I was reading this article on cnnsi.com by Don Banks (link at bottom) about the draft and I remembered the other year when a team (I think it was Minnesota) missed their turn to draft and went afterwards.
I was thinking that if San Fran can't unload their top pick (which they probably won't) then is it at least possible that they would consider skipping their turn and drafting in the #3-5 spots instead?
Now before you all call me crazy, which you have every right to do, here's my reasoning why it is possible:
SF can't really get the value they want for a #1 pick and #1 money that they would normally get or would have had if Leinart was in the draft. As most people have said (and is mentioned in the article) there is not real consensus #1 or even top 5 so they could likely get the same person they really like at 4 or 5 as at 1. Now this would only be feasible if by passing they would not have to pay #1 money to whoever they draft later. I'm sure the agent will insist that it was just a ploy and the player should still get #1 money wherever SF takes him. Does anyone remember if Minnesota or whoever it was that did this before got any kind of discount on the contract they paid because they drafted the player later?
I know I'm probably going to get ripped because this is a crazy thought but I just wanted to open it to discussion to see if it is a possibility at all. What do you think???
Here's the CNNSI.com article and it doesn't say anything about this being a possibility.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/w ... ml?cnn=yes