Week 13: Joe Flacco Up in Class
At Redraft Headquarters, we spend all our time uncovering and then mocking the mistakes made by NFL general managers and their scouts. So when we screw up like we have with Joe Flacco, our policy is to admit it 0- and then offer an excuse as to why our mistake could have happened to anyone.
Flacco (Baltimore, first round, 18th) was terrible for most of the first month of the season. In his first five games, he had a quarterback rating better than 64 once. In his first seven games, he completed more than 18 passes once.
So we ruled out moving him up. And when he started emerging over the past couple months, we refused to budge. We'll fix it this week by Redrafting Flacco to a more fitting position. And we won't spend one second dwelling on the possibility that the Redskins' defense might make Flacco look positively collegiate on Sunday night. No, we won't.
As always, your Redrafts are welcome in the comments below.
Redraft: QB Matt Ryan. This argument is over.
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long. Could it be that the Dolphins wind up regretting not taking Ryan and Flacco?
2. St. Louis
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson. The other rookie receiving monster, Eddie Royal (Denver, second round, 42nd), has 10 more receptions than Jackson (Philadelphia, second round, 49th) but 18 fewer yards. At Redraft Headquarters, we love explosiveness.
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long. If we read one more time about how Long is a great player stuck on a bad team ...
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal. Former Hokie is one reason the Broncos are No. 2 in the league in total yards.
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan. Taken by Dolphins in Redraft at No. 1.
Redraft: RB Matt Forte. It's the 48 receptions that make Chicago's stud (second round, 44th) the Redraft pick here over Chris Johnson (Tennessee, first round, 24th). If Forte catches two more passes, he'll become the seventh rookie in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch at least 50 passes.
2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden. Thirteen yards on seven carries Sunday. Please.
5. Kansas City
Redraft: OT Jake Long. Drops here from No. 2.
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey. Cris Collinsworth told the K.C. Star: "I think Glenn Dorsey has to be a little better than what he's been." That's because he can't be any worse.
6. New York Jets
Redraft: LB Jerod Mayo. The 10th overall pick (New England) is the unquestioned defensive rookie of the year.
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston. The sixth overall pick is the unquestioned bust of the draft.
7. New Orleans
Redraft: LB Curtis Lofton. We probably have the Oklahoma product (Atlanta, second round, 37th) too high, but all he does is tackle people.
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis. Coming along from injury too late to save the Saints' playoff hopes.
Redraft: QB Joe Flacco. Whose stock has fallen the most this fall, Citibank's or David Garrard's? Even with the awful start, Flacco has a QB rating of 82.3; Garrard's is only slightly better at 82.8.
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey. Has 1.5 sacks and 11 tackles. If not for Gholston, he'd be the worst pick of the draft.
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson. Ended brief slump with a big Thanksgiving game against the woeful Lions.
2008 Pick: LB Keith Rivers. Played well before broken jaw ended his season. We wanted to leave him here, but there's just too much talent on the board.
10. New England
Redraft: RB Steve Slaton. That's 904 yards rushing and 250 yards receiving for the pint-sized Mountaineer (Houston, third round, 89th).
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo. Taken by Jets in Redraft at No. 6.
Redraft: T Ryan Clady. Atlanta easily had the best draft last spring, but Denver might have been second with Royal and the Boise State beast (first round, 12th), who has started every game.
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin. Getting an opportunity to play because of Jabari Greer's injured knee but we don't think he's earned $12.6 million in guaranteed cash.
Redraft: RB Jonathan Stewart. The Panther (first round, 13th) is averaging 4.6 yards a carry but would have gaudy overall numbers if not for sharing time with DeAngelo Williams.
2008 Pick: T Ryan Clady. Taken by Bills in Redraft at No. 11.
Redraft: Ellis. He drops here from No. 7.
2008 pick: RB Jonathan Stewart. Taken by Broncos in Redraft at No. 12.
Redraft: OT Jeff Otah. Want to know why Stewart and Williams are having such huge seasons? Carolina (first round, 19th) has gotten eight starts out of Otah.
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams. See Ellis, Sedrick. Williams's injury was much worse than Ellis's, and the Bears suffered because of it.
15. Kansas City
Redraft: S Chris Horton. The draft's biggest bargain (Redskins, seventh round, 249) was all over the field in loss to Giants. Didn't help, but he tried.
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert. Some see a building block. We see a project.
Redraft: McFadden. Drops here from No. 4.
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Another late bloomer who is showing signs of learning the craft. Let's see how he does in the playoffs.
Redraft: Rivers. Drops here from No. 9. Lions need help everywhere.
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus. See anything deserving of first-round money in between giblets on Thanksgiving? Neither did we.
Redraft: McKelvin. Drops here from No. 11.
2008 Pick: Flacco. Taken by Lions in Redraft at No. 13
Redraft: OT Sam Baker. Injuries have limited him to three full games although he hinted this week that he might be ready to return from herniated disc surgery this week against New Orleans.
2008 Pick: Otah. Taken by Bears in Redraft at No. 14.
20. Tampa Bay
Redraft: CB Aqib Talib. He's been the best corner in a bad draft for defense.
2008 Pick: Talib.
Redraft: OT Duane Brown. Looks like Houston (first round, 26th) has an agile starting left tackle for the next decade if he continues to improve. And the Redskins' line can't keep Jason Campbell upright.
2008 Pick: Traded pick to Atlanta, which took OT Sam Baker.
Redraft: RB Felix Jones. Done for the season because of toe injury.
2008 pick: Jones. We'll leave him here because he looked great before getting hurt.
Redraft: RB Kevin Smith. Central Florida standout (Detroit, third round, 64th) took an awful beating from Titans defense last week but still has 621 yards rushing.
2008 Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall. Out for season because of fractured shoulder.
Redraft: WR Donnie Avery. The Houston product (St. Louis, second round, 33rd) was shut out by Miami on Sunday. Still has 35 receptions and has started eight games. And we think Kerry Collins would like him.
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson. Taken by Bengals in Redraft at No. 9.
Redraft: Rodgers-Cromartie. Drops here from No. 16.
2008 Pick: CB Mike Jenkins. Expected to sit out this week because of injured hamstring.
Redraft: RB Tim Hightower. We'll team his brawn with Slaton's speed. The Episcopal High grad (Arizona, fifth round, 149th) has nine touchdowns, so we know we can use him on the goal line.
2008 Pick: OT Duane Brown. Taken by Redskins in Redraft at No. 21.
27. San Diego
Redraft: G-C Jamey Richard. Kept Peyton Manning sack-free in victory over Browns while blocking the massive Shaun Rogers.
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason. We're done with the Chargers.
Redraft: DT Chris Long. Drops here from No. 2.
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson. Did a great job creating running lanes for Tony Romo and the rest of the Cowboys last Thursday.
29. San Francisco
Redraft: DT Marcus Harrison. Arkansas product (Chicago, third round, 90th) will see plenty of playing time down the stretch after season-ending injury to Dusty Dvoracek.
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer. While his teammates were upsetting the Bills, Balmer was contributing zero tackles for the second straight game. No, even Mike Singletary can't fix him.
30. New York Jets
Redraft: TE Dustin Keller. Thirteen catches in the first eight games; 27 catches in the last four. Positively Flaccoian.
2008 Pick: Keller.
31. New York Giants
Redraft: S Kenny Phillips. After Sunday, we're not arguing with anything the Giants do.
2008 Pick: Phillips.
Emilio Garcia Ruiz
December 4, 2008; 1:34 PM ET
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