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    Some revisions, and *gasp* a three-round projection this time around!! Enjoy!


    1. Houston: Matt Leinart, QB, USC
    -The Texans would like to add a player like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, as they've been looking for offensive line help for a while now, particularly at the left tackle position. But since first overall would be too high for D'Brick, and with Carr having another poor year, Leinart is the choice.

    2. San Fransisco: Reggie Bush, RB, USC
    -After struggling to produce a running game on the legs of Kevin Barlow, the ***** have their sights set on USC's Reggie Bush, and should no one leapfrog them in a trade, Bush looks to be remaining in the California sun.

    3. NY Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
    -The Jets hoped to land either Bush or Leinart, and may be able to come April either by sucking or through a trade. But projected at number three right now, and with Leinart and Bush both gone at this point, the Jets can shore up their offensive line by taking Ferguson.

    4. New Orleans: A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
    -It would be hard for the Saints to not take Vince Young here to begin an era of football that does not include Aaron Brooks. But the Saints desperately need help at linebacker, and AJ Hawk is the best linebacker prospect in this year's class.

    5. Green Bay: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
    -Missing out on Reggie Bush isn't going to cause the Packers to not address their RB situation, especially if Ahman Green isn't resigned. DeAngelo Williams is the top senior running back in this class, and with a good performance at the Senior Bowl, will warrant being taken here.

    6. Tennessee: Vince Young, QB, Texas
    -Young's nickname for Titans QB Steve McNair is "Big Papa" because McNair has been a father figure and mentor to the young Texas quarterback. What better place for Young to be mentored as a professional than under McNair in Tennessee?

    7. Buffalo: Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
    -You could point to many things as reasons why the Bills have dropped off this season, but perhaps the biggest is the loss of defensive tackle Pat Williams with no replacement for the season. Enter Haloti Ngata, a top defensive tackle prospect with great size and ability.

    8. Cleveland: Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
    -The Browns could very easily go defense here, but can they really count on Reuben Droughns as their feature back? His contract is up after 2006, and Laurence Maroney provides a nice change-of-pace runner who could be groomed as the future.

    9. Arizona: Ahmad Brooks, LB, Virginia
    -The Cardinals need to bolster their run defense, but is there a linebacker worthy of this high a pick with Hawk of the board? It all depends on what happens at the combine. Ahmad Brooks has had a disappointing college season, but his potential could really shine in workouts.

    10. Detroit: Jimmy Williams, DB, VA Tech
    -The Lions would be hard pressed to pass on offensive line help here, but would be willing to do so if they had a shot at a defender like Jimmy Williams, who would be an immediate upgrade for Detroit at either cornerback or free safety.

    11. Baltimore: Mario Williams, DE, NC State
    -The Ravens would have loved to have a shot at either Vince Young or Haloti Ngata, but won't have any problems settling for a great lineman like Mario Williams, who has both the physical size and the playmaking abilities to really be a difference maker on defense.

    12. Oakland: Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
    -The Raiders value athleticism in their players, hence the reason why they took some gambles on athletic but raw cornerbacks last year. A linebacker might be a bigger need for this team, but I suspect the Raiders would be more likely to take someone like Kiwanuka.

    13. St. Louis: Michael Huff, DB, Texas
    -St. Louis has had three defensive backs on IR this season, and even with those players healthy, have questions in the secondary. Michael Huff has the talent to play any position in the defensive backfield, and St. Louis needs help just about everywhere.

    14. Philadelphia: Eric Winston, OT, Miami
    -Defense is probably a bigger target area for the Eagles, but with Jon Runyan looking for a new contract, it would be tough for the Eagles to not take a guy like Winston, projected to be the second tackle off the board by many draft analysts.

    15. Miami: Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa
    -What does the future hold for veterans Junior Seau and Zack Thomas? The Dolphins have some nice depth at LB, but Channing Crowder is better suited as the heir to Thomas' thrown, and with the top two tackles and DBs off the board, Miami should go linebacker here.

    16. Denver (f/WAS): LaRon Landry, S, LSU
    -It's no secret that Denver needs help in the secondary at the safety position. John Lynch and Nick Ferguson have played well but Lynch is long in the tooth and Ferguson can be upgraded. LaRon Landry can play either safety position, and should be a nice fit in Denver.

    17. Minnesota: DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
    -The top three runners are off the board, so the Vikings can afford to wait and address their running game later in the draft. Right now, they'd like to grab another linebacker and add some more depth to that position, particularly if some of the top prospects are available here.

    18. Atlanta: Darnell Bing, S, USC
    -Neither Ronnie Heard and Keion Carpenter are adequate starters or long-term answers for the Falcons at the safety position. Darnell Bing is the top defender from USC this year, and should come in and instantly compete for a starting job next to Bryan Scott.

    19. Pittsburgh: LenDale White, RB, USC
    -Jerome Bettis is likely gone after this season, maybe Duce Staley as well. As impressive as Willie Parker has been, he's not a workhorse. White is used to sharing the field with another runner, and would be a great replacement in the Steelers power running game.

    20. Kansas City: Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
    -How long can the Chiefs continue to depend on Eddie Kennison as their primary receiver? Should Ohio Stat's Santonio Holmes elect to come out this year, he'll likely be the top receiver on many teams' draft boards, and would make a nice target in Kansas City.

    21. New England: Tye Hill, CB, Clemson
    -Injuries and disappointments in the secondary for New England have made the once-dangerous Patriot defense a more realistic and vulnerable unit. Despite selecting Ellis Hobbs last season, the Pats need to continue the youth movement by selecting impressive CB Tye Hill.

    22. Dallas: Winston Justice, OT, USC
    -The top safety prospects are off the board, so the Cowboys find themselves looking to address their offensive line. Protection from the right tackle position has left a lot to be desired, and Flozell Adams isn't getting any younger.

    23. San Diego: Daryn Colledge, OT, Boise State
    -A WR here could make a lot of sense, especially if some of the prospects have good workouts and start to shoot up draft boards. But the Chargers need help on the offensive line, especially someone to groom behind Roman Oben. Insert Colledge, an underrated tackle prospect.

    24. Tampa Bay: Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State
    -No Buccaneer defensive player has more than three sacks at this point in the season, except for 31-year-old defensive end Simeon Rice. Hali is clearly the third best DE in this draft at the moment, and would at worst provide great depth on the Bucs' defensive line.

    25. Chicago: Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
    -The Chicago defense looks to have a lot of the pieces in place to be one of the better units in the league, but offensively, the Bears still need some work. With their pick of the top tight ends in this draft, the Bears grab Pope, who has skills not only as a receiver but as a blocker.

    26. Jacksonville: Mercedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
    -Is Kyle Brady an adequate NFL starting TE? How many people actually recognize the name George Wrighster? The Jaguars could use some help in the secondary, but there's no way they pass on Marcedes Lewis if he falls this far.

    27. Carolina: Jon Scott, OT, Texas
    -After moving Jordan Gross to the right side of the line, the Panthers need to find someone to handle the left tackle position. Jon Scott has fallen in many people's eyes recently, but is still a first round pick and solid prospect who can improve the Carolina Panthers' line.

    28. NY Giants: Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP
    -The Giants found a great player in Antonio Pierce, but don't have a great supporting cast around him at either OLB spot. Nick Greisen has played well but is overachieving, and Carlos Emmons had problems staying on the field. Howard will see his stock rise because of great athleticism and ability.

    29. Cincinnati: Rodrique Wright, DT, Texas
    -The Bengals have one of the better offenses in the league, led by Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson. If their defense can keep pace, then Cincinnati could be an even bigger contender. It all starts up front for the Bengals defense, and Wright would be a big upgrade at defensive tackle.

    30. Denver: Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan
    -The Broncos added a lot of veterans on their defensive line last spring, but chances are some of them are going to have to move on for 2006. After addressing their secondary with the first pick, the Broncos can take a big body in Watson to rotate in their defensive line-up.

    31. Seattle: Max Jean-Gilles, OG, Georgia
    -Is Steve Hutchinson going to be franchised? Probably, but even if he is, the Seahawks could use an upgrade at RG, where Chris Gray cannot be counted on as the long-term answer. Max Jean-Gilles is the top guard prospect, and would be an excellent pick in the late first round.

    32. Indianapolis: Abdul Hodge, LB, Iowa
    -It's hard to find an area of need on an undefeated team. But that said, the middle linebacker position has been a question mark for the Colts for the last couple of seasons, and even if Hodge doesn't replace current starter Gary Brackett, he makes for better depth than Rob Morris.


    33. Houston: Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
    -Potential first round TE provides the Texans with a nice offensive weapon.

    34. San Fransisco: DeMario Minter, CB, Georgia
    -CB is a big need for the *****, and Minter is the best available right now.

    35. NY Jets: Chad Jackson, WR, Florida
    -RB may be a bigger need here, but none available are worth taking here.

    36. New Orleans: Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green
    -Aaron Brooks is out the door, and Jacobs is a potential first round pick.

    37. Green Bay: Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Ohio St.
    -Defense needs to be the area of focus after going RB in the first round.

    38. Tennessee: D'Qwell Jackson, ILB, Maryland
    -The Titans might go O-line here, but also need to address their MLB position.

    39. Buffalo: Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn
    -Mike Williams is a bust in Buffalo; a replacement needs to be found.

    40. Cleveland: Manny Lawson, DE/OLB, NC State
    -Lawson could really rise up boards ala Demarcus Ware last season; great fit for Cleveland.

    41. Arizona: Claude Wroten, DT, L.S.U.
    -Arizona continues to address defense by selecting a very solid DT prospect.

    42. Detroit: Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
    -A new coaching staff will want their own guy, and Cutler has been on the rise.

    43. Baltimore: Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee
    -Will Demps can be upgraded, and Allen may project better to FS in the pros.

    44. Oakland: A.J. Nicholson, OLB, Florida State
    -Al Davis can only ignore the LB position for so long before a player needs to be added.

    45. St. Louis: Darryl Tapp, DE, VA Tech
    -Tapp can push Hargrove for playing time, or take over for Leonard Little when he calls it a career.

    46. Philadelphia: Elvis Dumervil, DE, Louisville
    -Perhaps the next Dwight Freeney, the Eagles take a gamble on a guy named Dumervil.

    47. Miami: Kelly Jennings, CB, Miami
    -A big need at cornerback means Miami goes with a local name in Jennings.

    48. Washington: Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona St.
    -With their first pick of the 2006 draft, the Redskins find someone who can free up Santana Moss.

    49. Minnesota: Joseph Addai, RB, L.S.U.
    -The Vikes have some depth at RB, but hope that Addai can become a true starter.

    50. Atlanta: Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue
    -Brady Smith is 32 and has played in only five games this season.

    51. Pittsburgh: Martin Nance, WR, Miami (OH)
    -A great value pick, and Nance has some history with former Miami of Ohio QB Big Ben.

    52. Kansas City: Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee
    -KC passed on a first round DT, but won't pass on Mahelona here.

    53. New England: Bernard Pollard, S, Purdue
    -The Pats continue the youth movement in the secondary by adding Pollard at SS.

    54. Dallas: Roman Harper, S, Alabama
    -Dallas needs to find someone to play next to Roy Williams, and Roman Harper can be their man.

    55. San Diego: Greg Blue, S, Georgia
    -San Diego needs an upgrade over Terrence Kiel and Bhawoh Jue.

    56. Tampa Bay: Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Boston College
    -The Bucs need help on the offensive line, so Trueblood is the clear choice in round two.

    57. Chicago: Charles Spencer, OG, Pittsburgh
    -Ruben Brown is 33, and the Bears don't have much at OG outside of him.

    58. Jacksonville: Will Blackmon, CB, Boston College
    -The Jags are now able to improve their secondary after passing on a corner in round one.

    59. Carolina: Pat Watkins, S, Florida State
    -Thomas Davis is going to move to LB as a pro, so the Panthers can now get an actual safety.

    60. NY Giants: Ryan O'Callaghan, OT, California
    -The Giants need an offensive tackle to push their current starters.

    61. Cincinnati: Joel Klopfenstein, TE, Colorado
    -The Bengals offense is dangerous enough, but imagine if they had a very solid tight end as well.

    62. Denver: Davin Joseph, OL, Oklahoma
    -Joseph could be a starter sooner rather than later on the Denver offensive line.

    63. Seattle: Spencer Havner, OLB, U.C.L.A.
    -Lofa Taputu needs some help at linebacker, and Havner is the best OLB on the board.

    64. Indianapolis: Kyle Young, C, Fresno State
    -If Young declares, he's the best center in this class, and a nice addition to the Colts.


    65. Houston: Alan Zemaitis, DB, Penn State
    -Texans have to begin addressing defense as well.

    66. San Fransisco: Parys Haralson, DE/OLB, Tennessee
    -Nice fit in San Fran's 3-4 system.

    67. NY Jets: Mike Bell, RB, Arizona
    -Jets finally get a RB they can groom.

    68. Houston (f/NO): Andrew Whitworth, OT, L.S.U.
    -Solid OT prospect who can improve a poor offensive line.

    69. Green Bay: Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State
    -Packers continue to go defense, this time addressing the line.

    70. Buffalo (f/TEN): Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico
    -Eric Moulds could be gone, and Baskett is great value here.

    71. Buffalo: Mark Setterstrom, G, Minnesota
    -More depth on the offensive line is needed in Buffalo.

    72. Cleveland: Babatunde Oshinowo, DT, Stanford
    -Oshinowo is a nice fit as a nose tackle in Crennel's 3-4.

    73. Arizona: Tim Day, TE, Oregon
    -Are Adam Bergen and Eric Edwards really legit tight ends for Arizona?

    74. Detroit: Jabari Levey, OT, South Carolina
    -Lions need line help if they want to protect their QB.

    75. New England (f/BAL): Zach Strief, OT, Northwestern
    -Injuries to the line prompt the Pats to add some quality depth.

    76. Oakland: Anthony Smith, S, Syracuse
    -Raiders need an upgrade over Stuart Schweigert and Jarrod Cooper.

    77. St. Louis: Kai Parham, LB, Virginia
    -Parham could play any LB position for the Rams.

    78. Philadelphia: Roger McIntosh, LB, Miami
    -At worst, McIntosh provides better depth than Mark Simoneau.

    79. Miami: Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama
    -Croyle won't have to be a superstar with Ronnie Brown in the backfield.

    80. Washington: Kamerion Wimbley, DE, Florida State
    -Wimbley gives the Redskins the great pass rusher they want.

    81. Minnesota: Mike Degory, C, Florida
    -Matt Birk's future is cloudy; Degory can be groomed for the future.

    82. Atlanta: Leon Washington, RB, Florida State
    -Washington allows the Falcons to make a decision on a high-priced Warrick Dunn.

    83. Pittsburgh: Anthony Schlegel, LB, Ohio State
    -Schlegel can play ILB in a 3-4, where the Steelers have seen a dropoff.

    84. Kansas City: Jason Spitz, OL, Louisville
    -Spitz is a big prospect who adds nice depth for KC.

    85. New England: Tim McGarigle, LB, Northwestern
    -The Pats need some players at LB as age begins to catch up with them.

    86. Dallas: Mike Haas, WR, Oregon State
    -Haas has had a great college career, and would be a nice situational player for Dallas.

    87. San Diego: Freddie Roach, LB, Alabama
    -San Diego may need more depth at LB should Randall Godfrey call it quits.

    88. Tampa Bay: Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas
    -Depth and potential are needed in the Tampa Bay secondary.

    89. Chicago: Anwar Phillips, CB, Penn St.
    -Chicago gets good value by adding Phillips here.

    90. Jacksonville: Andre Hall, RB, South Florida
    -Fred Taylor cannot be depended on as a full-season starter.

    91. Carolina: Dominique Byrd, TE, USC
    -Byrd is a better long-term answer than Michael Gaines or Mike Seidman.

    92. NY Giants: Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami
    -Brother Santana's good season sparks interest in little brother.

    93. Cincinnati: Daniel Bullocks, S, Nebraska
    -The Bengals need someone to play beside safety Madieu Williams.

    94. Denver: Mark Anderson, DE, Alabama
    -Broncos continue to add youth to their defensive line.

    95. Seattle: Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
    -Seahawks have upgraded at WR, but could still use more help.

    96. Indianapolis: Dusty Dvoracek, DT, Oklahoma
    -Dvoracek can factor into the DT rotation for Indy.

  • #2
    Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

    Like what u did with the Rams picks...dedfense, defense, defense.


    • #3
      Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

      Huff, Tapp, & Parham.......I'd call it a very solid first day!

      And while we're at it, if the Texans walk away from day 1 with Leinert, Davis, Zemaitis and Whitworth, they better throw a party that night!
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.


      • #4
        Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

        i still think the texans will draft Bush not Leinart...


        • #5
          Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

          They might, simply because he's probably a higher rated prospect than Leinart at this point. But I don't think they can afford to, with money already tied up in Dominic Davis' recently negotiated long-term contract.

          Right now, I'd have to suspect that if they can't trade down, they go for Leinart.


          • #6
            Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

            Originally posted by NickSeiler
            They might, simply because he's probably a higher rated prospect than Leinart at this point. But I don't think they can afford to, with money already tied up in Dominic Davis' recently negotiated long-term contract.

            Right now, I'd have to suspect that if they can't trade down, they go for Leinart.
            I bet they could get a bidding war going between the niners and Packers for the #1 spot to pick Bush. The Texans could wind up with some prime picks before it's all said and done.
            The more things change, the more they stay the same.


            • #7
              Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

              I dont see the Texans drafting a QB. It's not like Carr has played badly, and with that O-line; it really doesnt matter who they put back there.

              Also, why do you see the Rams going after S? I thought that they might be able to adress that later with a guy much like Roman Harper. I still see them going LB, TE, S.

              Thanks for the effort you put into it man. Nice job.


              • #8
                Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                Originally posted by RamJackson39
                It's not like Carr has played badly, and with that O-line; it really doesnt matter who they put back there.
                You make a fair point about the line, but yes, Carr has played pretty poorly this season.

                Originally posted by RamJackson39
                Also, why do you see the Rams going after S?
                I'm projecting Michael Huff as a cornerback who can also play safety. He has the physical skills to be a corner though, and that's where I'm thinking he works out as a Ram. If he can't play well at that position, then he'd move to safety.

                I'm kind of picturing him in an Aeneas Williams-like role. Maybe he rotates between FS and CB depending on the package. I dunno. But a simple answer would be I don't think Huff is only a safety, so that's why I have the Rams picking him.


                • #9
                  Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                  I dont see the Texans drafting a QB. It's not like Carr has played badly
                  I may be wrong, but I believe he is a FA after this season.
                  The more things change, the more they stay the same.


                  • #10
                    Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                    Originally posted by HUbison
                    I may be wrong, but I believe he is a FA after this season.
                    Pat Kirwan wrote an excellent article about the situation.


                    • #11
                      Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                      Originally posted by NickSeiler
                      Pat Kirwan wrote an excellent article about the situation.
                      The transition scenario makes the most sense, IMO.

                      BTW, if they go the trade-for-Rivers route, assuming the 1st pick is part of the package, there probably aren't many QB's who have twice been traded for the #1 pick with 8 career attempts.
                      The more things change, the more they stay the same.


                      • #12
                        Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                        wow i love our picks. btw i think whoever owns the 1st pick (hous,SF) may look to trade down with teams such as GB or NYJ. also nick, do you really see ahmad brooks at #9.


                        • #13
                          Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                          Originally posted by Rampage39
                          also nick, do you really see ahmad brooks at #9.
                          If at the combine he can show that he's healthy and in shape, yes. Otherwise, I would suspect he'd fall. But on potential and skill when healthy, I think he's one of the best LB prospects in a while.


                          • #14
                            Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                            I really dont want another transition player. I want someone that can come in and start from day one. Chad Greenway and DeMeco Ryans can do that. I'd love to have either one of them.


                            • #15
                              Re: NickSeiler's Holiday Season Mock Draft

                              I dont think the Texans take leinart.Carr is a good QB,he just needs an offensive line,but they just might take Bush and address the line in later picks.

                              *******dont need a QB pick.If the Texans dont take Bush the Gay bay gets him.

                              I dont think the Jets take Leinart,because their loaded with QBs.
                              Greenbay Has more problems else where.
                              I posted a few months ago that a great lakes team gets Leinart and I still think so.Buffalo or Cleaveland gets him.


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                                Mario Williams, DE, NC State
                                6'7" - 295 lbs - Junior

                                In a choice between Williams and Hawk, Super Mario is likely the better overall talent of the two. Plus, he has the size and ability to play as an end in the 3-4, where he could be Mangini's Richard Seymour.

                                5. Green Bay Packers
                                A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
                                6'1" - 248 lbs - Senior

                                Packers will be thrilled to add a great defensive player like Hawk to their weak linebacker unit. He could really play at any position for the Packers, and should make an immediate impact in the NFC North.

                                6. San Fransisco *****
                                Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
                                6'3" - 263 lbs - Junior

                                With Hawk off the table, the pick is clear. Vernon Davis is the kind of player that would benefit a team that doesn't have a strong group of wide receivers, and will give Alex Smith an instant target in the passing game.

                                7. Oakland Raiders
                                Vince Young, QB, Texas
                                6'5" - 229 lbs - Junior

                                Will the Raiders spend a high draft pick on a quarterback? I think they will, since they scared off Josh McCown by saying they were planning on looking at quarterback prospects. Young is too good to pass up here.

                                8. Buffalo Bills
                                Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State
                                6'2" - 306 lbs - Senior

                                If the Bills want to run the Tampa 2 defense, then they're going to need fast athletic defensive lineman who can move around. Bunkley's stock has been shooting through the roof recently, and he'd be a great fit here.

                                9. Detroit Lions
                                Winston Justice, OT, USC
                                6'6" - 319 lbs - Junior

                                An amazing workout at USC's pro day has caused Justice's stock to skyrocket. The Lions need help at tackle, where they have no one on the right side and no long-term security with franchise...
                                -04-07-2006, 03:14 PM
                              • Nick
                                Nick's FINAL Three-Round NFL Mock Draft
                                by Nick
                                *Note: This mock was completed under the assumption that the Carolina Panthers would not match the offer sheet from Chicago for CB Ricky Manning Jr.

                                ROUND ONE

                                1. Houston Texans
                                Reggie Bush, RB, USC
                                5'10" - 201 lbs - Junior

                                Someone should call the fire department in Houston, because the Texans are sending up some serious smokescreens. Don't believe it though. If Houston stays here, then Reggie Bush is their man and will put butts in the Houston seats.

                                2. New Orleans Saints
                                Mario Williams, DE, NC State
                                6'7" - 295 lbs - Junior

                                D'Brickashaw Ferguson may make more sense, but the Saints sound determined to move Jammal Brown to left tackle, and if that move sticks, then it would be hard for New Orleans to pass up on a playmaker like Mario Williams.

                                3. Tennessee Titans
                                Matt Leinart, QB, USC
                                6'4" - 225 lbs - Senior

                                The front office likes Vince Young more, but the coaches prefer Leinart, and if the Steve McNair situation plays out the way everyone thinks it will, the Titans will need a passer who will be ready to throw sooner rather than later.

                                4. New York Jets
                                D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
                                6'6" - 312 lbs - Senior

                                This is a fairly easy choice for Eric Mangini, who like his mentor Bill Belichick, likely wants to build his team from the inside out starting with the trenches. Ferguson is the best lineman in this draft and fills a big need for New York.

                                5. Green Bay Packers
                                A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
                                6'1" - 248 lbs - Senior

                                It's rare that a linebacker goes top ten in the draft, let alone top five. But Hawk has that kind of playmaking ability. He could start at any linebacker position, and Green Bay really needs all the help they can get.

                                6. San Fransisco *****
                                Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
                                6'3" - 263 lbs - Junior

                                There was speculation that the ***** were trying to decide between Davis and a defensive player like Huff. But after acquiring an additional first round pick, the choice for the ***** is easy - give Alex Smith a huge offensive weapon.

                                7. Oakland Raiders
                                Vince Young, QB, Texas
                                6'5" - 229 lbs - Junior

                                Word has it that Al Davis has a man crush on Vince Young, even though the team scouts would prefer Oakland go in a different direction. No one should consider Aaron Brooks the answer, so Davis will strike quickly on Vince.

                                8. Buffalo Bills
                                Michael Huff, DB, Texas
                                6'0" - 204 lbs - Senior

                                Defensive and offensive tackles are bigger needs, but Michael Huff is the kind of playmaker who could really excel in Buffalo's new Cover 2 defensive scheme, and talent for the lines can be found in later rounds.

                                9. Detroit Lions
                                Winston Justice,...
                                -04-23-2006, 01:40 AM
                              • RamsFan16
                                [FoxSports] Mock Draft: Bush goes No. 1
                                by RamsFan16

                                Mock Draft: Bush goes No. 1

                                Pete Fiutak /
                                Posted: 14 hours ago

                                It might be silly to speculate so early, but it's still fun. Here's an early Fearless Prediction of the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

                                1. Houston Texans - Reggie Bush, RB USC
                                New head coach Gary Kubiak was interested in Vince Young, but the management still believes in David Carr. The two sides have agreed to a contract extension making Bush to the Texans almost a foregone conclusion. The USC speed-burner gives the Texans the best chance to improve right now.

                                2. New Orleans Saints - Matt Leinart, QB USC
                                This is a franchise in need of stability and a sure-thing. Leinart provides both.

                                3. Tennessee Titans - Vince Young, QB Texas
                                The situation is almost too perfect. His mentor Steve McNair comes back for one more year giving offensive coordinator Norm Chow a season to work on Young's mechanics. New Orleans is going to think long and hard about the possibilities of taking the Longhorn star.

                                4. New York Jets - D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT Virginia
                                They desperately want a young, non-Chad Pennington quarterback to build around, but the big two won't slide. Expect this to be the hot spot for trade talks.

                                5. Green Bay Packers - LenDale White, RB USC
                                Do you honestly believe the Packers are going to pin the hopes of their running game on Sam Gado? DeAngelo Williams will be tempting, but White provides more power.

                                6. Oakland Raiders - Mario Williams, DE NC State
                                Al Davis would love to take A.J. Hawk here, but Williams will be far too good to pass up.

                                7. San Francisco ***** - Michael Huff, DB Texas
                                Huff solves a lot of problems for the porous Niner secondary. He'll start out at cornerback out of need, but he'll eventually be a star at safety.

                                8. Buffalo Bills - A.J. Hawk, LB Ohio State
                                His combine numbers will be off the charts and might even end up in the top five. Buffalo won't stay here. It needs offensive line help and will move down to get it.

                                9. Detroit Lions - Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt
                                Joey Harrington might become a Jet. Detroit needs someone to get the ball to all the great receiving talent, and while Cutler might not be anything special, he's an upgrade over the current situation.

                                10. Arizona Cardinals - Laurence Maroney, RB Minnesota
                                Like Buffalo, don't be shocked if Arizona trades down to load up on offensive linemen, or tries to move up to get Ferguson. J.J. Arrington and Marcel Shipp aren't the answer for the running game so Maroney, Williams, or if available, White, is the need pick. If Cutler falls, he's going here.

                                11. St. Louis Rams - Chad Greenway, LB Iowa
                                Greenway will be way too strong a prospect after the combines to
                                -02-16-2006, 05:19 PM