1) Houston-DE Mario Williams, NC State
With the Saints willing to sell the second pick to the highest bidder, the Texans shake up the draft early by signing the best player on the board. According to ESPN, Williams agreed to a six-year $54 million deal on Friday night. The Texans tried to sign USC running back Reggie Bush but his contract demands forced Houston to go to their second choice, which they did by signing the best defensive player in the 2006 NFL draft.
2) New Orleans- RB Reggie Bush USC
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, they have to select the drafts top offensive talent.
3) Tennessee- QB Vince Young, Texas
I am honestly pulled in different directions with this pick. GM Floyd Reese is in charge, and wants to take Young. Fisher and Chow favor Leinart because of his familiarity with the offense. It's like the Tuna said, if you are going to cook the meal, you'd like to go shopping for the groceries. I side with Reese, but I won't break the tie. It would be owner Bud Adams. And Bud will say hook ‘em Horns.
4) NY Jets- QB Matt Leinart, USC
The Jets will field numerous calls to move down and it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see them collect picks on draft day by sliding down the board. If Tennessee takes Young, Leinart will get his wish to play in New York unless someone blows them away to move up to take Leinart or Ferguson.
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 to help Brett Favre. If Favre hadn't come back, Young or Hawk may have been the pick.
6) San Francisco- LB AJ Hawk, Ohio St.
The 49ers really want Davis, but I don't think they'll get him unless they move up. San Fran would look to trade down if Davis is gone, but if they can't Mike Nolan will not pass on the best LB prospect on the board.
7) Oakland- DB Michael Huff, Texas
The Raiders would most certainly be a team looking to jump up the board to land Leinart or even Hawk. They also could move down as teams fight over Ferguson. If the above played out, I think Oakland would eventually end up with Huff.
8) Buffalo- OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia
The Bills would do back flips if this happened. They may end up with Ferguson after moving up still. Huff would be choice number two. Marv Levy prefers DT Ngata. The coaching staff likes DT Bunkley. The Bills would probably take Ngata if Ferguson and Huff were gone, but not without trying to trade down first.
9) Detroit- LB Ernie Sims, 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 but he field a lot of calls for teams interested in moving ahead of Arizona to take the Vandy star. The Lions are rumored to favor Sims over teammate Bunkley and Justice if Huff is off the board.
10) Arizona- QB Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt
The Cards made perhaps the biggest news this off-season landing Edge, so cross RB off the wish list. Jay Cutler according to recent whispers will be the choice, which either means Dennis Green has a job security or may not be around to see the end of this rebuilding project.
11) St. Louis- DT Brodrick Bunkley, FSU
The Rams would like to land Cutler, but the real area of need on this team in on defense. The secondary is bad, the front four is bad. When in doubt, go big. Bunkley gets the slightest edge over Ngata because he is the more active tackle St. Louis seems to favor in their scheme. The Rams may also look at Ngata, LB Greenway, and DB's Cromartie and Williams at this pick.
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. A rush linebacker like Kamerion Wimbley would be the first choice if Ngata is gone.
13) Baltimore- CB Antonio Cromartie, FSU
This becomes a prime trading spot if Justice is still on the board. A number of teams maybe interested in moving up for the tackle including Tampa Bay, Miami, and New England. If the stay put, one player who is shot up the board is the talented Cromartie and would be a nice fit.
14) Philadelphia- OT Winston Justice, USC
The Eagles would probably be surprised if Justice fell to them at this point, but if Baltimore can't move, then he will be the man. If Justice is gone, Chad 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 Laurence Maroney, Minnesota
Another really tricky pick. Denver likes Holmes over Jackson and Maroney over Williams from what I am told. I guess it would play out like this, if they take a WR, then it probably means Ashley maybe traded. If they take a RB, then they definitely won't be trading Lelie. Maroney, although I like DeAngelo more, is still a better pro prospect than Jackson.
16) Miami- WR Chad Jackson, Florida
Dolphins could look offensive line or linebacker, but the depth at those positions will allow them to make a splash with a young wideout. The Dolphins prefer the bigger Jackson over Holmes, and in this scenario he falls to the Fins, but I suspect some trades will remove Jackson from the equation. Don't be surprised to see Miami and Green Bay put together a package for Javon Walker, with the Pack taking one of either Holmes or Jackson.
17) Minnesota- RB DeAngelo Williams, Memphis
The Vikings are still holding on to hope of Cutler dropping, but that appears doubtful. Look for them to swing a deal for Falcons backup Matt Schaub. Even with the acquisition of Chester Taylor, nobody on the roster has the talent of Williams.
18) Dallas- DB Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech
The Cowboys need help in the secondary, especially at free safety. Williams was a corner a Va. Tech, but most scouts believe he would be a very effective safety and at worst he is still the most talented corner on the board.
19) San Diego- CB Jonathon Joseph, South Carolina
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. Joseph is a terrific instinctual corner with good speed that should help the secondary in San Diego.
20) Kansas City- WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio St.
The Chiefs made changes on defense, but still failed to impress. Another defensive player in the first round would be a safe assumption, but in this scenario Holmes may just be too explosive a player to pass on for a team with an aging Eddie Kennison and a young, but tiny Sammie Parker. Holmes impressed KC coaches in his individual workout, and would be a good value pick at 20.
21) New England- OLB Kamerion Wimbley, FSU
The Patriots with everyone healthy should make another run at a Super Bowl. The Pats may look hard at LenDale White in this scenario, but Wimbley would probably be better value at this point and would inject youth in a talented, yet aging linebacker group.
22) San Francisco (from Denver thru Wash)- DB Jason Allen, Tennessee
The Niners traded up because they wanted 2 impact players. In the case that San Fran doesn't land Vernon Davis and take Hawk then they could address their frail secondary with this pick taking the versatile Allen who could play safety or corner for a team that needs both. If Davis does land in the 49ers lap, then this pick will likely be a linebacker like Greenway or Lawson.
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. There is talk of OT Eric Winston at this pick, which wouldn't surprise me, but for value, Greenway is the safer pick.
24) Cincinnati- TE Mercedes Lewis, UCLA
The Bengals, when they lost, were beaten up. They need more out of their front four. But Cincy also struggled to have a threat down the middle of the field. Lewis is tall and would be a great weapon for Carson Palmer.
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- LB Bobby Carpenter, Ohio St.
The Bears success last year was directly attributed to their defense, and rightfully so. The Bears would love to trade down, and certainly would find plenty of takers with some of the talent available at this point in the draft. Chicago has a need at safety, receiver, and tight end, but if push comes to shove, another good linebacker can't hurt.
27) Carolina- CB Tye Hill, Clemson
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 or corner. Carolina decides to find a replacement for Ricky Manning, Jr.
28) Jacksonville- OLB Manny Lawson, NC State
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. Lawson is more of a 3-4 backer or a 4-3 defensive end. In Jacksonville Lawson would likely do both. LenDale White would be a surprising choice for the Jags, but is a possibility.
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. No running back of is worth drafting at this juncture. Look for the Colts to trade for a veteran like Thomas Jones or picking one up thru free agency in addition to drafting a youngster later in day one or on day two of the draft.
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. S Donte Whitner would have been an option, but the addition of Mike Green from Chicago means finding a guard is priority #1 for the Hawks and for Shaun Alexander.
32) Pittsburgh- C Nick Mangold, Ohio St.
The Steelers will simply draft the most talented player on the board with every pick. Mangold will not be expected to play right away, but could be a pro-bowl player down the road for Pittsburgh.
33) Houston- DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College
34) New Orleans- OT Eric Winston, Miami (FL)
35) NY Jets- CB Ashton Youboty, Ohio St.
36) Green Bay- OG Marcus McNeil, Auburn
37) Denver- DE Tamba Hali, Penn St.
38) Oakland- DT Claude Wrotten, LSU
39) Tennessee- OL Charles Spencer, Pittsburgh
40) Detroit- CB Richard Marshall, Fresno St.
41) Arizona- OG Max Jean-Giles, Georgia
42) Buffalo- LB Thomas Howard, UTEP
43) Cleveland- LB Abdul Hodge, Iowa
44) Baltimore- DT Gabe Watson, Michigan
45) Philadelphia- WR Greg Jennings, Western Michigan
46) St. Louis- QB Kellen Clemens, Oregon
47) Atlanta- S Donte Whitner, Ohio St.
48) Minnesota- TE Leonard Pope, Georgia
49) Dallas- OT Andre Whitworth, LSU
50) San Diego- WR Demetrius Williams, Oregon
51) Minnesota- QB Brodie Croyle, Alabama
52) New England- CB Kelly Jennings, Miami (FL)
53) Washington- DE Daryl Tapp, Virginia Tech
54) Kansas City- LB DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
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- CB/KR Devin Hester, Miami (FL)
61) Denver- TE Dominique Byrd, USC
62) Indianapolis- RB Joseph Addai, LSU
63) Seattle- CB Cedric Griffen, Texas
64) Pittsburgh- S Darnell Bing, USC
65) Houston- OT Jon Scott, Texas
66) Houston (from NO)- CB Alan Zemaitis, Penn St.
67) Green Bay- LB Jon Alston, Stanford
68) Denver (from SF)- S Ko Simpson, South Carolina
69) Oakland- QB Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson
70) Buffalo (from Ten)- DT Orien Harris, Miami (FL)
71) NY Jets- TE Joe Klopfenstein, Colorado
72) Arizona- DT John McCargo, NC State
73) Buffalo- CB Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian
74) Detroit- TE David Thomas, Texas
75) New England (from Balt)- RB Gerald Riggs, Tennessee
76) Philadelphia- C Chris Spencer, Oklahoma
77) St. Louis- CB Dee Webb, Florida
78) Cleveland- OLB Parys Haralson, Tennessee
79) Atlanta- OT Daryn Colledge, Boise St.
80) Dallas- DT Montavious Stanley, Louisville
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)- WR Derek Hagan, Arizona St.
85) Kansas City- CB Charles Gordon, Kansas
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- S Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska
90) Tampa Bay- DT Jesse Mahelona, Tennessee
91) Cincinnati- FS Pat Watkins, FSU
92) Jacksonville- LB Gerris Wilkinson, Georgia Tech
93) Denver- CB Demario Minter, Georgia
94) Indianapolis- WR Brandon Marshall, UCF
95) Seattle- RB Jerome Harrison, Washington St.
96) Pittsburgh- C Greg Eslinger, Minnesota
97) NY Jets (comp)-DE/OLB Elvis Dummervil, Louisville
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