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    Muggsy is offline Asst. Coach
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    Re: His Highness Mel Kiper's mock draft 2006

    His updated mock draft is dated Jan. 31, and not much has changed, if any:
    *First-Round Projections
    1. Houston Reggie Bush, RB* USC
    2. New Orleans Matt Leinart, QB USC
    3. Tennessee Vince Young, QB* Texas
    4. N.Y. Jets D'Brickashaw Ferguson, T Virginia
    5. Green Bay Mario Williams, DE* NC State
    6. Oakland A.J. Hawk, LB Ohio St.
    7. San Francisco Michael Huff, DB Texas
    8. Buffalo Haloti Ngata, DT* Oregon
    9. Detroit Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt
    10. Arizona DeAngelo Williams, RB Memphis
    11. St. Louis Vernon Davis, TE* Maryland
    12. Cleveland Chad Greenway, LB Iowa
    13. Baltimore Tamba Hali, DE Penn St.
    14. Philadelphia Winston Justice, T* USC
    15. Atlanta Jimmy Williams, DB Virginia Tech
    16. Miami Ashton Youboty, CB* Ohio St.
    17. Minnesota LenDale White, RB* USC
    18. Dallas Marcus McNeill, T Auburn
    19. San Diego Santonio Holmes, WR* Ohio St.
    20. Kansas City Tye Hill, CB Clemson
    21. New England Laurence Maroney, RB* Minnesota
    22. Denver (from WSH) Mathias Kiwanuka, DE Boston College
    23. Tampa Bay DeMeco Ryans, LB Alabama
    24. Cincinnati Ko Simpson, DB* South Carolina
    25. N.Y. Giants Johnathan Joseph, CB* South Carolina
    26. Chicago Leonard Pope, TE* Georgia
    27. Carolina Dominique Byrd, TE USC
    28. Jacksonville Ernie Sims, OLB* Florida St.
    29. Denver Sinorice Moss, WR Miami
    30. Indianapolis Taitusi "Deuce" Lutui, G USC
    31. Pittsburgh Bobby Carpenter, LB Ohio St.
    32. Seattle Maurice Stovall, WR Notre Dame
    *Pittsburgh now has 32nd pick by virtue of its win over Seattle (No. 31) in Super Bowl XL.

    * denotes underclassman
    I tink instead of a RB, we go OL or LB. Dat's our main prob, I tink, y'know? We gots Fason, remember? And Moore. Get da O line in shape, and either one would do great. Get Marcus McNeill, and we would be headin' in da right direction. Or move up and get Chad Greenway, to get da LB's shaped up. But, as for RB, fuhgeddaboutit!
    "From the fury of the Northmen, O Lord, save us!"
    -- From a monestary in Ireland.

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    Re: His Highness Mel Kiper's mock draft 2006

    Dis is what Todd McShay tinks we might do:
    Todd McShay: RB is a strong possibility for the Vikes at No. 17. In my latest Mock Draft, I had LenDale White going at that spot. I think when it's all said and done, White could move up and L. Maroney could wind up as the best RB option for the Vikes at that spot. A lot could change between now and the draft, depending on the Culpepper situation. As it stands right now, though, some other options for the Vikings at No. 17 could be OLB Demeco Ryans, OT Winston Justice or possibly even DB Jimmy Williams should he fall that far.
    Demeco Ryans
    OLB | (6'1", 236, 4.75) | ALABAMA

    Scouts Grade: 95

    Flags: (B: BULK/SIZE) Lacks size/bulk for position(D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy

    Strengths: Is quicker than fast. Moves well laterally and when coming forward. He is instinctive and his technique is outstanding. He plays with leverage and shows very good balance and body control. Is quicker than fast. Takes excellent angles in pursuit and is a reliable, powerful tackler. Really has a nose for the football. Is disciplined and will execute his assignments. He shows good recognition skills and won't take too many false steps. He shows adequate-to-good range in underneath zone coverage. Gets good jumps on the ball and also shows good ball skills when in position to make a play. He has developed his array of pass rush moves and is relentless in pursuit of the QB. He has spent some time with his hand down as an edge rusher on obvious passing downs. He is a hard worker on and off the field. Intelligent player and good student. High character person with elite overall intangibles.

    Weaknesses: Is an elite prospect but lacks elite top-end speed and ideal size. While he possesses adequate size as a MLB or WLB, he lacks ideal height and bulk for an SLB and will struggle to stack at the LOS vs. taller, bigger TE's in the NFL. Will need to improve his overall strength. A better fit size-wise at WLB in the NFL, but lacks ideal top-end speed at that position. Will have some trouble when forced to turn and run vs. faster RB's one-on-one. Had some minor injuries during career at Alabama, including both hamstrings in spring of 2005.

    Overall: Ryans played a reserve role as a true freshman in 2002. He finished with a team-high 126 total tackles as a sophomore in 2003. He also set the school's single-game record versus Arkansas with 25 total tackles that season. As a junior in 2004, he finished with 78 tackles and seven tackles for loss. Ryans started all 12 games as a senior in 2005 and finished with 76 tackles, 12 TFL, five sacks and one interception. He finished his career at Alabama with 37 starts and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Ryans was a four-time All-Academic SEC selection and was also a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in athletics, scholarship and community service and is given each year to a total of eight student-athletes from Division I, II and III. Ryans is an experienced, intelligent and versatile linebacker prospect that improved with each season of experience and finished with his best season as a senior in 2005. Ryans spent most of his time in college at the SLB position, he has shown the versatility to play all three LB positions and we think his best fit will be at WLB in the NFL. Ryans lacks elite speed and he will need to improve his bulk and strength in order to match up better in the NFL. However, he plays the game with outstanding technique and instincts. He is quick, aggressive, tough and active versus the run. He shows outstanding tackling skills and he has developed into a solid contributor in the passing game  both as a pass rusher and in coverage. Ryans has the physical tools to develop into a playmaking fulltime starter in the NFL and he is polished enough to contribute immediately as a rookie. Ryans should be the second or third linebacker selected in the 2006 draft.
    Jimmy Williams
    CB | (6'2", 205, 4.42) | VIRGINIA TECH

    Scouts Grade: 96

    Flags: (D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy

    Strengths: Has rare size/speed combination. A versatile prospect with experience at DC and FS. He is an ideal fit as a press cover corner in a man-to-man scheme. He is tall, has long arms and is strong for the position. He does a good job of pressing WRs at the LOS and taking them out of their routes. He is surprisingly fluid for such a tall DC. Shows the quickness, hips and top-end speed to turn and run with any WR in the NFL if he opens up in time. He shows very good closing burst when the ball is in the air. He is physical and challenges the jump ball. His size gives him a big advantage in the red zone. He has developed excellent ball skills and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. He fills hard vs. the run and has outstanding potential as a run support DC. He is an aggressive player who will throw his body around and mix it up. He flashes some upside when turned loose on the blitz. Also has experience returning punts.

    Weaknesses: Still has work to do in terms of his consistency in coverage. Will gambles too much and won't get away with it as easily in the NFL. His recognition skills and awareness must improve. Will get caught peeking in the backfield at times and will leave himself vulnerable. He is much more effective in man-coverage than he is in zone. He seems less comfortable in space and needs to improve his ability to read the QB's eyes. Lacks ideal instincts and discipline in zone coverage. Plays out of control at times and will miss too many tackles.

    Overall: Williams played in all 14 games as a true freshman in 2002. He started all 13 games at FS in 2003, finishing with 114 tackles, five PBU and two INTs. He moved to DC as a junior in 2004 and finished with 60 tackles, five INTs, 14 PBU and 5.5 TFL. Williams started all 12 games at DC as a senior in 2005 and finished with 44 tackles, two TFL, one sack, one interception and 11 PBU. Williams was overshadowed by senior secondary-mates Vincent Fuller and Eric Green in 2004 but he clearly was the most talented member of the group, as well as its biggest playmaker. Williams still has room to improve in terms of his recognition skills, technique and consistency in man-to-man coverage. He gambles too much in coverage and has been able to get away with inconsistent effort and sloppy technique due to his superior skills at that level. There are some that think Williams will be a better fit at as a free safety in the NFL, but we think his best value will be at the cornerback position so long as he is developed properly and shows the work ethic. Williams has exceptional speed and athletic ability for his size, and he projects as a playmaking shutdown cover corner in the NFL if he reaches his potential. That's why we think Williams is worth the risk as a top-15 pick and should be the first defensive back selected in the 2006 draft.
    If Scouts, Inc. tinks dis mug is gonna be da foist CB taken in da draft, how come McShay tinks he'll fall to us at No. 17? Don't make no sense to me.
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    Re: His Highness Mel Kiper's mock draft 2006

    "Mr Anderson" wrote:
    Could we possibly bring in Donnie Henderson, the Jets ex-defensive coordinator to be our LB coach?

    Everyone knows what he's done with Jonothan Vilma, he had 145 tackles this season... but didn't make the pro-bowl, snubbed.

    I'd like us to get him, he's a good coach, but he's probably looking for a higher position than LB coach, but it seems to me that we're willing to spend on coaches.

    We already hired a LB Coach.. Fred Pagac.

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