2004 NFL Draft
In memory of Arizona safety Pat Tillman who was killed Thursdaynight in a firefight while on combat patrol with the Army Rangers inAfghanistan. He was 27 years old and the first NFLplayer killed in combat since Buffalo offensive tackle Bob Kalsu died in theVietnam War in July 1970. Nineteen NFL players were killed in World War II.
U = underclassman
1. Eli Manning, New York Giants,QB – Acquired from San Diego for Philip Rivers and three future draftpicks. Good arm, size and decent mobility with outstanding bloodlines. Otherquarterbacks have a better arm and touch but he almost took Ole Miss to achampionship with so-so players around him. A leader who can move a team, healso excels at reading defenses and recognizing coverages. Kerry Collins, whois in the last year of his contract, was released so Manning will be thestarter. Will have a tough time behind a below average offensive line though.
3.u-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals, WR – Big and athletic, Fitzgeraldwill join Anquan Bolden as the starter with Bryant Johnson the third receiverwho’ll also be on the field a lot. This should also boost young quarterbackJosh McCown’s fantasy value. Coach Dennis green is building the Vikings Westhere. Fitzgerald played just two yearsat Pittsburgh after spending a year at a prep school. As a sophomore, he caught92 passes for 1,672 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.
4. Philip Rivers, San DiegoChargers, QB – Big and smart but with a sidearm motion without the greatarm strength most scouts love. Knows how to win and should start over DrewBrees, who is being shopped around the league. LaDainian Tomlinson will take some of the pressureoff Rivers, which is a huge factor in his favor. Needs a good line in front ofhim. A four-year starter, he set school andconference records, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 13,484 yards and95 touchdowns with only 34 interceptions. His touchdown passes rank fifth inNCAA history, his yards passing second. As a senior, he completed 72 percent ofhis passes for 4,491 yards and 34 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.Should be a good one for a long time.
6. Kellen Winslow Jr., ClevelandBrowns, TE – The Browns finally get the dominant tight end they’ve lackedsince Ozzie Newsome retired. The complete package, similar to his Hall of Famefather. Should flourish with Jeff Garcia at the helm that loves to throw to thetight end. Rob Chudzinski, the Browns'new tight ends coach, is the former offensive coordinator of the Hurricaneswhere Winslow played. "If you like Jeremy Shockey, you'll love KellenWinslow," said one coach. "He'll come in and make the same kind ofimpact right away. He's a fierce competitor and a great kid. He didn't mean anydisrespect to real soldiers when he said what he said. He's just a warrior onthe football field." Chudzinski also developed Shockey.
7. Roy Williams, Detroit Lions,WR – Big, fast and athletic, Williams should start immediately oppositeCharles Rogers with Tai Streets the #3 man. This should also boost young quarterback Joey Harrington’s fantasyvalue. Williams’ speedplaced him ahead of Fitzgerald on some draft boards. He runs a 4.48 40 and hasbeen compared to Randy Moss in play-making ability. With the addition ofWilliams and Streets, the Lions hope to take the double coverage pressure offRogers, who played only five games before suffering a season-ending brokencollarbone last year.
9. u-Reggie Williams,Jacksonville Jaguars, WR – Big withaverage speed but runs very well after the catch and is not afraid to go forthe ball in traffic. He should start opposite Jimmy Smith, eventually takingover for him as the go-to guy and provides a big target that the team needed aswell. This should also boost young quarterback Byron Leftwich’s fantasy valuewho some feel is a star on the rise and should be a big sleeper going into2004.
11. u-Ben Roethlisberger,Pittsburgh Steelers, QB – Scouts say he has the most upside of any signalcaller in the draft. Big and mobile with outstanding arm strength, he came outearly but has a lot of experience. "When you look at his physicalattributes, there's no question he's up there with Eli and Philip," BillCowher said. "The one thing that separates them is experience. When youlook at the upside of this guy, that's something we had to take intoconsideration." Great choice for new offensive staff. Will be worked inslowly this year but makes for an outstanding keeper league pick for thefuture. Roethlisberger, 6-5, 240, was the MAC offensive player of the year aftercompleting 69.1 percent of his passes for 4,486 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10interceptions. The Steelers had hoped to draft Philip Rivers.
13. LeeEvans, Buffalo Bills, WR – Great speed with big play ability. Top deepthreat should open up offense enough for Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds to bounceback after disappointing seasons, especially if the team improves the offensiveline. Evans, who caught 64passes for 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, ran a 4.35- 40 at the NFLcombine in February. ”There’s a lot of guys who are fast but struggle to catchthe ball,” GM Tom Donahoe said. “Lee is a fast guy who can catch, and that’s anice combination to have.” Healthy again after serious knee injury twoyears ago.
15. u-Michael Clayton, Tampa BayBuccaneers, WR – Good size,excellent route runner and the ability to run after the catch, a necessity inJon Gruden’s offense. Not great speed but is a pure receiver who could bumpJoey Galloway to #3. “He gives us areal physical presence on the offensive side of the ball,” Gruden said. Clayton,21, led the SEC with 78 receptions and 1,079 receiving yards and scored 10touchdowns. "We need a guy who can do all that dirty work," receiverscoach Richard Mann said. "That Z receiver is the guy that does a lot of that,the athletic moves, the stop-and-gos. He'll catch it to get the tough yardageand first downs." Also, Joe
22. J.P.Losman, Buffalo Bills, QB – Losman has the big-time arm, mobility andconfidence to start when Bledsoe leaves after this year if he improves hisfootwork. He’s also tough and intelligent. Should be productive in the NFL downthe road. He was interceptedjust 27 times in 987 attempts and threw 60 touchdown passes in two years forTulane. He completed 251 of 422 attempts for 3,077 yards, 33 TDs and 14interceptions in 2003. ”I like the fact that people don’t like hispersonality,” Donahoe said. “He’s a competitor and he’s going to try to stickit in your face.” Traded three future picks to get him.
24. u-Steven Jackson, St. LouisRams, RB – Complete back combined with his receiving and blockingabilities. Tough slashing runner who could also garner 300-500 yards throughthe air, he is currently penciled in as the backup to injury-prone MarshallFaulk. Jackson, 20, ran for 1,690 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore and1,545 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior before declaring his eligibility forthe draft. He became a big receiving threat last season with 44 catches andthree touchdowns. “When you watch him on tape he's really a complete back forthis league,” Mike Martz said. "All of the things that we ask a runningback to do, you would have to grade this individual with high marks. We've gota good situation at the running back position." Jackson is worthgrabbing in keeper leagues but his short-term value is limited as long asFaulk, 31, stays healthy whichhas been a question mark the last two years. He is signed through 2008. Good pick by the Rams this late.
26. Chris Perry, CincinnatiBengals, RB – Consistent run, catch and block guy who is elusive in theopen field but is more comfortable running between the tackles. Will spellstarter Rudi Johnson and also play a lot in third down situations.
29. Michael Jenkins, Atlanta Falcons,WR – Good speed, size, athleticism and ability to run after the catch,which is necessary in the new West Coast scheme. Also knows how to use his bodyto get position on undersized defenders. Should compliment the faster PeerlessPrice very well. "He is a real bigguy with a lot of speed," GM Rich McKay said. "He's got a chance tocome in and line up to give us four receivers that we really like." Newoffensive coordinator Greg Knapp loves him. "One thing I like, with theexperience that I've had, is his size," Knapp said. "[He's] a bigtarget for Michael [Vick] to find over the middle. Speed is important in the[split end] spot."
30. u-Kevin Jones, Detroit Lions, RB –
32. Ben Watson, New England Patriots –
40. Ben Troupe, TennesseeTitans, TE – Offensive-minded athlete with good speed who can stretch thefield but needs work on blocking. He will share the field with Erron Kinneythis year and be the starter when Kinney leaves next season. Most scoutsclassified him as one of the best natural receivers available at the position.
41. Tatum Bell, Denver Broncos,RB – One of the fastest players inthe country, Bell has outstanding speed and explosion but needs toimprove his fumbling problems and elusiveness. Could be the best pure runningback in the draft and has a chance to share carries in the backfield with
43. JuliusJones, Dallas Cowboys, RB – Dallas passed on Jackson and traded down to getthis guy and an extra pick. Whatthe decision says is that the Cowboys were not convinced any of the runningbacks available were franchise material. Jones has enough power, speedand moves to be the new featured back in Dallas. Knocks against him are motivationand toughness but Bill Parcells should be able to whip him into shape.
50. Devery Henderson, NewOrleans Saints, WR – Good size, excellent speed and runs extremely wellafter the catch sometimes making big gainers out of routine throws. Not a lotof experience after being a running back until 2002 so he needs work on hisroutes. In 42 games, he caught 89passes for 1,311 yards (14.7) and 19 touchdowns with 742 yards on 30 kickoffreturns (24.7). Excellent pick for the future.
54. Darius Watts, DenverBroncos, WR –
55. Greg Jones, JacksonvilleJaguars, RB – Almost healthy again after knee surgery two years ago, he hassize, power and can catch the short pass. Lots of talent here but they canafford to wait for him because Fred Taylor is still the starter. Should be anupgrade over LaBrandon Toefield as the backup. Jack Del Rio said a team can never have too manyrunning backs. Jones could develop into a short yardage and goal lineback this year.His receiving skills need work, though.
61. Kris Wilson, Kansas CityChiefs, TE – Has soft hands and theability to gain yards after the catch. Good speed to stretch defensesbut does not have ideal size. "Krisis very versatile," tight ends coach Bob Ligashesky said. "Hisquickness allows him to be an effective blocker in the run game. His ability torun really provides favorable matchups in the passing game. Kris enables us toget into a lot of different personnel changes and that is what keeps him on thefield."
62. Keary Colbert, CarolinaPanthers, WR – Very good routerunner with good quickness. Good hands; will fight for ball. Decentspeed but not a burner nor explosive. He holds the USC career mark with 207 catches to go with 2,964yards and 19 touchdowns. Should be starting in a year or two.
65. Nate Kaeding, San DiegoChargers, PK – Strong leg for field goals but needs to work on kickoffs.
68. Ben Hartsock, IndianapolisColts, TE – A tough blocker who is improving as a receiver androute-runner. Adds depth to the position, which is very important to the Coltswho rely on a two-tight end package often. Started 31 games at Ohio State who doesn’t throw a lot to the tightend, catching 58 passes for 519 yards and five touchdowns
77. u-Derrick Hamilton,
78. Bernard Berrian, ChicagoBears, WR – Good speed, decent size and is two years removed from kneeinjury. Good route runner and iswilling to go up in a crowd. Has the height and speed to be an effective deepthreat, but needs to improve his blocking. The Bears
81. Chris Cooley, WashingtonRedskins, TE – Not great speed but has good hands and makes all thecatches. Led the nation's tight ends inreceptions and receiving yards last year. Also a good blocker and should play alot this year and will compete with Mike Sellers and Brian Kozlowski forplaying time. He finished hissenior season with a team-high 62 receptions for 732 yards and six touchdowns.
82. Devard Darling, BaltimoreRavens, WR – Decent size with good speed to get deep. Needs to developconfidence when going over the middle and tends to avoid this part of his game.Also needs to improve his blocking. "We think there is a big upside,"said Phil Savage, director of player personnel. "He fits our profile: He'sgot size, got suddenness and he can make plays." A developmental prospect.
90. Matt Schaub, AtlantaFalcons, QB – Big kid; pocket passer and is effective throwing the short-and medium-route passes that are important in the West Coast offense. Not thebest deep passer though. Has adequate poise and intelligence in the pocket anddoes not panic under pressure but needs to improve his field vision and notlock on one receiver. A leader that will provide adequate insurance for MichaelVick.
99. CarlosFrancis, Oakland Raiders, WR –Great speed, quickness and burst and also goes after the ball in traffic. Canalso block but needs work on his routes and is not very elusive.
105. SamieParker, Kansas City Chiefs, WR –Big-play receiver with blazing speed and is a dangerous deep threat. Getsoff the line, but struggles to get into his routes vs. press coverage and needsbulk. Not elusive either. “Samieis one of those guys that lives up to the cliché ‘stretches the field ” DickVermeil said. “He can do that. He has a tremendous 40 time. He's stillaccelerating as he passes through 40 yards. This guy can run. He can catch thefootball in a crowd, and he's tough. He's an exciting player.” But he’s a tadundersized that could limit him to a #3 man. Vermeil compared him to Az-ZahirHakim. Speed and quickness are valued more than size in Al Saunders' system sohe will be given a chance beat out Dante Hall and Marc Boerigter for the thirdreceiver position.
106. LukeMcCown, Cleveland Browns, QB –String-armed thrower who broke most of the LSU’s career passing and totaloffense records. Has good size and adequate foot speed with patience and poisein the pocket. Inconsistent throwing deep and reading zone coverage.Also throws into throw into traffic too much, which dropped him in the draft.Has a chance in 2-3 years as a starter. "Bythen, he definitely should be ready to start and play effectively,"quarterbacks coach Steve Hagen said.
108. JerrichoCotchery, New York Jets, WR – Hasquickness but lacks ideal speed. Good leaping skills and hands and toughrunner. Very good route runner and blocker. Not very elusive and struggles toget separation. Will compete with Jonathon Carter for the #4 job.
109. TimEuhus, Buffalo Bills, TE –Considered to be one of the best pass-catching tight ends out of college.
119. Mewelde Moore, MinnesotaVikings, RB – Strong inside runner and has adequate speed to get to thecorner. Has some moves and is a good receiver. Not a lot of speed but has quickfeet and change-of-direction skills. Inconsistent blocker. "I think it'sreally good that we brought in a third-down back," Mike Tice said."That will push Larry Ned and Onterrio Smith." The Vikings envisionMoore as a return man and their future third-down back.
122. Ernest Wilford,Jacksonville Jaguars, WR – Decent possession receiver and
128. Cedric Cobbs, New EnglandPatriots, RB – Big and strong with good speed but had some injury problemsin college. Also was busted for DWI and marijuana but says that’s all in thepast. Runs hard between the tackles andcan also turn the corner. Can catch the ball and block. More quick thanfast, lacking extra gear in the open field. Provides insurance for Corey Dillonand will try to beat out Kevin Faulk as the third down back. Also can returnkicks.
134. Johnnie Morant, OaklandRaiders, WR – Big and fast and will go over the middle for the ball. Needsto build up speed, but has extra gear to separate on deep routes. Good blocker;hard worker. Must learn to use hishands better in order to escape press coverage and improve his routes. Did notmake a lot of plays in college. “Johnnie Morant is a big, physical wideout who has been a big-playreceiver at Syracuse,” Turner said.
137. Josh Scobee, JacksonvilleJaguars, PK – Scobee, a former soccer player who didn't start kicking until his senioryear in high school, made 66-of-92 field-goal attempts in his career atLouisiana Tech. Strongleg good for field goals and kickoffs. Needs to become more consistent though.
144. Sean Ryan, Dallas Cowboys,TE – Good blocker with the quickness to separate from linebackers on passroutes. Has good moves, runs good routes and will fight for additional yardageafter the catch. Has good hands but lacks good speed. Basically, he gives the Cowboys another physical blocker inthe running game.
148. Craig Krenzel, ChicagoBears, QB – Smart and tough with size and speed, but looks to run moreoften than staying in the pocket. Very inconsistent on short passes and lackstiming on his deep throws. They likehim as a third quarterback because of his intelligence and hopes he developsinto a solid backup.
149. Maurice Mann, CincinnatiBengals, WR – Outstanding speed and quickness on slender frame. Goes acrossthe middle but is not much of a blocker. Receiverscoach Hue Jackson considers Mann's strength to be running after the catch."That's his biggest upside," Jackson said. "He can get in andout of his cuts. He has very good quickness and top-end speed."
154. Michael Turner, San DiegoChargers, RB – Runs hard and hassurprising speed in the open field but does now get off the line quickly. Hasgreat vision, instincts, and balance and has receiving potential. Raw as areceiver and pass blocker though. Gained over 3,500 rushing yards and 36 TDs inthe last two seasons. Althoughbuilt like a fullback, he will play halfback behind LaDainian Tomlinson.
156. Mike Karney, New OrleansSaints, FB – Big time blocker and was drafted to block for
157. D.J.Hackett, Seattle Seahawks, WR – Possession receiver with good
162. ThomasTapeh, Philadelphia Eagles, FB – North/South power runner with receivingpotential but lacks experience in that area. Not very elusive and needs to improve blocking but has some leadblocking experience in college. Played both halfback and fullback in college but will be afullback in the pros.
163. DrewCarter, Carolina Panthers, WR – Big target, good hands, athletic, excellentspeed but needs to be more consistent. Might’ve gone earlier than this if itweren’t for two ACL injuries the last three years. Strong runner after the catch and is a decent blocker but needs toconcentrate more to avoid drops. Could be a starter down the road if heregains his top end speed. Still rehabbing the knee and is not ready formini-camp.
164. u-P.K.Sam, New England Patriots, WR – Good size but not a burner. Has a suddenburst out of his cuts and the ability to separate and runs good routes. Alsomakes the effort to gain additional yardage after the catch. Suffers fromdropsies at times and is a bit raw but the Patriots were excited that he wasavailable this late. A project.
168. Jamaar Taylor, New YorkGiants, WR – Taylor is tall and shows quickness off the line and in hisroutes but he needs to add bulk and refine his route running. Tough runner andgood blocker. A torn ACL forced him to miss the second half of his seniorseason but he recovered enough to impress at the combine. Started 25 games,catching 108 passes for 1,705 yards (15.8 avg.) and 10 touchdowns.
169. Ryan Krause, San DiegoChargers, WR – Good hands, toughness and straight-line speed. Size andblocking ability could move him to H-back.
171. Triandos Luke, DenverBroncos, WR – Has good initialquickness off the line, with speed, separation skills and is a decent routerunner but struggles to get off the line against larger defenders. Lacksthe size and power. Luke impressed theBroncos with his speed during the Senior Bowl and could factor in on kickoffreturns.
181. Nate Lawrie, Tampa BayBuccaneers, TE – Excellent receiver. Set Yale's single-season receivingrecord with 72 catches in 2003. Good blocker and effective route runner but is not quick or fast.
185. Andy Hall, PhiladelphiaEagles, QB –
187. Josh Harris, BaltimoreRavens, QB – Classic gunslinger who operated mostly from the shotgunformation in college. Has good arm strength and can throw long but has troublewith his reads. He moves well rolling out but needs more experience in thepocket and sometimes forces his throws.
191. Troy Fleming, TennesseeTitans, FB/RB – Good size and speed but the team likes his versatilitybest. Has some elusiveness and is agood receiver but needs to bulk up to play fullback at the pro level.Also needs to improve his blocking.
193. Jim Sorgi, IndianapolisColts, QB – Has adequate armstrength and size with poise in the pocket and accuracy on short throws. Lacksthe arm strength to be a consistent effective deep passer and needs to work onhis field presence. He will be groomed as a backup.
194. Matt Kranchick, PittsburghSteelers, TE – Raw prospect but is quick and has potential as a blocker andreceiver. Saw limited action in college but puton 45 pounds after initially arriving at Penn State as a wideout so he cancatch the ball.
195. JerisMcIntyre, Kansas City Chiefs, WR – Good speed and has the burst to separate after the catch but is not very elusive orexplosive. Good strength and has potentialas a blocker. Route-running needs improvement as well. Big and athletic.A late bloomer who impressedat the combine and in pre-draft workouts.
199. ClarenceMoore, Baltimore Ravens, WR – Good size but raw coming out of small school.
201. JeffSmoker, St. Louis Rams, QB – Smart, tough, leader, accurate passer.
202. JohnNavarre, Arizona Cardinals, QB – Big and tall with a strong arm but not alot of speed. Good accuracy (except onsome longer throws) and finds his seciondary receivers. Decent pocket passerbut not a good scrambler.
206. Mark Jones, WashingtonRedskins, WR – Small but fast. Doubles as return man and can play freesafety.
208. Adimchinobe Echemandu,Cleveland Browns, RB – Good size, great speed. Missed two years with a kneeinjury but is reportedly healthy again. Strong inside runner, Has good visionand strength and also returns kicks. Need work on blocking. Has limitedfootball experience growing up in Nigeria.
211. Sloan Thomas, HoustonTexans, WR –
214. Jonathan Smith, BuffaloBills, WR – Good hands but is small and not very fast. Is quick and cutswell but lacks power to break tackles and is not a good blocker. Doubles asreturn man.
216. Patrick Crayton, DallasCowboys, WR – Crayton, who started at quarterback last year, played widereceiver his first three seasons. He rushed for a team-high 1,426 yards and 13touchdowns as a senior while throwing for 1,837 yards and 19 touchdowns. He isa dangerous return man as well.
217. CodyPickett, San Francisco 49ers, QB – Has good size and a very strong arm. Aleader who stays poised under pressure. Holds ball too long and sometimesthrows into coverage. Needs to improve his long toss accuracy. Some thought hewould go a lot higher but did not have a good combine workout.
218. Casey Bramlet, CincinnatiBengals, QB – Good size and decent arm but lacks accuracy on deep throws.
219. Quincy Wilson, AtlantaFalcons, RB – Small but powerful. Runs low with good vision and breakstackles but does not have good speed. Needswork on receiving but is improving. Should help out on special teams, with a chance to compete for the No. 3tailback spot.
220. Jeff Dugan, MinnesotaVikings, TE –
225. u-Matt Mauck, DenverBroncos, QB – Has a nice touch and is poised and smart in the pocket.Accurate short passer and can throw deep but is inconsistent in that area. Doesnot have good foot speed.
228. CaseyCramer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, FB/TE – Three-yearstarter at tight end for Dartmouth but could be moved to fullback in the pros.Excellent receiver (72 catches as a Junior) but lacks size for the tight end position.
229. David Kimball, IndianapolisColts, PK – Kickoff specialist and long-range place kicker. Lacks range,accuracy and trajectory as a regular field goal kicker. "The fact is wekicked off more than any team in the league last year,” Tony Dungy said. “It'sa situation we're going to look at. If he can come in and be a weapon there,that will be a big, big plus."
232. Michael Gaines, CarolinaPanthers, TE – Has soft hands and runs good short routes. Can catch theball in traffic and has blocking ability. Needs to improve overall blocking andtoughness.
235. Derrick Ward, New YorkJets, RB – Big and powerful runner with acceleration through the whole andthe quickness to bounce outside. Tends to gain weight and needs work as areceiver and a blocker. Average speed. Fumbles too much.
237. EricJensen, St. Louis Rams, TE – Jensenoriginally played fullback and had 16 catches for 182 yards last year.
241. Sean McHugh, TennesseeTitans, FB/TE – A
242. Bruce Perry, PhiladelphiaEagles, RB – Small but very fast. Explosive. Decent receiver, poor blocker.Missed nine games with anassortment of injuries in his final two seasons. He is projected as athird-down back in the pros.
244. Derek Abney, BaltimoreRavens, WR – Small but extremely fast. Dangerous return specialist. Runs well after the catch. Tries hard butis not strong enough to be an effective blocker or over-the-middle guy.Strictly a return man.
245. Courtney Anderson, OaklandRaiders, TE – Big with good hands and is learning how to improve his routerunning and blocking skills. Raw. “He's a little bit of a project, but he had a very productivesenior year and we're excited about that because he's a guy that has a bigupside,” Turner said.
247. Brandon Miree, DenverBroncos, RB – A strong runner with good speed. Tough to bring down and cancatch the ball and block. Not very quick and does not have the acceleration toget deep. Needs to work on his blitz pickup.
248. B.J. Symons, HoustonTexans, QB – Strong arm and can throw on the run. A tad undersized andsometimes throws into coverage. Set the NCAA record with 5,833 passing yardslast season. Won the Sammy Baugh Awardas the nation's top passer even though he played the final seven gameswith a torn ACL in his left knee. He is still recovering from off-seasonsurgery.
250. Bradlee Van Pelt, DenverBroncos, QB – Good arm and runs with power. A leader and poised underpressure. Operated mostly from the shotgun in college and had trouble with the deeppass and finding his secondary receivers. Couldshift to fullback at the pro level because of his ability to run with the ball.Lacks the foot speed to be an effective tailback though.