- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
The 2006 NFL draft is rapidly approaching. With less than two weeks remaining before draft weekend kicks off on April 29, it's time to take a look at how the seven-round process could shake out:
+ = Underclassman
1. Houston Texans (2-14)
Top-five needs: OT, OG, DC, WR, RB
The pick: +Reggie Bush, RB, USC
The Texans are surprisingly fielding far more trade offers for their pick than the Saints are at No. 2. If the deal is sweet enough, there's still a chance that the Texans could trade down a few spots (Jets?) and still get an elite player at a position of greater need, such as NC State DE Mario Williams or Virginia OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson. When all the dust settles, however, the Texans are still expected to take Bush with the first overall selection. Running back is not one of the Texans' top positional needs, but Bush is far more than just a running back. He's the most explosive runner, receiver and return man that this year's class has to offer. No other rookie will make a bigger impact than Bush will for the Texans next season.
Scouts Inc.'s latest mock draft details the Texans' options, which include trading out of the No. 1 pick and bypassing Reggie Bush.