2006 Mock Draft

In the second mock draft, there's still no surprise with the Texans on the clock. However, things have changed dramatically behind the top pick in the draft.

OVERVIEW: Free agency has slowed down, so it's time to reexamine what prospects are going where. The board has shifted following the combine and during free agency. In the coming weeks, we will continue to update as needed heading toward 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

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, LT, Virginia—After investing in Drew Brees, the Saints need someone to protect his blindside. Ferguson is the best offensive line prospect in a strong tackle class.

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
Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt —The Jets aren't completely sold on Chad Pennington and Cutler could sit for a season and learn behind the former Pro Bowl signal caller. Cutler has moved ahead of Vince Young and might even go before Leinart.
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. San Francisco 49ers
4
12
.539
A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State—Hawk could be the face of a young defense and could learn plenty from linebackers coach Mike Singletary. 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.
7. Oakland Raiders
4
12
.539
Vince Young, QB, Texas—Poor workouts have taken the luster off Young's performance in the National Title game. He's still a top ten prospect and the Raiders are looking for a franchise quarterback.
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
Michael Huff, CB, Texas—The Lions will need to revamp their defensive roster in order to run the Cover 2 defense. Huff can be a mainstay at safety or cornerback and will be hard to pass up.
10. Arizona Cardinals
5
11
.508
Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland—With the addition of RB Edgerrin James the Cardinals will continue their offensive makeover. Davis is a top talent, but the position warrants him going off the board here.
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
Winston Justice, OT, USC—The Ravens took care of their running back needs in free agency, so beefing up the offensive line appears to be the 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.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
6
10
.531
Chad Jackson, WR, Florida—It may be a reach at this point of the first round, but the Eagles are looking for help at receiver after releasing Terrell Owens. Jackson has the speed to be a home run threat and compliment Reggie Brown.
15. Denver Broncos (from Atlanta Falcons)
8
8
.492
Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech—The Broncos traded up and will likely take the best player available. Champ Bailey is solid, but the team could use depth in the secondary. Williams has the ability to play cornerback and safety.
16. Miami Dolphins
9
7
.457
Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn—The Dolphins have the makings of a solid offense with QB Daunte Culpepper behind center. Still Miami needs to build an offensive line to protect the quarterback coming off a serious knee injury. McNeill could step in and start as a rookie.
17. Minnesota Vikings
9
7
.484
DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama—The Vikings would like to draft a quarterback at this slot, but with the top options off the board they will turn to the defense. Ryans can play any of the linebacker positions and would be an ideal fit for the gap control style defense of the cover 2.
18. Dallas Cowboys
9
7
.523
Eric Winston, OT, Miami—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. Winston would give Dallas bookend tackles with Flozell Adams.
19. San Diego Chargers
9
7
.559
Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State—While the Chargers need help on defense, the receiving corps could use a boost with a young quarterback staring the year under center. Holmes is arguably the best receiver prospect in a weak draft class.
20. Kansas City Chiefs
10
6
.504
Broderick Bunkley, DT, Florida State— The Chiefs 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.
21. New England Patriots
10
6
.508
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis—Corey Dillon is toward the end of his career and Williams is not far away from being an every down contributor. Williams is a solid prospect and would be the first running back off the board in most draft classes.
22. Denver Broncos (from Washington)
10
6
.539
Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland—The Broncos released starter Jeb Putzier and will now look for a replacement in the draft. Pope is more than a capable blocker and is also a viable option in the passing game.
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
Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP—The Bengals have one of the best offensive attacks in the NFL so it makes sense for them to address the defense. Howard is a great athlete who could become a playmaker an already opportunistic defense.
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
Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami—The Panthers need a second option opposite of Steve Smith. Moss is a burner that can stretch any defense and would prove to be a formidable challenge for any secondary to keep up with the combination.
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. New York Jets (from Denver Broncos)
13
3
.500
Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota—The Jets have a lot of holes and that includes finding an understudy for Curtis Martin, who agreed to restructure his contract. Maroney has been projected as high as the teens, so he brings solid value at this slot.
30. Indianpolis Colts
14
2
.457
Joseph Addai, RB, LSU—The Colts are looking for a replacement for Edgerrin James and Addai appears to be the target. The well rounded back has the speed to get around the corners while also showing a knack for sliding through tight spaces as an inside runner.
31. Seattle Seahawks
13
3
.430
Davin Joseph, G, Oklahoma—After losing Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson in free agency, the Seahawks will look to replenish the line through the draft. Without a consensus No. 1 guard prospect, it will come down to Joseph or Georgia's Max Jean-Giles.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers
11
5
.492

LenDale White, RB, USC—The Steelers are looking for a ball carrier that can come up with the tough yards much like Jerome Bettis. White is a great back, but had to share the ball with Bush at USC.


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