Peter King thinks Washington owner Dan Snyder is "beyond smitten" with Mark Sanchez. Personally, I think there's a lot of truth in the rumors that the Redskins will attempt to move up in the first round to get Sanchez. I just can't figure out which pick the Skins need to get. By grabbing the Chiefs' pick at three, they guarantee getting their man. You have to believe Scott Pioli is looking to trade down and may even throw the trade value chart out of the window to do so. However, with KC unlikely to draft Sanchez themselves, Washington could save money by waiting until Seattle, Cleveland or even Jacksonville to move up.
In his MMQB article this week King thinks Kansas City, Seattle and Cleveland would be possible willing traders. As I suggested in our podcast last week, Sanchez's stock is so high right now one way or another he isn't lasting very long on Saturday. If it's by selection or trade, I don't think he'll get out of the top 8 picks. I have reservations about the Seahawks perceived interest in Mark Sanchez. His relatively short college starting career (16 games) would make considerable investment a 'boom or bust' situation that could define or ridicule Tim Ruskell's career as Seahawks GM. If the team are sold on Sanchez though, it might be too tempting to lock up the most important position in football for the next ten years plus.
Peter King has further opinions on Seattle's philosophy at pick #4.
"Seattle likes Sanchez and Michael Crabtree (and a tackle, maybe) at four. I've heard Cleveland (picking fifth) and Washington have already discussed a deal if Sanchez is still on the board at five. I don't expect Sanchez to be there at five." - Peter King, SI.com
I would tend to agree with these thoughts. It wouldn't surprise me if Ruskell is weighing up the long term investment in a tackle or quarter back compared to the more 'impact' based signing Michael Crabtree (or Aaron Curry) would offer.
As reported last week, if Ruskell has narrowed it down to four prospects my best guess would be (in no specific order) Jason Smith (OT, Baylor), Mark Sanchez (QB, USC), Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech) and Aaron Curry (OLB, Wake Forest). Smith, rather than Eugene Monroe, is a better fit for a zone blocking scheme with greater upside at the left tackle position. Sanchez secures your quarter back position indefinitely. Crabtree and Curry are arguably the best two overall prospects in the draft and would be involved from week one. I have eliminated Matt Stafford from consideration due to the likelihood of him going first overall.
If the Seahawks are able to trade down with Washington, they would be well placed to draft one of the top two running backs - Knowshon Moreno or Chris 'Beanie' Wells. Their desire to move down will be tested if Washington, as Peter King reports, are unwilling to trade their 2010 first round pick. The Redskins don't have a second round choice this year and own only four trade legible picks in 2009 (#13, #77, #150, #186) . Moving down nine places and hoping to still secure the guys near the top of your board would be a risk, especially if the compensation is slight. Forget the trade value chart - a deal could involve as little as the #13, #77 and Washington's 2010 second rounder for the fourth overall selection.
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