Posted: Saturday April 23, 2005 7:04PM; Updated: Sunday April 24, 2005 5:09PM
Aaron Rodgers was considered a potential No. 1 overall pick but instead was taken 24th.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Cal quarterback: OK, so we start with a lay up. But for a guy who was atop a ton of mock drafts until about 10 days ago, it was an excruciatingly long and humbling afternoon. Then again, as we pointed out elsewhere, Dan Marino went 27th overall in a 28-team league in 1983, so there's hope, Aaron. All in all, if you wind up starring some day in Green Bay, the big money will come your way.
The downside? Pulling a "Rodgers'' has now been added to draft lexicon.
2. Michael Sullivan, Rodgers' agent: Quick: What's three percent of nothing? Sullivan is one of the best agents in the business, and he's somebody I've known and covered since he represented Bucs' first-round pick Trent Dilfer in 1994. But when I saw him Saturday afternoon at the Javits Convention Center, he looked a bit, shall we say stricken? At one point, I thought Sullivan was a decent bet to storm the stage and turn in a selection card with Rodgers' name on it himself.
3. Detroit Lions: I'll give the Lions this much, they improved their three-receiver set on draft day. But taking a top-10 receiver for the third consecutive year, after you've already added Charles Rogers and Roy Williams in 2003-2004? True, Rogers has been injured in his first two seasons. But talk about devoting too much of your salary cap to one position. And what's Az Hakim thinking about now?
With Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson and any of the draft's top defensive linemen there for the taking, the Lions went for offense. Again. Joey Harrington, you officially have enough toys to play with.
4. Seattle Seahawks: With all the pass rush help the Seahawks needed -- such as a defensive end after losing Chike Okeafor and with Grant Wistrom coming off an injury, and a pressure linebacker in the Chad Brown mold -- you can at least question them for taking Mississippi center Chris Spencer. True, they traded down three spots from 23rd to 26th because they obviously didn't like the value of the remaining board.
But with Southern Cal defensive end/tackle Shaun Cody and Oklahoma defensive end Dan Cody still available, picking Spencer seemed to be a bit of a luxury. Especially since Seattle just re-signed veteran center Robbie Tobeck. If Spencer develops into a Pro Bowl-level talent in the middle of the Seahawks offensive line, we'll try and remember to apologize to Mike Holmgren and Tim Ruskell.
5. Washington Redskins: If Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell is a star in this league some day, maybe the Redskins will be saluted for their draft-week derring do. But with Patrick Ramsey -- first round in 2002 -- and Mark Brunell (an $8 million signing bonus) still around, the Redskins gave up a first (in 2006), a third (this year) and a fourth (2006) round pick to select a quarterback who probably won't help Joe Gibbs win immediately.
Hello, McFly? Is there anybody home at Redskins Park? Not only did Washington give up to much for Denver's No. 25, it made the move way too early in the week, tipping off its pursuit of Campbell. As it turns out, another team like Cleveland didn't move ahead of the Redskins in order to steal away Campbell, but they could have. In truth, Washington was just plain lucky.