My Early Mock Draft
I have the cowboys taking Marcus McNeill, he is one of my favorite choices, and he would be an absolute beast at RT opposite Flozell.
1) San Francisco RB Reggie Bush
49ers lose the Bush bowl. They get the playmaker on offense that they need, plus reunite him with his former HS QB Alex Smith.
2) Tennessee QB Matt Leinart
I think the Titans will do what it takes to get Leinart. Chow wants him, Fischer probably wants him, plus they have a huge need for a QB, so they pull the trigger before another team does.
3) N.Y. Jets OT DíBrickashaw Ferguson
Jetís donít have a chance at Bush, and frankly Iím not sure their salary cap could afford him. DíBrickashaw Ferguson can anchor the oline for the next 10+ years.
4) New Orleans LB A.J. Hawk
Brooks is out, but they do not want to take Vince Young here after the bad experience with Brooks. They take a sure thing here with A.J. Hawk because they are tired of bad apples. He can hopefully bring toughness and a winning attitude to the down on their luck Saints.
Green Bay NT Haloti Ngata
The Packers have a history of loving a huge guy in the middle. Grady Jackson is getting over the hill, and they bring in the young pup to rotate with him until Ngata can take over as starter(maybe mid season). Ngata and Jackson may play together even. That would really open up KGB and Kampman for some sacks, and help the young secondary.
Houston OT Jon Scott
Texans get the extra picks that they really need, and they get the franchise left tackle they really needed. Great move for the Texans, I really donít see them doing anything but trading down next year.
Buffalo OT Eric Winston
Mike Williams really did not work out. They take a really good LT with no weight issues. Winstonís will resolidify himself as one of the top tackles after a good combine. The Bills really need Oline help before next year to help Losman, McGahee, and Evans do what theyre supposed to be doing.
ClevelandOT Joe Thomas
Romeo will build this team the right way. He knows how important Oline is from his days back in New England. The Browns have all the skill positions on offense set so they move onto the OLine. Joe Thomas has the potential to be starting at left tackle for Fryeís entire career and they should be a good team soon.
ArizonaCB/S Jimmy Williams
May have to play FS in the NFL, but the cards could use him. Personally I think heís overrated, but whatever.
Detroit DE Mario Williams
Williams may be unstoppable on this Dline with Shaun Rogers dominating the middle and Kalimba Edwards opposite him.
Baltimore DE Mathias Kiwanuka
No way the Ravens can pass on a pass rusher like this. With Lewis and Reed back next year, Mathias will help take the Ravens Defense back to the elite level.
Oakland QB Vince Young
Collins has definitely fallen out of favor in Oakland. The fans boo him, and his play has really fallen off. Tuiasosopo definitely is not the future, and Andrew Walter isnít doing well after shoulder surgery and is not the future either. Young gives them the franchise QB, and a way to put some butts in the seats. Moss will be the perfect receiver for a rookie QB like Vince because he can catch the jumpballs and still be a reliable receiver when Young is on the run. Going to be exciting watching this guy on Sundays, although there are going to be mistakes.
St. Louis CB Michael Huff
Huff will enter the draft projected as a CB because of his speed. Huff can really do it all, heís a good tackler, can lay some hits and even force fumbles. Best of all heís fast and big and can cover any WR in the league. I think he is a lot better than Jimmy.
Philadelphia DE Tamba Hali
Hali has shot up the draft boards a lot over the year and deservedly so. He is a leader on the Nittany Lions team that has one of the best defenses in college football. Not only that but Hali is a hometown guy and the pass rusher the Eagles have badly needed since they let go of Burgess and Kearse hasnít played as well this year.
Miami QB Jay Cutler
Cutler will rise gradually over time until he is considered a 1st rounder. Cutler is tough, can run, and has a good arm and accuracy. Plus the prototypical size of a QB. Frerotte may start half the season until they turn it over to Cutler. Saban has really turned the team around in a short period of time.
Denver f/ Washington FS Laron Landry
Lynch needs to be playing SS. Landry can make an immediate impact at FS and allow Lynch to roam the secondary looking for hits. Denverís secondary is gonna be pretty tough next year.
Minnesota RB DeAngelo Williams
Maroney will fall a bit as a lot of teams have no need for RB this year. However for the Vikings itís a need + BPA. I think we can all say were a bit tired of the Michael Bennett experiment. Ya heís one of the fastest RBís in the league, but the guy is never healthy and he definitely is not a feature back. Maroney has the speed and power to be a real feature back, someone the Vikes can really rely on. The Vikes really need to get rid of some of the guys in their troubled backfield. Moore and Maroney will be the future imo.
Atlanta RB Laurence Maroney
Dunn is still really good, but may not be able to carry the ball so often for much longer. Maroney and Duckett will be the future.
Pittsburgh WR Martin Nance
Need big receiver, reunited etc. etc.
Kansas City WR Santonio Holmes
Kennison is old, plus they really need another young WR who can be a playmaker. Parker is fast, but not anywhere near the playmaker that Holmes is.
New England RB Lendale White
Dillon has been constantly injured off and on here. They need a young bruiser to continue their time of possession style of play. White will give Dillon a rest, and also take over for him when heís done.
Chicago TE Marcedes Lewis
Big tall receiver target for whichever young QB they decide to start next year.
San Diego S Darnell Bing
I still donít understand why they let Rodney Harrison go, but they need another hard hitting safety. Bing can lay the wood and with the Chargers front 7, he should be free to make some big plays.
N.Y. GiantsCB Jason Allen
Giants biggest need is secondary. Allen should be fully recovered by the combine and able to put up a good enough showing to climb back into the first.
Tampa Bay OT Winston Justice
With Simms finally stepping up the Bucs have a pretty good young Trio at QB, WR, RB going on. With the defense still playing well the logical choice here has to be OL. The Bucs have mostly vets and nonames along the line so adding a top draft choice here is a very smart thing. Justice has played RT at USC for a left handed QB so this is the perfect situation for him. He has a lot of potential and I think Gruden will keep him motivated.
Jacksonville TE Vernon Davis
Davis has been shooting up draft boards lately because of his physical attributes. Jags love these kind of players, and they will take him as their TE. Another good reliable option for Leftwich could help take this offense to the next level.
Seattle OLB Manny Lawson
Lawson can play DE or OLB for the hawks but most likely will take over at LOLB alongside Tatupu and Hill. Lawson is a physical freak of nature with a great combination of pure speed and strength. Lawson could take this seahawks defense to another level. (imo he will rise a lot from now until draft day mostly because of his physical abilities that are freakish for a guy this size.)
Denver DT Claude Wroten
Wroten is a good pass rushing DT, exactly what the Broncos need here.
CarolinaLB Chad Greenway
John Fox cannot pass on this talented LB this late into the round. Greenway has the perfect size 6í4 250 and good speed. Greenway could be an all star someday and continue to make this defense in the elite.
Cincinnati TE Leonard Pope
Pope is a 6í7 250 TE that can do it all. He can be an extra blocker, or be a receiving threat and be the icing on the cake for the Bengals offense.
Dallas OT Marcus McNeill
Dallas Oline play has been the thing holding them back( that and the kicking game) so they add one of the top tackles to line up opposite Flozell next year. Cowboys OL will be much improved and so will their offense next year with better blocking. Maybe Petitti can backup Rivera at RG, or backup Flozell at LT. Either way the boys need talent and depth along the OL.
Indianapolis LB DeMeco Ryans
Colts continue to build the defense. They need some lb help, and DeMeco is the best LB remaining. DeMeco reminds me a bit of Lofa Tatupu from last year. A really smart lb that lacks some physical abilities, but I think he could be the leader of the colts defense and is a great field general. Could end up as the ILB or OLB in their 4-3 defense.