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*Blockbuster trade: KC sends #3 and TE Tony Gonzalez to Philly
for the Eagles #21, #28, and a conditional 2nd round pick in 2010.
**Draft day trade: Skins swap #13 for the Bears 1st and 3rd.
***Draft day trade: Pats Matt Cassel to the Texans for #15.
1. Detroit – DE Brian Orakpo, Texas
Jim Schwartz will see shades of “The Freak,” Jevon Kearse.
2. Saint Louis – QB Matthew Stafford, UGA
The Rams are trying to create a new identity. In steps Stafford.
3. *Philadelphia (from KC) – RT/OG Andre Smith, Alabama
Philly wanted Jeff Otah in 2008, and now find a better version.
4. Seattle – DE Everett Brown, Florida St
Jim Mora wants to add a premier pass rusher. That’s Brown.
5. Cleveland – ILB Rey Maualuga, USC
Maualuga paired with star D’Qwell Jackson is instant intensity.
6. Cincinnati – WR Michael Crabtree, TT
After sending out an S.O.S for a WR in 2008, he’s irresistible.
7. Oakland – NG B.J. Raji, BC
The fact that Raji was unblockable at the Senior Bowl is enough.
8. Jacksonville – LT Eugene Monroe, Virginia
With no clear top prospect at OT, it comes down to who fits where.
9. Green Bay – LT Jason Smith, Baylor
With no glaring needs, the Packers may entertain trade offers.
10. San Francisco – LT Michael Oher, Mississippi
Give ‘em a whip and a fire the size of his ass and he’ll be alright.
11. Buffalo – SSLB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
The Bills will fall in love with Curry’s athleticism and versatility.
12. Denver – DB Malcolm Jenkins, OSU
The Broncos will be looking to add a playmaker in the secondary.
13. **Chicago (from Washington) – DE Aaron Maybin, PSU
With only 4 picks, the Skins’ #13 is in play: Maybin, the wildcard.
14. New Orleans – CB/FS Sean Smith, Utah
6’-3” shutdown CB: ex-WR/TB: 4.3 speed: film room junkie.
15. ***New England (from Houston) – WR/RB/ST Percy Harvin, Florida
Belichick likes to ask: “What can this player do for us?” A: Everything!
16. San Diego – MLB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Should see his draft stock rebound leading up to the actual draft.
17. NY Jets – DE Clay Matthews, III, USC
Matthews will still play the “elephant” position, but in the 46D.
18. **Washington (from Chicago) – C Alex Mack, Cal
The Skins make a nice move down to grab the line’s new anchor.
19. Tampa Bay – QB Mark Sanchez, USC
The Bucs’ John Gruden finally gets a top QB…Oops! Sorry, John.
20. Detroit (from Dallas) – SSLB Brian Cushing, USC
The Lions want to upgrade their LB’s and strong side is the key.
21. *Kansas City (from Philly) – QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State
Pioli finds a Tom Brady disciple in the strong-armed Freeman.
22. Minnesota – DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee
A four star LB recruit who gave Michael Oher and Andre Smith fits.
23. New England – CB Mike Mickens, Cincinnati
Forget “measurables.” Mickens’ productivity is too great to ignore.
24. Atlanta – FS Louis Delmas, Western Michigan
Delmas is being compared to Bob Sanders and Michael Griffin.
25. Miami – MLB Gerald McRath, Southern Miss
McRath is highly productive and rightly called a “man among boys.”
26. Baltimore – DB Vontae Davis, Illinois
Davis could use some work but the raw talent is definitely there.
27. Indianapolis – WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Maclin creates heavy pre-draft “top ten” buzz but this is realistic.
28. *KC (from Philly through Carolina) – RB Shonn Greene, Iowa
Greene has the consistency and toughness that they badly need.
29. NY Giants – RB Chris “Beanie” Wells, OSU
Unless Wells proves healthy and fast, he’ll tumble, and tumble far.
30. Tennessee – DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi
Whether or not they can keep Haynesworth, Jerry would be a lift.
31. Arizona – RB Knowshon Moreno, UGA
Nice effort down the stretch, but it’s all over now for “Edge.”
32. Pittsburgh - CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
Size is a minor concern but he can create turnovers like few others.
Watch for Round 2, coming soon.
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You had to go and give yourself a 5 star rating eh?
I don't mind the Mickens pick if we have two picks in the 1st round, but I'd rather have heyward-bey in the 2nd than spend a mid first rounder on another WR/whatever. I'd rather have a future Moss replacement in a WR. Never the less you put a lot of thought into it, and that's cool. Good job.
Miguel seems to think the actual salary of early picks is overblown by 2/3rds. So is the cap savings, especially if you're including Tony Gonzalez. In fact, it would not surprise me at ALL to see KC coming out of that trade owing more than Philly. Plus, Gonzalez is still worth a 2nd, IMO. So, essentially, you have the #3 pick going for #21 and #28. I don't think that's enough, and the conditionality of the 2nd is also a problem. Needs to be a 2nd, no if ands or buts.