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Week 3: A Run on Running Backs

What a wild week for first-round draft choices, with performances ranging from brilliant to catastrophic. (Man, were we wrong about moving the Saints' Tracy Porter into the first round last week. Hello, Santana Moss. And teammate Sedrick Ellis? We're moving him back down after the Redskins turned him into a pinata.)

It remains all about the running backs, though. Four of the top 10 rushing leaders in the league are rookies.

1. Miami
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long.

The Fins were so bad against Arizona on Sunday that we're thinking Bill Parcells needs a five-year plan. We'll give him the best player regardless of position, so Tim Tebow will have someone to play with in a 2011 playoff push. Right now, that isn't Long.
Redraft: RB Darren McFadden. He's averaging seven yards a carry for the woeful Raiders. We know the Dolphins have Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. They'll be gone by 2011.

2. St. Louis
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long.
Good news: He got his first sack Sunday. Bad news: Giants averaged 6.5 yards a carry in 41-13 victory.
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal. DT Sedrick Ellis of Saints was Redrafted to this spot last week but stunk at FedEx. Royal has 14 catches and won the game Sunday for Denver, which stole him in the second round (42nd). Did we mention Torry Holt is 32?

3. Atlanta
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan.
One good game, followed by crud.
Redraft: Ryan. Can't give up on him yet.

2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden.
Goes in the Redraft to Dolphins at No. 1.
Redraft: RB Matt Forte. He's fourth in the league in rushing for the Bears, who took him in the second round (44th)

5. Kansas City
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey.
Chiefs gave up 300 yards rushing Sunday to Raiders. How is that possible?
Redraft: LB Keith Rivers. Had eight more tackles for Bengals on Sunday.

6. N.Y. Jets
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston.
Still struggling to convert to linebacker.
Redraft: LB Jerod Mayo. In loss to Pats on Sunday, Jets saw what they missed when they passed on Mayo and let the Patriots grab him at No. 10. He was everywhere.

7. New Orleans
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis.
Every time we looked for Ellis during a play, it seemed a Redskins lineman was shoving him aside so Portis could run by.
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson, Cal. We realize he made one of the great bonehead plays of the season Monday night for the Eagles, but the kid (second round, 49th) has great wheels and the Saints need another target, especially with Marques Colston hurt.

8. Jacksonville
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey.
Jaguars at 0-2 are NFL's biggest disappointment and holdout is hurting Harvey.
Redraft: DT Chris Long. Drops here from No. 2.

9. Cincinnati
2008 Pick: LB Keith Rivers.
Goes in the Redraft to Chiefs at No. 5.
Redraft: DT Sedrick Ellis. With Rivers gone, Bengals grab Ellis, who played well in opener.

10. New England
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo.
Goes in the Redraft to Jets at No. 6.
Redraft: OT Jake Long. With Rivers gone, Long drops here from No. 1 to serve an apprenticeship.

11. Buffalo
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin
. Has a couple okay kickoff returns but nothing else.
Redraft: CB Antoine Cason. Has a forced fumble and an interception for Chargers, who took him 27th.

12. Denver
2008 Pick: T Ryan Clady.
Wouldn't change a thing about Denver's offense right now.
Redraft: Clady.

13. Carolina
2008 Pick: RB Jonathan Stewart.
Has 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns in two games despite sharing time with DeAngelo Williams.
Redraft: Stewart.

14. Chicago
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams.
Sidelined because of back surgery.
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson. With Forte redrafted to the Raiders at No. 4, Bears take Johnson. Picked by Tennessee 24th, Johnson has 202 yards rushing in two games.

15. Kansas City
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert.
Still playing well enough to hold this spot.
Redraft: Albert.

16. Arizona
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Note to Cardinals: Do not leave him alone in single coverage against Santana Moss on Sunday.
Redraft: S Chris Horton. The seventh-round pick (249th overall), had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Redskins Sunday. He's what the Redraft is all about.

17. Detroit
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus.
Couldn't beat out George Foster at right tackle. Then Foster gave up two sacks in first half Sunday and Cherilus went in.
Redraft: DE Glenn Dorsey. He drops here from No. 5.

18. Baltimore
2008 Pick: QB Joe Flacco.
Had the week off to savor his victory.
Redraft: Flacco.

19. Carolina
2008 Pick: OT Jeff Otah.
Holding call wiped out a touchdown in victory over Bears.
Redraft: Otah. Still showing great promise.

20. Tampa Bay
2008 Pick: CB Aqib Talib.
Had first NFL interception Sunday.
Redraft: Talib.

21. Washington
2008 Pick:
Traded pick to Atlanta.
Redraft: DE Vernon Gholston. Instead of trade, Redskins grab Gholston, who drops here from No. 6 on the Redraft board, to add depth on line. Unlike Jets, Redskins don't try to make him a linebacker.

22. Dallas
2008 Pick: RB Felix Jones.
Did you see that return Monday night?
Redraft: Jones.

23. Pittsburgh
2008 Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall.
Might spend the whole season as insurance policy to Willie Parker.
Redraft: Mendenhall.

24. Tennessee
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson.
Goes in the Redraft to Bears at No. 14.
Redraft: DE Derrick Harvey. With good running backs gone, Titans go back to original need of defense and snap up Harvey, who drops here from No. 8.

25. Dallas
2008 Pick: CB Mike Jenkins.
Has one tackle.
Redraft: CB Leodis McKelvin. Cowboys take him in Redraft after he drops from No. 11.

26. Houston
2008 Pick: OT Duane Brown.
Didn't play because of Hurricane Ike.
Redraft: Brown.

27. San Diego
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason.
Goes in the Redraft to Arizona at 16.
Redraft: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Chargers take him in Redraft after he drops from No. 16. This is where we had the Saints' Porter last week. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

28. Seattle
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson.
Had two sacks Sunday after weak opener to prove us wrong for dropping him out last week.
Redraft: Jackson.

29. San Francisco
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer.
Still seeks first tackle.
Redraft: TE John Carlson, Notre Dame. Has 10 catches for 130 yards for Seattle, which took him 38th. That's seven more catches than Vernon Davis.

30. N.Y. Jets
2008 Pick: TE Dustin Keller.
Has one catch for 19 yards.
Redraft: TE Tom Santi, Virginia. Had five catches Sunday as a starter for Colts, who picked him in sixth round.

31. N.Y. Giants
2008 Pick: S Kenny Phillips.
So far so good.
Redraft: Phillips.

By Emilio Garcia Ruiz  |  September 17, 2008; 10:46 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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