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2007 NFL Draft: Potential Trades

2007 NFL Draft: Potential Trades

2007 NFL Draft: Potential Trades
by T.O. Whenham - 04/24/2007

We're in the misinformation phase of the lead-up to the NFL Draft. Teams, for the most part, have a pretty good idea of what they want to do, so their job is to lie publicly so that no one else can be sure of their intentions. It's a silly process, but so is most of what goes on between the end of the season and draft day. Besides, just because something is silly doesn't mean it can't be fun to watch. Potential trades are one area of the draft that is full of misdirection by coaches and intense speculation by fans and the media. Despite our best hopes and wishes, the reality is that most of these trades won't happen. That shouldn't stop us about talking about them, however. Here's my take on six trades that people are talking about:

Players that could change their address:

1. San Diego's Michael Turner. The Chargers backup running back is the most popular, most praised basically unproven guy available now that Matt Schaub has moved to Houston. His most likely new home appears to be Tennessee, though several other teams could be in the mix. He's a free agent after this season, and LaDainian Tomlinson obviously isn't going anywhere, so he's not going to re-sign with the Chargers. It makes sense, then, for San Diego to extract whatever value they can from him.

The move makes sense for the Titans, too. They lost Travis Henry, and they don't seem to see a starring role for the obese LenDale White, so they need someone who can carry the ball 25 or 30 times a game. The deal seems like a good fit for both teams. My only concern is that the Titans could overpay quite significantly for Turner. He has put up impressive numbers for San Diego, but they've been in limited action behind a ridiculously good offensive line and against defenses that would be letting up and breathing a sigh of relief that LT is off the field. Turner is talented and there is no reason to think that he won't play well for Tennessee, but the Titans need to pay a realistic price, not one inflated by the media's love for this fifth rounder from Northern Illinois. This will be especially important for the team to keep in mind because they are likely to give him a new contract soon after acquiring him.

2. Kansas City's Trent Green. Kansas City has given up on Green. That means that they are going into the season with, at this moment, some serious quarterback questions. Miami has been trying to get Green for a while now, but they have balked at the price of a second round pick. They'll find a way to make it happen eventually. Green as a Dolphin makes me happy, but only because I can't stand the Fish and am happy when they struggle. The problem they have had since, well, Dan Marino is that they haven't had a quarterback who can consistently win games. Last year was a total disaster, and I don't see how Green makes it dramatically better. He'll be 37 this year, and it seems doubtful that he will be what he once was after that crushing hit last year - he certainly wasn't after his return to the team.

Making this trade will do little to make Miami better in the short term, and nothing to solve their longer-term problems. As for the Chiefs, they had better hope that Damon Huard is more than a flash in a pan, because their quarterback depth, with all due respect to Brodie Croyle, is far from inspiring.

3. Miami's Daunte Culpepper. Miami obviously is done with this disaster, and all they have to do to get rid of him is come to terms with the fact that all they are going to get is a couple of used footballs. Culpepper would be tempting for some teams - it wasn't that long ago that he was piling up the yards in Minnesota. He has a very bad knee and a monster contract that act as twin albatrosses around his neck, though. He still has seven years left on his contract so he's not going to renegotiate it. It's a huge risk for any team to take him on, but eventually a team will get desperate enough to give it a try. I just hope it's not a team I like.

Draft picks that could be moved:

1. Tampa Bay moving up to grab Calvin Johnson. As much as Jon Gruden seems to like Johnson (and who doesn't), I don't see this trade happening because it doesn't make a lot of sense. The Bucs are already at No. 4, so it seems unlikely that they would pay a heavy price to move up a couple more spots. They have problems all over the field, and it seems illogical that they would give up the opportunity to fill some of those holes just to get the freakish Johnson. Besides, it's not unreasonable to think that Johnson might be available in the No. 4 spot anyway. If Oakland goes with JaMarcus Russell, then the Lions aren't going to pick yet another receiver, and they may have trouble finding someone who wants their spot. The Browns will pick Brady Quinn or Adrian Peterson over Johnson because of need, so Johnson could fall into the hands of the Bucs. Even if that doesn't happen, moving up makes no sense unless the Lions are willing to give their spot away at a bargain price.

2. Lions moving down. Matt Millen should try very hard to do this, even if they don't get full market value. He has shown himself to be a terrible judge of draft talent, and it seems unlikely that anyone that is available at the top of the draft can do more to turn around this pathetic team than a handful of picks would. He could free up lots of salary cap room by avoiding the price tag that comes with the No. 1 pick.

3. Redskins moving up from sixth. I love this rumor, if only because it is so ridiculous. I really hope it happens as it would be yet more proof that Dan Snyder is a total moron. They have already hijacked their future by trading away all but two of this year's draft picks in a failed attempt at creating a good team. To move up they would have to sabotage next year's draft, too. I'm not convinced that anyone, including Johnson, is worth giving up a whole pile of draft picks for. That's what the Giants did to get Eli Manning, and look how well that turned out.

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Re: 2007 NFL Draft: Potential Trades

2007 NFL Draft Mock Top 10
by Jimmy Boyd

Every sports writer, analyst, enthusiast, and even the guy who knows nothing about football but hears other guys at work talking about it has a mock top 10 draft ready to go at the drop of a hat. I couldn’t stay away from it any longer. So here’s my top 10, most likely in no particular order.

1. Oakland Raiders- JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU

The Raiders have been on the clock since last September and I think when it’s their time to shine JaMarcus Russell will be the name that gets called. This subject has been debated so much that some analysts actually think that Oakland will take Calvin Johnson and Joe Namath will be playing QB for them next season. Other reports have the Raiders going with the Easter Bunny in the one slot. Is Russell the best move for Oakland? Probably not. Then again, Peyton Manning couldn’t even get a throw off standing behind this look-out block throwing offensive line. Joe Thomas would be the most practical pick, but he doesn’t glimmer quite enough for Al Davis. No one who the Raiders select is going to change the tenor of this team. There are too many holes. I think it’s Russell number one though.

2. Detroit Tigers- Joe Thomas OT, Wisconsin

If only the Lions hadn’t been so wide receiver happy in the past. The best player in the NFL Draft likely slips a couple more spots because of this. Their early pick of Joey Harrington several years ago likely scares them away from Brady Quinn here, too, even though I feel he could be a good fit. It looks like the Detroit Lions will play it safe and go with the best offensive lineman in the draft.

3. Cleveland Browns- Adrian Peterson RB, Oklahoma

No more Sandwich Droughns in Cleveland paves the way for the Browns to take Adrian Peterson. Although great workouts have pro scouts forgetting about his injury-plagued college career, I would still be leery about taking Peterson so high. I guess picking up Jamal Lewis helps Cleveland make this gamble.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Calvin Johnson WR, Georgia Tech

It looks like the Bucs will get the best of the best in 2007 thanks to teams with other needs. Oakland should probably just take this kid and Detroit will be kicking itself when Johnson torches them for 200 yards on October 21st. He’s big, he’s strong, and he’s fast. There’s no way in hell this kid is a bust.

5. Arizona Cardinals- Gaines Adams DE, Clemson

All I have to say is don’t do it. Adams may be the most talented defensive player in the draft, but the Cards could benefit from more help up the middle not on the outside. I feel Amobi Okoye is the answer here. Michigan’s Alan Branch would even be better.

6. Washington Redskins- Amobi Okoye, DT Louisville

The Skins could go with safety Laron Landry from LSU or Alan Branch from Michigan. They’ll likely go with Gaines Adams if he slides past Arizona. I think Amobi fills Washington’s interior defensive needs and has a larger upside than Alan Branch even though he isn’t as polished yet.

7. Minnesota Vikings- Brady Quinn QB, Notre Dame

Despite Quinn’s campaigning for getting nabbed number one, he’ll likely slide to number seven which will be fine by the Vikes. I’m not sure this kid is tough enough to play QB in the black and blue division. Hopefully he’ll take notes when Brett Favre comes to town.

8. Atlanta Falcons- Jamaal Anderson DE, Arkansas

The name Jamaal Anderson belongs in Atlanta. Hopefully it will get the Falcons back in a position to challenge for an NFC title. Anderson is the second best defensive end in this draft and he will fill a need for the Falcons on the defensive side of the football. If Gaines Adams were to slide, the Falcons would be doing the “Dirty Bird” again.

9. Miami Dolphins- Tedd Ginn Jr. WR, Ohio State

This one might shock you a little bit with all the talk of Ginn’s injury affecting his draft stock. Miami is paper thin at wide receiver and game changing kick returners are not a dime a dozen. Tedd Ginn Jr. could be this season’s Devin Hester and more.

10. Houston Texans- Levi Brown OT, Penn State

This is my hopeful pick for the Texans, but don’t be surprised if they make another bone head move like we saw last season when they passed up Reggie Bush. Levi Brown will help shore up an offensive line which has been this teams weak spot since starting in the National Football League.

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