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Mock Draft (cont.)

Posted: Wednesday April 13, 2005 12:37PM; Updated: Wednesday April 13, 2005 5:05PM
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Mock NFL Draft #4
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
17 DT Travis Johnson Florida State Sr. 6-5 292
Free agency didn't change the fact that run defense remains the Bengals' weak link. An upgrade in the middle of the line is mandatory, and Johnson is the consensus top gap-clogging defensive tackle available.
18 DE David Pollack Georgia Sr. 6-2 270
If the Vikings go receiver at No. 7, with the pick obtained from Oakland for Randy Moss, the thinking is they'll be shopping for a pass rusher with their second No. 1. Pollack's stock seems to be on the rise because of his high motor, work ethic and solid four-year production at Georgia.
19 OT Jammal Brown Oklahoma Sr. 6-6 313
The Rams should be able to sit tight and have the player who fills their biggest need fall right into their laps. Brown could walk in and fill the vacancy at right tackle, which has plagued St. Louis since 2002. Kyle Turley, don't let the door hit you in the you-know-what.
20 WR Mark Clayton Oklahoma Sr. 5-11 187
Many believe Clayton is the most polished receiver in the draft, but he's rarely mentioned earlier than fourth or fifth among the six or so projected first-round receivers. The Cowboys could also go defense again, taking LSU defensive end Marcus Spears, who can play in either the 4-3 or 3-4.
21 DE Marcus Spears LSU Sr. 6-4 298
The Jaguars addressed their need for a pass rusher in free agency, signing Denver's Reggie Hayward. Spears is more of a tweener DE/DT-type player, and Jacksonville doesn't need help at tackle. But his value would be excellent at No. 21. A CB such as Nebraska's Fabian Washington also fits.
22 WR Roddy White Alabama-Birmingham Sr. 6-1 207
Even with Derrick Mason on board, the Ravens could use more depth at receiver. White is a burner and would stretch the field in a way Mason can't. Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes is another possibility as the future replacement for OT Orlando Brown.
23 DE/OLB Demarcus Ware Troy St. Sr. 6-4 252
The Seahawks' defensive line needs help and they have options here. Ware's status has climbed steadily after a strong Combine showing, and he has game-changing speed off the edge in the Dwight Freeney mold. Other options include USC's DE/DT Shaun Cody or Iowa DE Matt Roth.
24 DE Matt Roth Iowa Sr. 6-3 278
The Packers' most pressing need (guard) doesn't have first-round value. So look for Green Bay to take the next best available defensive linemen, whether it be Roth, USC's Shaun Cody or Oklahoma's Dan Cody. The Packers would be thrilled if either Pollack or Ware tumbled.
25 CB Fabian Washington Nebraska Jr. 5-8 186
OK, we're convinced. The Broncos don't need any more defensive linemen, especially former Browns. Denver's need list is now topped by secondary concerns. Washington's blazing 40 time (4.25) at the Combine got everyone's attention, and he's a quick replacement for Kelly Herndon.
26 CB Marlin Jackson Michigan Sr. 6-0 198
Continuing the first-round run on cornerbacks, the Jets would snap up either Jackson or Nebraska's Washington, should he get past corner-needy teams such as Jacksonville at No. 21 and Denver at No. 25. There's some momentum building in New York for Virginia tight end Heath Miller as well.
27 DE/DT Shaun Cody USC Sr. 6-4 295
With Ed Jasper gone, the Falcons need to get DT Rod Coleman help inside. While Cody might not be the perfect fit, he did prove he can play tackle for the Trojans, and he was part of the nation's No. 1 rush defense. The Falcons could also address receiver with Georgia's Reggie Brown.
28 OT Khalif Barnes Washington Sr. 6-5 310
After choosing a defensive player with their No. 12 pick, the Chargers are probably thinking receiver here. But all the good ones will be gone. Barnes is the only true left tackle in the draft, and he'll be Roman Oben's eventual replacement.
29 LB Channing Crowder Florida Jr. 6-0 252
We know the Colts will go with defense, and Crowder is an intriguing talent who may be able to play both the middle and outside in Tony Dungy's Cover-2 scheme. Crowder would be an athletic upgrade in the middle for the Colts, who let MLB Rob Morris go in free agency.
30 TE Heath Miller Virginia Jr. 6-5 256
Miller is a great value this low in the round, and he'll give Ben Roethlisberger another reliable target to throw to now that Plaxico Burress is a Giant. The Steelers could roll the dice on the draft's X-factor -- Arkansas receiver/quarterback Matt Jones -- but Miller would be tough to spurn.
31 WR Reggie Brown Georgia Sr. 6-1 196
With Terrell Owens already making noise about a contract holdout in training camp, and Freddie Mitchell still likely to be traded or released, it makes more sense than ever to address the receiving depth chart. Brown would be the sixth and final receiver to crack this year's first round.
32 CB Justin Miller Clemson Jr. 5-11 201
Even with Duane Starks replacing Ty Law, the Patriots are still in the market for more depth in the secondary. Miller is also a return specialist, and we all know how much the Pats like guys who can do more than one thing. Finding more depth at inside linebacker is another priority.