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    1 (1) Chargers Eli Manning QB Ole Miss
    Manning likely will go No. 1 overall, but it may not be to the Chargers. They have many holes to fill, and could trade this pick to the highest bidder. Oakland, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Miami, Dallas and Green Bay are all potential Manning suitors. If the Chargers keep the pick, they still could draft Manning for themselves, or opt for a top defensive (Tommie Harris) or offensive (Robert Gallery) tackle. Manning is a notch below Michael Vick (Falcons), but is as gifted as Joey Harrington (Lions) and Chad Pennington (Jets). Eli isn't as cerebral as Peyton, but he is more fiery, more athletic and a better leader.

    2 (2) Raiders Mike Williams* WR USC
    The Raiders also are prime candidates to trade down because they have several needs and likely won't take a QB here. If they stay at No. 2, it would be hard to pass on Williams, who has shaken up the draft with his late early-entry decision. He would be a terrific complement to Jerry Porter for many years. Al Davis loves USC players and the fact that Williams has both great height and blazing speed (which is most important to Davis) makes him even more attractive.

    3 (3) Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald* WR Pitt
    Coach Dennis Green thinks enough of quarterback Josh McCown's physical tools that the team won't hesitate to trade down if given the right offer. While Ben Roethlisberger would be an upgrade over McCown and is worth drafting this high, Green has his heart set on Fitzgerald, his former ball boy with the Vikings. Despite a lack of ideal speed, Fitzgerald is the complete package. He is a true vertical threat with great acceleration, size, reach, hand-eye coordination and body control. He also has great character, which is becoming more valuable after the problems with Keyshawn Johnson and Terrell Owens. Along with Anquan Boldin, he would give McCown two awesome targets.

    4 (4) Giants Robert Gallery T Iowa
    The Giants would consider Roethlisberger here if he fell, but have more immediate needs along the offensive line. Gallery emerged from former teammate Eric Steinbach's (Bengals) shadow this season as one of the nation's most complete and dominant linemen. Gallery is neither as big nor as strong as Arkansas' Shawn Andrews but is a better athlete. He is this class' top lineman and likely will start as a rookie.

    5 (5) Redskins Kenechi Udeze* DE USC
    The Redskins could use this pick on tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., but new coach Joe Gibbs' most pressing need is to upgrade his defensive line. Harris is a possibility, but while his stock is slipping just a bit, Udeze's is on the rise. Udeze has the pass-rush skills to immediately help replace Bruce Smith in that capacity and should eventually develop into a fine all-around NFL starter.

    6 (6) Lions Sean Taylor* S Miami (FL)
    The Lions would need to think long and hard about passing up on Winslow, but Taylor simply is the higher-rated prospect and would have an immediate impact on a secondary in desperate need of playmakers.

    7 (7) Browns Kellen Winslow Jr.* TE Miami (FL)
    The Browns' biggest need lies on the offensive line, and they would be ecstatic if Gallery fell to them, but there are too many concerns about Andrews' health, weight and work ethic to take a chance on him here. Safety and tight end are their other pressing needs, and Winslow would be a steal here. His immaturity on and off the field has turned off some NFL officials, but those issues should be forgotten by the draft. Winslow would provide an over-the-middle downfield threat and take safety attention away from Quincy Morgan and Andre Davis. Winslow continues to get bigger and stronger. He is a fierce blocker and clearly is this class' best pass-catching tight end.

    8 (8) Falcons Tommie Harris* DT Oklahoma
    The Falcons must upgrade their receiving corps and also have a huge need at offensive tackle, where Andrews could be the answer. But with their return to a 4-3, if Harris falls here, they can't pass him up. He didn't have a monster junior season as expected, but he also faced constant double- and triple-team attention. He still has awesome NFL potential and should contribute right away. He has the explosion, quickness and speed to penetrate the line and make big plays.

    9 (9) Jaguars Roy Williams WR Texas
    The Longhorns ran the ball almost twice as much as they threw it in 2003, so Williams didn't have record-setting stats. After working hard in the weight room for the first time in his career, he stayed healthy as a senior, avoided the hamstring injuries that bothered him in the past and looked sharper than ever. Williams is a complete receiver with excellent size, speed, hands and run-after-catch skills. Williams will drop, but not far, with Fitzgerald now officially a part of the draft.

    10 (10) Texans Vince Wilfork* DT Miami (FL)
    Before there are concerns about Andrews' weight, they can't afford to take a chance on him here. Wilfork would fit well with them as a massive two-gap player. He hustled more this past season and become more of a complete player. Quick, active and strong at the point of attack, he excels at controlling the line and has enough athleticism to shine as an interior pass rusher. Seth Payne has undergone three surgeries to repair the torn ACL that caused him to miss most of '03. Even if Payne returns healthy in time for this season, the Texans could move him back to end opposite Gary Walker, which with Wilfork would mean a drastic overall improvement in the team's three-man front.

    11 (11) Steelers Ben Roethlisberger* QB Miami (O.)
    Mike Williams' entry may affect Roethlisberger more than any other prospect. If the Cards don't take him and the Giants take the safe route with Gallery, the following six teams all have taken a first-round QB within the past five years. The Steelers say they plan to stick with Tommy Maddox in '04, but that could easily change if Roethlisberger, who has more upside than Manning, falls to them here. A more likely scenario, however, is that another team will trade up between picks No. 5 and 10 for Roethlisberger. If that happens, the Steelers would have a tough decision between drafting a top cornerback (Chris Gamble) or a top running back (Steven Jackson).

    12 (12) Jets Chris Gamble* CB Ohio St.
    The Jets have several needs, including linebacker and wide receiver. Considering they could move end John Abraham to strongside linebacker and how strong the '04 wideout class is, however, they could take the draft's most athletic corner. Gamble lacks polish and his recognition skills need work before he can become a starter, but he would be a great fit for the Jets, who would like to improve their depth and use more man-to-man coverage. Passing up on Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma would be difficult, but Gamble is worth it.

    13 (13) Bills Will Smith DE Ohio St.
    While Florida tight end Ben Troupe will be tempting here, Smith would be the better value. Smith has emerged as a clear-cut top-15 pick with terrific size, quickness, power and speed. He is the nation's best all-around senior at his position and is experienced and mature enough to start as a rookie.

    14 (14) Bears Steven Jackson* RB Oregon St.
    Left offensive tackle and defensive tackle also are big needs for the Bears, but with Harris and Wilfork both likely gone and concerns about Andrews' weight, they may opt to take the draft's top running back. Jackson would provide the explosiveness and versatility that their offense has lacked. Jackson isn't as fast as Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones, but he is bigger, stronger and has proven hands as a receiver. If Jackson runs in the low 4.5s, he may get drafted this high.

    15 (15) Buccaneers Shawn Andrews* T Arkansas
    Washington WR Reggie Williams would be tempting here, but considering the Bucs already signed four receivers to go along with Keenan McCardell, Joe Jurevicius and Charles Lee, it makes us think they will go in a different direction. Andrews likely won't solve the team's immediate concern at left tackle, where Kenyatta Walker is treading on thin ice, but he would provide a great upgrade over aging right tackle Roman Oben. Andrews is more dominant than Gallery, but character, weight and durability issues may cause him to drop. Massive with great strength, Andrews thrives as a run blocker and shows the footwork to excel in pass protection.

    16 (16) 49ers Reggie Williams* WR Wash.
    Assuming Owens and Tai Streets exit via free agency, the 49ers will have a tough decision here between drafting a defensive tackle (Randy Starks) or Williams. He is the next highest-rated wideout after Fitzgerald and Roy Williams. There is some question about Reggie's speed, but he looks fast enough on film. Otherwise, he is the complete package with the size, hands and playmaking flair to quickly develop into a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.

    17 (17) Bengals Randy Starks* DT Maryland
    The Bengals will focus on defense with a special emphasis on tackle, corner and safety. Starks dominated for the second consecutive year in the Terps' 3-4, but would make an easy transition back to a 4-3. He is a terrific athlete with ideal initial quickness, size and power.

    18 (18) Saints DeAngelo Hall* CB Va. Tech
    Fred Thomas, Dale Carter and Ashley Ambrose all are on the downsides of their careers. Hall is the fastest corner -- and perhaps the fastest player overall -- in this draft. He is a shutdown corner in man-to-man and also has the potential to develop into an explosive punt returner. Confident and tested, he should be ready to start as a rookie.

    19 (19) Vikings Dunta Robinson CB S. Carolina
    The Vikings might think about trading up for one of this class' top two defensive ends -- Udeze or Smith -- but if they wind up picking here, they likely will chose between a corner and a receiver. Robinson has good size, strength and tackling skills. He moved from safety to corner in '03 and continues to improve in coverage. Tough, aggressive and physical, he can jam receivers and hold up well in run support.

    20 (20) Dolphins Lee Evans WR Wis.
    By trading for A.J. Feeley, the Dolphins can now address one of their two glaring needs (wide receiver and offensive line) here. While there isn't a tackle worth drafting this high, there is great value at wideout, the draft's deepest position. The Dolphins could go with the taller Michael Clayton or the faster Evans -- we think they will choose speed over size. Evans ran a legitimate 4.37 at the Combine and would be a great complement to former college teammate Chris Chambers.

    21 (21) Patriots Jonathan Vilma ILB Miami (FL)
    (from Baltimore) The Patriots will be looking at offensive linemen, running backs and linebackers with their two first-rounders, and while Bill Belichick wouldn't mind taking the back Bill Parcells wants one pick later, they can't pass up on Vilma here. Despite a lack of great size, he is a top-15 prospect who could develop into a dominant NFL defender. He is athletic, instinctive and strong enough to play next to similarly undersized Tedy Bruschi in the team's 3-4 alignment.

    22 (22) Cowboys Kevin Jones* RB Va. Tech
    The Cowboys also may consider a defensive end here, but would be ecstatic if Jones fell to them. While Chris Perry is closer to Parcells' prototype as a tougher inside runner with proven hands, Jones is the better all-around and more explosive back. He also is big and strong enough to endure a heavy load.

    23 (23) Seahawks D.J. Williams OLB Miami (FL)
    The Seahawks would love to take a defensive tackle here, but all three legitimate first-rounders -- Harris, Wilfork and Starks -- should be off the board. If they don't trade up for one of those three, they likely will pick an end or outside linebacker. Williams would be a steal this late. An explosive playmaker, he could start as a rookie. With him on the weak side, the team could move Chad Brown inside to
    replace aging Randall Godfrey. Williams, a former running back, continues to get bigger and stronger. He flies on the blitz, is athletic in coverage and few can match his range vs. the run.

    24 (24) Broncos Ben Troupe TE Florida
    After Willie Middlebrooks' failed experiment and the move of Deltha O'Neal to wideout, the Broncos are desperate for cornerback help. However, with it looking more and more like Shannon Sharpe has played his final snap in the NFL, Troupe would be a great late first-round value and fill another glaring need. The Broncos' offense relies on its tight ends to create mismatches and stretch the field in the passing game -- exactly what Troupe would provide. Troupe emerged as the nation's top senior tight end after splitting time with Aaron Walker (49ers) the past two seasons. He isn't far behind Winslow as a receiver, but Winslow is the better blocker.

    25 (25) Packers Philip Rivers QB NC State
    The Packers have other needs (defensive line and secondary), but if Rivers falls here, they can't pass him up. With a strong showing at the Senior Bowl to cap off a brilliant four-year college career, Rivers has overcome concerns about his funky throwing motion. He may go higher than No. 25, but at the very least he has solidified himself as this class' third-best QB and a legitimate first-round pick.

    26 (26) Rams Vernon Carey G Miami (FL)
    The Rams could go in one of several directions with this pick, including tight end, cornerback or defensive line. They also could pull a surprise and draft Losman. With Adam Timmerman as an unrestricted free agent, however, and with almost no depth behind him, they may opt to select this draft's top guard. Carey has great experience, size, strength and versatility. While some think he might be able to move outside, he fits best at guard, where he could start as a rookie.

    27 (27) Titans Karlos Dansby OLB Auburn
    The Titans are getting by with two below-average linebackers in Peter Sirmon and Rocky Calmus. Dansby is active against the run, has ideal pass-rush speed and shows athleticism in coverage. He is versatile enough that Tennessee could move him inside to replace Calmus, but he fits better outside and would be a significant upgrade over Sirmon.

    28 (28) Eagles Michael Clayton* WR LSU
    Assuming the Eagles can't land Owens in free agency, they will once again need to turn to the draft to address what has become their most frustrating position. Clayton might fall this far down as a result of his pedestrian speed and the fact that this is one of the strongest receiver classes in the past decade. If that happens, the Eagles would be ecstatic. Intelligent and tough, Clayton is a complete wideout who could start as a rookie. If the Eagles sign Owens, however, their focus will switch to interior offensive line and outside linebacker.

    29 (29) Colts Will Poole CB USC
    Cornerback is the Colts' biggest offseason need. Poole, a transfer from Boston College, quickly emerged as a premier corner for the Trojans. He has good size, great speed and exceptional ball skills. He also is one of this class' most physical cornerbacks and won't back away from mixing it up vs. the run. Those skills would fit perfectly within the Colts' cover-2, cover-3 and man-to-man coverages.

    30 (30) Chiefs Derrick Strait CB Oklahoma
    The Chiefs must address defense here, preferably with a lineman or cornerback. They could package some picks to move up and get one of the top players at either of those positions, but Strait would be a great value here. He must improve in man-to-man, but he has the size, speed, strength, toughness and quickness to become a terrific starter.

    31 (31) Panthers Ricardo Colclough CB Tusculum
    The Panthers have needs at cornerback, outside linebacker, guard and wide receiver, and legitimate options at each position may be available here. Colclough is a raw Division II prospect, but there is much to like about his athleticism and pure coverage skills. Carolina needs to add one more solid cover corner to raise its defense another notch, and he may be worth a late-round reach.

    32 (32) Patriots Chris Perry RB Michigan
    If they take Vilma at No. 21, the Patriots will turn their attention to running back and offensive line. While Virginia Tech center Jake Grove would be a nice pick, Dan Koppen played well enough as a rookie to keep his job and there is plenty of interior line depth they can target with their second-round picks. After Perry, however, there is a dropoff in backfield talent. Perry would fit well in New England as both a tough runner who can carry the load in bad weather (a la Antowain Smith) and a surehanded every-down back in a versatile offense.


    1 (33) Cardinals Donnell Washington* DT Clemson
    Washington is one of this draft's biggest boom or bust prospects, but he has rare physical skills. If he continues to improve, the Cardinals could turn their defense around surprisingly quickly.

    2 (34) Giants J.P. Losman QB Tulane
    The Giants have bigger needs at defensive line, safety and linebacker, but if a first-round caliber quarterback fell to them in the second round, they won't be able to pass him up.

    3 (35) Chargers Marcus Tubbs DT Texas
    The Chargers likely will trade out of their top overall pick and may land a defensive tackle in the first round. If they draft an offensive tackle or linebacker earlier, however, Tubbs would be a good value here. He has an impressive combination of size, power and quickness.

    4 (36) Lions Ben Watson TE Georgia
    If the Lions don't pick Kellen Winslow Jr. with their first-round pick, Watson would be the right second-round selection. He isn't nearly as polished or as explosive as Winslow, but he is this draft's fastest tight end.

    5 (37) Falcons Michael Jenkins WR Ohio St.
    The Falcons could keep building their defense by drafting a cornerback here, but Jenkins would be a steal and could start as a rookie opposite Peerless Price.

    6 (38) Browns Jacob Rogers T USC
    Offensive tackle is the Browns No. 1 need, but it will take them until Round 2 to find the right value. Rogers isn't an elite prospect, but he has the all-around tools to develop into a solid starting left tackle.

    7 (39) Jaguars Antwan Odom* DE Alabama
    The Jaguars could be looking for a cornerback after drafting a receiver with their first-rounder, but a young, developmental end would be very attractive to a team that is both aging and has little depth at that position. Odom has plenty of upside because of his pass-rush skills.

    8 (40) Texans Nat Dorsey* T Georgia Tech
    The Texans will look to bolster their offensive line after addressing the other side of the trenches in Round 1. Dorsey was inconsistent in college, but he is this class' third-best offensive tackle behind Robert Gallery and Shawn Andrews.

    9 (41) Redskins Jake Grove C Va. Tech
    The Redskins could go in one of many directions here, but considering their current situation at center, Grove would be hard to pass up.

    10 (42) Jets Daryl Smith ILB Georgia Tech
    The Jets will go with either a linebacker or wide receiver here after filling their cornerback need with Chris Gamble in Round 1. Smith has the athleticism and speed to upgrade their aging second-level corps.

    11 (43) Bills Rashaun Woods WR Oklahoma St.
    The Bills need a receiver who can draw attention from Eric Moulds and Josh Reed in three-receiver sets, and Woods, despite his lack of blazing speed, adds a vertical element because he can win jump balls downfield.

    12 (44) Steelers Greg Jones RB Florida St.
    If the Steelers land Ben Roethlisberger at No. 11 overall, they would need to address running back in Round 2. While Maurice Clarett may be more talented than Jones, they won't take the risk. Jones is a faster but less physical version of Jerome Bettis. His poor hands are the only reason why they wouldn't draft him here.

    13 (45) Raiders Darnell Dockett DT Florida St.
    (from Tampa Bay) The Raiders need to improve their interior pass rush and Dockett is this draft's quickest and most explosive senior defensive tackle.

    14 (46) 49ers Marquise Hill* DE LSU
    The 49ers will look for defensive line help here if they draft a receiver in Round 1. Hill, a big and powerful end, would be the ideal complement to Julian Peterson, assuming the team re-signs Peterson.

    15 (47) Bears Dwan Edwards DT Oregon St.
    If the first two rounds shake out this way, the Bears' war room will rejoice. Edwards would be a great second-round value as a solid run-stuffer up front to help better protect Brian Urlacher.

    16 (48) Saints Michael Boulware OLB Florida St.
    The Saints are looking to improve their speed and athleticism at linebacker. While Boulware still needs to get bigger and stronger, he is the right fit to help them accomplish that goal.

    17 (49) Bengals Keith Smith CB McNeese St.
    Smith is rough around the edges but is athletic enough to contribute as a rookie nickel back and could develop into a fine starting corner.

    18 (50) Vikings Darrion Scott DE Ohio St.
    If Hill is off the board for the Vikings, Scott will be the next best thing. A 'tweener end/tackle, Scott is big and strong enough vs. the run to step in as a two-down starter for them.

    19 (51) Ravens Devery Henderson WR LSU
    The Ravens got a boost from Mike Williams' early entry because it added depth to their biggest position of need. Henderson still is a work in progress but possesses the speed that they are missing at both wideout and in the return game.

    20 (52) Cowboys Justin Smiley* G Alabama
    The Cowboys would love to draft a defensive end here, but there isn't one available worth the value. Smiley is this draft's second-best guard and could develop into Larry Allen's heir-apparent.

    21 (53) Seahawks Rodney Leisle DT UCLA
    If the Seahawks pass on a defensive tackle in Round 1, the Seahawks should have their choice between two solid ones -- Leisle and LSU's Chad Lavalais -- in the second round.

    22 (54) Broncos Matt Ware* CB UCLA
    The Broncos have made mistakes drafting corners in the past (Deltha O'Neal and Willie Middlebrooks), but they still need to take one here. Ware and Lenny Walls would give them the NFL's biggest cornerback duo.

    23 (55) Packers Bob Sanders S Iowa
    With Antuan Edwards coming off a season-ending injury and Marques Anderson hitting a sophomore slump, the Packers might be looking for a safety on Day 1. They also need to draft a defensive end, but Sanders is a much better value than any end available here.

    24 (56) Patriots Chris Snee* G Boston Coll.
    (from Miami) If the Patriots draft a running back and an inside linebacker with their two first-rounders, they can use their first of two second-rounders picks on a local product. Snee would reunite with former college linemate Dan Koppen to form a strong young interior.

    25 (57) Titans Travelle Wharton T S. Carolina
    Wharton is short for a tackle (6-3 5/8), but the Titans have never emphasized height and could use a potential starter at the position considering one or both current starters (Brad Hopkins and Fred Miller) might not return.

    26 (58) Eagles Teddy Lehman OLB Oklahoma
    There is a chance that Carlos Emmons won't return, but even if he does, the Eagles still need better depth at outside linebacker and Lehman is a potential NFL starter.

    27 (59) Colts Chad Lavalais DT LSU
    Lavalais is undersized (6-1 3/4), but he is a perfect fit for the Colts' one-gap penetrating scheme.

    28 (60) Saints Isaac Sopoaga DT Hawaii
    (from St. Louis) The Saints struggled to hold up against the run after they let Grady Jackson go last season. While Sopoaga isn't a great athlete, he has the size and power to play a two-down run-plugging role in the NFL.

    29 (61) Chiefs Isaac Hilton DE Hampton
    If they address cornerback in Round 1, the Chiefs will look to add a pass rusher in Round 2. Hilton is undersized (6-3, 251) and raw, but he is this draft's fastest end (4.49).

    30 (62) Panthers Keyaron Fox OLB Georgia Tech
    The Panthers will look to draft a developmental outside linebacker early. Fox has the athleticism and instincts to blossom into an NFL starter.

    31 (63) Patriots Sean Jones* S Georgia
    Jones, a terrific second-round value this late, would give the Patriots insurance in the case Ty Law isn't re-signed and Eugene Wilson needs to move to cornerback.
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