Fifth pick in 2005 draft gets a new job

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Slowly but surely, the top five picks in the 2005 draft are finding work.  The latest was the last of the first five players taken; via multiple reports (including one from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and one from Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and 101sports.com), running back Cadillac Williams has agreed to terms with the Rams.

Terms aren’t yet reported, but there’s a good chance Williams signed a one-year deal.

Williams, who has twice recovered from ruptured patellar tendons (one in each leg), will be the primary backup to Steven Jackson.  Williams rushed for 1,178 yards as a rookie, but he has not cracked four digits since then.

Given that pre-2011 first-round contracts usually covered at least five years, and in light of the rules of the uncapped year of 2010, which prevented players with fewer than six accrued seasons from becoming unrestricted free agents, many of the first-rounders from 2005 have just gotten their first crack at free agency.

First overall pick Alex Smith, a quarterback widely regarded as a bust, has signed a one-year deal to remain with the team that drafted him, the 49ers.  Over the weekend, tailback and fourth overall pick Cedric Benson signed a one-year deal with the Bengals, who gave him a home after the team that drafted him — the Bears — bounced Benson in 2008.  On Tuesday, second overall pick Ronnie Brown agreed to a deal that could make him the Dream Team’s Wildcat quarterback, along with a backup to running back LeSean McCoy.

Brown and Williams were teammates at Auburn.

The lone unsigned pick among the top five from 2005 is receiver Braylon Edwards, who like the rest of the top five seems destined to sign a one-year deal.  (If he’s not thrown in jail first.)

The rest of round one from 2005 includes multiple other players who have signed free-agent deals after the softening of the market, including cornerback Carlos Rogers with the 49ers (No. 9 overall), Alex Barron with the Saints (No. 19), and Fabian Washington with the Saints (No. 23).  Rogers and Washington signed one-year deals; Barron’s terms have not yet been reported.

Members of the 2005 first round to sign multi-year deals in recent days include tackle Jammal Brown (No. 13), who re-upped for five years with the Redskins, who had acquired him in a trade with the Saints, linebacker Thomas Davis (No. 14), and new Bears center Chris Spencer (No. 23).

Once regarded as a horrible class of first-rounders, thanks to the struggles of Alex Smith, the travails of Pacman Jones (No. 6), and the three years in which Aaron Rodgers (No. 24) was parked on the bench in Green Bay, the first 32 men taken in 2005 have acquitted themselves well six seasons later, with a Super Bowl MVP in Rodgers, an elite defensive player in DeMarcus Ware (No. 11), a solid linebacker in Derrick Johnson (No. 15), a high-end wideout in Roddy White (No. 27), an out-of-the-league-bust-turned-decent receiver in Mike Williams (No. 10), an underrated quarterback in Jason Campbell (No. 25), a productive tight end in Heath Miller (No. 30), and a cornerstone offensive lineman in Logan Mankins (No. 32).

Of course, the 2005 first round still gave us Troy Williamson (No. 7) and Matt Jones (No. 21).

29 responses to “Fifth pick in 2005 draft gets a new job

  1. Lovin the rams this year. This is a good pick up and Quinten Mikkel is a great safety even though nobody realizes it.

    You can tell Steve Spag learned how to build a team from Andy Reid. You got a great head coach who runs the D and a great O coordinator. Rams should be good for years to come

  2. Man I wish Shannahan had just kept Campbell. Athletic, strong-armed, young QB….isn’t that what he’s currently looking for?!?

  3. Old Caddy has a lot of miles on the chassis, and runs out of gas quickly, but at least he’s doesn’t cost much.

  4. Is this the correlate of the old Colts “Rolls Royce on the field with a Bentley in the garage” with Eric Dickerson and Albert Bentley? Perhaps the Rams have a GMC Heavy Duty on the field and a Cadillac in the garage.

  5. For what the Bucs have retained at back-up RB, I think they made a mistake letting Caddy go. Like someone above said, good locker room guy, good blocker, can catch the ball.. I just don’t see what they have done to backfill his spot.

  6. nfl25 says:
    Lovin the rams this year. This is a good pick up and Quinten Mikkel is a great safety even though nobody realizes it. You can tell Steve Spag learned how to build a team from Andy Reid. You got a great head coach who runs the D and a great O coordinator. Rams should be good for years to come

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    Did you really just say Mikell is a great safety!?
    Now honestly, I’ve watched every game he’s played since the birds drafted him. Great is definitely not a word I would EVER use to describe him…..decent? Maybe, average? Probably, pedestrian? Most likely, but great? Never! He was ok for the eagles, but never even showed glimpses of greatness

  7. Heh…….. I forgot about Ronnie Browns wildcat experiences.
    Imagine him taking the deep snap and Vick breaking off for the pass……………
    Whatcha bet we see that one?

  8. Did the Jerious Norwood signing fall through? Oh and the Eagles already have a Wild-Dog QB, Ronnie Brown cant come close to being the run/pass threat that Ron Mexico is. That wildcat fad is about over dont you think? Defenses are too smart and fast. That only worked for 1 year, unless you count the multiple TD passes by LT.

  9. Jason Campbell is not underrated, don’t fool yourself.

    He is exactly the same thing he was 3 years ago, an ok game manager. He is not and will never be a great QB. I don’t think people realize how much time this guys has had starting under his belt.

    65 games Campbell has started QB in. He has more then enough experience to assume what type of QB he is. If someone were to ever argue that then I point you to Rex Grossman. He has 34 career starts yet everyone seems to know exactly what type of QB he is.

    Campbell is a career bottom of the middle of the pack QB. Not bad, not good, but leaning closer to bad then good.

  10. “Man I wish Shannahan had just kept Campbell. Athletic, strong-armed, young QB….isn’t that what he’s currently looking for?!?”

    You cannot be serious. Campbell is a bumbling idiot and not capable of running a winning team. We are better off with Rexy and Beck.

  11. Shouldn’t Philly just use Vick or Young as the Wildcat? Why not line them both up and let the D wonder which will get the snap?
    I guess ulta confusing could be Brown under center and Vick and Young in the backfield as RB’s.

    Could harken back to the days of the NJ Generals and their odd ball formations. When the Star Ledger used to ask fans to submit formations for the team to consider.

  12. Second thought…go back to that draft and consider your thoughts about which team deserved an A and which deserved an F for their first round picks. How many people celebrated they genius of those early WR’s and cursed the Falcons stupidity for taking that no name from that no name school in Alabama?

    Now go back to this years draft and maybe accept that no matter how strongly you think any team had a good or bad draft, you dont know.

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