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Writers' 2006 Mock Draft

Since we can't get into the draft rooms to see every team's board, we checked with those who have a strong knowledge of each NFL team, the writers assigned to cover them.

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Pick Team Player Pos. School Writer Comment Other Needs
1 Houston Texans Reggie Bush RB USC John McClain,
Houston Chronicle
Addressing needs in free agency allows Texans to take best player in draft. DE, OL, LB
2. New Orleans Saints D'Brickashaw Ferguson T Virginia Mike Triplett,
New Orleans Times- Picayune
Probably will opt to trade down but not out of the top 5. MLB, T, DT
3. Tennessee Titans Matt Leinart QB USC Jim Wyatt,
The Tennessean
He's the best fit for the Titans offense. MLB, RB, DB
4. New York Jets Mario Williams DE NC State Rich Cimini,
New York Daily News
Loss of John Abraham leaves void and Eric Manigni will look for his Richard Seymour-type in Williams. T, C, QB
5. Green Bay Packers A.J. Hawk LB Ohio State Pete Dougherty,
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Next-best defensive player available and the Packers need a lot of help on defense. Everything
6. San Francisco 49rs Vernon Davis TE Maryland Kevin Lynch,
San Francisco Chroncicle
Niners are a little light at TE and Davis' explosiveness gives them the offensive threat they need. DL, LB, DB
7. Oakland Raiders Vince Young QB Texas Bill Soliday,
Oakland Tribune
Hawk would be the pick if available but Aaron Brooks is is not the long-term solution at QB. LB, TE
8. Buffalo Bills Michael Huff SS Texas Allen Wilson,
Buffalo News
Haloti Ngata is a possibility but Huff's versatility may make him more attractive. DT, T
9. Detroit Lions Haloti Ngata DT Oregon Mike O'Hara,
Detroit News
Dan Wilkinson may not be back and that would leave a void up front. OL, S, DL
10. Arizona Cardinals Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt Kent Somers,
Arizona Republic
Cardinals can't pass up on another young quarterback after passing on Leftwich and Roethlisberger in the past. OLB, OL, DT
11. St. Louis Rams Broderick Bunkley DT Florida State Bill Coates,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Loss of Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis in FA leaves big void up front. LB, TE, DL
12. Cleveland Browns Ernie Sims LB Florida State Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal Would love Ngata if he fell here, and Santonio Holmes is a possibility if Braylon Edwards' return is delayed.
13. Baltimore Ravens Winston Justice T USC Aaron Wilson, Carroll County Times Disappointed Bunkley, Ngata and Huff are off the board but shoring up OL for the future is a smart bet. S, LB, DT
14. Philadelphia Eagles Chad Jackson WR Florida Dave Spadaro,
Best WR in draft to help a young receiving corps. DT, OL, LB
15. Denver Broncos Santonio Holmes
(from Atalnta)
WR Ohio State Bill Williamson,
Denver Post
Holmes fills a need and is the most polished receiver in the draft. RB, DE, S
16. Miami Dolphins Jimmy Williams CB Virginia Tech Jason Cole,
Miami Herald
Given what's available, Dolphins could trade down but they like Williams' size. NT, CB, WR
17. Minnesota Vikings Kamerion Wimbley LB Florida State Don Seeholzer,
Pioneer Press
Vikings have the ammunition to move up if they choose to go after the QB of the future. QB, CB, OL
18. Dallas Cowboys Chad Greenway LB Iowa Todd Archer,
Dallas Morning News
Would like an outside complement to Demarcus Ware and Greenway fills the bill. S, LB, WR
19. San Diego Chargers Tye Hill CB Clemson Kevin Acee,
San Diego Union-Tribune
Fills need in the secondary with top receivers and Huff already off the board. T, WR, CB
20. Kansas City Chiefs Johnathan Joseph CB South Carolina Liz Merill,
Kansas City Star
Chiefs need some help in the secondary and Joseph should provide it. CB, WR
21. New England Patriots Bobby Carpenter LB Ohio State Patriots Football Weekly Staff Versatile playmaker who can fit into Belichick's 3-4 system.
22. Denver Broncos LenDale White
(from Washington)
RB USC Bill Williamson,
Denver Post
They need a big RB and his style fits Denver's offense. RB, DE, S
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Marcus McNeill T Auburn Roy Cummings,
Tampa Tribune
Bucs need tackles and McNeill could probably step in and play right away. CB, LB
24. Cincinnati Bengals Tamba Hali DE Penn State Geoff Hobson,
Justin Smith is entering a contract year and the Bengals are always looking for a pass rusher. DT, TE, S, CB
25. New York Giants Manny Lawson DE/OLB NC State Arthur Staple,
Antonio Cromartie is a possibility because Giants need corner help badly. DB, WR, T
26. Chicago Bears Leonard Pope TE Georgia KC Johnson,
Chicago Tribune
They'd love a cornerback in this spot and would jump on Hill if available. CB, WR, OL
27. Carolina Panthers DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis Darin Garritt,
Rock Hill Herald
The Panthers would like a complement to DeShaun Foster and Williams would add another weapon. G, T, OLB
28. Jacksonville Jaguars DeMeco Ryans LB Alabama Vito Stellino,
Florida Times-Union
Jags need to replace the departed Akin Ayodele. TE, WR
29. New York Jets Eric Winston
(from Denver)
T Miami Rich Cimini,
New York Daily News
Jets have only one OT currently on the roster and they are badly in need of help up front. T, C, QB
30. Indianapolis Colts Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota Patriots Football Weekly Staff Fills obvious need created by loss of Edgerrin James. LB, DB, DL
31. Seattle Seahawks Darnell Bing S USC Jose Romero,
Seattle Times
Ken Hamelin has yet to be cleared for a return and Bing fills a need. CB, WR, G
32. Pittsburgh Steelers Donte Whitner S Ohio State

Ed Bouchette,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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