Saturday, November 28, 2009

2006 NFL Mock Draft

1. Houston Texans - RB Reggie Bush USC Reggie Bush is the best player in this draft. Reggie is probably the most exciting and explosive player I have ever seen. Domanick Davis is a good running back, but he isn't so good that they won't draft Bush. A trade down is a possibility, but I don't see that happening. No matter what, Bush will be the 1st pick.

2. New Orleans Saints - DE Mario Williams NC St. I disagree with this selection, but I believe it will happen. The Saints already have two good defensive ends, but they are so intrigued by Williams that they take them anyway. OT Ferguson is another possibility, although they spent last year's first round pick on OT Jamaal Brown.

3. Tennessee Titans - QB Matt Leinart USC Matt Leinart is the best quarterback in this draft. He played under Titans's offensive coordinator Norm Chow at USC. Steve McNair is in the twilight of his career and evidently the Titans aren't sold on backup Billy Volek. Jay Cutler or Vince Young are possibilities here. I definitely see the Titans taking a quarterback at this spot.

4. New York Jets - QB Vince Young Texas Vince is a perfect fit for New York. They have Patrick Ramsey and Chad Pennington, so there is little pressure for Young to start right away. He can sit for a year or two and then take over the reigns. Ferguson and a trade up for Leinart are a possibilities as well.

5. Green Bay Packers - OLB AJ Hawk Ohio State AJ is the surest thing in this draft. I don't see anyway he can be anything but a great player in the NFL. Mario Williams is also a possibility if available. Linebacker has been a huge need for GB for years now. They can finally sure that unit up with the safest possible pick.

6. San Francisco 49ers - TE Vernon Davis Maryland Davis is probably the best tight end prospect ever, and worthy of this high selection. He is 6'4 263, and runs a 4.38 40. He had nearly 900 yards receiving last year, so don't think he is all measurables. He could instantly boost a receiving corp that is one of the leagues worst.

7. Oakland Raiders - QB Jay Cutler Vanderbilt Cutler is a great quarterback prospect who has almost unlimited potential. Some believe he is actually the best QB in this draft. If Oakland is lucky enough to have him fall into their lap, they won't hesitate to take him. Their QB situation looks medicore with Aaron Brooks as the starter. Andrew Walter was taken in the 3rd round last year, but that won't keep them from taking Cutler.

8. Buffalo Bills - LT D'Brickshaw Ferguson Virginia The Bills primary need is offensive tackle. They luck out and get a heck of a player that could easily be the 2nd overall pick. Ferguson falls this far only because OT is a very deep position, so teams like New Orleans don't feel forced to fill their need in the first round.

9. Detroit Lions - FS/CB Michael Huff Texas Huff is a tremendous athlete who could excelled at free safety in college. What makes him so intriguing is that he has every tool needed to play corner as well. This versatility makes him a valuable commodity on draft day. RT Winston Justice is also a possibility because the their offensive line leaves a lot to be desired.

10. Arizona Cardinals - OT Winston Justice The Cardinals offensive line was horrible last year. Justice can come in and immediately improve this unit in the running and passing games. Justice's stock is on the rise and he would be a great selection if he is still available. If any of the three QBs fall this far, then they would surely be taken here instead.

11. St. Louis Rams - CB Tye Hill The Rams need an upgrade at CB. Tye Hill is the best of this year's class. He blends world class speed with toughness second to none that more than makes up for his small stature. This may seem high, but corners usually go really high. Pac-Man Jones went top 10 last year and he wasn't any better of a prospect than Hill. Other options include Michael Huff if he fell, Jimmy Williams, and DT Brod Bunkley.

12. Cleveland Browns - NT Haloti Ngata Oregon The Browns benefit from Ferguson's slide and Justice's rising stock. Because of these, Ngata slips by Buffalo and is still available at #12. Ngata is a prototypical 3-4 NT who can anchor Crennel's defense for many years. They have a big need a DE, so he might play there for a year or two until Ted Washington retires.

13. Baltimore Ravens - DT Broderick Bunkley Florida St. With the loss of Kemoeatu to the Panthers, the Ravens could use another DT. Bunkley is the total package at tackle. He has good size, outstanding strength, and great athletic ability. Don't be surprised if they take Winston Justice if he is still on the board. Trading up for a QB if any of the Big 3 start falling is a possibility as well.

14. Philadelphia Eagles - WR Santonio Holmes Ohio St. The Eagles' biggest need is wideout after the departure of Terrell Owens. Holmes would provide a solid young tandem with Reggie Brown. I think they should take LenDale White at this spot, but Andy Reid doesn't seem to care if he has a good running back although that feeling might change if he doesn't have the receivers to support his pass happy offense.

15. Denver Broncos - RB LenDale White USC With the loss of Mike Anderson, the Broncos need to add a RB sometime on draft day. While not necessarily their biggest need, picking White makes sense because he is the best player on the board. He could be the thunder to Tatum Bell's lightning. Other options are Bunkley, Holmes, and WR Chad Jackson.

16. Miami Dolphins - OLB/DE Manny Lawson NC St. It is rumored that the Dolphins are going to switch the 3-4 defense. That means they need a rush linebacker to pair with Jason Taylor. Lawson is a tremendous athlete an pass rusher. There is a possibility that they sign Lavar Arrington. If that happens, look for them to take Chad Jackson, a offensive tackle, or just the best available player

This is just the first half of Round 1. Check out the rest at my site.