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2004 NFL Draft Re-Do

2004 NFL Draft 1st Round Re-Draft

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There's nothing like looking back at a previous draft to see where scouts got it right or wrong in a given year. Here, I want take a stab at the 2004 NFL Draft armed with hindsight and the knowledge of how each player in the class performed.

Here's how I would re-do the 2004 NFL Draft 1st-Round knowing what I know now assuming the Manning-Rivers trade was made.

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1. New York Giants

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1. New York Giants

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Original Pick: Eli Manning

Re-Draft Pick: Eli Manning

Manning was correct when he demanded a trade from San Diego. He's led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles and is one of the league's top quarterbacks.

2. Oakland Raiders

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2. Oakland Raiders

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Original Pick: Robert Gallery

Re-Draft Pick: Ben Roethlisberger

Gallery was a bust, so the Raiders find a franchise quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls for Pittsburgh, and Oakland is still searching for a franchise quarterback.

3. Arizona Cardinals

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3. Arizona Cardinals

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Original Pick: Larry Fitzgerald

Re-Draft Pick: Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald has been one of the most dominant players at his position and almost led the Cardinals to a Super Bowl 43 victory. With another few good years left, Fitzgerald will be in Canton as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

4. San Diego Chargers

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4. San Diego Chargers

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Original Pick: Philip Rivers

Re-Draft Pick: Philip Rivers

As the other half of the Manning trade, Philip Rivers has kept the franchise in title contention throughout his career. Rivers has led the Chargers to the AFC divisional playoffs in five of his 10 seasons.

5. Washington Redskins

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5. Washington Redskins

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Original Pick: Sean Taylor

Re-Draft Pick: Sean Taylor

Not predicting that Taylor would pass way too soon, Taylor, who was twice named to the Pro Bowl (once posthumously), solidified his reputation as one of the NFL's hardest hitters. He was bound to be one of the top safeties in the league.

6. Cleveland Browns

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6. Cleveland Browns

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Original Pick: Kellen Winslow Jr.

Re-Draft Pick: Vince Wilfork

Instead of wasting a pick on the now infamous younger Kellen Winslow, the Browns would add a pillar to their interior defense with Vince Wilfork.

7. Detroit Lions

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7. Detroit Lions

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Original Pick: Roy Williams

Re-Draft Pick: Steven Jackson

Jackson would've been the perfect answer for the Lions' long-standing need for a franchise running back after Barry Sanders' retirement. The Lions would draft Kevin Jones at No. 30, but Jackson would have been the better option for Detroit.

8. Atlanta Falcons

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8. Atlanta Falcons

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Original Pick: DeAngelo Hall

Re-Draft Pick: DeAngelo Hall

Hall became one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. Despite only spending four seasons in Atlanta, Hall recorded 17 interceptions and was always around the ball.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

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9. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Original Pick: Reggie Williams

Re-Draft Pick: Jared Allen

Allen was one of the biggest surprises of the 2004 draft as a fourth-round pick for Kansas City. He has been a star for both Kansas City and Minnesota while Jacksonville has been stuck with several first-round draft busts like Derrick Harvey and Tyson Alualu.

10. Houston Texans

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10. Houston Texans

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Original Pick: Dunta Robinson

Re-Draft Pick: Wes Welker

Call me crazy for having Houston draft another first-round receiver after selecting Andre Johnson the year before, but Wes Welker has proved to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. An undrafted free agent for the San Diego Chargers, Welker has excel ed as both a New England Patriot and a Denver Bronco.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers

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11. Atlanta Falcons

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Original Pick: Ben Roethlisberger

Re-Draft Pick: Matt Schaub

The Steelers found their franchise quarterback in Roethlisberger, but with Big Ben off the board, Matt Schaub would be a good replacement. The two-time Pro Bowler has been a consistent quarterback for the Texans and put them in position to reach the postseason for the first time in their young franchise history.

12. New York Jets

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12. New York Jets

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Original Pick: Jonathan Vilma

Re-Draft Pick: Jonathan Vilma

Vilma was a solid player for the New York Jets in his brief stint in New York. He captured the 2004 Defensive Rookie of the Year award and was one of the more underrated linebackers in the NFL before leading New Orleans to a Super Bowl 44 victory.

13. Buffalo Bills

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13. Buffalo Bills

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Original Pick: Lee Evans

Re-Draft Pick: Roy Williams

Evans didn't earn Pro Bowl honors during his time in Buffalo, and Williams was a one-time Pro Bowler for the Detroit Lions. With both Fitzgerald and Welker gone, Williams is the next best receiver for a team that needed a wide receiver.

14. Chicago Bears

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14. Chicago Bears

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Original Pick: Tommie Harris

Re-Draft Pick: Tommie Harris

Harris became one of the faces of the Chicago defense in the mid-2000s. The defensive tackle helped lead Chicago to a Super Bowl 41 appearance and went to three Pro Bowls in seven years for Chicago.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Original Pick: Michael Clayton

Re-Draft Pick: Michael Turner

Turner was a workhorse during an impressive run with both the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons. He led the NFC in rushing yards in 2010 and 2011, and up until drafting Doug Martin, the Buccaneers had troubles finding a franchise running back.

16. Philadelphia Eagles

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16. Philadelphia Eagles

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Original Pick: Shawn Andrews

Re-Draft Pick: Jason Peters

Andrews would make multiple Pro Bowls for the Eagles, but undrafted free agent Jason Peters would be the pick this time around. After starring for the Buffalo Bills, he made two Pro Bowls before joining the Eagles in 2009 and another four in his first five seasons in Philadelphia.

17. Denver Broncos

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17. Denver Broncos

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Original Pick: D.J. Williams

Re-Draft Pick: Karlos Dansby

Dansby has been not just one of the more underrated linebackers in the NFL but one of the most underrated players in all of football. Whether it's on the inside or the outside, Dansby has excelled with the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins.

18. New Orleans Saints

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18. New Orleans Saints

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Original Pick: Will Smith

Re-Draft Pick: Darnell Dockett

Dockett has been a disruptive force as a defensive tackle since stepping into the league for the Arizona Cardinals. He would've given the Saints a dominant interior defender on a very good defense.

19. Miami Dolphins

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19. Miami Dolphins

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Original Pick: Vernon Carey

Re-Draft Pick: Bob Sanders

Injuries cut Bob Sanders' career short, but when healthy, he was one of the best defenders in the NFL. The 2007 Defensive Player of the Year would've been an absolute stud in Miami's defense.

20. Minnesota Vikings

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20. Minnesota Vikings

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Original Pick: Kenechi Udeze

Re-Draft Pick: Shaun Phillips

The Vikings failed when they drafted Udeze and Erasmus James the next year as pass rushers, but drafting Phillips would have made both moves obsolete. Phillips has been one of the top rushers in all of the NFL, and just imagine if he was a Viking when fellow 2004 pick Jared Allen joined the team in 2008.

21. New England Patriots

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21. New England Patriots

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Original Pick: Vince Wilfork

Re-Draft Pick: Chris Gamble

Gamble never made a Pro Bowl in Carolina, but he was a great No. 1 corner during his nine-year career. Imagine how good he could've been in New England in Bill Belichick's defensive scheme.

22. Buffalo Bills

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22. Buffalo Bills

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Original Pick: J.P. Losman

Re-Draft Pick: Chris Snee

Snee is the kind of dirt-tough, hard-nosed interior lineman the Bills have lacked for several years. As a four-time Pro Bowler with the New York Giants, Snee would've filled one of Buffalo's long-standing needs.

23. Seattle Seahawks

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23. Seattle Seahawks

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Original Pick: Marcus Tubbs

Re-Draft Pick: Kellen Winslow Jr.

After injuries slowed Winslow's progress in his early years, he briefly emerged as the top tight end in pro football during his time in Cleveland. With the Seahawks, Winslow would have been Matt Hasselbeck's security blanket and a much-needed upgrade over Jerramy Stevens.

24. St. Louis Rams

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24. St. Louis Rams

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Original Pick: Steven Jackson

Re-Draft Pick: Daryl Smith

Smith has exceled at all linebacker positions for the Jacksonville Jaguars and most recently the Baltimore Ravens. For a team that desperately needed linebacker help in the mid 2000s, the Rams would have been ecstatic if Smith were available here.

25. Green Bay Packers

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25. Green Bay Packers

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Original Pick: Ahmad Carroll

Re-Draft Pick: Dunta Robinson

Robinson is the big, physical corner the Packers have routinely liked for their defenses. Teaming Robinson with Al Harris in 2004 instead of Ahmad Carroll would have helped the Packers down the road.

26. Cincinnati Bengals

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26. Cincinnati Bengals

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Original Pick: Chris Perry

Re-Draft Pick: Chris Cooley

Cooley quietly developed into one of the NFL's top tight ends during his nine-year career with the Washington Redskins. Cincinnati's top tight end for several years was Reggie Kelly, who consistently failed to produce at least 50 catches per season, making Cooley the obvious pick here.

27. Houston Texans

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27. Houston Texans

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Original Pick: Jason Babin

Re-Draft Pick: Shawn Andrews

Andrews was an exceptional player for the Eagles and a three-time Pro Bowler for Philadelphia. A monstrous blocker like Andrews would've helped franchise quarterback David Carr have some form of success in Houston.

28. Carolina Panthers

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28. Carolina Panthers

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Original Pick: Chris Gamble

Re-Draft Pick: Will Smith

Smith was one of the key veterans on a Saints' defense who helped New Orleans win the franchise's first Super Bowl title. While Smith would've been backing up Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker in Carolina, he would've been an excellent long-term replacement for Rucker.

29. Atlanta Falcons

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29. Atlanta Falcons

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Original Pick: Michael Jenkins

Re-Draft Pick: Malcom Floyd

The Falcons struggled to find a solid No. 2-receiver for quite some time before drafting Roddy White in 2005. Floyd would've been a great complementary receiver for Atlanta and a great receiver in Atlanta's current offense.

30. Detroit Lions

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30. Detroit Lions

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Original Pick: Kevin Jones

Re-Draft Pick: D.J. Williams

Despite multiple suspensions during his career, D.J. Williams was one of the NFL's most productive linebackers during his time with the Broncos.

31. San Francisco 49ers

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31. San Francisco 49ers

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Original Pick: Rashaun Woods

Re-Draft Pick: Nathan Vasher

As a member of the Chicago Bears, Nathan Vasher was one of the best ballhawks in the NFL, grabbing 19 interceptions in six seasons with Chicago. In San Francisco, Vasher would've been a much-needed upgrade over veteran free agent journeymen Walt Harris and Nate Clements.

32. New England Patriots

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32. New England Patriots

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Original Pick: Ben Watson

Re-Draft Pick: Lee Evans

Coming off their second Super Bowl victory in three seasons, the Patriots had zero needs to fill. Here, the Patriots select a speed receiver in Lee Evans who could stretch the field and could have been a dynamic player after most of the Patriots' receiving corps would be gone in free agency.