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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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PickTeamPlayerPos.SchoolWriterCommentOther Needs
1SFAaron RodgersQBCaliforniaDennis Georgatos, San Jose Mercury NewsTrading down remains an option but Rodgers' experience in West Coast system gives him an edge over Alex Smith.OL, RB, WR
2MIABraylon EdwardsWRMichiganJason Cole, Miami HeraldBest playmaker in draft and this team needs some serious playmakers.RB, DT, S, LT
3CLEAlex SmithQBUtahPat McManamon, Akron Beacon JournalTrade for Reuben Droughns takes Ronnie Brown out of running.CB, DL, LB
4CHIMike WilliamsWRUSCDavid Haugh, Chicago TribuneHe's shown the ability to make big plays at the highest level and the Bears would regret passing up a future star.RB, LB
5TBYRonnie BrownRBAuburnRick Stroud, St. Petersberg TimesGruden would be absolutely delirious if Brown falls this far.WR, OL, DB
6TENCedric BensonRBTexasPaul Kuharsky, The TennesseanCould trade down but if they stand pat will take one of the big three RBs available.CB,WR, T
7MINCarnell Williams (from Oakland)RBAuburnDon Seeholzer, Pioneer PressVikings have a crowded backfield but no true feature back.WR, G, DE
8ARIZAntrel RolleCBMiamiDarren Urban, East Valley TribuneWith RBs gone, Green will look for a big, physical CB.RB, OL, QB, TE
9WASHAdam JonesCBWest VirginiaMark Maske, Washington PostWould love Mike Williams but if top 2 WRs are gone, CB becomes next biggest need.WR, DL, LB
10DETAlex BarronTFlorida StateCurt Sylvester, Detroit Free PressNeed to replace Stocker McDougle and Barron is without question the best OT in the draft.TE, WR, DL
11DALShawne MerrimanOLB / DEMarylandTodd Archer, Dallas Morning NewsCowboys are badly in need of a pass rushing threat.WR, DL, S
12SDMarcus Spears (from N.Y. Giants)DLLSUJim Trotter, San Diego Union-TribuneWould have loved Mike Williams but Chargers need help at DE and Spears fills a need.DE, S, WR, OL
13HOUTroy WilliamsonWRSouth CarolinaCarlton Thompson, Houston ChronicleNeed another receiver to take pressure off of Andre Johnson.OLB, CB, ILB
14CARDerrick JohnsonLBTexasDarin Gantt, Rock Hill HeraldMark Fields' situation makes LB a bit thin and Johnson is a good fit.T, DT, WR
15KCCarlos RogersCBAuburnAdam Teicher, Kansas City StarChiefs are desperate for some quality cover corners.LB, WR, DE
16NOThomas DavisSSGeorgiaSheldon Mickles Baton Rouge AdvocateSS Jay Bellamy is getting up there in age and Saints could use youth and athleticism at the position.LB, DT
17CINErasmus JamesDEWisconsinGeoff Hobson, Bengals.comBengals feel his talents as a pass rusher from the right side are rare.SS, MLB, TE
18MINMark ClaytonWROklahomaDon Seeholzer, Pioneer PressVikings need to address WR needs somewhere in Round 1.K, G, DE
19STLJammal BrownTOklahomaJim Thomas, St. Louis Post-DispatchLeonard Little's legal situation could make David Pollack the choice, but Brown figures to replace Kyle Turley as future RT.S, RB, TE, OL
20DALTravis Johnson (from Buffalo)DTFlorida StateTodd Archer, Dallas Morning NewsCould trade down for more picks but Cowboys still need help on DL.WR, S, RB
21JACDavid PollackDEGeorgiaVito Stellino, Florida Times-UnionTop 15 talent too good to pass up.CB, LT, LB
22BALFabian WashingtonCBNebraskaBrent Jones, Baltimore SunRavens need a quality cover man to line up opposite Chris McAlister.WR, LB
23SEAKevin BurnettLBTennesseeClare Farnsworth, Seattle Post-IntelligencerAnswers Seahawks most glaring need. Depth at LB is a major concernDE, CB
24GBYDemarcus WareOLB / DETroyPete Dougherty, Green Bay Press GazettePackers need an outside pass rusher to complement Gbaja-Biamila.LB, S
25DENJustin MillerCBClemsonPatrick Saunders, Denver PostFills a need with Herndon lost through FA and Lenny Walls returning from injury.DE, OL, WR
26NYJHeath MillerTEVirginaDan Leberfeld, Jets ConfidentialJets are looking for a playmaking TE to plug into their new offense and Miller is a perfect fit.CB, S, OL, DT
27ATLShawn CodyDEUSCMatt Winkeljohn, Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFalcons have some serious depth issues along DL and Cody would help.S, LB, T, WR
28SDBrodney PoolSOklahomaJim Trotter, San Diego Union-TribuneChargers are looking for an upgrade and Pool is considered one of the rangier safeties in the draft.DE, WR, OL
29INDChanning CrowderLBFloridaMike Chappell, Indianapolis StarColts are simply starving for playmakers on defense, especially at both inside and outside linebacker.DL, DB, RB
30PITCorey WebsterCBLSUEd Bouchette, Pittsburgh PostSteelers are in need of corners but will take best player on the board.OL, DE, OLB
31PHIJ.J. ArringtonRBCaliforniaBob Brookover, Philadelphia InquirerEagles like him a lot even though RB is not their biggest need.WR, OL, DT
32NEBarrett RuudLBNebraskaPatriots Football Weekly / Patriots.comWith Bruschi's status uncertain, ILB appears to be the biggest need.CB, OL, WR

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