I expect several trades between now and draft day to invalidate this. Nonetheless. Fewer trades than in previous years, maybe I'm just lazier. Lots of good players going undrafted here. Enjoy. 1 Houston - As was the case last year with the 49ers, the Texans are going to draft whoever they believe they can sign beforehand. I still think a drop down to #4 is a possibility. The new illegal payment scandal at USC might give the Texans the excuse they need to pass on Bush if they're not so enamored with him, and draft better according to need, either on the O-Line or the defense. The question, to me, is do the Jets want Reggie Bush. If I'm the Jets, and I play in the media capital of the world, and I'm angling for a new stadium and to sell the team soon, I make the move for Bush. If Houston stays here, I'm going to walk out on the ledge and give them Williams. But I'm going to do the trade again. Because Houston really wants to trade down, I think the Jets can get the edge on the "value board". TradeThe Texans trade the #1 pick to the New York Jets for the #4 and #71 pick (third rounder) and New York's first round pick in 2007. The Jets select Reggie Bush RB USC. 2 New Orleans - I'm sure the Saints are listening to offers for this spot. Team Leinhart is hollering at Green Bay that they'd better move up if they want to get him. Team Leinhart is hollering at Tennessee that they'd better move up if they want to get him. Team Leinhart is hollering at Oakland that they'd better move up if they want to get him. Unfortunately for Team Leinhart, aside from Norm Chow and Jeff Fisher, nobody else is enamored with Matt Leinhart, especially with his recent "Hollywood" routine, and they know that they're his only suitors. New Orleans keeps the pick and drafts Mario Williams DE NC State. 3 Tennessee - GM Floyd Reese wants Vince Young. HC Jeff Fisher, and OC Norm Chow want Leinhart. Unless Mr. Reese wants to replace the other two after they resign shortly after the draft, he'd better concede this one. The Titans draft Matt Leinhart QB USC. Presumably, Team Leinhart is going to refuse their cut on the contract, since they promised and failed to get Matt Leinhart drafted first overall. 4 Houston (from New York Jets) - The locals demand Vince Young. Football people demand protection for the quarterback they already have on the roster. The Texans draft D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia. 5 Green Bay - Green Bay's in a good spot here. It's no secret Oakland wants to get Vince Young. They can with a small trade up, and at worse, it's 50/50 the Packers can still draft they guy they want at #7 and probably squeeze the Raiders a little bit. Trade The Packers trade the #5 and #104 (fourth round) pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the #7, #69 (third round), and # 176 (sixth round) picks. The Raiders select Vince Young QB Texas. 6 San Francisco - Justice would make sense here. Ditto Davis. Ditto Ngata. Coach Nolan wants to run the 3-4, but he doesn't have the playmakers for it. Bringing in AJ Hawk LB Ohio St would at least give them a start. 7 Green Bay (from Oakland) - The Packers were hoping Hawk fell here. Instead, they take their consolation prize, Haloti Ngata DT Oregon. 8 Buffalo - This is the no-brainer of the bunch. Vernon Davis TE Maryland 9 Detroit - A likely landing place for Michael Huff DB Texas. 10 Arizona - Dennis Green seems to prefer players who can contribute immediately. That looks like possibly B-Rod Bunkley or, more likely, Winston Justice OT USC 11 St. Louis - Broderick Bunkley DT Florida St. 12 Cleveland - We're now firmly in that stretch where people want to trade down, as every team will have a different draft order from 12 to 50. If the Browns can't trade down, Romeo will draft a linebacker here. Which one will obviously depend on his preference. I'll give him Manny Lawson DE NC State. 13 Baltimore - This is likely trade-up territory. A number of teams could go for Kamerion Wimbley here, the Pats included. But I don't see Belichick moving up this far. Baltimore is waiting for Steve McNair to be released, or if not, will sign Kerry Collins. That's treating a gunshot wound with gauze. They've lost Ice-Cube look-alike Anthony Wright. That's not a huge loss, but it means there's an opening. A QB trio of McNair, Boller, and Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt looks good, at least on paper. 14 Philadelphia - They might be tempted for a WR this early, but the value isn't there. The Eagles have a pretty good track record of BPA. To me, that's D'Angelo Williams RB Memphis 15 Denver (from Atlanta) - Denver is not known for reaching either, but I think circumstances here allow them to take Chad Jackson WR Florida 16 Miami - That ker-plunk sound you just heard was Kamerion Wimbley DE Florida St falling into Nick Saban's lap. 17 Minnesota - Ernie Sims LB Florida St can provide the Vikings D with some much-needed speed. 18 Dallas - Yet another candidate to move down, but there's not many dancing partners out there. Parcells should take Santonio Holmes WR Ohio St to insure himself against the inevitable T.O. flare-up. 19 San Diego - Secondary is a glaring weakness here. The Chargers take Antonio Cromartie CB Florida St 20 Kansas City - The Chiefs get lucky here. Indy wants (or at least should want) Lawrence Maroney, who's a natural replacement for Edgerrin, and this looks to be a good place to move up to get him. Trade Kansas City trades the #20 and #154 (fifth round) picks to Indianapolis for the #30 and #62 (second round) picks. The Colts select Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota. 21 New England - Greenway, Hali, Pope, Mangold, and Hill are probably the players New England is deciding among. Ideally, they'd trade down about four or five spots. It's possible a team like Chicago or Cincinnati wants Pope ahead of the 49ers, who are also probably targeting Pope. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I'm calling for a Trade. The Patriots trade the #21 pick toCincinnati in exchange for the #24 and #123 (fourth round) picks. The Bengals take Leonard Pope TE Georgia. 22 San Francisco (from Washington thru Denver) - I've got no problem giving them yet another projected linebacker in the first round. Tamba Hali DE Penn St. 23 Tampa Bay - DeMeco Ryans LB Alabama. Ryans should be Derrick Brooks' successor at WLB. 24 New England (from Cincinnati) - Greenway, Mangold, and Hill are probably the three finalists for this spot, depending on which way they want to go. In times like this, I tend to look at the difference between the player in question, and the next best at that position. In my opinion, the biggest drop off happens at the center position. Between Koppen's injury and his looming UFA status, Nick Mangold C Ohio St makes too much sense. Tie him up for five years, and we got ourselves a Player. 25 New York Giants - Chad Greenway LB Iowa. 26 Chicago - This is probably a reach for Klopfenstein. Since Ricky Manning may end up in jail, I'll give da Bearse Jimmy Williams DB Virginia Tech. 27 Carolina - My understanding is that they plan of moving last year's strong safety, Thomas Davis, to WLB to replace Will Witherspoon. That opens up a spot for Donte Whitner S Ohio St. 28 Jacksonville - Davin Joseph G Oklahoma 29 New York Jets (from Denver thru Atlanta) - Ty out, Tye in. Tye Hill CB Clemson gives them two corners who were college teammates at Clemson. 30 Kansas City (from Indianapolis) - Johnathan Joseph CB South Carolina 31 Seattle - The defending NFC champs have enough holes from injury and defection that gives them plenty of options. CB and FS are among them, so it would make sense to draft Jason Allen DB Tennessee and see where he fits in. 32 Pittsburgh - The Steelers have to replace some starters as well. The one hole that can be easily filled here is in the defensive backfield. Ko Simpson S South Carolina can step into Chris Hope's old free safety position. Some might call it a reach. It's funny how often well-managed teams get criticized for reaching (Deion Branch and Logan Mankins come immediately to mind).