ESPN.com's 2006 mock draft

ESPN.com's 10th annual interactive mock draft is over. Thanks for all the questions; we had way too many to answer. For a more in-depth look at the entire draft, check out the latest mock from Todd McShay, which starts at pick No. 1 and goes all the way to No. 255.

For more from McShay, Kiper, Pasquarelli, Clayton and others, check out our complete draft coverage.

Moderator: The first pick will be coming up. We'll start with a question from Rick in Hartford ... Lenny, is this one of the most unsettled drafts that you can remember in a while?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: In terms of defining the top 6-8 players, no, because I think everyone pretty much has the same group. In terms of who is going where, yeah, one of the most unsettled I can remember in 28 years of doing this. And it's not like I'm the only one saying that. Guys whose voices are more important than mine, like Arizona coach Denny Green, agree. There's simply a lot of disagreement at the top. Add to that the fact that it's "Lying Time" again in the league, and it's really confusing.

Moderator: The Texans are on the clock and we have a question from Joe M. in Houston ... Is the Mario Williams thing w/the Texans legit or just a negotiating ploy? Also, is Williams really as good as many are making him out to be?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Both really good questions, Joe. The second half first: Scouts love all the "measurables" with Williams and keep comparing him to Julius Peppers. Heck, I know one team that thinks he might be the second coming of Richard Seymour. But when you watch him on tape, you don't see consistent production. I went back and checked yesterday on some stats. Williams played in 36 games in college, yet had sacks in just 16 of those games. Of his 25½ career sacks, 13 came in four games. In 2005, he had 14½ sacks, but had three against Wake Forest, three against Southern Miss and four against Maryland. In 2004, he had six sacks, but three of those were against Florida State. As for the Texans' flirtation with him, part of it definitely is a negotiating ploy. From a football standpoint, it's a split house in Houston, where some coaches are pushing hard for Williams and some scouts wonder if he's the real deal. Could they take him first? Yeah, I think so, even though I think it would be a mistake. The Texans are starting to get a little antsy, we hear, over some of the Bush stuff.

Moderator: The Saints are on the clock and before they pick we have a question from Rich Jones in Ohio ... Hey guys, just say the Texans pass on Reggie Bush, do you think the Saints would take him?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: From what we've heard, yeah, in a heartbeat. Although if Reggie slips to No. 2, the Saints' phones are going to be ringing. I know the Saints have Duece McAllister and signed Michael Bennett in the offseason. But Bush would be good for the Saints both on and off the field. Can you imagine, given his great personality, what he might mean to that city?

Moderator: The Titans are on the clock now and we have a question from Phil in Wichita) ... Will there end up being a rift between the coaching staff and the front office if the Titans take Young over Leinart?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: I wouldn't call it a rift because Floyd Reese could still go with the coaching staff's wishes and go with Leinart. Reese has the final call. If he feels Young is the better quarterback in the long run, he should go for Young over Leinart. The Titans have been good about giving young quarterbacks time to develop without rushing them in as rookies.

Moderator: The Jets are up and with Matt Leinart still on our board, things could get interesting. We have a question from Jerry in NYC ... Lenny, how bad will the Jets fans act if they take Ferguson over Leinart?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Oh, they'll boo the choice, for sure. But the Ferguson pick would be a really good one. It doesn't matter who's playing quarterback if you can't keep the guy perpendicular. Have you looked at the Jets' offensive line depth chart? Ferguson is one of the surest things in this draft.

Moderator: It's been a good week for Packers fans. Green Bay is now on the clock. Kelly in Wisconsin asks ... If Ferguson and Hawk are both on the board at No. 5, who will the Packers take?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: They'd take Hawk. Mike McCarthy thinks Adrian Klemm is a better tackle than a guard so with Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton, they have more tackles than can play at one time. They could move Tauscher inside, but they need talent on defense. They bid hard for LaVar Arrington and they got Charles Woodson. Hawk would help the linebacking corps and give them a future leader. Still, don't be surprised if they opt out for TE Vernon Davis, although I still think they take Hawk.

Moderator: The 49ers are on the clock.

Moderator: The Raiders are up, but we have a 49ers question from Aaron in Clinton ... The 49ers need a lot of help, do they have any possibility of trading up for the No. 1 pick to get Bush?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: I don't think, Aaron, they've shown any inclination of doing so. And the price tag would be high. The top pick in the draft has a value of 3,000 points on the chart most teams use. The 49ers have the sixth pick (1,600 points) and the 22nd pick (780 points). That adds up to just 2,380 points. So the 49ers would have to give up both first-rounders and something else to make it work. Given all their needs, the 49ers, at least in my opinion, should just make the picks at their spots, because they'll get two good players to help them in their rebuilding.

Moderator: We're going to take a Raiders question before we get to their pick. Ryan asks .. Are the raiders seriously considering Vince Young even though Andrew Walter has gotten good reviews within the organization?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: It seems they are, although it could be just smoke. And, let's face it, who blows smoke any better than the Raiders do? Still, if Young fell to them, the Raiders would have to strongly consider it, given his rare abilities. Good call on Walter, Ryan, because the reports on him this offseason have been favorable. He's a big guy, good pocket presence, with a big arm.

Moderator: The Bills are up next.

Moderator: The Lions are on the clock and we have a question from Mike in Detroit ... Every mock draft I have seen has the Lions taking Huff from Texas, but it seems that you never know what Millen is going to do. What are the other possible picks the Lions will make at the No. 9 spot?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: First off, Mike, do yourself a favor and put little stock in mock drafts. Yep, even this one! Teams spend millions scouting players and preparing for the draft, and most are lying to the reporters doing mock drafts. OK, now down from my soap box. I think there is some credence to the Huff projections, given that rookie coach Rod Marinelli wants a physical presence in the secondary. And Huff, even if he drops to No. 9, which he might not, is among the elite group of eight top-shelf players in this draft. The Lions might also consider one of the defensive tackles, if they are convinced that Dan Wilkinson is serious about retiring. Or they could trade down and would have some suitors if, say, Jay Cutler dropped to their spot.

Moderator: The Cardinals are up next. But first, we have a good question on the Texans and the No. 1 pick from Mario in Chico, Calif. ... Why are the Texans not considering D'Brickshaw Ferguson in the No. 1 slot? Last time I checked protecting a quaterback and establishing dominant line play is an important part of the game of football. Reggie Bush is a great player, but won't touch the ball more than 10 times a game. Why not take Ferguson here?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Terrific question, Mario, especially with the Texans' continued inability to protect David Carr. I'm not a scout, but I guess the Texans, like just about everyone else, have players higher on their board than Ferguson. A lot of times, teams won't draft strictly for need with the top pick, but try to actually get the premier player in the draft. But I share your opinion of Ferguson. He's not Tony Boselli or Jonathan Ogden, so don't get lulled into believing that. But, as I stated earlier, he's one of the safest picks in this draft, a guy who should have a long and celebrated career.

Moderator: The Rams are up and we have a question from John Curtis in St. Louis ... Will the Rams be tempted to take Jay Cutler in this spot. Obviously Bulger is good, but he's always getting hurt?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: They will be tempted but they need defensive players. After the recent mini-camp, they felt the four players they brought in during free agency were their best players on defense. Marc Bulger is still young. Gus Frerotte is the backup. They need help in the secondary.

Moderator: The Browns are on the clock.

Moderator: The Ravens are on the clock.

Moderator: The Eagles are on the clock, which looks a little weird this early in the draft. First we have a question from Joe in Philadelphia ...Do you think the Eagles will be able to work out a trade for Javon Walker? What direction do you think they'll go when making their first pick: Best available or try and fill a need at LB/OL?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Philly offered disgruntled DT Hollis Thomas and a low-round pick for Walker, and that didn't get it done. I can't see Andy Reid, and a team that believes as strongly in the draft as the Eagles do, giving up their first-rounder for Walker. I'd be stunned if that happened. And, remember, any team that deals for Walker will have to negotiate a contract extension, since he's in the last year of his deal. Andy likes linemen, on both sides of the ball, with his first-round picks. In fact, of the 57 players the Eagles have drafted under Reid, 14 have been offensive linemen. I think he'd love to get Winston Justice, but the USC tackle might not be there for him. It would be a little out of character for the Eagles to take a linebacker in the first round, but a guy like Ernie Sims would be hard to pass up.

Moderator: The Broncos are on the clock

Moderator: The Dolphins are up and we have a question from Alex in Miami, Fla. ... Gentlemen, when Nick Saban arrived in Miami he emphasized the importance of building through the draft and the value of young players. However, while he added a second-rounder last year for Pat Surtain he also has given up a 2nd and 6th this year for players. Do you think he will make a move down in the first round to try and add some picks?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Always a possibility, Alex, since Nick really is a firm believer in the draft. But I think he's identified 2-3 candidates he believes will be available at his spot in the first round, and will likley stay put and take one of them. Nick knows, by the way, he's got to start bringing in some fresh blood on defense. It's still a good unit, but most of the star-caliber players are getting older.

Moderator: The Vikings are on the clock.

Moderator: The Cowboys are on the clock and we have a question from Scott in Denver ... Hey guys, the Cowboys' most glaring need is probably the safety position opposite Roy Williams. My question: is Jason Allen from Tennessee worth the risk after missing a lot of time last season with an injury? Should they use that pick at No. 18 on him?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Some teams still have concerns about Allen's hip, so he might be a gamble. I agree the Cowboys need to upgrade at safety but, for what it's worth, word is they won't take a safety in the first round and will get one a little later. Allen, though, is an intriguing guy because he can play safety and corner.

Moderator: The Chargers are on the clock.

Moderator: The Chiefs are on the clock.

Moderator: The Patriots are on the clock and we have a question from Sean in Boston ... Do you think the Patriots might try and move up in the draft to get the player (linebacker) they want, or do you think they'll take the best one available at 21?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: The Pats have shown some history of moving up, but I think they'll stay put and take either a LB, DB or RB.

Moderator: The 49ers are back on the clock for their second first-round pick.

Moderator: The Buccaneers are on the clock.

Moderator: The Bengals are on the clock.

Moderator: The Giants are on the clock and we'll get back to a few more questions. This one is from Mark in Wilmington ... The Giants have solved many of their defensive issues that plagued them last year in the playoffs. Are they going to continue that trend in the early rounds of the draft, or do you see them going for a good left tackle, or perhaps a speedy, play-making receiver? And if so could you give me some possible names of who they would target.

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Unfortunately, given where the Giants pick, the really top defensive tackles will probably be off the board. I'm a big fan of DT John McCargo of North Carolina State, but don't know that he's a good fit, schematically, for the Giants. He's more a one-gap tackle. After that, they might be reaching a bit if they took a tackle. There is some noise they're looking at wide receivers, but it's a very thin position, unless they wanted to go for someone like Sinorice Moss of Miami. Again, is he a good fit? The Giants like bigger receivers. But Moss is a playmaker and adding him to that offense might really make it special.

Moderator: The Bears are on the clock.

Moderator: The Panthers are up and we'll take a question from Justin in Indianapolis ... Most people have the Panthers taking a running back, but wouldn't it be possible for a linebacker with the loss of Will Witherspoon?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Yeah, I think it is possible, Justin. The Panthers did address the linebacker situation some by adding Keith Adams and Na'il Diggs, but someone like Chad Greenway of Iowa could be attractive to them. That said, if I were a betting man, and I'm not, I'd bet on RB over LB.

Moderator: The Jaguars are on the clock.

Moderator: The Jets are back up for their second first-round pick.

Moderator: The Colts are up and we have a question from Derrick in Indy ... Is it basically a given that the Colts will draft a RB in Round 1?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: No, it's not a given. The Colts believe they can get a good running back in the second round. Although they would like to draft a defensive player at No. 30, expect them to get a running back because the run on cornerbacks and linebackers is going to take away their top prospects at those positions.

Moderator: The Seahawks are on the clock. We have a question from Greg in Seattle ... With Ty Law as a prospective pick up for the Seahawks, do they still draft a player to beef up the secondary?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Seahawks president Tim Ruskell said Wednesday that, while there is still some interest in Ty Law, things are on hold until after the draft. And that's probably a safe approach, since it doesn't seem like anyone else is close to signing Law. I think the Seahawks have to upgrade in the secondary, whether it's with a corner or safety or one of the many "combo" defensive backs in this draft.

Moderator: The Steelers are on the clock with the final pick in ESPN.com's interactive mock draft. Lets take a question from Matt in Albuquerque ... With the last pick in the first round, should the Steelers try to plug up some holes on defense (secondary), or just get the best player available (L. White)?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Whoever the Steelers pick will be a luxury, a guy they won't have to rush onto the field. LenDale White is going to be very intriguing if he falls to them. But don't rule out a safety, like Ko Simpson, or someone like Ohio State center Nick Mangold. Whoever the Steelers take, it will be a solid pick, and a tough guy.

Moderator: OK, that's it. Thanks for all the questions and sorry we couldn't get to more. Tune in Saturday starting at noon ET on ESPN to catch all the action. For a complete mock draft from No. 1 to No. 255, check out Todd McShay's seven-round mock.