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2006 NFL Mock Draft

Lou Pickney
Last Updated: April 28, 2006

This is my final update, at 10:55 PM Central Time from my parents' house in Nashville (I'm visiting home for the weekend.) This reflects the surprising news of the Houston Texans deciding to take Mario Williams #1 overall, passing on Reggie Bush.

Those of you who supported Matt Leinart going back to USC for the 2005 season can stick it. I said it was a bad idea at the time, since he was all but guaranteed to be taken by the San Francisco 49ers at #1 in the 2005 Draft. Now? I saw a mock draft by Dennis Dodd on Sportsline that had Leinart falling all the way to Detroit at #9 in the 2006 NFL Draft. I doubt he'll fall *that* far, but still, Leinart's not going #1 this year. I understand the idea of adding to his legacy and his 1 national titles, but realistically he put his body through another year of competitive football, for free (his scholarship covered a ballroom dancing class), so he could drop in the following year's draft.

Don't think I'm picking on Leinart, though. He'll be a great pickup for whichever team ends up with him.

2006 NFL Mock Draft
1. Houston Texans - Mario Williams, DE, NC State
2. New Orleans Saints - Reggie Bush, RB, USC
3. Tennessee Titans - Matt Leinart, QB, USC
4. New York Jets - D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
5. Green Bay Packers - A.J. Hawk, OLB, Ohio State
6. San Francisco 49ers - Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
7. Oakland Raiders - Vince Young, QB, Texas
8. Buffalo Bills - Halogi Ngata, DT, Oregon
9. Detroit Lions - Michael Huff, CB/S, Texas
10. Arizona Cardinals - Winston Justice, OT, USC
11. St. Louis Rams - Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State
12. Cleveland Browns - Ernie Sims, OLB, Florida State
13. Baltimore Ravens - Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
14. Philadelphia Eagles - Chad Greenway, OLB, Iowa
15. Denver Broncos (from Atlanta) - Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
16. Miami Dolphins - Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech
17. Minnesota Vikings - Tye Hill, CB, Clemson
18. Dallas Cowboys - Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Ohio St.
19. San Diego Chargers - Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State
20. Kansas City Chiefs - Chad Jackson, WR, Florida
21. New England Patriots - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
22. San Francisco 49ers (from Washington via Denver) - Manny Lawson, DE, NC State
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jonathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
25. New York Giants - Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno State
26. Chicago Bears - Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
27. Carolina Panthers - Marcus McNeil, OT, Auburn
28. Jacksonville Jaguars - DeMeco Ryans, OLB, Alabama
29. New York Jets (from Atlanta via Denver) - Eric Winston, OT, Miami
30. Indianapolis Colts - Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
31. Seattle Seahawks - Donte Whitner, S, Ohio State
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Florida State

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