Warpaint Illustrated's NFL Mock Draft V.2

The closer we get to the 2006 NFL draft, the more mock drafts we seem to see. Here at Warpaint, we feel that guys like ESPN's Mel Kiper shouldn't get to have all the fun (and Tuck has better hair).

Adding to the mock draft insanity:

1) Houston- RB Reggie Bush, USC The pretty clear cut number one overall selection at this point is Reggie Bush. There could be teams over the next week that will make offers to take this pick, but either way, Bush will be the first name called.

2) New Orleans- DE Mario Williams, NC State The Saints will be selling this pick to the highest bidder, but if they can't move off this spot it will be a tough decision amongst Ferguson, Williams, and Hawk. 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, but if they do, it will be Leinart for another team moving up. In the end, Williams is the most talented and the choice for New Orleans, or someone else.

3) Tennessee- QB Vince Young, Texas You could make an argument for all 3 quarterbacks at this spot. Matt Leinart looks to be the safest choice, but I understand the Titans staff really likes Young, and with Billy Volek they could give him ample time to prepare before throwing him to the wolves.

4) NY Jets- OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia The Jets would happily snatch up Ferguson in this spot if he lasts, but no matter what happens the Jets will get a guy that can help them immediately.

5) Green Bay- TE Vernon Davis, Maryland Packers will return a lot of weapons on offense, but with a chance to land a tight end that runs faster than most receivers in this league; the offensive-minded Mike McCarthy goes for Davis. The Packers employ a lot of tight ends anyway, so don't let that stop them here.

6) San Francisco- LB AJ Hawk, Ohio St. Some might question how Hawk would fit into a 3-4 defense. Well, Ray Lewis was the pro-type for the MLB in a 4-3, yet managed okay in the 3-4 for Baltimore. Mike Nolan will not pass on the best LB prospect on the board.

7) Oakland- QB Matt Leinart, USC Not the #1 pick he could have been a year ago, but won't be playing far from where he would have now just across the bay. The Raiders are a possible destination, but if Tennessee passes on the Trojan, the Jets, Packers and other team looking to move up ahead of Oakland are all possibilities. Oakland may trade up to Jets to get Leinart if Titans tab Young.

8) Buffalo- DB Michael Huff, Texas The Bills have basically nobody playing either safety spot for them right now. Huff hits more like a corner, but is a sure-tackler capable of playing safety. I doubt he'll be a star in the league, but he could be a reliable player for 10 years.

9) Detroit- DT Brodrick Bunkley, FSU Cutler maybe a good option, but Matt Millen already went down that path once and somehow lived to tell about it, so he won't do that again. Bunkley is a high riser, and a much safer pick.

10) Arizona- OT Winston Justice, USC The Cards made perhaps the biggest news this off-season landing Edge, so cross RB 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 dessert.

11) St. Louis- CB Antonio Cromartie, FSU Jimmy Williams is another strong possibility, but Cromartie appears recovered from his knee injury and doesn't have the attitude problems Williams has. The Rams may also look at Ngata and LB's Sims and Greenway in this spot.

12) Cleveland- DT Haloti Ngata, Oregon Romeo Crennel did a stellar job conjuring up 6 wins out of one of the least talented and most injured teams in the league. His offense is expected to get back a healthy KWII and Braylon Edwards, so Crennel continues to shape his defense in the mold of his old team in Foxboro starting up front.

13) Baltimore- DB Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech The Ravens lost Will Demps and need a replacement. Williams may not be quite athletic enough to cut it as a corner, but certainly has the size and skill to play safety. And any attitude he has will be checked at the door, or he'll actually fit in perfectly with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

14) Philadelphia- WR Chad Jackson, Florida The Eagles were unable to acquire Eric Moulds, and I wouldn't say that Todd Pinkston coming back from injury strikes fear into the hearts of opponents. Jackson has the ideal size to fit in and be strong contributor and form a nice young tandem with Reggie Brown.

15) Denver (from Atlanta)- RB DeAngelo Williams, Memphis Jackson is who the Broncos would like after failing to move up in the draft and instead moving back with their 2nd first round pick. Drafting running backs this high isn't exactly Denver's style, but Williams is just too good to pass on.

16) Miami- WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio St. Dolphins could look offensive line or linebacker, but the depth at those positions will allow them to make a splash with one of the fastest, most explosive players in the draft.

17) Minnesota- QB Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt The Vikings probably won't be this lucky, but then again who would have thought a player like Aaron Rogers would fall to the team that needed him most.

18) Dallas- LB Ernie Sims, FSU While not the strongest need area for the Cowboys, Sims talent just can't be ignored after he slips a little on draft day because of injury concerns. He is a huge hitter that the Tuna will just love coaching.

19) San Diego- CB Tye Hill, Clemson The Chargers pass defense has not been good, trading away Sammy Davis is an indication that they need to add skill and depth at the position. Hill is a better athlete than corner at this point, but will be a good fit at nickel back to start for San Diego.

20) Kansas City- CB Jonathon Joseph, South Carolina The Chiefs made changes on defense, but still failed to impress. The secondary again took a beating even with the addition of Pat Surtain. Joseph is one of the most talented cover corners in this years draft and could get the opportunity to start right away for the Chiefs.

21) New England- RB Laurence Maroney, Minnesota The Patriots with everyone healthy should make another run at a Super Bowl, but part of the reason they failed this season was signing guys who were past their prime (i.e. Starks and Brown). Cory Dillon appears to be running low on gas, so adding young powerful legs to once again balance out the Patriots attack would be wise.

22) San Francisco (from Denver thru Wash)- OLB Kamerion Wimbley, FSU The Niners traded up because they wanted 2 impact players. Wimbley could step in be the rush linebacker Andre Carter couldn't be in the 3-4 scheme Mike Nolan uses. Help in the secondary could also be looked at if the right man is available.

23) Tampa Bay- LB Chad Greenway, Iowa The Bucs defense was once again solid last year, but they need to keep getting younger and faster to be successful. Greenway could be the eventual successor to Derrick Brooks on the outside.

24) Cincinnati- S Jason Allen, Tennessee The Bengals, when they lost, were beaten up. They need more out of their front four. But Cincy also struggled to keep people healthy at the safety spot, and Allen now healthy again after injury is way too good to pass up.

25) NY Giants- WR Sinorice Moss, Miami (FL) Linebacker was a sore spot the end of last season, but the additions of Brandon Short and LaVar Arrington sure up that area. Sam Madison helps the secondary. But Amani Toomer is slowing down and the Giants could use a homerun threat opposite of the big Plaxico Burress.

26) Chicago- S Donte Whitner, Ohio St. The Bears success last year was directly attributed to their defense, and rightfully so. Mike Brown is one of the best safeties in football that nobody talks about, but he can't stay healthy. Whitner provides more cushion behind Brown and Mike Green. Chicago can look at receivers and tight ends later in the draft.

27) Carolina- TE Mercedes Lewis, UCLA The Panthers again were bitten by the injury bug at running back, so passing up on White would be hard, but they drafted Eric Shelton last year as a big back, and with him back healthy they can look at improving the tight end or perhaps adding another linebacker.

28) Jacksonville- LB Bobby Carpenter, Ohio St. The Jags picked up Mike Williams in hopes he could sure up their o-line so now they will use this pick to address either linebacker or secondary. Carpenter may start right away after Akin Ayodele left via free agency.

29) NY Jets (from Denver)- RB LenDale White, USC The Jets are more likely to move down and add more picks whether it be with the #4 pick or this one, but for the argument of staying put, White becomes the successor to Curtis Martin in the backfield.

30) Indianapolis- LB D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland The Colts loss of David Thorton will hurt. Jackson was a tackling machine at Maryland that plays with a motor and a big heart.

31) Seattle- OG Deuce Lutui, USC The Seahawks lost a big cog in Hutchinson, but they sit at nice spot to find someone to fill in for the Pro-Bowl performer.

32) Pittsburgh- OLB Manny Lawson, NC State The speedy end at NC State would be a nice fit as a rush linebacker for Pittsburgh. Steelers are in a position to simply take the best player available.

Round 2

33) Houston- DE Tamba Hali, Penn St.

34) New Orleans- C Nick Mangold, Ohio St.

35) NY Jets- CB Ashton Youbooty, Ohio St.

36) Green Bay- OG Marcus McNeil, Auburn

37) Denver- TE Leonard Pope, Georgia

38) Oakland- CB/KR Devin Hester, Miami (FL)

39) Tennessee- OT Eric Winston, Miami (FL)

40) Detroit- DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College

41) Arizona- OG Max Jean-Giles, Georgia

42) Buffalo- LB Thomas Howard, UTEP

43) Cleveland- CB Richard Marshall, Fresno St.

44) Baltimore- DT Gabe Watson, Michigan

45) Philadelphia- OT Jon Scott, Texas

46) St. Louis- LB DeMeco Ryans, Alabama

47) Atlanta- S Ko Simpson, South Carolina

48) Minnesota- TE Dominique Byrd, USC

49) Dallas- DT Claude Wrotten, LSU

50) San Diego- S Ko Simpson, South Carolina

51) Minnesota- DE Daryl Tapp, Virginia Tech

52) New England- CB Kelly Jennings, Miami (FL)

53) Washington- CB Cedric Griffen, Texas

54) Kansas City- LB Abdul Hodge, Iowa

55) Cincinnati- DT Roderique Wright, Texas

56) NY Giants- OG David Joseph, Oklahoma

57) Chicago- TE Anthony Fasano, Notre Dame

58) Carolina- LB Rocky McIntosh, Miami (FL)

59) Tampa Bay- DE Mark Anderson, Alabama

60) Jacksonville- OG Charles Spencer, Pittsburgh

61) Denver- WR Demetrius Williams, Oregon

62) Indianapolis- RB Joseph Addai, LSU

63) Seattle- CB Dee Webb, Florida

64) Pittsburgh- S Darnell Bing, USC Round 3 65) Houston- LB Jon Alston, Stanford 66) Houston (from NO)- OT Andre Whitworth, LSU 67) Green Bay- CB Alan Zemaitis, Penn St. 68) Denver (from SF)- S Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska 69) Oakland- DT Orien Harris, Miami (FL) 70) Buffalo (from Ten)- WR Martin Nance, Miami (OH) 71) NY Jets- TE Joe Klopfenstein, Colorado 72) Arizona- QB Brodie Croyle, Alabama 73) Buffalo- CB Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian 74) Detroit- TE David Thomas, Texas 75) New England (from Balt)- WR Derek Hagan, Arizona St. 76) Philadelphia- RB Gerald Riggs, Tennessee 77) St. Louis- DT John McCargo, NC State 78) Cleveland- OLB Parys Haralson, Tennessee 79) Atlanta- OT Daryn Colledge, Boise St. 80) Dallas- FS Pat Watkins, FSU 81) San Diego- FS Roman Harper, Alabama 82) Miami- LB AJ Nicholson, FSU 83) Minnesota- WR Maurice Stovall, Notre Dame 84) San Francisco (from Wash)- CB Charles Gordon, Kansas 85) Kansas City- WR Greg Jennings, Western Michigan 86) New England- WR/CB Will Blackmon, Boston College 87) NY Giants- RB Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin 88) Chicago- OT Jeremy Trueblood, Boston College 89) Carolina- QB Kellen Clemens, Oregon 90) Tampa Bay- DT Jesse Mahelona, Tennessee 91) Cincinnati- QB Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson 92) Jacksonville- DT Montavious Stanley, Louisville 93) Denver- CB Demario Minter, Georgia 94) Indianapolis- WR Brandon Marshall, UCF 95) Seattle- RB Jerome Harrison, Wash. St. 96) Pittsburgh- C Greg Eslinger, Minnesota 97) NY Jets (comp)-DE/OLB Elvis Dummervil, Lousiville

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