San Francisco 49ers: Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma
San Francisco's defense is light years ahead of their offense. However, the 49ers have a few holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball, including
the free safety position.
Cleveland Browns: Matt Roth, DE, Iowa
Cleveland is switching to a 3-4 defense, meaning they need a defensive end-linebacker hybrid. Matt Roth would thrive in Romeo Crennel's defense.
Philadelphia Eagles: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin
Defensive end Derrick Burgess signed with the Raiders, while ND Kalu is coming off a serious injury. Erasmus James could be the perfect complement at
defensive end to Jevon Kearse.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton
If Tampa Bay does not draft Mike Williams, they will select Jerome Mathis, a speedy receiver from Hampton.
Mike Patterson, DT, USC
The Titans were ranked dead-last in rush defense in 2004, so they will be in search for a defensive tackle who can help stop the run.
Oakland Raiders: Luis Castillo, NT, Northwestern
I moved Luis Castillo to the fourth round in the Dec. 16 mock draft, because he tested positive for steroids. However, few teams seem to care and are
willing to draft him in the second round. Oakland needs an upgrade over the ancient Ted Washington and overrated Warren Sapp.
Chicago Bears: Darryl Blackstock, OLB, Virginia
When the Bears made their improbable 13-3 run to win the NFC Central in 2001, their linebacking corps was comprised of Brian Urlacher, Warrick Holdman
and Roosevelt Colvin. Only the former remains, while the latter two have not been properly replaced. That could change by drafting Darryl Blackstock.
New Orleans: Ernest Shazor, S, Michigan
The Saints need to keep adding defensive players if they ever want to stop the rushing attacks of Carolina and Atlanta. Ernest Shazor offers New Orleans
a stout safety, which the Saints haven't had since Sammy Knight.
Detroit Lions: Alex Smith, TE, Stanford
Alex Smith visited Detroit a few weeks ago, which confused Lions fans, who got excited because they thought the Utah quarterback came to meet with Steve
Mariucci. Instead, it was Alex Smith the tight end, who Mariucci seems enamored with.
Dallas Cowboys: Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington
One of Dallas' starting offensive tackles is Kurt Vollers. Exactly. The immobile Drew Bledsoe needs all the protection he can get.
New York Giants: C.J. Mosley, DT, Missouri
Keith Washington and Norman Hand are both gone, leaving the Giants with a huge hole at defensive tackle. Another option is a safety like
Josh Bullocks to replace Omar Stoutmire.
Arizona Cardinals: J.J. Arrington, RB, California
If Dennis Green wants to take his offense to the next level in an effort to duplicate the scoring unit he maintained in 1998, he will need to acquire
a stout running back. J.J. Arrington will take tons of pressure off Josh McCown and will instantly improve the Cardinals' offense.
Carolina Panthers: Roscoe Parrish, WR, Miami
Carolina must attempt to nullify the loss of Muhsin Muhammad by drafting a wide receiver. Roscoe Parrish is a small but very fast receiver from Miami,
who also doubles as a return man.
Miami Dolphins: Marcus Johnson, G, Ole Miss
Miami acquired this pick Friday for cornerback Patrick Surtain. Whether the Dolphins choose Alex Smith or Ronnie Brown with the second pick overall,
they will need a better offensive line to block for their new franchise quarterback or running back.
New York Jets: Josh Bullocks, S, Nebraska
The Jets have had a huge void at safety for years. They have expressed a lot of interest in Josh Bullocks, who seems like a perfect fit at this spot.
Cincinnati Bengals: David Baas, C, Michigan
Cincinnati needs a few upgrades to their offensive line if they want to shield Carson Palmer from Ray Lewis, Joey Porter and the other monstrous
linebackers in the AFC North. Current center Rich Braham is decent, but he is on the downside of his career at the age of 34.
Minnesota Vikings: Ryan Moats, RB, Louisiana Tech
Minnesota currently possesses talented backs, but Michael Bennett gets injured every week and Onterrio Smith gets suspended every week. The Vikings have
not had a true stud running back since Robert Smith.
St. Louis Rams: Justin Tuck, DE, Notre Dame
The Rams have absolutely nothing opposite of Leonard Little. They need an upgrade at right end. Mike Martz now knows that he must improve his defense
after watching the Atlanta Falcons walk all over his team in the playoffs.
Green Bay Packers:
Charlie Frye, QB, Akron
It wouldn't hurt to draft Brett Favre's possible successor with one of two second-round picks. The Packers are reportedly interested in Charlie Frye,
and could even trade up into the first round to acquire him.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jovan Haye, DE, Vanderbilt
Jacksonville signed defensive end Reggie Hayward this off-season, but they still need a left end. Their current starter at that position is Marcellus
Wiley, who was a complete bust with the Dallas Cowboys last year. Drafting Jovan Haye would give the Jaguars two dynamic pass rushers.
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Willis, OT, Florida State
Baltimore will be in search of an offensive tackle or cornerback with this draft pick. When Jonathan Ogden was injured in 2004, the Ravens could not
run the ball. Brian Billick needs a reliable backup for Ogden.
Seattle Seahawks: Mark Bradley, WR, Oklahoma
The Seahawks need a wide receiver with dependable hands. The entire city of Seattle has to be sick of all the dropped passes they have seen over the past
Buffalo Bills: Anntaj Hawthorne, DT, Wisconsin
Pat Williams signed with the Minnesota Vikings, meaning there is a mammoth-sized hole at defensive tackle. Another option at this juncture is offensive
tackle Adam Snyder.
Corey Webster, CB, LSU
Denver completed a trade with Washington on Tuesday for two reasons. They will probably have a top-five selection in the 2006 Draft, because the Redskins
are one of the worst teams in the NFL. The Broncos also are in search of a cornerback they think they can acquire in the second round.
New York Jets: Stanley Wilson, CB, Stanford
The Jets' defense improved against the run in 2004, but they still could not stop the pass. The problem? Donnie Abraham and David Barrett were
New York's starting cornerbacks. Stanley Wilson offers an instant upgrade at the corner position.
Green Bay Packers: Evan Mathis, G, Alabama
Marco Rivera is gone, which creates two gaping holes at guard for the Green Bay Packers. Brett Favre has decided to come back for another year, and it's
up to Packers to find some protection for the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback.
Atlanta Falcons: Mike Nugent, K, Ohio State
Kicker Jay Feely will not be back with the Falcons. Atlanta can solve their kicking woes by drafting the clutch Mike Nugent.
Indianapolis Colts: Eric Green, CB, Virginia Tech
David Carr, Byron Leftwich, Billy Volek and Steve McNair inhabit the AFC South, so cornerback is a position in dire need.
San Diego Chargers: Reggie Brown, WR, Georgia
The Chargers no longer have Tim Dwight, so why not draft a receiver to replace him? Reggie Brown would join Keenan McCardell and Antonio Gates as
reliable targets for Drew Brees.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Stanford Routt, CB, Houston
Pittsburgh will never surpass the New England Patriots with their current group of cornerbacks. Stanford Routt, whose draft stock has sky-rocketed
because of a 4.33 40, could become a legitimate number-two cornerback by mid-season 2005.
Philadelphia Eagles: Frank Gore, RB, Miami
Brian Westbrook is a phenomenal player, but the Eagles lack a true between-the-tackles runner. Frank Gore will become that type of running back,
replacing the ancient Dorsey Levens and the oft-injured Correll Buckhalter.
New England Patriots: Bryant McFadden, CB, Florida State
Ty Law has already been released and Tyrone Poole may be another casualty this off-season. That leaves Asante Samuel, Randall Gay and
Troy Brown at cornerback. The Patriots may have won the Super Bowl, but they have serious liabilities at cornerback.
I really don't understand why you keep bashing the 49ers contracts. You have to overpay for guys when you have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Beyond that, they have nearly $70 mill in cap space even after free agency, so what's the big deal if they overspend?