Pick Team Player Pos. School Hgt. Wt. 40
*Reggie Bush RB Southern Cal 6000 200 4.40
All the adjectives - electrifying, explosive, elusive, instinctive, fluid, flexible, outstanding vision, excellent body control, sure hands, rare burst, and toughness. A multitask back that will keep defensive coordinators up at night and new coach, Gary Kubiak using him in creative ways.
New Orleans Saints
Matt Leinart QB Southern Cal 6040 225 4.95
New Head Coach Sean Payton will continue Leinart's progress unless a trade takes him to a bigger market. Tennessee and Norm Chow only have to move one spot to get him.
*Vince Young QB Texas 6047 231 4.52
A rare athlete that makes plays with his legs. In the NFL you make plays as a QB with your arm. Young hasn't demonstrated that he can read complex defenses or complete a pass through a small window of opportunity. Will a team invest the third pick and millions of dollars in a developmental quarterback that may not be ready until he is eligible for free agency? A top five athlete should not be confused with a top five position player. The Titans need players. If they can't do a deal to move up to take Matt Leinart they may trade down and pick up more picks..that is, if they decide to pass on Young.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia 6054 297 5.00
"He's as good as you've heard he is." A natural knee bender with long arms and outstanding athletic ability. He needs more strength and technique work, but he can play.
Green Bay Packers
*Mario Williams DE North Carolina St. 6060 290 4.95
An explosive, long-armed end that will give Packer fans flashbacks to Reggie White. Can stack and control blocker with his hands or bring speed off the edge.
Chad Greenway OLB Iowa 6021 242 4.55
Raiders take the fastest linebacker after workouts - Greenway over Hawk by .01. Too high for UTEP's speedy linebacker, Thomas Howard. Al Davis may draft him later.
Jimmy Williams DC Virginia Tech 6020 205 4.45
The 49ers played better than expected on defense in 2005. Williams will help their progress in 2006.
*Haloti Ngata DT Oregon 6044 340 5.10
Boom or bust player. Did not play up to measurables, but will be drafted high because every coach thinks they can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State 6011 243 4.54
Lions are ecstatic over selecting a taller, faster Chris Spielman. If Hawk goes to Oakland, Greenway is their man.
Michael Huff FS Texas 6000 198 4.56
Cardinals need offensive line help, but will get it later in the draft. Huff, 2005 Thorpe winner, plugs holes in the secondary.
St. Louis Rams
Demeco Ryans OLB Alabama 6011 229 4.65
The Rams may lose Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis via free agency, then Gabe Watson is the guy. First pick goes to defense. Common knowledge says you take "big" over "small." Either Watson or Ryans will help a porous defense.
Gabe Watson DT Michigan 6032 341 5.20
Wide-body power player gives Browns a stout nose tackle for 3-4. Watson breaks on the ball and hustles his 340 pounds down the field in pursuit.
Tye Hill DC Clemson 5092 183 4.40
Best cover corner on board fills major need. Ravens get right offensive tackle in round two.
*LenDale White RB Southern Cal 6010 235 4.55
Fills long time need for ball control back. Eagles will still get a starting tight end and linebacker in rounds two and three with depth of draft.
DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis 5084 208 4.45
Falcons take White if available. Dunn is aging and T.J. Duckett can't do it. Durability concerns with undersized back.
Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt 6027 223 4.75
Senior Bowl practices answered many questions, but asked a few more. He has all the physical tools but is he Brett Favre or Kyle Boller?
Nick Mangold OC Ohio State 6032 297 4.96
Starter the minute he is drafted. Can take over for Matt Birk at center or play guard. Explosive and physical.
Marcus McNeill OT Auburn 6074 344 4.93
Wide body, athletic left tackle with long arms and big hands. Not always pretty, but gets the job done. Combine physical will determine draft status.
San Diego Chargers
Kelly Jennings DC Miami 5105 171 4.45
A.J. Smith is building something special in San Diego and a skilled cover corner that is smooth and instinctive will fit in nicely.
Kansas City Chiefs
*Santonio Holmes WR Ohio State 5107 189 4.45
Chiefs need corner help, but Holmes or Chad Jackson keep offensive juggernaut on course. If a corner falls to them, they take the corner.
New England Patriots
Alan Zemaitis DC Penn State 6020 205 4.50
Patriots are looking for corners, and a big press corner like Zemaitis could be their man. A wide receiver or safety would also fit.
Denver Broncos (F/Was)
*Vernon Davis TE Maryland 6027 253 4.45
A faster Shannon Sharpe. Strong runner after catch. Athletic and strong as a blocker. Works to seal edge. Can beat secondary coverage.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eric Winston OT Miami 6063 302 5.10
Picking this late is like picking early in the second round. Winston struggled his senior year, coming off the ACL injury. Junior tape sells him.
Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA 6057 254 4.75
Bengals give Palmer another downfield weapon, but a safety or defensive tackle wouldn't be a surprise.
*Ashton Youboty DC Ohio State 6005 192 4.49
Giants need a corner, but a linebacker may be higher on their board. A run on corners gives them Florida State's Ernie Sims if he's healthy or Miami's Roger McIntosh.
Max Jean-Gilles OG Georgia 6035 358 5.40
The Bears need a middle range target like a tight end for Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. A corner would be nice, but a road grader for Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson is the answer.
*Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota 5110 215 4.45
The Panthers have a stable of dinged up running backs that have ability. Maroney has had his share of injuries but when he plays, he has power and leg strength to break tackles. Productive with finish speed.
DeMario Minter DC Georgia 5110 189 4.44
Corner is a priority, but a right offensive tackle could fit here or in round two.
Davin Joseph OG Oklahoma 6022 304 5.10
His good quickness and body control will help him fit in the Bronco's zone blocking schemes like he did for the Sooners.
Cedric Griffin DC Texas 6001 192 4.55
The Colts want a starting corner out of this draft, but a running back or linebacker could work here.
*Chad Jackson WR Florida 6010 205 4.50
The Seahawks may look at a safety here, but Chad Jackson brings Matt Hasselbeck a receiver that can pluck the ball and is elusive after he catches it.
*Darnell Bing FS Southern Cal 6014 220 4.60
Troy Polamalu would love to be paired with another big hitting Trojan if the Steelers decide on a safety.