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Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 2:07 pm | Updated: 3:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The 2006 NFL draft is over. Training camp begins in three long months. That's about 100 days without any major football or football-related events on the schedule. What's a football-starved fan to do between now and then? Well, there's always obsessing over the draft.

Here's a rundown of each team's haul and their prospects.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

The haul: 1 (10) Matt Leinart, QB, Southern Cal; 2 (41) Deuce Lutui, G, Southern Cal; 3 (72) Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia; 4 (107) Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan; 5 (142) Brandon Johnson, LB, Louisville; 6 (177) Jonathan Lewis, DT, Virginia tech; 7 (218) Todd Watkins, WR, BYU.

The upside: Well, Leinart may have wanted to be taken earlier, but it's pretty safe to say he couldn't have landed on a team with too many more offensive weapons. The towering Pope (he's 6-foot-7) is just another target for Leinart (uh, or incumbent starter Kurt Warner), joining WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Did we mention that Arizona also signed RB Edgerrin James in the offseason?

The downside: It's the Arizona Cardinals. What could go wrong?

ATLANTA FALCONS

The haul: 2 (37) Jimmy Williams, DB, Virginia Tech. 3 (79) Jerious Norwood, RB, Mississippi State. 5 (139) Quinn Ojinnaka, OT, Syracuse. 6 (184) Adam Jennings, WR, Fresno State. 7 (223) D.J. Shockley, QB, Georgia.

The upside: Williams is the third Hokie in six years to be the Falcons' first pick. CB DeAngelo Hall has been a smash hit in Atlanta, as has that Michael Vick guy. Williams would like to make it three-for-three. Norwood quietly put up big numbers in Starkville. Shockley gets pigeonholed as a running QB, but led the SEC in passer efficiency last season, and the Bulldogs went 11-1 and won the conference.

The downside: Williams has first-round talent, but most teams were turned off by character issues: he declined to run at the draft combine, alienating teams who felt he was cocky. He also was thrown out of Virginia Tech's bowl game for bumping an official.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

The haul: 1 (12) Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon. 2 (56) Chris Chester, C, Oklahoma. 3 (87) David Pittman, DB, Northwestern State. 4 (111) Demetrius Williams, WR, Oregon. 4 (132) P.J. Daniels, RB, Georgia Tech. 5 (146) Dawan Landry, DB, Georgia Tech. 5 (166) Quinn Sypniewski, TE, Colorado. 6 (203) Sam Koch, P, Nebraska. 6 (208) Derrick Martin, DB, Wyoming. 7 (219) Ryan LaCasse, LB, Syracuse.

The upside: Ngata is a beast. He could be the kind of tackle who changes games by keeping two blockers busy all day and freeing up LBs. Like, say, Ray Lewis. The Ravens also think Pittman could be a nickel back right away. Williams looks like a steal.

The downside: Chester is a converted TE with little experience playing on the line, a position where the Ravens need help. Baltimore gave up a sixth round pick to move up one spot and take Ngata.

BUFFALO BILLS

The haul: 1 (8) Donte Whitner, DB, Ohio State. 1 (26) John McCargo, DT, N.C. State. 3 (70) Ashton Youboty, DB, Ohio State. 4 (105) Ko Simpson, DB, South Carolina. 5 (134) Kyle Williams, DT, LSU. 5 (143) Brad Butler, OT, Virginia. 6 (178) Keith Ellison, LB, Oregon State. 7 (216) Terrance Pennington, OT, New Mexico. 7 (248) Aaron Merz, G, California.

The upside: Well, taking five defenders with your first five picks is one way to perk up a defense that ranked 29th out of 32 teams last season. Also, there's tough players, hard-nosed players, and then a couple more spots along on the toughness spectrum there's Kyle Williams. In 2004, he suffered a compound fracture in his hand during warmups before a game. He played anyway.

The downside: Bills made the first big reach of the draft by taking Whitner, who would likely have been available late in the first round. They also traded a second- and third-round pick to move up and take McCargo. The first offensive player they took was Butler. Questions abound.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The haul: 1 (27) DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis. 2 (58) Richard Marshall, DB, Fresno State. 3 (88) James Anderson, LB, Virginia Tech. 3 (89) Rashad Butler, OT, Miami. 4 (121) Nate Salley, DB, Ohio State. 5 (155) Jeff King, TE, Virginia Tech. 7 (234) Will Montgomery, G, Virginia Tech. 7 (237) Stanley McClover, DE, Auburn.

The upside: Best all-around running back in the draft? Not Reggie Bush. He's just the best player in the draft who happens to be listed as a running back. The best traditional, load-carrying, workhorse guy in this draft is probably DeAngelo Williams, who led the nation last season at Memphis. He should be a nice insurance policy/heir apparent for DeShaun Foster, the Panthers' oft-injured starter at RB.

The downside: Not much cause for questions or concern. The Panthers appear to have filled needs and chosen well, although few players besides Williams and maybe Marshall are likely to have an impact this season.

CHICAGO BEARS

The haul: 2 (42) Danieal Manning, DB, Abilene Christian. 2 (57) Devin Hester, DB, Miami. 3 (73) Dusty Dvoracek, DT, Oklahoma. 4 (120) Jamar Williams, LB, Arizona State. 5 (159) Mark Anderson, DE, Alabama. 6 (195) J.D. Runnels, RB, Oklahoma. 6 (200) Tyler Reed, G, Penn State.

The upside: Hester was an explosive returner for the Hurricanes, and he fills a definite need for Chicago. A glance (or double take) at Manning's college pedigree seems worrisome at first, but he signed with Nebraska out of high school, but didn't qualify. The Bears didn't have too many positions of need: All 22 starters return from their AFC North-winning team.

The downside: The 5-10, 186-pound Hester probably can't contribute much outside the return game. Dvoracek was kicked off the Sooners in 2004 before being allowed back last season. So, yeah, there were some character concerns.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

The haul: 1 (24) Johnathan Joseph, DB, South Carolina. 2 (55) Andrew Whitworth, OT, LSU. 3 (91) Frostee Rucker, DE, Southern Cal. 4 (123) Domata Peko, DT, Michigan State. 5 (157) A.J. Nicholson, LB, Florida State. 6 (193) Reggie McNeal, WR, Texas A&M. 7 (209) Ethan Kilmer, DB, Penn State. 7 (231) Bennie Brazell, WR, LSU.

The upside: Joseph is one of the fastest players taken in the draft, and his relative inexperience could mean he has lots of room for improvement. In a division with Hines Ward and Braylon Edwards, the Bengals probably helped themselves quite a bit. Whitworth seems like a good value. Reggie McNeal was an electrifying runner as a QB at Texas A&M.

The downside: Nicholson has had multiple brushes with the law, including most recently getting suspended for the Orange Bowl after a woman accused him of sexual assault. He hasn't been charged.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

The haul: 1 (13) Kamerion Wimbley, DE, Florida State. 2 (34) D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland. 3 (78) Travis Wilson, WR, Oklahoma. 4 (110) Leon Williams, LB, Miami. 4 (112) Isaac Sowells, G, Indiana. 5 (145) Jerome Harrison, RB, Washington State. 5 (152) DeMario Minter, DB, Georgia. 6 (180) Lawrence Vickers, FB, Colorado. 6 (181) Babatunde Oshinowo, DT, Stanford. 7 (222) Justin Hamilton, DB, Virginia Tech.

The upside: The Browns made a deft little trade on Saturday, moving down a spot and still getting their man, Wimbley, who will likely play at outside LB in the Browns' defense. Jackson gives the run-yielding Browns a presence they sorely need in the middle.

The downside: The Browns' trading partner: archrival Baltimore, which took Oregon DT Haloti Ngata -- also a team target -- with the 12th pick. If Ngata turns into a stud, or at least better than Wimbley, the front office will never hear the end of it. Also, if Wimbley makes it through the 2006 season without a season-ending injury, he'll be the first Browns top pick to complete his rookie year since Willie Green in 2002.

DALLAS COWBOYS

The haul: 1 (18) Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State. 2 (53) Anthony Fasano, TE, Notre Dame. 3 (92) Jason Hatcher, DE, Grambling. 4 (125) Skyler Green, WR-KR, LSU. 5 (138) Pat Watkins, DB, Florida State. 6 (182) Montavious Stanley, DT, Louisville. 7 (211) Pat McQuistan, OT, Weber State. 7 (224) E.J. Whitley, C, Texas Tech.

The upside: Carpenter's father played for Dallas Coach Bill Parcells when he coached the New York Giants, and can probably jump in and start right away. Watkins fills a need, too.

The downside: Doesn't appear as if the Cowboys did much to improve an offensive line that was substandard last season. It'll be hard to get the ball to free-agent signee Terrell Owens without improved pass protection.

DENVER BRONCOS

The haul: 1 (11) Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt. 2 (61) Tony Scheffler, TE, Western Michigan. 4 (119) Brandon Marshall, WR, Central Florida. 4 (126) Elvis Dumervil, DE, Louisville. 4 (130) Domenik Hixon, WR, Akron. 5 (161) Chris Kuper, OT, North Dakota. 6 (198) Craig Eslinger, C,Minnesota.

The upside: It'll be hard for the Broncos to do worse than their gamble on Maurice Clarett last year. They traded up to get Cutler, who figures to be a backup to Jake Plummer. Dumervil was the sacks king (with 20) in college football last season, but he fell that far because he's undersized. His development could be interesting.

The downside: In a draft with little star power at WR, the Broncos picked two WRs with, well little star power. Then again, some of the NFL's best wideouts have been unknowns on draft day.

DETROIT LIONS

The haul: 1 (9) Ernie Sims, LB, Florida State. 2 (40) Daniel Bullocks, DB, Nebraska. 3 (74) Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin. 5 (141) Jonathan Scott, OT, Texas. 6 (179) Dee McCann, DB, West Virginia. 7 (217) Fred Matua, G, Southern Cal. 7 (247) Anthony Cannon, LB, Tulane.

The upside: They didn't take a wide receiver this year, for the first time since 2002. Sims fills a need, but the Lions have plenty of needs.

The downside: Even fans in New York chanted "Fire Millen" at the draft on Saturday.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

The haul: 1 (5) A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State. 2 (47) Daryn Colledge, OT, Boise State. 2 (52) Greg Jennings, WR, Western Michigan. 3 (67) Abdul Hodge, LB, Iowa. 3 (75) Jason Spitz, G, Louisville. 4 (104) Cory Rodgers, WR, TCU. 4 (115) Will Blackmon, DB, Boston College. 5 (148) Ingle Martin, QB, Furman. 5 (165) Tony Moll, OT, Nevada. 6 (183) Johnny Jolly, DT, Texas A&M. 6 (185) Tyrone Culver, DB, Fresno State. 7 (253) Dave Tollefson, DE, Northwest Missouri.

The upside: Hawk would be a major upgrade to almost any team's defense, and getting Hodge that late is a potential steal. North Pole, Alaska, native Colledge will enjoy the balmy climate in Wisconsin. And if Aaron Rodgers doesn't work out as Favre's heir apparent, Ingle Martin might be able to step in. Remember, he played at Florida before transferring to Furman. Also, he can punt, in case the Packers want to invoke the memory of former Cowboys QB/P Danny White.

The downside: They did spend seven picks on just three positions -- WR, OL and LB. Then again, those were the positions at which they needed the most help. With 12 picks, it's hard to not address most needs.

HOUSTON TEXANS

The haul: 1 (1) Mario Williams, DE, N.C. State. 2 (33) DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama. 3 (65) Charles Spencer, OT, Pittsburgh. 3 (66) Eric Winston, OT, Miami. 4 (98) Owen Daniels, TE, Wisconsin. 6 (170) Wali Lundy, RB, Virginia. 7 (251) David Anderson, WR, Colorado State.

The upside: The Texans could have had any player in the draft. For better or worse, they chose Williams. It's not the safe pick, but if it works out, they'll look smart. If Williams isn't as helpful as Reggie Bush could have been, they'll be hammered. It's the risk of having the first pick. Spencer and Winston should improve a line that's allowed quarterback David Carr to be sacked 200 times in the past four years.

The downside: Houston's offensive line has been a workplace-safety hazard for Carr, but the Texans passed on a lot of talent between the 33rd pick and the 65th -- seven linemen came off the board between Ryans and Spencer.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

The haul: 1 (30) Joseph Addai, RB, LSU. 2 (62) Tim Jennings, DB, Georgia. 3 (94) Freddie Keiaho, LB, San Diego State. 5 (162) Michael Toudouze, OT, TCU. 6 (199) Charlie Johnson, OT, Oklahoma State. 6 (207) Antoine Bethea, DB, Howard. 7 (238) T.J. Rushing, DB, Stanford.

The upside: On a team as talented as Indianapolis, the draft is meant to fill small holes, not rebuild foundations. Addai is now designated to fill the role left open by the departure of Edgerrin James.

The downside: Addai never carried the full load at LSU. How well he does with Indianapolis will, fairly or not, probably determine how this draft is viewed in the coming years.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

The haul: 1 (28) Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA. 2 (60) Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA. 3 (80) Clint Ingram, LB, Oklahoma. 5 (160) Brent Hawkins, LB, Illinois State. 7 (213) James Wyche, DE, Syracuse. 7 (236) Dee Webb, DB, Florida.

The upside: Two key players from a high-powered Bruins offense come to a Jaguars attack that was lacking in options. They also got much-needed help at linebacker. Lewis has definite star potential.

The downside: Drew is just 5-foot-7, so he might be limited to third down when he's not subbing for oft-injured Fred Taylor.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

The haul: 1 (20) Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State. 2 (54) Bernard Pollard, DB, Purdue. 3 (85) Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama. 5 (154) Marcus Maxey, DB, Miami. 6 (186) Tre' Stallings, G, Mississippi. 6 (190) Jeff Webb, WR, San Diego State. 7 (228) Jarrad Page, DB, UCLA.

The upside: The Chiefs addressed their often woeful defense with three of their first four picks, which is always encouraging. Pollard is a big-hitting type who can help the Chiefs stop the run.

The downside: There are doubts about Hali, mostly related to his size and speed, along with silly, subconscious memories of previous first round busts from Penn State. Having said that, former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson has worked out just fine as Priest Holmes' partner, thank you very much.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

The haul: 1 (16) Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee. 3 (82) Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State. 4 (114) Joe Toledo, OT, Washington. 7 (212) Fred Evans, NT, Texas State. 7 (226) Rodrique Wright, DT, Texas. 7 (233) Devin Aromashodu, WR, Auburn.

The upside: The Dolphins needed secondary help, and Allen can supply that -- provided his hip, which he dislocated last season, is healed. Fun facts: Toledo's high school was in a league called the All-Avocado and Aromashodu grew up as a fan of former Dolphins stars Mark Clayton and Mark Duper.

The downside: Hagan is slower than ideal and drops more balls than would be ideal, but otherwise should turn out OK. No, seriously, he makes up for those shortcomings because he's big and he's tough.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

The haul: 1 (17) Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa. 2 (48) Cedric Griffin, DB, Texas. 2 (51) Ryan Cook, C,New Mexico. 2 (64) Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Alabama State. 4 (127) Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue. 5 (149) Greg Blue, DB, Georgia.

The upside: Greenway isn't quite a poor man's A.J. Hawk. He's more like the Hawk for the savvy consumer, not quite as good, but almost so, and a heck of a lot less expensive. Griffin could also contribute right away.

The downside: Sometimes, there's a reason the good stuff is so expensive, and Hawk might remind Vikings fans of that twice a year. Also, Jackson is a former Arkansas recruit who transferred. The Vikings gambled by trading up to take him. If the Tarvaris Jackson project doesn't pan out, this will be an easy move for fans and media to hammer.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The haul: 1 (21) Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota. 2 (36) Chad Jackson, WR, Florida. 3 (86) Dave Thomas, TE, Texas. 4 (106) Garrett Mills, FB, Tulsa. 4 (118) Stephen Gostkowski, K, Memphis. 5 (136) Ryan O'Callaghan, OT, California. 6 (191) Jeremy Mincey, LB, Florida. 6 (205) Dan Stevenson, G, Notre Dame. 6 (206) Le Kevin Smith, DT, Nebraska. 7 (229) Willie Andrews, DB, Baylor.

The upside: Maroney ran for more than 1,000 yards last season. And the one before that. And the one before that. Mills could turn into one of those seemingly out-of-nowhere revelations -- as a fullback who can catch passes, he'll be a matchup nightmare, especially on third-and-short. But he was a star tight end for the Golden Hurricane last season with six or seven catches per game.

The downside: The Patriots have made hay with supposedly unconventional draft-day strategies, but using a fourth-round pick on a kicker -- even one as good as Gostkowski -- is almost always suspect. NFL kickers are highly fungible.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The haul: 1 (2) Reggie Bush, RB, Southern Cal. 2 (43) Roman Harper, DB, Alabama. 4 (108) Jahri Evans, OT, Bloomsburg. 5 (135) Rob Ninkovich, DE, Purdue. 6 (171) Mike Hass, WR, Oregon State. 6 (174) Josh Lay, DB, Pittsburgh. 7 (210) Zach Strief, OT, Northwestern. 7 (252) Marques Colston, WR, Hofstra.

The upside: Hi, I'm Reggie Bush. You may remember me from, well, pretty much every highlight reel in college football last season. And the one before. Yeah, you could say this worked out OK for New Orleans. For what else it's worth, Hass was the most productive wideout in Division I-A last season. Also, a draft-day trade with Cleveland netted them center Jeff Faine, who will replace Pro-Bowler LeCharles Bentley. See, it all works out.

The downside: Some draft projections considered the possibility they'd take Hawk if Bush went to Houston. It would have been a small reach, but it would have addressed a major need. Instead, the Saints just didn't take any linebackers.

NEW YORK GIANTS

The haul: 1 (32) Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College. 2 (44) Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami. 3 (96) Gerris Wilkinson, LB, Georgia Tech. 4 (124) Barry Cofield, DT, Northwestern. 4 (129) Guy Whimper, G, East Carolina. 5 (158) Charlie Peprah, DB, Alabama. 7 (232) Gerrick McPhearson, DB, Maryland.

The upside: Kiwanuka could be a very good pass rusher.

The downside: The Giants already have lots of very good pass rushers.

NEW YORK JETS

The haul: 1 (4) D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia. 1 (29) Nick Mangold, C,Ohio State. 2 (49) Kellen Clemens, QB, Oregon. 3 (76) Anthony Schlegel, LB, Ohio State. 3 (97) Eric Smith, DB, Michigan State. 4 (103) Brad Smith, WR, Missouri. 4 (117) Leon Washington, RB, Florida State. 5 (150) Jason Pociask, TE, Wisconsin. 6 (189) Drew Coleman, DB, TCU. 7 (220) Titus Adams, DE, Nebraska.

The upside: Jets fans get to say the name "D'Brickashaw" as often as they want. They also should be seeing their quarterback with a rare commodity: time to make plays, thanks to Ferguson and Mangold. If that quarterback isn't oft-injured Chad Pennington or recent acquisition Patrick Ramsey, it could be Clemens, who should develop nicely. Smith, too, is intriguing, as he was a star quarterback in college.

The downside: It would take a lot to go wrong for this draft not to work out nicely.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

The haul: 1 (7) Michael Huff, DB, Texas. 2 (38) Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP. 3 (69) Paul McQuistan, OT, Weber State. 4 (101) Darnell Bing, LB, Southern Cal. 6 (176) Kevin Boothe, G, Cornell. 7 (214) Chris Morris, C,Michigan State. 7 (255) Kevin McMahan, WR, Maine.

The upside: Huff is the kind of player who's fast enough to play cornerback, and big and strong enough to play safety. He also grew up a big fan of former Oakland CB Charles Woodson. He's eager to try and fill the four-time Pro-Bowlers shoes.

The downside: Oakland passed on Leinart, despite having some need at QB. If Aaron Brooks doesn't pan out, imagine all the angry Raiders fans. A mob of angry Raiders fans ... not a comforting thought.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The haul: 1 (14) Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State. 2 (39) Winston Justice, OT, Southern Cal. 3 (71) Chris Gocong, LB, Cal Poly. 4 (99) Max Jean-Gilles, G, Georgia. 4 (109) Jason Avant, WR, Michigan. 5 (147) Jeremy Bloom, WR, Colorado. 5 (168) Omar Gaither, LB, Tennessee. 6 (204) LaJuan Ramsey, DT, Southern Cal.

The upside: Justice was a potential first-round pick, but fell because of character issues. If he turns out to be a solid citizen as a pro, the Eagles could have a steal on their hands. Gilles fell because of conditioning issues, which are (potentially) more easily remedied. Donovan McNabb (and his mom) should be pleased. Bloom, a world-class skier, will probably contribute mainly as a returner, but the Eagles are thin at WR, so he might see time on offense, too.

The downside: Justice and Gilles have their issues. A more complicated problem could be Avant. He's an excellent possession receiver, but probably not a game-breaker. The Eagles could use a game-breaker.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The haul: 1 (25) Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State. 3 (83) Anthony Smith, DB, Syracuse. 3 (95) Willie Reid, WR, Florida State. 4 (131) Willie Colon, G, Hofstra. 4 (133) Orien Harris, DT, Miami. 5 (164) Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green. 5 (167) Charles Davis, TE, Purdue. 6 (201) Marvin Philip, C, California. 7 (240) Cedric Humes, RB, Virginia Tech.

The upside: Holmes is a tough, speedy wideout who's unafraid to go over the middle, and he'll benefit from the attention defenses will pay to Hines Ward. He's also a big Steelers fan. Jacobs gives the Steelers another Mid-American conference star at QB.

The downside: They gave up a third-round and a fourth-round one pick, along with their first-rounder to move up and take Holmes. Of course, they did that to take Troy Polamalu, and that worked out pretty well, didn't it?

ST. LOUIS RAMS

The haul: 1 (15) Tye Hill, DB, Clemson. 2 (46) Joe Klopfenstein, TE, Colorado. 3 (68) Claude Wroten, DT, LSU. 3 (77) Jon Alston, LB, Stanford. 3 (93) Dominique Byrd, TE, Southern Cal. 4 (113) Victor Adeyanju, DE, Indiana. 5 (144) Marques Hagans, WR, Virginia. 7 (221) Tim McGarigle, LB, Northwestern. 7 (242) Mark Setterstrom, G, Minnesota. 7 (243) Tony Palmer, G, Missouri.

The upside: The Rams' first-round pick should make wide receiver Torry Holt happy. Working as a draft-day analyst for ESPN, he suggested that the Rams take Hill, one of the fastest players in the draft. Now they'll get to do battle in practice. Even better, they traded down and still got him. If Wroten, selected with the pick the Rams got for trading down, is a success, this could be a nice draft.

The downside: The Rams used two picks on tight ends. I think it's safe to say that the Rams are a wee bit disappointed in Brandon Manumaleuna. Wroten fell to the third round because of issues including a marijuana arrest (the charges were dropped) and a positive test for the drug at the combine. He did send contrite letters to all 32 teams expressing his desire to move on and show more maturity, however.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

The haul: 1 (19) Antonio Cromartie, DB, Florida State. 2 (50) Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn. 3 (81) Charlie Whitehurst, QB, Clemson. 5 (151) Tim Dobbins, LB, Iowa State. 6 (187) Jeromey Clary, OT, Kansas State. 6 (188) Kurt Smith, k, Virginia. 7 (225) Chase Page, DT, North Carolina. 7 (227) Jimmy Martin, OT, Virginia Tech.

The upside: Cromartie and McNeill address major needs. The Chargers' corners had just three interceptions last season. And depth at tackle will be an issue as Philip Rivers takes over at quarterback this season. If Rivers doesn't last as a long-term solution, Whitehurst, who is the son of a former NFL quarterback, could turn into a solid pro with time to develop.

The downside: Well, Cromartie, despite blazing speed, hasn't played since the 2004 season, after injuring his knee last summer. McNeill has a back condition and Smith is a kickoff specialist. Happily, the Chargers did need a kickoff specialist. But how much danger was there that he'd be taken by someone else?

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

The haul: 1 (6) Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland. 1 (22) Manny Lawson, DE, N.C. State. 3 (84) Brandon Williams, WR, Wisconsin. 4 (100) Michael Robinson, RB, Penn State. 5 (140) Parys Haralson, LB, Tennessee. 6 (175) Delanie Walker, WR, Central Missouri. 6 (192) Marcus Hudson, DB, N.C. State. 6 (197) Melvin Oliver, DE, LSU. 7 (254) Vickiel Vaughn, DB, Arkansas.

The upside: Oh, there's upside. Davis is a matchup nightmare, a tight end with the speed of a wide receiver. Lawson is also big and fast (and still a bit raw). He'll probably play at outside linebacker in San Francisco. Robinson, a star QB at Penn State could be another weapon with some seasoning as a back. He was a slippery runner in college.

The downside: With such potential is always the threat of a player who can't live up to it. But the 49ers seem to have assembled an intriguing mix of offensive weapons to join centerpiece QB Alex Smith, the top overall pick last season.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

The haul: 1 (31) Kelly Jennings, DB, Miami. 2 (63) Darryl Tapp, DE, Virginia Tech. 4 (128) Rob Sims, G, Ohio State. 5 (163) David Kirtman, FB, Southern Cal. 7 (239) Ryan Plackemeier, P,Wake Forest. 7 (249) Ben Obomanu, WR, Auburn.

The upside: There's only so many holes a Super Bowl team needs to fill. But Jennings fills a definite one. Tapp also adds to their imposing rotation in the defensive front. Plackemeier was consistently one of the best punters in college football over the past couple of seasons, and he might be able to contribute on kickoffs, too.

The downside: Well, draft picks used on special teams players can only be so helpful. Has a punter ever been the final piece of a Super Bowl puzzle?

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The haul: 1 (23) Davin Joseph, G, Oklahoma. 2 (59) Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Boston College. 3 (90) Maurice Stovall, WR, Notre Dame. 4 (122) Alan Zemaitis, DB, Penn State. 5 (156) Julian Jenkins, DE, Stanford. 6 (194) Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Toledo. 6 (202) T.J. Williams, TE, N.C. State. 7 (235) Justin Phinisee, DB, Oregon. 7 (241) Charles Bennett, DE, Clemson. 7 (244) Tim Massaquoi, TE, Michigan.

The upside: Cadillac Williams just got two more blockers. Stovall, who can be inconsistent, is a nice threat in the red zone because his big body is tough to cover. Zemaitis should be a contributor, too.

The downside: Stovall still has some rough edges, and has drawn criticism from scouts for a perceived unwillingness to go over the middle and take hard hits.

TENNESSEE TITANS

The haul: 1 (3) Vince Young, QB, Texas. 2 (45) LenDale White, RB, Southern Cal. 4 (102) Calvin Lowry, DB, Penn State. 4 (116) Stephen Tulloch, LB, N.C. State. 5 (137) Terna Nande, LB, Miami (Ohio). 5 (169) Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee. 6 (172) Jonathan Orr, WR, Wisconsin. 7 (215) Cortland Finnegan, DB, Samford. 7 (245) Spencer Toone, LB, Utah. 7 (246) Quinton Ganther, RB, Utah.

The upside: Young probably lives in the nightmares of more college defenders than any player in recent memory. He looked like a teenager playing 10-year-olds at times in college. Those days are probably over, but his development should be fascinating. Yes, he was a "running" quarterback, which is simply not how it's done in the NFL. But what's not mentioned nearly often enough is how he was a top-rated passer for much of the year, too. Also, Nande was a force in college. Orr could help one of the league's most underwhelming bunch of receivers.

The downside: There are plenty of questions about White's conditioning, health and work ethic. Also, he's never had to carry the load for a team, because he split time with Reggie Bush in college. Also, Young's development could be hampered by the lack of elite receivers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

The haul: 2 (35) Rocky McIntosh, LB, Miami. 5 (153) Anthony Montgomery, DT, Minnesota. 6 (173) Reed Doughty, DB, Northern Colorado. 6 (196) Kedric Golston, DT, Georgia. 7 (230) Kili Lefotu, G, Arizona. 7 (250) Kevin Simon, LB, Tennessee.

The upside: Well, they needed a linebacker to fill LaVar Arrington's spot. On the bright side, that's the 'Skins one most obvious weakness.

The downside: In a deep draft, the Redskins had just one pick in the first four rounds and just six overall. Then again, any one of those players -- none a big college star -- could turn into the next big thing.

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