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Teams rush to draft OTs

Because of a lack of depth, teams rushed to draft offensive tackles in the first three rounds.

Originally Published: April 26, 2006
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It was supposed to be a draft of linebackers and defensive backs, but the surprise position Saturday on Day 1 of the 2006 NFL draft was offensive line.

Ten offensive tackles went during the first three rounds. That's the most since 2000, when 10 tackles went in a year that produced Chris Samuels of the Redskins, Mark Tauscher of the Packers and Marvel Smith of the Steelers.

Even though D'Brickashaw Ferguson was the only tackle to go in the first round, nine went between picks ...

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