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Bills Daily 2006 Draft Board

Here is the order of where the Bills pick in the 2006 draft. After a player is selected the board will be filled in with the player's name and a link to expert analysis about the player. We will also have our own player capsules about each of the Bills selections and our final grades after the draft. The Bills have 10 picks at this time thanks to the trades of Travis Henry and Eric Moulds as well as one compensatory pick.

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1   8    8 S Donte Whitner Ohio State
  1  26***   26 DT John McCargo NC State
  3   6*   70 CB Ashton Youboty Ohio State
  4   8  105 S Ko Simpson South Carolina
  5   1**  134 DT Kyle Williams LSU
  5  10  143 OT Brad Butler Virginia
  6   9  178 OLB Keith Ellison Oregon St.
  7   8  216 OT Terrance Pennington New Mexico
  7  40  248 G Aaron Merz California

*-acquired from Tennessee in last year's Travis Henry trade
**-acquired from Houston for Eric Moulds.
***-acquired in draft day deal with Chicago for the 42nd (2nd round) and 73rd (3rd round) picks in the draft.


1) S Donte Whitner Ohio St. 5-10, 203, 4.53 - Whitner is a very good athlete with great footwork, speed, and explosiveness. He is physical enough to be very good in run support and fast enough to cover the slot on passing situations including covering wide receivers. His biggest weakness is lack of ideal size but the NFL is going towards smaller safeties. It could hurt him at the point of attack however but he overcomes it with solid tackling skills. He was third in tackles on a very talented Ohio St. defense last year. He is very smart and is a film and gym rat. Whitner was a reach with the 8th overall pick in the draft but if you look past that the Bills may have a solid safety for years to come. He should start as a rookie in Lawyer Milloy's strong safety spot.

1) DT John McCargo NC State 6-3, 301, 5.20 - McCargo is a smaller tackle that's main asset is his explosiveness and quickness off the ball. Has good power for his size to disrupt the line of scrimmage. He is trying to come back from a foot injury last year. He's a smart player who needs to play with better concentration. He's exactly what Dick Jauron is looking for in the new defensive scheme. He projects more as a three technique guy which would put him at the same position as recently signed Larry Tripplett. The Bills envision using him in pass rushing situations alongside Tripplett and he can spell him in the rotation on the line. The Bills feel he can learn how to play nose tackle in the NFL.

3) CB Ashton Youboty Ohio St. 5-11¾, 189, 4.43 - Youboty is a quick corner who has good size and has room to get bigger. Had good leaping ability and is intelligent to learn quickly. He has been a bit inconsistent and gambles too often which leads to him getting burned. He was projected as a late first or early 2nd round pick so the Bills may have got a break getting him so late. He will challenge for the nickel spot on the defense as a rookie and can be a long term replacement for fellow Buckeye Nate Clements who's future with the club after this year is in doubt.

4) S Ko Simpson South Carolina 6-1, 209, 4.47 - Simpson has tremendous upside. He's a big safety with the potential to get bigger. He is a solid open field tackler and is a ball hawk which is perfect for the free safety spot where he looks to play with the Bills. He is still unpolished but will be able to learn from cagey veteran Troy Vincent and not be asked to start as a rookie. He needs to play with more discipline but could end up being a steal.

5) DT Kyle Williams LSU 6-1, 298, 5.18 - Like McCargo picked before him, he lacks ideal size but his very quick and plays the ball very well. He projects more for the nose tackle spot the team needs help with. He's highly competitive and a hard nosed player with great instincts. His lack of size is a weakness but it isn't that huge a deal at this position. Needs to learn to move better in practice. He should challenge for playing time in his rookie year behind Tim Anderson.

5) OT Brad Butler Virginia 6-7, 309, 5.30 - Butler is a tower of a man who projects as strictly a right tackle in the NFL. His long arms make him an effective pass protector but his height hurts his run blocking. Has quickness for pulling out but is a limited athlete. Will backup Jason Peters as a rookie.

6) OLB Keith Ellison Oregon St. 6-1, 229, 4.83 - Ellison is versatile enough to play all three linebacker positions. He has quick feet, agility, and flexibility but wasn't consistent enough at the college level. He is undersized but has a high motor like the other defensive picks. Will get a chance to learn behind solid depth at the linebacker positions.

7) OT Terrence Pennington New Mexico 6-7¼, 325, 5.33 - Pennington can play both sides of the line at tackle. He's another extremely tall player who moves well for his size and is very strong. His technique doesn't allow him to dominate many players. Had a weight issue early in his college career but seems to have that under control. If he and Butler can develop they could become two very large bookends for the line. This year Pennington will get a chance to learn as a backup.

7) C/G Aaron Merz California 6-3½, 346, 5.40 - Merz is a monster of a guy that has played all the line positions. The Bills project him inside at guard or even center although guard is his natural spot. He's a competitive player with limited athletic ability. May be too big and lacks quickness. He will add depth to the line and not be looked on to contribute much this year.

The Bills seemed to get a lot of players that could be a nucleus for the future but how they went getting them was perplexing. The choice of Whitner in the first round is a solid selection but they could have got him by trading down. McCargo may very well be a good choice later in the first round but no need to trade up and get him. They could have had their two targeted players and added a pick instead of costing them a pick. They really built the middle of the defense up by taking two safeties along with the two defensive tackles and a cornerback. The cover two requires good athletic and quick defensive backs and they got three of them today. If these players develop they can have one of the better secondaries in a few years. They addressed the offensive line in day two with three selections. Not getting a top tier offensive tackle may come back to bite them if the offensive line does not improve. Trading up to get McCargo may bite them if he was just a product of two great players around him at NC State. Grade: D.

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