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This 2006 NFL Mock Draft will consist of two round's. There will be no trades, if you have any problems with my picks just post right away and I will give you my point of view. I will be posting more mocks either every week or every other week, so stay tuned for more Pre Combine Mock Drafts. My next draft with probable be in a week to two. Thank you and enojy!

Round 1:

1.) Houston Texans - RB.::.Reggie Bush.::.USC
2.) New Orleans Saints ? QB.::.Matt Leinart.::.USC
3.) Tennessee Titans ? QB.::.Vince Young.::.Texas
4.) New York Jets - QB.::.Jay Cutler.::.Vanderbilt
5.) Green Bay Packers ? LB.::.A.J Hawk.::.OSU
6.) Oakland Raiders ? DE.::.Mario Williams.::.NCST
7.) San Fransico 49ers ? OT.::.D'Bickashaw Ferguson.::.Virginia
8.) Buffalo Bills ? DT.::.Haloti Ngata.::.Oregon
9.) Detroit Lions ? DE.::.Tamba Hali.::.Penn St.
10.) Arizona Cardinals ? DB.::.Michael Huff.::.Texas
11.) St Louis Rams ? OLB.::.DeMeco Ryans.::.Alabama
12.) Cleveland Browns ? OLB.::.Chad Greenway.::.Iowa
13.) Baltimore Ravens ? RB.::.LenDale White.::.USC
14.) Philadelphia Eagles ? DE.::.Mathias Kiwanuka.::.BC
15.) Atlanta Falcons ? DB.::.Jimmy Williams.::.VT
16.) Miami Dolphins ? OT.::.Marcus McNeil.::.Auburn
17.) Minnesota Vikings ? RB.::.DeAngelo Williams.::.Memphis
18.) Dallas Cowboys ? OT.::.Winston Justice.::.USC
19.) San Diego Chargers ? S.::.Ko Simpson.::.OSU
20.) Kansas City Chiefs ? DT.::.Broderick Bunkley.::.FSU
21.) New England Patriots - WR.::.Santonio Holmes.::.OSU
22.) Denver Broncos(-Thru-Washington) - TE.::.Vernon Davis.::.Maryland
23.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT.::.Eric Winston.::.Miami (FL)
24.) Cincinnati Bengals - DT.::.Gabe Watson.::.Michigan
25.) New York Giants - CB.::.Antonio Cromartie.::.FSU
26.) Chicago Bears - TE.::.Leonard Pope.::.Georgia
27.) Carolina Panthers - RB.::.Laurence Maroney.::.Minnesota
28.) Jacksonville Jaguars - CB.::.Tye Hill.::.Clemson
29.) Denver Broncos - DB.::.Darnell Bing.::.USC
30.) Indianapolis Colts - OLB.::.Manny Lawson.::.NCST
31.) Seattle Seahawks - CB.::.Ashton Youboty.::.OSU
32.) Pittsburgh Steelers - WR.::.Martin Nance.::.Miami (OH)

Round: 2

33.HOU-Jon Scott OT Texas
34.NO-Bobby Carpenter OLB OSU
35.TEN-Chad Jackson WR Florida
36.NYJ-Brian Calhoun RB Wisconsin
37.GB-Max Jean Giles OG Georgia
38.SF-Derek Hagan WR ASU
39.OAK-Taitusi Lutui OG USC
40.BUF-Daryn Colledge OT Boise St.
41.DET-Ernie Sims OLB FSU
42.ARI-D'Qwell Jackson ILB Maryland
43.STL-Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA
44.CLE-Steve Fifta DT Utah
45.BAL-Richard Marshall CB Fresno St.
46.PHI-Jeramy Trueblood OT BC
47.ATL-Nick Mangold C OSU
48.MIA- Brodie Croyle QB Alabama
49.MIN-Davin Joeseph OG Oklahoma
50.DAL-Kai Parham LB Virginia
51.SD-Ahmad Brooks ILB Iowa
52.KC- Anwar Phillips CB Penn State
53.NE-Greg Blue S Georgia
54.WAS-Sinorice Moss WR Miami (FL)
55.TB-Elvis Dummervil DE/LB Louisville
56.CIN-Dominique Byrd TE USC
57.NYG-Thomas Howard OLB UTEP
58.CHI-Kelly Jennings CB Miami (Florida)
59.CAR-Rodrique Wright DT Texas
60.JAC-Joe Klopfenstein TE Colorado
61.DEN-Ray Edwards DE Purdue
62.IND-DonTrell Moore RB New Mexico
63.SEA-Fred Matua OG USC
64.PIT-Alan Zemaitis CB Penn St.


Detroit Lions draft:

1-9: Tamba Hali, DE, Penn St.
2-41: Ernie Sims, OLB, FSU
3-74: Charles Spencer, OG, Pittsburgh
5-136: Darrell Brooks, S, Arizona
6-169: OT Jabari Levey, South Carolina

Sorry there's no trades... I sought it hard and pointless to be projecting trades.

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February 8th, 2006, 6:07 pm
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It's hard to say what Marinelli will want in the draft, but Millen made it clear that he was interested one or more of the CBs last year (PacMan, Antrel Rolle, Carlos Rogers). Given Bryant's history here, the pursuit of Ty Law, along with Bly getting another year older, Millen's perception of CB as a position of need likely has not changed since last year. There are certainly other needs, and DE is definitely one of them. I'm simply wondering if the Lions will consider Jimmy Williams if he's there at #9.

I don't necessarily think that Williams is worth the #9 pick, but it's a possibility. Given last year's first-round debacle, Millen might change his strategy and "reach" with the first pick.


February 8th, 2006, 6:19 pm
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I don't think the Lions would darft Sims when they don't really need more OLB. They have bigger needs that Ol and MLB, CB, and FS. I think the lions would have picked D'Qwell Jackson ILB Maryland or take STL-Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA to get the Te we need.


February 8th, 2006, 6:24 pm
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4.) New York Jets - QB.::.Jay Cutler.::.Vanderbilt
Jets won't take Cutler, they have money wrapped up in Pennington. Look for them to draft Ferguson after signing a FA QB or arranging a trade with San Diego.

7.) San Fransico 49ers ? OT.::.D'Bickashaw Ferguson.::.Virginia
They signed Jonas Jennings long term last year, why this pick? They have needs just about everywhere else.

9.) Detroit Lions ? DE.::.Tamba Hali.::.Penn St.
HUGE reach for Hali here. DE is not as great a need as OT, FS or MLB. Winston Justice would be better value here. I would prefer a trade down.

11.) St Louis Rams ? OLB.::.DeMeco Ryans.::.Alabama
Another big reach. The Rams would probably take Vernon Davis, as he is a freakishly athletic tight end with receiver speed. Greenway is bigger and faster than Ryans and is a more highly rated prospect.

14.) Philadelphia Eagles ? DE.::.Mathias Kiwanuka.::.BC
Reach. Kiwanuka has fallen, and is more like a 20-25 range pick

18.) Dallas Cowboys ? OT.::.Winston Justice.::.USC
Justice won't fall this far, he could be a top ten pick. The Cowboys would be ecstatic if he fell this far.

22.) Denver Broncos(-Thru-Washington) - TE.::.Vernon Davis.::.Maryland
No way Davis falls this far

23.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT.::.Eric Winston.::.Miami (FL)
Incredibly big reach. Winston has lost lateral movement due to his knee injury and may not fully recover.

28.) Jacksonville Jaguars - CB.::.Tye Hill.::.Clemson
In all likelihood Hill will go much earlier. He is rising up draft boards much like Pac Man Jones did last year, only Hill is better than him.

30.) Indianapolis Colts - OLB.::.Manny Lawson.::.NCST
Manny doesn't fit this defense as a LB. Ernie Sims or Thomas Howard would fit the Dungy system more.

32.) Pittsburgh Steelers - WR.::.Martin Nance.::.Miami (OH)
Ahead of Chad Jackson? I don't think so. They may also consider Sinorice Moss, but need some size in their WR corps.

36.NYJ-Brian Calhoun RB Wisconsin
Too early, probably more like QB Omar Jacobs here to develop behind Pennington.

41.DET-Ernie Sims OLB FSU
Never happened. The Lions passed on DJ last year because of the stock of OLBs we have. Abdul Hodge would be better.

44.CLE-Steve Fifta DT Utah
Late third to early fourth rounder, at best

51.SD-Ahmad Brooks ILB Iowa
Not in the draft, but would have likely been the first MLB off the board, possibly top twenty.

62.IND-DonTrell Moore RB New Mexico
Huge reach, many other RBs available with better talent and durability



Detroit Lions draft:

1-9: Tamba Hali, DE, Penn St.-reach
2-41: Ernie Sims, OLB, FSU-reach
3-74: Charles Spencer, OG, Pittsburgh-good pick, value
5-136: Darrell Brooks, S, Arizona-so, so
6-169: OT Jabari Levey, South Carolina-good pick, but likely a guard in the NFL and we won't need him for that.

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February 8th, 2006, 6:46 pm
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With the Brooks pick he was probably thinking of Hodge, since he wrote Iowa.

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how is hali a reach and justice isnt .. hali isnt a reach at nine, this seaosn and the senior bowl proved hes worthy of a top 10 pick , and more than likely he will be coming here, de is a need, we dont have an effective rusher opp of hall , and hali can come in and do that , and be molded the way marinelli wants . s and ot isnt a need for us, guard is , and a mlb , we probaly take hali at 9 , trade down in the 2nd , get a extra pick and get a guard and lb there and a safety in the 3rd .. i like the picks, especially hali, but sims is a reach for us ..


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There are alot of teams that do OK "reaching". The draft is a crapshoot. Anyone who claims to know for sure is kidding themselves. They said Levi Jones was a major reach at #10 for Cincinatti when they picked him. It seems like he's turned out ok there. Charles Rogers was a sure thing. The best WR prospect since Keyshawn Johsnon they said. He is a complete bust for his draft position. If he makes the pro bowl next year, he's still a bust. The draft needs to give you starters in the first three rounds and developmental and depth players thereafter. When Fontes was coach, the rd 1 guys were generally players. No misses. The rd 2 guys were hit and miss, some went into the tank. John Ford, Van Malone, etc.. Under Ross, everyone busted out. rd1-7. The team was destroyed from then on. Under Millen, rd1 is debatable and sinking fast, rd 2 has been good but rd 3 has yeilded nothing. I would say the best 3rd rd pick for Millen has been Goodman.

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February 9th, 2006, 12:19 pm
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Detroit_LIons wrote:
how is hali a reach and justice isnt .. hali isnt a reach at nine, this seaosn and the senior bowl proved hes worthy of a top 10 pick , and more than likely he will be coming here, de is a need, we dont have an effective rusher opp of hall , and hali can come in and do that , and be molded the way marinelli wants . s and ot isnt a need for us, guard is , and a mlb , we probaly take hali at 9 , trade down in the 2nd , get a extra pick and get a guard and lb there and a safety in the 3rd .. i like the picks, especially hali, but sims is a reach for us ..


The Senior Bowl didn't prove Hali to be a top ten pick, but rather proved he was better than Kiwanuka. Hali is NOT a speed rusher, which is what the Lions need. Cory Redding, James Hall and Jared Devries are all power guys who are better against the run than the pass. Kalimba is the only speed rusher. Hali is a good all around end, but he isn't as good a prospect as Erasmus James was, IMO. Hali taken between 12 and 18 is good, but not at number nine.
The reason I say DE is not a need is because the starters will be back. Hall is signed long term, and Redding is restricted and likely won't be going anyplace. If Kalimba and Devries both bolt for FA, then there is a need. However, the poor line play last year on offense showed that the team needs to upgrade. Winston Justice is a MUCH more finished and NFL ready than Tamba Hali. Justice wasn't in the Senior Bowl, but would have impressed if he did. Even if the Lions resign Jeff Backus, Justice would be a huge improvement on our offense. Kelly Butler played well, but adding Justice would be a huge upgrade over him. Butler can either be the backup again or move inside. That would take care of our guard problem if he did. However, Butler's height would be a detriment on the inside.

The Lions would be best off trading down, which may come to fruition if Oakland/San Francisco don't trade down and a team like Miami wants to move ahead of Arizona for Jay Cutler. That trade would yield the Lions either a second rounder this year, or a third rounder this year and next year. But if the Lions don't trade down, I would rather see the Lions address the offensive line or the secondary. Tye Hill is moving up draft boards, and with a strong workout may become a top ten pick. Fernando Bryant must be replaced, and Andre Goodman is a goner (I hope, he sucks). Kieth Smith is still an unknown, as is Stanley Wilson. McQuarters may not be back, and if he is he would be best suited for nickel or dime duties. Tye Hill is almost a Dre' Bly clone, and would be a nice addition and do more for this defense than another defensive end with strength but not speed.

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Unless Mario Williams (still think he has a ways to go to develop his game) is your man at DE then you have to trade down and not take another DE that high. The position is just too deep and guys that should have pretty good NFL careers arre going to be available as late as the 4th round this year. I do like Hill but top 10 is too high for him in my opinion I think at that high a CB should have an instant impact like Robinson did for the Texans. I actaully like his play better than Bly's though, he is more aggresive against the run but he is still a little raw and needs a year or so to develop.

I still say that they need to trade down even if the value isn't what a team would normally get. Falling to the late teens or early twenties I think would be an ideal spot to be at as long as they can land a 2nd rounder as well. I'm even all for moving out of the 1st if they can manage to trade their 1st for a 2nd and 4th along with a team's 1st next year. But if they can get into that 16-23 range there are some players that fit their needs.

The player that could fall into this range that I'm starting to get an itch for is Ernie Sims. He has played mostly OLB but has in the past played MLB and done so very well. He isn't the biggest guy but plays much bigger, like fellow LB's Thomas, Vilma, and Brooks. He has drawn favorable comparisons to Brooks another former FSU player that was a key player in the Tampa defense that Marinelli is coming from. He also has the skill set of Vilma a player that Henderson is familar with. I think those two would get the most out of his abilities.

I wasn't big on LB in the 1st round but now that Henderson and Marinelli will be running the defense I really like Sims. He is an animal on the field and his eyes are constantly wide open and moving disecting the offense. If you get a chance to watch him he has geat technique sitting low in his stance with his butt under him and then finishes plays with hard hits that are also usually text book tackles. He has that LB mentality that is needed in my opinion to succeed as a MLB in the NFL. I also think because of the success of guys like Vilma and Thomas two players of similar size that his size shouldn't be a factor. Couple that with the fact he will be playing behind a good sized D-line that should keep most blockers off of him and I think he's destines to succeed. If the Lions move down to that 16-22 range don't be surprised to hear Sims name called when the Lions make their selection.


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if they have a chance to trade down then i would , but if not then i wouldnt be too surprised if they take hali , he has good football speed, and hes strong , hes like a freeney , he doesnt have 4.3 speed but he has football speed, and thats what counts . if justice is nfl ready then hali is too , he just needs some tweaking , just like any rookie, just like winston would, we can get a player for the secondary later, it doesnt take much to play in the dungy defense that we are gonna be playing, and we have smith and bryant , and only need a fs , that we can pick up in the draft , u never know they may be giving holt a chance to play so that makes fs a minor concern ..


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Detroit_LIons wrote:
if they have a chance to trade down then i would , but if not then i wouldnt be too surprised if they take hali , he has good football speed, and hes strong , hes like a freeney , he doesnt have 4.3 speed but he has football speed, and thats what counts . if justice is nfl ready then hali is too , he just needs some tweaking , just like any rookie, just like winston would, we can get a player for the secondary later, it doesnt take much to play in the dungy defense that we are gonna be playing, and we have smith and bryant , and only need a fs , that we can pick up in the draft , u never know they may be giving holt a chance to play so that makes fs a minor concern ..


Problem 1 - Holt is garbage. We need a quality FS to play in front of Holt. Holt is more of a SS IMO. Excellent FS's are few and far between. I say Huff or Williams would be the only two impact players at FS I see coming out of the draft.

I do agree with Mike that Justice is more NFL ready than Hali. Hali has had 1 amazing year...Justice has proven, what, 4? He's been protecting Leinart's blindside for at least 2 years.

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u never know they could want holt, and they may feel he can play , look at dexter jackson , and dwight smith [ detroit central ] these werent top draft picks safeties in the draft , u can look at hali and say he had one good year , but he was playig at d- tackle his soph year , and he had good stats there, but when he moved to de thats where he excelled , the guy is proven , hes nfl ready , just as much as justice is he came into his own last year , if halis a reach then so is justice , thats what im saying , and if justice is nfl ready then surely so is hali, hes gone against the top comp in the big ten inside and outside .


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Hali has one positive that I see can offset my biggest fear about him failing. That fear is that he will be a NFL bust like a lot of stud college DE's because he is a one trick pony. That is he has only his speed rush to the outside. In the NFL guys with one move are quickly neutralized and thus made ineffective. But the thing that Hali has going for him is that every time his name is brought up you always hear how coachable he is. That combined with Marinelli's past of developing D-line talent could work in his favor.

But I still feel that Hali and Justice are reaches at #9 just because both need to develop and won't make instant impacts in my opinion. I don't see the need to pay top 10 money to a guy and not see any dividends for two or three years. It's happened too often in recent Lions history and if anything I think they really can't afford to pay that kind of money to another guy that may or may not be ready to contribute right away.


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sweetd20 wrote:
Hali has one positive that I see can offset my biggest fear about him failing. That fear is that he will be a NFL bust like a lot of stud college DE's because he is a one trick pony. That is he has only his speed rush to the outside. In the NFL guys with one move are quickly neutralized and thus made ineffective. But the thing that Hali has going for him is that every time his name is brought up you always hear how coachable he is. That combined with Marinelli's past of developing D-line talent could work in his favor.

But I still feel that Hali and Justice are reaches at #9 just because both need to develop and won't make instant impacts in my opinion. I don't see the need to pay top 10 money to a guy and not see any dividends for two or three years. It's happened too often in recent Lions history and if anything I think they really can't afford to pay that kind of money to another guy that may or may not be ready to contribute right away.


I disagree about Hali being a one move DE, he is capable of the speed rush but i also watched him bull rush a number of times and was very effective, i think Hali proved he is a better all-round DE then Kiwi, i think he would be worth a #9 for a team looking for a everydown DE. But i dont think it would be a good pick for the Lions especially with needs at FS and OT that could be filled with truely quality players (be it Huff or Williams for FS, or Justice at OT).

I would also disagree about Justice being a reach at #9, i guess because i cant think of many players (that are likely available at #9) being much better then Justice... I guess my question is if not Hali and Justice who would be a good pick at #9 assuming we cant trade down.


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I will assume the following players will be gone by the ninth pick:
Bush, Leinart, Young, Ferguson, Hawk, M. Williams, Cutler, Ngata

Given that, we have our choice of the following players:
Jimmy Williams, Michael Huff, Winston Justice, Chad Greenway, Tamba Hali, Mathias Kiwanuka, Tye Hill, Vernon Davis

Out of these the most NFL ready are (IMO):
Justice, Huff, Davis, Williams, Hali, Greenway, Hill, Kiwanuka; in that order

Justice-was ready last year to enter the NFL and would have likely been a top 15 or 20 pick. With an additional year of maturity his stock has risen despite some off-field issues. He has the athleticism to play the left side, and is equally adept at both pass and run blocking. He is not quite as technically gifted as Ferguson, but is a better run blocker than him.

Huff-can play any of the secondary positions, which is his main attraction to NFL teams. He has sprinters speed and likes to hit. Despite having a seemingly slight stature, Huff has the frame to add muscle without losing much speed. He could become an impact safety in the mold of an Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu.

Davis-Could be a top ten pick. He has excellent speed and hands, and is a devoted player who strives to be better. He still needs to work on his blocking, but for a team wanting and end to stretch the field ala Shannon Sharpe, this is their guy.

Williams-Has better size than Huff and more experience, but not quite the same level of athlete and is slower. Williams will make a better corner than safety IMO, but will excel at either spot. He is a great fit for a Cover 2 defense as a corner because of his size and tackling skills.

Hali-Tamba has good power and can hold up fairly well against the run, but tends to get engulfed by bigger athletic tackles like he'll face in the NFL. He doesn't have great edge speed and that will work against him somewhat. He has a good stable of pass rush moves and a great motor to his credit, but he must still work on his technique at the next level to succeed.

Greenway-Has an intriguing blend of speed and size. He must learn to take on blockers better, but has shown a willingness to learn. Big question is can he move inside? Some teams may want to do that with him, particularly teams using a 3-4 scheme.

Hill-He may be this years Pac Man Jones. He may be rising quickly enough to make it into the top 15, but I doubt he goes into the top 10. Jones benefitted from a weak draft class, and I feel Hill is a better prospect than Pac Man was. He has world class speed and comes out of breaks with incredible explosiveness. Needs to play more physical at times and work on wrapping up.

Kiwanuka-He has slipped, and for some good reasons. He has a limited number of pass moves and he doesn't hold up well against the run. Still, his blend of size and speed will keep him in the first round and a good workout will see him move back up on many draft boards. At this point, I don't see him as a top 20 pick any longer.

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