An early look: Top 32 prospects of 2006 NFL Draft

Taking 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 on 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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