Grading the 2006 NFL Draft

NFLMocks.com has gone back and taken a look at the AFC East’s 2006 NFL Draft class and graded each team’s draft. Any time after drafted players have played three years is a good time to begin evaluating just how good the draft class was, as opposed to grading the class immediately after the draft before any rookie has taken the field. The AFC East overall does not fare well according to author Jon Dove, and the Patriots did not fare well themselves. Dove gives the Pats a D+, and looking back at the players, I can’t say I disagree. Here’s a look at the Patriots’ 2006 draft class:

Round 1: Laurence Maroney, RB Minnesota

Round 2: Chad Jackson, WR Florida

Round 3: David Thomas, TE Texas

Round 4: Garrett Mills, FB/TE Tulsa. Stephen Gostkowski, K Memphis

Round 5: Ryan O’Callaghan, T California

Round 6: Jeremy Mincey, LB Florida. Dan Stevenson, G Notre Dame. Le Kevin Smith, DL Nebraska

Round 7: Willie Andrews, DB Baylor

Not the most inspiring list. The only players still with the Pats are Laurence Maroney and Stephen Gostkowski. Gostkowski is one of the best kickers in the NFL and has been to a Pro Bowl while Maroney, well, we’re still waiting on him. Every year we’re promised, “This is the year,” only to be given flashes of talent and disappointments. This year really is the year, as it is the last of Maroney’s contract, and he was drumming up the usual “this is it” beat. Head on over to nflmocks.com to read the full story and see which AFC East team got the highest grade.

Topics: 2006 NFL Draft, AFC East, FanSided Network, Laurence Maroney, New England Patriots, Stephen Gostkowski

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