Sydney Speaks! Top of draft hardly settled

Reggie Bush is expected to be the first pick of next weekend's NFL draft, but what if he isn't? What if the Houston Texans select Mario Williams?'s Harry Sydney focuses on the top of the NFL Draft, and explains why nothing is set in stone at this point.

With the NFL Draft right around the corner, every organization is starting to jockey for position. They are either starting the rumors or trying to find out what's the truth and what are the lies. This is the time of year that every general manager puts on the poker face.

If you look at the first five picks - that's probably on everyone's board - everyone expects the Texans to pick Reggie Bush, but what if they don't? What happens? What if Reggie Bush doesn't go at No. 1? How does that affect the rest of the early picks? Think about it, if they don't take Bush who do they take instead? Maybe Mario Williams and if that happens how many draft rooms will break out into an all-out panic? Do you think the Saints want Reggie Bush staring at them at No. 2? The Saints don't need a running back, but do they want to be the team that passes up on him? I don't think so, but then again they must decide: Do they draft for need or want. They must decide where to play him and how to play him.

In my opinion Bush is not an every-down player. Yes, he is an impact player, but how many times do you run him at halfback and how many times do you try to put the ball in his hand? These are questions that surround him because he might be a jack of all trades, but a master of none. So if you really look at it in the first few picks if these teams pick for needs Bush is still on the board.

So, if we go down the list the Texans need a lot of help, but not at running back. The Saints need help, but again, not at running back. The Saints become a wild card team because they could take a quarterback, or if the Texans take Bush, Mario Williams would be an awesome fit, especially since they lost Darren Howard to the Eagles. They would be fools not to take him. Then the Titans at the third pick need quarterback help with Steve McNair in the last year of his contract. Also, McNair and the organization are battling over stupid things which usually signals the end of the relationship because feelings get hurt. So at third is where another one of the quarterbacks could go, but the question becomes who is that guy? Is that guy Matt Leinart, Vince Young or does Jay Cutler vault up into on of these spots?

As you can see we are just to the fourth pick and things could fall in so many different ways because the Texans and Saints can really cause havoc in this year's draft. All of these moves could affect the Green Bay Packers sitting at the No. 5 spot. Every Packer fan hopefully knows that if Mario Williams is there it should be the shortest draft time limit ever used. If he is there for the Packers at No. 5, the ballot should be up there so fast that the commissioner wouldn't even have time to get back to his chair. It's that simple in my eyes.

So, as I see it the Jets at No. 4 have a lot of options as well they could go get a quarterback, or maybe if Bush is there they get him. Then again everyone thinks that D'Brickashaw Ferguson is the guy that they really want as well as Williams. I hope you have noticed that Mario's name keeps appearing and that's because he is that talented and has the ingredients to be something special in the NFL. So now we are at No. 5 and let's suppose the Texans do as planned and get Bush, the Saints get Williams, then the Titans sign Matt Leinart because he is maybe a more polished quarterback at this time, and then the Jets take Ferguson. What do the Packers do at five?

Now on the clock, the Green Bay Packers. Does anyone have any idea what they will do? The rumor mill or wish list has gone out of control. The latest is that so many people are in love with Vernon Davis, and I like him too, but a tight end at five? No way, especially when Bubba Franks just signed a big contract last year and he hasn't really been used the way that I think he should have been. I also believe Donald Lee is a very good backup, but neither one of them can do the things that Davis can do, but drafting a tight end isn't a need, it's a want, and this team has serious needs. Also, possibly looking us right in the eyes is Vince Young, a real difference-maker. Do they dare take another quarterback? Even one as talented as him? I would, but that's me because he changes the pace of the game, but again this isn't a need it's a want. Now let's say that the other guy that we know will be there is A.J. Hawk, and he's a need. Do they want to spend a No. 5 pick in the draft on a linebacker that's good, but I don't see as great? Again, that's my opinion. Some like him, some love him, but I just don't think he's an impact player.

Or do they just trade out of this spot and pick up other picks because this team as several holes to fill that haven't been really addressed with quality, such as offensive linemen, a cornerback, and a wide receiver, even a defensive end. Do they move out of this spot and get more picks and if they do what do they use them on? DOES ANYONE KNOW?

Harry Sydney

Editor's note: Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. If you have a question for Harry, e-mail it to managing editor Todd Korth at, and it will be forwarded to him. `

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