9. Detroit Lions: Michael Huff, Safety, Texas
But what about wide receiver? Okay, the Lions
have certainly addressed the wide receiver spot, so where do they go now? How
about defense. The Lions could go with a variety of picks here, including Jimmy Williams of Virginia to solidify the second corner back position opposite Dre
Bly. Huff projects as a smallish safety or a large corner and could be a Pro
Bowler at either position.
10. Arizona Cardinals: Vince Young, Quarterback, Texas
Had the draft been held a week after the Rose
Bowl, Young probably would have gone first overall. But instead, his performance
in the National Championship game is beginning to lose its luster and test
scores and rumors about his performance have hurt his stock. Young was
impressive in his pro day workout, but as teams like the Saints and Raiders
signed veteran quarterbacks, their need for Young diminished. However, any of a
number of teams, including the Cardinals, could move up and take Young a bit
11. St. Louis Cardinals: Tye Hill, Cornerback, Clemson
The Cardinals ranked in the bottom third of the
league last year in pass defense and have a stockpile of players at the
cornerback position. But none really jump out at you. Hill is one of those
players you don't hear a lot about, but could turn into a solid pro.
12. Cleveland Browns: Tamba Hali, Defensive End, Penn State
This is where things get dicey. Teams trading
out of the top of the draft could wind up in this neighborhood. Hali was the
rock in a Nittany Lions defense that kept the sometimes-suspect offense in games
in a BCS-game season in Happy Valley. The Browns have had an eventful offseason,
solidifying both sides of the ball. The Browns are pretty thin at defensive
line, particularly on the right side in their 3-4 defense.
13. Baltimore Ravens: Winston Justice, OT, USC
It was somewhat of a mystery of whether or not
the Ravens would re-sign Jamal Lewis after he failed to hit the 1,000-yard mark
for the first time in his career. If they hadn't, USC's LenDale White probably
would have gone here. But the Ravens did and White won't. Instead look for one
of his blockers, Justice, to land here. After all, Reggie Bush and White didn't
get ALL of those yards on their own.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: LenDale White, Running Back,
The Eagles have to go offense here. No way Andy
Reid starts the season with Lamar Gordon and Ryan Moats in the backfield. But
the Eagles are also thin at wide receiver with the expected (and long-wished
for) departure of Terrell Owens. Jabar Gaffney, as Texans fans know all too
well, is not a No. 1 receiver.
15. Denver Broncos: Santonio Holmes, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
The Broncos were one of the teams rumored in
the Owens deal, but it was not to be. And good for Mike Shannahan. Holmes came
on strong at the end of the season and should ease into the No. 1 receiver role
once Rod Smith ends his remarkable career.
16. Miami Dolphins: Sinorice Moss, Wide Receiver, Miami
The Dolphins finally got their quarterback in
Daunte Culpepper, now they need to give him weapons to throw to. Arizona
States's Derek Hagan may be a good fit, too.
Texas' Vince Young may be the story of this year's draft. Test scores and rumors have hurt his stock, but don't expect him to fall too far.
In the 2nd of a three-part preview of the upcoming draft, Brian Walzel analyzes picks 9 through 16