Editor’s Note: Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.
Today he looks at the 2006 NFL Draft Class.
The most difficult part of this draft is deciding who the best undrafted free agent was. Obviously time will tell, but Brent Grimes, Tramon Williams and Miles Austin are all fantastic NFL players. Grimes had an incredible 2010 season, for some reason he was thrown to 111 times and ranked 11th in success rate, 4th in yards/pass against and 5th in yards after catch against.
My Top Ten for the 2006 NFL Draft:
Mario Williams: Rd. 1 Pick 1 – Houston Texans
Haloti Ngata: Rd. 1 Pick 12 – Baltimore Ravens
Nick Mangold: Rd. 1 Pick 29 – New York Jets
DeMeco Ryans: Rd. 2 Pick 33 – Houston Texans
Greg Jennings: Rd. 2 Pick 52 – Green Bay Packers
Devin Hester: Rd. 2 Pick 57 – Chicago Bears
Maurice Jones-Drew: Rd. 2 Pick 60 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jahri Evans: Rd. 4 Pick 108 – New Orleans Saints
Miles Austin: Undrafted – Dallas Cowboys
*Brent Grimes: Undrafted – Atlanta Falcons
Other Significant Players – Vince Young, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Vernon Davis,
Jay Cutler, Antonio Cromartie, Tamba Hali, Santonio Holmes, DeAngelo Williams, Marcedes Lewis, Joseph Addai, Roman Harper, Marcus McNeill, Owen Daniels, Brandon Marshall, Elvis Dumerville, Cortland Finnegan, Marques Colston, Tramon Williams
My Top Player: Mangold
Consensus Top Player: Jones-Drew
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Mangold, Hester, Jones-Drew
Best Value: Marshall, Colston, Austin, Grimes, Williams
Biggest Bust: The USC backfield
Best Patriots Pick: Stephen Gostkowski, this was a horrible Patriots draft class.
Worst Patriots Pick: Everyone else. They took Maroney instead of Williams, Addai and Jones-Drew, Chad Jackson over Jennings, Hester and Marshall, David Thomas over Daniels and Willie Andrews over Brent Grimes and Tramon Williams.
Best Team Class: It’s between the Texans (Williams, Ryans, Eric Winston, Daniels, Williams), Jets (Ferguston, Mangold, Eric Smith, Brad Smith, Leon Washington, Drew Coleman), Packers (A.J. Hawk, Daryn Colledge, Jennings, Johnny Jolly), Broncos (Cutler, Tony Scheffler, Marshall, Dumerville, Chris Kuper, Mike Bell) and Saints (Reggie Bush, Harper, Evans, Rob Ninkovich, Colston). Even though Bush wasn’t a great 2nd overall pick, the Saints did a great job building their team through this draft. I’m giving it to the Saints, although this one is extremely close. The Broncos draft was great until McDaniels completely screwed it up. Also, how funny is it that the Texans had a great corner sitting in their laps only to cut him?
Overall Grade: B, good depth and hardly any huge misses in the first round, but so far there’s no one player that really stands out.