LaVar Arrington is gone, Warrick Holdman is inconsistent, at best, and Nic Clemons shouldn't be playing an every-down role. That makes outside linebacker a clear need, and Washington did well to add McIntosh.
New England traded up to select Jackson and for good reason. With David Givens in Tennessee and free-agent signee Reche Caldwell more of a No. 3 receiver than a starter, the Patriots needed a No. 2. Jackson has the tools to develop into an excellent complement to Deion Branch.
Character issues caused Williams' stock to plummet, but it's important to remember that DeAngelo Hall acted as something of a mentor to Williams while the two were at Virginia Tech. The hope is Hall will be a positive influence on Williams and that will keep the talented rookie out of trouble.
This is one of the better picks thus far. After getting an impact player in DT Brodrick Bunkley in the first round, the Eagles addressed one of their greatest needs by selecting Justice, a first-round talent who slid to the second round because of character issues.
Detroit added a playmaker on defense in the first round and now fills one of its most pressing needs. SS Kennoy Kennedy is an adequate starter at best, and backup free-agent signee Idrees Bashir is strictly a situational player, so the Lions needed a safety capable of pushing for immediate playing time.
Chicago traded out of the first round and still found a way to fill one of its most pressing needs. With Mike Green having been traded to Seattle and Chirs Harris a marginal starter at best, the Bears needed a safety who can make an impact this year.
Taking Harper here isn't a good move. The Saints have far greater needs, and Harper doesn't have great upside. Though he is smart and plays with a non-stop motor, he doesn't have great athletic ability or size.
A top priority for the Vikings on Day 1 was to improve the depth at cornerback behind starters behind Antoine Winfield and Fred Smoot. That goal was accomplished with the second-round selection of Griffin.
The Chargers hit a home run when they snatched up McNeill in the middle of the second round. He isn't the prettiest looking player in terms of his body type and technique, but his efficiency is outstanding.
Pollard is a versatile safety prospect with enough upside to eventually become a solid all-around starter for the Chiefs. He has strong-safety size and was extremely effective versus the run in college (92 tackles in 2005).
The Bengals continue to press all the right buttons on draft day. After improving their secondary depth with Johnathan Joseph in the first round, the Bengals got another solid value in Whitworth in Round 2.
Hester is one of the biggest "boom-or-bust" prospects in the 2006 draft class. He was drafted this high due to his explosiveness as a return specialist, and he should immediately upgrade the Bears in that area.
Trueblood is the second offensive lineman the Bucs have chosen in as many picks thus far in the 2006 draft. While he certainly fits a position of need, we once again feel the Bucs reached for below-average talent with this selection.
Drew is a Brian Westbrook-type of back. He lacks ideal size, which likely will prevent him from ever emerging as a load-carrier in the NFL. However, his versatility as a runner, receiver and return specialist makes him worthwhile with this pick late in the second round.
The Colts continue to work to upgrade the athleticism of their defensive secondary by picking Jennings in the second round. His upside will always be limited by his size (5-foot-8, 188), but he shows excellent quickness, body control and change-of-direction skills.
The Vikings took Jackson earlier than expected (ahead of Alabama's Brodie Croyle), but we like the pick regardless. New head coach Brad Childress is a quarterback guru, and now his pet project will become Jackson.