With the draft just days away, many teams are doing the usual job of throwing up smokescreens as to what they are going to do when the time comes that they are on the board for that all important first pick. A few things are certain, but many more are not. One thing that seems to be in place is that the Oakland Raiders are going to use that first pick, and not make a deal to move down and acquire more picks. The Raiders are in desperate need of a high impact player on offense, and most draft boards have them taking LSU QB JaMarcus Russell with the top pick.
After that things become very hazy. The Detroit Lions, a team that could use just about everything, are taking calls right and left for teams with offers for them move up in that spot and for the Lions to get picks and at the same time move down. If the Lions do stay at number two, and I don’t think they will based on their huge amount of needs, the player it looks like they would take is DE Gaines Adams from Clemson. While Adams could be a very good DE, I think this position is too high for him, but at the same time, he is the guy the Lions want, and if they can’t move from two down, look for them to take this 6-foot-4 speedster that could be a first year impact player.
That leaves with maybe the most interesting pick of the entire first round, that being the Cleveland Browns at number three. The Browns are on the verge of having to decide once and for all on what direction this current group of players is going in. On one hand, they have talented players like Kellen Winslow Jr., and Braylon Edwards, but on the other hand they have a long way to go to get back to being a force in the AFC, and even in the AFC North they are a distant fourth next to the other three teams. With that said, the Browns appear on the verge of going with Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn with their first pick. Phil Savage was recently a guest on NFL Network, and stated that Quinn was the most ready to take over a team and start right away, and that is the type of player that the Browns need to start the long climb to being a competitive team again in the NFL. While I still think that Adrian Peterson should be the choice, don’t be shocked when Quinn is holding up a brown jersey Saturday.