Thought since we have a Free agency one that we should have a Draft one aswell.
A few teams would be liking a power running back in the draft (Marc just mentioned the Eagles in another thread for instance). And I think that there is one guy who has been totally overlooked due to injury last season. Nobody remember Michael Bush and what he did to the NCAA a year ago? 24 TDs in 10 games! The guy is 6'3", 260lbs (thats like 15lbs heavier than Brandon Jacobs for gods sake!) and he runs like a 4.5 in the 40! In his one game he played last season before injury, he ran for 128 yards and 3TDs. He could have stayed in college one more year due to a loophole, but opted to apply for the draft. I'd love to take a chance on him in the draft. For the Broncos i'd be willing to take him between the late 2nd to early 4th round. The Broncos took a risk with a certain running back not so long ago, that one didnt work out, but that was personality issues, this guy had a broken leg or something, and one of the best RBs in the league right now came back from TWO broken legs (Mr McGahee).
Pending trades and possible compensatory picks from the NFL later this month, the Saints will have nine selections in the April 28-29 draft. Included in the cache of picks are three fourth-round selections, including two obtained in the Michael Bennett and Donte Stallworth trades. That gives them six of the first 122 picks, and, based on what they did last year, not one will be wasted. While it appears that they need a cornerback first and foremost, the Saints might have to turn their attention to the best player available when they go on the clock with the 27th pick in the first round.
That is nuts! They can build a whole team from their picks! Wouldnt be suprised to see them used for bargaining since they have draft picks to burn!
Whats peoples thoughts on the Lions 1st pick? Do they take a WR in the first round AGAIN with possibly the best athelete in the draft in Clavin Johnson? Or perhaps they go for Joe Thomas on the O-line?
Most people seem to think that JaMarcus Russell will be the first pick, but with strange goings on in the last few drafts, do you think it will be the case? Or will they draft a punter with the first pick or something?
The Raiders have indeed drafted a punter and a kicker in the first round in previous years! Russell looks the obvious pick this year, but what they will actually do is far from certain. Having signed Dominic Rhodes and restructured Lamont Jordan, they surely won't take RB Peterson. Having taken bust OT Robert Gallery with the #2 two years ago, I think they will stay clear of OT Joe Thomas. QB Russell looks a huge risk and will demand a massive salary - but he could sell season tickets? Best player in the draft appears to be WR Calvin Johnson, but WRs are generally considered poor value for the #1. If it was my call, I would trade down to position 2 or 3 and draft Johnson. All the above is based on second hand opinions and very short clips of the players involved - I would defer to anyone who has a better knowledge of College Football ........
All things point to the Lions taking Joe Thomas with their first pick..it might not be popular but with the line they have, it might well be a crucial pick, build around him.........I tell you another good value that will be a top 10 first rounder is Brady Quinn the ND QB...........and IMO a lot more upside than Russell, so the Raiders could probably trade down to around sixth, get a few more picks and get Quinn
At the moment I'm favouring Brady Quinn to JaMarcus Russell. Like Dave said, he has a much bigger upside, and can come in and start straight away. Calvin Johnson wouldn't be too bad a pick either, but probably not at the number 1 slot.
Really looking forward to the draft on Saturday. The Raiders pick first, and there are two sensible options: a) Trade Randy Moss and draft Calvin Johnson with the #1 pick. b) trade dowm to #4 and pick up QB Brady Quinn. Worst strategy is to gamble on Russell - too many $$ at risk, and too little performance to go on (plus I heard he was up to 300LB at one point in his LSU college career). Ian.