1.9 Marvin Harrison
Eight picks before mine, eight stud RBs off the board. Barber is probably next in line, but there are a lot of similar backs still available. Maybe, just maybe, I'll luck out on Henry or Lewis. When there's a trend, buck it (how's that for a rhyme for Duckett, Slow?
). Harrison is money in the bank.
2.16 Eddie George
So much for henry or Lewis making it through. Oh well. George will do just fine here.
3.33 Tom Brady
I had wanted to wait to pick up a QB, but none of the RBs and WRs out there thrill me (I had been hoping for Dillon, but was a pick too late). Besides, the scoring favors QBs more than some leagues; a slight edge here could go a long way.
4.40 James Stewart
Both Tony Gonzalez and the Tampa Bay Defense should last, Stewart won't. Detroit could improve significantly on offense next season; Charles Rogers could open room for the running game.
5.57 Philadelphia Defense
Neither Gonzalez nor Tampa Bay lasted. Shift to plan B: grab Philly here, and Billy Miller a bit later. The Eagles Defense should come up big again and again in 2003.
6.64 Garrison Hearst
Not a bad RB for this point of the draft...
7.81 Mike Alstott
Didn't expect Billy Miller to go quite this early. Turn to plan C: Stephen Alexander looked good down the stretch and will be solid next year. With my luck, he won't last either... Alstott is another nice find. You can never have too many RBs.
8.88 Darrell Jackson
Jackson should never have lasted this long. With Robinson on the other side, he'll be very, very good. Actually, I'm not at all convinced that Robinson is the better of these two. judging from the screams and groans of the other drafters, I'm not the only one who thinks this way.
9.105 Lee Suggs
If Suggs lands a starting job (New England), he could well be the steal of the draft. I had been hoping to be able to land both Larry johnson and Suggs, but oh well.
10.112 Tai Streets
Streets was decent this year, and will improve in '03. Not a star, but a nice 3rd receiver who could turn into more.
11.129 Charles Rogers
With four picks left, I'm looking for Rogers, Harrington, Alexander and a kicker. Rogers is the top priority; rookie receivers are always very risky, but Rogers has the talent to justify the risk. He should at least make a nice second-half contribution.
12.136 Jason Elam
Many comparable kickers are out there, but there will probably be a rush very soon. Elam helps to beat the rush. Denver should score lots of points.
13.153 Stephen Alexander
Harrington's gone, but that's ok. Alexander is a huge bargain at this spot.
13.160 David Carr
Let's see, who's left at QB? Oh yeah, David Carr. Actually, that's not such a bad thing. Houston will improve, and he showed both talent and maturity last year.