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NFL Draft 2006 – Round 2

ESPN has the breakdown from the 2nd round:

1(33) Houston DeMeco Ryans OLB ALABAMA
With Houston changing from a base 3-4 to a base 4-3 defense, the Texans need to overhaul their personnel at linebacker, and Ryans is capable of making an early impact.

2(34) Cleveland (from New Orleans) D’Qwell Jackson ILB MARYLAND
Cleveland really needed an interior linebacker who could push Chaun Thompson for playing time opposite Andra Davis, and Jackson is a sound pick.

3(35) Washington (from NY Jets) Rocky McIntosh OLB MIAMI (FLA.)
LaVar Arrington is gone, Warrick Holdman is inconsistent, at best, and Nic Clemons shouldn’t be playing an every-down role. That makes outside linebacker a clear need, and Washington did well to add McIntosh.

4(36) New England (from Green Bay) Chad Jackson WR FLORIDA
New England traded up to select Jackson and for good reason. With David Givens in Tennessee and free-agent signee Reche Caldwell more of a No. 3 receiver than a starter, the Patriots needed a No. 2. Jackson has the tools to develop into an excellent complement to Deion Branch.

5(37) Atlanta (from Green Bay from Denver from San Francisco) Jimmy Williams CB VIRGINIA TECH
Character issues caused Williams’ stock to plummet, but it’s important to remember that DeAngelo Hall acted as something of a mentor to Williams while the two were at Virginia Tech. The hope is Hall will be a positive influence on Williams and that will keep the talented rookie out of trouble.

6(38) Oakland Thomas Howard OLB UTEP
With Sammy Williams missing all of last year with a knee injury and 2003 first-round pick Tyler Brayton struggling to make the transition from end to linebacker, this is a sound pick.

7(39) Philadelphia (from Tennessee) Winston Justice OT USC
This is one of the better picks thus far. After getting an impact player in DT Brodrick Bunkley in the first round, the Eagles addressed one of their greatest needs by selecting Justice, a first-round talent who slid to the second round because of character issues.

8(40) Detroit Daniel Bullocks S NEBRASKA
Detroit added a playmaker on defense in the first round and now fills one of its most pressing needs. SS Kennoy Kennedy is an adequate starter at best, and backup free-agent signee Idrees Bashir is strictly a situational player, so the Lions needed a safety capable of pushing for immediate playing time.

9(41) Arizona Deuce Lutui OG USC
Arizona followed an excellent first-round pick with a weak second-round pick. Lutui is a guard and isn’t mobile enough to move to offensive tackle, which is a far greater need.

10(42) Chicago (from Buffalo) Danieal Manning S ABILENE CHRISTIAN
Chicago traded out of the first round and still found a way to fill one of its most pressing needs. With Mike Green having been traded to Seattle and Chirs Harris a marginal starter at best, the Bears needed a safety who can make an impact this year.

11(43) New Orleans (from Cleveland) Roman Harper S ALABAMA
Taking Harper here isn’t a good move. The Saints have far greater needs, and Harper doesn’t have great upside. Though he is smart and plays with a non-stop motor, he doesn’t have great athletic ability or size.

12(44) NY Giants (from Baltimore) Sinorice Moss WR MIAMI (FLA.)
After making a questionable pick late in the first round with Kiwanuka, the Giants made an excellent pick here. Moss is an excellent complement to Plaxico Burresss.

13(45) Tennessee (from Philadelphia) LenDale White RB USC
There are questions about White’s ability to keep his weight down, as well as about his speed, but he has excellent value in the second round and fills an important need for the Titans.

14(46) St. Louis Joe Klopfenstein TE COLORADO
While outside linebacker is a greater need, many of the top outside linebacker prospects already have come off the board, and tight end also is a need, so this makes sense.

15(47) Green Bay (from Atlanta) Daryn Colledge OT BOISE STATE
The Packers addressed a position of need with Colledge, who could emerge as a guard in the NFL. Surprising, however, was their choice of Colledge, when higher rated prospects were still on the board.

16(48) Minnesota Cedric Griffin CB TEXAS
A top priority for the Vikings on Day 1 was to improve the depth at cornerback behind starters behind Antoine Winfield and Fred Smoot. That goal was accomplished with the second-round selection of Griffin.

17(49) NY Jets (from Dallas) Kellen Clemens QB OREGON
The Jets maneuvered back up in the second round after initially trading out of the 35th spot. In doing so, they wound up gaining value in terms of picks dealt and where they chose Clemens.

18(50) San Diego Marcus McNeill OT AUBURN
The Chargers hit a home run when they snatched up McNeill in the middle of the second round. He isn’t the prettiest looking player in terms of his body type and technique, but his efficiency is outstanding.

19(51) Minnesota (from Miami) Ryan Cook OC NEW MEXICO
Cook graded out as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect on our board, so obviously we dislike this pick. He possesses good size and some potential if he can improve his footwork in the future.

20(52) Green Bay (from New England) Greg Jennings WR WESTERN MICHIGAN
Jennings was one of the fastest-rising prospects during the 2006 pre-draft process, and he fits a need for the Packers, who essentially were forced to trade disgruntled WR Javon Walker.

21(53) Dallas (from NJ Jets from Washington) Anthony Fasano TE NOTRE DAME
This was a value pick for the Cowboys, but it was a bit surprising from a need standpoint. The Cowboys need depth behind Jason Witten, and they certainly accomplished that with this pick.

22(54) Kansas City Bernard Pollard S PURDUE
Pollard is a versatile safety prospect with enough upside to eventually become a solid all-around starter for the Chiefs. He has strong-safety size and was extremely effective versus the run in college (92 tackles in 2005).

23(55) Cincinnati Andrew Whitworth OT LSU
The Bengals continue to press all the right buttons on draft day. After improving their secondary depth with Johnathan Joseph in the first round, the Bengals got another solid value in Whitworth in Round 2.

24(56) Baltimore (from NY Giants) Chris Chester OG OKLAHOMA
Chester comes with some question marks, particularly regarding his durability and experience. However, his athleticism is what led to him skyrocketing up the draft boards during the pre-draft process.

25(57) Chicago Devin Hester RS MIAMI (FLA.)
Hester is one of the biggest “boom-or-bust” prospects in the 2006 draft class. He was drafted this high due to his explosiveness as a return specialist, and he should immediately upgrade the Bears in that area.

26(58) Carolina Richard Marshall CB FRESNO STATE
The Panthers’ cornerback depth took a hit with the free agency losses of Ricky Manning Jr. and Dante Wesley, which is why Marshall is such a productive second-round pick for Carolina.

27(59) Tampa Bay Jeremy Trueblood OT BOSTON COLLEGE
Trueblood is the second offensive lineman the Bucs have chosen in as many picks thus far in the 2006 draft. While he certainly fits a position of need, we once again feel the Bucs reached for below-average talent with this selection.

28(60) Jacksonville Maurice Drew RB UCLA
Drew is a Brian Westbrook-type of back. He lacks ideal size, which likely will prevent him from ever emerging as a load-carrier in the NFL. However, his versatility as a runner, receiver and return specialist makes him worthwhile with this pick late in the second round.

29(61) Denver Tony Scheffler TE WESTERN MICHIGAN
Scheffler was one of the most impressive tight end prospect to workout at the combine, and he proved his vertical speed by running in the 4.5-second range in his 40-yard dash attempts.

30(62) Indianapolis Tim Jennings CB GEORGIA
The Colts continue to work to upgrade the athleticism of their defensive secondary by picking Jennings in the second round. His upside will always be limited by his size (5-foot-8, 188), but he shows excellent quickness, body control and change-of-direction skills.

31(63) Seattle Darryl Tapp DE VIRGINIA TECH
Tapp was a steal this late in the second round. He slipped because of his below-average NFL measurables, but Tapp is a natural playmaker who should continue to produce in the NFL..

32(64) Minnesota (from Pittsburgh) Tarvaris Jackson QB ALABAMA STATE
The Vikings took Jackson earlier than expected (ahead of Alabama’s Brodie Croyle), but we like the pick regardless. New head coach Brad Childress is a quarterback guru, and now his pet project will become Jackson.

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