Looking Back at the 2006 QB Draft Class 10 Years Later

Vince Young, Texas- Round 1 Pick 3
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The first quarterback taken in the 2006 NFL draft enjoyed a 6 year professional career after winning a national title at Texas. His career looked promising early in Tennessee with a Rookie of the Year nod and a Pro Bowl nomination as a replacement. After another Pro Bowl and a Madden Football cover, the train quickly came off the tracks and he was out of football by early 2012. Young had a few short stints from 2012-2014 but never played in any games. On January 1st, 2016 he was arrested on DWI charges. Young had been working as an employee at his alma mater since his retirement from the NFL.

Matt Leinart, USC- Round 1 Pick 10


The former Heisman winner and the losing quarterback in that year’s national title game, Leinart never enjoyed much success at the NFL level. His lack of work ethic and Southern Cal party lifestyle were major criticisms of him during his playing years. He bounced around the NFL after playing for the Cardinals from 2006-2009 and retired in 2013. He is now a College football analyst for Fox Sports and for the Pac 12 Network.

Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt- Round 1 Pick 11

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Cutler has enjoyed the most successful career of all the quarterbacks drafted in 2016. He played in Denver from 2006 to 2008. In 2009 he was traded to the Bears in a trade for Kyle Orton and picks. He has since become the all-time leader in wins, completions, yards and touchdowns in Chicago Bears history. He is currently playing out a 7 year $126 million contract, however he has been rumored to be either let go or traded this offseason.

Kellen Clemens, Oregon- Round 2 Pick 49

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Clemens was drafted to back-up Chad Pennington in 2006 and played with the Jets until 2010. He bounced around to the Redskins, Texans, Rams and then signed with the Chargers in 2014 and just played out his contract this past year. He is a current free agent. If he can’t find another job in the NFL, he may retire to his family’s 3500-acre cattle ranch in Oregon.

Tarvaris Jackson, Albama St- Round 2 Pick 64


Jackson played from for the Vikings from 2006-2010 and had spotty success in spot starts in that time. He was brought into the Seahawks to compete for a starting job in 2011, but with the emergence of Russell Wilson he left for the Bills in 2012 and quickly came back to the Seahawks in 2013. On his way out the door he took shots at the Bill’s organization and cited that as the reason to his quick return to Seattle. He was the back-up to Wilson this past season and won a Super Bowl with them in 2013. He is currently a free agent.

Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson- Round 3 Pick 81 

0ap2000000169039_gallery_600.jpgWhitehurst played for the Chargers from 2006 to 2009. He then bounced between the Seahawks, Chargers, Titans and the Colts this past year. He was put on IR in 2015 after spot duty filling in for the injured Matt Hasselbeck and Andrew Luck. Whitehurst is known as much for his luscious locks as he is for his quarterbacking these days.

Brodie Croyle, Alabama- Round 3 Pick 85 
11055423-large.jpgCroyle was with the Chiefs from 2006 to 2010. He made a few starts from 2007-2009, mostly in relief of the injured Matt Cassel. He had a short stint with the Cardinals from 2011-2012, but never made the regular season roster. He now volunteers at the Big Oak Ranch which is a home and school for foster children founded by his father.

Brad Smith, Missouri- Round 4 Pick 103


Brad Smith started his career as a quarterback, but was relegated to special teams and the “wildcat” by 2008. He had a 106 yard kickoff return which is the longest play in Jets history. He played from 2011 to 2013 with the Bills as a special teamer and subsequently for the eagles until 2014. He now runs his Brad Smith True Foundation which promotes education, discipline and organized activity for youth in the community.

Ingle Martin, Furman- Round 5 Pick 148 

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Martin bounced between four NFL teams and only once made an active regular season roster. He is now the head football coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee which finished with a 13-2 season in 2015.

Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green- Round 5 Pick 164 


Jacobs never played on a regular season NFL roster, but was a member of three franchises in some capacity.

Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M- Round 6 Pick 193


McNeal was drafted and played one season in the NFL with the Bengals. He recorded one statistic in his NFL career which was an eight yard scramble.  In 2012 he was charged with carrying marijuana in 2012 his second charge after a 2006 arrest during his playing days.

Brad Gradkowski, Toledo- Round 6 Pick 194

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Gradkowski was the best late round pick in the 2006 draft. He was named the starter in his rookie year after Chris Simms ruptured his spleen. He played in Tampa until he was waived in 2008 and picked up by the Rams for a brief period before playing the 2008 season with the Browns. Waived in 2009 he was immediately claimed by the Raiders. He was the replacement to ultra bust JaMarcus Russell before finishing the year on IR. He again replaced a struggling Raiders starter in 2010; this time Jason Campbell before again finishing the year on IR. In 2011 he signed with the Bengals and appeared in spot duty through the 2012 season.  He currently just finished a three year contract he signed with his hometown Steelers in 2013. He was on IR for the 2015 season after being hurt in the pre-season.

DJ Shockley, Georgia- Round 7 Pick 223 


Shockley fell to the 7th round of the 2006 draft. He served as a back-up quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons up until 2010. He Currently works at News Channel 2 in Atlanta Georgia.


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