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Writers' 2005 Mock Draft

Since we can't get into the draft rooms to see every team's board, we checked with those who have a strong knowledge of each NFL team, the writers assigned to cover them.

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Pick Team Player Pos. School Writer Comment Other Needs
1 SF Aaron Rodgers QB California Dennis Georgatos, San Jose Mercury News Trading down remains an option but Rodgers' experience in West Coast system gives him an edge over Alex Smith. OL, RB, WR
2 MIA Braylon Edwards WR Michigan Jason Cole, Miami Herald Best playmaker in draft and this team needs some serious playmakers. RB, DT, S, LT
3 CLE Alex Smith QB Utah Pat McManamon, Akron Beacon Journal Trade for Reuben Droughns takes Ronnie Brown out of running. CB, DL, LB
4 CHI Mike Williams WR USC David Haugh, Chicago Tribune He's shown the ability to make big plays at the highest level and the Bears would regret passing up a future star. RB, LB
5 TBY Ronnie Brown RB Auburn Rick Stroud, St. Petersberg Times Gruden would be absolutely delirious if Brown falls this far. WR, OL, DB
6 TEN Cedric Benson RB Texas Paul Kuharsky, The Tennessean Could trade down but if they stand pat will take one of the big three RBs available. CB,WR, T
7 MIN Carnell Williams (from Oakland) RB Auburn Don Seeholzer, Pioneer Press Vikings have a crowded backfield but no true feature back. WR, G, DE
8 ARIZ Antrel Rolle CB Miami Darren Urban, East Valley Tribune With RBs gone, Green will look for a big, physical CB. RB, OL, QB, TE
9 WASH Adam Jones CB West Virginia Mark Maske, Washington Post Would love Mike Williams but if top 2 WRs are gone, CB becomes next biggest need. WR, DL, LB
10 DET Alex Barron T Florida State Curt Sylvester, Detroit Free Press Need to replace Stocker McDougle and Barron is without question the best OT in the draft. TE, WR, DL
11 DAL Shawne Merriman OLB / DE Maryland Todd Archer, Dallas Morning News Cowboys are badly in need of a pass rushing threat. WR, DL, S
12 SD Marcus Spears (from N.Y. Giants) DL LSU Jim Trotter, San Diego Union-Tribune Would have loved Mike Williams but Chargers need help at DE and Spears fills a need. DE, S, WR, OL
13 HOU Troy Williamson WR South Carolina Carlton Thompson, Houston Chronicle Need another receiver to take pressure off of Andre Johnson. OLB, CB, ILB
14 CAR Derrick Johnson LB Texas Darin Gantt, Rock Hill Herald Mark Fields' situation makes LB a bit thin and Johnson is a good fit. T, DT, WR
15 KC Carlos Rogers CB Auburn Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star Chiefs are desperate for some quality cover corners. LB, WR, DE
16 NO Thomas Davis SS Georgia Sheldon Mickles Baton Rouge Advocate SS Jay Bellamy is getting up there in age and Saints could use youth and athleticism at the position. LB, DT
17 CIN Erasmus James DE Wisconsin Geoff Hobson, Bengals feel his talents as a pass rusher from the right side are rare. SS, MLB, TE
18 MIN Mark Clayton WR Oklahoma Don Seeholzer, Pioneer Press Vikings need to address WR needs somewhere in Round 1. K, G, DE
19 STL Jammal Brown T Oklahoma Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Leonard Little's legal situation could make David Pollack the choice, but Brown figures to replace Kyle Turley as future RT. S, RB, TE, OL
20 DAL Travis Johnson (from Buffalo) DT Florida State Todd Archer, Dallas Morning News Could trade down for more picks but Cowboys still need help on DL. WR, S, RB
21 JAC David Pollack DE Georgia Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union Top 15 talent too good to pass up. CB, LT, LB
22 BAL Fabian Washington CB Nebraska Brent Jones, Baltimore Sun Ravens need a quality cover man to line up opposite Chris McAlister. WR, LB
23 SEA Kevin Burnett LB Tennessee Clare Farnsworth, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Answers Seahawks most glaring need. Depth at LB is a major concern DE, CB
24 GBY Demarcus Ware OLB / DE Troy Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press Gazette Packers need an outside pass rusher to complement Gbaja-Biamila. LB, S
25 DEN Justin Miller CB Clemson Patrick Saunders, Denver Post Fills a need with Herndon lost through FA and Lenny Walls returning from injury. DE, OL, WR
26 NYJ Heath Miller TE Virgina Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential Jets are looking for a playmaking TE to plug into their new offense and Miller is a perfect fit. CB, S, OL, DT
27 ATL Shawn Cody DE USC Matt Winkeljohn, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons have some serious depth issues along DL and Cody would help. S, LB, T, WR
28 SD Brodney Pool S Oklahoma Jim Trotter, San Diego Union-Tribune Chargers are looking for an upgrade and Pool is considered one of the rangier safeties in the draft. DE, WR, OL
29 IND Channing Crowder LB Florida Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star Colts are simply starving for playmakers on defense, especially at both inside and outside linebacker. DL, DB, RB
30 PIT Corey Webster CB LSU Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Steelers are in need of corners but will take best player on the board. OL, DE, OLB
31 PHI J.J. Arrington RB California Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles like him a lot even though RB is not their biggest need. WR, OL, DT
32 NE Barrett Ruud LB Nebraska Patriots Football Weekly / With Bruschi's status uncertain, ILB appears to be the biggest need. CB, OL, WR

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