Inside Sports for Sunday — April 30, 2006

As I looked up to my alarm clock, it read 5:50 a.m., so I decided to go back to sleep for at least five more minutes yesterday.

However, to warn myself of the upcoming NFL draft, which was scheduled to begin at 6 a.m., I turned on my TV and switched it to channel 22, so I wouldn’t miss any of the action or lack thereof. I already knew the first pick from Friday morning, as the Houston Texans signed N.C. State defensive end Mario Williams.

So all the excitement about the Bush vs. Young top pick went down like Eben Kaneshiro’s opponents.

Not only do I think Houston made a bad choice, but I also think it’s as big as the Portland Trailblazers taking Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan.

Yes, it’ll probably cost the Texans that much and their trophy case will be as empty as a pothole on Koloa Road without the services of Bush.

The New Orleans Saints received an early Christmas gift with Bush available at the second pick.

The Saints, who picked up quarterback Drew Brees and will return to New Orleans for the 2006 season after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, deserve Bush and all his greatness.

So with Bush off the board, the next question was who would the Tennessee Titans pick?

Well, with Punahou graduate and former USC assistant Norm Chow as the Titans’ offensive coordinator, the obvious choice would be Matt Leinart, but sometimes the obvious choice is the worst one.

And the Titans may have struck gold with Vince Young, who is everything that Leinart is, but with more talent and heart.

So where did Leinart drop to? Let’s just say he’s not angry at all.

The Arizona Cardinals at No. 10, kept Leinart near the west coast and he should do fine under the tutelage of starting quarterback and former NFL MVP Kurt Warner.

After the Cardinals’ selection, all I cared about was the San Francisco 49ers’ picks.

And with a dismal record last season, anyone would help.

But they actually fared well, by grabbing talented Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, who wept as his name was blurted out by commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Then at No. 22, the Niners went after N.C. State’s Manny Lawson, a beast of a defensive end.

So was it worth getting up at 6 a.m. for the NFL draft? Well, not really, but let’s just say I’ll remember next time to set my VCR recorder or even better, purchase TiVo.

NFL Draft

First Round

1) Houston, Mario Williams, DE (N.C. State)

2) New Orleans, Reggie Bush, TB (USC)

3) Tennessee, Vince Young, QB (Texas)

4) N.Y. Jets, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, T (Virginia)

5) Green Bay, A.J. Hawk, OLB (Ohio St.)

6) San Francisco, Vernon Davis, TE (Maryland)

7) Oakland, Michael Huff, S (Texas)

8) Buffalo, Donte Whitner, S (Ohio St.)

9) Detriot, Ernie Sims, LB (Florida St.)

10) Arizona, Matt Leinart, QB (USC)

11) Denver, Jay Cutler, QB (Vander-bilt)

12) Baltimore, Haloti Ngata, DT (Oregon)

13) Cleveland, Kamerion Wimbley (Florida St.)

14) Philadelphia, Brodrick Bunkley, NT (Florida St.)

15) St. Louis, Tye Hill, CB (Clemson)

16) Miami, Jason Allen, DB (Tennessee)

17) Minnesota, Chad Greenway, LB (Iowa)

18) Dallas, Bobby Carpenter, OLB (Ohio St.)

19) San Diego, Antonio Cromartie, CB (Florida St.)

20) Kansas City, Tamba Hali, DE (Penn St.)

21) New England, Laurence Maroney, RB (Minnesota)

22) San Francisco, Manny Lawson, DE (N.C. State)

23) Tampa Bay, Davin Joseph, OG (Oklahoma)

24) Cincinnati, Johnathan Joseph, CB (South Carolina)

25) Pittsburgh, Santonio Holmes, SE (Ohio St.)

26) Buffalo, John McCargo, DT (N.C. State)

27) Carolina, DeAngelo Williams, RB (Memphis)

28) Jacksonville, Marcedes Lewis, TE (UCLA)

29) N.Y. Jets, Nick Mangold, C (Ohio St.)

30) Indianapolis, Joseph Addai, RB (LSU)

31) Seattle, Kelly Jennings, CB (Miami)

32) N.Y. Giants, Mathias Kiwanuka, DE (Boston College)

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