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2006 REWIND

The 2006 draft is infamous in Buffalo Bills history.

I remember the day like it was yesterday... a bright, beautiful April Sunday here in New York. My wife (then new girlfriend) was over my apartment early that morning so I talked her into riding down to Radio City with me to see if we could sill manage a couple of seats, but by the time we got there the line was so long down sixth avenue there was no chance of getting in. We just spent the afternoon walking around and now and then I'd stop into a bar to see what was going on (the first round took much longer then).

If you remember, that was the "Reggie Bush" draft. Mario Williams ended up getting picked first overall, but Reggie Bush was the biggest name that day so it was a bit of a surprise that the Texans passed on him. Overall, like every other draft, the day was filled with excitement and anticipation as the Bills pick drew near. And of course as the names came off the board I explained to my wife (then girlfriend) what each player brought to their new team.

Then at #8, the Bills pick had arrived. And the name Donte Whitner was announced. And unlike the seven picks that preceded it, I had very little to say. Embarrassed that I didn't know much about the guy that MY own team just picked in the first round, I rationalized that he was a safety they desperately needed to play the Tampa 2 defense they wanted to install.

But needless to say to any of you... I was annoyed. I didn't know enough about Whitner to hate the pick, but it was one of those moments as a fan where you question if it's worth investing so much of your heart and soul into a team that continues to confound you.

Now there's a reason why I've thoroughly depressed you all to this point in the post. Because, and here comes the pick-me-up, sometimes in life you get a second chance. My fellow Buffalo Bills fans, I present to you, the 2006 NFL draft rewind.

Well, it's more a review... but I hope it feels like a rewind, because as you can see... some wrongs have just recently been righted.

1

Mario Williams

DE

N. Carolina State

Houston TexansBuffalo Bills

2

Reggie Bush

RB

USC

New Orleans SaintsMiami Dolphins

3

Vince Young

QB

Texas

Tennessee TitansPhiladelphia Eagles

4

D'Brickashaw Ferguson

T

Virginia

New York Jets

5

A.J. Hawk

OLB

Ohio State

Green Bay Packers

6

Vernon Davis

TE

Maryland

San Francisco 49ers

7

Michael Huff

SS

Texas

Oakland Raiders

8

Donte Whitner

SS

Ohio State

Buffalo BillsSan Francisco 49ers

9

Ernie Sims

OLB

Florida State

Detroit LionsIndianapolis Colts

10

Matt Leinart

QB

USC

Arizona CardinalsHouston Texans???

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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