2006 NFL Draft
Who will be the next great quarterback? Which college stars will be taking to the field in the next Super Bowl? The Sports Zone looks at some of the top players to be picked at the 2006 NFL Draft.
2006 NFL Draft - Players To Watch
Reggie Bush - The electrifying and offensively explosive running back was one of the most exciting players in college football history and should be the top player selected in the '06 draft. Bush, who played three seasons for the USC Trojans and won the 2005 Heisman Trophy, is known for his speed and evasiveness and should turn out to be one of the NFL's next great offensive stars.
Mario Williams - Williams has a dangerous combination of size, strength and speed - all the ingredients necessary to be a dominant defensive end in the NFL. Expect the North Carolina State star to be a top five pick and a future selection to the Pro Bowl.
Matt Leinhart - Leinhart is expected to be the first quarterback selected in the 2006 NFL draft. He won the 2004 Heisman Trophy and led the USC Trojans to back-to-back national titles in 2003-2004. Leinhart has good arm strength and could be a starter in the NFL as soon as next season.
Vince Young - Vince Young led Texas to a college football title in 2006, with one of the best performances ever by a quarterback in a championship game. Young has great speed, like Michael Vick, and should be a top ten pick.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson - Offensive linemen rarely get the credit they deserve but they're a vital part of a good offense. Ferguson will definitely be a solid brick in any O-line, as the University of Virginia star has quick hands, great footwork and tips the scales at well over 300 pounds.
NFL Draft - Did You Know?
The first NFL draft was held in 1936. The first player picked was halfback, Jay Berwanger, who was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles. Berwanger never played a single game in the NFL and ended up taking a job as a foam rubber salesman instead.
Quarterback brothers, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning, were both first overall picks in the NFL draft. Peyton was selected first by the Colts in 1998, while Eli was selected first overall by the Chargers in 2004.
No team has ever selected a kicker with the first pick of the draft.
The 2006 NFL Draft will be held April 28-29th, 2006.
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