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A quick look at Oakland's 2006 NFL draft picks:

Michael Huff
S, Texas
1st round, 7th overall

Key stat:
Returned four of seven career interceptions at Texas for touchdowns.

Did you know?:
Is the fifth defensive back chosen in the first round by the Raiders since 2001. The others: S Derrick Gibson (2001), CB Phillip Buchanon (2002), CB Nnamdi Asomugha (2003), Fabian Washington (2005).

NFL potential:
Physical athlete with the speed to play cornerback or safety. The former Longhorn is a bit undersized for safety, but he has great instincts and is a big-time hitter and outstanding tackler. Huff could develop into Oakland’s best safety since Rod Woodson in 2002.

Thomas Howard
OLB, Texas-El Paso
6-3, 239
2nd round, 38th overall

Key stat:
Howard, who switched from safety to linebacker after walking on at UTEP in 2001, had 32 tackles for loss and 13 sacks during his final three college seasons.

Did you know?:
Howard’s father, Thomas Howard Sr., played for the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals (1977-1985). The elder Howard, also a linebacker, played against current Raiders’ coach Art Shell during Howard’s tenure with the Chiefs.

NFL potential:
Could contend for playing time as a rookie because of the Raiders’ lack of established outside linebackers. At the very least, Howard should contribute on special teams.

Paul McQuistan
OG, Weber State
6-6, 313
3rd round, 69th overall

Key stat:
Was a first-team All-Big Sky choice as a senior, his fourth straight year as a starter at Weber State.

Did you know?:
Reportedly boosted his potential from a middle-round prospect to an upper-round choice because of impressive offseason workouts after his senior season.

NFL potential:
Has the versatility to play guard or tackle, which increases his chances of making the Raiders’ 53-man regular-season roster as a rookie. McQuistan possesses the essential qualities — size, quick feet, long arms and strong work ethic — to succeed as an NFL lineman.

Darnell Bing
6-3, 220
4th round, 101st overall

Key stat:
Contributed eight interceptions and 182 total tackles during three seasons with the Trojans.

Did you know?:
After enrolling at USC, Bing reportedly asked former Trojan great and current USC athletic director Mike Garrett to wear Garrett’s retired No. 20 jersey.

NFL potential:
Bing, ranked the No. 3 strong safety in this year’s draft by Pro Football Weekly, is better against the run than the pass. Projected to go higher in the draft, the former Trojan is expected to get a shot at outside linebacker with Oakland.

Kevin Boothe
OL, Cornell
6-5, 308
6th round, 176th overall

Key stat:
Was a four-year starter at Division I-AA Cornell, seeing action at guard and tackle. Did you know?:

Did you know?:
Is only the fourth Cornell player to earn first-team All-Ivy League honors three times. The others are running back Ed Marino (1969-1971), linebacker Bob Lally (1971-1973) and running back Chad Levitt (1994-1996).

NFL potential:
Could develop into a serviceable backup because of his competitiveness and ability to play all three offensive line spots.

Chris Morris
C, Michigan State
6-4, 305
7th round, 214th overall

Key stat:
Morris, a three-year starter for the Spartans, allowed only one sack during his final two college seasons.

Did you know?:
Morris is pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology.

NFL potential:
Needs to show his prowess as a long snapper to have a chance of sticking as a rookie.

Kevin McMahan
WR, Maine
6-2, 200
7th round, 255th overall

Key stat:
Contributed 59 catches for 893 yards and 13 TDs as a senior.

Did you know?:
Playing his final game for the Black Bears, McMahan caught four touchdown passes on only five receptions during a 59-47 loss to New Hampshire on Nov. 19, 2005.

NFL potential:
Must excel on special teams during training camp to have a chance of making Oakland's 2006 roster.

Updated: 4-30-2006


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