Let the insanity begin...Its Mock Draft Time!
First, I AM NO EXPERT.
Second, since the Vikes are not in the SB, this is the only way for me to keep the enthusiasm.
1. New York Jets - Reggie Bush, RB, USC
Jets trade 2006 R1, R3, 2007 R1 to Saints to get the best talent in years. Eric Mangini is the type of young mind (albeit, defensive mind) that will find the necessary people to utilize Bush to the best of his talents. And can you imagine the lack of boos from Jets fans?
2. New Orleans Saints - Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
Following huge showings in the Senior Bowl and Combine, the Saints choose the QB who lit it up in college despite lacking surrounding talent. They hope he can do the same in the Crescent City. Mel Kiper's head starts to steam.
3. Tennessee Titans - Vince Young, QB, Texas
Unbelievable Rose Bowl performance, excellent mobility, high efficiency rating, and Tremendous Upside Potential (stolen from Sports Guy) force Fischer's hand after McNair threatens him.
4. Houston Texans (from NYJ) - D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
The guy they always wanted, but risked public stonings if they had taken him over Bush at #1. The start of something good in Houston with the picks they fleeced out of the Jets.
5. Green Bay Packers - Mario Williams, DE, NC St.
At 6'7", draws comparisons to Julius Peppers, and was a beast this past season in college. The Pack have so many holes, though, that they will take whomever they deem is the BPA at this point.
6. Oakland Raiders - Matt Leinart, QB, USC
Defense is a screaming need for the Raiders, so they will obviously take offense. I have never seen a franchise get so much leeway from the press despite shooting themselves in the foot so often. And Kerry Collins is Jeff George with a better attitude.
7. San Francisco 49ers - AJ Hawk, LB, Ohio St.
Since SF is likely to lose most of its LB corps this offseason to FA, this is the most glaring of their many glaring needs. This franchise is in trouble, lots of trouble, and we should just expect them to be picking in this slot or higher for the next few years.
8. Buffalo Bills - Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
Solid pick here after their run D was exposed last season. And because I think it would be hilarious to see Marv Levy butcher his name calling this one in.
9. Detroit Lions - Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn
Lucky for Matt Millen that there are no blue chip WR prospects in this draft. That being said, he will try to shore up the line with the biggest (6'9" 340 lb.) guy in the draft, although not even the 4th best prospect at his position. I have never seen someone fall for "Tremendous Upside Potential" so badly as Millen.
10. Arizona - LenDale White, RB, USC
This guy vaulted himselp up about 20 picks (and countless millions) by dominating the ground game in the Rose Bowl. Sad to see the JJ Arrington Era in 'Zona end so quickly. LenDale in Glendale!
11. St. Louis Rams - Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
Well, the Rams need so badly to pick defense (especially DB) in this draft that I had them initially choosing Jimmy Williams, but this is a Linehan team now, so if he can make a semi-star out of Wiggins, then imagine what a talented TE could do...
12. Cleveland - Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa
Solid pick for an up and coming defense. Hard to think that Romeo Crennel would choose anything but D here.
13. Baltimore - DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
Whichever LB Cleveland doesn't choose will land in Baltimore. Their D is aging, and pairing Ryans with current studs Terrell Suggs and Ray-Ray will bode well for a defense that is on its decline.
14. Philadelphia - Eric Winston, OT, Miami
Aging offensive tackles and an increasingly injury prone QB force the Iggles to shore up their O-line for the future. Good move for McNabb's longevity.
15. Atlanta Falcons - Michael Huff, S, Texas
Atlanta's safeties are adequate at best on a good day, so they tab the uber-versatile playmaker Huff. I see this guy developing into a Troy Polamalu-type DB in the future. Hits like a truck and can cover anyone on the field (see Bush, Reggie - Rose Bowl 2006).
16. Miami Dolphins - Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami
Following this year's NFL season, which I like to call the Year of the Mighty Mouse Reciever, Saban decides to put some electricity on the field to go opposite Chris Chambers. Not to mention selling some tickets with the local boy.
17. Minnesota Vikings - Winston Justice, OT, USC
Justice spent his career (when he was playing) at ORT, defending Leinart's blind side. With Childress' emphasis on building effective lines, I don't see them going any other way, unless Huff falls to them. And he has a really cool name: Winston Justice...
18. Dallas Cowboys - Ko Sampson, S, South Carolina
With Roy Williams switching to SS this season, Sampson is a perfect fit in the Dallas backfield. The guy is an absolute ballhawk. This will be a good secondary for years.
19. San Diego Chargers - Jimmy Williams, CB/S, Virgina Tech
The Chargers lack explosiveness in their secondary, and while their front seven are very good, not much can be said about their pass D. Williams comes in can play any position they need for him, and catch some of those balls that are throw his way, unlike his teammates.
20. Kansas City Chiefs- Tamba Hali, DE, Penn St.
Jared Hall was a surprise at end for the Chefs this season, and will be a solid, if unspectacular, starter for the future. Hali adds the burst necessary to the opposite end to ensure that KC can put some *needed* pressure on the QB.
21. New England Patriots - Darnell Bing, S, USC
Weird to see the Pats picking this early, but their secondary is the reason they are. Watch out for some random guy out of Idaho State School for the Deaf, or something like that, because Belichick probably won't sleep until the draft is over, and there is nobody better at finding the best talent possible.
22. Denver Broncos (from Washington) - Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio St.
Rod Smith is getting old, and the Broncs haven't been able to find an adequate replacement. Here's hoping that Holmes is the answer, considering he is probably the most NFL ready WR out there right now.
23. Tampa Bay Bucs - Jonathan Scott, OT, Texas
Their D is solid and not likely to change in that regard. They started a rook at OT this year, and Caddy still won the ROY. The offense is youngish, and coming around. Scott will help.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
The Cincy O lacked a TE presence this season, but despite that, they were still very good. With the 6'6" Lewis as a target, they will only get better.
25. New York Giants - Tye Hill, CB, Clemson
DB was the only hole that I could see on a surprising sound NYG team. Someone help me out with this one, because I don't get it. Maybe OT?
26. Chicago - Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
Everyone wants a Gates/Crumpler clone nowadays, but I can't see anyone who needs one more than Rex Grossman and the Bears. If that D takes an injury or two, this team is in the tank.
27. Carolina - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
This years "Green Room Special" - the guy that gets invited to the green room on draft day and inexplicably slips to the later stages of the first round; Carolina will snap him up in no time whatsoever. Another example of how NFL teams desire measurables over production in college. Williams runs like a man posessed all the way to the ROY.
28. Jacksonville - Abdul Hodge, LB, Iowa
Solid pick to fill the middle of the Jags D, despite not having much to do behind those massive DTs.
29. Denver Broncos - Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
Kiwi took a huge hit this week in the Senior Bowl, revealing that he was indeed just feasting on weak Big East Talent. Doesn't help that he spent all week up against stud OT Ferguson (see #4).
30. Indianapolis Colts - Lawrence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
After letting go of RB James, the Colts find themselves with a very similar type player - multi-dimensional "power" back. Maroney is no James, but will fill the Colts needs, and will allow Manning to emasculate Dungy some more by throwing 60 times per.
31. Seattle Seahawks - Elvis Dumervil, DE, Louisville
A poor man's Dwight Freeney, the exceedingly fast Seattle D (which was exposed as a fraud in the SB, just as Indy's was...) gets an extremely fast rush end who was very productive this past season. Also suffers from Kiwanuka Syndrome (see #29 above).
32. Pittsburgh - Tellme Idunno
All I can think of is CB for this team. Help me out.
And I'm spent. But I just wanted to start the draft juices flowing for all the other draft enthusiasts on this site just like me.
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