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Schein's Nine: Don't blow it in draft

Schein's Nine: Don't blow it in draft
When you think about it, it really isn't rocket science.

You take the best player on the board who fits your coaching staff and an area of need.

But yet, every single year we see goofy picks and questionable moves.

For our draft week SCHEIN 9, we offer friendly reminders to NFL teams — do not blow it.

1. The Lions shouldn't take Matthew Stafford.

Frankly, this is easy. He shouldn't even be in consideration. Detroit has too many needs at 0-16. A strong armed quarterback does not eradicate the worst season in the history of professional sports. In fact, with the money you pay the No. 1 overall pick, it can cripple you for years to come.

Stafford is an underclassmen who forced the ball a bit too much to be considered the guy. Heck, he isn't the top quarterback on some draft boards of good teams. Stafford is not ready to play. He'll be the $35 million signing bonus baby holding a clipboard or getting killed by a poor offensive line.

This pick would be a major overreaction to the Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco craze. Let's slow down here. Ryan and Flacco were special fifth year seniors. Stafford skipped his final college season.

And wouldn't you have an overreaction to the brilliant and consistent play of Jake Long, Ryan Clady (who got one of my two first team Associated Press all pro votes at tackle as a rookie) and Jeff Otah? Analyze the difference these tackles made on their respective ball clubs last year.

I'd pick tackle Jason Smith. I wouldn't have a problem with Aaron Curry under defensive minded new head coach Jim Schwartz.

Plus, if there was trend at quarterback to follow, it's the re-emergence of Kurt Warner and Kerry Collins. Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton can hold the fort until you pick Tim Tebow or some other stud in the quarterback heavy draft next year.

Grab the franchise tackle. Don't blow it. But then again, these are the rebuilding since 1957 Detroit Lions.

2. The Rams must take a tackle


Chad recently cried to old friend T.J. Houshmandzadeh that he wanted to be traded. Ocho Cinco's act has worn thin. He's a distraction. Johnson was suspended, by you Marvin, last season before a national television game for violating team rules. You can't have rules for 52 guys and then rules for one. He's a headache, distraction and side show. It's the ultimate addition by subtraction move. And he hasn't played like a Pro Bowler in two years. This isn't about you and Mike Brown digging your heels in and showing you won't let a player talk his way off the team. It's about what is best for the team. You have needs all over the field, including offensive tackle, running back, receiver, defensive tackle and linebacker. Trade Chad. End it. Don't blow it.

7. The Giants must trade for Braylon Edwards

New York thinks that Edwards' skill sets are close to a mirror image of Plaxico Burress', which puts him ahead of Anquan Boldin on the veteran pecking order.

The order is debatable but the logic is sound.

Jerry Reese has 10 picks in the upcoming draft and can make some excellent deals. Send the Giants' first rounder and a third rounder to Cleveland for Edwards. You still have two second-round picks. This is a win-now team. And you don't have to give Edwards a new deal beforehand. Don't blow it.

8. The Saints must draft defense at No. 14 or trade down.

Don't tell me about Knowshon Moreno and Beanie Wells. The Saints need an impact defensive player.

Malcolm Jenkins or one of the linebackers like a Brian Cushing will be the pick.

You can get a big running back, like a Rashad Jennings (who I think is the next Brandon Jacobs) later in the draft.

Even a James Davis, Glenn Coffee or Javon Ringer fit the bill for the Saints needs.

Remember, the Saints don't have a second or third round pick so a trade down is very possible. Don't blow it.

9. Pick Pat White in round two or Brian Hoyer early on Sunday

I'll say it again -- White is going to be a great NFL player. He's the only quarterback in NCAA history to start and win four bowl games. White's the NCAA all-time leading rusher at quarterback. And he's a winner. White is open to playing receiver in addition to quarterback at the NFL level. Draft him in the second round and look smart.

Don't wait too long on Hoyer Sunday morning. He is a tough as nails leader who smartly guided Michigan State. Don't get consumed by the nine touchdowns his senior season. His receivers dropped 78 passes last year. Hoyer told us this week on Sirius NFL Radio that New England, Carolina, Cleveland, Dallas and Denver have expressed interest. The Carolina situation is most interesting, with Jake Delhomme likely having one or two years left. That would be a value pick.

Don't blow it.

Schein hosts the NFL Draft on Sirius NFL Radio and XM 124 this Saturday and Sunday with analysts Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan, and "The Godfather" Gil Brandt. Coverage begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 22, 2009

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