|2006 NFL Draft|
|Date(s)||April 29–30, 2006|
|Time||12:00 PM EDT April 29|
11:00 AM EDT April 30
|Location||Radio City Music Hall|
New York City, New York
|Network(s) (US)||ESPN and NFL Network|
|First selection||Mario Williams, DE|
|Mr. Irrelevant||Kevin McMahan, WR|
|Most selections||Green Bay Packers (12)|
|Fewest selections||Atlanta Falcons (5)|
The 2006 National Football League Draft, the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. For the 27th consecutive year, the draft was telecast on ESPN and ESPN2, with additional coverage offered by ESPNU and, for the first time, by the NFL Network. Having signed a contract with the Houston Texans on the evening before the draft, Mario Williams, a defensive end from North Carolina State, became the draft’s first pick. The selection surprised many commentators, who predicted that the Texans would draft Southern California running back Reggie Bush or Texas quarterback Vince Young. Ohio State produced the most first round selections (five), while Southern California produced the most overall selections (eleven). Twenty-seven compensatory and supplemental compensatory selections were distributed amongst seventeen teams; Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and Tennessee each held three compensatory picks. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. The 255 players chosen in the draft were composed of:
Supplemental draft selections
For each player selected in the Supplemental Draft, the team forfeits its pick in that round in the draft of the following season.
|Rnd.||Pick #||NFL Team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|3||-||Cincinnati Bengals||Ahmad Brooks||LB||Virginia||ACC|
Notable undrafted players
|†||= Pro Bowler|
|Rnd.||Pick #||NFL Team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|-||-||Tennessee Titans||Colin Allred||LB||Baylor||Big 12|
|-||-||Dallas Cowboys||Miles Austin†||WR||Monmouth||NEC|
|-||-||Minnesota Vikings||Hank Baskett||WR||New Mexico||MWC|
|-||-||Denver Broncos||Mike Bell||RB||Arizona||Pac-10|
|-||-||New England Patriots||Patrick Cobbs||RB||North Texas||Sun Belt|
|-||-||Atlanta Falcons||Brent Grimes†||CB||Shippensburg||N/A|
|-||-||Jacksonville Jaguars||Brian Iwuh||LB||Colorado||Big 12|
|-||-||New England Patriots||Corey Mays||LB||Notre Dame||Ind.|
|-||-||San Diego Chargers||Ryan Neill||DE||Rutgers||Big East|
|-||-||Jacksonville Jaguars||Montell Owens†||RB||Maine||CAA|
|-||-||Minnesota Vikings||Donald Penn†||OT||Utah State||WAC|
|-||-||Cincinnati Bengals||Dennis Roland||OT||Georgia||SEC|
|-||-||Houston Texans||Tramon Williams†||CB||Louisiana Tech||WAC|
|-||-||New England Patriots||Pierre Woods||LB||Michigan||Big Ten|
- Two individuals declared for the draft never having played college football: Jai Lewis, a power forward for the George Mason basketball team that reached the semifinals of the 2006 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament; and Ed Nelson, a power forward for the Connecticut basketball team. Lewis signed after the draft as a free agent with the New York Giants to play offensive tackle but subsequently pursued a professional basketball career, while Nelson signed with the St. Louis Rams to be a tight end. Nelson later turned to professional basketball himself.
- Having been banned in 2004 from playing college football at Colorado for having accepted endorsements while a member of the United States Ski Team, wide receiver and kick returner Jeremy Bloom was drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, who was dismissed from the Hokies team in January 2006 for repeatedly violating team rules, was undrafted; Vick, the younger brother of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, later accepted an invitation to attend a Miami Dolphins minicamp and ultimately signed a contract with the team as a wide receiver. He was then released the following season.
- Running back John David Washington, son of American actor Denzel Washington, went undrafted out of the Division II school Morehouse College, where he rushed for 1,198 yards in his senior season, setting a school record; Washington was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams.
- "Who's No. 1? Texans, Williams sign contract". http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft06/news/story?id=2426003. Retrieved 2006-04-29.
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
- Williams became the first-ever number one draft pick to come from a school in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- Reggie Bush was named the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, but the award was forfeited due to issues with Bush's college eligibility"Reggie Bush to forfeit Heisman". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncf/news/story?id=5572827.
- The University of Texas at Austin extended its streak of consecutive drafts in which the school produced at least one drafted player to 69.
- Matt Leinart, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner "2004 Heisman Trophy winner". http://www.heisman.com/winners/m-leinart04.php. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- The Rams traded the 11th overall selection to the Broncos for the 15th and 68th choices.
- The Browns traded the 12th overall selection to the Ravens for the 13th and 181st choices.
- Cromartie was the fourth Defensive player from Florida State selected in the first round; only twice previously had one school produced four first-round selections from one unit (offense or defense) in a single NFL draft.
- The University of Miami extended its streak of drafts in which at least one player from the school was selected in the first round to 12.
- Bullocks' identical twin brother, Josh Bullocks, also a safety from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the same position in the 2005 draft.
- The Chiefs transferred the 117th overall pick to the Jets as compensation for the Jets' permitting Herman Edwards to leave the Jets to become head coach of the Chiefs.
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