to the Seahawks: The Seahawks did the right thing and took Okung with the sixth pick. Personally, I think the Rams should’ve taken him number one overall and saved the money, but that’s a different story. The story here is that relevance is up on the offensive side of the ball in Seattle. When it comes to taking quarterbacks in fantasy drafts, my personal philosophy is to wait and look late, and as bad as he’s looked of late, more time in the pocket could put a Hassled-beck on the road to a comebeck (sorry couldn’t resist). Not every player drafts like I do, however, so even if you’re thinking backup with upside, I say go for it. I doubt Charlie Whitehurst
will threaten Hasselbeck this year either. If one of Seattle’s other receivers can manage to make an impact, Housh could be a nice number two for you. John Carlson
should get increased usage as well. Okung will help in the running game too; so new editions like LenDale White
and Leon Washington
could make appearances in a few WR/RB flex spots this year. It’ll have to play out in training camp of course because there are other backs still in the mix, but a duo like this worked out pretty good for Carroll at USC.
to the Bills: If the Bills do what’s expected and deal Marshawn Lynch
, it should clear the necessary time for Spiller in Buffalo’s offense. If a guy like Fred Jackson
can soften them up early, you better believe Spiller has the ability to run past them late. His size and skill set have him being compared to Reggie Bush
, but I think there’s more potential here. Hopefully they coach some of that dancing and changing direction out of him, but he can still hit the hole. Nonetheless, Spiller will be best in space much like Bush so you can’t expect too much, but I’ll definitely take a look, and I definitely like the upside. It all has to do with where you get a guy like this in your draft. If your number one and two backs have been secured, and this guy’s just sitting there late? Then maybe you take a shot, but only with the understanding that the Bills could get this kid killed on special teams in the first game of the year, and then he’s nothing to you.
and Mike Iupati
to the 49ers: One for the pass and one for the run huh? With increased protection from Anthony Davis
and three legitimate weapons at his disposal, Alex Smith
could have his best year as a pro, which isn’t really saying much but it’s more about the weapons around him for me. Vernon Davis
will be overvalued after last year, so go ahead and take the pass on him, but guys like Josh Morgan
could pay off, and maybe even Michael Crabtree
if he takes that next step. Iupati will help the smash-mouth run game and there were more than a few reports this weekend that had San Francisco signing LeGarrette Blount
. I’m an admitted Frank Gore
fan myself. He always goes later in drafts than he should and I wouldn’t refer to him as “Saint Francis O’Gore” if he hadn’t saved my season more than once, so it’s good for his prospective owners that Blount ended up signing with the Titans instead. Glen Coffee
was mostly ineffective last season so he shouldn’t threaten Gore, nor should sixth-round pick Anthony Dixon
. It looks like Francis is still the man.
to the Texans: Tate could win the running back job in Houston outright if you look up and down the roster. More importantly however, a guy like Tate just further gilds an already golden offense. Andre Johnson
and Matt Schaub
are the obvious gems but even Kevin Walter
has moderately increased sleeper value. Maybe Jacoby Jones
finally realizes his potential and steps up? Who knows? A physical downhill runner like Tate can have that domino effect. As far as Ben Tate
having a spot on your roster? It’s getting a little crowded back there in Houston and Rick Dennison’s coming to town. I’d probably go another way but I’m still going to keep a close eye on him in training camp, that’s for sure.
So there you have it, just a few of the storylines I found intriguing after three days of draft hysteria. I’m sure more than a few of you reading this are thinking “wait a minute, what about Sam Bradford
to the Rams? Or Dez Bryant
to the Cowboys?” Well, I never thought I’d steal a line from a cartoon rabbit but it’s so apt in this instance: “He don’t know me very well do he?” Rookie quarterbacks and receivers are nothing more than waiver-wire garbage, picked up only if your season goes horribly awry. If you’re forced to pick one up during the year I hope it’s only for a bye-week fill in too, otherwise God help you. Chumps draft rookies at these positions, not champs. Besides, the Rams still have to sign him.