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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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PickTeamPlayerPos.SchoolWriterCommentOther Needs
1Houston TexansReggie BushRBUSCJohn McClain,
Houston Chronicle
Addressing needs in free agency allows Texans to take best player in draft.DE, OL, LB
2.New Orleans SaintsD'Brickashaw FergusonTVirginiaMike Triplett,
New Orleans Times- Picayune
Probably will opt to trade down but not out of the top 5.MLB, T, DT
3.Tennessee TitansMatt LeinartQBUSCJim Wyatt,
The Tennessean
He's the best fit for the Titans offense.MLB, RB, DB
4.New York JetsMario WilliamsDENC StateRich 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 PackersA.J. HawkLBOhio StatePete Dougherty,
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Next-best defensive player available and the Packers need a lot of help on defense.Everything
6.San Francisco 49rsVernon DavisTEMarylandKevin 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 RaidersVince YoungQBTexasBill 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 BillsMichael HuffSSTexasAllen Wilson,
Buffalo News
Haloti Ngata is a possibility but Huff's versatility may make him more attractive.DT, T
9.Detroit LionsHaloti NgataDTOregonMike O'Hara,
Detroit News
Dan Wilkinson may not be back and that would leave a void up front.OL, S, DL
10.Arizona CardinalsJay CutlerQBVanderbiltKent 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 RamsBroderick BunkleyDTFlorida StateBill Coates,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Loss of Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis in FA leaves big void up front.LB, TE, DL
12.Cleveland BrownsErnie SimsLBFlorida StateMarla Ridenour, Akron Beacon JournalWould love Ngata if he fell here, and Santonio Holmes is a possibility if Braylon Edwards' return is delayed.
ILB, S, OL
13.Baltimore RavensWinston JusticeTUSCAaron Wilson, Carroll County TimesDisappointed Bunkley, Ngata and Huff are off the board but shoring up OL for the future is a smart bet.S, LB, DT
14.Philadelphia EaglesChad JacksonWRFloridaDave Spadaro,
PhildadelphiaEagles.com
Best WR in draft to help a young receiving corps.DT, OL, LB
15.Denver BroncosSantonio Holmes
(from Atalnta)
WROhio StateBill Williamson,
Denver Post
Holmes fills a need and is the most polished receiver in the draft.RB, DE, S
16.Miami DolphinsJimmy WilliamsCBVirginia TechJason Cole,
Miami Herald
Given what's available, Dolphins could trade down but they like Williams' size.NT, CB, WR
17.Minnesota VikingsKamerion WimbleyLBFlorida StateDon 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 CowboysChad GreenwayLBIowaTodd Archer,
Dallas Morning News
Would like an outside complement to Demarcus Ware and Greenway fills the bill.S, LB, WR
19.San Diego ChargersTye HillCBClemsonKevin 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 ChiefsJohnathan JosephCBSouth CarolinaLiz Merill,
Kansas City Star
Chiefs need some help in the secondary and Joseph should provide it.CB, WR
21.New England PatriotsBobby CarpenterLBOhio StatePatriots Football Weekly StaffVersatile playmaker who can fit into Belichick's 3-4 system.
DB, WR, RB
22.Denver BroncosLenDale White
(from Washington)
RBUSCBill Williamson,
Denver Post
They need a big RB and his style fits Denver's offense.RB, DE, S
23.Tampa Bay BuccaneersMarcus McNeillTAuburnRoy Cummings,
Tampa Tribune
Bucs need tackles and McNeill could probably step in and play right away.CB, LB
24.Cincinnati BengalsTamba HaliDEPenn StateGeoff Hobson,
Bengals.com
Justin Smith is entering a contract year and the Bengals are always looking for a pass rusher.DT, TE, S, CB
25.New York GiantsManny LawsonDE/OLBNC StateArthur Staple,
Newsday
Antonio Cromartie is a possibility because Giants need corner help badly.DB, WR, T
26.Chicago BearsLeonard PopeTEGeorgiaKC Johnson,
Chicago Tribune
They'd love a cornerback in this spot and would jump on Hill if available.CB, WR, OL
27.Carolina PanthersDeAngelo WilliamsRBMemphisDarin Garritt,
Rock Hill Herald
The Panthers would like a complement to DeShaun Foster and Williams would add another weapon.G, T, OLB
28.Jacksonville JaguarsDeMeco RyansLBAlabamaVito Stellino,
Florida Times-Union
Jags need to replace the departed Akin Ayodele.TE, WR
29.New York JetsEric Winston
(from Denver)
TMiamiRich 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 ColtsLaurence MaroneyRBMinnesotaPatriots Football Weekly StaffFills obvious need created by loss of Edgerrin James.LB, DB, DL
31.Seattle SeahawksDarnell BingSUSCJose Romero,
Seattle Times
Ken Hamelin has yet to be cleared for a return and Bing fills a need.CB, WR, G
32.Pittsburgh SteelersDonte WhitnerSOhio State

Ed Bouchette,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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