Ten draft day layups (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday April 24, 2007 12:42PM; Updated: Tuesday April 24, 2007 9:22PM
4. San Diego running back Michael Turner gets traded to Tennessee: This doesn't have to get tricky. The Titans lost Travis Henry in free agency and need a lead running back. The Chargers have a superb backup rusher who's ready to become a No. 1, and figures to be at his peak value to San Diego given his impending free agency status in 2008. Once the No. 19 Titans discover that they will indeed miss out on the draft's two first-round running backs in Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, that's when it'll be time to pick up the phone and dial Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.
A new contract for Turner would have to be part of the deal, but he's motivated to become a Titan and agent Bus Cook knows how to take care of business in a hurry if need be. This one looks like a win-win in the making to me.
5. Atlanta drafts Louisville running back Michael Bush: With 10 overall picks, including four on the draft's first day, the Falcons have the luxury of taking a chance on Bush, who starred for new Atlanta head coach Bobby Petrino at Louisville. To be certain to get him, the Falcons probably need to target Bush with their third-round pick, the 75th overall.
Once expected to be first-round material in the 2007 draft, Bush's stock has understandably slipped since he suffered a season-ending broken right leg in the Cardinals' 2006 opener. He then underwent a second surgical procedure on the leg in mid-March, missing Louisville's pro day workout. But Bush is running and working out ahead of schedule, and noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has written a glowing evaluation of Bush's rehabilitation progress.
Once healthy, the 6-1, 243-pound Bush would be a complementary threat to Falcons running backs Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood. Bush isn't just a one-dimensional inside runner, and he'd be an upgrade in the role that T.J. Duckett held in Atlanta from 2002 to 2005.
6. Trent Green gets his wish to become a Dolphin: This is a transaction that should have happened by now, but if it takes until draft weekend, it takes until draft weekend. As I recall, it was on the Friday of 2001's draft weekend that Green was shipped from St. Louis to Kansas City, a move that re-launched his NFL career.
It's clear that Miami wants Green and Green is desperate to be a Dolphin, which would reunite him with new Miami head coach Cam Cameron, his Redskins quarterbacks coach in 1995-96. But for weeks now, the deal has been nowhere thanks to Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson's wildly optimistic request for a second-round pick in return.
Miami still has some hope to find a tumbling Brady Quinn available to it, if not at its No. 9 slot, then by trading up to No. 6 Washington. Quinn's arrival would rule out Green as anything other than a one-year option, but if the Dolphins miss out on the Notre Dame star, they should call K.C. back and offer a fourth this year, and maybe a conditional seventh in 2008 that could improve based on Green's production level this year in Miami. Expect the Dolphins to then draft a second-round quarterback for the future at No. 40, either Drew Stanton or Trent Edwards.
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