2006 Top 32 NFL Draft Prospects

TFY Draft Preview takes an early look at the possible top-32 NFL 2006 Draft prospects, including many underclassmen projected to turn pro.

1) Mathias Kiwanuka DE Boston College

  • Comments: Dominant defensive player opponents game plan around.

2) D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia

  • Comments: Outstanding left tackle who would've been a top ten pick in '05.

3) * Omar Jacobs QB Bowling Green

  • Comments: Outstanding athlete with a top arm, progressing almost daily on the field.

4) Haloti Ngata DT Oregon

  • Comments: Big thumper on the inside with great upside.

5) Matt Leinart QB USC

  • Comments: Intelligent passer with an adequate arm.

6) * Mario Williams DE North Carolina State

  • Comments: Explosive defender who could stand up over tackle in a 3-4 defense.

7)  * Ahmad Brooks MLB Virginia

  • Comments: Forceful run defender in the middle, yet a complete linebacker.

8)  * Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota

  • Comments: Game-controlling ball carrier with good speed.

9) Marcus McNeill OT Auburn

  • Comments: Big, strong blocker with abundant upside.

10) Jimmy Williams DB Virginia Tech

  • Comments: Dominant defensive back forceful in run defense yet efficient in pass coverage.

11)  * Reggie Bush RB USC

  • Comments: Smallish yet versatile skill player who will thrive in a variety of roles.

12) DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis

  • Comments: Strong runner who can handle the load.

13)  * Devin Hester CB Miami-Fl

  • Comments: Tremendous athlete turning into a good football player.

14) A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State

  • Comments: High-flying linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline.

15) Andrew Whitworth OT LSU

  • Comments: King-sized blocker who can be used at either the left or right tackle spots.

16) Rod Wright DT Texas

  • Comments: Athletic tackle who must turn up the intensity.

17)  * Lendale White RB USC

  • Comments: Big, tough ball carrier who can become a feature runner.

18) William Blackmon CB Boston College

  • Comments: Consistent performer with the ability to shut down opponents.

19) Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA

  • Comments: Playmaking tight end who causes mismatches in the secondary.

20) Eric Winston OT Miami-Fl

  • Comments: Coming off a major knee injury and could rate much higher if completely healthy.

21) Loren Howard DE Northwestern

  • Comments: Speedy edge rusher who makes a lot of plays in the backfield.

22)  * Darnell Bing S USC

  • Comments: Enforcer in the secondary.

23) Martin Nance WR Miami-Oh

  • Comments: Consistent receiver with terrific size/speed numbers.

24)  * Winston Justice OT USC

  • Comments: Returns from a year on the sidelines but a dominant blocker.

25) Chad Greenway OLB Iowa

  • Comments: Not a flashy defender yet very solid and consistent.

26) Jason Allen DB Tennessee

  • Comments: Good coverage prospect who can play safety or corner.

27) Gabriel Watson DT Michigan

  • Comments: Massive space eater who can be used on the nose.

28) Abdul Hodge OLB Iowa

  • Comments: Explosive playmaker built for the weakside.

29) Derek Hagan WR Arizona State

  • Comments: Consistent pass catcher who does not stand out in any single aspect.

30) Kevin Simon LB Tennessee

  • Comments: Terrific prospect coming off a broken leg.

31) Nate Salley S Ohio State

  • Comments: Solid centerfielder effective against the run or pass.

32) Bruce Gradkowski QB Toledo

  • Comments: Solid passer who makes smart decisions in the pocket.

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