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2006 NFL Draft

2006 NFL Draft
Year2006
DateApril 29 30, 2006
Time12:00 PM EDT April 29
11:00 AM EDT April 30
LocationRadio City Music Hall
New York City, New York
NetworkESPN and NFL Network
FirstMario Williams, DE
Houston Texans
Mr IrrelevantKevin McMahan, WR
Oakland Raiders
FewestAtlanta Falcons (5)
MostGreen Bay Packers (12)
Overall255

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The 2006 National Football League Draft, the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. For the 27th consecutive year, the draft was telecast on ESPN and ESPN2, with additional coverage offered by ESPNU and, for the first time, by the NFL Network. Having signed a contract with the Houston Texans on the evening before the draft, Mario Williams, a defensive end from North Carolina State, became the draft’s first pick. The selection surprised many commentators, who predicted that the Texans would draft Southern California running back Reggie Bush or Texas quarterback Vince Young. Ohio State produced the most first round selections (five), while Southern California produced the most overall selections (eleven). Twenty-seven compensatory and supplemental compensatory selections were distributed amongst seventeen teams; Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and Tennessee each held three compensatory picks. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. The 255 players chosen in the draft were composed of:





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