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Marco Polo
04-25-2010, 06:19 PM
http://www.rotoworld.com/content/features/column.aspx?sport=NFL&columnid=59&articleid=35200

Yeah, we know. You need three years to evaluate a draft and all that. That's no fun (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/features/column.aspx?sport=NFL&columnid=59&articleid=35200#).

Draft classes need time to breathe, but the reality is that the NFL is a year-to-year league. Many decision makers and coaches won't be around to see the players they selected develop unless they win now. Here's a quick snapshot of some winners and losers from the first ever three-day NFL Draft extravaganza. Full draft grades come Sunday.

Winners:

Seattle: Pete Carroll has often said his stint in New England didn't go well because he didn't get a chance to pick the players. This weekend showed he may have a knack for it.

Russell Okung (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5632), Earl Thomas (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5703), and Golden Tate (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5583) were picks that married talent, value, and need. On the draft's final day, Seattle stole Leon Washington (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=3739) from the <nobr style="color: darkgreen; font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,sans-serif;" id="itxt_nobr_6_0">Jetshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/2_bing.gif</nobr> (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/features/column.aspx?sport=NFL&columnid=59&articleid=35200#). Washington has health concerns, but he cost virtually nothing to acquire. Adding such a dynamic player to a blah backfield was a low-risk, high-reward move.

Carroll is undergoing a massive rebuilding project, but this draft was a solid foundation to build from.

Chiefs: Kansas City drafted a collection of versatile, smart, and tough players that love the game. This is a team on the rise.

Dallas: After a quiet offseason and a 2009 draft filled with role players, the Cowboys needed some difference-makers. Dez Bryant (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5558) and linebacker Sean Lee (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5876) are talented enough to crack Dallas' lineup right away.

Raiders: How weird is this? After years of being a punch line on draft weekend, the Raiders may have improved their team more than anyone.

The key to Oakland's draft was admitting a colossal mistake from three years ago. It may take some time, but the acquisition of Jason Campbell (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=3137) signals the end of the JaMarcus Russell (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=4154) era. Expect Russell to get cut before next season.

Campbell came at a bargain basement price (a fourth-round pick in 2012) and immediately gives the Raiders offense credibility. This is no longer a terrible roster. Campbell provides hope that the rest of the talent on the roster won't be wasted.

Oakland's draft picks were also unusually sound.

Linebacker Rolando McClain (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5712) was a safe, smart selection to upgrade the team's rush defense in the first round. Second round defensive lineman Lamarr Houston (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5759) will add flexibility to a defense that will show multiple looks in 2010. The Raiders eventually took their size and speed guys in tackle Bruce Campbell (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5598) and wideout Jacoby Ford (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5789). But those picks came in the fourth round, instead of the first. That's the place to gamble.

Ravens: G.M. Ozzie Newsome is always happy to take talent that drops because of perceived shortcomings. Sergio Kindle (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5777) could be the next great Ravens linebacker and only cost a second round pick. "Mount" Terrance Cody found the perfect home. The Ravens will use him as a rotational player to help their rush defense. The rest of the collegiate picks were rock solid, while the team smartly used two mid-round picks to acquire Anquan Boldin (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2078) early in the offseason.

Patriots: The team finally rebuilt their sagging linebacker group, and got a nice value in tight end Rob Gronkowski (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5729) in the second round. They selected four players in the first two rounds and have an extra first- and second-round pick next year too. They also lead the league in former Gators. That has to be worth something.

Wait and See

Jets and Jaguars: I thought about putting them in "Losers" but their front offices deserve the benefit of the doubt. Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith had a very unique draft board last year too. He nailed it. The Jets have a history of targeting specific players, trading up, and have done well with it. We hate the Leon Washington (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=3739) trade, but the team's recent track record deserves respect.

Losers:

Carolina: They mortgaged yet another future pick, sending a 2011 second-rounder to convert quarterback Armanti Edwards (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5889) into receiver. They are paying Jake Delhomme (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2398) huge money this season, but had to spend two picks at quarterback to replace him. Third-round wideout Brandon LaFell (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5188) also was taken to fill a gaping hole. This is a team drafting for need based on bad mistakes. That type of short-term thinking gets people fired.

Matt Moore (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=4535): The Carolina starting quarterback watched the Panthers draft competition in Jimmy Clausen (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5574) in the second round. And then Tony Pike (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5806) joined the party in the sixth round. With John Fox's job on the line, very little is certain about the Panthers in 2010. That includes their Week 6 starting quarterback.

Buffalo: This is a team that has had its share of problems in their scouting department. The selection of C.J. Spiller (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5566) was the perfect antidote to an offense without playmakers, but the draft went off the rails after that.

The Bills arguably had the thinnest group of quarterbacks and offensive tackles in the league. They didn't get a tackle until the fifth-round and didn't add a quarterback to the mix until the seventh. Oh, and they never found a trading partner for running back Marshawn Lynch (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=4186).

Cincinnati: The Bengals are the guy at your fantasy draft that takes boom-or-bust players with every single pick. Most of the Bengals picks from Carlos Dunlap (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5707) to Jermaine Gresham (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5549) to Jordan Shipley (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5745) to Brandon Ghee (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5848) are swing for the fences picks. That approach sometimes results in a lot of strikeouts.

Albert Haynesworth (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=2636): He wanted out of Washington, but no one wanted to give up a good pick for him despite an affordable contract. This remains a situation to watch.

Brady Quinn (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=4149): Kyle Orton (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=3214) is the quarterback of the present. Tim Tebow (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5096) is the quarterback of the future. Based on what we've heard about Tom Brandstater (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=5283), we're not even sure Quinn makes this team.

DaneMcCloud
04-25-2010, 06:21 PM
Impossible.

I read it on Chiefsplanet that it sucked and we took all the wrong guys.

Chocolate Hog
04-25-2010, 06:21 PM
Damn Dane switching to the other side.

tonyetony
04-25-2010, 06:25 PM
Impossible.

I read it on Chiefsplanet that it sucked and we took all the wrong guys.

Don't you know the real smart guys around here rely on the WPI ultra uber insider evaluations.

Come on Dane work with us here. :thumb:

Short Leash Hootie
04-25-2010, 06:27 PM
Damn Dane switching to the other side.

The whole draft thread turned against me for making the same points as Dane...I bet if it were Dane making those posts rather than me all of Hamas' god damn lackeys would have kept their mouth's shut...

Bane
04-25-2010, 06:28 PM
Well you know,if you read it one the internet,it has to be true....

Reerun_KC
04-25-2010, 06:30 PM
Great news.. I am stoked about this upcoming season!

Deberg_1990
04-25-2010, 06:30 PM
So how much $$$ has JaBustess Russell stole from Oakland?? Anyone know??


Hes sure to go down as one of the costliest busts ever.

Chocolate Hog
04-25-2010, 06:32 PM
The whole draft thread turned against me for making the same points as Dane...I bet if it were Dane making those posts rather than me all of Hamas' god damn lackeys would have kept their mouth's shut...

Youre a maverick Hootie.

RippedmyFlesh
04-25-2010, 06:36 PM
Damn Dane switching to the other side.
Not really.
Everyone said we needed playmakers and from what pioli said there was no way they were moving albert and he improved as the year went on as you heard the same here.
This team was slow and unathletic and that is what was addressed.
To me it's not so horrible to build a base then take on the moss and dillons.
I may be wrong but I would think a little later down the road they may be more willing to take on a problem child vet or "risky"..dez bryant...type draft pick when 1 piece can put you over the top.
Doing it now would be carl like. Those moves are what a playoff team does to get the ring not someone trying to go from 4 wins to 8-9.

bevischief
04-25-2010, 06:54 PM
So is Cassel on the cover of Madden yet?

Short Leash Hootie
04-25-2010, 06:56 PM
So is Cassel on the cover of Madden yet?

we could only be so lucky

RippedmyFlesh
04-25-2010, 06:59 PM
Brees..I guess jared allen was in the running too.

CarlPeterson_fan
04-25-2010, 07:04 PM
I should be on that list. Based on Pioli's drafting, I look like a friggin genious! (cp spelling)

Pushead2
04-25-2010, 07:09 PM
15-1 baby

Mr. Arrowhead
04-25-2010, 07:19 PM
what?! I was told by the real draft experts that our draft sucked, and it could be the worst draft ever

HypnotizedMonkey
04-25-2010, 07:24 PM
we could be a pretty sturdy team come 2013

Renegade
04-25-2010, 07:29 PM
we could be a pretty sturdy team come 2013

Just our luck, we will be good after the collapse of the world in 2012.

LaChapelle
04-25-2010, 07:34 PM
Kiper gave it a B-
not that anybody much cares about Kiper

Mizzou_8541
04-25-2010, 07:43 PM
Well you know,if you read it one the internet,it has to be true....

But only if they have 853 emoticons in their sig.

Dicky McElephant
04-25-2010, 08:00 PM
The whole draft thread turned against me for making the same points as Dane...I bet if it were Dane making those posts rather than me all of Hamas' god damn lackeys would have kept their mouth's shut...

Attention Whore

R8RFAN
04-25-2010, 08:45 PM
So how much $$$ has JaBustess Russell stole from Oakland?? Anyone know??


Hes sure to go down as one of the costliest busts ever.

30+ Million and they owe him 3 million, if he makes this years roster it is 9.45 million unless he takes a cut which he said he would not (and I hope he does not)