NFL Mock Draft #5

Three days from the big weekend and we fine-tune our recent mock draft. As always, the mock draft is done without trades but check the other possibilities analysis for trade and other options. Are the Patriots really interested in A LB over a CB?

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 or Williams if the offer is good. 
  
  
 2) New Orleans Saints: D'Brickashaw Ferguson/OT/Virginia 
  
 Analysis
: While they worked second-year RT Jammal Brown at LT in their first mini-camp, sources say they want Ferguson to help protect free agent signee Drew Brees. 
  
 Other possibilities
: They'd love to draft AJ Hawk but feel he is too much of a reach at this point.  
  
  
 3) Tennessee Titans: Vince Young/QB/Texas 
  
 Analysis
: Young reminds GM Floyd Reese of a younger version of veteran QB Steve McNair. The coaching staff wants Leinart in the worst way. In the end it could come down to owner Bud Adams making the decision and all signs point to him siding with Reese.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Outside chance of a trade down to select Cutler.  
  
  
 4) New York Jets: Mario Williams/DE/North Carolina St.  
  
 Analysis
: They don't believe any of the quarterbacks are worth selecting here. Ferguson is a consideration if available but they believe Williams can be dominant in their 3-4 scheme.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Ferguson or a trade down to the middle of the first round to select Cutler. They do like Vernon Davis but wouldn't consider him here as they think he's not a good value this early.  
  
 5) Green Bay Packers: A.J. 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 selecting Haloti Ngata who would help fill the void left by veteran Grady Jackson. Vernon Davis is also a consideration.   
  
 6) San Francisco 49ers: Vernon Davis/TE/Maryland 
  
 Analysis
: Defense is a priority but 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
: Huff is a strong consideration to help their struggling secondary. If Hawk drops, he would be the selection over Davis. 
  
  
 7) Oakland Raiders: Matt Leinart/QB/USC 
  
 Analysis
: He possesses the leadership and physical skills owner 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. If Vernon Davis slides here, he could be a consideration as well. Oakland will actively look to move up if Leinart slides. 
  
  
 8) Buffalo Bills: Brodrick Bunkley/DT/Florida St. 
  
 Analysis
: The team needs help on both lines of scrimmage and both tackle spots. Bunkley opened some eyes during Senior Bowl practices and his combine workout was great.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Winston Justice as they also need major help at offensive tackle. Haloti Ngata as well, though there are questions as to him fitting in to their new defensive scheme.  
  
  
 9) Detroit Lions: 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. Ngata is also a consideration as is Justice, who could replace RT Kelly Butler.

  
  
 10) Arizona Cardinals: Ernie Sims/LB/Florida St.  
  
 Analysis
: They love Sims who would start on the weak side over veteran LB Orlando Huff who is playing out of position. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Huff is very high on their list as is Vernon Davis.  
  
  
 11) St. Louis Rams: Jimmy Williams/S/Virginia Tech 
  
 Analysis
: A play-making safety is a big need. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Wimbley as they need pass rush help, Greenway to play on the weakside, and Bunkley if he drops. Cutler is an outside chance here as well. 
  
  
 12) Cleveland Browns: Haloti Ngata/DT/Oregon 
  
 Analysis
: They have to get someone who can stop the run. He'll start out at end in their 3-4. This is great value, something GM Phil Savage loves. 
  
 Other possibilities
: If Bunkley falls, he's also a consideration as is Wimbley. 
  
  
 13) Baltimore Ravens: Tye Hill/CB/Clemson 
  
 Analysis
: Their cornerbacks are getting older and Hill can begin as a nickel back.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Ngata or Bunkley if they drop. Outside shot for Cutler here. 
  
  
 14) Philadelphia Eagles: Chad Greenway/LB/Iowa 
  
 Analysis
: Could replace SLB Dhani Jones or be their future WLB. 
  
 Other possibilities
: A trade up for Bunkley or Justice are possibilities. Also trading down for Mangold. It is highly likely the Eagles won't be in this spot come draft day. 
  
  
 15) Denver Broncos: Manny Lawson/DE/North Carolina St.  
  
 Analysis
: While they have depth at the position, they don't have a pure pass rusher.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Veteran WR Rod Smith is almost at the end of the line and WR Ashley Lelie wants out so one of the top two receivers are considerations but this is a good draft for developmental prospects in rounds 2-3. 
  
  
 16) Miami Dolphins: Santonio Holmes/WR/Ohio State 
  
 Analysis
: Holmes fills a need as a number two wide out. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Jackson is a major consideration here, though they want the early returns Holmes will offer. A defensive back like Cromartie or J. Allen. 
  
  
 17) Minnesota Vikings: Jay Cutler/QB/Vanderbilt 
  
 Analysis
: They're looking for a young signal caller and Cutler is the perfect fit for their WCO. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Sims or Greenway if they drop. 
  
  
 18) Dallas Cowboys: Chad Jackson/WR/Florida 
  
 Analysis
: They badly need a developmental receiver and Jackson offers size and speed.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Sims is an option as is Eric Winston. 
  
  
 19) San Diego Chargers: Winston Justice/OT/USC 
  
 Analysis
: They need a young offensive tackle badly to replace veteran LT Roman Oben.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Thomas Howard to eventually replace veteran LB Steve Foley. Jason Allen and Antonio Cromartie are serious considerations as well. 
  
  
 20) Kansas City Chiefs: Jason Allen/CB-S/Tennessee 
  
 Analysis
: They were considering a cornerback last year so Allen makes a lot of sense considering he can play both corner and safety where they have two aging starters.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Hali or Kiwanuka as they need depth at end.  
  
  
 21) New England Patriots: Kamerion Wimbley/DE-OLB/Florida St. 
  
 Analysis
: He's a great fit for their defensive scheme and he has great character which is important for prospective first-round picks.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Cromartie as they need help at cornerback. 
  
  
 22) San Francisco 49ers: Bobby Carpenter/OLB/Ohio St. 
  
 Analysis
: The replacement for Julian Peterson. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Cromartie or any of the top cornerbacks that drop. Ryans also is being looked at here but considering Carpenter's ability to put his hand on the ground during third down pass rushing situations, this is a better fit. 
  
  
 23) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 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 Bengals: Antonio Cromartie/CB/Florida St. 
  
 Analysis
: Veteran CB Tory James is 33 so they need a young cornerback to eventually replace him.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Mangold to replace wily veteran C Rich Braham. Hali as they need a young pass rusher.  
  
  
 25) New York Giants: DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis 
  
 Analysis
: Big Blue needs an eventual replacement for veteran RB Tiki Barber and they'll get a great value here with Williams. 
  
 Other possibilities
: One of the top remaining CBs.  
  
  
 26) Chicago Bears: Donte Whitner/S/Ohio St. 
  
 Analysis
: Second-year safety Chris Harris struggled against Carolina in the playoffs and Whitner is an upgrade. 
  
 Other possibilities
: One of the top tight ends who would fill a big need. 
  
  
 27) Carolina Panthers: DeMeco Ryans/LB/Alabama 
  
 Analysis
: He'll replace WLB Will Witherspoon.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Maroney is a consideration here but he's too much like DeShaun Foster who they are paying big money to. 
  
  
 28) Jacksonville Jaguars: Thomas Howard/LB/UTEP 
  
 Analysis
: He'll replace SLB Akin Ayodele.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Cromartie who they are very high on if he drops.  
  
  
 29) New York Jets: Nick Mangold/C/Ohio St. 
  
 Analysis
: Veteran C Trey Teague is a temporary fill-in. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Carpenter as they need young linebackers to fit in with their 3-4 scheme. Laurence Maroney as well. 
  
  
 30) Indianapolis Colts: Laurence Maroney/RB/Minnesota 
  
 Analysis
: They need a versatile back to take over the starting job. 
  
 Other possibilities
: Jennings as they need a solid cover cornerback. 
  
  
 31) Seattle Seahawks: Kelly Jennings/CB/Miami-Fla. 
  
 Analysis
: They badly need a CB and Jennings can play right away.  
  
 Other possibilities
: A young pass rusher is needed and Mathias Kiwanuka will get looks here.  
  
  
 32) Pittsburgh Steelers: Sinorice Moss/WR/Miami-Fla. 
  
 Analysis
: They need a receiver with speed who can also work on special teams returns.  
  
 Other possibilities
: Josh Bullocks or Lendale White.

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