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.
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.
Haloti Ngata DT Oregon
- Comments: Big thumper on the inside with great upside.
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.
Ahmad Brooks MLB Virginia
- Comments: Forceful run defender in the middle, yet a complete linebacker.
Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota
- Comments: Game-controlling ball carrier with good speed.
Marcus McNeill OT Auburn
- Comments: Big, strong blocker with abundant upside.
Jimmy Williams DB Virginia Tech
- Comments: Dominant defensive back forceful in run defense yet efficient in pass coverage.
Reggie Bush RB USC
- Comments: Smallish yet versatile skill player who will thrive in a variety of roles.
DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis
- Comments: Strong runner who can handle the load.
Devin Hester CB Miami-Fl
- Comments: Tremendous athlete turning into a good football player.
A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State
- Comments: High-flying linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline.
Andrew Whitworth OT LSU
- Comments: King-sized blocker who can be used at either the left or right tackle spots.
Rod Wright DT Texas
- Comments: Athletic tackle who must turn up the intensity.
Lendale White RB USC
- Comments: Big, tough ball carrier who can become a feature runner.
William Blackmon CB Boston College
- Comments: Consistent performer with the ability to shut down opponents.
Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA
- Comments: Playmaking tight end who causes mismatches in the secondary.
Eric Winston OT Miami-Fl
- Comments: Coming off a major knee injury and could rate much higher if completely healthy.
Loren Howard DE Northwestern
- Comments: Speedy edge rusher who makes a lot of plays in the backfield.
Darnell Bing S USC
- Comments: Enforcer in the secondary.
Martin Nance WR Miami-Oh
- Comments: Consistent receiver with terrific size/speed numbers.
Winston Justice OT USC
- Comments: Returns from a year on the sidelines but a dominant blocker.
Chad Greenway OLB Iowa
- Comments: Not a flashy defender yet very solid and consistent.
Jason Allen DB Tennessee
- Comments: Good coverage prospect who can play safety or corner.
Gabriel Watson DT Michigan
- Comments: Massive space eater who can be used on the nose.
Abdul Hodge OLB Iowa
- Comments: Explosive playmaker built for the weakside.
Derek Hagan WR Arizona State
- Comments: Consistent pass catcher who does not stand out in any single aspect.
Kevin Simon LB Tennessee
- Comments: Terrific prospect coming off a broken leg.
Nate Salley S Ohio State
- Comments: Solid centerfielder effective against the run or pass.
Bruce Gradkowski QB Toledo
- Comments: Solid passer who makes smart decisions in the pocket.