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Week 4: Jake Long Back at No. 1

It was a very quiet weekend at Redraft headquarters. Matt Ryan looked good for Atlanta. Steve Slaton scored a touchdown and won the starting running back job for Houston (Ralph Freidgen had to be delighted to see him scoring on someone else). And Joe Flacco played well enough for Baltimore to win. Running backs still rule. Other than that? Not much. As always, we want to know how you would Redraft.

1. Miami
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long
. An interesting analysis of Long's slow start can be found here. In last week's Redraft, we dropped Long to the Patriots at No. 10. And that's who he finally played well against.
Redraft: Long. He's back at No. 1.

2. St. Louis
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long.
Rams moved Long to left end. He was better, but Seattle won 37-13.
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal. The former Hokie (second round, 42nd) leads all rookies with 18 receptions for 194 yards for Denver.

3. Atlanta
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan.
Had it going on Sunday.
Redraft: Ryan.

4. Oakland
2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden.
Will he get lost in the coaching soap opera?
Redraft: RB Matt Forte. Former Tulane star (second round, 44th) is averaging 101 yards a game for the Bears.

5. Kansas City
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey.
Chiefs defense is a catastrophe and it faces Denver Sunday. Everybody duck.
Redraft: QB Joe Flacco. The former Blue Hen (first round,18th) is 2-0 as a starter for Baltimore, which makes him better than Tyler Thigpen.

6. New York Jets
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston.
Al Michaels got all excited when he finally made his first tackle as a pro Sunday night.
Redraft: McFadden. Drops here from No. 4. Blame Al Davis. McFadden still has more yards than the Jets' Thomas Jones.

7. New Orleans
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis.
Did you see the Denver offense go up and down the field Sunday?
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson. With Marques Colston and now Jeremy Shockey out, the Saints would love to have the 17 receptions Jackson (second round, 49th) has for the Eagles.

8. Jacksonville
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey.
Has the same number of tackles as Gholston: One. At least he has an interception.
Redraft: Jerod Mayo. Leads all NFL rookies with 25 tackles for the Patriots, who took him at No. 10. But that doesn't excuse that home disaster against Dolphins.

9. Cincinnati
2008 Pick: LB Keith Rivers.
Playing well for a dreadful team.
Redraft: Rivers.

10. New England
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo.
Redrafted to Jets at No. 6.
Redraft: Long. Drops here from No. 2 so Belichick can get him right.

11. Buffalo
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin.
A productive kickoff returner but that's it.
Redraft: CB Antoine Cason. The Chargers took him 27th and he's been a solid nickel back.

12. Denver
2008 Pick: T Ryan Clady.
Could keep Jay Cutler safe in Denver for a long time.
Redraft: Clady.

13. Carolina
2008 Pick: RB Jonathan Stewart.
Outplaying DeAngelo Williams by averaging a yard more per carry with three touchdowns to none for Williams.
Redraft: Stewart.

14. Chicago
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams.
Sidelined because of back surgery.
Redraft: RB Felix Jones. Looks like the Cowboys got a steal at No. 22.

15. Kansas City
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert
. Lined up against John Abraham of Atlanta on Sunday. Abraham had four sacks when game started, six when it was over. He also forced a fumble.
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson. Chiefs now pointing to 2016. Teamming with LenDale White in the backfield, Johnson (first round, 24th) has helped the Titans to a 3-0 start.

16. Arizona
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Didn't do much against the Redskins.
Redraft: Ellis. He drops here from No. 7 as Cardinals try to shore leaky defense.

17. Detroit
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus.
Performance didn't exactly help Matt Millen keep his job.
Redraft: Dorsey. He drops here from No. 5.

18. Baltimore
2008 Pick: QB Joe Flacco.
Redrafted to Chiefs at No. 5.
Redraft: Albert. Because no other rookie quarterback has thrown a pass, Ravens bolster line in Redraft.

19. Carolina
2008 Pick: OT Jeff Otah.
The next rookie to line up against Abraham.
Redraft: Otah. Might try wearing prayer beads.

20. Tampa Bay
2008 Pick: CB Aqib Talib.
Sidelined by hamstring injury.
Redraft: Talib.

21. Washington
2008 Pick:
Traded pick to Atlanta.
Redraft: Gholston. Drops here from No. 6 and replaces Jason Taylor.

22. Dallas
2008 Pick: RB Felix Jones.
Redrafted to Bears at No. 14.
Redraft: RB Steve Slaton. Mountaineer was picked by Houston in the third round but has won the starting job.

23. Pittsburgh
2008 Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall.
With Willie Parker hurt, we'll soon learn if Mendenhall can play.
Redraft: Mendenhall.

24. Tennessee
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson.
Redrafted to Chiefs at No. 15.
Redraft: Harvey. He drops here from No. 8 but if he doesn't start hitting people he might drop out of the Redraft.

25. Dallas
2008 Pick: CB Mike Jenkins.
Can't argue with anything Cowboys are doing.
Redraft: Jenkins.

26. Houston
2008 Pick: OT Duane Brown.
In 31-12 loss to Titans, he was beaten by Kyle Vanden Bosch, whose hit on quarterback Matt Schaub caused an interception that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
Redraft: Brown, for now.

27. San Diego
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason.
Redrafted to Buffalo at 11.
Redraft: CB Leodis McKelvin. Chargers take him in Redraft after he drops from No. 11, trading picks with Bills.

28. Seattle
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson.
We're still not sure about him.
Redraft: Jackson.

29. San Francisco
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer.
Had his first two tackles in win over Detroit.
Redraft: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Niners take him in Redraft after he drops from No. 16.

30. NY Jets
2008 Pick: TE Dustin Keller.
Played better in blowout loss to Chargers.
Redraft: TE John Carlson. Has 12 catches for 168 yards for Seattle, which took him 38th.

31. NY Giants
2008 Pick: S Kenny Phillips.
Helped on game-saving tackle in overtime win over Bengals.
Redraft: Phillips.

By Emilio Garcia Ruiz  |  September 25, 2008; 12:24 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You said the Jags should take Mayo at 8.
Then at 10, you said the Jets took Mayo at 6.
Fix the Patriots' pick.

Posted by: Brian | September 28, 2008 9:50 AM

no chris horton? i think he's in the running for droy after 4 games: that should put him in the top 10 for sure.

Posted by: antonio | September 29, 2008 8:41 PM

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