Cats in the Draft
NU's Top Draft Choice for 2006
NU's Top Draft Choice for 2006
Publisher, Purple Reign
Posted Apr 30, 2006
Coach Roy

3 NU Wildcats were selected in the 2006 National Football League draft this weekend. The surprise just might be who was chosen, and where...[Updated 5/1]

First off, Brett Basanez fans can cheer this former cat on in Carolina.
After the draft was completed, Baz, who holds 30 different NU records as a QB, signed with the Panthers as a free agent.
Big Barry Cofield
was picked up by the New York Giants in the 4th round.

His new Head coach, Tom Coughlin had this to say;
"So we got guys who have been in a leadership role who have played in big games and represented outstanding schools and universities and we are excited about that.

Barry Cofield was an opportunity in the fourth round that we felt, with our two picks to take two linemen, two big people there.

In Cofield, we feel he can come in and give us what we are looking for in a physical nose tackle. A first and second down guy, if you will. A run defender who can anchor in there on the center and maintain leverage – he doesn’t get knocked off the ball – he’ll allow those linebackers and our other front seven to work with him holding his own.
" [To Giant]
Zach Strief
who was expected to go higher [and maybe to Pittsburgh] was drafted by New Orleans in the 7th round.

News Reports have him excited to be heading to the Saints, especially since they are truly rebuilding, and picked up Reggie Bush in their first round. Zach knows all about blocking for an explosive runner.
Tim McGarigle
Was taken by the St. Louis Rams, also in the 7th round. McGarigle is College football's all time leading tackler.
These 4 were the players most expected to get a look from the NFL. Mark Philmore was also mentioned early on in the draft process, but as of Sunday night, he had not announced a free agent signing anywhere.

[Information on player careers from NU Sports]

You can send your direct comments or "back door" information
directly to Coach Roy
[or comment on the Purple Boards]

Coach Roy74 on AIM

Go Cats Beat 'em All
Talk about it on the Purple Boards
[Click Here]
All Items Copyright 2006 by PurpleWildcats/Purple Reign

Related Stories
Q & A with Tom Coughlin
 -by  Apr 30, 2006
Cofield looks to get a nose up
 -by  May 21, 2006
Giants boast solid group of draftees: Day 2
 -by  May 24, 2006

Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
DT Barry Cofield (profile)
OG Zach Strief (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Cleveland Heights HS > Alumni
Football > Milford Sr HS > Alumni
Football > Northwestern > Alumni
[View My HotList]