Draft redux (cont.)
|Don Banks' Revised Draft|
Jacksonville JaguarsOriginal pick: Reggie Nelson, S, Florida
JAMES JONES, WR, San Jose State
Sorry, but if Dennis Northcutt is your leading receiver, that means you need help at the position. Jones, a third-round pick by Green Bay, has 43 catches for 633 yards. Both totals would lead the Jaguars.
Cleveland BrownsOriginal pick: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
ARRON SEARS, G, Tennessee
No Brady Quinn deal this time around. Not with Derek Anderson rendering Quinn an after-thought this season. The Browns' offensive line has been great, but Cleveland lost Seth McKinney at right guard, and has plugged in former tackle Ryan Tucker. Sears, a second-round pick, has started since opening day in Tampa Bay, with solid results.
Kansas City ChiefsOriginal pick: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU
BRADY QUINN, QB, Notre Dame
Had Quinn made it past No. 22 in April, the Chiefs would have pounced. And after watching both Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle struggle for the most part this season, you can understand why.
New England PatriotsOriginal pick: Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami
AARON ROSS, CB, Texas
Now that New England has won its 12th game of the season, the clause in Asante Samuel's contract that forbids the Patriots from using the franchise tag on him again has been activated. Thus, he's likely headed for free agency. Knowing that, Ross would be a sensible replacement to groom for the vacant starting job.
Carolina PanthersOriginal pick: Jon Beason, LB, Miami
SIDNEY RICE, WR, South Carolina
The Panthers would have coveted a crack at Quinn, but he's gone to K.C. Although defensive lineman Adam Carriker would be tempting, Carolina is still searching for someone to draw some coverage away from go-to receiver Steve Smith. Rice has really come on of late for the Vikings. The second-rounder has caught touchdown passes in three of his past four games.
Dallas CowboysOriginal pick: Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue
MICHAEL GRIFFIN, S, Texas
The Cowboys' secondary remains their glaring weakness, and the pass coverage of safeties Roy Williams and Ken Hamlin is the weakest of the weak. Griffin, who played for the home-state Longhorns, has good range and speed, and can also help you with his ability to return kickoffs.
New Orleans SaintsOriginal pick: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee
NICK FOLK, K, Arizona
I know, I know, you can't possibly take a kicker in the first round. But have you seen Olindo Mare's work this season? He's made 8 of 15 field goals in his first year in New Orleans. That's a recipe for making it his last year in New Orleans. The strong-legged Folk, who went in the sixth round to Dallas, is 20 of 23, and 18 of 19 from 49 yards or closer.
San Francisco 49ersOriginal pick: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan
TRENT EDWARDS, QB, Stanford
With the 49ers having already landed offensive tackle Tony Ugoh earlier in my re-draft, they don't need to go after OT Joe Staley with this pick. But given their quarterback miseries, how about taking a chance on Edwards, the local kid from Stanford? True, taking another first-round quarterback would would signal the end of the Alex Smith era, but Smith is starting to run low on time anyway.
Baltimore RavensOriginal pick: Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn
ADAM CARRIKER, DL, Nebraska
The Ravens have been very happy with Auburn guard Ben Grubbs, who they took at No. 29, and there would be no shame in standing pat. But Carriker is a top 20 talent who has fallen down our board, and he gives the Ravens a replacement for Trevor Pryce, who's out for the season due to injury and might be nearing the point where his spirit is willing but his body is beginning to falter.
San Diego ChargersOriginal pick: Craig Davis, WR, LSU
ANTHONY GONZALEZ, WR, Ohio State
The Chargers taking LSU receiver Craig Davis hasn't worked out so far. He has just 13 catches for 127 yards, and San Diego is again being led in receptions by a tight end and a running back. Gonzalez isn't setting the world on fire with the Colts, but his receiving stats are almost twice what Davis has produced.
Chicago BearsOriginal pick: Greg Olsen, TE, Miami
Greg Olsen, TE, Miami
The defending NFC champions have a slew of concerns, but the future of their tight end position is not one of them. Olsen has enjoyed a solid debut, leading all rookie tight ends in production with 34 catches for 346 yards and a pair of scoring grabs. He and Oakland tight end Zach Miller have been as good as advertised.
Indianapolis ColtsOriginal pick: Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State
JOE STALEY, OT, Central Michigan
Tarik Glenn's surprise retirement just before training camp made it all the more important that the Colts selected Arkansas tackle Tony Ugoh in the second round. But with Ugoh off our board at No. 11 to San Francisco, we have Indy opting for Staley, who went No. 28 to the 49ers and has impressively started all 12 games at right tackle.