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Doug Farrar

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I'll Take the Tuna

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If I've got the choice of one person to lead my war room, I'm heading down to Miami without hesitation. I've got an appointment with one Duane Charles Parcells. We'll call him "Bill", of course. You know the man -- he's the Godfather, the root of the Belichick coaching tree that spreads ever wider through the NFL, and the most amazing turnaround artist in the history of the league.

I'm taking the Tuna based on his recent draft history, which may be the most impressive in his long career. Specifically, what he did in Dallas when it came to player acquisition. In 2003, his first four picks -- Terence Newman, Al Johnson, Jason Witten and Bradie James -- have all been consistent starters. Then, there was that undrafted quarterback from Eastern Illinois -- some guy by the name of Romo. 2004 brought Julius Jones and Patrick Crayton, who played valuable roles for the 'Boys. His 2005 draft was ridiculous; perhaps the best of his career. First-rounder DeMarcus Ware is the game's best pass-rusher, but nose tackle Jay Ratliff has been just as important to the Dallas front seven, and he was taken in the seventh round, 224th overall. In between, there was Marcus Spears, Marion Barber, Chris Canty, and Kevin Burnett.

Moreover, teams run by Parcells go into the war room with a unified mind. There are no egos in that room, except one. There are different opinions, but enough earned respect for the guy in charge that there's no question whose philosophy the draft will reflect. If Parcells is the top name on my org chart, I have no worries when it comes to personnel.

By Doug Farrar  |  April 21, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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