This is a 2006 NFL Draft Re-Mock, just in case you missed the big blue letters up top. I'm going back to 2006 and re-distributing all of the 2006 NFL Draft prospects to all of the teams in the 2006 NFL Draft order. This 2006 NFL Draft Re-Mock is based on how these players have performed in their careers, as well as the needs each team had back in 2006.
Houston Texans: Mario Williams, DE, N.C. State Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Mario Williams, DE My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Mario Williams, DE
I don't know who it was, but someone recently called out for saying that the Texans made the dumbest draft pick ever by taking Mario Williams over Reggie Bush. Did I write that? I can't even remember what I had for dinner last night, so I figured I wrote something stupid.
For this re-mock, I opened up my 2006 NFL Mock Draft and was pleasantly surprised by what I had to say about Houston's No. 1 overall choice:
In my opinion, this is a good move. The Texans did not need Bush; they already had Domanick Davis in the backfield. If Williams pans out, Houston will
finally have a player that can disrupt Peyton Manning and Indianapolis' offense. If I were Charley Casserly, however, I would have tried to trade down
in an effort to secure D'Brickashaw Ferguson. I'm sure David Carr would have liked that as well.
Holy crap. Go me.
New Orleans Saints: Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Reggie Bush, RB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Reggie Bush, RB
Think the Saints wish Houston would have picked Reggie Bush? New Orleans would have a dominant defense with Mario Williams up front.
Haloti Ngata would work as well. With Ngata in the mix, New Orleans' defensive front would have been comprised of Ngata, Will Smith, Darren Howard and Brian Young. Not bad.
Tennessee Titans: Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Vince Young, QB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Matt Leinart, QB
The Titans missed Jevon Kearse after watching him play with the Eagles in the mid-00s. Tamba Hali would have been a much better pick than Nick Lachey's boyfriend or Jeff Fisher's worst enemy.
New York Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT
D'Brickashaw Ferguson is an awesome left tackle, so I have to imagine that the Jets would redo this pick if they had the chance.
Green Bay Packers: Tramon Williams, CB, Louisiana Tech Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: A.J. Hawk, OLB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: A.J. Hawk, OLB
Tramon Williams has become one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks. He was an undrafted free agent back in 2006, but the Packers would need to spend a top-10 pick in this re-mock to retain his services. Not that A.J. Hawk was a bad selection or anything, but Williams is an elite talent.
San Francisco 49ers: Johnathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Vernon Davis, TE My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Vernon Davis, TE
Vernon Davis is a very good player, but you don't take tight ends in the top 10.
Bruce Thornton started 11 games at corner for the 49ers in 2005. I have just one question: Who the f*** is Bruce Thornton?
Oakland Raiders: DeMeco Ryans, ILB, Alabama Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Michael Huff, S My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Vince Young, QB
You probably shouldn't take safeties in the top 10 either unless you're convinced they're the next Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed.
If Al Davis thought rationally, he would have said the following on Draft Day while sacrificing a pair of virgins: "DeMeco... Ryans... is a great... playa... he doesn't... run... a 4.1... 40... but he's... a great... playa..."
Buffalo Bills: Andrew Whitworth, OT, LSU Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Donte Whitner, S My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Haloti Ngata, DT
I'm convinced the following conversation occurred between Marv Levy and his interns an hour before this pick was made:
Levy: "Guys, I'm going to take a nap. Take Michael Huff when we're on the clock."
Interns: "But Mr. Levy, what if he's not available?"
Levy: "Don't worry, no one else is stupid enough to take a safety this high."
The poor interns settled for the next-best safety available when Undead Al snagged Huff at No. 7.
At any rate, the Bills could actually have a good offensive line right now if they had drafted Andrew Whitworth. I have no idea how Whitworth has never made the Pro Bowl; he's one of the best left tackles year in and year out.
Detroit Lions: Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Ernie Sims, OLB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Michael Huff, S
Not that Jay Cutler is a great quarterback or anything, but Detroit's quarterbacks in 2005 were Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia. One loves men and one loves caviar. Not that there's anything wrong with either of those things.
Arizona Cardinals: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, UCLA Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Matt Leinart, QB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jay Cutler, QB
I wanted to place Maurice Jones-Drew earlier in this re-mock, but he just didn't fit. Starting at No. 6, the 49ers had Frank Gore. The Raiders paid a ton of money to LaMont Jordan. The Bills had Willis McGahee. The Lions spent a first-round pick on Kevin Jones the year before.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, had Marcel Shipp in their backfield. The defining moment of Shipp's career was when Chris Berman was reading a highlight of Shipp's on NFL Primetime (in this case of lowlight).
When Shipp was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, Berman cleverly said, "Shipp... capsized." God, I miss the good old NFL Primetime.
St. Louis Rams: Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Tye Hill, CB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Tye Hill, CB
Think Sam Bradford would like throwing the ball to Santonio Holmes? At the time of the 2006 NFL Draft, a 34-year-old Isaac Bruce was wrapping up his career. Holmes could have fit right in across from Torry Holt.
Alas, St. Louis drafted Tye Hill because he ran a 4.3 40 at the Combine. It's a miracle that Al Davis didn't select him.
Cleveland Browns: Elvis Dumervil, DE/OLB, Louisville Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB
I mocked Kamerion Wimbley and D'Qwell Jackson to the Browns in the first two rounds. I received an e-mail the night before the draft from someone who wrote, "Cleveland will never draft those bums!" Well, they most certainly did.
Let's help Browns fans retain their sanity by giving them a much better rush linebacker.
Baltimore Ravens: Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Haloti Ngata, DT My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Winston Justice, OT
I apparently thought the Ravens needed an upgrade at tackle, so let's give them an upgrade at tackle. Sorry, Baltimore fans. Haloti Ngata is not on the board. Good thing this isn't real.
Philadelphia Eagles: Greg Jennings, WR, Western Michigan Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Brodrick Bunkley, DT My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brodrick Bunkley, DT
Months before the 2006 NFL Draft, Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens committed black-on-black violence against each other. When will this madness stop!?
Denver Broncos: Marques Colston, WR, Hofstra Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Jay Cutler, QB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Chad Jackson, WR
I praised myself earlier about Mario Williams, so it's time to point out something dumb I said five years ago:
"Chad Jackson will make a great replacement for Rod Smith when the veteran receiver retires."
By Chad Jackson, I obviously meant De'Sean Jackson. Duh.
Marques Colston works too, by the way.
Miami Dolphins: Chad Greenway, OLB, Iowa Actual 2006 NFL Draft Pick: Jason Allen, CB My 2006 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ernie Sims, OLB
The poor Vikings miss out on Chad Greenway by just one pick. The Dolphins could have used him, as a 36-year-old Junior Seau started 15 games for Miami in 2005.