NFL Draft 2011: 5 Transactions That Could Go Down with the Lifted Lockout
On Monday, Judge Susan Nelson granted an injunction to lift the NFL lockout.
You may now stand and do a celebratory dance.
With GMs and owners chomping at the bit to engage in transactional activity, should the lifting of the lockout be finalized before the draft, it is entirely possible to see player-for-draft-pick trades go down.
Without further ado, here are the top five trades that could go down that would affect the draft.
Vikings Trade a Fifth-Round Pick for Donovan McNabb
The Vikings roster is built to win now...and not for much time after.
Leslie Frazier can say what he wants about the benefits of a franchise signal-caller, but taking a chance on Ryan Mallett with the 12th pick would be their only hope of getting a franchise quarterback in the draft, and even Mallett is a huge risk and would take a few years to develop.
The Vikings need a veteran, and Donovan McNabb needs the Vikings.
Draft Impact: Acquiring McNabb will ensure that the Vikings pick a defensive end with the 12th selection in the draft.
Cardinals Trade the Fifth Overall Pick for Kevin Kolb and a Second Round Pick
Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals are another perfect match.
Ken Whisenhunt gets a somewhat-experienced quarterback to push the ball down the field, and the Eagles get their pick of the lot at No. 5.
Andy Reid loves acquiring draft picks and the Cardinals are desperate enough to pass on the overrated Blaine Gabbert and take a surer thing in Kolb.
Draft Impact: Look for the Eagles to take the best player available with the fifth pick, and if Blaine Gabbert isn't picked by the Bengals, watch the Missouri product slide down draft boards.
The Buccaneers Release Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib is slowly developing into one of the most exciting cornerbacks in the NFL—unfortunately, Talib's off-the-field actions have dogged him and may have forced the Buccaneers to cut their ties with the talented star.
Should the Buccaneers release Talib, the team will be left with a skeletal crew including Ronde Barber, who may well retire after the upcoming season, as well as E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis, both players who don't project as lockdown corners.
With Jimmy Smith's draft stock falling as of late, he may be there for the Buccaneers at No. 20. It would be interesting to see, though, if the Buccaneers would bring in another talented corner with attitude problems.
Draft Impact: It may well have none, but it would certainly force Mark Dominik and his crew to take one last look at Jimmy Smith.
Bengals Release Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens but Re-Sign Johnathan Joseph
Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens are just about gone in Cincinnati, but with so much free cap space, the Bengals could do worse than to re-sign star corner Jonathan Joseph.
Joseph and Leon Hall make a deadly duo, and the loss of Ochocinco and Owens would narrow down the Bengals options to A.J. Green, Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton (if Newton is still there, look for Marvin Lewis to nab him with the fourth pick).
Jay Gruden is a creative mind when it comes to offensive game-planning, and the Bengals know that he needs weapons to have a successful offense.
Draft Impact: If the Bengals cut ties with their two best receivers and re-sign one of their best cornerbacks, look for the fourth pick to be dedicated to the offensive side of the ball.
Dolphins Sign Vince Young to Be the Starter
After a trying offseason for both Tony Sparano and his bosses, in which both displayed public disdain for one another, then kissed and made up, Sparano has two more years of good will in Miami that he can use as he pleases.
The Dolphins aren't going to win the AFC East with Chad Henne starting at quarterback. It's that simple. The Dolphins need a dynamic playmaker to get the ball to Brandon Marshall and open up the running game.
Young may not be the most stable player, but he's not going to cost Tony Sparano his job any more than Chad Henne will, and the Texas product could spark a magical season for the Dolphins—something the franchise needs to contend in a loaded AFC East.
Draft Impact: The Dolphins may then pass on Mark Ingram after seeing how well Young works with speedy backs and go after DeAngelo Williams in free agency (talk about a fun Madden team). The Dolphins would concentrate on other needs with their pick.