2006 NFL Mock Draft - Round No. 1

A look at our first mock draft for the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Who will the Cowboys pick up with the No. 18 overall pick?

1) Houston Texans: Reggie Bush/RB/USC 
 
Analysis: The franchise needs a lot of players but they can't pass up an exciting prospect who could sell seats and help win more games.  
 
Other possibilities: A trade down to select Ferguson.

2) New Orleans Saints: D'Brickashaw Ferguson/OT/Virginia 
 
Analysis
: Ultimately, the Saints would prefer to move down a few slots, collect some extra picks but Ferguson would be their franchise left tackle for the next dozen or so years who would replace veteran LT Wayne Gandy who was dealt to Atlanta.  
 
Other possibilities: A trade down to select A.J. Hawk or Vernon Davis or keeping the pick and selecting Mario Williams and moving RT Jammal Brown to LT.

3) Tennessee: Matt Leinart/QB/USC 
 
Analysis: A perfect fit for player and organization as Leinart is reunited with former Trojan offensive coordinator Norm Chow.  
 
Other possibilities: Vince Young.

4) NY Jets: Mario Williams/DE/NC State 
 
Analysis: The organization also has significant interest in tackle Ferguson but Williams is a terrific prospect more then capable of filling the void left by the recent trade of John Abraham.  
 
Other possibilities: AJ Hawk is also serious consideration for this selection as is Ferguson if he's still there.

5) Green Bay Packers: AJ Hawk/OLB/Ohio St 
 
Analysis
: A terrific value at number five, Hawk will be an instant star in Green Bay who needs a playmaking linebacker.  
 
Other possibilities: Another possibility would be them trading down for Ngata who would help fill the void left by veteran DT Grady Jackson.

6) San Francisco: Vernon Davis/TE/Maryland 
 
Analysis
: Defense is a priority yet so are targets QB Alex Smith can throw to. Davis is far and away the best pass catcher in this draft and the team will look to draft a safety in round two. 
 
Other possibilities: Michael Huff to upgrade their secondary or Hawk if he's still there.

7) Oakland: Vince Young/QB/Texas 
 
Analysis
: He possesses the arm strength and physical skills to direct the vertical offense Al Davis so desires. The franchise is known for surprise decisions on draft day and this is the first. 
 
Other possibilities: Justice to take over for veteran OT Barry Sims, Ngata to eventually replace veteran DT Warren Sapp, or Cutler.

8) Buffalo: Winston Justice/T/USC 
 
Analysis
: The team needs help on both lines of scrimmage and both tackle spots. Coming off a great workout, Justice offers tremendous upside and can be used on either the left or right side. 
 
Other possibilities: Both top-rated defensive tackles are strong considerations here as well.

9) Detroit: Michael Huff/DB/Texas 
 
Analysis: A franchise that needs leaders, Huff brings plenty of that as well as the versatility to be used at free safety or cornerback, both needs in the secondary.  
 
Other possibilities: Bunkley is a consideration for the Lions new one-gap defensive scheme.

10) Arizona: Jay Cutler/QB/Vanderbilt 
 
Analysis
: Arizona needs a young gunslinger and will take whichever passer falls into their laps. Spending a season or two behind veteran QB Kurt Warner will also benefit Cutler, as it did Eli Manning
 
Other possibilities: Justice if he's there to help improve their struggling and underachieving offensive line.

11) St. Louis: Haloti Ngata/DT/Oregon 
 
Analysis
: The team let DTs Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett walk. There is not much left behind starting DTs Jimmy Kennedy and La'Roi Glover. Another big defensive tackle will help an average linebacker unit.  
 
Other possibilities: DB Jimmy Williams is also a consideration at this point as is Vernon Davis if he slips.

12) Cleveland: Broderick Bunkley/NT/Florida St 
 
Analysis
: An explosive tackle in the middle, Bunkley is watching his stock head north up draft boards. He would be an instant help to their less than stellar defense and can play end in their 3-4 scheme. 
 
Other possibilities: His Florida State teammate Wimbley will also be considered here to play opposite DE/OLB Willie McGinest or replace him down the line.

13) Baltimore: Jimmy Williams/DB/Virginia Tech 
 
Analysis
: Free safety is a need for the Ravens and Williams is a great fit as he can also fill in as a nickel back. 
 
Other possibilities: Justice would be the pick if he lasts this long.

14) Philadelphia: Chad Jackson/WR/Florida 
 
Analysis: Head coach Andy Reid is enamored with the big, speedy wide out who he feels is a perfect fit for Philadelphia's offense.  
 
Other possibilities: A trade up for one of the defensive tackles is a possibility.

15) Denver: Kamerion Wimbley/DE/Florida St 
 
Analysis
: A young, explosive pass rusher is a priority. Denver has depth but not good talent at defensive end. 
 
Other possibilities: Denver is also very high on Chad Jackson who could be the eventual replacement for veteran WR Rod Smith. Holmes is also a consideration here.

16) Miami: Santonio Holmes/WR/Ohio State 
 
Analysis
: Holmes fills a need as a number two wide out. 
 
Other possibilities: Jackson if he slips.

17) Minnesota: Ernie Sims/OLB/Florida St 
 
Analysis
: An upgrade on the weak side over projected starter EJ Henderson is need.  
 
Other possibilities: The franchise would love to make a move for Cutler.

18) Dallas: Chad Greenway/OLB/Iowa 
 
Analysis
: Outside linebacker is a priority and Greenway offers the toughness and instincts head coach Bill Parcells loves. 
 
Other possibilities: Howard or a trade down to select Winston.

19) San Diego: Tye Hill/CB/Clemson 
 
Analysis
: A great value at pick #19, the Charger secondary has given up numerous big plays the past few years and wants to stop the bleeding. 
 
Other possibilities: Thomas Howard to eventually replace veteran LB Steve Foley.

20) Kansas City: Manny Lawson/DE/NC State 
 
Analysis
: Depth and another starter is needed to compliment DE Jared Allen
 
Other possibilities: Hali or Kiwanuka

21) New England: DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis: Terrific value and a player who fits a need. 
 
Analysis: Terrific value and a player who fits a big need. 
 
Other possibilities: Maroney.

22) Denver: Nick Mangold/C/Ohio State:  
 
Analysis
: Perennial All-Pro C Tom Nalen turns 35-years old soon and Mangold would be his replacement down the line. 
 
Other possibilities: One of the two top receivers if they drop.

23) Tampa Bay: Eric Winston/OT/Miami-Fla 
 
Analysis
: The ability to play both tackles spots is enticing for a team with a mediocre offensive line. 
 
Other possibilities: Ryans to eventually replace veteran WLB Derrick Brooks.

24) Cincinnati: Thomas Howard/OLB/UTEP 
 
Analysis
: Last year, the Bengals took an undersized defensive end and move him to linebacker. The team is looking to take Howard in round one and move the college linebacker to safety.  
 
Other possibilities: Mangold to replace wily veteran C Rich Braham.

25) NY Giants: DeMeco Ryans/OLB/Alabama 
 
Analysis
: Big Blue desperately needs a weak-side linebacker to fill a spot in the starting line-up. 
 
Other possibilities: Howard to play on the strong side to be the eventual replacement for Carlos Emmons.

26) Chicago: Leonard Pope/TE/Georgia:  
 
Analysis
: Tight end is a huge need for the Bears and while there are variety of opinions on Pope, he is a large target and downfield threat general manager Jerry Angelo likes. 
 
Other possibilities: Lewis.

27) Carolina: Marcedes Lewis/TE/UCLA 
 
Analysis
: They'd prefer a weak-side linebacker yet tight end is a crying need. 
 
Other possibilities: Pope if he's there.

28) Jacksonville: Tamba Hali/DE/Penn State 
 
Analysis
: They're looking for an upgrade over veteran DE Paul Spicer
 
Other possibilities: Bobby Carpenter will be given serious consideration here. If Howard of Greenway dropped this far, they would be stronger considerations over Hali.

29) NY Jets: Lawrence Maroney/RB/Minnesota 
 
Analysis
: They're looking for the successor to veteran RB Curtis Martin
 
Other possibilities: Mangold if he drops.

30) Indianapolis: Max Jean-Gilles/G/Georgia 
 
Analysis
: They need stronger play from the interior of their offensive line. 
 
Other possibilities: Maroney if he drops

31) Seattle: Mathias Kiwanuka/DE/Boston College:  
 
Analysis
: A young pass rusher is needed as no Hawk defender registered double digit sacks during the teams Super Bowl run last season. 
 
Other possibilities: CB Kelly Jennings to challenge for a starting job.

32) Pittsburgh: Lendale White/RB/USC 
 
Analysis
: Fits their mold of big bruising back.  
 
Other possibilities: S Donte Whitner is a possibility to take over at free safety.



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