Scott Eklund's final 2006 mock draft

With tomorrow's Draft being the culmination of a lot of hard work by players, their agents and the teams selecting them, Seahawks.NET's Draft Editor Scott Eklund posts his predictions for the first and second rounds of this yera's NFL Draft. Will the Hawks select a lineman? A defensive back? A linebacker? See below for what Scott has to say...

Round 1

1. Houston – Reggie Bush, RB, USC

Bush is the most electrifying playmaker to come out of the college ranks in years. In this year's draft there isn't a player available that can do the things that Bush can do. He can run the ball, catch it and return kicks. He'll get the chance to touch the ball 20 times a game and will drastically improve a somewhat anemic Texans offense.

2. New Orleans – D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia

The acquisition of Drew Brees during free agency makes the need for the Saints to select a quarterback unnecessary. Ferguson is huge and athletic. He would be a bookend tackle in the "Big Easy" for the next decade.

3. Tennessee – Matt Leinart, QB, USC

This comes down to a battle between GM Floyd Reese and head coach Jeff Fisher. Leinart knows offensive coordinator Norm Chows system almost as well as Chow does and he's an underrated athlete. Texas' Vince Young is the player Reese is intrigued with and there is a chance he could be selected here, however Leinart makes the most sense.

4. New York Jets – Mario Williams, DE, N.C. State

If Leinart is still on the board, the Jets would be hard-pressed to take anyone else. If he's gone they may trade down a few spots and select Young. With the fourth selection though, they would probably opt for the freakish athlete in Williams. He can come off the edge and he replaces the departed John Abraham along the defensive line.

5. Green Bay – A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State

Hawk is arguably the best defensive player in the draft (Williams supporters would disagree), because he can do so many things. He can blitz, he can tackle, he can lead and he's just an ornery player who arrives at the ball angry. He would be just what the Packers defense needs – an attitude.

6. San Francisco – Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland

The 49ers need playmakers on offense. Their receiver corps is lacking in downfield playmakers and Davis, although he is a tight end, is a player who can challenge teams down the field. Second-year QB Alex Smith would appreciate the selection of Davis here.

7. Oakland – Vince Young, QB, Texas

Either one of the top two quarterbacks will probably be donning the Silver and Black in 2006. Young is a playmaker that can sit for a year behind whoever is under-center for the Raiders this fall and then hope he can take the reigns the following season. Young's physical talents and big-play potential just ooze Raider.

8. Buffalo – Michael Huff, S, Texas

Back to back Longhorns in the first round? Well the Bills need secondary help and Huff is the biggest playmaker in the deep-patrol. He runs well, has excellent instincts and is a ballhawk. He won't deliver the big-hit all the time, but there is no denying what he would bring to the Bills secondary.

9. Detroit Lions - Broderick Bunkley, DT, Florida State

Before the combine and the individual workouts, Bunkley was a borderline first-rounder. However, he has really climbed up several teams' draft boards with his excellent quickness and solid base. He would clog the middle of the line-of-scrimmage and allow the speedy Lions linebackers to make plays. The problem is that the Lions need secondary help and they are praying Huff falls to them here.

10. Arizona – Winston Justice, OT, USC

This would be the first real surprise of the draft. Some think the Cardinals will opt for a quarterback here, but a lot of teams don't have Cutler as a first-rounder and Arizona is one of them. If Young falls to 10 they will be running to the podium with his name on their selection card. With Young off the board though, Justice would be the surprise pick here. He's talented and has a bit of a nasty side to him. He would significantly upgrade a porous Cardinals offensive line.

11. St. Louis – Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa

The Rams have worked hard to upgrade their defense this offseason and their linebackers could use a playmaker like Greenway. He's not the most athletically gifted of the bunch, but he's productive, he runs very well and he's a leader. He would be an ideal strongside linebacker in the "Gateway City".

12. Cleveland – Kamerion Wimbley, DE, Florida State

The Browns need a good pass-rusher for head coach Romeo Crennel's defense and Wimbley fits that bill. He's good off the edge and he's very athletic.

13. Baltimore – Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon

Baltimore would be jumping for joy if Ngata fell to them here. He is super-strong, has good quickness and would take a lot of the pressure off of LB Ray Lewis.

14. Philadelphia – Chad Jackson, WR, Florida

The release of Terrell Owens during the offseason dictates the Eagles select a playmaker down the field. Jackson has amazing abilities. He's fearless across the middle, runs good routes and has excellent hands. He's also got deep speed and that's something that quarterback Donovan McNabb needs.

15. Denver – Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State

DeAngelo Williams could also be selected here, but Holmes would give them a playmaker opposite inconsistent Ashley Lelie and an understudy for 35 year-old Rod Smith. Holmes has excellent speed and he can also double-up as a punt returner.

16. Miami – Donte Whitner, S, Ohio State

The Buckeye's defense was loaded last year and Whitner was one of the leaders of the Scarlet and Grey. He has excellent instincts, hits like a ton of bricks and is a playmaker. He also has good speed so he could play either safety position well, but he probably projects as a strong safety at the pro level.

17. Minnesota – Ernie Sims, LB, Florida State

Sims is an unbelievable athlete and he's a player that would immediately upgrade the Vikings' stop unit. He tackles well, but needs to work on taking on blocks more. His speed is a dimension Minnesota's defense needs desperately.

18. Dallas – Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State

The fourth Buckeye selected in the first round, Carpenter has enjoyed a steady climb up the draft board this spring. His pass-rushing abilities and athleticism make him ideal for the Cowboys' 3-4 defense and he would immediately be penciled in as the starter at one of the outside positions.

19. San Diego – Tye Hill, CB, Clemson

Hill's speed and leaping ability offset his small stature (5'9") and his quickness is better than any other defensive back in the draft. He will, at the very least, be an excellent third-corner as a rookie with a chance that he could end up starting early in his first year.

20. Kansas City – Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech

Williams' stock has steadily declined the closer we've gotten to the draft, but there is no denying his speed and athleticism. His concerns have been more in attitude. Kansas City needs playmakers in their secondary and Williams definitely would help in that respect.

21. New England – DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama

Ryans is very athletic, aggressive and a playmaker. The Patriots need an infusion of youth into their linebacking corps and Ryans has the mental and physical makeup head coach Bill Belichick looks for when he's drafting a player.

22. San Francisco - Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee

The 49ers need help up and down their entire roster. Having added an offensive playmaker at the beginning of the round (Davis) they can now turn to a player, Allen, who is versatile enough to play any position in the secondary.

23. Tampa Bay – Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State

Cromartie is the most physically gifted defensive back in the draft this year, but an inexperience and injury have caused him to fall a little. He only started one game his entire three years with the Seminoles. Look for the Bucs to take a chance that he will be able to deal with the jump to the NFL.

24. Cincinnati – Jonathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina

The Bengals need playmakers in the deep patrol and Joseph has the ability to be a solid starter for the next decade. He's tough and a great athlete…a perfect fit in Cincinnati.

25. New York Giants – Kelly Jennings, CB, Miami

Even though the Giants selected Corey Webster with the first pick last year – a second-rounder – and they picked up Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters in free agency they still need help in their problematic secondary. Enter Jennings, who is a superb athlete and has the necessary tools to be a solid cover corner.

26. Chicago – Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami

The Bears need better athletes on the outside for QB Rex Grossman. Moss is speedy and runs excellent routes. He would be a big-play wideout in the Bears attack.

27. Carolina – DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis

The Panthers would be jumping for joy if Williams fell this far. He has top 10 talent, but the need for a running back this year isn't as great for the teams selecting that high. Williams would immediately be named the starter in Charlotte and take over for the brittle DeShaun Foster who could then spell Williams and be much more dangerous in the Panthers' offense.

28. Jacksonville – Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia

Pope is an amazing athlete. He's huge and tough, able to run around or through defenders. He also has great hands and is a decent blocker.

29. New York Jets – Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt

Cutler would immediately become Chad Pennington's understudy and is similar in abilities to the current Jets signal-caller. He could sit for a year and then push Pennington in year two for the starting spot.

30. Indianapolis – Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA

In a surprise, the Colts select a player that is almost as electrifying as Bush, but has carried the full-load in college unlike Bush. He runs well and is super-quick. He also has the ability to return kicks, something that the Colts will be unable to resist.

31. Seattle – Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State

The Hawks need another young starter to place opposite Marcus Trufant in the secondary. Youboty is a great athlete and has the size and strength needed to combat the larger receiver so en vogue in the league right now.

32. Pittsburgh – Manny Lawson, DE, N.C. State

The Steelers would be thrilled to have Lawson fall to them in the first round. He's been overshadowed by Williams, but he's excellent in his own right. Lawson is the logical choice with this selection.

Round 2

33. Houston – Davin Joseph, OG, Oklahoma
34. New Orleans – Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
35. New York Jets – Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
36. Green Bay – Eric Winston, OT, Miami
37. Denver – Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State
38. Oakland – D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland
39. Tennessee – Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP
40. Detroit – Marcus McNeil, OT, Auburn
41. Arizona – Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
42. Buffalo – Orien Harris, DT, Miami
43. Cleveland – Claude Wroten, DT, LSU
44. Baltimore – Daniel Bullocks, S, Nebraska
45. Philadelphia – Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan
46. St. Louis – Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno State
47. Atlanta – Darryl Tapp, DE, Virginia Tech
48. Minnesota – Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama
49. Dallas – Max Jean-Gilles, OG, Georgia
50. San Diego – Demetrius Williams, WR, Oregon
51. Minnesota – Chris Chester, OG, Oklahoma
52. New England – Joseph Addai, RB, LSU
53. Washington – Rocky McIntosh, LB, Miami
54. Kansas City – Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
55. Cincinnati – Dominique Byrd, TE, USC
56. New York Giants – John Alston, LB, Stanford
57. Chicago – Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas
58. Carolina – Joe Klopfenstein, TE, Colorado
59. Tampa Bay – Fred Matua, OG, USC
60. Jacksonville – Jason Spitz, C, Louisville
61. Denver – Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina
62. Indianapolis – Daryn College, OT, Boise State
63. Seattle – Mark Anderson, DE, Alabama
64. Pittsburgh – Maurice Stovall, WR, Notre Dame Top Stories