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And with the 1st pick in the 2010 Draft, Denver selects.....

 

Forgive me for what might be seen in a court of law as plagiarism, but I just came across this comment from 'Journeyman' on National Football Post.com, and thought it might add an extra dimension to our mock draft considerations...

"I have a crazy theory that just came up on a Packers discussion board, and I was wondering what you thought of it.

Say you're a perennial bottom-end team, like the Detroit Lions, who usually pick in the top five of the draft. After giving Matthew Stafford his contract last year, you're not sure if you can handle another top-two draft pick and the financial commitment (and risk of busting out) that comes with it.

So what do you do? Target a restricted free agent who just received a first-round tender, like Brandon Marshall or another position of great need for you (like anything on defense). Offer them a contract and then try and outbid the player's original team for his services. It should be plausible to do, because you'd be willing to pay anything less then the accepted contract for a No. 2 pick. Sign the player and ship your No. 2 to that team. Congratulations, you've just acquired a proven star player at lesser cost then it would've been to get him in the draft, and the 'financial albatross' of a top-two pick is now hanging around somebody else's throat.

The catch, of course, is the Lions passing up the chance to get whatever player they have ranked highest or second highest on their draft boards. And if they believe that player is better, or could be better than any new player, it's not in their interest to make the trade. But if they don't have any player ranked as high as they do the man who's currently an effective player, why not go for it?"

The credit for this train of thought belongs to the aforementioned 'Journeyman', but it makes you wonder, doesn't it? I could see this working under normal salary cap years, when after repeated years of high draft picks and high salaries could conspire to a point where the ownership simply cannot afford yet another high paid rookie, but in the current downtrodden economic climate combined with the ongoing CBA dispute, I doubt very much that the Lions, Rams or Bucs are going to, in effect, hand us the keys to a potential Ferrari! But you never know....



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