Warpaint Illustrated NFL Mock Draft

Chiefs could solve a pair of needs in rounds one and two.

FIRST ROUND

1) Houston - RB Reggie Bush, USC The pretty clear cut number one overall selection at this point is Reggie Bush. The New York Jets, now with two first round picks could enter the conversation to potentially acquire the top choice. Either way, Bush will be the first name called.

2) New Orleans- OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia - The Saints will be selling this pick to the highest bidder, but if they can't move off this spot it will be a coin flip between Ferguson and Mario Williams. Despite the clause in Drew Brees' contract that he may only play one year for the Saints, I still wouldn't expect them to take a quarterback.

3) Tennessee- QB Vince Young, Texas - You could make an argument for all three quarterbacks at this spot. With the inevitable future of sitting a year behind Steve McNair, the Titans may just choose the guy with the most upside.

4) NY Jets- DE Mario Williams, NC State - The Jets would happily snatch up Ferguson in this spot if he lasts, but Williams looks like a good fit after they dealt away John Abraham.

5) Green Bay- DT Haloti Ngata, Oregon - Packers will return a lot of weapons on offense, but won't go anywhere unless they improve on defense. Hawk is probably the more popular choice, but when you have a chance to draft "big," you go big.

6) San Francisco- MLB AJ Hawk, Ohio St. - Julian Peterson has played his last game in the bay area, so Mike Nolan continues to mold his defense in the form of the Ravens defense he left, where the linebackers were key players.

7) Oakland- QB Matt Leinart, USC - Not the number one pick he could have been a year ago, but won't be playing far from where he would have just across the bay. The Raiders look ready to take a quarterback with the Saints likely out of the running for one.

8) Buffalo- TE Vernon Davis, Maryland - Interesting choice after the Bills invested a third round pick in Kevin Everett last year, but he was hurt. Adding Davis gives JP Losman some needed help on offense.

9) Detroit- QB Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt - Why not? You can't tell me that John Kitna is the future. Lions fans need someone to rag on with the departure of Joey Harrington.

10) Arizona- OT Winston Justice, USC - The Cardinals made perhaps the biggest news this off-season, signing Edgerrin James. Cross running back off the wish list. Jay Cutler could be an option if he falls this far, but Dennis Green has a job to keep, and he better protect Kurt Warner and open holes for James if he is going to survive in the desert.

11) St. Louis- DB Michael Huff, Texas - It doesn't matter how many times the Rams run the ball or what style of offense they use if they don't play better defense. St. Louis could use an upgrade everywhere in the secondary, and Michael Huff can play everywhere in the secondary. This seems like a match made in heaven to me!

12) Cleveland- DE Manny Lawson, NC State - Romeo Crennel's top priority since arriving in Cleveland has been building a powerful defense. He won't be able to resist taking Manny Lawson as an outside linebacker to play opposite Willie McGinest in his 3-4 defense.

13) Baltimore- DT Broderick Bunkley, FSU - The Ravens need a replacement for departed safety Will Demps, but Bunkley is the type talent you can't leave on the board. They won't be able to resist the opportunity to pare Bunkley with Trevor Pryce and Ray Lewis.

14) Philadelphia- WR Chad Jackson, Florida - The Eagles offense flourished while Terrell Owens was playing receiver. In Jackson, they get a player with TO potential minus the attitude.

15) Denver- RB Laurence Maroney, Minnesota - Maroney is the absolute perfect back for the Broncos system. He ran behind the best zone blocking line in college, and now will do so in the NFL after Denver jumped up the draft board.

16) Miami- DB Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech - Free agency and salary cap problems have decimated the once-great Dolphins secondary. An outstanding corner like Williams will provide a huge boost to a team that's lost Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain and Sammy Knight over the past two seasons.

17) Minnesota- MLB D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland - The Vikings could use someone other than Sam Cowart in this middle. Jackson has the heart of a lion and would be an instant fan favorite for a team that seems to be losing stars left and right.

18) Dallas- S Jason Allen, Tennessee - Allen would be a nice complement to Roy Williams in the Cowboys' secondary. Dallas gave up way too many big plays last year and I don't think Keith Davis is the answer.

19) San Diego- CB Antonio Cromartie, FSU - The Chargers defensive front seven is as good of a group as there is in the league. Their secondary is still weak. Cromartie is a superb natural athlete and could fill a hole at safety or corner.

20) Kansas City- WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio St. - With all of the blue-chip defensive players off of the board the Chiefs will find it hard to pass up a playmaker like Santonio Holmes. The Chiefs have needed a game breaking receiver for a long time and Holmes is an incredible value at the 20th pick.

21) New England- RB DeAngelo Williams, Memphis - The Patriots, with everyone healthy, should make another run at a Super Bowl. Part of the reason they failed last season was signing guys who were past their prime (Duane Starks and Chad Brown). Williams is the perfect successor to Corey Dillon.

22) San Francisco 49'ers (from Denver from Washington)- WR Sinorice Moss, Miami (FL) - The 49ers don't have many options at wide receiver and adding a speedy playmaker like Sinorice Moss will go a long way towards improving their offense.

23) Tampa Bay- TE Leonard Pope, Georgia - Even though Gruden spent last years third round pick on tight end Alex Smith, Leonard Pope is far too talented to pass up. Pope would be the perfect compliment to Cadillac Williams, Chris Simms and Michael Clayton.

24) Cincinnati- FS Donte Whitner, Ohio St. - Marvin Lewis copies the Steelers by selecting a play-making safety of his own. Donte Whitner is a mean and instinctive player that will fit in nicely with Deltha O'Neal and the rest of the Bengals' secondary.

25) NY Giants- OLB Chad Greenway, Iowa - Greenway's stock may have fallen a bit, but that doesn't change what he accomplished for the Hawkeyes. The Giants had all kinds of injury issues at linebacker last year, and after signing Sam Madison, corner probably becomes less important.

26) Chicago- DE Tamba Hali, Penn St. - One of the leagues top passing rushing defenses becomes even more dangerous when they add All-American performer Tamba Hali.

27) Carolina- OT Marcus McNeill, Auburn - In the 2005 playoffs, Seattle's defense utterly destroyed the Panthers offensive line and brought their running game to a complete halt. With a player like McNeill, the Panthers could have ran off of the left side all day long. McNeill is in much of the same mold as Jonathan Ogden and there are very few ends in the league than will be able to stand up to his explosion and power.

28) Jacksonville- DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College - Mathias Kiwanuka is the perfect player to add to the Jaguars defensive line. While Stroud and Henderson eat up blocks in the middle it will give Kiwanuka a great deal of one-on-one match ups on the outside. This is exactly the type of situation Kiwanuka needs to experience success early in his career.

29) NY Jets- CB Tye Hill, Clemson - Ty Law was a nice one-year rental, but the Jets need to look long term. Hill is an outstanding athlete and a better cover corner than Justin Miller, last year's Clemson standout.

30) Indianapolis- RB Joseph Addai, LSU - Drafting Addai will soften the blow of losing Edgerrin James in free agency to the Arizona Cardinals. As a player who excels at running draws and screens, Addai is the perfect fit for the Colts. He's one of the most underrated players in this year's draft.

31) Seattle- OG Max Jean-Giles, Georgia - The Seahawks lost a big cog in Hutchinson, but they sit at nice spot to find someone to fill in for the pro bowler.

32) Pittsburgh- CB Cedric Griffin, Texas - The Steelers could use a top flight corner to pare with safety Troy Polamalu, because outside of his talents, Pittsburgh is weak in the secondary.

ROUND 2

33) Houston - OG Max Jean-Giles, Georgia
34) New Orleans- LB Ernie Sims, FSU
35) NY Jets- CB Kelly Jennings, Miami (FL)
36) Green Bay- OG Deuce Lutui, USC
37) Denver- DE Karmerion Wimbley, FSU
38) Oakland- CB Johnathan Joseph, South Carolina
39) Tennessee- OLB DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
40) Detroit- MLB Abdul Hodge, Iowa
41) Arizona- OLB Bobby Carpenter, Ohio St.
42) Buffalo- C Nick Mangold, Ohio St.
43) Cleveland- CB Ashton Youboty, Ohio St.
44) Baltimore- DT Gabe Watson, Michigan
45) Philadelphia- OT Jon Scott, Texas
46) St. Louis- DT Rodrique Wright, Texas
47) Atlanta- S Ko Simpson, South Carolina
48) Minnesota- TE Dominique Byrd, USC
49) Dallas- OT Eric Winston, Miami (FL)
50) San Diego- S Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska
51) Minnesota- OLB Thomas Howard, UTEP
52) New England- KR/DB Devin Hester, Miami (FL)
53) Washington- OG Charles Spencer, Pittsburgh
54) Kansas City- DE Daryl Tapp, Virginia Tech
55) Cincinnati- FS Roman Harper, Alabama
56) NY Giants- OG David Joseph, Oklahoma
57) Chicago- TE Anthony Fasano, Notre Dame
58) Carolina- OT Andrew Whitworth, LSU
59) Tampa Bay- S Greg Blue, Georgia
60) Jacksonville- MLB Kai Parham, Virginia
61) Denver- WR Demetrius Williams, Oregon
62) Indianapolis- RB Jerious Norwood, Mississippi St.
63) Seattle- CB Dee Webb, Florida
64) Pittsburgh- RB LenDale White, USC


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