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Go_Cats 02-01-2006 10:15 AM

Mel Kipers first round mock
 
Updated: Jan. 31, 2006
Six Trojans projected to go in first roundBy Mel Kiper Jr.
Special to ESPN Insider


Following the week of Senior Bowl practices, there have been some changes to my first-round projection for the 2006 NFL draft. There are 14 underclassmen in this week's projected first round, three fewer than last week.


The top six picks remain the same, but the one newcomer to the top 10 is Texas defensive back Michael Huff. Right now I have him projected to land in San Francisco, which has the seventh overall pick. What I like about Huff is his versatility because he can play either cornerback or safety.


This projected pick reminds me of what the 49ers did in 1981 in a similar situation. In the '81 draft, the 49ers had the eighth overall pick and selected another versatile defensive back: USC's Ronnie Lott.


I will submit another first-round projection following the NFL combine, which is Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.


First-Round Projections
1. Houston Reggie Bush, RB* USC
2. New Orleans Matt Leinart, QB USC
3. Tennessee Vince Young, QB* Texas
4. N.Y. Jets D'Brickashaw Ferguson, T Virginia
5. Green Bay Mario Williams, DE* NC State
6. Oakland A.J. Hawk, LB Ohio St.
7. San Francisco Michael Huff, DB Texas
8. Buffalo Haloti Ngata, DT* Oregon
9. Detroit Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt
10. Arizona DeAngelo Williams, RB Memphis
11. St. Louis Vernon Davis, TE* Maryland
12. Cleveland Chad Greenway, LB Iowa
13. Baltimore Tamba Hali, DE Penn St.
14. Philadelphia Winston Justice, T* USC
15. Atlanta Jimmy Williams, DB Virginia Tech
16. Miami Ashton Youboty, CB* Ohio St.
17. Minnesota LenDale White, RB* USC
18. Dallas Marcus McNeill, T Auburn
19. San Diego Santonio Holmes, WR* Ohio St.
20. Kansas City Tye Hill, CB Clemson
21. New England Laurence Maroney, RB* Minnesota
22. Denver (from WSH) Mathias Kiwanuka, DE Boston College
23. Tampa Bay DeMeco Ryans, LB Alabama
24. Cincinnati Ko Simpson, DB* South Carolina
25. N.Y. Giants Johnathan Joseph, CB* South Carolina
26. Chicago Leonard Pope, TE* Georgia
27. Carolina Dominique Byrd, TE USC
28. Jacksonville Ernie Sims, OLB* Florida St.
29. Denver Sinorice Moss, WR Miami
30. Indianapolis Taitusi "Deuce" Lutui, G USC
31. Pittsburgh Bobby Carpenter, LB Ohio St.
32. Seattle Maurice Stovall, WR Notre Dame


* denotes underclassman



Positional Breakdown
Quarterbacks 3
Running backs 4
Wide receivers 3
Tight ends 3
Offensive linemen 4
Defensive linemen 4
Linebackers 5
Defensive backs 6




Most Players Selected by School USC 6 Bush, Leinart, Justice, White, Byrd, Lutui
Ohio St. 4 Hawk, Youboty, Holmes, Carpenter
Texas 2 Young, Huff
South Carolina 2 Simpson, Joseph
Updated: Jan. 31, 2006
Six Trojans projected to go in first roundBy Mel Kiper Jr.
Special to ESPN Insider

Koopa 02-01-2006 12:43 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
damn he has michael huff that high? that would be tight just cause he's a longhorn......and i have no idea who carpenter is so i guess i'll have to look around to see what kinda player he is...........nice mock draft compared to the last bullshit one you posted up.

Go_Cats 02-01-2006 01:29 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Koopa
damn he has michael huff that high? that would be tight just cause he's a longhorn......and i have no idea who carpenter is so i guess i'll have to look around to see what kinda player he is...........nice mock draft compared to the last bullshit one you posted up.

I was suprised to see Dominique Byrd and Deuce Lutui that high myself

Steel - X 02-01-2006 02:03 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Koopa
damn he has michael huff that high? that would be tight just cause he's a longhorn......and i have no idea who carpenter is so i guess i'll have to look around to see what kinda player he is...........nice mock draft compared to the last bullshit one you posted up.


He had 1 sack and 1 int in the OSU texas game this season Koop. Great LB from the Buckeyes but his injury that he had scares me a little. That is the only reason he would fall that far. Would be a great pick though.

Career Notes:
Heads into his senior season with 39 games, including 15 starts, under his belt the past three years ... is an outstanding football player and an integral part of what may well be the best corps of linebackers in college football ... is big, rangy and physical ... played his best football last year and wound up the season as the second leading tackler on the team with a career-high 93 total participations... finished the season on a strong note, recording 13 tackles at Michigan State and nine against both Purdue and Michigan ... also had an early interception in the Alamo Bowl that led to a 7-0 Ohio State lead before some of the fans had settled into their seats ... has the physical attributes to play defensive end and could see some time there this season in a relief role ... knows the game (his father, Rob Carpenter, played in the NFL and was his high school coach) and is always working to get better ... also plays on the special teams and has turned in a couple of highlight hits on kickoff coverage ... has 142 career tackles.

2004 (Junior):
Started all 12 games in his first year as a regular ... 93 tackles easily bettered his previous best of 37 in 2003 ... led the team in tackles against Marshall (13), Indiana (11) and Michigan State (13) ... tied for the team lead against Cincinnati (9) ... 13 stops against Marshall and MSU are career highs ... had 6.5 tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks ... second on the team in interceptions with three ... Picked off a Donovan Woods pass on Oklahoma State's third play from scrimmage and returned it nine yards to the Cowboy 28-yard line ... Ohio State scored three plays later to take a 7-0 lead with 12:02 on the clock and never looked back ... also had interceptions against Indiana and Northwestern ...

2003 (Sophomore):
Finished the year with 37 tackles, including 24 solo stops, and had at least one tackle in every game but Indiana ... had a season and then career-high six tackles against Bowling Green ... also recorded 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks in a stellar first year of play ... credited with forced fumbles against Bowling Green and Michigan State ... started the Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State, his third career appearance in a starting role ... responded well with five tackles, 2.5 for losses, a pass break up and a pair of sacks vs. the Wildcats.

2002 (Freshman):
Recorded 12 tackles as a rookie, including eight solo stops ... played in all 14 games ... began his collegiate career by making a tackle on the opening kickoff of the season opener against Texas Tech ... five tackles against Kent State was his top effort.

High School:
One of the most sought-after linebacker prospects in the Midwest ... won first-team All-Ohio honors from the Associated Press as a senior ... finished his senior season with 128 total tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss ... also swam as a senior (50 and 100 free) and went to districts.

Personal:
Is the son of Rob and Susie Carpenter ... his father played at Miami of Ohio before going on to play professionally with the New York Giants ... has three younger brothers, Jonathan (a sophomore football player at the University of Cincinnati), George and Nate ... enjoys bowling (best game is a 240) and playing pool ... also likes to play the piano (took lessons for six years) ... two of his uncles played collegiate football (one at Northwestern and one at Kent State) ... favorite pro athlete is Lawrence Taylor ... enjoys playing chess ... would like to follow in his father's footsteps and be coaching his high school team in Lancaster in 10 years ... top memory from 2003 is beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl ... the "Tunnel of Pride" is his favorite OSU football tradition ... would play basketball at Ohio State if not on the football team.



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Doing the research for ya koop :bouncy:

TasmanianTroy271 02-01-2006 02:12 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
I like a LB pick better than a CB...

Suitanim 02-02-2006 07:21 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bestbank Tiger
Kiper's clueless. Why would we trade picks with Seattle?

Ding ding ding! That was the first thing I noticed...

benberger 02-22-2006 10:53 AM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bestbank Tiger
Kiper's clueless. Why would we trade picks with Seattle?


he he he....shows what he knows

tony hipchest 03-06-2006 05:35 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
mel kiper on his projections just now on sportscenter still has the steelers taking bobby carpenter

Suitanim 03-06-2006 05:55 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
It'd be a good pick, but does it address our biggest need?

tony hipchest 03-06-2006 06:10 PM

Re: Mel Kipers first round mock
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Suitanim
It'd be a good pick, but does it address our biggest need?

the last lb we drafted near that high was k. bell. we did land high draft pick farrior in f.a. but with our past success mid-round and finding people like j. harrison on the street i say no.

it seems like alot of people are just eager to see the steelers get out from under joey porters contract. joey is one of my favorite steelers just like lloyd was one before him. i think he definitely earns his money and his salary is by no means outrageous.

sure depth is needed at the position but we groomed l. foote for several years before he allowed us to cut ties with bell. if we draft a 1st rnd lb we dont have the luxury to slowly bring them along. ultimately i think the steelers will just go with the best player on the board with a little thought of how that could help them as far as cutting an aging or expensive vet. (i dont think joey is it) could be a boring pick. if it is an lb i bet he waits 2 years before cracking the starting lineup. thats along time to sit the bench for a 1st rounder.


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