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How the 2005 Draft should have gone

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by Deb, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Deb

    Deb BoltTalker

    Jul 10, 2007
    How the 2005 Draft should have gone

    The 2005 draft class has proven a disappointment, especially among early picks. Here is how FOXSports.com Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez's envisions how the Top 10 should have unfolded.

    Note: The team and round each player was actually chosen is in parenthesis.

    San Francisco: LB Shawne Merriman (San Diego, first round). The 49ers made a quarterback (Alex Smith) the top overall pick. San Francisco should have chosen the position's antithesis instead. Merriman, selected at No. 11 by San Diego, has 39.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons. No 49ers player has even logged double-digits sacks in that span. Plus, San Francisco's sack leader the past three seasons (defensive tackle Bryant Young) retired in the offseason.

    Miami: LB DeMarcus Ware (Dallas/first). The Dolphins needed a running back in light of Ricky Williams' short-lived retirement, which is why Ronnie Brown was chosen at No. 2. The Dolphins would have been better off selecting an elite outside pass-rushing threat like Ware to pair with Jason Taylor in then-coach Nick Saban's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive scheme.

    Cleveland: WR Braylon Edwards (Cleveland/first). This is the only pick that remains the same from the actual 2005 draft. Edwards is blossoming into an elite wideout, catching 16 touchdown passes in 2007.

    Chicago: RB Frank Gore (San Francisco/third). The Bears thought Cedric Benson would follow in the footsteps of other University of Texas running backs like Williams, Earl Campbell and Priest Holmes. But Benson was waived in June after three lackluster campaigns and two off-season arrests. Gore has averaged 1,100-plus yards in his first three NFL seasons and is a receiving threat out of the backfield.

    Tampa Bay: RB Marion Barber (Dallas/fourth). Unlike many draft analysts, the Bucs believed Cadillac Williams could flourish as a workhorse running back. Chalk one up for the draft analysts. Williams has struggled with injuries from the get-go and may never return to form after suffering a torn patella tendon early last season. The hard-charging Barber started coming into his own in 2007 and enters the season as a Cowboys starter for the first time.

    Tennessee: LB Lofa Tatupu (Seattle/second). The Titans don't field a linebacker-friendly defensive system, frequently substituting starting MLB Ryan Fowler for nickel and dime packages. But a player with skills like Tatupu would give Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz the chance to deploy more exotic schemes and give opposing offenses fits. Despite an off-season arrest for drunk driving, Tatupu still has better character than the player Tennessee picked at No. 6 -- departed cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

    Minnesota: DE Trent Cole (Philadelphia/fifth). A disastrous 2005 Vikings draft featured two first-round flops no longer on the roster: wide receiver Troy Williamson (No. 7) and defensive end Erasmus James (No. 18). Minnesota's need for an impact defensive end this off-season prompted the team to trade first- and third-round picks to Kansas City for Jared Allen. The Vikings wouldn't have needed to surrender such a bounty had the team selected Cole, an Eagles steal who can play the run and has 25.5 sacks in his first three seasons.

    Arizona: T Jammal Brown (New Orleans/first). Offensive line play is a long-standing Cardinals problem. Selecting a standout left tackle like Brown instead of cornerback/safety Antrel Rolle -- a disappointment so far -- would have allowed Arizona to play Leonard Davis at guard and fortified the unit.

    Washington: DE Justin Tuck (New York Giants/third). The Redskins wouldn't have needed to swing a recent trade with Miami for Jason Taylor if Tuck was teaming with Andre Carter to pressure opposing quarterbacks. Tuck was a terror last season, notching two of his career-best 12 sacks in Super Bowl XLII against New England.

    Detroit: G Logan Mankins (New England/first). Until the Lions have better line play, an eight-season drought without a playoff appearance will continue. Detroit made a dreadful personnel move in 2005 by using this selection on pudgy wide receiver Mike Williams, who played a position the Lions had already addressed with top-seven picks (Roy Williams and Charles Rogers) in the previous two drafts. Mike Williams is currently out of football after being released Thursday by Tennessee. Although selecting a guard at No. 10 isn't usually considered good value for the slot, Mankins is developing into an elite player at the position and was considered New England's best lineman in 2007.

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  2. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    The 2005 NFL Draft is looking like it's AJ's "signature draft", as much as 2004 was also a great one for him and "the trade" that year set up the 2005 one.

    Just look at the players he got then that are still high performing valuable players on the team:

    Shawn Merriman
    Luis Castillo
    Vincent Jackson
    Darren Sproles

    Furthermore, Scott Mruczkowski is a very capable reserve G/C
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