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    Ok yeah I know it's still a few months down the road but how about we list our mock drafts here and get the fires going...here's Mel Kiper Jr's early Mock from espn.com

    MOCK DRAFT: Mel Kiper's Initial First-Round Projection | Jan. 18

    This initial projection is based on what I've identified as key need areas for each team; the four teams still alive in the NFL playoffs are slotted in the last four positions based on record.

    There are 14 underclassmen among my projections for the first 32 picks of the 2005 NFL draft, including two of the top three. Utah junior quarterback Alex Smith gets the nod as the first overall pick, and his namesake, Stanford senior tight end Alex Smith, rounds out my first-round projections as the No. 32 overall selection to Pittsburgh.

    Underclassmen who have not yet hired an agent have until Jan. 19 to pull out of the draft. The NFL conference championship games and Super Bowl also could impact the order of this list, so be sure to check back for updates as the offseason continues.

    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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    I think the 49ers should go after Cedric Benson instead of Alex Smith. Ken Dorsey is a decent quarterback.

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    I really think the 'Niners will trade their pick for a later one, there really isn't anyone "super" in the draft. I also believe that the Dolphins will go after Utah QB Alex Smith, rumor has it that Travis Henry is looking to goto Miami and that would help fill their Ricky Williams void....we'll have to wait and see. I'm a 'Phin fan and I'd be cool with that!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenaciousD21
    I think the 49ers should go after Cedric Benson instead of Alex Smith. Ken Dorsey is a decent quarterback.
    I say go after Benson, but for a different reason. A "decent" QB isn't going to get you anywhere unless you have a 2000 Ravens-like defense. They should take Benson, because even with him, they'll still probably be in position next year to get Leinart.

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    I think Shaun Alexander will end up in Miami. He and his wife have already been down here twice since the end of the season. He has also made it clear that his wife loves Fla. and that she handles most of his affairs. I don't like
    the Fins so I hope he doesn't.
    Also, Nick Saban has been asking the team if they would minds Ricky coming back. Jason Taylor apparently has had a change of heart and said he would welcome him back with open arms. That seems absurd but who know's?
    I also think Braylon Edwards will go higher than projected but we will see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BottomzUp
    I think Shaun Alexander will end up in Miami. He and his wife have already been down here twice since the end of the season. He has also made it clear that his wife loves Fla. and that she handles most of his affairs. I don't like
    the Fins so I hope he doesn't.
    Also, Nick Saban has been asking the team if they would minds Ricky coming back. Jason Taylor apparently has had a change of heart and said he would welcome him back with open arms. That seems absurd but who know's?
    I also think Braylon Edwards will go higher than projected but we will see.
    For the Fins, it all depends on free agency and who they can lure to them. Certainly, Alexander or Henry would be a great addition. They still need to address the O-line issues and they need a qb. Let's hope they don't go out and use their first pick on a middle linebacker. It also sucks they have traded their second and thrid round picks this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenaciousD21
    I think the 49ers should go after Cedric Benson instead of Alex Smith. Ken Dorsey is a decent quarterback.
    The offensive line trying to pass themselves off as heirs of the Bobb McKittrick legacy in San Francisco could make Steve Young and Ricky Watters look like fookin' Jonathan Quinn and Troy Hambrick.

    Trade that pick and grab some depth on both sides of the trenches. Between Dorsey and Cody Pickett, we don't need a high-priced frakkin' 1st pick QB!!! On the other hand, the o-line is tattered and the d-line is one of the most outsized units in football.
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