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New Orleans Saints draft history: 2006 draft

Posted May 1, 2014

Taking a look back at the 2006 draft


The 2006 draft has to go down as one of the greatest in New Orleans Saints history. First-round selection Reggie Bush was a key member of both the 2006 NFC championship game team and the squad that won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season. Safety Roman Harper, a second-round pick, was a key starter for eight seasons, Jahri Evans has become one of the most dominant interior linemen in the NFL and right tackle Zach Strief is coming off his best season with the Saints and just re-signed with the franchise.

Marques Colston, the team's second seventh-round selection (252nd pick), is the greatest receiver in franchise history. Rob Ninkovich, the team's fifth-round pick, didn't stay with the Saints but has emerged as defensive force with the New England Patriots.

1.            Reggie Bush, rb (2)          Southern California

2a.          (#34), choice traded to Cleveland for C Jeff Faine

                and the Browns’ second-round pick (#43)

2b.          Roman Harper, s (43)     Alabama

3.            (#66) (choice traded to Houston in 4/23/05 trade

                with Texans to move up from 18th to 13th overall

                and select T Jammal Brown)

4a.          (#99) (choice traded to Philadelphia for Eagles’

                fourth-round pick (#108) and DT Hollis Thomas)

4b.          Jahri Evans, g (108)          Bloomsburg

5.            Rob Ninkovich, de (135)               Purdue

6a.          Mike Hass, wr (171)        Oregon State

6b.          Josh Lay, cb (174)              Pittsburgh

                (choice acquired from Green Bay in 2005 trade for

                CB Mike McKenzie)

7a.          Zach Strief, t (210)           Northwestern 

7b.          Marques Colston, wr (252)          Hofstra

                (Compensatory Selection)