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2005 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
Michigan WR Braylon Edwards
Michigan WR Braylon Edwards
Posted Apr 23, 2009

What should each team have done in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft?

Draft Redo ... 2005

How should the drafts have gone?

By Pete Fiutak 

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Here's a look at past NFL drafts looking to see what each team needed, who they all took in the first round, and in hindsight, who should've gone based on how their pro careers turned out (forgetting about proper coaching and other circumstances).

If each team could draft knowing what we all know now and not taking future drafts into account, this is how the first round should've gone. There were 32 picks in the first round of the 2005 draft. In parentheses is the round the player was actually taken. 

Who Went How the Draft Should've Gone
1. San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith, QB Utah
QB Aaron Rodgers (1st), California
Green Bay Packers  
The Niners needed a ton of help. At the time there was some talk of Rodgers going No. 1 overall. San Francisco turned out to be the first team to improperly scout the new wave of spread quarterbacks.
2. Miami Dolphins
Ronnie Brown, RB Auburn
DE/LB Shawne Merriman (1st), Maryland
San Diego Chargers
While not necessarily a need pick, Merriman is too good, banned substances and all, for any team to not slide any further. An elite pass rusher, he'd be even more of a killer with Jason Taylor taking away most of the attention.
3. Cleveland Browns
Braylon Edwards, WR Michigan
OT Jammal Brown (1st), Oklahoma
New Orleans Saints
Cleveland needed building blocks in a big way. Taking a rock of a starting left tackle like Brown would've given the offense a vital building block.
4. Chicago Bears
Cedric Benson, RB Texas
RB Marion Barber III (4th), Minnesota
Dallas Cowboys
Too high? There are a ton of fantastic players on the board, but the Bears desperately needed skill players. If Thomas Jones could be effective behind the Bear line, imagine what a hard runner like Barber would've done. He would've been a god in Chicago.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carnell Williams, RB Auburn
DE Demarcus Ware (1st), Troy State
Dallas Cowboys
The Bucs need skill players, but Ware is way too good to let slide any further. He probably could've gone No. 1 overall.
6. Tennessee Titans
Adam Jones, CB West Virginia
OT Michael Roos (2nd), Eastern Washington
Tennessee Titans
This might be a bit of a stretch, but the Titans needed help on the line and could've used an upgrade at tackle. Plug in Roos and let him be a rock. He worked out well for the Titans with the second round selection.
7. Minnesota Vikings
Troy Williamson, WR South Carolina
WR Braylon Edwards (1st), Michigan
Cleveland Browns  
The quarterback situation is about to get very, very ugly, but the team desperately needed someone to replace Randy Moss.
8. Arizona Cardinals
Antrel Rolle, CB Miami
RB Ronnie Brown (1st), Auburn
Miami Dolphins
Rolle hasn't been all that bad coming off a banged up rookie season, but the Cardinals needed a big-time boost to the running game.
9. Washington Redskins
Carlos Rogers, CB Auburn
LB Lofa Tatupu (2nd), USC
Seattle Seahawks
Washington was in desperate need of linebacking help. See the linebacker, take the linebacker. Tatupu have been a perfect fit.
10. Detroit Lions
Mike Williams, WR USC
WR Roddy White (1st), UAB
Atlanta Falcons 
The Lions needed receiving weapons. Williams wasn't awful, but White would've been more explosive.
11. Dallas Cowboys
Demarcus Ware, DE Troy State
LB Kirk Morrison (3rd), San Diego State
Oakland Raiders
Dallas was going defense, defense, defense in this draft. Morrison would've been a great fit and a tackling machine in the scheme.
12. San Diego Chargers
Shawne Merriman, LB Maryland
DE Trent Cole (5th), Cincinnati
Philadelphia Eagles
Cole isn't Merriman, but he wouldn't have been a bad consolation prize. A Pro Bowl-caliber pass rusher, he would've filled in the hybrid OLB/DE role nicely.
13. New Orleans Saints
Jammal Brown, OT Oklahoma
S Kerry Rhodes (4th), Louisville
New York Jets
While some consideration would've been given to several of the O linemen on the board, the Saints also needed a boost for the defense. The more playmakers, the better, and Rhodes would've been too good to slide any further.
14. Carolina Panthers
Thomas Davis, DB Georgia
RB Frank Gore (3rd), Miami
San Francisco 49ers
A do-it-all back like Gore to catch passes out of the backfield as well as become a workhorse would've been a nice luxury to a Panther offense that already had some good backs in place.
15. Kansas City Chiefs
Derrick Johnson, LB Texas
LB Derrick Johnson (1st), Texas
Kansas City Chiefs
No need to mess with what worked, even if Johnson didn't become a superstar.
16. Houston Texans
Travis Johnson, DT Florida State
QB Jason Campbell (1st), Auburn
Washington Redskins 
The Texans desperately needed a quarterback to develop after the David Carr experiment failed. Campbell would need time, but there's upside.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
David Pollack, DE Georgia
RB Brandon Jacobs (4th), Southern Illinois
New York Giants   
With Rudi Johnson winding down, the Bengals could've used a thumper to pound away and take the pressure off the passing game.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Erasmus James, DE Wisconsin
DE Justin Tuck (3rd), Notre Dame
New York Giants
Would Tuck shine as a No. 1 end without much help? Doubtful, but the upside would be there to be far more productive than James with phenomenal tackles eating everything up inside.
19. St. Louis Rams
Alex Barron, OT Florida State
OL Nick Kaczur (3rd), Toledo
New England Patriots
Barron wasn't a bad pick, but the versatility of Kaczur would be vital down the road.
20. Dallas Cowboys
Marcus Spears, DE LSU
LB Michael Boley (5th), Southern Miss
Atlanta Falcons 
While Spears might have been the pick here in the redraft, the Cowboys needed secondary help. Boley would've been a top-tackler in the Dallas system.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
Matt Jones, WR Arkansas
TE Heath Miller (1st), Virginia
Pittsburgh Steelers   
Jacksonville desperately needed players who could catch the ball.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Mark Clayton, WR Oklahoma
OG/C Jason Brown (4th), North Carolina
Baltimore Ravens 
The Ravens could've used a versatile interior presence like Brown, who would've been used in a variety of ways.
23. Oakland Raiders
Fabian Washington, CB Nebraska
LB Barrett Ruud (2nd), Nebraska
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ruud probably should've gone earlier. Much earlier. He would've done a little bit of everything for the Raider D.
24. Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers, QB California
QB Matt Cassell (7th), USC
New England Patriots
Stick Cassell behind No. 4 for a few years and let him learn. Then he'd hit the ground running.
25. Washington Redskins
Jason Campbell, QB Auburn
DT Luis Castillo (1st), Northwestern
San Diego Chargers
While this might be a bit low for Castillo, he's not quite the all-around player many make him out to be. He's a good cog in the system, and that's what the Redskin defensive interior could've used.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Chris Spencer, C Ole Miss
C/OG Chris Spencer (1st), Ole Miss
Seattle Seahawks
There are better players still on the board, but Spencer would eventually turn into a dependable starter for the Seahawks.
27. Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White, WR UAB
S Nick Collins (2nd), Bethune-Cookman
Green Bay Packers
Collins is a good-tackling Pro Bowl performer who would've done wonders for an Atlanta secondary in need of big-time producers.
28. San Diego Chargers
Luis Castillo, DT Northwestern
LB Channing Crowder (3rd), Florida
Miami Dolphins
It would be nice if a receiver was here worth taking, but the Chargers also needed a linebacker. Take the sure-thing tackling machine would've been a boost for emerging D.
29. Indianapolis Colts
Marlin Jackson, CB Michigan
S Antrel Rolle (1st), Miami
Arizona Cardinals
Even though the Colts were in dire need of cornerback help, the hope would be for Rolle to be the difference maker in the safety rotation who could step in and replace Bob Sanders when hurt.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Heath Miller, TE Virginia
OG Logan Mankins (1st), Fresno State
New England Patriots
The Steelers love to bring in tough, steady linemen and revolve the offense around them. Mankins would be a perfect fit for the rotation.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Patterson, DT USC
DT Mike Patterson (1st), USC
Philadelphia Eagles
Patterson might not be a superstar, but he was a good enough pick to go here again.
32. New England Patriots
Logan Mankins, G Fresno State
CB Adam Jones (1st), West Virginia
Tennessee Titans
Call this the shoot-for-the-stars pick. Take Pacman, hope he has his stuff together when on a Super Bowl contender, and pray he keeps his nose clean long enough to produce when Asante Samuel takes off.