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Goss is the MOCK KING. He nails it year after year.

Here is his final 1st round:
1. San Francisco

Alex Smith, QB, Utah

Comment: The same agent (Tom Condon) who represented Eli Manning represents Smith. So this could be another draft-and-trade situation, like Manning in 2004. Smith wants to play in Florida where there's no state income tax. That would be an extra $5 million on a $50 million contract. Both the Dolphins and Bucs have an interest in Smith.

2. MIAMI

Needs: QB, RB, OT, WR

Ronnie Brown, HB, Auburn

Comment: The Dolphins need offensive playmakers across the board. If they can't get Smith, the choice would be between the top runner (Brown) and top receiver (Braylon Edwards). The Dolphins have a better chance of getting a quality receiver in subsequent rounds than a quality runner.

3. CLEVELAND

Needs: QB, WR, OT, DL

Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan

Comment: The Browns acquired a veteran quarterback (Trent Dilfer) and runner (Reuben Droughns) this off-season. Now they need a lead receiver for the NFL's 28th-ranked offense. Edwards might be the best player on the draft board.

4. CHICAGO

Needs: RB, speed WR, CB, OL depth

Carnell Williams, HB, Auburn

Comment: The Bears finished 25th in the NFL in rushing. If you can't run the ball in Chicago, you can't win. Cedric Benson and Carnell Williams are two attractive options. Williams has the added dimension of returning kicks.

5. TAMPA BAY

Needs: RB, WR, DT, K

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal

Comment: Jon Gruden without a quarterback is like Zorro without a mask. Without a triggerman, Gruden lacks a coaching identity – and he doesn't have a trigger in Tampa. The Bucs could wind up with Alex Smith by day's end.

6. TENNESSEE

Needs: CB, WR, RT, RB

Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami (Fla.)

Comment: When you play in the AFC South, you'd better be able to cover Peyton Manning's fleet of receivers. The Titans lost starting corners Samari Rolle and Andre Dyson in free agency. Rolle is a merger of need and value here.

7. MINNESOTA

Needs: WR, RB, DT, DE

Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina

Comment: The Vikings will miss Randy Moss. Williamson is the closest receiver to Moss on this draft board at 6-1, 203 with 4.32 40 speed. He averaged 49 yards per his 13 career touchdown catches.

8. ARIZONA

Needs: CB, HB, TE, QB

Cedric Benson, HB, Texas

Comment: With the retirement of Emmitt Smith, there's a gaping hole in the Arizona backfield. The Cardinals might trade for Travis Henry today. If not, the Cardinals can pull another back out of the state of Texas.

9. WASHINGTON

Needs: CB, WR, TE, big RB

Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia

Comment: Joe Gibbs wants a wide receiver badly, but there's better value on the board at cornerback. With Fred Smoot's departure, the Redskins need a walk-in starter. Jones will remind Gibbs of Darrell Green.

10. DETROIT

Needs: CB, G, physical WR, S

Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas

Comment: Bobby Layne, Doug English, Roy Williams – over the years the Lions have loved those Longhorns. Johnson is one of the most gifted defensive playmakers on the board with 11 forced fumbles and nine career interceptions.

11. DALLAS

Needs: Pass rush, size on defense, OT, WR

Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland

Comment: Bill Parcells wants to get bigger on defense, and that's the determining factor in taking the 270-pound Merriman to line up at strongside linebacker. His arrival should toughen up the run defense.

12. SAN DIEGO

Needs: ILB, OL, DE, CB

Marcus Spears, DE, LSU

Comment: The Chargers managed only 29 sacks last season, the fewest of any playoff team. Spears had nine sacks in 2004 playing in the SEC and also makes the Chargers bigger (307 pounds) against the run.

13. HOUSTON

Needs: LB, OT, RB, Pass rusher

Demarcus Ware, OLB, Troy

Comment: Houston was a pass rusher away from contention. Now the NFL's worst pass rush gets the best pass rusher in the draft. Ware had 11 sacks in 12 games last season. The Texans themselves had only 24 sacks in 16 games.

14. CAROLINA

Needs: OT, WR, LB, QB

Mike Williams, WR, Southern Cal

Comment: The Panthers lost their possession receiver and goal-line force when Muhsin Muhammad left for the Bears in free agency. Williams is a TD maker with 30 in his two years in college. A lack of speed kept him out of the top 10.

15. KANSAS CITY

Needs: CB, S, speed WR, OT

Thomas Davis, S, Georgia

Comment: The Chiefs were one of the NFL's best teams in the 1990s because they played gritty, smash-mouth defense. But that defense has gotten soft this decade, and so have the Chiefs. Davis rattles teeth with his hitting ability.

16. NEW ORLEANS

Needs: DT, OT, LB, CB

Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn

Comment: With the signing of a safety (Dwight Smith) and offensive tackle (Jermane Mayberry) in free agency, the Saints have no glaring holes. They can take the best athlete available. Rogers is a steal at this pick.

17. CINCINNATI

Needs: CB, DL, LB speed, OL

Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin

Comment: The glut of 3-4 defenses (Dallas, San Diego and Houston) and end depth (Carolina and New Orleans) contributed to the slide of James. But he's the best 4-3 end in this draft and a bona fide pass rusher.

18. MINNESOTA

Needs: WR, RB, DT, DE

David Pollack, DE, Georgia

Comment: With Chris Hovan's departure, the Vikings need a high-energy player in their front seven. Pollack is high energy, and the artificial surface would provide ideal traction for his pass-rush skills.

19. ST. LOUIS

Needs: RT, Pass rusher, Size on def.

Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Comment: Marc Bulger was sacked 41 times for a league-high 302 yards in losses. Without pass protection, the Greatest Show on Turf is a carny act. Orlando Pace is a Pro Bowler on the left side. Brown is the draft's best right tackle.

20. DALLAS

Needs: Pass rush, size on defense, OT, WR

Luis Castillo, DT, Northwestern

Comment: Parcells wanted to get two defensive front-seven players, but that board emptied in the teens. The Cowboys will look to trade down. Failing there, the Cowboys will reach for the next best defensive lineman on his board.

21. JACKSONVILLE

Needs: CB, G, OT, Speed WR

Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas

Comment: The Jaguars have a talented but slow offense with Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor getting up in the years. Jones is one of the most exciting and explosive athletes on the board with his 4.38 speed. The Jaguars dare to be bold.

22. BALTIMORE

Needs: DT, OT, WR, LB

Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma

Comment: What is it with the Ravens? No matter where they draft, a good player always slides to them. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed also were drafted in the 20s. Clayton will be a preseason NFL Rookie of the Year candidate.

23. SEATTLE

Needs: Defense, WR, RB, G

Alex Barron, OT, Florida State

Comment: The Seahawks have spent their money in the off-season rebuilding the NFL's 26th defense. The signing of Andre Dyson eases the need at corner. Look for the Seahawks to take the best player on the board at this point.

24. GREEN BAY

Needs: LB, S, OL, QB

Marlin Jackson, CB/S, Michigan

Comment: The Packers have long been of the belief that you draft big-school players who know how to play in the cold. An All-America cornerback from Michigan certainly qualifies. Jackson makes the secondary bigger and tougher.

25. WASHINGTON

Needs: CB, WR, TE, big RB

Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn

Comment: Joe Gibbs was embarrassed by the offensive play of the Redskins in 2004 (30th in the NFL) and wants to overhaul the passing game. He traded for Santana Moss for speed, now he drafts a quarterback who can get Moss the ball.

26. OAKLAND

Needs: CB, speed at LB, DE, OL

Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska

Comment: Since Al Davis took over the Raiders in their AFL years back in the early 1960s, this franchise has been built on speed, speed and more speed. Washington is the fastest cornerback in the draft with a 4.29 40.

27. ATLANTA

Needs: DE, S, CB, WR

Shaun Cody, DT, Southern Cal

Comment: The good teams load up on defensive linemen, and the Falcons are now a good team. Cody is an inside pass rusher with 20 career sacks who can also swing outside and be a run-stopping end.

28. SAN DIEGO

Needs: ILB, OL, DE, CB

Roddy White, WR, UAB

Comment: San Diego's leading wide receiver last season caught only 47 passes. The Chargers need some help for tight end Antonio Gates and halfback LaDainian Tomlinson. White averaged 20 yards per catch last season.

29. INDIANAPOLIS

Needs: CB, S, MLB, DT

Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma

Comment: The offense is Super Bowl ready. The defense isn't. The Colts need more size and more playmakers on that side of the ball and figure to draft three of them in the first day. Pool intercepted seven passes in 2003.

30. PITTSBURGH

Needs: RT, TE, WR, interior OL

Heath Miller, TE, Virginia

Comment: The top two tight ends on the Steelers combined for 16 catches in 2004. Pittsburgh needs to get Ben Roethlisberger a possession receiver. Miller set the ACC record with 144 catches by a tight end.

31. PHILADELPHIA

Needs: Depth at OT, LB, DT, RB

Chris Spencer, C, Mississippi

Comment: The Eagles have no holes on the roster, which gives them the luxury of drafting the best player on their board. Spencer can be an upgrade from Hank Fraley in 2006. This is the one team with the luxury of patience.

32. NEW ENGLAND

Needs: ILB, youth on defense, WR, DL

Marcus Johnson, G/T, Mississippi

Comment: Like the Eagles, the Patriots can draft for depth. Johnson can be an upgrade from Brandon Gorin at right tackle in 2006. He can also play guard. No team in the NFL covets versatility in its players like the Patriots.
 

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2. MIAMI

Needs: QB, RB, OT, WR

Ronnie Brown, HB, Auburn

Comment: The Dolphins need offensive playmakers across the board. If they can't get Smith, the choice would be between the top runner (Brown) and top receiver (Braylon Edwards). The Dolphins have a better chance of getting a quality receiver in subsequent rounds than a quality runner.

:confused: I believe this is the first time I have heard this expressed.
 

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cnc66 said:
2. MIAMI

Needs: QB, RB, OT, WR

Ronnie Brown, HB, Auburn

Comment: The Dolphins need offensive playmakers across the board. If they can't get Smith, the choice would be between the top runner (Brown) and top receiver (Braylon Edwards). The Dolphins have a better chance of getting a quality receiver in subsequent rounds than a quality runner.

:confused: I believe this is the first time I have heard this expressed.

I agree and besides we couldn't throw the ball last year b/c we couldn't run the ball Edwards makes no sense to me
 

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hunter5nc1 said:
I agree and besides we couldn't throw the ball last year b/c we couldn't run the ball Edwards makes no sense to me

wrs are more important to linehan's system than rbs are. with the threat of a veritical passing game, teams would be able to pack it in a shut down the run. do you think moe williams is a great rb, or did he benefit more from having randy moss on the field with him? it is a 'chicken or egg?' debate, but imo wr makes the most sense if it is b/w braylon and ronnie.
 

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Phishstix said:
wrs are more important to linehan's system than rbs are. with the threat of a veritical passing game, teams would be able to pack it in a shut down the run. do you think moe williams is a great rb, or did he benefit more from having randy moss on the field with him? it is a 'chicken or egg?' debate, but imo wr makes the most sense if it is b/w braylon and ronnie.

Do you guys think Scott Linehan is just itching to throw the ball 50 times a game? This isn't Marc Trestman we are talking about here. Linehan's offenses in his first two seasons was 8th (2002) and 7th (2003) in rushing attempts and 1st (2002) and 4th (2003) in rushing yards. This guy runs a balanced offense.

Braylon Edwards is a fine player with a lot of potential, but I've heard too many of you gripe about not taking a player that will make an immediate impact and start right away. Do you think Edwards is going to come in and start over either Chris Chambers or Marty Booker? Hell no! He will a #3 receiver at best that will catch around 30 balls for about 500 yards, which will not suit his ego at all. Ronnie Brown is a player that will step in as a rookie, rush for 1,200+ yards, and also have another 400-500 yards receiving as a rookie.

Now, what makes more sense? A running back that can do everything, or a wide receiver that will only play about 60% of the time?
 

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KB21 said:
Do you guys think Scott Linehan is just itching to throw the ball 50 times a game? This isn't Marc Trestman we are talking about here. Linehan's offenses in his first two seasons was 8th (2002) and 7th (2003) in rushing attempts and 1st (2002) and 4th (2003) in rushing yards. This guy runs a balanced offense.

Braylon Edwards is a fine player with a lot of potential, but I've heard too many of you gripe about not taking a player that will make an immediate impact and start right away. Do you think Edwards is going to come in and start over either Chris Chambers or Marty Booker? Hell no! He will a #3 receiver at best that will catch around 30 balls for about 500 yards, which will not suit his ego at all. Ronnie Brown is a player that will step in as a rookie, rush for 1,200+ yards, and also have another 400-500 yards receiving as a rookie.

Now, what makes more sense? A running back that can do everything, or a wide receiver that will only play about 60% of the time?

I for one could see Braylon starting out as the 3rd WR,but could see him as the #2 by mid season ala Lee Evans last year in Buffalo.
 

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fintimtc said:
I for one could see Braylon starting out as the 3rd WR,but could see him as the #2 by mid season ala Lee Evans last year in Buffalo.

Lee Evans didn't have two Pro Bowl caliber receivers in front of him.
 

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KB21 said:
Do you guys think Scott Linehan is just itching to throw the ball 50 times a game? This isn't Marc Trestman we are talking about here. Linehan's offenses in his first two seasons was 8th (2002) and 7th (2003) in rushing attempts and 1st (2002) and 4th (2003) in rushing yards. This guy runs a balanced offense.

Braylon Edwards is a fine player with a lot of potential, but I've heard too many of you gripe about not taking a player that will make an immediate impact and start right away. Do you think Edwards is going to come in and start over either Chris Chambers or Marty Booker? Hell no! He will a #3 receiver at best that will catch around 30 balls for about 500 yards, which will not suit his ego at all. Ronnie Brown is a player that will step in as a rookie, rush for 1,200+ yards, and also have another 400-500 yards receiving as a rookie.

Now, what makes more sense? A running back that can do everything, or a wide receiver that will only play about 60% of the time?

no, i don't think linehan wants to chuck it 50 times, and that is not what i was even saying. yes, he does run a balanced offense, but imo the reason why was the threat of the passing game. why didn't you include the 2004 stats in your post? is it any coincidence that moss was out half the season and their running game struggled? without moss, the vikings starting seeing 8-man fronts b/c their other wrs did not command the type of repsect that moss did.

don't group me in with the 'immediate impact' people. i want what is best for the long term, which is why my first preference is for smith. rb at 2 is a huge risk, and why take it that risk on a guy who does have question marks (yea, he is a workout freak and a great physical specimen, but can ronnie carry the load? he's been a great complementary play but has never carried the ball more than 185 times in a season)? booker won't stretch the field and cc is scary inconsistent, so edwards may be the guy we have needed, and imo will make an immediate impact as the threat of a strong downfield passing game with cc, booker, and edwards will command respect from dcs. with that respect, our rbs will find it a lot easier to run, provided the o-line has their arses in gear.
 

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KB21 said:
Lee Evans didn't have two Pro Bowl caliber receivers in front of him.

KB,I will give you Chambers,but Marty Booker is not a pro bowl WR I'm sorry to say.He is a good WR,but a pro bowl WR that might be stretching the truth a bit.
 

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no, i don't think linehan wants to chuck it 50 times, and that is not what i was even saying. yes, he does run a balanced offense, but imo the reason why was the threat of the passing game. why didn't you include the 2004 stats in your post? is it any coincidence that moss was out half the season and their running game struggled? without moss, the vikings starting seeing 8-man fronts b/c their other wrs did not command the type of repsect that moss did.

don't group me in with the 'immediate impact' people. i want what is best for the long term, which is why my first preference is for smith. rb at 2 is a huge risk, and why take it that risk on a guy who does have question marks (yea, he is a workout freak and a great physical specimen, but can ronnie carry the load? he's been a great complementary play but has never carried the ball more than 185 times in a season)? booker won't stretch the field and cc is scary inconsistent, so edwards may be the guy we have needed, and imo will make an immediate impact as the threat of a strong downfield passing game with cc, booker, and edwards will command respect from dcs. with that respect, our rbs will find it a lot easier to run, provided the o-line has their arses in gear.

The struggles with the Vikings running game last season is directly tied to the fact that Onterrio Smith was suspended and Michael Bennett was injured.
 

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fintimtc said:
KB,I will give you Chambers,but Marty Booker is not a pro bowl WR I'm sorry to say.He is a good WR,but a pro bowl WR that might be stretching the truth a bit.

Has he been to a Pro Bowl? Yes. That makes him a Pro Bowl wide receiver.
 

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KB21 said:
Has he been to a Pro Bowl? Yes. That makes him a Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Yes he has been to the pro bowl.Is he a pro bowl caliber WR today,the answer to that question is NO.Chad Johnson,Andre Johnson,Hines Ward,Marvin Harrison represented the AFC in the pro bowl last year if I'm not mistaken and Marty Booker is not even close to being in their class as of Today..
 

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KB21 said:
The struggles with the Vikings running game last season is directly tied to the fact that Onterrio Smith was suspended and Michael Bennett was injured.

moore and williams averaged over 5 ypg while sharing carries when bennett and smith were out (with moss), but when smith and bennett returned (w/o moss), their ypg dropped by almost a yard.
 
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