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It's all over with. Let's see the final score...
I WIN 6-3-1
My best picks: Maualuga, Wood, Murphy, Parker, Pryor and Haygood
The Lions best picks: Brown, Williams and Levy
One tie- Stafford and Sanchez
Key to victory: Believe it or not, Colin Cowherd
On his ESPN show "The Herd" last week, Colin warned the public about "leaks." He told his listening audience that "there's no such thing as a leak." In short, if a leak comes out, it's usually done on purpose, by the front office of that team.
So, while the draft experts were predicting that the Seahawks were going to take Mark Sanchez, I started to ask myself, "Where did all of this talk come from?" It turned out to be a leak; so I started monitoring every Seahawk website and chat room.
Lo and behold, I'd discovered NO activity what so ever between Mark Sanchez and the Seattle Seahawks.
So why did the Seahawks (allegedy) leak out such a rumor? Here's a thought.
Ever since the start of the rumor of Sanchez going to Seattle, Sanchez's stock shot up like a bottle rocket. Teams were calling for Sanchez and all of a sudden that No. 4 pick had turned into gold.
So what did I do? I took the bait.
I traded down to Seattle for their fourth and 68th pick. I could have asked for more, but I didn't want to take the chance of them escalating the deal proposal.
And with that No. 1 pick, the Seahawks would have STILL picked the exact player I knew they were going for all along, Aaron Curry. Did you guys really think that the 'Hawks were going to get rid of Hasselbeck? Don't feel bad about it; it happens to the best of us.
But here's the fun part. With that trade, I'd managed to get the same number of picks that the real Lions had to trade down for. Most important, both Stafford and Sanchez would be still on the board when I'd made my first pick at No. 4.
By picking Sanchez over Stafford, I would had saved myself the trouble of spending $41 million dollars right off the bat. This leaves myself enough money and cap space to afford Wood, Maualuga, and any other big name player that remained on the board.
The real Lions, unfortunately, handcuffed themselves by giving Stafford too much money before the draft. It wasn't that they didn't want Maualuga or Larianaitis; they just simply couldn't afford them down the road.
So it was no surprise to me that as we headed towards the second half of the draft comparison, I started to pull away. I picked who I'd felt were the best remaining, while the real Lions had to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
To put the cherry on top, all but one of my picks (Kruger) were on the board for myself and the real Lions to pick; therefore, no excuses!!!
It'd sucked for me to do that, but as a Lions fan, you can only put up with so many bad draft tactics before you have to say something.
If the "new" Lions truly want to go to the next level, the first step for them is to stop throwing so much money at No. 1 picks and free agents. It always has and always will affect the way they, or any other team, drafts.
The Lions' front office played this draft like they were desperate and the results sure look like it.
So, with that being said, I hope you enjoyed my presentation and I wish my fellow Lions fans good luck...We're going to need it!
So, who do you think had done better? Cast your vote at...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/162616-poll-sherman-dream-draft-versus-the-lions-real-draft