Draft Weekend Fantasy Winners and Losers
Posted 4/28 by Sigmund Bloom, Exclusive for Footballguys.com
The NFL Draft isn't just about the rookies. The veterans are affected as well. Here's a brief rundown of the winners and losers from the NFL Draft weekend.
Winners - QB
- Carson Palmer, Cincinnati - He gets an NFL ready left tackle to keep him upright.
- Brett Ratliff, Cleveland - If Mangini gives him a real shot to compete, he might end up favoring the guy he knows best.
- David Garrard, Jacksonville - No Sanchez choice, and the addition of a great pass blocking left tackle that can start from day one.
- JaMarcus Russell, Oakland - He has a big, athletic burner who can run under his towering deep balls.
- Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia - Another speedy WR, and a left tackle via trade? It's like Christmas for the guy who looked like he might be on the ropes during the 2008 season.
- Shaun Hill, San Francisco - No Sanchez pick, and the addition of Crabtree, he's looking like a great sleeper for 2009.
- Marc Bulger, St. Louis - Not only does he have a tremendous pass blocking blindside protector to keep him healthy, the team didn't draft a QB until the sixth round.
- Jason Campbell, Washington - Karmically rewarded for taking the last few months in stride with no Sanchez trade-up.
Losers - QB
- Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Cleveland - Mangini trading for Brett Ratliff was hardly a vote of confidence in this duo.
- Chad Henne, Miami - They say Pat White will remain at QB - I remain skeptical, but it can't help Henne's stock.
- Kellen Clemens, New York Jets - "I'm the quarterback of the New York Jets!" says Sanchez, and Clemens knows it's true.
- Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown, Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay - The door to future opportunity in Tampa slams shut with the choice of Josh Freeman.
- Daunte Culpepper, Detroit - Not as bad as it looks because he can treat the early season as an audition for the other 31 teams - Detroit should be wise and let him absorb the punishment of a tough early season schedule.
Winners - RB
- Cedric Benson, Cincinnati - The Bengals wait until the 6th to take a back, they must really like him + he gains the best run blocking tackle in the draft.
- Jamal Lewis, Cleveland - Four shots at an RB on the first day, and the Browns don't use any at that position of long term need.
- Ryan Grant, Green Bay - The Packers resist taking a mid round zone blocking special like Andre Brown or Gartrell Johnson
- Steve Slaton, Houston - No one but UDFA's to vulture his touchdowns.
- Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville - They must completely believe he can handle 350-400 touches in Jacksonville. Give Greg Jones a boost, too.
- Larry Johnson, Jamaal Charles , Kansas City - The Chiefs gave no signal that they are about to cut Larry Johnson, and they didn't draft a big back to be Charles long term partner either.
- Ronnie Brown, Miami - If the Dolphins are going to let Ronnie walk this year, they didn't tip their hand in the draft.
- Entire Backfield, New England - If the Pats aren't happy with the depth chart at RB, you couldn't tell from the way they used their bevy of picks.
- Pierre Thomas, New Orleans - No back in the first. No back in the fourth, either.
- Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett, Justin Forsett, Seattle - Not a RB drafted by the team that might have the worst RB corps in the league. Paging Warrick Dunn.
Losers - RB
- Willis McGahee, Baltimore - Cedric Peerman's arrival means he's no lock to make the team.
- Tim Hightower, Arizona - It seems like an inevitability that Arizona would BRBA in the first, and they did.
- The Entire Depth Chart, Denver - Forget about that NE-style four-headed RBBC
- Joseph Addai, Indianapolis - Back to his rookie role, but at least he might stay healthy now.
- Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia - McCoy's presence could extend his career and keep him healthier, but he also could evolve into a back that deserves 10-12 touches a game pretty quickly.
- Frank Gore, San Francisco - Judging by Glenn Coffee's draft position, they look at him as more of a committee back than a backup, but that could create a good buy low moment for Gore.
- Thomas Jones, New York Jets - No leverage at all for him in his contract demands, and maybe not even a roster spot if he doesn't play nice.
- Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, New York Giants - Andre Brown is good enough to threaten Ware's roster spot and Bradshaw's hold on the #2 job.
- LenDale White, Tennessee - Why do I get the feeling that Javon Ringer is good enough to do more with his carries than he has even though he's a lot lighter?
Winners - WR
- Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams, Baltimore - Surprisingly, not one WR drafted by Baltimore. Heck, bump Marcus Smith up, too.
- Muhsin Muhammad, Dwayne Jarrett Carolina - The Panthers did not take a youngin to push Muhammad for the long term or Jarrett for the short term.
- Miles Austin, Dallas - Dallas had plenty of chances to take a wide receiver on the second day, and didn't until the 7th round.
- Calvin Johnson, Detroit - Has a QB that can extend the play and hit him deep who is also not afraid to take a hit to make the play.
- Mark Bradley, Kansas City - Looks like they are happy with him as the #2a for the foreseeable future.
- Keenan Burton, Laurent Robinson, St. Louis - They won't have a highly drafted rookie to duke it out with for the #2 starting WR job.
- Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets - There's less of a chance he'll have to endure a winter of a few years of bad QB play in New York.
- Brad Smith, Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney, New York Jets - No first day rookie (no rookie at all) to compete with them for the #2 job.
Losers - WR
- Michael Jenkins, Atlanta - Hard to see his numbers coming out of the doldrums with the arrival of Tony Gonzalez.
- Rashied Davis, Chicago - Johnny Knox is a more dynamic, dependable version of him.
- Greg Camarillo, Miami - The Fins took two big WRs who could be #2's, and Davone Bess is probably better suited to stay in the slot.
- Sidney Rice, Minnesota - It's unfair to give up on a guy so young who was hurt last year, but the Vikes parade of WR visits and choice of Harvin seems to indicate that they have.
- Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, New York Giants - Two WR picks in the top 100 doesn't seem to show much faith in this group to be future long term starters.
- Josh Morgan, San Francisco - He can kiss his chances of being a #1 good-bye, and for now, a starter.
- DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia - Expect Jackson's numbers to stay at last year's level, and Curtis to get phased out eventually.
- Nate Washington, Tennessee - Back to his role in Pittsburgh once Britt is ready to start.
Winners - TE
- Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville - He'll stand out among a smurfy WR group, but this might be his last chance with the Jaguars.
- Randy McMichael, St. Louis - No TE drafted, and no WR drafted until the 5th means that he could be very high in the pecking order of targets in St. Louis, especially in the red zone.
- Dustin Keller, New York Jets - Just like Cotchery, long term outlook improves with QB situation, and no highly drafted WR means that he's the de facto #2 target in the pass offense.
Losers - TE
- Ben Utecht, Cincinnati - Chase Coffman makes him superfluous.
- Owen Daniels, Houston - The Texans take two TEs, including one that can play his exact role in James Casey.
- Brent Celek, Philadelphia - Cornelius Ingram is about twice as talented as a passcatcher as Celek.
- Kevin Boss, New York Giants - Good thing he's come a long way as a blocker, because that will keep him on the field with the arrival of Travis Beckum.
- Bo Scaife, Tennessee - Jared Cook will be a much better threat to do a lot with the targets Scaife gets than Scaife is.