Originally posted by nvninerfan1:
Originally posted by nickbradley:
Originally posted by jreff22:
I would say what Stl, Wash, Cle, and Sea do will be the biggest determining factors.
I think STL is a 'lock' to take Bradford now that his shoulder checks out.
Also, Detroit is still a question mark. Do they make the smart move and take Okung, or do they go with their gut and take Suh the one-year wonder? I expect idiocy to trump logic in Detroit.
Agree on WAS and SEA, but KC is a big mystery too. Pioli doesn't like to draft OTs very high, but will if Okung falls. But if he's not there, what do they do? Trade down, I suspect -- too many holes...they need more picks.
And on Seattle, their strategy isn't too complicated: best player available. Whether its McCoy, Berry, Spiller, or Bryant, they will take the guy at the top of their board.
Unfortunately for us, Matt Millen is no longer the GM for the Lions. Schwartz and the front office are football people that no what they are doing. I see either Okung or a DT going to them.
The same can be said for Washington. Shanahan (who I am no fan of) and Bruce Allen are a far more formidable talent evaluation group than Jim Zorn and Vinny Cerrato. For one thing, they've been able to keep Dan Snyders checkbook closed for the first time in years. They will make a choice that makes sense for the franchise, and that could very well be an OT since there stalwart retired this season.
The days of having teams like Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit and the Raiders all making front end decisions are less likely now that qualified people (in most cases) have taken over the GM and coaching duties.
Matt Millen may no longer be the GM, but his assistant is -- Martin Mahew. In 2009, Mahew balked at taking an OT with their second first rounder because they already have 'Jeff Backus' -- that was his rationale for passing on Oher.