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The Panic Room
Peter King
May 06, 2013
FOR SOME, THAT WAS RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ON DAY 1 OF THE DRAFT. (HEY THERE, GENO SMITH!) FOR OTHERS, IT WAS A TENSE CONFERENCE CHAMBER 900 MILES AWAY, WHERE THE FUTURE OF ONE NFC WEST CLIMBER HINGED ON A SERIES OF BALLSY GAMBLES—AND WHETHER AN ANTIQUE GOLD COIN WOULD BRING A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
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May 06, 2013

The Panic Room

FOR SOME, THAT WAS RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ON DAY 1 OF THE DRAFT. (HEY THERE, GENO SMITH!) FOR OTHERS, IT WAS A TENSE CONFERENCE CHAMBER 900 MILES AWAY, WHERE THE FUTURE OF ONE NFC WEST CLIMBER HINGED ON A SERIES OF BALLSY GAMBLES—AND WHETHER AN ANTIQUE GOLD COIN WOULD BRING A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK

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Fisher: "We got 30."

Demoff called in the trade. This time there was no cheering.

"We'll get one of our guys," Fisher said, working the gold coin, "or we'll trade again."

"Now," Snead said, "Alec's sitting in Pat Dye's living room, and he'll see us trade down. And if we pick him, he'll come in with a massive chip on his shoulder."

9:43 p.m.

There were seven selections to go—Minnesota, Indianapolis, Minnesota again, Green Bay, Houston, Denver and, lastly, New England.

The Ravens called back offering a fifth-rounder to switch spots from 32 to 30. Dallas owned the 31st pick, and Snead asked his pro personnel czar, Ran Carthon, to run down the Cowboys' linebackers to see if they were a threat for Ogletree. Meanwhile, Demoff worked the phone, "scenario-shopping" with teams positioned high in round 2. "You have any interest in coming up to 30?" he asked Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, preparing to trade if Ogletree was off the board at 30.

Sharrif Floyd to the Vikes. Bjoern Werner to the Colts. Xavier Rhodes to the Vikes.

Consoli: "Green Bay takes ... Datone Jones ... defensive end ... UCLA." Then silence. Fisher, speechless, stood up and stared at the board, still working the 112-year-old gold piece. Wasn't that supposed to be a lucky coin? Now it was Ogletree at 30 or bust. Oh, the Rams would talk bravely about what a good player Larry Warford is—but convincing their own defensive coaches would be much tougher.

"Want me to offer Houston a [sixth-round pick] to move down to us?" Demoff asked. Fisher grabbed the phone instead and dialed Texans G.M. Rick Smith, who was on the clock.

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