NFL Draft 2005: Day 1 + Day 2 too

Andrea Kramer interviewed Jon Jansen and asked him about the possibility of taking Antrel Rolle after Rolle was already selected. Nice of her producer to say something in her earpiece so she could correct herself...

3 Auburn Tigers in the top 10. Go SEC!

Edit for great justice: top 9.

P.S. For those of you without TV access at the moment, my local ESPN Radio affiliate is streaming coverage today. I''m sure there are other streams (I couldn''t get the one direct from ESPN to work; I''m sure it''s slammed) out there but if you don''t feel like digging them up...

Also check out the ESPN Draftcast. Even if you don''t care to keep it up, I recommend you check it out just to see a pretty slick package. As I mentioned above, though, I didn''t have any luck with the included ESPN Radio feed and so I''m listening to my local affiliate''s.

No, no, the Bucs get McPherson with their next pick, Legion.

Wow I can''t believe Detroit just took another receiver I was sure Williams was going to drop to the Bolts. Damn. I wouldn''t be surprised if the Lions traded Williams.

Cable modem had to be reset. I''m back.

Pick 9 - Washington - Carlos Rogers, CB (Auburn)
Carlos Rogers is probably my favorite of the 1st round cornerbacks - a well rounded corner with low downside. Played more man than zone at Auburn, and will need to be coached up to realize his potential. A very good player, but it seems like little more than a zero-sum with the loss of Fred Smoot. Though I think that Rogers will become better than Smoot, he''s not a difference-maker that will turn the team around. I think it was a major mistake to pass on Mike Williams, especially when you''re looking at lining up Santana Moss and David Patten as your top receivers. If you''re going to take Jason Campbell later (among the draft''s worst-kept secrets), giving him a target to throw to would be nice.

Pick 10 - Detroit - Mike Williams, WR (USC)
Whoa. Another wide receiver taken by the Detroit Lions. Add Mike Williams in with Charles Rogers and Roy Williams, and you''ve got the most receiving potential in the league. Definitely not a ""need"" pick, and you have to wonder how much value he adds to the team if Rogers does stay healthy. It''s about time someone took Williams, but you have to wonder if it will necessarily pay off. Williams was the best guy on the board, but they had their choice of all of the non-cornerback defensive players, and they passed on some great ones that could have been impact players for a defense that needs them.

Pick 11 - Dallas - DeMarcus Ware, DE (Troy)
A light defensive end that projects to OLB in the Dallas 3-4. Very much a ""tweener"" pass rusher - at 251 pounds, he didn''t project well even to a 4-3 defensive end. A great fit for Dallas, but one has to feel like Ware would still be available at Dallas'' second 1st rounder at #20. Hard to argue with the player fitting the team, just might be a slight reach at #11.

"*Legion*" wrote:
Personally, I want to see Denny Green take Adrian McPherson in the 3rd or something.

I have desperate, foolish hope that the Saints will pick up McPherson in the 3rd to push Aaron Brooks... but he''s a project and the Saints (or Haslett, anyway) need immediate help. *sigh*

Pick 12 - San Diego - Shawne Merriman, OLB (Maryland)
One of the better picks of the draft so far. Played DE in college but is definitely a 3-4 OLB for the NFL. San Diego has a need for an impressive pass rusher. Steve Foley got 10 sacks from the ROLB position, but the LOLB was nearly barren. Merriman''s a little bigger than Foley and will probably hold up better on the strong side than Foley, though I have seen footage of Merriman getting blown up by blockers (even Virginia TE Heath Miller) - but that was out of the 3-point-stance DE position. Able to move in space, Merriman may be more productive as a pro than he was in college. He''s only 20, and as such, is still growing and developing. A good need pick for San Diego that also provided the best value at the spot.

Bolts got Merrimen I like it. He seemed a little cocky in an interview I heard with him earlier this week but Seau was cocky and if he''s anywhere near as good as Seau i''ll love him in lightning bolts. Great pick although I wouldn''t have minded Williams either. I''m amazed at how close this draft has gone to projections so far.

Teams are making a mistake, though, for not taking Texas LB Derrick Johnson.

Saints definitely needed OL help to free up Deuce. I''m happy with the choice. We gave up next year''s 3rd-round to move up 3 slots... tolerable. Was someone else likely to grab the tackle?

Edit: Ah. Golic says Carolina ""desperately"" wanted Jamal Brown.

Pick 13 - Houston - Traded to New Orleans for Pick 16 and a 3rd rounder in 2006
Pick 13 - New Orleans - Jammal Brown, OT (Oklahoma)
With Victor Riley gone, the RT spot needed to be filled. Brown is a mauler who is probably the best tackle in the draft, but was expected to be the 3rd tackle taken due to the fact that most teams need a left tackle, and there are usually far fewer legitimate left tackles available. Ironically, for teams needing a *right* tackle, Brown was the only legitimate 1st round option. Carolina did indeed desire Brown, with Todd Steussie released from the team this March, and 2003 pick Jordan Gross moving from the right side to his natural position at left tackle. Good need pick. I don''t know if Brown''s value is quite as high as pick #13 would reflect, but with Brown not likely to last any longer, the Saints targeted the player they wanted and went and got him.

Teams are making a mistake, though, for not taking Texas LB Derrick Johnson.

Derrick Johnson didn''t make sense for the Chargers. He reminds me a lot of Donnie Edwards in that he''s a fast linebacker who''s knock seems to be that he''s not that physical. We needed a pass rusher with a little more weight and Merrimen fits that bill a bit better than Johnson who was too light to play that spot in our 3-4. I''m surprised Detroit didn''t take Johnson.

"Stric9" wrote:
Derrick Johnson didn''t make sense for the Chargers. He reminds me a lot of Donnie Edwards in that he''s a fast linebacker who''s knock seems to be that he''s not that physical. We needed a pass rusher with a little more weight and Merrimen fits that bill a bit better than Johnson who was too light to play that spot in our 3-4. I''m surprised Detroit didn''t take Johnson.

Johnson would''ve been a guy to move inside for San Diego, a replacement for Randall Godfrey, whose best years are behind him. I have no complaints with Merriman of course, as seen in my pick description. Detroit and Dallas, however, missed IMO (Dallas probably could''ve had Ware at #20 and paired him with Johnson).

Pick 14 - Carolina - Thomas Davis, LB/S (Georgia)
An oversized safety / undersized linebacker, which Carolina drafted under the announced position of linebacker. If they indeed plan to use him as a linebacker, then this is a fouled-up pick, in that they too passed on Derrick Johnson. Davis is smaller and actually runs a 40 time a full tenth slower than Johnson, despite also being a DB. Would not be a bad pick necessarily if they weren''t passing on Johnson. Teams seem to have figured Johnson would be gone by now, and they''ve fallen in love with players they expected to be at their spot.

Pick 15 - Kanasas City - Derrick Johnson, LB (Texas)
I wrote the name down and most of this write-up before the pick was actually made. I don''t expect to have to edit this, as I''m certain Kansas City won''t be so stupid to pass on such a talent at a position of major need. Johnson is a blazing fast linebacker (4.54 40 at 242 pounds) who was monsterously productive in college. You have to love a player that doesn''t make you choose between measurables/workout performances and on-field college production - Johnson brings the house on both. A potential star that could use some additional strength to hold up against NFL level talent, but comes with so many other elements already in place. Follows the Derrick Thomas mold of outside linebackers and would give fans flashbacks of that player.

Good, I don''t have to edit it. Straight for the Submit button.

Damn the Chiefs defense is starting to scare me.

Pick 16 - Houston - Travis Johnson, DT (Florida State)
Johnson is a DE in a 3-4 like Houston runs. Gary Walker seems to have fallen off and Johnson will step in there. Their D-line, however, isn''t as bad as their offensive line, and it''s a little surprising that the Texans didn''t take Alex Barron to protect Carr, even with the question marks Barron carries. Character questions are there for Johnson, as he was charged for sexual assault two years ago (though acquitted). 305 pounds but actually looks heavier. Probably the best fit for a 3-4 DE at this point, but I don''t see him as an elite player in the making. Good move by Houston in moving down before making the pick, though.

Time to correct silly ESPN - Jeff Tedford was gone from Fresno State before David Carr became a starter. Hell, Tedford left before Carr''s redshirt year. So calling Carr a Tedford quarterback is stupid.

Pick 17 - Cincinnati - David Pollack, DE (Georgia)
An undersized, short-armed end who was immensely productive in college. Isn''t superiorly fast or quick, but does not stop hustling and plays with sound technique. Will find it tough to battle with long-armed tackles, but plays with instinct. Not likely to be a superstar but not likely to be a bust. Should be productive, but one must be a little worried in that his production in his earlier years were stronger than his final seasons.

Time to grab some lunch before the Jags pick at #21. Be back soon with some rapid-fire write-ups. Thank god SIRIUS NFL Radio will provide me a draft feed to listen to.

Matt Jones to JAX. Heck yeah!

Edit: I love surprise picks... and that one made the ESPN boys go ""woah!"" Additionally, having seen him play quite a number of games in the SEC, he''s a good kid and a heck of an athlete.

Pick 18 - Minnesota - Erasmus James, DE (Wisconsin)
Surprised that James lasted this long. In years past, he would''ve gone earlier, but with so many teams making (or continuing) the switch to 3-4, there was a run on 3-4 players that would have been 2nd round players years ago because of their inability to fit into the 4-3 scheme at the NFL level. James is the top-rated 4-3 DE and he may be the best defensive addition the Vikings pull in this year. Along with the team''s past two 1st rounders, DT Kevin Williams and DE Kenechi Udeze, James will help make the Vikings defensive line tough.

"*Legion*" wrote:
Pick 17 - Cincinnati - David Pollack, DE (Georgia)
An undersized, short-armed end who was immensely productive in college. Isn''t superiorly fast or quick, but does not stop hustling and plays with sound technique. Will find it tough to battle with long-armed tackles, but plays with instinct. Not likely to be a superstar but not likely to be a bust. Should be productive, but one must be a little worried in that his production in his earlier years were stronger than his final seasons.

Fair analysis, but will not be suprised if he achieves T. Bruschi type sucess, just has that knack, and he has a way of willing balls into his hands. Also, believe Senior year was his second most productive, and he faced constant double teams as Junior and Senior.

Great job Legion, just reading your coverage here.

Pick 19 - St. Louis - Alex Barron, OT (Florida State)
Another guy expected to go far sooner. He''s a potentially dominant guy with low intensity and consistancy. He''s strong but more of a finesse player. What''s strange is that he is very much a left tackle prospect, but with Orlando Pace on the team (and Kyle Turley vacating the spot on the right), Barron will line up on the right side. Is he aggressive enough to play the right side? I don''t know, he sure didn''t show it in college. He doesn''t have great awareness and he''ll only finish blocks half the time. But physically, he''s a top-5 talent. Could be a perennial underachiever, especially playing out of position. A questionable pick for the Rams, though he would be great value for another team around this spot if he was taken to play the left side.

Pick 20 - Dallas - Marcus Spears, DE (LSU)
Dallas got who they wanted. They wanted Ware to play OLB (think of him as the Lawrence Taylor role) and they wanted Spears to be the stout 3-4 DE. Parcells is migrating the team to full-time 3-4 play, and Spears is a key guy for that. I had doubts about him as a 4-3 edge rusher, but his size and range (massive wingspan) makes him a more ideal fit as a 3-4 two-gap DE. No complaints here, great value and need filling for the pick.

Pick 21 - Jacksonville - Matt Jones, WR/TE/H-Back/QB/Everything (Arkansas)
Thank god. I wanted Matt Jones. On a team whose major hole (left tackle) couldn''t be filled with good value at this spot, a player like Matt Jones is a gamble that fits the team doing the gambling well. Jacksonville''s abandonment of the West Coast offense and move towards a downfield passing game requires more field-stretching ability, and Jones provides Leftwich a big target over the middle of the field. Matt Jones carries a lot of risk, but there were very few picks that would provide great value for the Jags, particularly after they attacked the need for DE in free agency.

Pick 22 - Baltimore - Mark Clayton, WR (Oklahoma)
I would rather have Mark Clayton than the Troy Williamson that the Vikings took at #7. Clayton should remind people of Hines Ward, in that he doesn''t have elite size, but he is a hard-working receiver who blocks better than almost all of his positional peers. His speed (4.43 40) is only slightly slower than Williamson and his time is even better than Braylon Edwards by a shade (equal, for all intents and purposes). Is less than 200 pounds (193) and under 6 feet (5''10"") but is a great route runner and catches the ball smoothly. Could be the most productive rookie receiver, a la name-brother Michael Clayton last year for Tampa.

Pick 23 - Seattle - Traded to Oakland for Pick 26 and 4th rounder (pick 105)
Pick 23 - Oakland - Fabian Washington, CB (Nebraska)
I was happy the Jags took Matt Jones because they were projected by many to take Washington, and I wasn''t thrilled by that. Washington is a typical Oakland draft pick - a superstar in the eyes of the stopwatch. Played in a Big 12 conference that predominately features running offenses. Looked to be 2nd round talent before running one of the fastest Combine times ever. Very light and will match up poorly against the Terrell Owenses of the league. Not someone that will help out against the run. But he can fly down the field and keep up with any receiver, and he''s not too short at 5''11"".

Pick 24 - Green Bay - Aaron Rodgers, QB (California)
I''m sorry, I''m just not in love with Rodgers. I like Alex Smith, I really like Jason Campbell, and I love Adrian McPherson especially for his projected draft spot. Tedford quarterbacks play in college in an offense that only requires them to make one read. The learning curve from that to the NFL level can be immense (Trent Dilfer took years, Joey Harrington''s 4 years in and we''re still waiting, Akili Smith is trying to learn right now in Europe). Rodgers will mercifully be able to begin the learning process on the bench, with a mentor. Will require a LOT of coaching up before he hits the field. Has physical skills and is accurate with his throws, so there are some great tools to work with, but must be approached as a project.