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    DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

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    NFL Mock Draft: Round 1
    March 29, 2006
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    1. Houston Texans: RB Reggie Bush (USC): San Diego’s Helix High School notches the top NFL pick for the second straight year. Bush was teammates with Alex Smith, who went #1 to San Francisco last year. A few years ago Houston thought they had a bargain-bin gamebreaker in Tony Hollings (supplemental draft) but his surgically-repaired knee couldn’t hold up. Bush is not a knockoff, he’s the real deal. And he won’t get caught from behind like Domanick Davis did on that 44-yard run vs. Tennessee. Bush will dine with the Texans’ brass this Saturday, the night before his Pro Day workout. This is the Lock of the Mock.

    2. New Orleans Saints: OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia): The Drew Brees signing yanks them out of the QB pool. Now they’re looking at either Ferguson or DE Mario Williams, but Ferguson makes more sense. He’ll line up across from RT Jammal Brown (last year’s 13th overall pick) to give HC Sean Payton a pair of franchise bookend tackles. NFL insider John McClain (Houston Chronicle) told us the 6’6/310-lb Ferguson “should have been arrested” for the way he abused defensive linemen during Senior Bowl week. New Orleans will field 4 or 5 offers for this pick but they won’t give it up.

    3. Tennessee Titans: QB Matt Leinart (USC): The Drew Brees signing also reunites Matt Leinart with his old USC coach, Norm Chow. In 2004 Leinart had one of the best QB seasons in NCAA history running Chow’s plays: 3,322 passing yards, 33 TDs, 6 INTs and a 156.5 passer rating. Leinart’s the pick. Steve McNair ($23 million cap hit) could be released any day now. Jay Cutler? A nice fit coming out of Vanderbilt (only blocks away from the Titans facility) but is he really a top-3 pick? Vince Young? Yeah, he’s Steve McNair’s protégé’ but he’s not a good fit for Chow’s dropback passing schemes. D’Brickashaw Ferguson? He’s on Jeff Fisher’s MySpace page for sure but the Titans love draft picks too much to trade up.

    4. New York Jets: DE Mario Williams (NC St): One of at least 10 juniors going in the 1st round, Mario is currently #3 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board. The Jets could actually go a number of different ways now that DE John Abraham was traded to Atlanta (via Denver). The safe play is to draft Williams and fill Abraham’s void with a legitimately scary Julius Peppers clone. But the trade netted them the Broncos’ 29th overall pick, which could be packaged with #4 to take New Orleans’ #2 spot and Matt Leinart. Some wonder whether Mario (6’7/290 lbs) would be a better fit in a 4-3 (Jets are 3-4 this year) but that theory is silly if this kid’s as good as advertised.

    5. Green Bay Packers: S Michael Huff (Texas): Not only will Vince Young not go #1, he won’t even be the first pick from Texas. Everybody and their mother is mocking A.J. Hawk to Green Bay, but wait a minute, HC Mike McCarthy wasn’t even at Hawk’s Pro Day, while other coaches like Detroit's Rod Marinelli (picking 9th) and Cleveland's Romeo Crennel (12th) were there. This Huff kid, the 2005 Thorpe Award winner, is a major stud. He hits like a truck and can play both safety and corner. Huff dusted all safeties at the Combine with a 4.34 in the 40 & 3.96 in the short shuttle.

    6. San Francisco *****: LB A.J. Hawk (Ohio St): HC Mike Nolan is a lucky dude. First, he won the coin toss to win the 6th pick over the Oakland Raiders. Then the 2005 Lombardi Award winner falls in his lap. Hawk is not only the best player on the board at #6, he’s a need pick for the *****, who lost Julian Peterson and Andre Carter to free agency. Since 2000 only three linebackers have gone in the top-10 – LaVar Arrington, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Suggs – and Hawk will be the 4th.

    7. Oakland Raiders: QB Vince Young (Texas): Don’t think the Wonderlic test doesn’t matter because it does. The 6, 15, or 16 (whatever) is a cause for concern. That said, Young is still a playmaker with huge upside. They say Al Davis doesn’t want a scrambling QB but what was Ken Stabler? And if Vince falls to #7 his guaranteed money is much less, maybe $13 million, which could be half what Reggie Bush or Matt Leinart get. Meanwhile Aaron Brooks starts in ’06. He’ll help Vince along and he’s mature enough to know this gig is temporary.

    8. Buffalo Bills: TE Vernon Davis (Maryland): One of our staff favorites, this 253-lb beast laid down an all-time Combine record for TEs with a 4.38 in the 40. Most analysts expect them to take DT Haloti Ngata but that’s not really a need. They just signed DT Larry Tripplett (Colts) and at 27 he’s the oldest of 6 defensive tackles on the roster. Now that Marv Levy’s back in town look for Buffalo to draft difference-makers, like S Henry Jones (’91), OT John Fina (’92), CB Thomas Smith (’93), OG Ruben Brown (’95), and WR Eric Moulds (’96).

    9. Detroit Lions: CB Jimmy Williams (Virginia Tech): We thought it was a misprint when we saw Jimmy posted a 33-inch vertical leap at his Pro Day (Clemson CB Tye Hill posted 41”) but scouts still insist this guy is the top corner. Jimmy was indeed a treat to watch in college, a real nasty competitor. At 6’2/215 he could probably move to free safety alongside Kenoy Kennedy. Williams only had one interception last year but that’s only because no one threw to his side.

    10. Arizona Cardinals: QB Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt): Another big Yippee! for Cards fans if Cutler’s here but don’t be shocked if they trade down. Did anyone notice Denver snagging the 15th pick (Atlanta’s) in that 3-way John Abraham trade? That gives them the 15th and 22nd pick – plenty of ammo to move up and take Cutler. Suppose Denver swaps up here, giving Arizona the 15th pick plus their late 2nd-rounder. Dennis Green could take two stud offensive linemen.

    11. St. Louis Rams: DT Haloti Ngata (Oregon): They will be switching to a 3-4 scheme and the 6’5/336-lb Ngata is a wide-body Humvee who can splatter two blockers and help stuff the run. With 4 games vs. Shaun Alexander and Edgerrin James the Rams can’t pass this guy up. He probably shouldn’t fall this far anyway.

    12. Cleveland Browns: RB DeAngelo Williams (Memphis): We pegged D.W. here back in January and his awesome Senior Bowl/Pro Day workouts only reinforce our hunch. Will Reuben Droughns go uncontested this summer? No way. DeAngelo’s 5’9/207 frame is like steel but he’s quicker than a kitten with a ball of yarn. Only Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams and Tony Dorsett rushed for more yards in Division I-A history.

    13. Baltimore Ravens: OT Winston Justice (USC): Last year the Ravens thought free-agent RT Keydrick Vincent was a steal from Pittsburgh but he really struggled. Justice is a phenom with perfect technique who can play either side. He also showed nice agility and foot speed in the Combine drills; one of only 5 offensive linemen to run under 5.0 in the 40.

    14. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Chad Jackson (Florida): Andy Reid has several Gators on his roster who will hound him about Chad, but Reid probably had his mind made up last month. Jackson’s stock has risen like yeast dough after that 4.32 at the Combine. He also posted a WR-high 38’5” vertical leap and insiders say he’s very football-savvy in his interviews. Note: Philadelphia might trade for Buffalo WR Eric Moulds any minute which would obviously affect this pick.

    15. Denver Broncos (from Atl): S Darnell Bing (USC): Over the last two years Bing collected 116 total tackles (15 for a loss), 6 INTs, 12 passes defensed and 3 forced fumbles. Unlike Jimmy Williams, who’s a safety/corner ‘tweener, Bing is a pure safety at 225 lbs who will enforce the middle. John Lynch will be 35 this season so it’s time to think about the future.

    16. Miami Dolphins: WR Santonio Holmes (Ohio St): They need to get younger up front on defense but Holmes wasn’t supposed to fall past the previous two teams. Chris Chambers needs a dangerous sidekick who will draw some attention. Holmes ran a blazing 4.34 at his Pro Day. He’s a home-run hitter whose hands seem to get stickier near the end zone.

    17. Minnesota Vikings: DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka (Boston College): He’s a perfect fit for a 4-3 scheme. At a shade under 6’6 and a spry 255 lbs, Kiwanuka can run down plays from the backside and terrorize the immobile NFC North QBs. He tallied 32.5 sacks in 3 years despite being the focal point of all opposing coordinators. The Vikings have an extra 2nd rounder (for Culpepper) they can package and trade up.

    18. Dallas Cowboys: LB Ernie Sims (Florida St): A prime spot for trading down but if Sims is here they’ll take him. Scouts are whispering that Sims (5’11/235) has the fastest first step of any linebacker in the draft.

    19. San Diego Chargers: CB Tye Hill (Clemson): At some point they’ll admit that former 1st-rounders Quentin Jammer (’02) and Sammy Davis (’03) are not legitimate starters in this league. Hill’s 4.30 at the Combine was #1 among CBs and it actually looked like a 4.20 when you watched it. A friend in the Atlanta Falcons personnel department told us Hill made scouts “whip out cell phones” during his stellar Senior Bowl week.

    20. Kansas City Chiefs: LB Thomas Howard (UTEP): Hard to believe Howard’s not on Mel Kiper’s Big Board, what with his rare speed/power package at 6’3/240. He ran a silly 4.42 at the Combine – faster than 21 of 30 wide receivers! You might not know Howard but scouts have talked him up for two years. Trivial Pursuit: His dad, Thomas Sr., was also drafted by Kansas City in the 3rd round of the ‘77 draft.

    21. New England Patriots: RB LenDale White (USC): With teams like Arizona, Minnesota and Baltimore filling their RB needs in free agency, White slides in nicely here as a need pick. The Patriots need to revamp their rushing attack now that Corey Dillon’s got a fat wallet. Wasn’t he magically more durable in 2004 when his contract was mostly incentives?

    22. Denver Broncos (from Wash): WR Sinorice Moss (Miami): That “Aaargghh” you hear in the background is the Chicago Bears war room when they see this pick. They thought they had a steal coming at #26. The height stigma (5’8) is not an issue these days, thanks to his brother Santana and Steve Smith. Sinorice ran a 4.34 at the Combine and was Senior Bowl MVP.

    23.*** Indianapolis Colts: RB Laurence Maroney (Minnesota): The Colts swap 1st round picks -- #30 for #23 -- with Tampa Bay and give them their 3rd round pick. Watching the 6’0/216-lb Maroney slip this far is too much for Tony Dungy, who always craves Big Ten players: 7 of his last 9 draft picks in rounds 1-3 have been from the Big Ten.

    24. Cincinnati Bengals: DT Brodrick Bunkley (Florida St): Bunkley has leapfrogged Michigan’s Gabe Watson as the #2 DT in the draft. This dude is built like a tank and he dropped jaws with 44 reps on the Combine bench. His so-so Orange Bowl effort is in the back of our minds but Marvin Lewis needs someone who can stalemate blockers.

    25. New York Giants: OT Marcus McNeill (Auburn): The very definition of a value pick, you could argue that McNeill is a top-10 talent… But we definitely wouldn’t argue *with* McNeill, who stands at 6’7 ½, 336 lbs. He didn’t give up a sack in his last 41 games.

    26. Chicago Bears: TE Leonard Pope (Georgia): At 6’8 (not a misprint) and 258 lbs this kid will scare the daylights out of NFC North linebackers. Pope came up big with 8 catches for 102 yards vs. Auburn and the scouts started buzzing. His height is unheard of and when you combine it with a 38” vertical leap, the sky’s the limit (literally).

    27. Carolina Panthers: LB Chad Greenway (Iowa): Originally projected as a top-12 pick, Greenway’s Combine sheet didn’t look too good (4.75, 16 bench reps) so the Panthers get him at a discount. With Dan Morgan’s health issues and Will Witherspoon leaving, Greenway has a chance to make an early impact.

    28. Jacksonville Jaguars: C Nick Mangold (Ohio St): Jack Del Rio hired Mike Tice on his staff and the first thing they talked about was the offensive line, probably the center position. Mangold is not only the top prospect, he’s one of the 5 best overall offensive linemen. He directs traffic, uses perfect technique, plenty of power. A winner.

    29. New York Jets (from Den/Atl): OT Jonathan Scott (Texas): He was a three-time All Big-12 pick who worked on both sides, helping the Longhorns put up Madden-like rushing numbers. After taking DE Mario Williams at #4 the Jets have had a nice 1st round. And they pick again just 7 spots from now...

    30.*** Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE/LB Manny Lawson (NC St): The Bucs need to get younger on defense. Lawson had a terrific Combine, perhaps one of the best overall workouts regardless of position. In addition to snagging Indy’s 3rd rounder for trading down, the Bucs already got 3 compensatory picks (6th, 7th, 7th) from the NFL.

    31. Seattle Seahawks: OG Max Jean-Gilles (Georgia): Jean-Gilles is a mauling run blocker who also played tackle his sophomore and junior years. Seattle always has these late-round picks and they’re never sexy. They’ve only used one top-10 draft pick in the last 8 years and that was for Koren Robinson (9th in 2001).

    32. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Ashton Youboty (Ohio St): Going up against Santonio Holmes every day in practice helped make him great. He was up to #18 on the Big Board at one time. Only a junior, his coach Jim Tressel seemed skeptical of Ashton’s decision to leave. “I just hope he gains the draft status he is capable of gaining,” Tressel mumbled.


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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    If we can't get Huff, I hope we get Ngata.
    So, I'm happy with our Pick.

    I can't see Jimmy Williams getting taken that high. I just can't.

    I hope Seattle doesn't get OG Max Jean-Gilles... I'd like to see them struggle to replace Hutchinson.

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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    I hope we don't take Ngata.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    They will be switching to a 3-4 scheme
    I wonder if anyone has told Haslett yet.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    I hope we don't take Ngata.
    Why not? He will help us in the run game in a 3-4 or a 4-3. Why would you pass on a him?

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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Quote Originally Posted by realchamp11
    Why not? He will help us in the run game in a 3-4 or a 4-3. Why would you pass on a him?

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    I can tell you his reason... because Chad Greenway is still on the board. Duh

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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Other than the JWill pick -- which is a definite reach -- this is a good mock. I could see it play out like this.

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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Quote Originally Posted by serkicker32
    I can tell you his reason... because Chad Greenway is still on the board. Duh
    Not at all. That was a dumb post. Its because we have Jimmy Kennedy. And whats to say that he won't do good this year? Lets just give up on Kennedy, Otogwe, Barron, Jackson, Carter, and whoever we have that is under 25. Because they have all stunk. It'd be dumb.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    I said that to be sarcastic... Ngata would be the best person on the board in that senerio so we should draft him. Just because we already have some one at the position doesn't mean we can't draft that position. IMO we will need three great DTs st suceed in our divisionwith Alexander and James, and as much as I like Glover and the fact that we signed him, he is not a young man any more. To have a great defence we will need to great tackles and a very good backup in case of injuries(Kennedy) and possible play decline(Glover).

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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    By that logic RF16, we don't need a lineback either. Chillars is a young guy at the LB position, no?

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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    No. It seems as if everyones given up on Kennedy just because Marmie didn't know how to make a good DL. Pickett barely came along and Little was a Lovie guy.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    Little was a Lovie guy.
    Um, Little arrived in St. Louis quite a bit earlier than Lovie did.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    I know but Lovie helped him along and helped develop into a bigger weapon.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Yet he couldn't do it for Kennedy, who really hasn't made significant progress since being drafted. Even if Kennedy does come around, we have nothing behind him and Glover. Jeremy Calahan? Brian Howard? Even if Ngata doesn't win the starting job, he'd provide excellent depth that we don't have.
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    Re: DraftSharks Mock Draft 1 Round

    Thats what I've been trying to say need more depth at tackle

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