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: Mario Williams/DE/North Carolina St.
Analysis: Ultimately, the Saints would prefer to move down a few slots, collect some extra picks, and select Hawk who they have as their top rated defensive player in the draft. But since we don't make trades here, Williams will be the selection if they stay there as they need pass rush help.
Other possibilities: A trade down to select Hawk or V. Davis. Keep in mind they're moving RT Jammal Brown to LT so they'll be passing up Ferguson.
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: Young who the team sees as having a tremendous upside.
4) NY Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson/OT/Virginia
Analysis: The team badly needs a franchise LT and Ferguson will give them that.
Other possibilities: Hawk is also serious consideration for this selection as are Williams and one of the top QBs.
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: 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 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.
8) Buffalo: Winston Justice/OT/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: Broderick Bunkley/DT/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. 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: J. Williams is also a consideration at this point as is V. Davis if he slips. He would be the one player they would select over Bunkley.
12) Cleveland: Haloti Ngata/DT/Oregon
Analysis: They need a big tackle to spell aging DT Ted Washington.
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. They also could trade up for a chance to select Justice.
15) Denver: Manny Lawson/DE/North Carolina St.
Analysis: A young, explosive pass rusher is a priority. Denver has depth but not good talent at defensive end.
Other possibilities: Wimbley is also a consideration here. Denver is also very high on C. Jackson who could be the eventual replacement for veteran WR Rod Smith. Holmes is also a consideration here. Selecting a back isn't out of the question, either.
16) Miami: Santonio Holmes/WR/Ohio State
Analysis: Holmes fills a need as a number two wide out.
Other possibilities: Jackson if he slips. A defensive back like Cromartie or Jason Allen.
17) Minnesota: Ernie Sims/OLB/Florida St
Analysis: An upgrade on the weak side over projected starter EJ Henderson is needed. Sims is a perfect selection for their new defensive scheme.
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: T. Howard to eventually replace veteran LB Steve Foley. Heavy consideration here for Cromartie or Allen.
20) Kansas City: Kamerion Wimbley/DE/Florida St.
Analysis: Depth and another starter is needed to compliment DE Jared Allen.
Other possibilities: Hali or Kiwanuka.
21) New England: DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis
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. Back (Maroney) if they don't get one with their first selection.
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: Jason Allen/DB/Tennessee
Analysis: He's a versatile defensive back who can play either safety position or cornerback.
Other possibilities: Mangold to replace wily veteran C Rich Braham. Also, T. Howard who they are looking at for SS.
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: Antonio Cromartie/CB/Florida St.
Analysis: When healthy and at the top of his game, Cromarite is a top-10 selection and holds more upside potential than any other cornerback in this draft.
Other possibilities: 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.
27) Carolina: Leonard Pope/TE/Georgia
Analysis: They'd prefer a weak-side linebacker yet tight end is a crying need.
Other possibilities: Marcedes Lewis or a running back.
28) Jacksonville: Thomas Howard/LB/UTEP
Analysis: They need an outside linebacker and he could be an instant starter.
Other possibilities: They're looking for an upgrade over veteran DE Paul Spicer so one of the ends left is a consideration here. Bobby Carpenter will be given serious consideration here.
29) NY Jets: Laurence 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: Tamba Hali/DE/Penn St.
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: Donte Whitner/S/Ohio State
Analysis: Whitner's upside and potential cover skills makes him a great
compliment to Troy Polamalu.
Other possibilities: A rotational running back who could develop into a feature runner such as Joseph Addai will be a consideration.