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  1. #1
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    NEW Fanball mock w/ explanations

    Enjoy my fellow Broncomaniacs

    By Fanball Staff

    March 29, 2006 6:00 PM ET

    With the free agency dust settling, teams are sending scouts across the country for pro days and entertaining select candidates for private workouts in hopes of filling their remaining needs via the NFL draft. Here's an updated look at how Draft Day 2006 could shake down.

    Taking those changes into account, here's an updated and revised look at what Draft Day 2006 could look like.

    1. Houston Texans
    Reggie Bush, RB, USC
    Our Last Mock: Bush
    What's Changed: Nothing. If the Texans are shopping this pick, they're keeping it on the down low. And while they're working out the likes of Vince Young and Matt Leinart, all signs point towards Bush.
    Also Considered: Leinart
    Trade Possibilities: None… at the moment.

    2. New Orleans Saints
    D'Brickashaw Ferguson, T, Virginia
    Our Last Mock: Ferguson
    What's Changed: Very little. The Saints still have offensive line issues due to the loss of center LeCharles Bentley and the release of guard Kendyl Jacox. After selecting right tackle Jammal Brown last year, the Saints would have a pair of bookend tackles for years to come if they add Ferguson.
    Also Considered: Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Mario Williams
    Trade Possibilities: With Drew Brees under contract, odds are in favor of the Saints trading down if they can find a team that wants to beat the Titans to Leinart.

    3. Tennessee Titans
    Matt Leinart, QB, USC
    Our Last Mock: Leinart
    What's Changed: Nothing, although Vince Young's pro day at least threw his hat back in the ring for this pick.
    Also Considered: Young
    Trade Possibilities: None, but the Titans haven't been shy about moving around on draft day so don't be surprised if something does happen.

    4. New York Jets
    Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina
    Our Last Mock: Williams
    What's Changed: The Jets still need a player who can replace the pass rushing ability they lost when John Abraham was shipped out of Gotham, and Williams has emerged as the best defensive player in this year's class.
    Also Considered: Jay Cutler, A.J. Hawk
    Trade Possibilities: The Abraham trade gave the Jets some more pieces to play with if they want to move up ahead of the Titans and grab Leinart.

    5. Green Bay Packers
    A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
    Our Last Mock: Hawk
    What's Changed: The Packers haven't done much to address their weak linebacking corps in free agency, so Hawk remains the best possible pick for them here.
    Also Considered: Michael Huff
    Trade Possibilities: If any team wants to jump up to this slot, the Packers will listen because general manager Ted Thompson is a fan of stockpiling picks.

    6. San Francisco 49ers
    Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
    Our Last Mock: Michael Huff
    What's Changed: Huff remains a possibility, but team officials are desperate to find offensive playmakers who can help 2005 first overall pick Alex Smith produce better numbers.
    Also Considered: Huff, Jimmy Williams
    Trade Possibilities: Trading down would be a wise move for the Niners given the abundance of holes they need to fill. They could very easily use this pick to acquire a defensive player if they buy into starting tight end Eric Johnson's claim that he is 100 percent healthy.

    7. Oakland Raiders
    Vince Young, QB, Texas
    Our Last Mock: Young
    What's Changed: Aaron Brooks is now a member of Raider Nation, but he isn't a long-term solution. Heck, he may not even be a very good short-term one. Andrew Walter was the team's third-round pick last season, but Young's potential makes him Oakland's quarterback of the future.
    Also Considered: Haloti Ngata, Michael Huff, Jimmy Williams
    Trade Possibilities: None

    8. Buffalo Bills
    Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
    Our Last Mock: Ngata
    What's Changed: Nothing as far as the pick goes, but it sounds as if Ngata's stock may be slipping while Brodrick Bunkley's is rising, so there's a chance the Bills go that way.
    Also Considered: Bunkley
    Trade Possibilities: None

    9. Detroit Lions
    Michael Huff, S, Texas
    Our Last Mock: Jimmy Williams
    What's Changed: The Lions need to address their weak secondary and in this mock Huff fell to them. If Huff wasn't available, Williams may well have been their selection once again.
    Also Considered: Williams, Jay Cutler
    Trade Possibilities: None

    10. Arizona Cardinals
    Winston Justice, T, USC
    Our Last Mock: Justice
    What's Changed: The Cards have a premier running back in Edgerrin James and a fragile, aging quarterback, yet they have one of the worst offensive lines in the game. In other words, nothing has changed since last week.
    Also Considered: Ernie Sims, Jay Cutler
    Trade Possibilities: The Rams, who pick next, have Orlando Pace and Alex Barron locked in as starting tackles, so the Cards might be able to move down a spot or two and still get their man.

    11. St. Louis Rams
    Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
    Our Last Mock: Davis
    What's Changed: With Davis off the board, new Rams head coach Scott Linehan won't be able to resist the temptation to break in his own young quarterback. Remember, Marc Bulger's shoulder is even more delicate than the relationship between the Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq.
    Also Considered: Ashton Youboty, Jimmy Williams
    Trade Possibilities: If Linehan feels good confident in Bulger's shoulder, he could trade this pick to a team that wants Cutler.

    12. Cleveland Browns
    Kamerion Wimbley, DE, Florida State
    Our Last Mock: Tamba Hali
    What's Changed: Hali's stock has dropped of late, while Wimbley's is on the rise. The Browns aren't quite as desperate for a pass rusher after signing Willie McGinest as a free agent, but they could still use some help on the front line.
    Also Considered: Hali
    Trade Possibilities: None

    13. Baltimore Ravens
    Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State
    Our Last Mock: Bunkley
    What's Changed: The Ravens haven't done much to patch up a defensive line ravaged by free agency, so Buckley still makes the most sense.
    Also Considered: White… because they don't have nearly enough big backs in the mix already. There's also talk if one of the quarterbacks slides here Brian Billick won't be able to help himself.
    Trade Possibilities: None

    14. Philadelphia Eagles
    LenDale White, RB, USC
    Our Last Mock: White
    What's Changed: White remains the pick due to the Eagles penchant for having a one-two punch in the backfield. Brian Westbrook will take the bulk of the carries, leaving LenDale to play the short-yardage role he played for Reggie Bush at USC.
    Also Considered: Chad Jackson, Santino Holmes
    Trade Possibilities: Andy Reid is never afraid to move down a few spots if it means stockpiling draft picks.

    15. Denver Broncos (from Atlanta Falcons)
    Chad Jackson, WR, Florida
    Our Last Mock: D. Jackson
    What's Changed: Unless Rod Smith meets up with Ponce de Leon at the Fountain of Youth, his time in the league is running short. The Broncos would be wise to add another wideout who can navigate the middle of the field. That fact he runs a 4.3 in the 40 won't hurt his stock either.
    Also Considered: Santino Holmes, Leonard Pope, Tamba Hali
    Trade Possibilities: The Broncos still have a pair of first-round picks to play with, so they can move up in the round if they want to target a player in the top-10.
    Last edited by ydave77; 03-29-2006 at 08:50 PM.

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    Part deux

    16. Miami Dolphins
    Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa
    Our Last Mock: Ernie Sims
    What's Changed: We had the Dolphins taking Sims last time, but Greenway may be a better fit for their needs. With Junior Seau gone and Zach Thomas not getting any younger, this would be the time for the Fins to find an heir apparent.
    Also Considered: Sims
    Trade Possibilities: None

    17. Minnesota Vikings
    Ernie Sims, LB, Florida
    Our Last Mock: Cutler
    What's Changed: With the Vandy signal caller going to the Rams, the Vikings are forced to address a major need at linebacker. Doesn't it seem like this team has had linebacker problems for at least a decade?
    Also Considered: Tye Hill, Ko Simpson, Santino Holmes, Sinorice Moss
    Trade Possibilities: The Vikings could trade up to put themselves in position to acquire one of the big three quarterbacks. Then again, they could trade down and replenish their receiving corps after losing Randy Moss last year and presumably Nate Burleson this year.

    18. Dallas Cowboys
    Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State
    Our Last Mock: C. Jackson
    What's Changed: There's still speculation that the Lone Stars will be gunning for Chad Jackson. However, they've signed Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn to big contracts recently, and they have linebacker issues due to the retirement of Dat Nguyen.
    Also Considered: Jimmy Williams, Ko Simpson
    Trade Possibilities: None.

    19. San Diego Chargers
    Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech
    Our Last Mock: Santino Holmes
    What's Changed: Williams experienced a bit of a free fall on mock draft day, but the Chargers will be there to catch him. He could beat out Drayton Florence and Sammy Davis to start as a rookie.
    Also Considered: Holmes, Sinorice Moss
    Trade Possibilities: None

    20. Kansas City Chiefs
    Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State
    Our Last Mock: Youboty
    What's Changed: Zip. The inhibitors of Arrowhead are still rebuilding their defense from scratch, so a young corner is a smart move for them in the first round.
    Also Considered: Hali, Holmes
    Trade Possibilities: None

    21. New England Patriots
    DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
    Our Last Mock: Greenway
    What's Changed: Greenway's gone in this mock, and while the Patriots never draft for need this would be a perfect time to replace Willie McGinest and/or build for a future without Tedy Bruschi or Mike Vrabel.
    Also Considered: DeAngelo Williams, RB
    Trade Possibilities: None

    22. Denver Broncos (from Washington Redskins)
    Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State
    Our Last Mock: Pope
    What's Changed: With the second of their first-round picks, the Broncos address a need on defensive. A speedster off the edge will be a nice boost to the pass rush and gives the team another player to rotate on the defensive line.
    Also Considered: Marcedes Lewis, Dominique Byrd, DeAngelo Williams, Laurence Maroney
    Trade Possibilities: With two first-rounders and a head coach who has made wacky draft day moves in the past (see: Clarett, Maurice), anything is possible from the Broncos.

    23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Marcus McNeill, T, Auburn
    Our Last Mock: Tye Hill
    What's Changed: The Buccaneers failed to upgrade their offensive line via free agency. In fact, they had no choice but to re-sign flop former first-round pick Kenyatta Walker to hold down the right tackle spot, so they are desperate for big uglies.
    Also Considered: Taitusi Latui, Nick Mangold
    Trade Possibilities: Latui and Mangold should be available later in the draft, so moving down is always an option.

    24. Cincinnati Bengals
    Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
    Our Last Mock: Marcedes Lewis, TE
    What's Changed: Pope didn't slip this far in our last mock; it appears that some of the tight ends are sliding down the board, and Cincy won't hesitate to snap up Leonard if he remains at 24.
    Also Considered: Lewis
    Trade Possibilities: None

    25. New York Giants
    Santino Holmes, WR, Ohio State
    Our Last Mock: DeMeco Ryans
    What's Changed: Holmes dropped and the Giants couldn't resist. There's not much depth behind the oft-injured Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer.
    Also Considered: Ryans
    Trade Possibilities: None.

    26. Chicago Bears
    Dominique Byrd, TE, USC
    Our Last Mock: Byrd
    What's Changed: Absolutely nothing. The Bears have other needs to fill, but a chance to upgrade their tight end position with a player who can make an immediate impact will be too much to pass up.
    Also Considered: Lewis, Ko Simpson, S, Oklahoma
    Trade Possibilities: None

    27. Carolina Panthers
    Thomas Howard, LB, Texas El Paso
    Our Last Mock: Taitusi Latui
    What's Changed: If the Black Cats believe last year's first-round pick Thomas Davis is better off at linebacker than safety, then safety becomes the need. Offensive guard also remains a sore spot.
    Also Considered: Latui, Ko Simpson
    Trade Possibilities: None.

    28. Jacksonville Jaguars
    D'quell Jackson, LB, Maryland
    Our Last Mock: Carpenter
    What's Changed: The Jags took Carpenter in our last mock, but we have him going off the board earlier this time around. With the void left by Akin Ayodele's departure yet to be filled, we expect Jack Del Rio to turn to the draft and tab Jackson.
    Also Considered: Lewis
    Trade Possibilities: None

    29. New York Jets (from Denver Broncos via Atlanta Falcons)
    DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
    Our Last Mock: Williams
    What's Changed: The Jets need to find the heir apparent to Curtis Martin, and we have our doubts that either Cedric Houston or Derrick Blaylock is the right man for the job. Williams would be an excellent apprentice for the aging Martin.
    Also Considered: Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College, Maroney, Moss
    Trade Possibilities: The Jets have five picks in the first day of the draft, so they could use some of them to move around in the first round and acquire another player they covet. This pick may also be packaged with the fourth overall selection in an attempt to move up and grab Leinart (or even Bush).

    30. Indianapolis Colts
    Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
    Our Last Mock: Maroney
    What's Changed: Nothing. The Colts are still hopeful that either Maroney or Williams remains on the board when they make their first pick
    Also Considered: Abdul Hodge, LB
    Trade Possibilities: The Colts haven't been shy about trading down, so if Williams and Maroney are gone they'll probably move out of the first round.

    31. Seattle Seahawks
    Tye Hill, CB, Auburn
    Our Last Mock: Ko Simpson
    What's Changed: Starting safety Ken Hamlin was given the green light to resume his playing career after suffering a serious head injury during an off-field incident last year. The Seahawks released cornerback Andre Dyson, leaving the shaky Kelly Herndon as the projected starter opposite Marcus Trufant.
    Also Considered: Latui, Max Jean-Gilles
    Trade Possibilities: None.

    32. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
    Our Last Mock: Mangold
    What's Changed: Nothing. This pick makes so much sense for the Steelers it's scary.
    Also Considered: Simpson
    Trade Possibilities: None.

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    Parker, Colorado!!
    **Tries in vain to hold down yet another onslaught of stomach acid**
    I bleed orange and blue!!!

    Rest in peace, Darrent.

    I adopted Domenik Hixon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry1977
    **Tries in vain to hold down yet another onslaught of stomach acid**
    I second that.

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    427 not a fan of hali? or not a fan of jackson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ydave77 not a fan of hali? or not a fan of jackson?
    Both for me........Those picks just dont do it for me. What makes me feel better is that those names are linked to us on many mock drafts. So that means we probably wont get them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ydave77 not a fan of hali? or not a fan of jackson?
    I love Chad, not so sure about Hali though.

  8. #8
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    Not a good mock in general. There's just too many things that don't make sense.

    That said, I like the Broncos picks. Jackson, I'll definitely take. Hali, not so much, but at least he's a DE and not Leonard Pope or any other offensive player for that matter. I'm really hoping at least one 1st rounder will be a D-lineman.
    A proponent of Denver drafting Cutler since 10/05.

    So naturally, my Adopt-A-Bronco is Jay Cutler!

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