The 2006 NFL Draft possessed a decent haul when it came to cornerback talent. However, the corners that wound-up being “successful” in the pros were not the ones who were highly-regarded as first-round talent. In this re-draft by Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon, there are multiple CBs taken in the top-25 who weren’t originally drafted that year.
The LA Rams, who needed help in the secondary, grabbed one of the most-athletic cornerbacks of this century in Clemson’s Tye Hill with the 15th-overall pick after trading back from #11. Hill ran a 4.30 in the forty - it was the fastest time ever recorded electronically - and jumped over 41 inches in the vertical. Unfortunately, that athleticism didn’t translate into sustained health at the next level. Hill ended his first two seasons with the Rams on injured reserve and was traded to the Atlanta Falcons after just three seasons in St. Louis.
In this re-draft, Gagnon chose to keep the Rams at the No. 11 spot and take defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was originally taken in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills.
“The St. Louis Rams would also be best served re-drafting a player who remained effective for a long period of time, because the Rams weren’t a threat again until 2017 and 2018,” admitted Gagnon. “Instead, let’s roll with defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and missed just one start as a reliable key player in Buffalo between 2016 and his retirement following that ‘18 campaign.”
Williams spent his entire 13-year career with the Bills where he started 178 games and played in 183. He ended his career with 48.5 sacks and 103 tackles-for-loss. It’s easy to imagine a defensive front with the likes of Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and Kyle Williams dominating the NFL through those late years of the 2010s so this is definitely a draft that Rams fans would want to take a mulligan on if given the chance.
Now for today’s links.
Stu Jackson discusses Brandon Staley’s thoughts on building his defense around Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey (TheRams.com)
QB Jared Goff names three key traits he wants in a head coach (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter doesn’t want you to forget about OL Joseph Noteboom (Ramblin’ Fan)
Stu Jackson highlights DT Sebastian Joseph-Day purchases computers for area youth (TheRams.com)
Jeremy Fowler ranks the league’s top-10 tight ends with help from NFL personnel (ESPN)
WR Desean Jackson apologizes for anti-semitic comments (Bleacher Report)
Patrik Walker discusses how the Mahomes deal affects Dak Prescott’s future contract (CBS Sports)
Cody Benjamin lists a bunch of things that Patrick Mahomes can buy with $503 million (CBS Sports)
QB Lamar Jackson cancels two-day kids event in Florida (Pro Football Talk)
Ted Nguyen highlights what makes QB Cam Newton a low-risk, high-reward player (The Athletic)