2006 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
NC State DE Mario Williams
NC State DE Mario Williams
Posted Apr 23, 2009

Why is the NFL Draft fun? It gives everyone a chance to second-guess and have knee-jerk opinions that usually are just as correct as the ones from the guys who supposedly know what they're doing. In hindsight, what should've happened? Here's what should each team have done in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Draft Redo ... 2006

How should the drafts have gone?

By Pete Fiutak 

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If each team could draft knowing what we all know now and not taking future drafts into account, this is how the first round should've gone. There were 32 picks in the first round of the 2006 draft. In parentheses is the round the player was actually taken. 

Who Went How the Draft Should've Gone
1. Houston Texans
Mario Williams, DE NC State
DE Mario Williams (1st), NC State
Houston Texans 
Yup, they got it right. The Texans took a ton of heat for taking Williams, but he has turned out to become a devastating pass rusher and one of the NFL's elite playmakers.
2. New Orleans Saints
Reggie Bush, RB USC
CB Antonio Cromartie (1st), Florida State
San Diego Chargers
For a team that had so many problems in the secondary, and no problem cranking out offensive numbers, Cromartie would've turned out to be a lock-down corner that could've put the team over the top.
3. Tennessee Titans
Vince Young, QB Texas
DT Haloti Ngata (1st), Oregon
Baltimore Ravens
Stick Ngata in the middle of the Tennessee line next to Albert Haynesworth and no one would be able to run up the middle.
4. New York Jets
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT Virginia
QB Jay Cutler (1st), Vanderbilt
Denver Broncos
Cutler might have turned out to be one of the best quarterbacks in a draft known for its high-profile signal callers, but he wouldn't be a lock to star in New York. Known as a bit of a partier, he might have had problems keeping focused with the New York nightlife around him.
5. Green Bay Packers
A.J. Hawk, LB Ohio State
LB DeMeco Ryans (2nd), Alabama
Houston Texans
Hawk wasn't a bad pick, but Ryans would've been better.
6. San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis, TE Maryland
QB Matt Leinart (1st), USC
Arizona Cardinals
A punching bag because of his supposed lack of work ethic, the jury is still out on Leinart. Remember, he got hurt and Kurt Warner became a Hall of Famer. San Francisco needed a quarterback to develop.
7. Oakland Raiders
Michael Huff, S Texas
KR Devin Hester (2nd), Miami
Chicago Bears   
Al Davis would've ordered Hester to run fly pattern after fly pattern after fly pattern.
8. Buffalo Bills
Donte Whitner, S Ohio State
OT Marcus McNeill (2nd), Auburn
San Diego Chargers
McNeill would be a steady, solid rock on an emerging Buffalo line. Whitner wasn't an awful pick, but he was a reach at eight.
9. Detroit Lions
Ernie Sims, LB Florida State
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2nd), UCLA
Jacksonville Jaguars   
Detroit might take Sims in the redraft, but MJD would've been a much-needed playmaking pinball to help take the pressure off the struggling passing game.
10. Arizona Cardinals
Matt Leinart, QB USC
 RB Reggie Bush (1st), USC
New Orleans Saints
No, Mr. Kardashian wasn't worth the No. 2 overall pick, but with his hands and his return ability, he would've been a phenomenal piece to a burgeoning juggernaut of an offense.
11. Denver Broncos
Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt
WR Greg Jennings (2nd), Western Michigan
Green Bay Packers    
The Broncos could use a game-breaking receiver and would've flipped a coin between Jennings and Brandon Marshall. Jennings might not be as talented as Marshall, but there wouldn't be the off-the-field issues.
12. Baltimore Ravens
Haloti Ngota, DT Oregon
WR Brandon Marshall (4th), UCF
Denver Broncos
On the right team, Marshall might not have had the off-the-field problems. Baltimore would've been the right team.
13. Cleveland Browns
Kamerion Wimbley, LB Florida State
LB Ernie Sims (1st), Florida State
Detroit Lions        
A gift at this spot, Sims, who was considered undersized going into the draft, would've been the leader and the rock of the Cleveland D.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Brodrick Bunkley, DT Florida State
 RB Joseph Addai (1st), LSU
Indianapolis Colts 
Combine Addai with Brian Westbrook and the rotation would be deadly both as receivers and runners.
15. St. Louis Rams
Tye Hill, CB Clemson
 WR Marques Colston (7th), Hofstra
New Orleans Saints 
The Rams were aging in a big hurry and needed new playmakers like Colston to take over.
16. Miami Dolphins
Jason Allen, S Tennessee
RB DeAngelo Williams (1st), Memphis
Carolina Panthers
The Dolphins would invest heavily in running backs, and Williams would be a great part of a rotation and a tremendous fill-in when injuries would hit the backfield.
17. Minnesota Vikings
Chad Greenway, LB Iowa
WR Santonio Holmes (1st), Ohio State
Pittsburgh Steelers  
The eternal Minnesota search for a solid receiver, after Randy Moss left, would end with Holmes being a No. 1 target right away.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Bobby Carpenter, LB Ohio State
LB Rocky McIntosh (2nd), Miami
Washington Redskins 
McIntosh might not be a superstar, but he would've been far better for the Cowboy linebacking corps than Carpenter.
19. San Diego Chargers
Antonio Cromartie, CB Florida State
LB A.J. Hawk (1st), Ohio State
Green Bay Packers 
This might be too low for Hawk who has been good, but not the top five pick everyone thought he deserved to be.
20. Kansas City Chiefs
Tamba Hali, DE Penn State
DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka (1st), Boston College
New York Giants 
Hali wasn't a bad pick, but a versatile tweeer like Kiwanuka would've done more for the inconsistent defensive front.
21. New England Patriots
Laurence Maroney, RB Minnesota
LB Thomas Howard (2nd), UTEP
Oakland Raiders
The Patriots had to get younger and more athletic in the linebacking corps in a big hurry. Howard would've been a monster playmaker in the rotation.
22. San Francisco 49ers
Manny Lawson, LB NC State
LB D'Qwell Jackson (2nd), Maryland
Cleveland Browns
A tackling machine for the Browns, he would've been a rock and a major stat producer for a 49er defense in desperate need of producers.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Davin Joseph, OG Oklahoma
OG Davin Joseph (1st), Oklahoma
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The pick worked. No need to mess with it.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
Johnathan Joseph, CB South Carolina
OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (1st), Virginia
New York Jets
This is way too low for Ferguson who has been good, but not a superstar. He probably could've gone in the top 15.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
Santonio Holmes, WR Ohio State
RB LenDale White (2nd), USC
Tennessee Titans
The torch of the Bus would be passed on to another big thumper with a nose for the goal line.
26. Buffalo Bills
John McCargo, DT NC State
C Nick Mangold (1st), Ohio State
New York Jets   
It might be boring to take a center in the first round, but Mangold would sit inside and be a steady quarterback for an improving offense.
27. Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams, RB Memphis
S Donte Whitner (1st), Ohio State
Buffalo Bills
Whitner might have declined after a 104-stop rookie year, but he was still decent.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcedes Lewis, TE UCLA
TE Owen Daniels (4th), Wisconsin
Houston Texans  
Lewis was a stunning disappointment with his lack of speed becoming a major problem. Daniels would've been a smooth, steady option for a passing game that needed something to count on.
29. NY Jets
Nick Mangold, C Ohio State
S Daniel Bullocks (2nd), Nebraska
Detroit Lions     
Injury issues aside, Bullocks was a strong producer and a solid tackler stuck on a lousy team.
30. Indianapolis Colts
Joseph Addai, RB LSU
RB Laurence Maroney (1st), Minnesota
New England Patriots
The speed of Maroney would've been a nice complement for the Colt passing game, but he wouldn't have been the receiver out of the backfield the team might have needed to get over the hump.
31. Seattle Seahawks
Kelly Jennings, CB Miami
LB Chad Greenway (1st), Iowa
Minnesota Vikings
Greenway overcame a horrible knee injury to become a major tacklers and a nice cog for the Viking linebacking corps.
32. NY Giants
Mathias Kiwanuka, DE Boston College
TE Vernon Davis (1st), Maryland
San Francisco 49ers
A mega disappointment for San Francisco, Davis might have become a far different player if paired up with Eli Manning on an offense that would love to feature him.