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----------------------------------------------------------------------- Madden NFL 06 Draft FAQ Created by: MetsRule Contact: [email protected] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- - Table of Contents - I. Introduction II. Draft Strategies A. Arizona Cardinals B. Atlanta Falcons C. Baltimore Ravens D. Buffalo Bills E. Carolina Panthers F. Chicago Bears G. Cincinnati Bengals H. Cleveland Browns I. Dallas Cowboys J. Denver Broncos K. Detroit Lions L. Green Bay Packers M. Houston Texans N. Indianapolis Colts O. Jacksonville Jaguars P. Kansas City Chiefs Q. Miami Dolphins R. Minnesota Vikings S. New England Patriots T. New Orleans Saints U. New York Giants V. New York Jets W. Oakland Raiders X. Philadelphia Eagles Y. Pittsburgh Steelers Z. San Diego Chargers AA. San Francisco 49ers BB. Seattle Seahawks CC. St. Louis Rams DD. Tampa Bay Buccaneers EE. Tennessee Titans FF. Washington Redskins III. Madden Generated Players IV. NCAA 06 Players A. 2005 Draft Class B. 2006 Draft Class C. 2007 Draft Class D. 2008 Draft Class V. Scouting Players A. Combine Conversion Table B. Positional Breakdown VI. Copyright Information ----------------------------------------------------------------------- I. Introduction Hello, and welcome to my Madden NFL '06 Draft Guide. In this guide I will explain how to improve your skills during the NFL Draft in Franchise Mode. I also have draft strategies for each NFL team. If you're looking for help in a specific area, you can press CTRL + F to search a term. If you have any questions or comments on this FAQ you can contact me at [email protected] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- II. Draft Strategies In this section you will find draft strategies for each NFL team. I have each team separated into different sections to make it easier to find your franchise team. I'll have a draft overview for each team which will tell you my reasonings for my first few selections. Under that I'll have an outlook for the team's entire draft. If I feel there is a certain college player that would fit well with the team, I will list it in the draft outlook. A. Arizona Cardinals Team needs: QB, HB, LG Overview: The Arizona Cardinals are a very young team with a lot of potential. Kurt Warner is 34 years old and will continue to decline. His decline will become more rapid as the seasons pass by. With the strength of Quarterbacks in the 2006 draft, I would draft a Quarterback with my first round pick. The Cardinals can also use a Left Guard to take some pressure off of the Cardinal's Left Tackle, Leonard Davis. I would draft a Left Guard with my third or fourth round pick. Another position the Cardinals need some help with is Halfback. I would draft a power running back to go along with J.J Arrington. During the off-season I would release Marcel Shipp. If you draft a power running back you can have a great combination of power and speed. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: Quarterback, (Matt Leinart) 2nd Round: Halfback 3rd Round: Left Guard or best player available 4th Round: Left Guard or best player available 5th Round: Cornerback (can use as kick returner) 6th Round: Center 7th Round: Tight End B. Atlanta Falcons Team Needs: WR, SS, DT Overview: After the Falcons cut the underachieving Wide Receiver Peerless Price, they knew they would need another Wide Receiver. Alge Crumpler is an amazing Tight End, but he can't do it all. If you're using the Falcons you should definitely pick up a Wide Receiver for Michael Vick. I would use my first round pick on a tall receiver Vick will be able to connect with while he is on the run. The Falcons top Strong Safety, Ronnie Heard, is only rated 78 overall. I think that the Falcons could use another safety to battle for the starting spot in preseason. A new safety would help shut down the opposing Quarterback's passing game. Another position that can use some help is Defensive Tackle. The Falcons have good Defensive Tackles already in Rod Coleman and Brandon Mitchell, but they can use some depth behind Mitchell. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: WR, (Derek Hagan) 2nd Round: Best player available 3rd Round: Strong Safety 4th Round: Defensive Tackle 5th Round: Right Guard 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available or cornerback C. Baltimore Ravens Team Needs: QB, FS Overview: The Baltimore Ravens are an extremely talented team on paper. It's a different story though when it comes to execution. Kyle Boller has had his time to emerge as a star in Baltimore, but his time is up. The Ravens can use a new Quarterback after Boller failed to become a leader in Baltimore. The Ravens could use a Quarterback like Vince Young, but it's doubtful that the Ravens would have a high enough pick to draft him. If you can, trade up to pick Vince Young. If teams are asking to much, like I think they would, draft DJ Shockley. Another position the Ravens can use a little help in is Free Safety. I would draft a Free Safety as a backup to the Raven's current starter, Will Demps. If Will Demps goes down with an injury the Ravens will be in trouble, due to the Raven's lack of depth at Free Safety. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB, (DJ Shockley) 2nd Round: Best player available 3rd Round: FS 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: ROLB 6th Round: HB 7th Round: Best player available D. Buffalo Bills Team Needs: WR, LE, LT Overview: If you take a Wide Receiver with you're first round pick, the Bills can become an offensive powerhouse within a few seasons. Lee Evans is a great receiver, but the Bills don't have any other good receivers. The Bills could use another receiver to help out the Bill's inexperienced Quarterback, J.P Losman. The Buffalo Bills can use a Left End to help put more pressure on the Quarterback. The Bills should try to keep there defense off the field as much as possible. The Bills need the ball in J.P Losman's hand as much as possible, so he can continue to adjust to the NFL. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: WR 2nd Round: LE 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: LT 5th Round: MLB 6th Round: HB or CB (kick returner) 7th Round: Best player available E. Carolina Panthers Team Needs: LOLB, CB, FS Overview: The Panthers are a great team that can make the Super Bowl if they stay healthy throughout the season. One position Carolina can improve on is the Left Outside Linebacker position. Brandon Short is a decent linebacker, but the Panthers can replace him with a younger player with just as much talent or even more. Another position the Carolina Panthers should use a draft pick on is Free Safety. The Panthers have a 78 overall Free Safety and can improve there depth if they draft a Free Safety. This could create a position battle during the Preseason. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: Best player available 2nd Round: LOLB 3rd Round: FS 4th Round: CB 5th Round: P 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available F. Chicago Bears Team Needs: QB, LOLB, WR Overview: They say defense wins championships, but you need to have some sort of talent on offense to power your team there. This is why the Bears need to draft a new Quarterback. Rex Grossman has proven that he is injury prone and will not make it in the NFL. If the Bears have a top pick, I would try to land one of the top two Quarterbacks available. The Bears can use another Wide Receiver to draw some coverage off of Muhshin Muhammad. The Bears can also use a Left Outside Linebacker. Their current linebacker, Marcus Reese, is only rated a 70 overall. If the Bears are able to draft a linebacker with a rating in the high seventies, there defense will be golden. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB 2nd Round: LOLB 3rd Round: WR 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: SS 7th Round: CB G. Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs: CB, RG, FS Overview: The Bengals already have a high powered offense featuring there big three, Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, and Rudi Johnson. One position the Bengals can improve on is cornerback. Cincinnati's current starting cornerbacks aren't exactly stellar. Another position that the Bengals need improvement on is their Right Guard. The Bengals can draft someone with similar skills to there current guard, Bobbie Williams. You could see a preseason battle in the making here. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: Best player available 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: RG 4th Round: FS 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: WR 7th Round: Best player available H. Cleveland Browns Team Needs: QB, RE, DT Overview: With the Cleveland Browns being one of the worst teams in the NFL, you should have an early draft pick during your first season. If I were you, I would draft a Quarterback. Trent Dilfer isn't going to lead the team to a Super Bowl anytime soon, so you might as well get your future starter in there now. The Cleveland Browns also need to improve their defensive line. The Browns should draft a Defensive Tackle and a Right End. The Browns are really lacking depth at both positions, which you need for a position like the defensive line. Players on the defensive line are usually more injury prone then other players. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB 2nd Round: DT 3rd Round: RE 4th Round: ROLB 5th Round: WR 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available I. Dallas Cowboys Team Needs: QB, RT, WR Overview: The Cowboys are in a desperate need for a Quarterback that will be a part of the team for years to come. Drew Bledsoe is about 33 years old and probably wont play as well as he did a few years ago. It's time to go out with the old and in with the new. The Cowboys have a decent team and should have a first round pick somewhere in the middle of the first round. I would grab the highest rated Quarterback remaining with my first round draft choice. Another position the Cowboys should improve on is Right Tackle. The Cowboys' offensive line is far from what it was during the Cowboys' glory days. A Right Tackle would help the progression of your Quarterback come along. Your Quarterback and Tackle should progress with each other, which will be a great force. One more position the Dallas Cowboys need some help with is Wide Receiver. Keyshwan Johnson and Terry Glenn are both in there thirties and it's time to find a replacement. If you're using my draft classes I would try to draft D. Anderson. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB 2nd Round: RT 3rd Round: WR (D. Anderson) 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: Center 6th Round: CB 7th Round: OLB J. Denver Broncos Team Needs: DT, SS, RG Overview: The Broncos need some help on the Defensive Line. A good Defensive Tackle will help the defense stop the running game. In the draft class I provide there are a lot of good Defensive Tackles. If you don't use my draft class I would recommend someone with a high amount of bench press reps and of course someone that is huge. Another position the Broncos need help in is Strong Safety. The Broncos highest rated Strong Safety in the game is only a 71 overall. John Lynch and Champ Bailey are already great to have in the secondary, but a little more help for these players would be fantastic. The Broncos already have an amazing offensive line that seems to produce one thousand yard rushers no matter who is running the ball. Although they are already good on the offensive line, they could use some help over at Right Guard. A new Right Guard would be able to challenge for a starting spot and help the team out a lot. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: DT 2nd Round: Best player available 3rd Round: SS 4th Round: RG 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: WR 7th Round: Best player available K. Detroit Lions Team Needs: QB, RT, HB Overview: Joey Harrington is NOT the answer. I would do whatever I can to get Matt Leinart. Joey Harrington has had his time to take over as the leader in Detroit and he failed. Matt Leinart will become a franchise player for the Lions. His transition to the NFL shouldn't be that bad because of the Lions great receiving corps. Along with that new Quarterback the Lions need a Right Tackle. The new Right Tackle would pass Kelly Butler as the starter. Butler is only a 70 overall in the game and you can do better than that in the draft. Another position the Lions can use some depth in is HB. I'm not saying to draft a replacement for Kevin Jones. All Jones needs is a new backup. A power running back behind Kevin Jones would be a great change of pace during the game. This is a nice way to mix up the style of the game. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB (Matt Leinart) 2nd Round: RT 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: HB 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: RE 7th Round: Best player available L. Green Bay Packers Team needs: RE, CB, SS Overview: The Green Bay Packers desperately need to improve their defense. The first step the Packers need to take is a new Right End. The Packers current Right End is only 76 overall. With a better player at Right End the Packers will be able to get more pressure on the Quarterback. After you improve your Right End, I would work on the secondary. The Packers have a weak secondary, which is why I would draft a Cornerback and Strong Safety. A fast Cornerback should also help stop the running game. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: RE 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: SS 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: LOLB 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available M. Houston Texans Team Needs: LG, WR, MLB Overview: David Carr has taken a beating year after year during his time with the Houston Texans. Since David Carr has pretty good ratings in Madden, I would draft a Left Guard to give him more protection in the pocket. Their current Left Guard, Chester Pitts, is only rated 79 overall. If you draft a rookie with your first round pick he will be able to progress better then Pitts and will be able to protect Carr for years. The Houston Texans also need a new Wide Receiver. A new Wide Receiver would help David Carr out a lot with another good receiver besides Andre Johnson. One more position I would try to improve if I were controlling the Houston Texans is Middle Linebacker. Morlon Greenwood is a poor tackler and you can improve your linebacking corps by replacing him. The Texans can use a Middle Linebacker with decent speed and great tackling ability. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: LG 2nd Round: MLB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: WR 5th Round: HB 6th Round: QB 7th Round: Best player available N. Indianapolis Colts Team Needs: CB, DT, G Overview: The Colts may have drafted a Cornerback last year, but they still need to improve their secondary. Nick Harper, Jason Davis, and Marlin Jackson are all decent corners, but they can be improved on. I would go after a Cornerback with the first round pick. Indianapolis will be golden with an improved defense. Another position that needs help from a rookie draftee is Defensive Tackle. A new Defensive Tackle would put more pressure on the Quarterback and will help your first round corner get more interceptions. The Colts may have the best offense in the league already but the Colts can use a new Guard. I would draft a Guard in the later rounds to give the current starters some rest. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: CB 2nd Round: DT 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: G 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: LOLB O. Jacksonville Jaguars Team Needs: HB, WR, CB Overview: Fred Taylor has been on a steady decline the last few seasons. The Jaguars will most likely have a lower draft pick, so I would go after a young running back. If you're using my draft classes there are a lot of great running backs available, such as D. Williams and R. Bush. With a good run game the Jaguars' offense should open up. The Jaguars have used their first round pick the last two years on a Wide Receiver. Reggie Williams should progress over time but Matt Jones will have problem progressing due to his low awareness. With good scouting you may be able to land a sleeper here. Terry Cousin does not have what it takes to be a starting Cornerback in the NFL. Cousin is aging and can be replaced by a younger, more talented rookie. The Jaguars secondary will become much better if you get a good replacement. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: HB (R. Bush) 2nd Round: WR 3rd Round: CB 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: MLB 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: TE P. Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs: WR, CB, RT Overview: The Chiefs have a great Quarterback in Trent Green, who has been able to succeed without great receivers. Trent Green has only had his Tight End, Tony Gonzalez. With a young, explosive Wide Receiver the Chiefs can dominate even more on offense. Patrick Surtain and Eric Warfield are both around thirty years old and will begin to decline soon. I would draft a Cornerback now and let him progress. If you don't draft a Cornerback now your defense might be in trouble in a few years. Priest Holmes is getting older and it's time to start giving more carries to Larry Johnson. A new Right Tackle will help open up holes for Johnson as he slowly takes over for Priest Holmes. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: WR 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: RT 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: MLB 7th Round: FS Q. Miami Dolphins Team Needs: QB, Any offensive lineman, WR Overview: The Miami Dolphins obviously need a franchise Quarterback that they can settle down with. Almost every team that makes the playoffs has a solid Quarterback that they can rely on. I would try to get Matt Leinart or Vince Young of you're importing draft classes. If you're not importing draft classes I would go for a Quarterback projected to go in the Top 5 or Top 10. The Dolphins also need a lot of help on their offensive line. With my second round pick I would choose the offensive lineman you liked the most while you were scouting. One more position I feel needs help on the Miami Dolphins is Wide Receiver. A new Wide Receiver will give your newly drafted Quarterback another target to throw to. A young Quarterback needs as many options as possible. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB (Matt Leinart or Vince Young) 2nd Round: Any offensive lineman 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: WR 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: LOLB 7th Round: Best player available R. Minnesota Vikings Team Needs: HB, WR, LG Overview: After trading Randy Moss in the off-season things have been going downhill for the Minnesota Vikings. Daunte Culpepper is not the same Quarterback without Moss, which is why I would draft a tall Wide Receiver with good hands and jumping ability. The Vikings can also use a new starting running back. If you do a good job scouting you can land a future star running back in the second round. Throughout my time simulating draft classes, I witnessed this happen several times. One more position the Vikings should draft is Left Guard. Adam Goldberg is a decent Guard, but the Vikings can draft a new Guard that can compete with during preseason for a starting spot. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: HB 2nd Round: WR 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: LG 5th Round: TE 6th Round: ROLB 7th Round: Best player available S. New England Patriots Team Needs: CB, HB The New England Patriots are obviously the best team in the NFL right now. I would say that their biggest weakness though, is Cornerback. The Patriots are aging at the Cornerback position and it's time to get a young player in for the future. One more position I think the Patriots can use more depth in is Half back. I wouldn't be replacing Corey Dillon. This draftee would be used as a backup. Once Corey Dillon retires this player may be able to take over as the fulltime starter. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: Best player available 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: HB 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: DT T. New Orleans Saints Team Needs: DT, LOLB, MLB Overview: The New Orleans Saints have very weak Defensive Tackles. With the Saint's first round pick I would work on improving their defense by drafting a Defensive Tackle. Jonathon Sullivan is only a 79 overall and you can easily improve over that in the draft. The Saints also need help in their linebacking corps. The Saints starting Middle Linebacker and Left Outside Linebackerare both rated in the mid-seventies. You can greatly improve on this during the NFL Draft. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: DT 2nd Round: LOLB 3rd Round: MLB 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: SS 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available U. New York Giants Team Needs: WR, CB, DT Overview: The New York Giants have one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. Amani Toomer isn't the Wide Receiver he once was. I would use my first round pick to replace Amani Toomer. The Giants offense will be even more dangerous with a rookie receiver. Can you imagine adding another star to the Giants already amazing receiving corps? Another position the Giants can use help in is Cornerback. Will Allen and William Peterson both ask for a lot of money when their contracts are up and it's almost pointless to keep both of them. I would draft a Cornerback to help the Giant's struggling secondary. One more positon the New York Giants need help in is Defensive Tackle. William Joseph was a bust and never developed into what Giants fans hoped would become a star. It's time for New York to get another young player on the defensive line. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: WR 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: DT 4th Round: P (Only if you're 100% he will be good) 5th Round: FB or Best player available 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available V. New York Jets Team Needs: HB, DT, SS Overview: The New York Jets should draft a running back with their first round pick. They should draft a running back because Curtis Martin is getting older and will quickly decline in Madden. I would find a replacement for him as soon as possible. Another position the Jets should look at in the draft is Defensive Tackle. The Jets should draft a Defensive Tackle because Lance Legree is not good enough to make it as a starter in the NFL. He's only a 74 overall. One more position the New York Jets should improve on in the NFL Draft is Strong Safety. Their current starter, Jon McGraw, is only a 78 overall. He's also an extremely weak tackler for a Strong Safety. You should focus on drafting a Safety who hits much harder then McGraw. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: HB 2nd Round: DT 3rd Round: SS 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: QB (Hopefully you can pull a Brady) 7th Round: Best player available W. Oakland Raiders Team Needs: QB, OLB, SS Overview: Kerry Collins is extremely old and will decline very fast after a few seasons. The Oakland Raiders need a replacement for him as soon as possible. Your rookie Quarterback shouldn't have a lot of trouble taking over with Randy Moss as his Wide Receiver. The Oakland Raiders also need help with is Outside Linebacker. Oakland's two Outside Linebackers are rated in the mid-seventies. I think it's time to draft a new linebacker and let the other progress. One more position the Raiders can use depth at is Strong Safety. The Raiders have two Strong Safeties that are rated 79 overall and they can use another to battle for the starting spot. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: QB 2nd Round: OLB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: SS 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: CB X. Philadelphia Eagles Team Needs: WR, ROLB, HB Overview: The Eagles have a good Wide Receiver in Terrell Owens, but the rest of their Wide Receivers aren't that good. I would draft another Wide Receiver to give Donovan McNabb a big target. Another position the Philadelphia Eagles should improve on is Right Outside Linebacker. Keith Adams can use a decent backup behind him in case he gets injured. One more position I would go after in the draft is running back. I would draft a running back to give Brian Westbrook a rest once in a while. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: WR 2nd Round: Best player available 3rd Round: ROLB 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: HB 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: CB Y. Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs: CB, RT, WR Overview: One position the Pittsburgh Steelers need to improve during the draft is Cornerback. Deshea Townsend is already thirty years old and the Steelers don't have any other good Cornerbacks behind him. I would draft a Cornerback as soon as possible. The Steelers can also use a replacement at Right Tackle. Max Starks is only a 77 overall and you can probably draft a player better than that. This will create a good position battle in preseason. I think the Steelers should also draft a Wide Receiver. After losing Plaxico Burress in the off-season to the Giants the Steelers have shown the need for another receiver. Antwan Randel El isn't the answer to the loss of Burress. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: CB 2nd Round: Best player available 3rd Round: RT 4th Round: WR 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available Z. San Diego Chargers Team Needs: FS, CB, LE Overview: The San Diego Chargers are in need of a new Free Safety. Their current starter, Jerry Wilson, is only a 78 overall. If the Chargers draft a new Free Safety they will be improving their secondary a lot. Another problem I see in the Chargers' secondary is their Cornerbacks. The Chargers' Cornerbacks don't look to good after Quintin Jammer. I would draft a Corner to help the secondary. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: FS 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: WR 5th Round: LE 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available AA. San Francisco 49ers Team Needs: HB, WR, CB Overview: The San Francisco 49ers probably won't be in the playoffs anytime soon and they're obviously in the rebuilding stage. I would draft a running back with my first round pick if I was the 49ers. Kevan Barlow isn't that strong and he is slow too (87 speed). Another position I would look into if I were the 49ers is Wide Receiver. Brandon Lloyd and Rashaun Woods aren't that spectacular and the 49ers can use some talent here. Alex Smith is going to need some targets to throw to. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: HB 2nd Round: WR 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: CB 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: DT 7th Round: Best player available BB. Seattle Seahawks Team Needs: MLB, RG, LE Overview: The Seahawks are in need of a new Middle Linebacker. With a new Middle Linebacker the Seahawks will become more efficient stopping the run game. A new Middle Linebacker will also help shut down the passing game when you bring the blitz. Seattle can also use a new Right Guard. There current Right Guard is only a 77 overall. Matt Hasselbeck isn't going to get much protection from him. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: MLB 2nd Round: RG 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: LE 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: CB 7th Round: Best player available CC. St. Louis Rams Team Needs: CB, DT, LE Overview: The Rams have a good offense. They need to improve their defense though if they want to win more games. The first step I would take to improve the Rams' defense is draft a new Cornerback. It's incredibly easy to pick apart the Rams weak secondary. The Rams are also weak on the Defensive Line. The St. Louis Rams need to get more pressure on the Quarterback. I would do this by drafting either a Defensive Tackle or Left End. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: CB 2nd Round: LE 3rd Round: DT 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: FS 6th Round: Best player available 7th Round: Best player available DD. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Needs: RG, QB, LOLB Overview: The Tampa Buccaneers need to work on their offense. In the game their offensive line is very weak. I would draft a Right Guard, since that is the weakest position throughout the entire offensive line. A new Right Guard will give the Quarterback more protection in the pocket. Along with the new Right Guard, I would draft a new Quarterback. Brian Griese is thirty years old, which is when most Quarterbacks begin to decline in Madden. He's only an 85 overall from the start, so he will fall fast. You might as well bring in the future of the Buccaneer franchise as soon as possible. Another position the Buccaneers should draft is Left Outside Linebacker. Their linebacker Jeff Gooch is already in his tenth NFL season and is only rated a 78 overall. I draft his replacement now, but I would keep Gooch as a backup. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: RG 2nd Round: QB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: LOLB 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: DT 7th Round: Best player available EE. Tennessee Titans Team Needs: LE, CB, WR Overview: The Titans will need to improve their weak defense if they want to become playoff contenders anytime soon. The first position I would begin to improve is Left End. Antwan Odom doesn't have the skills to be a starter in the NFL. Most of the good defenses throughout the NFL have a good Defensive End that puts pressure on the opposing Quarterback. Adam "Pacman" Jones was a good addition to the Titans' secondary last year, but the Titans could use another Cornerback. Your new Cornerback can be valuable as a third stringer or you can even use him instead of Woolfolk. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: LE 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: Best player available 5th Round: WR 6th Round: FS 7th Round: Best player available FF. Washington Redskins Team Needs: DT, CB, RE Overview: The Redskins can really use some help on defense. The Redskins can become a good team if their defense doesn't blow games. They have the players on offense, they just need to execute. My first step to revamping Redskins' defense would be to draft a Defensive Tackle. The 'Skins need to stop the running game at the line of scrimmage. Another position the Redskins should focus on is Cornerback. The Redskins starting cornerbacks are both in their thirties and will become a problem if they're not replaced soon. Draft Outlook: 1st Round: DT 2nd Round: CB 3rd Round: Best player available 4th Round: RE 5th Round: Best player available 6th Round: WR 7th Round: Best player available ----------------------------------------------------------------------- III. Madden Generated Players The Madden Generated players in this game aren't as good as the players you will get if you use draft class from NCAA '06. The attributes are much more realistic in draft classes and you will have the real players. Scrambling Quarterbacks will not come out of the draft with a speed rating of 95 and an acceleration rating of 45. I would only use the Madden generated players if for some reason you can not access draft classes. In order to be successful in drafting Madden generated players you need to scout the players well. For example, when you look at a Quarterback make sure you read his notes carefully. Sometimes the scouting notes and will conflict with the original projections of the player. The scouting notes on the player are more up to date, so you should listen to what they say before the original notes. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- IV. NCAA 06 Players The players used when importing draft classes are much more realistic and have the player's actual names if you named them yourself. If you're viewing this guide on GameFAQs, you can go to the Game Saves section and I will have my draft classes there. You will need a Max Drive to download these rosters. A Max Drive can usually be found at EB Games or Gamestop for $30. As you can see below, I have listed some of the top players for each position for each draft class, along with there overall. The overall you get when you import these players may be different. However, they should only be a difference of 1-2 overall points, if that. The overalls change because each player receives different scouting notes each time they are imported. A. 2005 NFL Draft Class QB M. Leinart 84 OVR V. Young 83 OVR B. Smith 81 OVR R. McNeal 81 OVR D. Hackney 81 OVR DJ Shockley 79 OVR C. Whitehurst 79 OVR B. Gradkowski 78 OVR K. Clemens 78 OVR B. Croyle 76 OVR HB D. Williams 86 OVR R. Bush 85 OVR L. Maroney 82 OVR A. Broussard 81 OVR D. Moore 80 OVR T. Whitehead 80 OVR L. Hobbs 78 OVR G. Riggs 78 OVR P. Daniels 78 OVR A. Hall 78 OVR FB R. Powers-Neal 83 OVR B. Leonard 83 OVR A. Byrd 81 OVR L. Vickers 81 OVR Q. Hill 80 OVR T. Murphy 79 OVR J. Davis 79 OVR D. Anderson 79 OVR J. Runnels 79 OVR B. Schnittker 79 OVR WR D. Hagan 80 OVR D. Anderson 79 OVR G. Jennings 78 OVR M. Haas 78 OVR J. Hicks 78 OVR J. Boulkright 77 OVR M. Nance 77 OVR T. Hall 76 OVR C. Sharon 75 OVR E. Davis 75 OVR TE M. Lewis 80 OVR M. Herian 78 OVR D. Thumas 77 OVR T. Day 76 OVR G. Mills 76 OVR J. Klopfenstein 75 OVR T. Bienemann 75 OVR A. Clarke 74 OVR J. King 74 OVR T D. Ferguson 82 OVR D. Joseph 80 OVR E. Winston 79 OVR J. Scott 79 OVR D. Colledge 78 OVR A. Whitworth 78 OVR M. McNeil 78 OVR D. Inman 77 OVR S. Heyer 77 OVR A. Steinavich 77 OVR G A. Lips 80 OVR M. Jean-Gilles 79 OVR M. Setterstrom 76 OVR K. Chiasson 75 OVR T. Reed 75 OVR A. Merz 75 OVR D. Stevenson 74 OVR T. Lutui 73 OVR A. De La Garza 72 OVR C. Pino 72 OVR C M. Pegory 77 OVR G. Eslinger 75 OVR K. Cook 74 OVR DE M. Kiwanuka 86 OVR E. Henderson 85 OVR L. Howard 78 OVR M. Oliver 76 OVR M. Rice 75 OVR M. Kudla 75 OVR T. Hall 75 OVR L. Woodley 73 OVR T. Lupui 73 OVR D. Tapp 72 OVR DT R. Wright 85 OVR G. Watson 83 OVR O. Harris 83 OVR H. Ngata 81 OVR J. Mahelona 79 OVR G. Anderson 78 OVR D. Dvoracek 78 OVR S. Fifita 77 OVR C. Wrotten 77 OVR J. Jolly 77 OVR OLB C. Greenway 81 OVR A. Hawk 79 OVR R. Hurley 76 OVR A. Nicholson 75 OVR T. Howard 74 OVR C. Ingram 73 OVR R. McIntosh 73 OVR D. Ryans 73 OVR B. Carpenter 73 OVR S. Toone 72 OVR MLB A. Hodge 79 OVR D. Jackson 75 OVR A. Harris 74 OVR S. Havner 73 OVR G. Wilkinson 73 OVR F. Roach 73 OVR T. McGarigle 72 OVR K. Simon 70 OVR W. Derting 70 OVR T. Williams 67 OVR CB J. Williams 80 OVR C. Griffin 78 OVR A. Zemaitis 77 OVR A. Allen 77 OVR A. Youboty 77 OVR E. Bassey 76 OVR J. Wyatt 76 OVR D. Hunter 76 OVR R. Houston 75 OVR M. Hudson 75 OVR FS G. Blue 80 OVR P. Watkins 80 OVR J. Appel 79 OVR D. Landry 79 OVR N. Salley 79 OVR J. Addae 79 OVR T. Coley 79 OVR J. Simpson 78 OVR V. Meeks 78 OVR L. Landry 78 OVR SS D. Bing 83 OVR L. Means 80 OVR G. Threat 80 OVR M. Huff 79 OVR K. Jackson 78 OVR D. Bullocks 78 OVR N. Moser 78 OVR M. Lorello 76 OVR D. McCleskey 75 OVR J. Page 75 OVR K J. Medlock 75 OVR C. Hughes 73 OVR T. Pegram 67 OVR N. Bazaldua 65 OVR B. Jones 63 OVR P T. Malone 85 OVR J. Torp 76 OVR K. Basler 73 OVR J. Stelly 74 OVR A. Podlesh 71 OVR B. 2006 NFL Draft Class QB O. Jacobs 85 OVR C. Henne 84 OVR C. Leak 84 OVR B. Brohm 81 OVR T. Smith 79 OVR P. Thompson 79 OVR T. Palko 79 OVR S. Keller 77 OVR T. Edwards 76 OVR D. Tate 76 OVR M. Vick 74 OVR HB A. Peterson 88 OVR T. Moss 84 OVR R. Taylor 84 OVR J. Thomas 83 OVR L. Booker 82 OVR C. Brockington 82 OVR C. White 82 OVR C. Lewis 81 OVR B. Calhoun 81 OVR D. Wynn 80 OVR M. Hart 76 OVR FB T. Castille 85 OVR D. Todd 82 OVR B. Snow 80 OVR B. Hancock 79 OVR J. Battle 79 OVR B. Davis 79 OVR D. Rosario 79 OVR S. McDougle 77 OVR B. Lau 77 OVR C. Anderson 76 OVR WR C. Taylor 82 OVR D. Jarrett 82 OVR R. Moore 81 OVR S. Smith 81 OVR J. Swain 80 OVR J. Hill 80 OVR S. Holmes 80 OVR S. Breaston 79 OVR A. Caldwell 79 OVR S. Bailey 77 OVR TE V. Davis 84 OVR L. Pope 83 OVR M. Spaeth 78 OVR S. Chandler 75 OVR R. Coleman 73 OVR B. Celek 72 OVR J. Newton 72 OVR B. McCall 71 OVR D. Coats 71 OVR B. Patrick 69 OVR T J. Blalock 83 OVR M. Otto 81 OVR L. Brown 80 OVR D. Free 80 OVR C. Johnson 79 OVR T. Tupola 79 OVR A. Kotzur 77 OVR M. Jones 77 OVR K. Williams 77 OVR R. Harris 76 OVR G K. Studdard 79 OVR D. Lineberry 76 OVR D. Mezes 76 OVR B. Grubbs 75 OVR S. Satele 74 OVR R. Smith 74 OVR B. Daniels 73 OVR J. Simontitis 73 OVR B. Whitaker 73 OVR N. Jones 72 OVR C K. Mann 75 OVR M. Maddox 74 OVR K. Young 74 OVR J. Sullivan 71 OVR R. Riley 69 OVR DE M. Williams 84 OVR J. Moore 79 OVR R. Edwards 79 OVR A. Carriker 78 OVR R. Willis 75 OVR V. Abiamiri 75 OVR B. Robison 75 OVR M. Elmore 75 OVR J. Richardson 74 OVR T. Crowder 73 OVR DT C. Dickson 81 OVR R. Armstrong 80 OVR J. Harrell 80 OVR B. Curvey 79 OVR X. L-Kennedy 78 OVR M. Love 78 OVR J. Clark 78 OVR Z. West 77 OVR B. Atkins 77 OVR R. McDonald 76 OVR OLB B. Toal 77 OVR P. Posluszny 76 OVR H. Blades 74 OVR P. Burgess 74 OVR E. Sims 74 OVR A. Brown 73 OVR D. V Wheeler 73 OVR J. Kerr 72 OVR D. Brooks 72 OVR M. Freeman 71 OVR MLB A. Brooks 84 OVR B. Siler 79 OVR K. Parham 78 OVR K. Hall 76 OVR D. Harrington 75 OVR T. Taylor 75 OVR Z. Latimer 73 OVR J. Warren 71 OVR L. Everson 71 OVR D. Richard 70 OVR CB D. Hester 84 OVR A. Cromartie 82 OVR J. Wade 79 OVR L. Hall 79 OVR A. Huffman 77 OVR M. Pitts 75 OVR D. Webb 76 OVR G. Sharpe 76 OVR A. Davis 76 OVR D. Hughes 76 OVR FS T. Zbikowski 87 OVR C. Campbell 81 OVR T. Washington 80 OVR A. Shanle 78 OVR J. Gattis 78 OVR D. Goldson 78 OVR R. Mundy 78 OVR J. Roy 77 OVR J. Wending 76 OVR J. Billingsley 75 OVR SS B. Pollard 80 OVR E. Weddle 80 OVR D. Brooks 79 OVR S. Piscitelli 78 OVR P. Ghee 77 OVR T. Bell 76 OVR J. Brown 76 OVR M. Wimbush 75 OVR M. Paschal 75 OVR E. Wicks 74 OVR K M. Crosby 71 OVR G. Rivas 68 OVR J. Peattie 65 OVR P B. Fields 78 OVR J. Scruggs 74 OVR R. Dougherty 74 OVR C. 2007 NFL Draft Class QB E. Ainge 83 OVR B. Meyer 82 OVR D. Woods 80 OVR A. Morelli 79 OVR R. Bomar 79 OVR B. Mauk 78 OVR B. Johnson 78 OVR K. Wright 78 OVR J. Durocher 78 OVR J. Booty 77 OVR HB M. Lynch 86 OVR D. Walker 85 OVR B. Jackson 84 OVR K. Grady 83 OVR B. Washington 83 OVR J. Stewart 83 OVR C. Jones 83 OVR L. Hamilton 83 OVR C. Stewart 83 OVR A. Young 82 OVR A. Foster 82 OVR T. Rawls 81 OVR D. Ware 78 OVR FB P. Hillis 86 OVR D. Holbert 84 OVR C. Davis 84 OVR C. Alexander 83 OVR M. Cox 81 OVR J. Niutapuai 81 OVR B. Evans 80 OVR J. Hellmndollar 79 OVR J. Valentine 79 OVR M. Pitre 78 OVR WR T. Ginn 85 OVR C. Johnson 83 OVR L. Leggett 82 OVR L. Sweed 82 OVR R. Meachen 81 OVR C. Colvin 80 OVR W. Lewis 80 OVR D. Goodman 80 OVR A. Arrington 79 OVR E. Doucet 78 OVR TE Z. Miller 85 OVR S. Hogan 83 OVR G. Olsen 82 OVR M. Rucker 80 OVR T. Casey 77 OVR T S. Baker 84 OVR J. Long 81 OVR J. Greco 79 OVR A. Millington 78 OVR D. Miller 76 OVR B. Richardson 77 OVR A. Boone 75 OVR H. Johnson 75 OVR R. Miller 75 OVR T. Luellen 75 OVR G S. Tevaga 77 OVR K. Elder 77 OVR T. Miller 77 OVR W. Arnold 74 OVR Q. Harris 74 OVR D. Woods 73 OVR D. Morse 71 OVR J. Thompson 70 OVR J. Byers 71 OVR J. Earnes 71 OVR C A. Spieker 74 OVR L. Hart 71 OVR R. Krutilla 70 OVR E. Williams 71 OVR T. Goins 58 OVR DE L. Jackson 82 OVR E. Moncur 79 OVR J. Jack 79 OVR C. Harrington 78 OVR S. McClover 79 OVR J. Adams 75 OVR Q. Graves 74 OVR M. Alaeze 73 OVR J. Moss 72 OVR G. Gunheim 71 OVR DT F. Okam 83 OVR J. Ostrowski 79 OVR N. Hyaden 80 OVR M. Hall 79 OVR A. Brach 77 OVR S. Ellis 77 OVR R. Pitoitua 76 OVR C. Powell 76 OVR T. McCray 76 OVR D. Pressley 76 OVR OLB W. Williams 79 OVR W. Jefferson 77 OVR S. Kegler 76 OVR T. Williams 77 OVR V. Redd 75 OVR K. Rivers 74 OVR B. Ruud 72 OVR S. Crable 73 OVR A. Highsmith 73 OVR J. Dias 72 OVR MLB V. Hall 78 OVR J. Dizon 72 OVR J. Goff 67 OVR N. Fuhr 67 OVR J. Abbate 67 OVR D. Mendoza 67 OVR A. Crooks 67 OVR J. Engstrom 66 OVR N. Jackson 65 OVR D. Ingram 59 OVR CB J. Joseph 81 OVR M. Walker 80 OVR P. Oliver 77 OVR M. Grant 77 OVR T. Thomas 77 OVR T. DeCloud 77 OVR Z. Bowman 77 OVR E. Wright 76 OVR R. Minor 75 OVR M. Harrison 75 OVR FS K. Simpson 91 OVR T. Cade 81 OVR K. Jackson 82 OVR M. Scott 80 OVR N. Lyles 78 OVR A. Reddick 77 OVR M. Reiter 77 OVR R. McPherson 77 OVR R. Girvait 76 OVR Q. Demps 75 OVR SS D. Whitner 83 OVR D. Kelson 78 OVR R. Nelson 79 OVR T. Johnson 79 OVR R. Malik 76 OVR J. Jackson 75 OVR C. Godfrey 74 OVR C. Steltz 74 OVR J. Adams 74 OVR T. Joiner 74 OVR K T. Meloff 66 OVR A. Serna 67 OVR T. Bell 64 OVR P A. Perez 72 OVR C. Brokenicky 70 OVR B. Woods 64 OVR B. Kern 64 OVR D. 2008 NFL Draft Class QB K. Freeman 88 OVR X. Lee 84 OVR B. Olson 83 OVR B. Reid 84 OVR J. Forcier 82 OVR J. Steffy 80 OVR D. Arrington 80 OVR S. McGee 80 OVR A. Lawson 79 OVR M. Sanchez 80 OVR HB J. Gwaltney 84 OVR M. Lucky 84 OVR J. Lucas 83 OVR M. Manson 82 OVR R. Jennings 82 OVR L. Coker 82 OVR A. Johnson 81 OVR J. Charles 81 OVR D. Blackman 81 OVR FB R. Belton 83 OVR D. Johnson 82 OVR T. Lawson 81 OVR M. Clapp 80 OVR N. Hughey 80 OVR M. Quillen 76 OVR M. Jones 76 OVR D. Koronkiewcz 77 OVR J. Lawson 76 OVR L. Stafford 77 OVR WR D. Jackson 82 OVR P. Turner 81 OVR D. Dutch 80 OVR M. Manningham 80 OVR J. Shipley 78 OVR M. Hardy 78 OVR K. Jones 78 OVR S. Lyman 77 OVR K. O'neal 77 OVR D. McPhearson 76 OVR TE R. Nicol 80 OVR D. Thompson 80 OVR K. Davis 76 OVR R. Keeling 74 OVR M. Onaga 73 OVR O. Darby 73 OVR B. Allen 72 OVR C. Sundberg 70 OVR M. Hinton 70 OVR P. Ullman 72 OVR T R. Youngblood 84 OVR B. Giacomini 83 OVR D. Doering 81 OVR L. Murtha 81 OVR E. Monroe 79 OVR D. Richardson 78 OVR R. Terry 78 OVR A. Lanis 76 OVR S. Sester 77 OVR P. Trautwein 76 OVR G S. Olsen 78 OVR C. Rachal 77 OVR C. Dockery 75 OVR G. Collins 74 OVR A. Strauder 74 OVR B. Stabler 73 OVR J. Watkins 73 OVR R. Martin 72 OVR G. Harrison 71 OVR A. Christianson 71 OVR C T. Bird 77 OVR R. Schmidt 73 OVR A. Caldwell 73 OVR J. Aleman 56 OVR N. Grimes 58 OVR DE C. Smith 74 OVR M. Frost 73 OVR J. Julmiste 74 OVR W. Young 73 OVR K. Mims 73 OVR D. Harvey 69 OVR K. Grant 70 OVR T. Jamison 70 OVR A. Narinsky 68 OVR J. Berryman 68 OVR DT F. Moala 88 OVR C. Alexander 81 OVR W. Morrisey 82 OVR C. Bright 81 OVR K. Weston 77 OVR B. Daniel 77 OVR J. Carter 77 OVR A. Jones 76 OVR M. Krovl 75 OVR D. Richard 73 OVR OLB W. Williams 85 OVR D. Brown 76 OVR D. Connor 76 OVR E. Henderson 74 OVR D. Holmes 72 OVR R. Reynolds 72 OVR J. Henderson 72 OVR R. Stampler 69 OVR M. King 69 OVR A. Littlejohn 68 OVR MLB M. James 75 OVR R. Maualuga 75 OVR D. Johnson 72 OVR C. Harden 71 OVR C. Lofton 71 OVR L. Coleman 71 OVR J. Thaxton 70 OVR T. Sales 70 OVR J. Burns 69 OVR C. Horne 65 OVR CB J. King 84 OVR R. Council 80 OVR J. O'Neal 80 OVR H. Dalton 79 OVR C. Stewart 77 OVR T. Ford 75 OVR D. Wolfe 74 OVR K. Lewis 73 OVR D. Gorrer 72 OVR C. Jackson 73 OVR FS K. Hicks 86 OVR J. Davis 80 OVR L. Ponder 80 OVR D. Patrick 79 OVR J. Pinkard 76 OVR A. Veragia 77 OVR W. Wheatley 77 OVR J. Schnifano 77 OVR S. Gandy 75 OVR A. Griffin 72 OVR SS K. Ingram 77 OVR R. Cox 75 OVR J. Justice 76 OVR N. Patterson 75 OVR W. Harris 75 OVR C. Higgs 72 OVR R. Smith 71 OVR T. Dance 72 OCR J. Mitchell 71 OVR D. Harris 71 OVR K M. Danelo 64 OVR J. Sparks 63 OVR A. Lemon 62 OVR P Z. Mesko 65 OVR J. Richardson 63 OVR R. Bean 62 OVR ----------------------------------------------------------------------- V. Scouting Players In this section I will teach you how to scout players. There are two split sections you will find here. The first section is a table that will convert combine results into Madden ratings. The second section will tell you what the notes mean for each position. It will also tell you what the positions initial abilities mean (ex: Arm Strength = Throw Power) A. Combine Conversion Table 40 Time Ability: Speed Clocked 40 Yard Time Rating 4.25 - 4.37 90-99 4.38 - 4.51 80-89 4.52 - 4.68 70-79 4.69 - 4.85 60-69 4.86 - 4.96 50-59 4.97 - 5.10 40-49 Shuttle Drill Ability: Acceleration Shuttle Drill Time Rating 3.75 - 3.94 90-99 3.95 - 4.09 80-89 4.10 - 4.26 70-79 4.27 - 4.48 60-69 4.49 - 4.64 50-59 4.65 - 4.82 40-49 4.83 - 5.05 30-39 Cone Drill Ability: Agility Time Rating 6.60 - 6.83 90-99 6.84 - 7.05 80-89 7.06 - 7.28 70-79 7.29 - 7.54 60-69 7.55 - 7.76 50-59 7.77 - 7.97 40-49 7.98 - 8.20 30-39 Bench Press Reps Ability: Strength Bench Press Repetitions Rating 39 - 44 90-99 30 - 38 80-89 24 - 29 70-79 19 - 23 60-69 14 - 18 50-59 6 - 13 40-49 Vertical Ability: Jump Vertical Rating 42 - 38 90-99 35 - 37 80-89 33 - 34 70-79 30 - 32 60-69 27 - 29 50-59 24 - 26 40-49 20 - 23 30-39 B. Positional Breakdown Quarterback Arm Strength = Throw Power Pass Accuracy = Throw Accuracy Scouting Notes for Quarterback: - He has an unbelievable arm. Good throw power. - This QB's speed reminds me of McNabb or Culpepper. Amazing speed. - Has a good touch, knowing when to take some velocity off. Good Awareness - Stands strong in the pocket, maintaining his composure under pressure. Good Awareness - Recently diagnosed with severe fumbilitis. Poor carrying skills - This kid is the next Brett Favre. High overall. - As fast as Jeff Garcia. He's got enough speed to matter. Decent speed. Around 60-65 speed. - Very accurate QB. He reminds me of a young Brett Favre. Great throwing accuracy. - Good enough speed to outrun ends or backers to the corner. His speed is decent. It'll be around 60. - Puts good velocity and zip on tosses. Very strong passer with high throwing power. Halfback Run Power = Break Tackle Hands = Carry/Catch - Cuts back to the lanes with effortless grace - has good moves. He has great agility. Probably a speedy back. - Has blazing speed, something NFL teams covet at the HB position. His speed rated at least 92. - Hits the holes with authority and has above average field vision. He has great acceleration and decent awareness. - Has an aggressive blocking nature and is quick to pick up the blitz. Great pass blocker. Fullback Run Power = Break Tackle Run Blocking = Run Block Pass Blocking = Pass Block Hands = Catch/Carry - Very quick study who rarely misses his assignments. Good awareness. - Runs with the ball secure. He has good carrying skills. This is important. - Has the leg drive to move the pile. Good break tackle skills. If he has good blocking, draft him. Wide Receiver Run Power = Break Tackle Hands = Catch Kick Return = Kick Return skills - Has above average leaping ability. Good jump rating. - His agility will rival Harrison or Moss. They're comparing him to two greats. DRAFT HIM! - If you work on his hands in training camp, he will be great. Draft him if you think you can improve him in training camp. Tight End Run Power = Break Tackle Run Blocking = Run Block Pass Blocking = Pass Block Hands = Catch/Carry - Will extend to make the catch in traffic. Good jumping skills. - He struggles to get out and neutralize the edge rush. Bad blocker. Offensive Line Run Blocking = Run Block Pass Blocking = Pass Block - Hard worker who will do anything the coaches ask. Smart kid. Very good awareness. - Great run blocker at the tackle position. That's huge in the NFL. Good skills at run blocking. - Needs to improve his strength. I wouldn't draft someone with this note. They usually have an extremely low strength. Defensive End Tackling = Tackle - Hard wrap-up tackler who puts all of his weight behind his strikes. Good tackling skills. Hits with force. - Has no problems recognizing the plays and digesting the playbook. High awareness. - Fast enough to drop back in pass coverage stringing the plays wide open. Good speed for a Defensive End. A player comparable to Osi Umenyiora. Defensive Tackle - Shows the nasty nature to punish Quarterbacks. Good strength and tackling skills. - Reads blocking schemes with good awareness. He has good awareness. - Hits so hard, he flattens Quarterbacks. He has very good tackling skills. Linebacker Tackling = Tackle Hands = Catch - Consistent wrap up, drag down tackler. He has decent tackling skills. He won't be amazing though. - Raw talent with impressive linear speed. Not only is he fast, but he has raw talent. He'll likely have a high overall and become very good. - Has the strength needed to take on the lead blocker. He is strong and can use his power to burst through the line. Most strong players are also good tacklers. Cornerbacks Tackling = Tackle Hands = Catch Kick Return = Kick Return skills - Breaks on the ball quickly and flashes good closing quickness. A speed Cornerback. This will be important when he tries to keep up with the elite Wide Receivers. - Strikes and wraps the ball carrier securely. Most Cornerbacks don't have the greatest tackling skills, so this will give him an advantage. - Called by many one of the fastest athletics on foot. This is very intriguing. I would draft him no matter what. If he is a bad corner, you can still probably use him as a kick returner. Safety Tackling = Tackle Hands = Catch Kick Return = Kick Return skills - Leaps for the ball at its highest point. Good jumping skills and good awareness. - Consistent face up tackler who works well in space. A good tackler with decent strength. - Is very active staying in the receiver's face. A physical safety who hits hard. Kicker Kick Power = Power Kick Accuracy = Accuracy - Soccer-style kicker who has shown very good leg strength on FGs. He has good power in his kicks. - Seems best kicking in a dome - struggles in poor conditions. He is probably inconsistent. I wouldn't draft him if I played in bad weather often. Punter Kick Power = Power Kick Accuracy = Accuracy - Good solid rookie punter when it comes to accuracy. He's an accurate punter. He may be like a Jeff Feagles type. - Outstanding leg strength. Future All-Pro punter. He has good leg strength. If you see this note and the one above it you should definitely draft him if you need a punter. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- VI. Copyright Information Copyright 2005 Thomas Barnett This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.