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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; 1. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith (jr.), QB, Utah A smart player who will pick up an NFL system quickly, Smith has good size, is mobile enough to hurt teams with his running ability and is also an efficient passer ...

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Old 01-19-2005, 10:42 PM   #1
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1. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith (jr.), QB, Utah
A smart player who will pick up an NFL system quickly, Smith has good size, is mobile enough to hurt teams with his running ability and is also an efficient passer who can make all the necessary throws.

2. Miami Dolphins: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
A strong, tough runner with good speed for his size, Benson would help fill the void left by the retirement of Ricky Williams. But there is speculation the Dolphins will attempt to fill their running back need through trade, perhaps for Buffalo's Travis Henry, so stay tuned.

3. Cleveland Browns: Aaron Rodgers (jr.), QB, California
Rodgers is a smart, accurate passer with a quick release. His arm strength is adequate and he is a better prospect at this point in his career than former Cal QB Kyle Boller, now the starter for the Baltimore Ravens.

4. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn
Perhaps the most complete back in the draft, Brown can carry or catch the ball with equal skill. He has size, instincts and quickness that allowed him to put up excellent numbers at the college level.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carnell Wiliams, RB, Auburn
A creative, deceptive runner with tremendous natural skills. Williams can get tough yards inside despite lacking ideal size, a point illustrated by his 29 rushing TDs over the last two years.

6. Tennessee Titans: Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia
A good cover man who will also contribute as a kick returner, Jones has very good closing speed and is a willing tackler in run support. That may be his most important quality with the NFL hurting pass defenses by focusing on downfield infractions by defensive backs.

7. Oakland Raiders: Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma
A fiery, intense player who always goes all-out, Cody is similar to former NFL standout Kevin Greene in his ability to play on his feet as an outside linebacker, or in a three-point stance as a defensive end.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State
Johnson improved his stock immensely this year. He ties up offensive linemen and is able to gain penetration against the run as well as collapse the pocket in passing situations.

9. Washington Redskins: Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
Edwards has the size, speed and athleticism to take over games, and he did that several times in 2004. He also significantly cut down on dropped passes and concentration lapses this past season, pushing his stock even higher.

10. Detroit Lions: Heath Miller (jr.), TE, Virginia
A tremendous pass receiver and a willing blocker along the line, Miller would give quarterback Joey Harrington another weapon to complement his wide receivers. He'll also be a help to running back Kevin Jones in the rushing attack.

11. Dallas Cowboys: Shawne Merriman (jr.), DE/OLB, Maryland
A workout warrior with incredible physical skills, Merriman would be an ideal end/linebacker combo in a 3-4 scheme.

12. San Diego Chargers (from NYG): Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas
Has the speed and strength to chase ballcarriers from sideline to sideline and make things happen when he gets to the ball.

13. Houston Texans: Mike Williams (jr.), WR, USC
Williams did not play in 2004 but dominated the college game for two seasons while at USC. His 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame gives him a big advantage over defensive backs, and he would make a perfect complement to young standout receiver Andre Johnson.

14. Carolina Panthers: Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Brown's long arms, good feet and balance allow him to engage defenders easily and move them off the ball or away from the quarterback.

15. Kansas City Chiefs: Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami
The Chiefs likely will dedicate most of their draft to defense, and Rolle is a good start. He has the cover skills to shut down wide receivers and also gives up his body against the run.

16. New Orleans Saints: Thomas Davis (jr.), OLB, Georgia
A punishing tackler who played safety in college, Davis has the size and speed to move into the front seven and make an impact at the pro level.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
A force along the line of scrimmage, James can play the run, rush the passer and command double-team blocks. There are some durability questions, though, after he missed parts of the last two seasons with injury.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Shaun Cody, DL, USC
A versatile lineman who can play end or tackle, Cody would be a great fit for a Vikings team that has struggled at times along the defensive front.

19. St. Louis Rams: David Pollack, DE, Georgia
Pollack plays with tremendous intensity and his motor does not stop. He makes up for a lack of size with good initial quickness and great closing speed.

20. Dallas Cowboys (from BUF): Troy Williamson (jr.), WR, South Carolina
The fastest wideout in the draft, Williamson would be a great help to a team that lacked a consistent vertical threat.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
Barron is equally adept in the passing and running games and has light feet for a player his size.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Roddy White, WR, UAB
White's 4.42 speed in the 40 gives him a size/speed combination in the elite category. He is a big-play wideout who averaged 20.0 yards per catch in 2004.

23. Seattle Seahawks: Darryl Blackstock (jr.), OLB, Virginia
Blackstock is a solid all-around talent who shows flashes of greatness and has tremendous natural physical skills.

24. Green Bay Packers: Channing Crowder (so.), MLB, Florida
A tremendously productive player who adapted quickly to the collegiate game, Crowder has the ideal physical skills for a man in the middle.

25. Denver Broncos: Matt Roth, DE, Iowa
Roth is similar to David Pollack: undersized with a great motor and intensity. Roth was productive during his senior year and has good physical ability.

26. New York Jets: Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
A consistent, durable corner who can cover and support the run, Rogers has played against some of the best talent in the nation during his career.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Browner (so.), CB, Oregon State
A consistent cover man with good size, Browner would make a nice complement to Atlanta's top pick last year, CB DeAngelo Hall.

28. San Diego Chargers: Roscoe Parrish (jr.), WR, Miami
Parrish has speed and would be a good option to round out a receiving corps bolstered by the addition of WR Keenan McCardell and the emergence of TE Antonio Gates.

29. Indianapolis Colts: Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State
Did not intercept many passes, but that's because teams respected his ability and avoided his side of the field. McFadden has the size to match up with big receivers.

30. New England Patriots: Justin Miller (jr.), CB, Clemson
A good fit for a team thin in the secondary this season.

31. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Tuck (jr.), DE, Notre Dame
Good size and strength. Would be an asset for a team that thrives on pressuring the quarterback.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
An athletic pass receiver with great body control, Smith can stretch the deep middle and is a good hook-zone threat.
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Old 01-19-2005, 10:54 PM   #2
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I would hope if Barron were still up..We would take him...I seriously doubt he will be available past the 10th pick...He is Bar None,the best Lineman in the Draft..

Miami will likely draft a qb..They are trying to get Henry..and he wants to play for them...
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Old 01-19-2005, 11:08 PM   #3
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Buffalo is asking for a second round pick for Henry in which the Dolphins gave it away trading for Feeley. Saban is a smash mouth type of coach and I think Benson or Brown is the perfect fit. They gave up a high round pick for Feeley so I don\'t think they will give up on him so soon. Remember they still also have Fielder.
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:02 AM   #4
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I\'m not so sure...They will get Henry..I can almost guarantee it...And they will gladly hand over a few draft picks, or one of thier QB\'s to get him...

If they then, draft a Qb..They will have a very new looking Offense...And..they will likely not have this high of a pick next year..They need a Qb..and They won\'t be able to pass up drafting one of the top shelf guys that will be available...

Plus..they have allready signed 2 additional RB\'s for future contracts...Likely only to the practice squad tough

Neither Qb looked good at all last year...

Feidler had a QB rating of 67.1 with 7td\'s and 8 int\'s

Feeley had a rating of 61.7 with 11td\'s and 15 int\'s

Not to mention bieng outscored 88 - 59 in the 2nd quarters..and 95 - 34 in the Third...

They needed new blood..and they went out and got it..And likely will do the same with thier Qb situation in the draft..

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I\'m not saying they won\'t draft a quarterback. But with the second pick in the draft, they will likely go into a different direction. The smart thing to do would to trade down because there are many quality qb\'s in this draft. A guy like Orlovsky, Frye, Walters, should still be around after the first round. There are more pressing needs on this team such as overpaid corners, aging linebackers, a weak offensive line, no running back, and one defensive end. This was Feeley\'s first year with the Dolphins and he should benefit with Linedan being hired as the new offensive coordinator. Saban is defensive minded and don\'t be surprised if he trades down into the early teens and draft a shutdown corner or big defensive tackle.

Trading for Henry sounds easier than it really is. Horrible decisions by the Dolphins front office has cost the very valuable draft picks in a very deep draft this year. I think the Bucs have a more realistic chance of getting Henry than the Dolphins. Oakland could also use Henry but I think a dark horses for Miami at the running back area is Rudi Johnson and Rueban Droughns. Droughns is seeking a trade and could be obtained for a mid round pick and Rudi is a unrestricted free agent. Both are Saban type of running backs... smash mouth like Ally Broussard of LSU. Bengals have Chris Perry next year and Denver has Tatum Bell. I think these two are more realistic. Just my 2 cents

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papz, that two cent was worth five. Nice insight.
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