02-06-2009, 06:08 PM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: May 2006
Re: Michael Lombardi on obvious 8 teams that would be interested in Cassel
Originally Posted by patchick
It seems to me there's an error in his assessment of the Lions' decision process:
"They can part with their second first-round pick, 20th overall, and feel like they’ve gotten two blue chip players in the first round. It will cost more than the 20th pick overall, but for the Lions, they must think quality over quantity, and getting two quality players is much better than four good players, especially if one of the quality players is a quarterback. There is a deal here — but first things first. Someone in the Lions’ building must make the determination which player is better, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez or Cassel."
Actually, that person has to make the determination which players are better, Stafford/Sanchez + the #20 pick, or Cassel + the #1 pick, since Stafford & Sanchez will be gone by #20. Cassel + a franchise LT at #1 looks mighty attractive to me.
I like the way you put that. If Detroit is smart they make a move for Cassel. If they go with Stafford or Sanchez with the 1st pick they are reaching but if they instead take a franchise LT, which at this time looks like Virginia’s Monroe, and then trade pick #20, along w/other considerations, for Cassel they are not only making the right football decision but the smarter financial decision as well.
Why pay for a QB at #1, who is a 50/50 proposition at best if history is an indicator when you can take Monroe, or the highest OT on your board, and pay him a smaller overall deal and also get yourself a QB who has played well in the league, who is more mature than any other option available in the draft and has shown he can handle adversity and also know exactly what you would be paying for? It’s a no-brainer.
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