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AirForceChief
04-18-2006, 08:55 AM
The numbers are position taken, followed by movement as to where the player was taken in relation to most recent previous mock draft, followed by the highest projected slot/and lowest projected slot from all previous mocks.

E.g., Bush is projected to go 1st, SAME as last mock, and all previous mocks by Fox have had him going 1st. While Joseph, Chiefs selection at 20, has risen six slots since the last draft, and he's been picked as high as #16 and as low as #30 in previous drafts.

Enjoy

1. Texans Reggie Bush RB Southern California 1st SAME 1st / 1st

Scouts lump Bush among some of the all-time great running back talents, including LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, O.J. Simpson and Gale Sayers. The Texans aren't going to pass up on the opportunity to add such a rare talent.
2. Saints Matt Leinart QB Southern California 2nd SAME 2nd / 3rd
The Saints will dictate how the rest of the top 10 plays out. Leinart is perceived by most scouts to be the most valuable commodity remaining on the board. Potential franchise quarterbacks are rare, and the Saints will consider the former Trojan even with the free agent addition of Drew Brees. That said, the more likely scenario has the Saints trading down slightly. New Orleans has only two first-day selections. The Titans aren't likely to move up since they have only two first-day picks of their own. The Jets, however, with five picks on the first day (including Nos. 4 and 29 of the first round), have plenty of ammunition. A trade with the Jets would put the Saints in position to add Ferguson at a point of better value, or to fulfill another need at outside linebacker with A.J. Hawk.
3. Titans Vince Young QB Texas 3rd SAME 3rd / 13th
Steve McNair is entering the final year of his contract and his base salary for this season is $9 million. The Titans and McNair are struggling to agree to a restructured contract, and there is no guarantee he will return to the team. The Titans appear to be quite high on Young and likely would take him here if Leinart is off the board. However, given the choice, the team seems to be leaning towards offensive coordinator Norm Chow's former protege from Southern California. The uglier the McNair situation becomes, the more determined the Titans might be to add Leinart due to his knowledge of the offense and readiness to play immediately.
4. Jets D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia 4th SAME 2nd / 6th
With five picks on the first day, including two picks in each of the first and third rounds, the Jets certainly have the ammunition to move ahead of Tennessee and select quarterback Matt Leinart if they hold him in the high regard rumored. Should the Jets elect to stand pat, however, Ferguson makes too much sense to pass on if still available.
5. Packers Mario Williams DE N.C. State 5th SAME 2nd / 5th
The Packers could find themselves in the enviable position of picking between the top two rated defenders of the draft. If this scenario played out, the Packers wouldn't hesitate to select Williams.
6. 49ers A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State 6th SAME 5th / 7th

Tight end Vernon Davis would make a lot of sense here as the team attempts to add weapons for young quarterback Alex Smith, but if Hawk makes it to the sixth pick, the 49ers would be wise to add to their defense first.
7. Raiders Michael Huff DB Texas 7th SAME 7th / 13th
The Raiders love speed and Huff, who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the combine, has plenty of that. He also would provide the consistent open-field tackler Oakland has been searching for.
8. Bills Vernon Davis TE Maryland 8th SAME 6th / 10th

Most expect the Bills to draft one of the top two defensive tackles, and Brodrick Bunkley and Haloti Ngata certainly would make sense. However, if Davis were to fall into the Bills' lap, his value and immediate impact potential could be too much to pass on. USC tackle Winston Justice could also be a consideration, as his stock continues to rise as the draft approaches.
9. Lions Winston Justice OT Southern California 9th SAME 9th / 18th
Justice's superb pro day effort has his stock skyrocketing as the draft approaches. The Lions started former seventh-round pick Kelly Butler at right tackle last year and though he performed adequately, Justice would provide an immediate upgrade.
10. Cardinals Haloti Ngata DT Oregon 10th SAME 10th / 18th
The Cardinals were among the NFL's worst last season in two areas critical to success: running the football and stopping the run. The addition of free agent Edgerrin James certainly addresses the offensive side and the 6-foot-4, 338-pound Ngata would close defensive gaps.
11. Rams Broderick Bunkley DT Florida State 11th SAME 8th / 11th
The Rams have a great many options with this pick. Outside linebacker, tight end and quarterback Jay Cutler all make sense for various reasons. However, the Rams finished 27th in run defense last season and are seeking to replace two former first-round defensive tackles in Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis. Bunkley broke the FSU record for tackles for loss in a season with 25 and was one of the top performers at both the Senior Bowl and combine.
12. Browns
Kamerion Wimbley DE/OLB Florida State 12th SAME 12th / 18th
The two primary needs for the 3-4 alignment are a nose guard and outside linebackers. Though the Browns addressed each of these positions via free agency, they are still looking for depth. Wimbley would give the club a young pass rusher to soak up knowledge from newly signed Willie McGinist.
13. Ravens Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt 13th SAME 4th / 13th
Teams are all over the board on Cutler, which could facilitate a slight drop down the board for the former SEC star. The Ravens are looking to add some competition for Kyle Boller and have closely scouted this year's passers. Quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel joined the Baltimore scouting staff at the Senior Bowl, where Cutler shined. The Ravens like OT Winston Justice, but his pro day performance may have vaulted him out of Baltimore's reach.
14. Eagles Ernie Sims OLB Florida State 17th (+3) 14th / 23rd
Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's defense is predicated on pressure and speed. There isn't a faster, more aggressive linebacker in this draft than Sims. He showed his 4.50-second speed in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and has drawn comparisons to another former Seminole, Tampa Bay star Derrick Brooks.
15. Broncos
(from Falcons) Chad Jackson WR Florida 15th SAME 14th / 29th
Rod Smith can't last forever and former first-round pick Ashley Lelie continues to struggle with consistency. The Broncos are believed to be targeting Jackson and pass rushers Wimbley and Lawson with this pick, and will simply take their choice of whoever remains.
16. Dolphins Jimmy Williams DB Virginia Tech 16th SAME 11th / 22nd
Nick Saban has shown a willingness to take a chance on inconsistent athletes in the past with Ricky Williams and Manuel Wright. Williams wasn't as dominant at his pro day as expected and struggles with consistency, but is the draft's most gifted cornerback. Some might feel the Dolphins have addressed the need for corners with the recent free agent additions of Will Allen and Andre Goodman, but depth is unreliable.
17. Vikings Chad Greenway LB Iowa 25th (+8) 12th / 31st
The Vikings are looking to add linebackers with speed to play in their Cover-2 scheme. Greenway could slip down the board a bit because he ran a little slower than expected at the combine (4.76) and didn't lift well, but his speed on the field along with instincts and reliable tackling is apparent on film.

18. Cowboys Jason Allen S Tennessee NR (NR) 15th / NR
The Cowboys would like to add a capable athlete to play opposite Pro Bowl strong safety Roy Williams. They re-signed free safety Keith Davis, but he is a special teams dynamo the coaching staff was reluctant to even put in the starting lineup last season. Allen, who missed most of the 2005 season with a dislocated hip, has drawn red flags from some teams, but is still considered a strong first-round value. Picks 18-32 could feature a colossal run on defensive backs.
19. Chargers Tye Hill CB Clemson 19th SAME 15th / 31st
The Chargers have certainly tried to address the cornerback position in the past, as they employ three former first-rounders there. Unfortunately, Quentin Jammer, Sammy Davis and Jamar Fletcher only snared three interceptions between them in 2005. Hill's explosive speed likely assures him being selected in the top 20, even if teams are wary of his less than prototypical size (5-10, 185).
20. Chiefs
(from Bills) Johnathan Joseph CB South Carolina 26th (+6) 16th / 30th
After releasing Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon, the Chiefs will strongly consider top cornerback prospects with their first-round pick. Only Williams and Hill are considered locks for the top 20, however, and the Chiefs might have to reach a little. Joseph is a spectacular talent, but is certainly a gamble as the junior essentially played only one season at the D-I level. Joseph transferred to South Carolina following one season at Coffey Community College and missed most of the 2004 season to a broken foot.
21. Patriots Bobby Carpenter OLB Ohio State 21st SAME 21st / NR
The Patriots rarely draft for need, but with a hole at linebacker and the versatile, instinctive Carpenter on the board, the pick makes too much sense not to be given strong consideration. Besides, with five picks in the top 105, the Patriots have plenty of opportunities to address other needs.
22. Broncos
(from Redskins) Manny Lawson DE/OLB N.C. State 14th (-8) 11th / NR
Even though a legion of ex-Cleveland Browns has solidified the Broncos' defensive line, this unit does not boast a legitimate speed rusher. Lawson posted 10.5 sacks his senior season. He weighed in at the combine at 241 pounds, but at 6-feet-5 Lawson has the frame to add more bulk. The Broncos are also looking to the draft to add depth at running back, and will likely consider DeAngelo Williams, Laurence Maroney and LenDale White. td>
23. Buccaneers Santonio Holmes WR Ohio State 24th (+1) 14th / NR
A strong defense and the running of rookie Cadillac Williams receives much of the credit for the Bucs making the playoffs last year, but the resurrection of Joey Galloway was arguably the biggest factor. His 83 receptions for 1,287 yards and 10 touchdowns topped his numbers for the previous two seasons combined. It might be asking a bit much for the 34-year-old to repeat that production in 2006. Holmes would provide an immediate upgrade in the slot and would eventually take Galloway's place as the outside vertical threat.
24. Bengals Ashton Youboty CB Ohio State NR (NR) 24th / NR
Cincinnati's top need remains tight end, but cornerbacks present the best value at this point. Youboty continues the Buckeye tradition of producing high quality defensive backs.
25. Giants DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis NR (NR) 21st / NR
The Giants' biggest need remains at outside linebacker, but the run on defenders could drop talented running backs down the board. Tiki Barber finished only 20 yards behind Shaun Alexander for the league's rushing title in 2005, but depth behind him is thin. Williams, the NCAA's career leader with 7,573 all-purpose yards, is a similar prospect who would give the team depth and someone for Barber to eventually pass the torch to.
26. Bears Donte Whinter S Ohio State 27th (+1) 24th / NR
The Bears would love to see the talented and versatile Whitner on the board. He is viewed as athletic and instinctive enough to play either safety position, and there are some who feel he could even play cornerback after showing a quick change of direction and surprising pure speed (4.40) at the combine.
27. Panthers LenDale White RB Southern California 32nd (+5) 14th / 32nd
White's torn hamstring could drop him out of the first round. However, teams willing to look past the injury and focus on his 57 career touchdowns (tying the all-time Pac-10 record) could be rewarded. The Panthers' power running game would be a great fit, and the team is certainly looking for depth at the position with the brittle DeShaun Foster as the starter.
28. Jaguars Antonio Cromartie CB Florida State 18th (-10) 18th / NR
A bit of a surprise here considering the Jaguars have Rashean Mathis and just signed Brian Williams to a big contract. However, vice president of player personnel James Harris has shown a past willingness to gamble on athleticism (see Matt Jones), and Cromartie, at 6-2, 208 pounds, has been characterized as the best athlete at Florida State since Deion Sanders. Cromartie is certainly a gamble, however, as he missed the entire 2005 season with a torn ACL and started just one of 25 games with the Seminoles.
29. Jets
(from Broncos) Nick Mangold C Ohio State 29th SAME 28th / NR
What happens with the Jets' first pick, No. 4 overall, obviously will have a huge impact on what the Jets are looking to do here. If they draft Ferguson, they aren't likely to add another lineman in the first round. But if they fill another need at No. 4, Mangold would be a nice addition for a line that recently signed versatile veteran Trey Teague, who can play tackle or center.
30. Colts Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota 30th SAME 24th / 30th
Maroney's vision and smooth running style make him a natural fit for the Colts, who are looking toward the draft to replace Edgerrin James.
31. Seahawks Kelly Jennings CB Miami 20th (-11) 20th / NR
The Seahawks feel their top remaining priority this off-season is their defensive backfield. Jennings' slight frame (5-11, 178 pounds) will drop him down the board a bit, but scouts appreciate his consistency and 40 career starts with the Hurricanes.
32. Steelers Darnell Bing SS Southern California NR (NR) 32nd / NR
The Steelers are expected to address wide receiver or safety with this selection. With no receivers of great value remaining, the best option might be Bing, whose size and athleticism has scouts intrigued.

beer bacon
04-18-2006, 09:24 AM
Hell no. I have had enough gambles for one life time. I would be enraged if we reached on Joseph, and then the Broncos drafted Lawson at 22.

Mecca
04-18-2006, 09:25 AM
In fairness Joseph is expected to go between 17-24......so I don't know how many people really consider that a "gamble".

beer bacon
04-18-2006, 09:37 AM
In fairness Joseph is expected to go between 17-24......so I don't know how many people really consider that a "gamble".

He isn't at the level of the elite of CB, and there isn't really much of a difference between him and a horde of other good CBs in this draft that will be going in the 2nd and 3rd round. Actually, lots of those other CBs had more starting experience at the university level, and they are more polished.

The only CBs, in my opinion, that have really set themselves apart from the rest are Huff, Williams, and Hill. I don't really like really short CBs as starters so I don't know if I would want Hill anyways. Besides those three, there aren't really any CBs that have set themselves apart. If we stayed at 20 to get a guy like Joseph, instead of trading down to the late 1st or early 2nd, then I would be upset. We could still get Joseph or another good corner, and then have another pretty early pick as well.

ct
04-18-2006, 10:22 AM
Joseph is a solid CB prospect, and 20 is not too high to take him. I'm with ya though, I would prefer to trade down and take him later, and there isn't a big difference b/n Joseph and Jennings or Youboty. But all things being equal between those 3, I'd take Joseph with his speed above the others.

RedThat
04-18-2006, 10:31 AM
Joseph is a solid CB prospect, and 20 is not too high to take him. I'm with ya though, I would prefer to trade down and take him later, and there isn't a big difference b/n Joseph and Jennings or Youboty. But all things being equal between those 3, I'd take Joseph with his speed above the others.

I agree. I think the smart thing for the Chiefs to do is trade their pick down.

beer bacon
04-18-2006, 10:34 AM
Joseph is a solid CB prospect, and 20 is not too high to take him. I'm with ya though, I would prefer to trade down and take him later, and there isn't a big difference b/n Joseph and Jennings or Youboty. But all things being equal between those 3, I'd take Joseph with his speed above the others.

I just don't think being .1 seconds faster then another guy on a straight line run is as important as people make it out to be. The only CB I really like at 20 that will still be available then is Youboty. He is the aggressive, athletic, consistant, and can cover well. He is the type of player that could excell in the cover 2, and could play man. I don't even know if I think Youboty is worth the 20th pick, but I would rather take him over Joseph or Marshal.

I would rather take a d-linemen at 20 or trade down as I layed out earlier. There will still be good CBs left in 2nd and 3rd rounds. CBs that would be going a round or two earlier in previous drafts.

htismaqe
04-18-2006, 10:42 AM
He isn't at the level of the elite of CB, and there isn't really much of a difference between him and a horde of other good CBs in this draft that will be going in the 2nd and 3rd round. Actually, lots of those other CBs had more starting experience at the university level, and they are more polished.

The only CBs, in my opinion, that have really set themselves apart from the rest are Huff, Williams, and Hill. I don't really like really short CBs as starters so I don't know if I would want Hill anyways. Besides those three, there aren't really any CBs that have set themselves apart. If we stayed at 20 to get a guy like Joseph, instead of trading down to the late 1st or early 2nd, then I would be upset. We could still get Joseph or another good corner, and then have another pretty early pick as well.

Huff will be a safety in the NFL and Williams likely will be as well.

That leaves Hill as the lone CB on your list. I think Joseph, Cromartie, and Youboty all rate out fine at #20.

beer bacon
04-18-2006, 10:49 AM
Huff will be a safety in the NFL and Williams likely will be as well.

That leaves Hill as the lone CB on your list. I think Joseph, Cromartie, and Youboty all rate out fine at #20.

My problem with Cromartie is experience. I don't see any reason a guy with practically no starting experience at a high level of competition should be taken in the first. Joseph is alright, but I feel like he is riding his 4.3 40 a bit too much. I would rather take the guy that I take is a plain better football player and ran a 4.45 40 on one specific day in Youboty over a guy that I don't think is as solid and ran a 4.33 on that specific day in Joseph.

Guys like Zemaitis that have shown they are just plain good fundamental football players, but are being bad mouthed right now for not have blazing 40 times at the combine. Guys like him will end being picked up in the 2nd or 3rd by teams like the Patriots or Steelers. They will end up having very solid football careers, while a guy like Cromartie haven't proven anything, and could quite possibly never develop to be a better football player then he is now.

ct
04-18-2006, 10:51 AM
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I would rather take a d-linemen at 20 or trade down as I layed out earlier. There will still be good CBs left in 2nd and 3rd rounds. CBs that would be going a round or two earlier in previous drafts.

That is my 1st choice too. I vote for Hali @20, or a trade down to strengthen our overall choices, and if Hali is gone then, go with Joseph, Jennings, Youboty. Quite possible that another DE might make more sense later in a trade down as well.

Mecca
04-19-2006, 06:45 AM
My problem with Cromartie is experience. I don't see any reason a guy with practically no starting experience at a high level of competition should be taken in the first. Joseph is alright, but I feel like he is riding his 4.3 40 a bit too much. I would rather take the guy that I take is a plain better football player and ran a 4.45 40 on one specific day in Youboty over a guy that I don't think is as solid and ran a 4.33 on that specific day in Joseph.

Guys like Zemaitis that have shown they are just plain good fundamental football players, but are being bad mouthed right now for not have blazing 40 times at the combine. Guys like him will end being picked up in the 2nd or 3rd by teams like the Patriots or Steelers. They will end up having very solid football careers, while a guy like Cromartie haven't proven anything, and could quite possibly never develop to be a better football player then he is now.

DB's are one position where 40's are important.....I don't care about Lineman 40's but it is important with a guy who may have to run 40 yards on a play. It also shows he has recovery speed to make a mistake and get back in the play.

If a guy like Zemaitis makes a wrong read and a guy gets by him, play over.

Spicy McHaggis
04-19-2006, 01:11 PM
Is Kelly Jennings really considered a first rounder now? I've seen him on several boards going in the 25-32 range and IMO he's a reach there.

CosmicPal
04-19-2006, 01:25 PM
I doubt the Chargers draft another CB. We'll get Tye Hill.