2004 NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0 (version 1 and 2 below)
April 23rd, 2004
By Rick Morris 
  1. San Diego: Eli Manning (QB, Mississippi)
  2. Oakland: Roy Williams (WR, Texas)
  3. Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Pittsburgh)
  4. New York Giants: Robert Gallery (OT, Iowa)
  5. Washington: Kellen Winslow, Jr. (TE, Miami)
  6. Detroit: Sean Taylor (S, Miami)
  7. Cleveland: DeAngelo Hall (CB, Virginia Tech)
  8. Atlanta: Vince Wilfolk (DT, Miami)
  9. Jacksonville: Kenechi Udeze (DE, USC)
  10. Houston: Dunta Robinson (CB, South Carolina)
  11. Pittsburgh: Phillip Rivers (QB, North Carolina State)
  12. New York Jets: Jonathan Vilma (ILB, Miami)
  13. Buffalo: Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Miami of Ohio)
  14. Chicago: Tommie Harris (DT, Oklahoma)
  15. Tampa Bay: Reggie Williams (WR, Washington)
  16. San Francisco: Lee Evans (WR, Wisconsin)
  17. Denver: Steven Jackson (RB, Oregon State)
  18. New Orleans: Chris Gamble (CB, Ohio State)
  19. Minnesota: Will Smith (DE, Ohio State)
  20. Miami: Shawn Andrews (OT, Arkansas)
  21. New England: D.J. Williams (OLB, Miami)
  22. Dallas: Kevin Jones (RB, Virginia Tech)
  23. Seattle: Randy Starks (DT, Maryland)
  24. Cincinnati: Will Poole (CB, USC)
  25. Green Bay: Michael Clayton (WR, LSU)
  26. St. Louis: Ben Troupe (TE, Florida)
  27. Tennessee: Vernon Carey (G, Miami)
  28. Philadelphia: Karlos Dansby (OLB, Auburn)
  29. Indianapolis: Derrick Strait (CB, Oklahoma)
  30. Kansas City: Rashaun Woods (WR, Oklahoma State)
  31. Carolina: Justin Smiley (G, Alabama)
  32. New England: Michael Jenkins (WR, Ohio State)

 

2004 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0  (Ver 1.0 below)
April 19th, 2004

NOTES: 

  • Just as this mock draft was being completed, word came down about the NFL’s triumph in court over Maurice Clarett. As such, Clarett and Mike Williams (the only first-round underclassman) are presently being denied entry into Saturday’s draft. Because this reversal cannot be presumed to be the final word on the subject, we are listing the picks in a draft with Mike Williams and without Mike Williams. Predictably, Williams’ removal from the draft would produce a ripple effect in the first round, but it might be smaller than some might imagine. Only a half-dozen picks would be different – those are noted in bold following the pick that would be made in a draft with Mike Williams
     
  • In the Mock Draft Version 1.0 feature, mention was made of the belief in this quarter that the wide receiver crop in this draft ranks with the historic 1996 draft. How impressive would it be to match that group? Consider that the Class of ’96 included Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Joe Horn, Eric Moulds, Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Amani Toomer, Muhsin Muhammad, Derrick Mayes, Eddie Kennison, Bobby Engram, Patrick Jeffers, Chris Doering and Jermaine Lewis. Not bad, eh?
  1. San Diego: Eli Manning (QB, Mississippi)
  2. Oakland: Robert Gallery (OT, Iowa)
  3. Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Pittsburgh)
  4. New York Giants: Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Miami of Ohio)
  5. Washington: Tommie Harris (DT, Oklahoma)
  6. Detroit: Kellen Winslow, Jr. (TE, Miami)
  7. Cleveland: Sean Taylor (S, Miami)
  8. Atlanta: Mike Williams (WR, USC) Roy Williams (WR, Texas)
  9. Jacksonville: Roy Williams (WR, Texas) Kenechi Udeze (DE, USC)
  10. Houston: DeAngelo Hall (CB, Virginia Tech)
  11. Pittsburgh: Phillip Rivers (QB, North Carolina State)
  12. New York Jets: Dunta Robinson (CB, South Carolina)
  13. Buffalo: Kenechi Udeze (DE, USC) Will Smith (DE, Ohio State)
  14. Chicago: Vince Wilfolk (DT, Miami)
  15. * Denver: Steven Jackson (RB, Oregon State)
  16. San Francisco: Reggie Williams (WR, Washington)
  17. * Tampa Bay: Michael Clayton (WR, LSU)
  18. New Orleans: Chris Gamble (CB, Ohio State)
  19. Minnesota: Will Smith (DE, Ohio State) D.J. Williams (OLB, Miami)
  20. Miami: Shawn Andrews (OT, Arkansas)
  21. New England: Jonathan Vilma (ILB, Miami)
  22. Dallas: Kevin Jones (RB, Virginia Tech)
  23. Seattle: D.J. Williams (OLB, Miami) Randy Starks (DT, Maryland)
  24. Cincinnati: Randy Starks (DT, Maryland) Marcus Tubbs (DT, Texas)
  25. Green Bay: Lee Evans (WR, Wisconsin)
  26. St. Louis: Ben Troupe (TE, Florida)
  27. Tennessee: Vernon Carey (G, Miami)
  28. Philadelphia: Karlos Dansby (OLB, Auburn)
  29. Indianapolis: Derrick Strait (CB, Oklahoma)
  30. Kansas City: Rashaun Woods (WR, Oklahoma State)
  31. Carolina: Justin Smiley (G, Alabama)
  32. New England: Ricardo Colclough (CB, Tusculum)

* Projected trade allowing Denver to trade up to pick #15 and Tampa Bay to trade down to pick #17. 

 

2004 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0
March 22nd, 2004

By Rick Morris 

NOTES: 

  • The combine's biggest story was the player who changed the course of future combines by making possible the participation of younger players - but did not choose to fully partake of this one. Maurice Clarett (RB, Ohio State), already plagued by questions of durability and maturity, hurt his stock immensely by showing up in Indianapolis out of shape and unprepared for his opportunity. Jim Brown's role as self-appointed enabler and spin doctor for Clarett was set back as well when Sporting News Radio host Peter Brown shredded his excuses in a compelling radio interview. With the 2004 Draft shaping up as a mediocre one for running backs, Clarett had a wide-open shot at becoming a first-round pick if he had cared enough to grow up. Instead, the most physically gifted back in the draft will likely see four lesser backs selected before him.
  • The combine also greatly boosted the stock of the following likely first-rounders: Robert Gallery (OT, Iowa), Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Miami of Ohio), DeAngelo Hall (CB, Virginia Tech), Dunta Robinson (CB, South Carolina) and Lee Evans (WR, Wisconsin). First-rounders whose stock fell? Kellen Winslow, Jr. (TE, Miami) and Karlos Dansby (OLB, Auburn).
  • It should come as no surprise that products of the elite programs are well-represented in the first round. Miami projects to have six first-rounders, with USC at three and Ohio State, Virgnia Tech, Texas and Oklahoma at two.
  • The wide receiver crop in this draft ranks with the best in history at any position. No other position stands out, but few are weak. This is one of the most balanced drafts in recent years.
  1. San Diego: Robert Gallery (OT, Iowa)
  2. Oakland: Eli Manning (QB, Mississippi)
  3. Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Pittsburgh)
  4. New York Giants: Sean Taylor (S, Miami)
  5. Washington: Kenechi Udeze (DE, USC)
  6. Detroit: Steven Jackson (RB, Oregon State)
  7. Cleveland: Kellen Winslow, Jr. (TE, Miami)
  8. Atlanta: Tommie Harris (DT, Oklahoma)
  9. Jacksonville: Mike Williams (WR, USC)
  10. Houston: Vince Wilfolk (DT, Miami)
  11. Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Miami of Ohio)
  12. New York Jets: Roy Williams (WR, Texas)
  13. Buffalo: Will Smith (DE, Ohio State)
  14. Chicago: Reggie Williams (WR, Washington)
  15. Tampa Bay: Shawn Andrews (OT, Arkansas)
  16. San Francisco: DeAngelo Hall (CB, Virginia Tech)
  17. Cincinnati: Jonathan Vilma (ILB, Miami)
  18. New Orleans: Chris Gamble (CB, Ohio State)
  19. Minnesota: Dunta Robinson (CB, South Carolina)
  20. Miami: D.J. Williams (OLB, Miami)
  21. New England: Kevin Jones (RB, Virginia Tech)
  22. Dallas: Chris Perry (RB, Michigan)
  23. Seattle: Randy Starks (DT, Maryland)
  24. Denver: Ben Troupe (TE, Florida)
  25. Green Bay: Phillip Rivers (QB, North Carolina State)
  26. St. Louis: Vernon Carey (G, Miami)
  27. Tennessee: Karlos Dansby (OLB, Auburn)
  28. Philadelphia: Will Poole (CB, USC)
  29. Indianapolis: Marcus Tubbs (DT, Texas)
  30. Kansas City: Rashaun Woods (WR, Oklahoma State)
  31. Carolina: Lee Evans (WR, Wisconsin)
  32. New England: Derrick Strait (CB, Oklahoma)

 

 

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