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5. Tampa Bay
RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden would love to move up to get Smith, and that may happen if he agrees to sweeten the pot with his second choice and not a third-rounder. If it doesn't, Gruden will opt for a back who can catch the ball and tote it as well as anyone in this draft.
CB Antrel Rolle, Miami
Edwards would be tempting here but it's not likely he'll still be available. The Titans, however, have too many holes to plug on defense even if he is. They replace departed Samari Rolle with Antrel and save money on a jersey.
WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina
This pick came in the Randy Moss trade, so it better turn into something big. The Vikings may go defense, but Williamson gives them the same kind of secondary-shattering speed as Moss, and will be difficult to pass up. Fastest receiver in this draft is asked to replace best receiver in the league. Williamson is doomed to comparisons throughout his career, but they have no choice.
RB Cedric Benson, Texas
Cardinals coach Dennis Green is the kind of guy who doesn't worry that Benson may be a clone of Ricky Williams. Benson shaved off his dreadlocks in the hope teams would not fear taking him because he and the mercurial Williams are friends. The Cardinals need an explosive back to go with third-down runner Marcel Shipp, and Benson is the best one left on the board. This changes to the best offensive tackle, or corner Carlos Rogers, if Arizona pulls the trigger on a deal with Buffalo for running back Travis Henry. The Bills also want to swap second-round positions, but the Cardinals are balking.
CB Adam Jones, West Virginia
He's not Champ Bailey, and maybe not even Fred Smoot, but the Redskins need some young blood in the secondary. Jones is tough against the run, solid in coverage, and a dangerous return man. That's value.
LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
The best linebacker in the draft and the best player available if he falls this far. After four years of drafting offense, the Lions need to beef up the defense, and Johnson is a playmaker, which the Lions lack.
LB Shawne Merriman, Maryland
Bill Parcells wants to get two players for his front seven and Merriman is the kind of 3-4 linebacker who fits the McGinest mold. Merriman can play up or down and is a versatile rush linebacker with size, which Parcells has always favored.
12. San Diego
WR Mike Williams, Southern Cal
The Chargers' wide receiving corps is ordinary and they like Williams's production. They could also opt for a speed receiver such as Mark Clayton, but the thought of a big target such as Williams, along with tight end Antonio Gates and running back LaDainian Tomlinson all available to Drew Brees in the red zone, makes Marty Schottenheimer break out in a touchdown dance. Continued...