The Mariners real-life selection was right-hander Brandon Morrow, from UC-Berkley.
With all the talent in this draft class, there's no way they go that same route, instead opting for lefty Brett Anderson, who somehow slipped all the way to pick No. 55, where he was scooped up by the Diamondbacks, before being shipped off to Oakland.
As good as Cahill is, Anderson is still the ace of that rotation, offering all-around better stuff and a higher ceiling.
Having Anderson on board might have kept Cliff Lee in Seattle, and allowed the Mariners the luxury of NOT dealing for Erik Bedard, saving them Chris Tillman (the 49th overall pick in this draft) and Adam Jones.