Draft redux (cont.)
|Don Banks' Revised Draft|
San FranciscoOriginal pick: Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi
TONY UGOH, OT, Arkansas
Ugoh has excelled at guarding Peyton Manning's blindside in Indy, and with 49ers left tackle Jonas Jennings appearing in only five games before going on IR, the rookie would have filled a need. With Ugoh, the 49ers wouldn't have felt the need to trade their 2008 first-rounder to New England for the rights to select Joe Staley at No. 28.
Buffalo BillsOriginal pick: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal
JON BEASON, LB, Miami
With Lynch gone to the No. 10 Texans, and second-rounder Paul Posluszny lost for the year early on with a broken forearm, Beason is a judicious use of the pick. If you're wondering why I don't give them quarterback Trent Edwards, who they wound up getting in the third round, it's a still a bit high for the ex-Stanford star.
St. Louis RamsOriginal pick: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska
GAINES ADAMS , DE, Clemson
After a very slow start, Adams has started to come on in Tampa Bay, starting the past four games and logging three of his 4 1/2 sacks in that span. The Rams' season fell apart early due to offensive-line injuries, but they took Adam Carriker in this slot because they needed defensive-line help, and Adams has too much upside to overlook.
New York JetsOriginal pick: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt
DARRELLE REVIS, CB, Pittsburgh
Let's not fix something that's not broken. Revis, the top-rated cornerback in the draft, has more than lived up to that label, starting all 12 of New York's games and notching 12 passes-defensed and two interceptions.
Pittsburgh SteelersOriginal pick: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State
DAVID HARRIS, LB, Michigan
Since taking over for the injured Jonathan Vilma inside, Harris has been a force with the Jets, totaling three sacks and a forced fumble in his five starts. Along with Willis and Beason, he continues the recent rookie trend of impact inside linebackers (Lofa Tatupu in 2005, DeMeco Ryans in 2006). Harris is a nice upgrade over LB Lawrence Timmons, who has had a very low-profile rookie season.
Green Bay PackersOriginal pick: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee
TANARD JACKSON, FS, Syracuse
We're shaking things up a little here, pushing Jackson from the fourth round (where the Bucs took him) into the top half of the first. Jackson has a nose for the football and makes plays all over the field. He'd address one of Green Bay's few weak spots on defense, where free safety Nick Collins has missed time with a knee injury.
Denver BroncosOriginal pick: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida
JAMAAL ANDERSON , DE Arkansas
Anderson is still waiting to post his first NFL sack, but he has started all 12 games, with flashes of playmaking ability. Defensive end Jarvis Moss, Denver's original pick, started just one of six games before going on IR. As much as the Broncos need help on run defense at tackle, Anderson's potential is too good to pass on.
Cincinnati BengalsOriginal pick: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan
LEON HALL , CB, Michigan
Things are dismal once again on defense for the Bengals, but Hall didn't represent a miss in April's first round. He has four interceptions and 10 passes-defensed, and has started half of Cincinnati's 12 games. Injuries wiped out the Bengals at linebacker, but all the first-round prospects are off our board.
Tennessee TitansOriginal pick: Michael Griffin, S, Texas
REGGIE NELSON, S, Florida
We know the Titans are happy with their first-round pick, safety Michael Griffin, who they've worked in at cornerback this season. But Nelson would upgrade the free safety spot, and as an added bonus, would weaken division-rival Jacksonville. Nelson has four interceptions, one sack and nine passes-defensed in 11 starts.
New York GiantsOriginal pick: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas
TED GINN JR., WR, Ohio State
The Giants took Texas cornerback Aaron Ross in this slot, and he's shown up on numerous occasions as a rookie. But getting the speedster Ginn to help take some of the receiving burden off Plaxico Burress makes sense, too. Ginn would also instantly upgrade New York's return units.