As March 5th approaches, many questions amongst analysts, fans, and commentators arise —with very few answers available for the next 6 weeks. Let's take a look at a few questions and rumors:
1) St. Louis has this years number one overall pick. The team with the number one overall pick each season naturally generates a lot of rumors. Will they trade that pick? Will anyone want it? Can they draft a sure fire pro bowl quality player, or will they end up with a bust and a drag on their payroll for years to come?
The first overall pick is surely a place where teams are both made and broken. Last year it was a foregone conclusion that the Lions would take Stafford-even as early as the final week of the season; this year most assume that number one spot will go to Nebraska Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh —but who will pick him up?
There have been rumors circulating that Tampa Bay has so much interest in Suh they might be willing to trade up from the third overall pick to get him —but at what cost?
The Rams, according to reports have Suh and McCoy graded equally, and would hope McCoy fell to them should they trade down to third —a possibility that seems likely depending on what happens with number two in this article.
The Rams also have a well documented need at QB, and an apparent interest in Tampa Bay sophomore QB Josh Freeman. Could the way TB reportedly covets Suh and the same feelings from St Louis towards Freeman turn into a blockbuster trade in the coming weeks? Possibly. The interest is there, it takes more than interest but still, every trade starts with that interest. *EDIT* Need to note here, read on a site yesterday interest was in Freeman, now seeing more reports that interest is in Johnson, which changes the scope of this potential deal in my mind. Much easier to acquire a guy that went 160th overall 2 years ago than a guy that went 17th overall last year. Perhaps their first plus Johnson is enough for the Bucs to move up and grab Suh?
2) Kansas City is reportedly shopping 2008's 5th overall selection DT Glenn Dorsey, and among those interested are the Detroit Lions —projected by many to take DT Gerald McCoy in this year's draft. If such a trade were to go through (and it stands to reason that given his poor fit in the 3-4 defense Dorsey will be gone before the 2010 season starts), it would certainly change the landscape of the draft. A player like Russell Okung might make his way to the second selection, a pick Detroit might make to ensure Franchise QB Matt Stafford's safety on the field.
3) Free Agency is almost upon us, and there are several superstar free agents available. Quick thoughts on a few:
Julius Peppers is a great player and rumor has it that NE is most interested. I think that would be a mistake, and I think that the interest is probably not genuine. They should have learned from the Adalius Thomas mistake.
Brandon Marshall wants out of Denver, although he seems to change his mind frequently. In an uncapped year there will be teams out there willing to offer Marshall a lot of money. Teams that would seem to have a great deal of interest in adding a superstar receiver to become legit contenders include the Ravens, Eagles, Dolphins, the Bengals (please refer to next point), and the Cowboys even despite Austin's breakout season, and the acquisition of Roy Williams, who hasn't really worked out.
After Elvis Dumervil's breakout 2009 season and with an uncapped year coming, could he have had better timing for such a year? Dumervil will certainly generate a great deal of interest. There is a great deal of speculation that Miami may be a landing spot for Dumervil if he doesn't stay in Denver —he's from Miami.
The release of Joey Porter that we all know is coming on March 5th sure frees up a spot in that linebacking group —just saying.
4) The Bengals could be the next landing spot for Terrell Owens-at least if Chad OchoCinco has his way. OchoCinco wrote to T.O. on his twitter page yesterday: "bruh damit all I have left to get in life is a damn SUPERBOWL RING, you can help man, go to Cincy n demand they sign you!!!". I don't know how Roger Goodell would feel about such a combination, but I can guess how the defensive coordinators in the other teams in the AFC North would feel.
5) With a move to RT announced for Chief's 2009-2010 starting LT Branden Albert, might they be indicating early interest in one of the LT's available in this year's draft? If so, would it be Okung they're after? What might their plans be if the Lions grab him with the second pick like I suggested might happen in point 2?
That's it for now, stay tuned for a daily dose of free agent/nfl draft news, notes, thoughts, and analysis.