AFC North: Revisiting the Ravens' 2006 draft

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

This is the second of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Wednesday we move onto the 2006 draft and start with the Baltimore Ravens. Here were their selections:

Analysis: Baltimore rarely has two poor drafts in a row and the team bounced back strong in 2006. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata started right away and was part of the playoff team that went 13-3 his rookie year. Ngata, 24, continues to be a force in the middle and could be a future star in the NFL. The same can be said for young safety Dawan Landry, who was one of the top second-day steals in 2006 as a fifth rounder. Center/guard Chris Chester, receiver Demetrius Williams and tight end Quinn Sypniewski all earned playing time their first two seasons in the league. And sixth-round pick Sam Koch has solidified the team's punting job. This is a very solid draft class that upgraded Baltimore's offense, defense and special teams.

Grade: B+

Next we look at the Cincinnati Bengals.