2008 Draft Update: The NFL ends the confusion
It didn’t take long for people to start posting draft orders (I’m guilty) after the NFL regular season ended on Sunday. Because of the three-way tie (4-12) between Oakland, Atlanta, and Kansas City, people began banging their heads to figure out who would get the 3rd pick overall. Figuring out all these damn draft rules is no simple task. Chinese algebra would be easier.
Well, the NFL has come out today to end all doubt.
Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland had the same strength-of-schedule in the 2007 season. Since Kansas City finished third in the AFC West Division and the Raiders fourth (the tie was broken on the basis of record in common games), the Raiders will draft ahead of the Chiefs.
Atlanta and Oakland will flip a coin for the third position at the NFL Combine in February. If Atlanta wins, the Falcons will draft third, the Raiders fourth, and the Chiefs fifth. If the Raiders win the coin flip, they will draft third, and the Falcons and Chiefs will flip a coin to determine the fourth and fifth positions.
I wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass if the Chiefs jumped ahead of the Raiders. I want Darren McFadden. Kansas City already has Larry Johnson. No worries there. But the Falcons could ruin my wish. Yes, they need a quarterback but McFadden is a player that doesn’t come around often. Also Warrick Dunn’s body isn’t getting any younger.
This coin toss in February means a great deal. I hope Black History Month will be a good time for the Silver and Black.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
The Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi brawl went down in Japan today, and all I can say is wow. Even though it didn’t last long. I need to learn how to do that armbar. And just so you know, Hong is 7-foot-2, 360-pounds. Fedor is only 6 feet, 233 lbs.
The 2008 NFL Draft…is it April yet?
Darren McFadden…come to the Dark Side.
Yes, I know the NFL Draft isn’t till April 26th but I’m a Raider fan. Which means the draft is the next NFL event I have to look forward to. The Raiders (a.k.a. Planet Earth’s Team) will either have the 3rd, 4th, or 5th pick. If I had to guess who the Oakland Raiders might draft, I would go with Darren McFadden. Why? Because the other needs the Raiders have can be taken care of after round one. Not to mention the fact that more times than not, McFadden is a player most teams can’t pass up on.
Lucky for me, the teams that are picking before the Raiders don’t seem to have a reason to draft McFadden. Miami (they should be 0-16) already has a great running back in Ronnie Brown. St. Louis is in the same predicament with Steven Jackson. If the Chiefs pick before the Raiders, that’s fine with me because they already have Larry Johnson. But, the Falcons would probably select McFadden if they are ahead of the Silver and Black. Obviously this is just speculation and wishful thinking.
Is it April yet? I’m salivating just thinking about this.
Teams are listed with their current won-loss record. Draft order of positions 20-32 are pending NFL playoff results.
1. Miami (1-15)
2. St. Louis (3-13)
3-5. Oakland/Atlanta/Kansas City (4-12)**
6. New York Jets (4-12)
7. New England [from San Francisco (5-11)]
8. Baltimore (5-11)
9. Cincinnati (7-9)
10. New Orleans (7-9)
11. Buffalo (7-9)*
12. Denver (7-9)*
13. Carolina (7-9)
14. Detroit (7-9)*
15. Chicago (7-9)*
16. Arizona (8-8)
17. Minnesota (8-8)
18. Houston (8-8)
19. Philadelphia (8-8)
20. Tampa Bay (9-7)
21. Washington (9-7)
22. Seattle (10-6)
23. Dallas [from Cleveland (10-6)]
24. Pittsburgh (10-6)
25. Tennessee (10-6)
26. New York Giants (10-6)
27. San Diego (11-5)
28. Jacksonville (11-5)
29. Green Bay (13-3)
30. Dallas (13-3)
31. San Francisco [from Indianapolis (13-3)]
32. New England (pick forfeited) (16-0)
*If teams have the same record, the strength of schedule tie-breaker is used which is the combined winning percentage of all teams on each team’s schedule for the current season. If teams are still tied after strength of schedule has been applied, the division or conference tie breakers are used.
**The Raiders are tied with Atlanta and Kansas City. All three teams, plus, the New York Jets, finished at 4-12. The Falcons, Raiders and Chiefs finished with identical strengths of schedule. A coin flip will be used to break the three-way tie. The date of the tie breaking coin flip has yet to be announced. The Jets had a tougher strength of schedule than the three other teams and will pick sixth (ha ha ha).
First Round Trades
Browns to Cowboys.The Cleveland Browns traded their first-round selection in the 2008 Draft to the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the 36th overall selection in the 2007 Draft (later traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, used to select Kevin Kolb) in exchange for the 22nd overall selection in the 2007 Draft (used to select Brady Quinn).
49ers to Patriots.The San Francisco 49ers traded their first-round selection in the 2008 Draft to the New England Patriots, as well as the 110th overall selection in the 2007 Draft (traded to the Oakland Raiders for Randy Moss, used to select John Bowie) in exchange for the 28th overall selection in the 2007 Draft (used to select Joe Staley).
Colts to 49ers.The Indianapolis Colts traded their first-round selection in the 2008 Draft to San Francisco, as well as the 126th overall selection in the 2007 Draft (used to select Dashon Goldson) in exchange for the 42nd overall selection in the 2007 Draft (used to select Tony Ugoh).