Unnecessary Mock Draft IV
Our fourth unnecessary and under-achieving attempt at mocking the NFL Draft (NYC, April 29-30).
1. Houston Texans - Reggie Bush (RB, USC) - Without a doubt, Bush will become the second consecutive first overall pick from Helix High School in San Diego. That has to be some kind of record. Unlike high school teammate Alex Smith, expect Bush to be ready to make an immediate impact.
Bush is so talented that no one is talking about current Texan running back Domanick Davis, who has been very good on a very bad team the last couple years. Houston was wise to hold onto Davis this offseason, as it would have been hard to get a good return in a year where Shaun Alexander and Edgerrin James were free agents. With Eric Moulds now opposite Andre Johnson, new head coach Gary Kubiak is set up to look like a genius.
2. New Orleans Saints - D’Brickashaw Ferguson (OT, Virginia) - My sweet Brick would pair with the Saints' previous first rounder Jammaal Brown to form a supremely talented young tackle duo. The Saints are trying hard to deal this pick to a team in love with Matt Leinart, but haven't been offered near the deal they were hoping. Still, if the Jets decide to leapfrog the Titans for Leinart the Saints would be sitting pretty at 4, probably taking Mario Williams.
3. Tennessee Titans - Matt Leinart (QB, USC) - Speaking of Alex Smith, he should be paying Leinart a percentage of his rookie contract. Leinart's decision to stay at USC earned Smith more money than any agent ever could, as the Trojan would surely have gone first overall in '05. If Leinart is off the board, Tennessee will take my sweet Brick.
4. New York Jets - Vince Young (QB, Texas) - Its difficult to predict where exactly Vince Young will be drafted. Most whispers indicate he will not fall below the Raiders at #7, as owner Al Davis has reportedly developed an infatuation with him. The Jets can't seriously be counting on Patrick Ramsey and Chad Pennington, can they? Mario Williams is another possibility, as is the afore mentioned trade to snag Leinart. The Jets have so many holes that they really can't afford to give up the #29 pick to move up.
5. Green Bay Packers - A.J. Hawk (OLB, Ohio St.) - The first of six potential Buckeye first rounders. The only question about Hawk is whether or not the Packers will give him as big a signing bonus as the Ohio State University did.
6. San Francisco 49ers - Mario Williams (DE, NC St.) - Super Mario would be a steal for Mike Nolan and company. He is a freakish athlete who has been compared to Julius Peppers. Enough said.
7. Oakland Raiders - Michael Huff (DB, Texas) - With their man Vinny off the board, the options for Oakland appear to be Huff, Vernon Davis, Jay Cutler, Brodrick Bunkley, or Haloti Ngata. Huff is the best football player of the bunch, while Davis offers the most upside.
8. Buffalo Bills - Brodrick Bunkley (DT, FSU) - Our earlier mock drafts had Ngata going to the Bills, but Bunkley has ran up draft boards. Davis should be their guy, especially after the loss of Moulds, but all signs point to a DT going in this slot.
9. Detroit Lions - Vernon Davis (TE, Maryland) - If Davis is available and Huff is off the board, the Lions will draft offense in the first round yet again. Davis is the prototypical seam stretching tight end and would benefit from the knowledge of Marcus Pollard. Something tells me that Marinelli and Millen have Huff pegged as their guy, but in this scenario Davis is a great consolation prize.
10. Arizona Cardinals - Jimmy Williams (CB, Virginia Tech) - Some mock drafts have Williams going quite a bit lower, but how can you argue with his size (6'2, 210) at the corner? He's way too cocky and gambles way too much, but he could very well develop into a shut down corner. Dennis Green would love to pair him with Antrel Rolle at corner so that he his safeties can play close to the line of scrimmage and shut down the run. Jay Cutler is another possibility for the Cards.
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 - DeAngelo Williams (RB, Memphis)
15. Denver Broncos - Haloti Ngata (DT, Oregon)
16. Miami Dolphins - Chad Jackson (WR, Florida)
17. Minnesota Vikings - Chad Greenway (OLB, Iowa)
18. Dallas Cowboys - Tye Hill (CB, Clemson)
19. San Diego Chargers - Santonio Holmes (WR, Ohio St.)
20. Kansas City Chiefs - Johnathan Joseph (CB, South Carolina)
21. New England Patriots - Kamerion Wimbley (DE, FSU)
22. Denver Broncos - Leonard Pope (TE, Georgia)
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Marcus McNeil (OT, Auburn)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Ashton "Feelin' On" Youboty (CB, Ohio St.)
25. New York Giants - Antonio Cromartie (CB, FSU)
26. Chicago Bears - Mercedes Lewis (TE, UCLA)
27. Carolina Panthers - LenDale White (RB, USC)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Demeco Ryans (OLB, 'Bama)
29. New York Jets - Sinorice Moss (WR, The U.)
30. Indianapolis Colts - Laurence Maroney (RB, Minnesota)
31. Seattle Seahawks - Nick Mangold (C, Ohio St.)
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Donte Whitner (S, Ohio St.)