September 29, 2016

The 2006 NFL draft was anything but short on star power. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush was the draft’s most high profile player after his electrifying college career. Quarterback Vince Young was fresh off his historic performance in the BCS National Championship Game, where his Texas Longhorns topped Bush’s USC Trojans in one of the greatest college football games of all time.But it was the relatively unknown Mario Williams -- defensive end from North Carolina State -- who ended up going first overall to the Houston Texans. Now a decade later, PointAfter -- a sports visualization site from Graphiq -- looked back on the 2006 draft and re-picked the first round. To make each selection, we focused on a combination of Approximate Value, Pro Bowl berths, All-Pro selections and team need.There were three quarterbacks taken in the first 11 picks, though only one -- Jay Cutler -- went in the first round of our re-draft. Aside from Cutler, there were simply no other franchise quarterbacks available in this draft class.Though they were the two most hyped players in the draft, both Bush and Young ended up being disappointments as pros, to varying degrees. While Williams has had a fine career, he clearly didn’t end up being the best player from that year’s draft. That honor goes to someone who wasn’t even chosen on the draft’s first day.