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DMN Blog: Mendenhall could be a target if Broncos bail

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Chief, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Moving up to get the best back?
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    Of course, everyone knows I'm talking about Rashard Mendenhall. Or at least if you read this blog, you're well aware that he'll be a better pro than Darren McFadden.

    Anyway, the Broncos may be looking to move out of the 12th overall spot. According to this report from Mike Klis of the Denver Post, they could be willing to take a late first-rounder, along with a third-rounder for that pick. And the 12th slot is key, because it's one spot ahead of Carolina, who I've heard likes the Illinois stud quite a bit.

    So do you trade, say, the 28th and 92nd picks to get up to 12th overall? Or even the 22nd and 92nd picks? I can see this two ways. There are three backs atop the heap in this draft, and one of them is hurt. If you're set on getting one of those guys, Mendenhall's probably going to bring the best immediate value and, ultimately, be the best player.

    Still, I don't like the idea of trading up in most circumstances, especially when you're moving up 10 slots or more. I think Mendenhall is going to be a star. But at that position, I'd hesitate to pay big bonus money, although the Bills did get Marshawn Lynch in at reasonable dollars (five years, $18.9 million; $ 10.3 million guaranteed) after drafting him 12th overall last year.

    The other issue becomes whether you can then give Marion Barber the bank-breaking deal he'll want, and sink that much money and long-term commitment into two players at one position, a spot that a lot teams have been able to get by at on the cheap of late (the leading rushers in two of the last three Super Bowls were undrafted free agents, the other was a seventh-round pick). So if you draft Mendenhall, do you coax Barber to sign the tender and then let him go after a year?

    There would layers to this thing, if it were to happen.
  2. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    I would do 22 and 93 in a heartbeat. i dont know about Mendenhall there although I really really like him but one of the top CBs will definitely be there.

    i would do that trade now if theyd take it.
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Mendenhall is who I think the Lions will want unless McFadden falls. Once they get him, they will want more OL help, which is why Roy Williams can save them if they trade him. They will use the pick from us for OL.
  4. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Mendenhall isn't worth moving up that far... I'd just take Kevin Smith in the 2nd or 3rd round.
  5. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    For only an additional third hes worth it. what a trade up like that should be worth is another story.
  6. kTXe

    kTXe On To The Next One

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    Absolutely. That trade would be highway robbery for us.
  7. BigWillie

    BigWillie Well-Known Member

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    If I am moving up to #12, I am hoping for DRC, not some running back.

    As is ALWAYS the theme on draft day, RBs will fall lower than they are expected to be selected.
  8. xpistofer

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    I just do not get it. I am absolutely blown away that we are talking about drafting any running back in the 1st round. We should be drafting a complement to barber in the 2nd or 3rd. If we are going to pick a runner with a 1st rounder, then in my opinion we need to trade mb3...you can't have so much tied up in two running backs.

    I will be very disappointed if we draft a runner in the 1st.
  9. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    I like the idea of having two really good running backs...
  10. mboy22

    mboy22 New Member

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    Why? You don't need two great running backs to go to the superbowl. You need a good RB and a compliment like the two superbowl teams had.
  11. Dhragon

    Dhragon Deadly Claws of Death

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    1st round RB = no more MBIII after this year in all likelihood. Barber and his agent will want a fortune to sign and it will be too tempting not to pay that amount of $$$ on a part time back.
  12. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    I would prefer to trade up for one of the top corners if possible.
  13. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    for those who would be upset w/ a RB in the 1st, might have to accept the possibility that it could happen
  14. BHendri5

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  15. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    If I am going up to 12, it is to get DRC not some backup RB.

    Somebody tell me we are not going to burn the 12th overall on a backup RB, that would be effing dumb.

    If Barber wants too much and is gone after this year, forget 12 and just pitch in our 2009 1st and go get McFadden.
  16. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    same here, just saying that to be upset w/ the prospect of us taking a back in the 1st isn't looking at things realistically anymore
  17. xpistofer

    xpistofer Member

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    I like the idea of having three. the question is what price are we willing to pay...
  18. xpistofer

    xpistofer Member

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    i'm working on it.:(
  19. jswalker1981

    jswalker1981 Fact > Your Opinion

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    What about the Saints? McAllister was a first rounder when they had Ricky Williams, they traded him away, and re-signed McAllister, only to draft Reggie Bush with the #2 overall pick. So I think a good RB can co-exist with a first round pick. If we work it the right way, we can keep both of them.
  20. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Man I hope you are wrong on this.

    Why in the world would we trade up for a RB not named McFadden in one of the deepest RB classes of all time? It makes absolutely no sense.

    The only RB in this draft I would even consider moving up for is McFadden, that it.

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