Digressions

Please God, make this man a Lion
Please God, make this man a Lion

Send Jay Cutler to the Lions, that’ll show him. If John Clayton says it, it must be true.  And right now J.C. is saying that the only two NFL teams capable of trading for Broncos QB Jay Cutler are the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions.  Yes.  Send him to Detroit where he can camp behind a shaky O-line and play in front of a morbid fan base.  There could be no greater justice in sports.

What’s worse than being a women’s college basketball analyst? Today on Sportscenter, NCAA Women’s College Basketball analyst Kara Lawson was being asked her take on the Women’s NCAA Tournament.  It was like listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher.  I heard “UConn” a bunch, then noise, then some more noise.  Mostly, I feel bad for Kara Lawson.  What does she do the rest of the year?  And I’m sure she has to have a grasp on the fact that few people care about what she’s saying.  Hopefully the paycheck atones for all that.

My National Champion is Louisville. Don’t put any stock in this, I’m usually never right.  It’s just that last year, everyone said Memphis would be the first one-seed to fall, and they made it all the way to the championship.  This year, Louisville is supposedly going to be the first #1 to go down.  I don’t see it happening.  The Cardinals’ best player is an unselfish leader in the mold of Brandon Roy.  He can pass, score, handle, and shoot.  He’s Rainier Beach grad Terrence Williams.

Seahawks should draft Crabtree, hope for Smith, or trade down. With the stock of O-lineman Andre Smith falling rapidly, there’s a chance the Alabama product may be available for the taking when the Seahawks make their second pick in the ’09 Draft.  Of course this is purely speculation, and I’m sure the Hawks’ brass will be on the horn finding out which teams will be selecting which players come draft day.  Should Smith be available in Round 2, however, the Hawks should look to add him to a club in need of a future LT, despite all of his off-the-field issues.  A character organization like Seattle would be a place where Smith could fall in line and be kept in check by his teammates.

With OT addressed later in the draft, this would free the Seahawks to select a skill position player or the BAP (best available player) with the #4 pick.  I’ve gone back and forth on Michael Crabtree from the beginning, but he’s clearly the best available player in this year’s class.  With Housh on one side and Crabtree on the other, the Hawks would be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.  And not unlike the Arizona Cardinals, Matt Hasselbeck would be free to gunsling behind his line and this team would be a high-flying offensive juggernaut.

Plus, when you look at Crabtree, he’s probably the only guy who can step in right away and make an immediate impact on this team.  Using your first pick on an O-lineman like Baylor LT Jason Smith would be a move for the future, since Smith would either ride the pine behind Walter Jones, or shift RT Sean Locklear to the bench while starting on the opposite side (not likely, considering Locklear’s contract).  Going after a QB would mean the same thing, except with absolutely no chance of starting, since Matt Hasselbeck is THE GUY (no matter what some talk radio callers might think).  The only other position that would make sense to spend the number four pick on would be linebacker, with last week’s trade of Julian Peterson.  The only linebacker worthy of the lofty status is Wake Forest product Aaron Curry, who experts say might not even last ’til the fourth pick.

The only other option is to trade down in the draft, though that’s unlikely to occur until draft day.  The top slots in this year’s draft are not as coveted as in year’s past, due to two reasons: 1, the economy and the high cost of paying a top tier pick, and 2, the quality of talent in this year’s draft.  It’s a good draft class, but not great, and that means more interest in loading up on middle-round picks, rather than first-rounders.

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