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  1. chicago JK

    chicago JK Well-Known Member

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    Six appeal

    Several teams calling Lions about trading up for No. 6 pick

    Posted: Friday April 23, 2004 5:15PM; Updated: Friday April 23, 2004 5:15PM
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    [IMG] Detroit is interested in trading down to draft Oregon State RB Steven Jackson.
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    CLEVELAND -- With the prospects for movement at the top of the first round looking a whole lot less likely than it did a day or two ago, the hot spot in Saturday's NFL Draft is suddenly the No. 6 pick, which is currently being shopped by Detroit.

    Sources in both the league and in the Lions organization confirmed Friday that no fewer than five teams -- all between the No. 8 and No. 13 slots -- have contacted Detroit to investigate trading up to the sixth spot. The Lions are very open to the idea of a trading down, because they believe they could move as low as No. 13 and still be in position to fill their glaring need at running back by selecting Oregon State's Steven Jackson.

    The phones are ringing in Detroit, and here's who's calling:

    • No. 8 Atlanta -- The Falcons covet either Texas receiver Roy Williams or Virginia Tech cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who many have going in the draft's sixth and seventh spots, just ahead of the Falcons.

    • No. 9 Jacksonville -- The Jaguars earlier this week explored the possibility of getting up to No. 2 to get one of the draft's premier offensive players, but they don't have the ammo to swing a deal with Oakland. But Jacksonville at No. 6 could still land Williams or Miami tight end Kellen Winslow, or barring that, any of the draft's other top eight non-quarterbacks, such as Miami safety Sean Taylor or Hall.

    • No. 10 Houston -- The Texans at No. 6 would likely go for either Taylor or Hall, an indicator that they're not that excited about the potential choice between Miami defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and Oklahoma defensive end Tommie Harris at No. 10.

    • No. 11 Pittsburgh -- The Steelers would be moving up to get a quarterback, and while they are believed to have North Carolina State's Philip Rivers rated higher than Ben Roethlisberger from Miami (Ohio), they would likely be happy with either. If Eli Manning and Roethlisberger go No. 1 and No. 4, to San Diego and the Giants in some order, the Steelers only concern would seem to be Buffalo trading up to No. 6 (Detroit) or No. 7 (Cleveland) in order to nab Rivers ahead of them.

    Otherwise Rivers is expected to last until No. 11, because the teams at No. 8-10 all have young quarterbacks in place (Michael Vick, Byron Leftwich and David Carr).

    • No. 13 Buffalo -- The Bills also covet a quarterback at No. 6 and would make the jump in order to hurdle the No. 11 Steelers for the right to take either Rivers or Roethlisberger. If the Bills sit tight, they would likely need either the Chargers or Giants to pass on a quarterback in order to select one at No. 13.

    The Lions, desperate for a lead rusher, are getting all the trade interest because they have signaled to teams that they would be content to move down and select Jackson, the draft's highest rated running back. Nobody in the top 13 is expected to select a running back, and Jackson's likely landing spot has been projected as either No. 15 Tampa Bay or No. 17 Denver.

    While it's not known what Detroit is asking in exchange for vacating the No. 6 spot, the Lions believe their performance in free agency allows them to pass on the chance to draft players such as Williams or Taylor in that slot. If Winslow some how gets past No. 5 Washington, which is not thought likely, Detroit might re-think its trade aspirations.

    During free agency, the Lions added much needed veteran help at cornerback in Fernando Bryant, offensive line in Damien Woody, receiver in Tai Streets and safety in Fred Marion.

    In other first-round trade possibilities, No. 7 Cleveland is still awaiting word back from No. 2 Oakland. The two have had trade discussions this week, with the Browns seeking to move up to select Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery. The Raiders, however, are not showing any inclination to cut a deal until they find out what's going to happen at No. 1 with San Diego.

    If the Chargers do stay put and select Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, as the latest convential wisdom holds, the Raiders are believed to be leaning toward taking Gallery themselves. Oakland is also high on Williams, but he could be gone by the No. 6 position, forcing the Raiders to refocus on Jackson if they trade down with the Browns.

    Cleveland officials now expect that Oakland won't make up its mind until it's on the clock early Saturday afternoon. The Browns this week also showed interest in trading up for San Diego's No. 1 pick, but the Chargers made it clear that they don't want to move down as far as No. 7. The only scenario where that slot might work for San Diego is if it deals down to the No. 4 Giants, and then trades again with the Browns, picking up a package of three or four extra picks in the process.
  2. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    I'm kinda divided on the Lions trading down. If they do go down and draft Steve Jackson, that means they'll pick up an extra 2nd or 3rd round draft choice.
    And that means they'll be more likely to part with a 3rd round pick for Larry Allen.

    Of course, that also means we miss out on a chance to get Jackson. But I would want the 3rd round pick and Kevin Jones than the same picks and Jackson.

    Tomorrow will tell.
  3. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like they won't trade down if the Redskins take Taylor and leave them Winslow.
  4. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    If they take Steven Jackson, that means they won't take Chris Perry in the 2nd round. So it would be safe for Dallas to trade back into the 2nd round.

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