Monday, January 02, 2006Early NFL Draft Predictions
1) Houston: Reggie Bush, RB, USC
What they should do: Trade the pick for tons of offensive linemen. Here are the starting running backs in the last three Super Bowls -- Antowain Smith, Stephen Davis, Michael Pittman, Charlie Garner, Corey Dillon and Brian Westbrook. Outside of Dillon can we consider any of these guys as upper echelon? Pittman and Garner are third-down backs, Westbrook is a glorified receiver, Smith was a cheap fill-in and Davis was a back who gets winded in the second half of the season. Right now the Texans have no offensive line and they need to build there so we can actually see if David Carr and Domanick Davis are quality football players.
2) New Orleans: Matt Leinart, QB, USC
What they should do: Take Leinart and start anew. I know they believe Adrian McPherson could become the QB of the future, but Leinart IS the QB of the future.
3) Tennessee: A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
What they should do: The Titans will trade down once Leinart is taken. They need several pieces, but a quarterback is most important so they will try to land Jay Cutler in the 10-15 spot.
4) N.Y. Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
What they should do: Probably trade down a little and try to land cornerback Jimmy Williams. Ferguson is a great prospect but this draft is especially loaded with quality offensive linemen. Williams gives the Jets the potential shut down corner they are hoping Justin Miller will become.
5) Green Bay: Greg Lee, WR, Pittsburgh
What they should do: Well if Brett Favre returns they will probably opt to revamp the offensive line through veteran free agents instead of breaking in a talented rookie like Ferguson, but if he doesn't Ferguson is the right pick here if he's available. Lee, a junior, is a good alternative and the best receiver in a fairly weak class. They might trade down and still land him.
6/7) San Francisco: DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
What they should do: The Niners will trade Kevan Barlow in the offseason in hopes of a first-day pick because they think Frank Gore has the ability to be a star (they are correct). And I think the Niners will be players in the free agent market, especially for a top receiver. Ryans will give their defense a major jolt of energy. If Ferguson is available here, that's their best option.
7/6) Oakland: Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech
What they should do: Well the Raiders could reach for a QB here, but in the end they will wisen up and give Kerry Collins a paycut to stay and draft his eventual replacement in the second round (Brady Quinn?). There are MAJOR holes on this team, but none bigger than in the secondary.