In what is one of the more fun exercises out there, Mel Kiper of ESPN has posted a new mock draft -- of the 2006 NFL Draft (Insider article). Unsurprisingly, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is no longer a 60th overall pick:â†µ
No. 3, Tennessee Titans: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, UCLAâ†µ
Coming off a year in which he was close to unstoppable even within an offense that was far too easy to stop, Jones Drew has over 1,700 yards more than any other running back in this draft class after six years. Given his body type, he could be good for another five years, which puts him in elite territory historically. Previous draft spot: No. 60
I actually executed a very similar exercise over the phone with my brother and said it would be crazy to take MJD anywhere but No. 1. Still, I guess Kiper posts a fair argument for DT Haloti Ngata and C Nick Mangold -- though we rarely see those two positions go No. 1 and No. 2.â†µ
In addition to the Drew pick looking good, the Jags also looked sparkly with their actual first round pick that year, TE Marcedes Lewis, whom Kiper moved up from his original (read: actual) spot at No. 28 to a No. 25 selection.â†µ
Not bad, considering some other teams' first found picks that year: RB Reggie Bush (No. 2), QB Vince Young (No. 3), and QB Matt Leinart (No. 10) to name a few who did not meet their draft-day expectations.