Posted: Friday February 17, 2006 1:54PM; Updated: Friday February 17, 2006 3:32PM
Mock NFL Draft No. 2
St. Louis could use some help in the secondary, so Virginia Tech cornerback Jimmy Williams makes sense, too. But this is the Rams we're talking about, and new head coach Scott Linehan loves offense. In this age of Antonio Gates, Davis is the kind of exceptional athlete everybody wants at tight end.
The Browns could reach a bit for a pass-rushing defensive end such as Mathias Kiwanuka of Boston College or Tamba Hali of Penn State if their rankings come close to No. 12 value. But with linebackers being so key to Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense, Greenway is the chalk pick with Hawk already gone at No. 7.
The Ravens could be tempted to replace running back Jamal Lewis with a younger, more explosive version, USC's LenDale White. But the bigger need appears to be on defense, where the Ravens are starting to show their age. Hali is a bit small at 6-foot-3, 267, but he's an impact pass rusher, and those don't grow on trees.
I'm forgetting his name at the moment, but the Eagles had a No. 1 receiver for part of last season and then lost his services somehow, some way. Holmes is the only surefire first-round receiver, and his value in this slot is too great to ignore. As a bonus, his initials can't be used as a catchy nickname (S.H.?).
Sure, why wouldn't the Falcons add another first-rounder from the Hokies? With Williams and DeAngelo Hall, Atlanta would have itself a solid cornerback tandem for many seasons to come.
The Dolphins would love to build an offensive line in front of Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams that's capable of dominating the line of scrimmage when those cold-weather AFC East games at New England, Buffalo and the Jets come up late in the season. But with the Dolphins needing quarterback help, they may try to move way up for Jay Cutler.
By draft day, White could be headed for a slot far loftier than middle-of-the-pack status in the first round. But if he gets by No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Baltimore and No. 14 Philadelphia, the Vikings might just have him tumble into their laps. You can bet Minnesota won't delay in turning its card in this time.
Among the Cowboys' needs is a free safety with a nose for the football. Otherwise Washington's Santana Moss is just going to keep beating them deep. If Winston Justice is still on the board, he'd be another name to know. As would receiver Santonio Holmes, because Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn aren't kids any more.
Ryans has slipped out of the top 10 into the second 10 after an only decent Senior Bowl showing. But he's an instinctive player who finds ways to disrupt an offense. The Chargers also would love to fortify their secondary, so Jimmy Williams or Simpson, should they linger, would more than suffice.
The run on defensive talent continues, with the always needy Chiefs taking the next best available prospect. Depending on what the Cowboys and Chargers do right above them, the Chiefs could be in position to take Youboty, Jimmy Williams, Simpson or Clemson CB Tye Hill. Any of them would make K.C.'s last line of defense instantly better.