2006 Mock Draft

In the initial Bear Report mock draft, there's no surprise with the Texans on the clock. Things get a bit trickier as the first round moves forward, while the Bears should have options available with the 26th pick.

OVERVIEW: OVERVIEW: The NFL combine is next week, so it's time to start examining what prospects are going where. The board will start to shift following the combine and then again during free agency. In the coming weeks, we will update as needed heading closer to the draft.

No. Club
Win
Loss
Strength of Schedule
1. Houston Texans
2
14
.535

Reggie Bush, RB, USC—The best prospect in the draft will be the first player taken. The Texans need help in so many areas, but will keep the pick and take Bush.

2. New Orleans Saints
3
13
.523

Vince Young, QB, Texas—The Saints not only need help on the roster, they need a face for the organization. Young is a more exciting player than Leinart and therefore will go ahead of the USC signal caller.

3. Tennessee Titans
4
12
.512

Matt Leinart, QB, USC—The Titans need a replacement for QB Steve McNair. There are few quarterbacks in the history of the college game with a better resume than Leinart.

4. New York Jets
4
12
.527
D’Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia—Could have ended up in a Bear uniform if he would have came out last year, but is still the best offensive line prospect in a weak class.
5. Green Bay Packers
4
12
.531
Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina State—When healthy, the Packers still have talent on offense. Williams is the best rusher in the draft and will be an asset to Green Bay's defense.
*6. Oakland Raiders
4
12
.539
A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State—The Although the Raiders are unpredictable, Hawk seems like a perfect fit to play in the silver and black. He should make an immediate impact and compete for Defensive rookie of the Year. Hawk has drawn comparisons to Brian Urlacher for his ability to chase plays sideline to sideline and posting eye-popping tackle numbers.
*6. San Francisco 49ers
4
12
.539
Michael Huff, CB/S, Texas—The 49ers need someone to lead the defense and Huff could fill the bill. He can play either corner or safety and could become a Pro Bowl player at the next level.
8. Buffalo Bills
5
11
.500
Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon—The Bills need to address a defense that struggled to stop anything. Ngata is the best interior linemen in the draft and can stuff the run, while taking on double teams for other defenders to make plays. He would be a welcomed addition by new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
9. Detroit Lions
5
11
.504
Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt—The Lions needs a quarterback to distribute the ball to their assortment of first round picks at the skill positions. Cutler is shooting up draft boards and will be temping for the Lions with Mike Martz's history of working with quarterbacks.
10. Arizona Cardinals
5
11
.508
DeAngelo Williams , RB, Memphis—The Cardinals will continue to build an exciting young offense with brining balance in the form of a running game. Williams is a great prospect and would be the first running back off the board in most draft classes.
11. St. Louis Rams
6
10
.484
Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State—Scott Linehan has enough talent to work with on offense, so look for the Rams to address the defense. Hali is a great pass rusher and he should be even better playing inside on turf.
12. Cleveland Browns
6
10
.508
Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa—Romeo Crennel is still trying to shape the defense to his philosophy. Greenway would be a huge addition in the 3-4 scheme with the ability to go sideline to sideline.
13. Baltimore Ravens
6
10
.523
LenDale White, RB, USC—The Ravens will lose Jamal Lewis in free agency and is Chester Taylor is also an unrestricted free agent. White is a great back, but had to share the ball with Bush at Usc.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
6
10
.531
Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State—With Terrell Owens on his way out of Philadelphia, the Eagles need to find targets for Donovan McNabb. Even though Reggie Brown is a good young target, a second target is needed to make things go. Holmes is the best receiver prospect in the draft.
15. Atlanta Falcons
8
8
.492
Chad Jackson, WR, Florida Tech—It may be a reach at this point of the first round, but the Falcons have little going in the passing game aside from TE Alge Crumpler. WR Roddy White came at the end of the first round a year ago, but don't be surprised if the Falcons go with a receiver again.
16. Miami Dolphins
9
7
.457
Winston Justice, OT, USC—The Dolphins would love to see Cutler fall to their slot, but with him off the board the offensive line is next priority. Justice has the talent to step in and start as a rookie on the right side, but could develop into a left tackle down the road.
17. Minnesota Vikings
9
7
.484
Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota—The Vikings have worked with a running game by committee and are looking to put that experiment to an end. The hometown product would seem to be a perfect fit.
18. Dallas Cowboys
9
7
.523
Marcus McNeil , OT, Auburn—Blocking woes were the source of problems for the offense all season. It began with use of the rookie Rob Petitti at right tackle because the Cowboys had no other option. McNeil would give Dallas bookend tackles with Flozell Adams.
19. San Diego Chargers
9
7
.559
Eric Winston, OT, Miami —While the Chargers need help on defense, the offensive line could take president with a young quarterback possibly staring the year under center. Winston can start as a rookie and be an upgrade grade over Roman Oben, the current starter at right tackle.
20. Kansas City Chiefs
10
6
.504
DeMeco Ryans , LB, Alabama— Ryans will upgrade a defense that is the reason why Kansas City didn't make the postseason. He can play any of the linebacker positions and would compliment last year's first round pick Derrick Johnson.
21. New England Patriots
10
6
.508
Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech—The Patriots lack depth in the secondary, which has been exposed by a number of injuries the past two seasons. Williams has the ability to play cornerback and safety.
22. Denver Broncos (from Washington)
10
6
.539
Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland—The Broncos are debating releasing current starter Jeb Putzier. Davis could immediately be his replacement and be a playmaking threat at tight end.
23. Tampa Bay Bucaneers
11
5
.449
KO Simpson, DB, South Carolina—The Bucs have a great defense, but the secondary is beginning to age. Simpson is a top-notch athlete with the talent to play safety or cornerback in the Cover 2. Help on the offensive line could also be an option.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
11
5
.477
Broderick Bunkley, DT, Florida State—The Bengals can score with any team in the league, and they often had to because of their defense. Bunkley is a NT/DT hybrid that can play in any system and succeed. He will likely require help to block, and anything that can help spring plays for linemates.
25. New York Giants
11
5
.492
D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland—The Giants were so thin at the position at the end of the year they had to use practice squad players in their playoff loss to Carolina. Cornerback is also a concern, but Jackson's athleticism and leadership skills will be ideal.
26. Chicago Bears
11
5
.457
Tye Hill, CB, Clemson—With tight end talent still available in latter rounds, the Bears will turn to the best cover cornerback still on the board. Hill should be able to become the nickel back as a rookie and possibly develop into a starter in a year or two.
27. Carolina Panthers
11
5
.449
Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia —The Panthers need a second option in the passing game to take pressure off Steve Smith. Although Smith torched the Bears, the Seahawks proved Smith could be taken out of a game. Pope would open up the middle of the field.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
12
4
.465
Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State—The Jaguars need help at cornerback to remain among the best defenses in the NFL. Youboty is a raw prospect, but has the size and speed to be the best option on the board.
29. Denver Broncos
13
3
.500
Darnell Bing, S, USC —John Lynch is toward the end of his career. Bing comes from a winning program. After the recent success of Troy Polamalu, a Trojan safety seems like a safe way to go for help in the secondary.
30. Indianpolis Colts
14
2
.457
Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP—Even with the impending free agency of RB Edgerrin James and WR Reggie Wayne, the Colts also have personnel decisions to make at linebacker. Speed on defense is the way to go for Tony Dungy and Howard has plenty to burn.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers
11
5
.492
Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin—The junior is starting to move up draft boards. If the Seahawks can't get a deal done with Shaun Alexander, Seattle may have to reach or to find a possible replacement.
32. Seattle Seahawks
13
3
.430

Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami—The impending free agency of Antwaan Randle El and Quincy Morgan leave Pittsburgh in need of depth behind Hines Ward. Moss is a burner that can stretch any defense. They don't have a lot of other need s to can go for the best player available.

* The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers draft order will be determined by a coin flip.


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