worst idea. Gamble in an amazing athlete who seemed to find his natural position, CB, while at Ohio State. Plus he can help out at WR on occasion. He is still a work in progress so he should slide a little on draft day, which will make Bengel fans very happy. "Cornerback. Starters Jeff Burris and Tory James are older than 30. Neither is a shutdown corner, and the team needs to groom replacements. Artrell Hawkins was released. The team likely will sign a high-profile free agent to replace Burris, who has lost a step with age, and then use the draft to find a future replacement for James. If the Bengals don't address this need in the first round, Tusculum's Ricardo Colclough, McNeese State's Keith Smith and Montana State's Joey Thomas are developmental prospects who could be available in the second or third."

Alternative: DeAngelo Hall. 

USAToday.com reports: The Bengals could go all defense on Day 1 of the draft. Predictions range from cornerback Will Poole of Southern California and Derrick Strait of Oklahoma to linebackers and defensive tackles. Ricardo Colclough, a Division II standout from tiny Tusculum College, is another cornerback the Bengals coached and liked at the Senior Bowl.  Defensive tackles Randy Starks of Maryland and Darnell Dockett of Florida State are seen as possible first-day picks. So are linebackers D.J. Williams of Miami (Fla.) and Teddy Lehman of Oklahoma. The Bengals have the 17th, 49th and 80th overall picks on Day 1 April 24.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Two teams to keep an eye on when discussing Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett: The Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals. Both franchises have the tailback spot listed as a priority, and neither club was put off, during individual interviews, by his demeanor. "I can't see taking him off our board, not just because of some hearsay, that's for sure," said Bears general manager Jerry Angelo. The Bengals will almost certainly part ways with tailback Corey Dillon and will need a viable backup to Rudi Johnson, plus owner Mike Brown has always harbored a soft spot for Buckeyes players, and former Ohio State coach John Cooper is a Cincinnati personnel consultant.

18. Saints

DeAngelo Hall CB Virginia Tech

CB, LB, OL, FB

Key UFA: Fontenot C,  Thomas CB, McAfee ST
Key RFA: Smith DT (3rd) ,Hodge LB (3rd)

 

Key F.A. Signings:

LB Derrick Rodgers

DT Brian Young

 

Key F.A.  Loses:

FB Terrelle Smith

 

Saints need a corner the way the Pats need a running back. Hall has amazing speed, and is probably the fastest player in the whole draft. Has a reputation as not being the smartest DB in the draft, but he should minimally come in as a rookie and be a dynamic return man! 

Alternative: Dunta Robertson CB. Most people have him rated over Poole.

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET- DB: Ambrose, Thomas and Carter are three veterans corners who do a solid job.  However, a mix of age,  the UFA status of Thomas and the fact that Carter never seems to be available for 16 games, look for the Saints to draft a young corner in a draft deep at cornerback.  Bellamy is an underrated player.  He was always a better strong safety than free safety as the Saints found out last year.  Jones is an overrated player who the Saints will stick with because he was given a big contract.

USAToday.com reports: The Saints will have the 18th pick in the first round as well as a pair of second-rounders. It would not be a surprise to see them use all three for defensive help with the priorities being linebacker and cornerback (or cornerback and linebacker) and defensive tackle

19. Vikings  

CB, LB, DE, WR, DT

Key UFA: Kleinsasser TE, Lindsay OL, Robbins DT
Key RFA: Kelly CB

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

CB Antoine Winfield

WR Marcus Robinson

TE Jim Kleinsasser (ret)

 

Key F.A.  Loses:

 

 

Alternative: Derrick Strait CB. If Poole or Robertson fall to Vikings they will sprint to the Commish. May have to take Strait otherwise, or trade down and take Strait.

KFFL.com reports: Florida TE Ben Troupe he met with the Minnesota Vikings at the NFL Combine Friday, Feb. 20.
USAToday.com reports: In a perfect draft, the Vikings would select a right defensive end that's in the same class of defensive linemen as Kevin Williams, the team's first pick in last year's draft. But it's doubtful the Vikings will find a blue-chip defensive end at the 19th overall pick. They also need a shutdown corner, possibly a tight end, a receiver and an outside linebacker. One interesting player to watch is Ohio State's Chris Gamble. He might drop to No. 19. Although his strength is cornerback, Gamble also has potential value as a receiver.

20. Dolphins Jake Grove OC/G Virginia Tech

OLT, OL, OL, WR, QB, S, OL, LB, DT

*Key UFA: Nails G, Buckley  CB, Turk P
Key RFA: Ogunleye DE (none), Minor RB (3rd), Greenwood LB (3rd )

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

OL John St. Clair

OG Jeno James

CB Reggie Howard

QB AJ Feeley (5th)

S Shawn Wooden (ret)

CB Sam Madison (ret)

RB Sammy Morris

Key F.A.  Loses:

OT Todd Wade

OC Tim Ruddy

OG Todd Perry

OL Mark Dixon

S Brock Marion

S Trent Gamble

WR James McKnight

QB Brian Griese

Who cares, I hate the Dolphins, and they stink, they have no chance against the Pats next season. Once the cold weather comes in they are done;-) YIKES, who needs on Offensive line to succeed in the NFL;-) Dolphins in DESPERATE need for OL. Grove looks to be a good one. Unless they sign 2 or 3 interior O-Linemen they will have to take grove here

Alternative: Mark Clayton. A.J. Feeley, here's hoping Feeley works out as good as Derrius Thompson, and no I don't think the Pats/Dolphin rivalry has clouded my judgment;-) Okay, if they get a QB, Clayton would be a great pick-up, unfortunately;-0 Clayton is one of the players I hope the Pats pick up, 'nuff said.

B. J. Boyer of Football.com reports:  Miami has made their desire for Philip Rivers known and it looks more and more like he will be the pick by the team at #20

*ProFootballWeekly.com reports: The Dolphins’ QB situation most likely will look very different in 2004 than it did in ’03. Backup Brian Griese is all but gone, given his high price, and word is starter Jay Fiedler isn’t far behind him out the door. Sage Rosenfels will be  the primary backup, and the Dolphins, whom team observers believe will be armed with two first-round picks because it will decline to match any huge offers to restricted free agent DE Adewale Ogunleye, will be on the market for a youngster at quarterback. North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers and Tulane’s J.P. Losman are names that have been mentioned early on, and Miami also is expected to be a player in the Drew Henson sweepstakes.

*USAToday.com reports: Offense is a top priority for the Dolphins, specifically at quarterback, wide receiver and along the offensive line. The Dolphins have the 20th overall selection but may be willing to trade it for an established NFL quarterback or even promising prospect Drew Henson.

21. Patriots Steven Jackson RB Oregon State

RB, ILB, NT, WR, OL, DB

Key UFA: 

Hamilton DE
 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

DE Rodney Bailey

Key F.A.  Loses:

Ted Washington DT

RB Antowain Smith

OC Damien Woody

OC Mike Compton

 

Oregon State's Steven Jackson has established himself as the No. 1 man. Jackson (6-2, 231) ran in low-4.5s in the 40-yard dash on a slow Field Turf surface. He also had strong performances in the short shuttle (4.09 seconds) and three-cone drill (7.03), and he looked great in his position drills.

 

Okay, so I cheated, but Jackson seems to be slipping down to the Pats in most mock drafts, BUT HE WILL BE A TOP TEN PICK. If you saw him run in the Las Vegas Bowl, like me, you would be confused and happy by this development. I think Belichick is thinking about a big DT/NT here (He loves D-linemen in the first round), but if Jackson slipped down to 15 or 16, which somehow seems eminently possible right now, the pats have to trade up and take him. I don't think they can wait to see if he drops all the way to 21, and they certain have a second or third rounder to spare to secure a thousand yard rusher! He is already being compared to Edgerrin James. If you give Brady a thousand yard rusher behind him the Pats repeat (Please note: of all the MVP candidates who played QB Brady was the only one without a thousand yard rusher behind him, which why I say he was robbed, and NO, I'm not a homer;-) ; I believe Jackson could be that back. I like Jackson because he is bigger and quicker then Kevin Jones, but Jones is definitely faster, which is why I think he goes first, he has the better triangle numbers. Now let us move on to the LSU connection, Michael Clayton. Big, strong, fast, competitive, tough, smart- he is a Belichick type player. The question is will Belichick use a first round pick on a WR, I didn't think so, but Clayton is a special player. If Jackson is not on the board Clayton would not be a huge surprise here. The next player is Wilfolk, a huge Ted Washington NT type. For some reason he seems to be dropping with Jackson. If he slipped to 15 or 16 I think the Pats should trade up for him, but Belichick does not seem to like Miami players so I'm not sure he will. Which brings us to Jonathan Vilma, an undersized Inside Linebacker from Miami who could back-up and play special teams as he gains weight. Other then Jackson and Wilfolk, I believe Vilma would the most valuable player to this team. He may be available at 32 though, so I don't think they will take him here regardless. So my prediction is they trade up to 15, 16, or 17 for Jackson, Jones, or Wilfolk.

Alternative: Chris Perry.

*John Czarnecki of FoxSports.com reports: Steve Jackson may be the top runner in the draft and the Patriots are considering stockpiling their four picks in the first two rounds — Nos. 22, 32, 50 and 64 — in order to move up to get him.
*USAToday.com reports: The Patriots' obvious draft need at this point is running back, and a player like Michigan's Chris Perry could be available in the second round if there are no first round caliber backs available with the 21st pick. It's doubtful that New England would trade up into the top 10 to land the best available runner, but Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli wheel and deal on draft day and often do the unexpected.  Beyond the glaring running back need, New England needs to add youth at inside linebacker, depth in the secondary at corner and safety, a young nose tackle to play in a 3-4 and another young offensive lineman. There seems to be a thought that New England has a big wide receiver high on the priority list, but that's doubtful. While they would certainly like to add that type of player, it's not a huge priority at this point. The 2004 draft is apparently deep at receiver and since New England has five picks in the first three rounds and seven in the first four, it could go after a big receiver with one of those extra picks
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22. Cowboys Marquise Hill DE/DT LSU

RB, OL, DT, DE, QB, LB

Key UFA:  Edwards CB

Key F.A. Signings:

QB Drew Henson (3rd)

DE Marcellus Wiley

Key F.A.  Loses:

OT Ryan Young

DE Ebenezer Ekuban

This pick breaks Belichicks heart. Big, strong, fast, played 2-gap in Patriots type defense under Sable. His stats are undervalued because of system. I think he could turn out to be one of the top players from this draft. In fact, if Pats can't get Jackson or Jones I would not be surprise to see them take Hill and hope Chris Perry falls to them. Hill is the most underrated player in the draft.Parcells has to be thinking about hoping over the Pats for Jackson or Jones. They may need a RB more then the Pats. But D-line is in just as bad a shapes and Hill can step right in a be an upgrade over Willie Blades, and maybe even La'Roi Glover. Defense and running game, that's Parcells.

Alternative: Chris Perry.

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Parcells is convinced that, despite a modestly-talented roster, the Cowboys honestly don't need all that much tweaking in the offseason. Don't be too surprised if the Cowboys use their first-round choice on a defensive lineman, probably a tackle. Then, in the second round, they would address the need for an upgrade to current tailback  Troy Hambrick.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: The first player the Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet with at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis is former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett.
USAToday.com reports: The Cowboys have only five draft picks and they plan on using them wisely. Running back, offensive guard/tackle, defense tackle/ends are the top priorities. With the 22nd pick in the first round, there could be a couple of running backs available, Oregon's Stephen Jackson and Michigan's Chris Perry. Both would be upgrades over Troy Hambrick. Don't be surprised if the Cowboys wait for Maurice Clarett in the second or third rounds. Parcells has always been good at turning around players who have problems at other places

23. Seahawks Dwan Edwards DT/NT Oregon State

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DT, LB, CB, DL

Key UFA:  Jones T, King DE,

 

Key F.A. Signings:

DE Grant Wistrom

WR Darrell Jackson(ret)

DT Cedric Woodard(ret

Key F.A.  Loses:

DT Chad Eaton

LB Randall Godfrey

Seahawks need D-Linemen, as in multiple. D.J. Williams will be a giant temptation here, but there D-line is such a mess they have to go with the top DL available. In my opinion that's Edwards. He is not going to get you 10 sacks a year, but will fight for every inch on the field. He will stuff the run with everything he has. 

Alternative: D.J. Williams. If they are looking for the best athlete available, then Williams may well be their man.

USAToday.com reports: Seattle holds the 23rd pick of the first round. Upgrading the defense remains a priority, but the Seahawks have generally placed value above need. They used previous first-round picks on RB Shaun Alexander and OG Steve Hutchinson despite having no glaring holes at either position. The Seahawks could stand to find young starting talent at DE and SS. They need depth at CB, LB and DT

24. Broncos D.J Williams OLB Miami

CB, RB, OL, DT, DE, LB, WR, OL

Key UFA: Brockermeyer T,  Gold LB, Ferguson S
Key RFA: Hamilton G  (4th ) Hayward DE (3rd)

 

Key F.A. Signings:

WR Willie Jackson

Key F.A.  Loses:

OT Ephraim Salaam

DE Bertrand Berry

OG Steve Herndon

 

I don't know, Williams just seems to fit here. LB will be a big issue here for Denver, and I think it's to early for Odom, but teams always reach for D-Linemen. Okay, but Williams is another superb athlete from Miami and at 6-2 245 pounds has enough size to be a great one. Has not put it al together yet.

Alternative: Ben Troupe. I have him falling later then he should, for no real reason. He should be a first round pick, and this would be a nice fit for him. 

USAToday.com reports: The Broncos draft No. 24, and there's some thought that if Shannon Sharpe retires as expected, they'll go for a tight end in the same mold. Jeb Putzier was thought to be that guy but he hasn't progressed the way the team thought, partially because of injuries. Denver also could use another cornerback but after going bust two years in a row they may be reluctant to go that direction again. They also need more help along the defensive line, especially if Daryl Gardener doesn't return. The team also needs an impact player on special teams, someone to handle returns, and possible help at wide receiver, another need area.

25. Packers Dunta Robertson CB South Carolina

QB, CB, DL, S, LB

Key UFA: Walls TE, Smith DT, Edwards S, Hawthorne CB, 
Key RFA: Martin TE (6th), Marshall LB (3rd), Jue CB)

Key F.A. Signings:

 

Key F.A.  Loses:

DT Gilbert Brown

 

Seems to be the fastest riser in the draft. He has Excellent feet and great ball skills, and like Poole has the size to be a great one. I would think a QB would be worth a look here, but they are reportedly looking for a Corner.

Alternative: J.P. Losman QB.

USAToday.com reports: The Packers own the 25th pick in the first round. They hit it right for a change last year in the first round with linebacker Nick Barnett and probably will look toward defense again in April.  Areas of need include safety, cornerback, defensive end and nose tackle. They don't necessarily need another starting linebacker but their backups are next to worthless.

26. Rams

Will Poole CB

USC

DL, OL, DL, CB, OL, S, WR, TE

Key UFA: Cleeland TE, Pace T, Sehorn S
Key RFA: Bulger QB (6th),

 

Key F.A. Signings:

 

Key F.A.  Loses:

FS Kim Herring

DT Brian Young

DE Grant Winstrom

I  think Ben Troupe would be an interesting choice here, Rams TE's situation is not good. However CB is a more important position and they are more desperate for help there. I thought Poole was excellent in one of the alleged championship games;-0 I really like this kid. He hits like a safety, can cover like a corner, and is smart. Has a lot Ty Law in him. He is fast has excellent ball skills and at 6' 190 has the size to be a good one. This would be an excellent pick for the Saints. Plus he hits like a safety. I really think he has a chance to be a great one.

Alternative: Ben Troupe. I have him falling later then he should, for no real reason. He should be a first round pick, and this would be a nice fit for him.  

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Keary Colbert of USC has been very solid for the North (at Senior Bowl practices) and looks like he could be the ideal #3 receiver who could play the slot on a pass oriented team. I guess to gage a wide receiver you see how interested the Rams are and they like Colbert
USAToday.com reports: The Rams pick 26th in the first round of the draft and they do not have a second-round pick because of last year's offseason acquisition of right tackle Kyle Turley. They could go in several directions with the first-round pick, depending on what transpires in free agency. Tight end is a priority, but not likely in the first round. A guard seems likely, or possibly a defensive end if Wistrom can't be re-signed. Cornerback is also a possibility.

27. Titans Reggie Williams WR Washington

DT, DE, OL, TE, RB, LB, CB, DL

Key UFA: Volek QB, Kinney TE,  McGarrahan S

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

TE Frank Wycheck (ret)

Key F.A.  Loses:

DE Jevon Kearse 

DT Robaire Smith  

C Tom Ackerman

 

I think help for McNair would be the top priority here, and Reggie Williams would be a great addition for them. But Frank Wycheck has been in the league for 11 seasons and needs to be replaced. Troupe has the size, speed and hands to be a good one. He could go much higher then this. May have to take Odom to replace The Freak, or Tubbs to replace Smith. Some think Reggie is a better prospect then Roy, and they may be right. Both are big, fast and productive. While Roy is faster, Reggie appears to be a little smoother coming in and out of cuts, which is paramount in the NFL. Eagles would be crazy to pass on any WR here, and Williams is clearly the top player available at a need position, period. But we have dissention:

Alternative: Ben Troupe. I have him falling later then he should, for no real reason. He should be a first round pick, and this would be a nice fit for him. 

KFFL.com reports: Florida TE Ben Troupe he met with the Tennessee Titans at the NFL Combine Friday, Feb. 20.
KFFL.com reports: Titans' general manager Floyd Reese said the team interviewed RB Maurice Clarett  (Ohio State) at the NFL Combine.
USAToday.com reports: The Titans won't know what direction they will head with the 27th pick until after they sort things out with their free agents. But an offensive tackle and a defensive tackle are likely to be priorities, if not with the first pick, certainly on the first day
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28. Eagles Kevin Jones RB Virginia Tech

RB, WR, CB, CB, OL, LB, DB, QB

Key UFA:  Vincent CB, Taylor CB
Key RFA: Buckhalter RB (4th)

 

Key F.A. Signings:

DE Jevon Kearse

LB Dhani Jones

Key F.A.  Loses:

LB Carlos Emmons

RB Duce Staley

QB AJ Feeley (5th)

 

B.J Boyer of Football.com: Sources within the Eagles and those close to the team claim that the NFC runner-ups are busy looking for players for the defensive front seven. Many say that by getting a prospect that can bring the heat on the quarterback around the edge it could free up the middle for players like Corey Simon and Darwin Walker. Also, more pressure means that the secondary will not be as vulnerable. These comments surely spell the end for Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent or both in an Eagles uniform. Expect Jevon Kearse to get a hard look from the Eagles in the offseason

USAToday.com reports: The Eagles own the 28th pick in the draft. They head into the offseason with needs at defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver. They'll probably try to address the first and last ones in free agency, which means they could go after an inside linebacker in the first round of the draft. 

Alternative: Donnel Washington. There are some D-Linmen available including Tubbs and Darnell Dockett. Washington appears to have the most upside. 

29. Colts Donnell Washington DT Clemson

 

CB, OT, CB, DE, DT, LB, DE, S


Key RFA: Rhodes RB

 

 

Key F.A. Signings:

QB Cory Sauter

Key F.A.  Loses:

DE Chad Bratzke

CB Walt Harris

RT Adam Meadows

QB Brock Huard

FB Detron Smith

Colts really need a corner here and if Poole, Robinson, or Strait slide down they will gleefully grab him. Otherwise, it will be another reach for a bid DT to clog up the middle. Washington is physical specimen who should start to rise at we get closer to the draft. He still has some learning to do, but if he puts is all together he could be something special.

USAToday.com reports: Indianapolis will have the 29th pick in the first round on April 24. The Colts will have seven picks to use this year, regaining a seventh-round pick in a trade last fall with the St. Louis Rams for S Rich Coady.  The Colts are expected to look to continue improving its defensive unit, specifically along the interior defensive line, in the secondary and to upgrade depth at middle linebacker and along the offensive line.

Alternative: Michael Boulware. There are some D-Linmen available including Tubbs and Darnell Dockett, but does Boulware seem to the perfect fit for a Dungy defense, or am I crazy;-) Speed, speed, speed, Dungy just loves the speed.

30. Chiefs Marcus Tubbs DT Texas

 

RUN-STUFFERS

Key UFA: Dunn TE, Tait T, Bartee CB
Key RFA: Blaylock RB (5th), Downing DT (3rd)

Key F.A. Signings:

OT Chris Bober

Key F.A.  Loses:

OT John Tait

Chiefs run defense maybe the worst in the history of play-off teams. If they take anything other then defensive players on the first day then this draft will a disaster. Will not advance a round in th eplay-offs if they don't address this disastrous need.

Alternative: Isaac Sopoaga, *Igor Olshansky- The two DT who amazed scouts by benching 225 pounds over 40 times each, 42 and 41 respectively. Teams looking for run-stuffers will be try to steal one of these two in the 2nd.

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET- DL: A unit in need of a major upgrade.  The Chiefs should let Hicks go in free agency and replace him with a real pass rusher.  Holliday and Hicks are both solid players, but should not be paired together, neither  is a monster rusher.  At tackle, Sims is young, inconsistent, but will get better.  Browning is better coming off the bench than starting.  A run-stuffing tackle also needs to be added.

USAToday.com reports: Kansas City will pick No. 30 in the first round and should be looking hard for help at corner or wide receiver in the early rounds. Later on, pass-rushing ends and run-stuffing linebacker will be priorities.

 

31. Panthers Rashaun Woods   WR Oklahoma State

CB, LB, OG, WR, TE, QB

Key UFA: Favors LB, Howard CB, Grant S, Kasay K
Key RFA: Goings RB, Smart RB

Key F.A. Signings:

OT Adam Meadows

CB Artrell Hawkins

Key F.A.  Loses:

LB Mike Caldwell

OG Jeno James

He is the player everybody is trying to steal in the second round. At 6-2, 200, Woods ran between a 4.45-4.5. Not as big as the big name receivers from this draft, but has the ability to be a great one. I was hoping the Pats would steal him in the second round. He is easily the most underrated receiver in the draft. He is a Belichick type receiver. Beats opponents will skill, intelligence, and hard work, plus may have the best hands in the draft. Smith resigned so they may pass on WR, but Proehl has been around for over a decade. And Dyson has never impressed since he's been in the league.

Alternative: Jonathon Vilma. Could use some help at Linebacker, and taking the player the Pats need would certainly cause no tears around Carolina. 

B.J Boyer of Football.com: Keary Colbert of USC has been very solid for the North (at Senior Bowl practices) and looks like he could be the ideal #3 receiver who could play the slot on a pass oriented team. I guess to gage a wide receiver you see how interested the Rams are and they like Colbert  The Panthers are also interested in Colbert.

32. Patriots Derrick Strait CB Oklahoma

RB, ILB, NT, WR, OL, DB

 

Key UFA: 

Faulk, Smith RB, Compton G, Woody C,  Hamilton DE

 

Key F.A. Signings:

DE Rodney Bailey

Key F.A.  Loses:

Ted Washington DT              

RB Antowain Smith            

OC Damien Woody

OC Mike Compton

 

Strait has all the physical tools, but has not put t all together yet. I could see him slipping into the second round, but desperation calls for reaches, and most draftnics are higher on Strait then me.

 Pats must address the inside linebacker depth in this draft. Chris Perry is rising. The Pats may have to take him here, because we all know Jackson and Jones are not dropping to 21. Pats will have to trade up to get either one of those runner, an idea they are currently thinking over. Perry is a strong tough runner, but not as fast as Jackson or Jones. He is a little slow to the the line, but is a super productive RB, and a Belichick type player. If the Pats don't go for a RB with their first pick, they may have to trade up a few spots for Perry. As we get closer to the draft his stock my force the pats to take him at 21. I'm not sure the Cowboys can pass on him at 22. Vernon Carey is another tempting Miami player, the Pats are already stating they will not give Woody what he wants, so an OG is a possibility here. However, the Patriots did the impossible last season, they made hade their O-line younger, AND better as the season went along. Plus Belichick is famour for picking up O-linemen in the later rounds (Dan Koppen) and as free-agants (Tom Ashworth, Russ Hochstein, and Brandon Gorin). There appear to be a number of options for the O-Line in later rounds. Karlos Dansby is a vastly interesting option. Belichick said at the draft last year, that he wondered where all the tall linebackers were. He wondered why a 6-5 linebacker seemed a thing of the past. Well here is a 6-5 linebacker with the athleticism to go along with the height. He would a perfect fit for the Pats defense, only they are over-load with Outside Linebackers and really need Inside Linebackers. I'm not sure he could make this team. A rather interesting choice could be Chad Lavalais, who seems built to be a NT in the Pats defense. He is not the run-stuffer Washington is, but is a better pass-rusher. If Washington doesn't sign, and it's starting to like he won't, then a NT is paramount. If they don't draft a NT/DT, look for Warren to move over, he seems to be only reason they would not draft a NT early: Dwan Edwards, Donnell Washington, Marcus Tubbs, or Darrell Campbell. Depending on who they feel fits best. Note: The Patriots will never draft Maurice Clarett. So if you put him in this slot then you are a moron and know nothing about the draft, the Pats, or how Belichick and Poili draft football players, period. And you should return your Draftnic Membership Card immediately;-) Thank you.

Alternative: Chris Perry RB. If they can't trade up for Stephen Jackson or Kevin Jones they will have to Perry.

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
QB: Brady is a winner.  Huard, an UFA, may leave but the jury is out on whether or not Davey can be the Pats backup QB.  A veteran (Fiedler if released?) may be brought in to backup Brady.
RB: How the Pats have gone as far as they have without a stud running back is a mystery.  Smith is not consistent and Faulk will probably leave this offseason.
WR:  A very talented and deep group with Givens, Branch, Brown, Johnson, Patten and UFA Ward.
TE: Graham has been inconsistent but has great potential.  Fauria is a solid pro.
OL: A very good unit with excellent players and depth, however Compton and Woody are UFAs.
DL: Seymour is at his first of many Pro Bowls.  Washington and Hamilton are UFAs who need to be brought back.  Green and Warren should see expanded roles next year.
LB: Another deep position with lots of good players.  If Colvin comes back strong he may have to beef up and move to end.
DB: Three good corners, the best strong safety in the league, and a young free safety who is a corner by trade so he is good in coverage.  What more could one ask for?

*- All free agent and quoted materials pilfered from 900 football links