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Five Best/Worst Moves of First Round

April 26th, 2009

Now that we’ve had time to let it sink in a bit, I’m looking at the five moves I think were the best and worst from the first round of the draft. It may be great because a team got a good value later in the round or made a smart trade or got a really good fit. And it may be bad because teams didn’t do exactly that.

BEST MOVES

1. Mark Sanchez – The Jets gave up 3 scrubs and a 2nd round pick to move up into the Top 5 of the draft to get a franchise QB. It was a brilliant move.

2. Aaron Curry – The best player in the draft fell to the Seahawks at No. 4. Yes, they could have taken the QB or OT here, each would have been smart picks. But Curry gives them great immediate value and will fit nicely in their defense. Within a year or two he could be one of the most feared defenders in the league.

3. Knowshon Moreno – Sure, people will say the Broncos had needs on defense, but at this point in the draft there really isn’t a great value pick for the Broncos 3-4 scheme. There are some players that can work in that scheme, but nobody that really jumps out of you that is wort the 12th pick. Moreno will fit very well in Denver and is better than all of the Broncos running backs combined.

4. Michael Oher – The Ravens got a great value here as Oher has the potential to be a dominant right tackle. They really wanted to get a physical run blocker to replace Willie Anderson, and Oher is exactly that.

5. Hakeem Nicks – I’m not enamored with Nicks like some people, but he’s a really good fit in New York that if he and Eli Manning can get on the same page quickly could be a very valuable asset as the Giants try to make it back to the Super Bowl.

WORST MOVES

1. Darrius Heyward-Bey – What can I say? Al Davis has lost it. Heyward-Bey is a great track star, but is a middle round talent as far as receivers go because of bad hands and character. Mark my words, this move may even be worse than Troy Williamson.

2. Josh Freeman – Count me as one of the people that isn’t enamored with Josh Freeman. He’s got potential, but I’m not sure he has the tools to be a better option than any of the quarterbacks already on the roster.

3. Jeremy Maclin – Maclin will be valuable in Philly because of the big play element he brings to the offense. But he’s basically the same player as DeSean Jackson, and Jackson was a much better receiver coming out of school than Maclin. I think the Eagles just drafted a return specialist in the Top 20. I think they needed a threat on the outside at WR, which Maclin is not.

4. Percy Harvin – He’s a great talent, but I’m not sure Harvin really is going to be an impact playmaker at receiver. He’ll be abe to provide a spark every now and then for the Vikings, but I can’t see why you don’t take Oher at that slot given the Vikings needs at offensive tackle. Berrian and Rice aren’t the problem in Minnesota.

5. Robert Ayers – He may have been one of the more overrated prospects entering the draft, and I’m not sure how well he’s going to fit in the Broncos 3-4 scheme. He’ll be effective, but whether he lives up to a first round billing remains to be seen.

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