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Monday, March 27, 2006 

Unnecessary Mock Draft III

Our third unnecessary and under-achieving attempt at mocking the NFL Draft (NYC, April 29-30).

1. Houston Texans - Reggie Bush (RB USC) - The Texans are locked in on Reggie, barring an overwhelming offer. That scenario doesn't seem likely because no team appears to be in a position to make such a deal. The Packers, 49ers and Jets would love to have Reggie but have too many holes to make a trade including multiple picks. Domanick Davis has done a solid job for Houston, but complementing him with the electricity of Reggie will ideally take the pressure off David Carr and open things up for Andre "Ice Cold" Johnson. Perhaps GM Charlie Casserly has forgotten that everything starts up front: their O-line is still terrible.

2. New Orleans Saints - Mario Williams (DE, NC St.) - By signing Drew Brees and his injured shoulder to a 6 year deal, the Saints have basically put the #2 pick on the trading block. Any team hoping to jump in front of the Titans for Matt Leinart will have to make their move here. If they don't make a deal, the Saints will choose between Williams and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, with the Brick being the safer of the two players. However, Williams' stock has risen as his workouts and measurements have proven he is the prototypical defensive end.

3. Tennessee Titans - Matt Leinart (QB, USC) - The Titans would be thrilled with my sweet Brick as well, but reuniting Leinart with former coordinator Norm Chow is too tempting. I predict big things from Leinart in the league; there is nothing not to like about him. The Saints' loss is the Music City's gain.

4. New York Jets - D’Brickashaw Ferguson (OT, Virginia) - Have I mentioned how much we love D'Brickashaw? With Leinart and Williams off the board, the Brick is a no brainer for the Jets.

5. Green Bay Packers - A.J. Hawk (OLB, Ohio St.) - A.J. is an impact player, something the Pack desperately needs. Aside from KGB, Green Bay has no playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and no leaders. Apple Jack fills both needs.

6. San Francisco 49ers - Michael Huff (DB, Texas) - Huff is Mike Nolan's type of physical player and he is also versatile, playing corner or safety. The Niners will also think hard about Vernon Davis who would give Alex Smith a much needed offensive weapon. By the way, trading Brandon Lloyd to Washington for a couple middle round picks makes no sense. The man made highlight reel catches for a terrible team last year with a reasonable salary, yet his value is only third and fourth rounders?

7. Oakland Raiders - Vince Young (QB, Texas) - Al Davis will jump all over Vinny's athleticism if he falls this far and it's a good risk at #7. I'd say there is about a 50/50 chance he ends up as a bust, but what if his game translates to the next level? I know the Wonderlic score is a legit concern, but Dan Marino and Brett Favre weren't exactly scholars either. VY is a good fit for the Silver & Black.

8. Buffalo Bills - Haloti Ngata (DT, Oregon) - Ngata goes to the Bills in every mock draft. And just like the Bills, this pick is boring. I still stand by my initial assessment: Vernon Davis should be their primary target. I also still firmly believe that defensive tackles do not belong in the top 10 picks so let's move on.

9. Detroit Lions - Vernon Davis (TE, Maryland) - I have a hunch Davis won't be available for the Lions, but he is the only offensive player worth their consideration. Davis is a specimen: 6'3, 254 lbs and a sub-4.4 forty time. Other options for the third incarnation of the M&M boys are Huff and Jimmy Williams.

10. Arizona Cardinals - Jimmy Williams (CB, Virginia Tech) - Dennis Green may be tempted by Jay Cutler here, but he is also a sucker for immediate gratification. Williams would pair with Antrel Rolle to give the Cards arguably the two best CBs from each of the past 2 drafts. Williams is very big and very cocky and should be an interesting player to follow.

11. St. Louis Rams - Jay Cutler (QB, Vanderbilt)
12. Cleveland Browns - Ernie Sims (OLB, FSU)
13. Baltimore Ravens - Winston Justice (OT, USC)
14. Philadelphia Eagles - Santonio Holmes (WR, Ohio St.)
15. Denver Broncos - LenDale White (RB, USC)
16. Miami Dolphins - Johnathan Joseph (CB, South Carolina)
17. Minnesota Vikings - DeAngelo Williams (RB, Memphis)
18. Dallas Cowboys - Tamba Hali (DE, Penn St.)
19. San Diego Chargers - Chad Jackson (WR, Florida)
20. Kansas City Chiefs - Ashton "Feelin' On" Youboty (CB, Ohio St.)
21. New England Patriots - Laurence Maroney (RB, Minnesota)
22. Denver Broncos (from Washington) - Brodrick Bunkley (DT, FSU)
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tye Hill (CB, Clemson)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Gabe Watson (DT, Michigan)
25. New York Giants - Chad Greenway (OLB, Iowa)
26. Chicago Bears - Leonard Pope (TE, Georgia)
27. Carolina Panthers - Bobby Carpenter (OLB, Ohio St.)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Demeco Ryans (OLB, 'Bama)
29. New York Jets - Sinorice Moss (WR, The U.)
30. Indianapolis Colts - Kamerion Wimbley (DE, FSU)
31. Seattle Seahawks - Nick Mangold (C, Ohio St.)
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mathias Kiwanuka (DE, Boston College)