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Old 01-03-2009   #1
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Default A "Blast from the Past" - the greatest Draft

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft06/index
1 Houston Mario Williams - DE
2 New Orleans Reggie Bush - RB
3 Tennessee Vince Young - QB
4 New York D'Brickashaw Ferguson - OT
5 Green Bay A.J. Hawk - LB
6 San Francisco Vernon Davis - TE
7 Oakland Michael Huff
8 Buffalo Donte' Whitner
9 Detroit Ernie Sims - LB
10 Arizona Matt Leinart - QB
11 Denver Jay Cutler - QB
12 Baltimore Haloti Ngata - DT
13 Cleveland Kamerion Wimbley - DE
14 Philadelphia Brodrick Bunkley - DT
15 St. Louis Tye Hill
16 Miami Jason Allen
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The controversy and debate surrounding the 2006 Draft make it one for the ages, certainly from a Texans fans perspective.
Are we happy with Mario 3 years later ? Absolutely !
I won't spend any time with little Reggie except to say most would agree that #2 overall, top 10, maybe even first round was a stretch ? And I honestly dunno what to think about VY, but I don't think we've heard the last of him ?
But look at the rest of the top 10 and the first half of the Draft ? Shanny may be gone from Denver, but he got it right about Cutler back then. And I attended the Ravens game at Reliant and saw the 330 lb Ngata jump-up at the line of scrimmage and intercept a pass ! He's a tremendous talent.
But after that, who has really panned out from the top half of the 2006 Draft ? I think Hawk & Sims are both solid LBs, but beyond that what ?
They say it takes a while to really see who got it right in the Draft ? Well its now 3 full seasons after the famous 2006 Draft and its interesting to analize it at this pooint in time ?
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Whitner is a good safety, and D'brickawall got it together this season and made the pro-bowl. Kam Wimbley started out as a sack artist, but has tailed off.
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Jason Allen will be cut soon
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Huff is a bust
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After a slow start in his rookie year, Bunkley has been very soild for the Eagles.
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Default Re: A "Blast from the Past" - the greatest Draft

To Fisher's credit, he wanted Jay Cutler and told Mike Shanahan to draft him. IIRC, the Broncos hadn't scouted Cutler much, but Shanahan respects Fisher that much. It sure is a shame Fisher is stuck with Bud; I may hate the Titans, but I have the utmost respect for him and his coaching staff.
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Imagine if the Titans would have drafted Cutler.
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Imagine if the Titans would have drafted Cutler.
Not a pleasant thought.
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Default Re: A "Blast from the Past" - the greatest Draft

I know that Bunkley has been a good player in Philly (47 tackles 2 sacks at DT this year). Wimbley also has been a good player for the Browns. As goat said Whitner is a good safety.

I still can't get over 4 defensive players from FSU taken in the first round that year.
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And 3 guys from the NC State D-line
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good year to have the 1st pick but the journey was a painful one
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Going into the 2006 NFL draft the phrase “greatest draft ever” was thrown about quite a few times, especially after the “weak” 2005 draft. With this in mind, here is my analysis of the first round of that draft, in retrospect.

1. Mario Williams, DE, North Carolina St. – not really much to delve into here since we all know the story. He’s a star and will be starting in the Pro Bowl this year.

2. Reggie Bush, RB, USC – more commercials that touchdowns and is proving to be injury prone, missing 10 games in the past two seasons. He’s a dangerous punt returner and receiver out of the backfield, but he’s average at best as a RB. He may improve, but for now he’s just-a-guy, and he has shown that he wasn’t worth the second overall pick.

3. Vince Young, QB, Texas – all he does is win. He’s a star! Seriously though, next year may be the make or break year for him.

4. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia – He started out slow and allowed 23.25 sacks in his first two seasons but looked pretty good this year with Faneca playing next to him. Maybe he won’t be the revolutionary OT some thought he would be, but there’s no reason to believe that he won’t continue to improve and become a fixture for many years on the Jets’ OL.

5. AJ Hawk, LB, Ohio St. – He’s been pretty solid, but his numbers have dropped off since his rookie campaign. He will likely be much better off next season with Barnett returning from injury, allowing him to move back to his natural position of WLB. Decent pick.

6. Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland – another guy who was supposed to revolutionize his position with his sub-4.4 40 time, but he has turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. Maybe with an NFL level QB, he will show everyone that he was worth this pick, but for now, he’s just-a-guy.

7. Michael Huff, S, Texas – after an up-and-down first two seasons in the NFL at SS, he was moved to his natural position of FS this season and struggled. He was benched after 5 games in favor of Hiram Eugene due to poor tackling. At this point, he looks like a bust.

8. Donte Whitner, S, Ohio St. – I remember thinking this was a huge reach at the time, and the Bills were panned for this pick, but it has turned out very well for them as he has proven to be a pretty good SS.

9. Ernie Sims, LB, Florida St. – He’s proven to be a very good LB in Marinelli’s Tampa-2 system, but one has got to wonder how he will fare once a new regime is put in place.

10. Matt Leinart, QB, USC – Before being placed on IR in 2007, he had already began alternating snaps with Kurt Warner. Once he returned this past training camp, he was unable to regain the starting QB job. All of the weapons are in place for him to succeed, but he has been very unimpressive in his career.

11. Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt – He kinda sucks, but my dad says he might be good some day [/South Park reference]. Two great years back to back and is in the Pro Bowl this year. So far, he is the best QB out of this class.

12. Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon – this guy is a freaking beast. That INT against the Texans this year was amazing.

13. Kamerion Wimbley, OLB, Florida St. – He had a great rookie year, but his sack totals have tailed off over the past two seasons. His play against the run has improved a bit, but it’s not really tangible since the Browns finished the season ranked 28th in the NFL against the run.

14. Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida St. – He’s another guy who had a lot of hype going into the draft, but despite a rookie season that yielded only 9 tackles, the hype appears to be warranted as he has had two solid seasons back to back. He and Mike Patterson form a very solid tandem.

15. Tye Hill, CB, Clemson – He has been solid when healthy, but he has been placed on IR the past two seasons.

16. Jason Allen, CB/S, Tennessee – I thought he looked decent when the Texans played the Dolphins earlier this year, but apparently he’ll be cut soon, so that shows what I know.

17. Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa – After missing the 2006 season due to a knee injury, Greenway has bounced back and had two very good seasons on two very good run defenses.

18. Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio St. – He has not shown anything in three years and appears to be a bust at this point in time.

19. Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida St. – This was a risky pick at the time because Cromartie hadn’t shown very much on the college level and was coming off an injury. 12 interceptions later, I’ll say this was a good pick.

20. Tamba Hali, DE, Penn St. – Thus far, Hali has had a very solid career. He plays well against the run and has 18.5 sacks in his career. Much like Mario, he would benefit greatly by having a speed rusher opposite him.

21. Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota – He had two good seasons before being placed on IR this season with a shoulder injury. He is a great fit in New England and should bounce back and have a nice year splitting carries with either Sammy Morris, Lamont Jordan, or Kevin Faulk.

22. Manny Lawson, OLB, North Carolina St. – The guy who some projected to be better than Mario has had a few injuries and hasn’t necessarily dazzled when he has been on the field.

23. Davin Joseph, OG, Oklahoma – Joseph came back from a broken foot this season to have a good year. I haven’t watched too much of him in the NFL, but my Buccaneer fan friends say he’s a good run blocker who holds his own in the passing game and will be a fixture there for years. He's committed 10 penalties and allowed 6 sacks in 3 years, which is very good.

24. Johnathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina – I’ve watched him play a few times and he appears to be solid but unspectacular. He was placed on IR this season due to an ankle injury.

25. Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio St. – A good, consistent WR who runs good routes and has breakaway speed. If he can quit breaking the law, he should be in the league for a long time.

26. John McCargo, DT, North Carolina St. – Another purported draft day reach by the Bills, McCargo has not fared as well as his co-first round pick Donte Whitner. The buzz in Buffalo is that he will be released this offseason after a trade with the Colts was nixed due to a failed physical.

27. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis – After a couple of solid seasons in Carolina, Williams broke out this year. He and Jonathan Stewart have the makings of a great duo for years to come.

28. Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA – Lewis has improved every year he has been in the NFL and he still has loads of potential. He could explode next season if he is able to establish himself as the red zone threat that a 6’6”, 275lb man should be.

29. Nick Mangold, OC, Ohio St. – In three seasons, Mangold has only committed 8 penalties while allowing 4 sacks and helping the Jets in the run game. He’s also going to the Pro Bowl this year. Great pick.

30. Joseph Addai, RB, LSU – This 2008 Pro Bowler had a spotty 2008 season after two very good seasons to begin his career. He’s still one of the more well-rounded backs in the NFL though and fits their offense perfectly.

31. Kelly Jennings, CB, Miami – Jennings has had a disappointing career thus far culminating in him being benched this past season in favor of Josh Wilson. He has had technique issues and is looking like he will not live up to his first round billing.

32. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College – This pick was a bit of a head-scratcher at the time, but it has obviously paid dividends. He is a force when rushing the passer, plays decent against the run, and has the ability to play LB when needed.

What does all of this add up to? For a draft that was so full of star power and hype, there has been a great deal of disappointment. Many of the players who were hyped beyond comprehension have struggled while many of those who flew under the radar have thrived. While the 2006 draft has produced the same number of first round Pro Bowlers as the 2005 draft, there seems to be quite a few solid yet unspectacular players who will manage to stick around for many years.
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