By: Robert Ferringo
- 2006 NFL DRAFT Update
- What do you want? What do you need?
Earlier we looked at the
first 16 teams choosing in the first round of
the NFL Draft on April 29-30. Here is a rundown
on what the teams selecting in the second half
of the round will be looking at:
(Teams are listed in order
of selection, and include the club's 2005 record
as well as their opponent's winning percentage.)
17. Minnesota Vikings (9-7,
.484) - Cutler is going to be awfully tempting
at this spot. However, I don't think quarterback
is the way to go. They lost linebackers m Cowart
and Raonall Smith, and OLB starter Keith Newman
is still an unrestricted free agent. They appear
to be overhauling their identity, and I think
they would be wise to find a defensive playmaker
like FSU's Ernie Sims. They have no depth in
the secondary, and their interior offensive
line is still highly questionable.
18. Dallas Cowboys (9-7,
.523) - Despite the splash they made with the
Terrell Owens signing, The Boys are still a
long way from being a Super Bowl team. Their
offensive line is in shambles, the secondary
is leaky and their linebackers are still below
19. San Diego (9-7, .559)
- The Philip Rivers Era begins for the Chargers,
but the offensive line is showing some cracks
and may have lost OL Roman Oben (foot surgery).
A lineman would fill a need, but the Chargers
were 28th in pass defense and have a critical
desire for secondary help. They should benefit
from a draft deep with corners.
20. Kansas City (10-6,
.559) - This one is easy: they need someone
who can hit and tackle. Their secondary is atrocious,
and in that pass wacky division they need a
lot of help back there. The wideouts are aging,
but they've had horrible early selections (Slyvester
Morris, Snoop Minnis) in the past. I say go
defense with the first three picks and then
try to get a burner in the fourth round.
21. New England (10-6,
.508) - Well, well, well. Look what we have
here. Over the past few springs the draft has
been a luxury for the Pats. Now they're facing
some serious needs. Their linebacking corps
is suddenly depleted. Also, Corey Dillon is
on the downside, so they have a need for a first-day
22. Denver (13-3, .539)
- After likely picking a wide receiver with
their first No. 1, the Broncos are back on the
clock. They could go a lot of different directions
here but it's likely going to be either a tight
end (Mercedes Lewis or Leonard Pope) or a running
23. Tampa Bay (11-5, .449)
- On the surface it appears that the Bucs don't
have any huge needs. But a deeper look unveils
their severe lack of depth at several key spots.
Their linebackers are aging, the offensive line
is still incomplete even after resigning Kenyatta
Walker. Also, the defensive end slot could be
upgraded. A LB/DE tweener like Kamerion Wimbley
could be a nice grab.
24. Cincinnati (11-5, .477)
- Marvin Lewis needs to resist the urge to snag
another weapon for Carson Palmer. Most mock
drafts I've seen have them grabbing a tight
end here. That would be a mistake, especially
given the depth at that position. Get one in
the second round. In the meantime, they need
beef up front. Well, more beef to go with elderly
25. New York Giants (11-5,
.492) - When the Giants had to pull linebackers
off of construction sites to suit up for the
playoffs, I think their weakness was exposed.
The offensive line performed admirably last
season, but another first-day pick is likely.
Also, a DT to pair with William Joseph would
26. Chicago Bears (11-5,
.457) - Despite their putrid offense, the smart
money has the Bears selecting a cornerback here.
Since early last fall - I mentioned it in The
Ferringo Report - I've really, really, really,
really, really wanted Pope. The Bears do need
a corner, an outside linebacker, another defensive
tackle now that Tank Johnson is out, as well
as a speedy receiver/kick returner.
27. Carolina Panthers (11-5,
.457) - Depth is the buzzword for the Panthers.
They need depth at all five O-line slots, as
well as a fresh, fast weakside linebacker. They
picked up RB Eric Shelton in the second round
last season, but I'm not sure he's the answer
for their running back woes. I say they go LB-DT-OG.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
(12-4, .465) - If he's still available, the
Jags are all over Pope. The Georgia tight end,
paired with versatile Matt Jones, would give
Byron Leftwich a plethora of mismatches in the
red zone. That would be a luxury pick, but a
right guard or a strongside linebacker would
fill some holes. Also, a young defensive lineman
to eat up some minutes would be welcome.
29. New York Jets (4-12,
.527) - With their second first rounder the
Jets should address either their defensive or
offensive line troubles. They've lost two Pro
Bowlers - Kevin Mawae and John Abraham - in
the last few months. Also, if Eric Mangini is
going to switch to the 3-4 he'll need at least
a pair of new linebackers.
30. Indianapolis Colts
(14-2, .457) - There is a shortage of high-powered
running backs in this year's crop. However,
that bodes well for the Colts, who need to replace
Edgerrin James. The Colts would be thrilled
if DeAngelo Williams slides to them, but Laurence
Maroney is a more likely candidate. After that,
the Colts are just drafting for depth throughout
the defense and across the offensive line.
31. Seattle Seahawks (13-3,
.430) - Despite re-signing Shaun Alexander,
the Seahawks have had an up-and-down offseason.
Their receivers have injury and age concerns,
and the offensive line will be shuffled after
the loss of Steve Hutchinson. Defensively, I
disagree with the consensus that they need secondary
help. Instead, I think they can help their DB's
by finding another outside pass rusher.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers
(11-5, .492) - LenDale White's stock is plummeting.
But he would be an absolute steal, and a perfect
fit, to cap the first round for the defending
champs. The Steelers also need defensive line
depth, and a wide receiver. Also, next year
their defense could lose a lot of its star power.
Better start stacking up now.
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