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Draft Strategy

One good reason that the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl is that a few years ago Dennis Green chose an interesting strategy for the draft. He and his staff make a list of the top 140 players in the draft and placed them in descending order. Any time a player was drafted they drew a line through him and moved on. When it was their turn, they took the player at the top of the list. No matter what strategy you espouse, this one worked out well for Arizona.

It begs a very tough, very personal question - who are those 140 players and in what order? Since that's too much, I'd like to start with the top 32 and ask the faithful who they would rank, and  where. I'd leave out the two positions where we don't have need - starting QB and starting O tackles - if this was an actual draft. Everything else I'd leave on the table, er, list.

I chose ESPN's, not for any love of the site but because it was the first site that I could get a decent cut and past on their list. I disagree with some of the players and many of the rankings, dropping Clint Sintim and adding Larry English, but it's a starting point.

Two questions - would you accept such a strategy, given that it worked so well for Arizona, and what players and order do you believe in? Here is a starting point:

1.     Andre Smith

OT

Alabama

 

2. Michael Crabtree

WR

Texas Tech

 

3. Aaron Curry

OLB

Wake Forest

 

4. Mark Sanchez

QB

USC

 

5. Matthew Stafford

QB

Georgia

 

6. Eugene Monroe

OT

Virginia

 

7. Malcolm Jenkins

CB

Ohio State

 

8. Aaron Maybin

DE

Penn State

 

9. Jeremy Maclin

WR

Missouri

 

10. Brian Orakpo

DE

Texas

 

11. Jason Smith

OT

Baylor

 

12. Knowshon Moreno

RB

Georgia

13. Brandon Pettigrew

TE

Okla. State

14. B.J. Raji

DT

Boston College

15. Rey Maualuga

ILB

USC

16. Percy Harvin

WR

Florida

17. Vontae Davis

CB

Illinois

18. Everette Brown

DE

Florida State

19. Tyson Jackson

DE

LSU

20. Brian Cushing

OLB

USC

21. Chris Wells

RB

Ohio State

22. James Laurinaitis

ILB

Ohio State

23. Michael Oher

OT

Mississippi

24. LeSean McCoy

RB

Pittsburgh

25. D.J. Moore

CB

Vanderbilt

26. Hakeem Nicks

WR

N. Carolina

27. Larry English

OLB

Virginia

28. Peria Jerry

DT

Mississippi

29. Rashard Johnson

S

Missouri

30. Sean Smith

CB

Utah

31. Brandon LaFell

WR

LSU

32. Max Unger

C

Oregon

I left the tackles and QBs on the list for argument's sake, Given the vast discussions of whether it is reasonable to take a running back at 12, this approach would solve that, since you are ranking players long before the draft. Would you use this approach (and if not, which approach do you recommend?), and what players would you rank?

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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