Originally Posted by Rahul
I think the reason why Jackson and Jones were available late in the first round is because this was a very strong and deep draft. Many analysts felt that any of the first 12 picks could have legitimately been selected first overall. I don't think it says anytting of their ability. And second, I don't know that Julius Jones was Parcell's top choice. It's easy to say that now but reports said that Parcells was vying for Steven Jackson and Kevin Jones. I'm not so sure that Julius Jones was the player Parcells wanted all along. Although Parcells has complimented Jones as our first selection, he never made any claim that he was the player they had ranked #1 on their draft board. I don't believe that.
I didn't say Julius Jones was #1 on their draft board - I said that he was the RB Parcells wanted. If Shawn Andrews had fallen to #22 we probably would have stayed there and picked him, then taken JJ in the 2nd round with our 52rd pick.
If Jackson or Jones was the RB Parcells coveted, then why didn't we trade down four or five spots instead of twenty? If the Bills offer was the best we got, why didn't we just say no and draft Jackson? Or at least trade back up into the 1st round, because Parcells and Jerrah had to know that neither back would be there at 52.
As for there being so many great picks at the top - the top 12 to 15 are always considered blue chip prospects in every draft. This still doesn't explain why teams like Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and Tennessee passed on them. If Jackson and Jones were blue chip prospects, they would have been taken along with the other 12 potential first overall picks.
Just admit you had a man-crush on Jackson and you're pissed we didn't take him. It happens, I'm sorry. But we'll be okay.