Ghosts of the 2006 first round

Tye Hill's release from the Falcons makes him the only 2006 first-round draft choice without a job with an NFL team.

The Rams made Hill the cornerstone of an ill-fated 2006 draft class featuring Joe Klopfenstein, Claude Wroten, Jon Alston and Dominique Byrd in the first three rounds. The fate of that class helps explain why the team will be picking first overall in 2010.

Hill, chosen 15th overall, has company among disappointing first-round corners from the 2006 class.

Antonio Cromartie (19th), Johnathan Joseph (24th) and Kelly Jennings (31st) were the other first-round corners that year. Cromartie flashed ability early in his career before fading. Joseph has lived up to expectations. Jennings could be on his way out after a tough run in Seattle, particularly with the team's new leadership valuing bigger corners.

The Rams traded Hill to the Falcons for a 2010 seventh-round choice.