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The Case for Matt Ryan Grows

With every Atlanta victory the argument grows stronger that quarterback Matt Ryan should have been the No. 1 overall pick in the draft last spring, especially with the Miami Dolphins lacking a clear future at the position. Ryan has the Falcons at 3-2, which seemed like an impossibility after the Michael Vick/Bobby Petrino disasters.
More clear is that it was a horrible idea to spend five of the first 10 picks on defensive linemen. At this admittedly very early juncture, not one of those players has made a contribution befitting his guaranteed salary figure and it is hard to say which defensive lineman has been the biggest disappointment: Glenn Dorsey or Vernon Gholston.
We here at Redraft headquarters are frantically moving up the running backs and wide receivers who should have been the ones getting that first-round loot.
As always, your Redrafts are welcome in the comments section below.


Pick Team
1. Miami Dolphins
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long.
Before fourth-quarter possession, told teammates they would not give the ball back to the Chargers. He was right.
Redraft: Long. But Matt Ryan might be here soon.

2. St. Louis
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long.
Here comes Clinton Portis. Right at his head.
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal. The former Hokie (Denver, second round, 42nd) injured his ankle last week and is doubtful for Sunday. He has 30 catches.

3. Atlanta
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan.
Back-to-back strong games. He's helped greatly by RB Michael Turner (leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and rushing first downs), the best offseason free-agent acquisition in the NFL.
Redraft: Ryan.

4. Oakland
2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden.
Coming off bye week.
Redraft: RB Matt Forte. The rookie rushing leader (Chicago, second round, 44th) was held to 36 rushing yards in the 37-0 win over Lions but still scored two touchdowns and now has 22 receptions.

5. KC Chiefs
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey.
Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock sums up Dorsey thusly: "He seems to lack explosion in his lower and upper body. His punch seems ineffective, and his feet don't appear to be all that quick."
Redraft: QB Joe Flacco. Baltimore's first-round pick (18th) had two horrible interceptions in the loss to the Titans but this is what you get for not moving up to grab Ryan.

6. NY Jets
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston.
Drops to 11th among rookie linebackers in tackles. ELEVENTH. We're done with him.
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson. His acceleration on punt return for touchdown against Redskins was jaw-dropping and the only highlight for Philadelphia, which took him in second round (49th).

7. New Orleans
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis.
Had surgery on a torn meniscus last week.
Redraft: RB Keith Rivers. Cincinnati's first-round pick (ninth overall) intercepted Tony Romo in a tough loss Sunday.

8. Jacksonville
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey.
Getting heat for ineffectiveness despite $17 million in guaranteed money.
Redraft: LB Jerod Mayo. The Patriots did not make a mistake at No. 10.

9. Cincinnati
2008 Pick: LB Keith Rivers.
Taken by Saints in Redraft at No. 7.
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson. Tennessee's first-round pick (24th) is close to passing Forte among rookie rushers.

10. New England
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo.
Taken by Jaguars in Redraft at No. 8.
Redraft: RB Steve Slaton. What could Belichick do with the rushing and receiving talents of the pint-sized Mountaineer (Houston, third round, 89th)?

11. Buffalo
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin.
Looked lost at times in the 41-17 pasting by the Cardinals but returned kicks well.
Redraft: S Chris Horton. The UCLA product (Redskins, seventh round, 249th) is the biggest surprise on the biggest surprise team in the league.

12. Denver
2008 Pick: T Ryan Clady.
Much better in the 16-13 win over the Buccaneers.
Redraft: Clady.

13. Carolina
2008 Pick: RB Jonathan Stewart.
Close call between Stewart and a dropping McFadden but we'll stand pat because of Stewart's four touchdowns.
Redraft: Stewart.

14. Chicago
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams.
Sidelined because of back surgery.
Redraft: McFadden. Drops here from No. 4. With Fargas back this week, carries figure to decrease.

15. Kansas City
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert.
Was inactive Sunday because of injury.
Redraft: CB Antoine Cason. The 27th pick, by the Chargers, would help a secondary that was torched by Carolina.

16. Arizona
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The Cardinals are impossible to figure out.
Redraft: Long. Drops here from No. 2. Two sacks are a sign of hope but the Redskins might destroy him.

17. Detroit
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus.
Started in the 34-7 loss to the Bears and struggled; Adewale Ogunleye beat him for a sack.
Redraft: LB Curtis Lofton. The Oklahoma product (Atlanta, second round, 37th) is the starting middle linebacker and is tied with Rivers for most tackles among rookies.

18. Baltimore
2008 Pick:
QB Joe Flacco. Redrafted to Chiefs at No. 5.
Redraft: Dorsey. He drops here from No. 5.

19. Carolina
2008 Pick:
OT Jeff Otah. Ankle injury kept him out of the romp over the Chiefs.
Redraft: Otah.

20. Tampa Bay
2008 Pick: CB Aqib Talib.
He was credited with one tackle against Denver Sunday. Yippee!
Redraft: Ellis. He drops all the way down here from No. 7 only because after Gilbert we fear injuries to the meniscus.

21. Washington
2008 Pick:
Traded pick to Atlanta, which took OT Sam Baker.
Redraft: Trade.
No, those receivers haven't done anything but commit stupid penalties but Vinny Cerrato is on his way to 7-1.

22. Dallas
2008 Pick: RB Felix Jones.
Had 96 yards rushing against Bengals.
Redraft: Jones.

23. Pittsburgh
2008 Pick:
RB Rashard Mendenhall. Out for season because of fractured shoulder.
Redraft: DT Marcus Harrison.The Arkansas product (Chicago, third round, 90th) came out of college with knee and legal issues but he has two sacks, making the absence of Tommie Harris less damaging to Bears.

24. Tennessee
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson.
Redrafted to Cincinnati at No. 9.
Redraft: Harvey. He drops here from No. 8 on potential alone.

25. Dallas
2008 Pick: CB Mike Jenkins.
Another ho-hum game Sunday.
Redraft: McKelvin. Cowboys take him in Redraft after he drops from No. 11.

26. Houston
2008 Pick: OT Duane Brown.
That was him on ESPN, missing tackle of Colts linebacker Gary Brackett on his 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Redraft: Brown.

27. San Diego
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason.
Redrafted to Kansas City at 15.
Redraft: CB Brian Witherspoon. The Stillman College grad (Jacksonville, free agent) is said to have 4.1 speed.

28. Seattle
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson.
The Seahawks defense looked awful in the 44-6 loss to Giants.
Redraft: Albert. He drops here from No. 15 because we give up on Seattle's defense.

29. San Francisco
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer.
Fact that he played less than two dozen snaps against New Orleans was considered progress.
Redraft: DE Phillip Merling. The Former Clemson star (Miami, second round, 32nd) is coming along for the Dolphins.

30. NY Jets
2008 Pick: TE Dustin Keller.
Might be the third-best rookie tight end right now.
Redraft: TE Tom Santi. The Virginia product (Indianapolis, sixth round, 196th) had four catches Sunday including his first career touchdown.

31. NY Giants
2008 Pick: S Kenny Phillips.
Hasn't been anything special.
Redraft: S Charles Godfrey. The Iowa product (Carolina, third round, 67th) is the starting free safety on a very tough defense.

By Emilio Garcia Ruiz  |  October 9, 2008; 12:26 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The way that the Giants' defense has performed has left little for the safeties to do.

Posted by: ufred | October 10, 2008 3:24 PM

All I can say is Wow! Have you ever watched an NFL game? Not to be a jerk, but Eddie Royal at #2 really? Flacco at 5?!!! Felix Jones stays at 22? no chance! The Jets would take Felix Jones over DeSean Jackson in a second. Flacco wouldn't be a 1st rounder. To be fair the rest of your list looks decent, but I had to say something about a few that I think you were way off on.

Posted by: TDJ | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM

Why don't you do this every 6 weeks...in the end your changes would look like Sara Palin's 'debate Flow Chart'.

Posted by: Not K. Grizzard | October 12, 2008 10:51 AM

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