Around the NFC: Every draft pick and his role

Here's a look at each and every player drafted by teams in the NFC South, NFC East and NFC North, and what their roles are expected to bee with their new teams in 2006

NFC SOUTH

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Reggie Bush/RB/USC – The team wasn't going to trade away to get their chance at Bush unless they got at least three first-round picks in return. Bush not only will help their offense, he'll help with the marketing of the team and will help sell seats.
Roman Harper/S/Alabama – He should make the team but will likely only see time on special teams.
Jahri Evans/OT/Bloomsburg – A young developmental prospect who should make the team as a backup.
Rob Ninkovich/DE/Purdue – Should be on the practice squad.
Mike Hass/WR/Purdue – Surprisingly wasn't selected earlier but has a decent chance to make the final roster as their fourth or fifth receiver.
Josh Lay/CB/Purdue – Practice squad candidate.
Zach Strief/G/Northwestern – Outside chance to make the roster as their fourth guard but a likely practice squad candidate.
Marques Colston/TE/Hofstra – Almost no shot to make the team but a chance to make the practice squad.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jimmy Williams/CB-S/Virginia Tech – They're expected to keep him at cornerback where the team is hoping he does well enough in training camp that they can move veteran CB Ahmed Plummer to the nickel back slot. The team was looking to select CB Richard Marshall had they not traded up.
Jerious Norwood/RB/Mississippi St. – He'll likely see limited playing time this season but he could work in later on as the starter when veteran RB Warrick Dunn retires.
Quinn Ojinnaka/OT/Syracuse – Should win a backup job and could eventually develop in to a starting position down the line.
Adam Jennings/WR/Fresno St. – Could make the team as their fourth or fifth receiver.
D.J. Shockley/QB/Georgia – Has a decent chance to make the team as their third quarterback this season.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis – He was a great value where they got him. Williams should win the No.2 job and offers insurance should starting RB DeShaun Foster get injured. The team has spent first and second round picks in the last two drafts on running backs and re-signed Foster to a big money deal this off-season.
Richard Marshall/CB/Fresno St. – He should be no worse than their dime back and could win the nickel job with a strong training camp.
James Anderson/LB/Virginia Tech – He'll play mostly on special teams if he makes the team.
Rashad Butler/OT/Miami-Fla. – Should be able to make the team as a reserve tackle.
Nate Salley/S/Ohio St. – Likely headed for the practice squad.
Jeff King/TE/Virginia Tech - Likely headed for the practice squad.
Will Montgomery/G/Virginia Tech – Decent chance to make the team as they need some depth at guard.
Stanley McClover/DE/Auburn – Despite being drafted so late, could make the team as their fourth or fifth end.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

David Joseph/G/Oklahoma – Should back up this season but should develop in to a starting position in year two.
Jeremy Trueblood/OT/Boston College – Expected to back up this season but could start in year two.
Maurice Stovall/WR/Notre Dame – If third-year WR Michael Clayton struggles again, Stovall could see more playing time than expected. Stovall should back him up this season.
Alan Zemaitis/CB/Penn St. – Expected to stay at cornerback and will compete for a dime role.
Julian Jenkins/DE/Stanford – Should compete for the fourth or fifth end job.
Bruce Gradkowski/QB/Toledo – Practice squad candidate.
T.J. Williams/TE/North Carolina St. – Outside chance at the No.3 role but a likely practice squad player.
Justin Phinisee/CB/Oregon – Practice squad candidate.
Charles Bennett/LB/Clemson - Practice squad candidate.
Tim Massaquoi/TE/Michigan - Practice squad candidate.

NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYs

Bobby Carpenter/LB/Ohio St. – He was one of the high risers on draft boards of late and Carpenter was being looked at by many teams that run the 3-4 defensive scheme. In fact, sources say had the Browns missed out on selecting DE/OLB Kamerion Wimbley in the first round, they would have likely traded down to select Carpenter.
Carpenter can play inside or outside in their scheme but will likely play outside initially.
Anthony Fasano/TE/Notre Dame – One of the more surprising selections of the second round, sources say the selection was between Fasano and OL Charles Spencer. Fasano gives the team insurance should they have trouble re-signed TE Jason Witten who is on the last year of his contract. Plus Fasano gives them help in their two tight end sets as well as quality depth at the position.
Jason Hatcher/DE/Grambling – If he has a good training camp, should have a good chance to be active on game day and to see some snaps.
Skyler Green/WR/LSU – He'll have a shot to make the teams as a special teams returner and also as their fourth or fifth receiver.
Pat Watkins/S/Florida St. – A solid value in the fifth round, Watkins could challenge for playing time down the line.
Montavious Stanley/DT/Louisville – A nice value selection where they got him and he'll have a chance at playing time behind veteran DT Jason Ferguson.
Paul McQuistan/OT/Dallas – Here's a player that most thought would go off the board much earlier so he's a good value this late. McQuistan will have a chance to make the team in training camp as they don't have any positions in back of either starting tackle that's guaranteed.
E.J. Whitley/C/Texas Tech – Could make the roster as starting C Al Johnson's backup but most likely a practice squad candidate.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Mathias Kiwanuka/DE/Boston College – He'll have a chance to get some snaps in every game what looks to be a four-man rotation and he'll give them insurance if one of the two starters gets hurt. Kiwanuka could also develop into veteran DE Michael Strahan's eventual replacement.
Sinorice Moss/WR/Miami-Fla. – Moss offers the team speed at receiver and could also develop into a special teams returner. Moss should wind being in their rotation each week as a chance of pace receiver and depth.
Gerris Wilkinson/LB/Georgia Tech – He'll likely have a chance to compete for playing time in a backup capacity inside and on the weakside.
Barry Cofield/DT/Northwestern – He should get a chance to get some playing time each game as the team is very light on depth at defensive tackle.
Guy Whimper/OT/East Carolina – They could use a young, developmental prospect at tackle so this selection makes some sense.
Charlie Peprah/S/Alabama – He'll have a chance to make the team but most likely he'll be a practice squad candidate.
Gerrick McPherson/CB/Maryland – Long-shot to make the roster but a practice squad candidate.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Brodrick Bunkley/DT/Florida St. – Here's a player that we thought they would have to trade up to get yet he fell to him. He'll either start right away or be their third tackle in what looks to be a very deep rotation. Bunkley offers the team what they look for in a tackle, the ability to get up field and get a sack or disrupt the timing of the offense.
Winston Justice/OT/USC – Many had him pegged as a mid first-round selection yet Justice was able to still be had 25 spots down from their first pick. Surprisingly, Justice will likely compete for the starting left guard job initially but will also see time at both tackle spots in camp. Down the road, he'll likely get a chance to be the eventual replacement for LT Tra Thomas or RT Jon Ruyan.
Chris Gocong/DE-OLB/Cal Poly – The team was very high on him and was thrilled to get him where they did in the third round. Gocong is expected to start out at strong side linebacker but also may see some snaps at end.
Max Jean-Gilles/G/Georgia – He was seen by many as an early second-round selection yet he lasted until early in the fourth round when the team traded up for him. He'll get a chance to be active on game day as a backup at either guard position.
Jason Avant/WR/Michigan – The team badly need some depth at the position and Avant will have a chance to make the team in training camp likely as the fourth receiver. Still, look for the team to further address the position later with a veteran with what's left in free agency.
Jeremy Bloom/WR/Colorado – He'll be looked at as a special teams return specialist which is a role that's open in the punt and kick return game. Bloom could see a few snaps on offense as well.
Omar Gaither/LB/Tennessee – The team likes their linebackers smallish but fast so Gaither fits right in. However, he'll likely be a practice squad candidate.
La Juan Ramsey/DT/USC – Has almost no shot to make the team because of great depth but has a chance to make the practice squad.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Rocky McIntosh/LB/Miami-Fla. – Figures to challenge for playing time on the weakside and there certainly is going to be an opportunity to start there if he has a strong training camp.
Anthony Montgomery/DT/Minnesota – Has a shot to make the roster as a fifth tackle but more likely a practice squad candidate.
Reed Doughty/S/Northern Colorado – They could use some youth as depth so he has a chance to make the roster but most likely a practice squad player.
Kedric Golston/DT/Georgia – Most likely a practice squad candidate.
Kili Lefotu/G/Arizona – Almost no shot to make the active roster but has a shot to make the practice squad.
Kevin Simon/LB/Tennessee – Long-shot to make the active roster but could make the practice squad.

NFC NORTH

CHICAGO BEARS

Danieal Manning/S/Abilene Christian – He'll challenge for playing time on special teams returns and projects to play free safety. He could challenge second-year FS Chris Harris for playing time as Harris didn't play well against Carolina in the playoffs.
Devin Hester/WR-/Miami-Fla. – Here's a big play developmental type receiver that could also challenge for playing time on special teams returns.
Dusty Dvoracek/DT/Oklahoma – He has a good chance to make the team as their fifth defensive tackle in the rotation.
Jamar Williams/LB/Arizona St. – He could make the team as starting MLB Brian Urlacher's backup.
Mark Anderson/DE/Alabama – A nice value selection who has a nice upside and could make the team as their fourth end.
J. D. Runnels/FB/Oklahoma – A long-shot to make the active roster or practice squad.
Tyler Reed/G/Penn St. – According to a league source, he was a player that the team targeted before the draft to provide depth at guard.

DETROIT LIONS

Ernie Sims/LB/Florida St. – He was a target of many teams who play the "Tampa-2" defensive scheme but some teams backed off because of concussion issues. Sims will compete for playing time right away against Alex Lewis and James Davis but will expected to take over the starting job fairly soon.
Daniel Bullocks/S/Nebraska – He'll likely play free safety where he'll compete for the starting job against Terrence Holt.
Brian Calhoun/RB/Wisconsin – With the team expected to use veteran RB Shawn Bryson more at fullback, Calhoun should compete for the No.3 running back role this season.
Jonathan Scott/OT/Texas – A poor pro day performance knocked him in to the second day of the draft but Scott has a chance to make the final roster as a backup at either tackle spot.
Dee McCann/CB/West Virginia – Has a chance to make the final roster as their fifth cornerback but most likely a practice squad candidate.
Fred Matua/G/USC – Practice squad candidate.
Anthony Cannon - Practice squad candidate.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

A.J. Hawk/LB/Ohio St. – Figures to start right away on the weak side over undersized WLB Robert Thomas. Hawk adds badly needed talent to their front seven and could develop in to one of the best linebackers in team history.
Daryn Colledge/OL/Boise St. – Should compete for one of the starting guard spots and could certainly prove to be an improvement at either spot.
Greg Jennings/WR/Western Michigan – He was seen as a high riser on many draft boards. Jennings has actually has a chance to start as a rookie now that veteran WR Javon Walker is out of the way.
Abdul Hodge/LB/Iowa – He could back up inside or on the weak side.
Jason Spitz/C/Louisville – Should make the final roster as their backup center.
Cory Rodgers/WR/Texas Christian – Could challenge for the fifth receiver job but mostly likely a practice squad candidate.
Will Blackmon/CB-WR/Boston College – He's expected to play wide receiver only and has a chance to make the roster as their fourth or fifth receiver.
Ingle Martin/QB/Furman – Decent shot to make the final roster as their third quarterback and could develop down the line as their No.2.
Tony Moll/OT/Nevada – Decent shot to make the final roster as a backup.
Johnny Jolly/DT/Texas A&M – Has a chance to make the final roster but most likely a practice squad player.
Tyrone Culver/S/Fresno St. – Practice squad candidate.
Dave Tollefson/DE/Northwest Missouri St. – Actually has a shot to make the final roster as the fifth end but really a practice squad candidate.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Chad Greenway/LB/Iowa – The club got the second player on their draft board and he'll become an immediate starter likely on the weak side.
Cedric Griffin/CB/Texas – Known as an underrated cornerback, Griffin should compete for the nickel job this season.
Ryan Cook/C/New Mexico – The mammoth offensive lineman could play anywhere on the line or backup veteran C Matt Birk.
Tavaris Jackson/QB/Alabama St. – They hope he'll be ready to take over the starting job in year three. Jackson has a lot to learn but has a big upside and head coach Brad Childress works very well with young signal callers.
Ray Edwards/DE/Purdue – He'll get a chance to compete for the fourth end job.
Greg Blue/S/Georgia – He may be moved to linebacker.


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