Joe (Charlotte): Dilfer says "(Colt) McCoy's competitiveness, leadership and athletic ability to extend plays will set him apart over time, Dilfer predicted". Does that mean Dilfer has hung around with (Jimmy) Clausen and (Sam) Bradford and knows how competitive each is or what leadership skills they have? Dilfer may be right in the end, but he seems to be making stuff up to fit his conclusions. Thoughts?
Mike Sando: I've known Trent Dilfer for nearly a decade and have picked his brain on these things over the years. One thing about him: He does his homework. He has studied the players. Like anyone, he has to try to set aside whatever personal feelings he might have. In this case, the rest of us can judge to what degree Dilfer's relationship with Colt McCoy -- they share an agent and have worked out together -- might be influencing his analysis. I don't think those things would dramatically affect what Dilfer saw in evaluating the players. He watched every snap multiple times. He knows the position well. The part you singled out -- the competitiveness, leadership and athletic ability -- might indeed be stronger in Dilfer's mind based on his relationship with McCoy. But there were enough other things to support his basic conclusion.
Taylor (Salt Lake City): Big Seahawks fan here, Mike. Love the blog and appreciate the updates. Question: What is the best case scenario for the Seahawks in round one? Gerald McCoy and C.J. Spiller? Russell Okung and Derrick Morgan? What combination would have the Seattle front office doing cartwheels? Thanks!
Mike Sando: I think the best-case scenario -- among at least somewhat realistic scenarios -- would be for Seattle to get the first or second offensive tackle at No. 6, then come back and get the best 4-3 pass-rushing defensive end, which could be Derrick Morgan if you believe the scouting reports.
mike (az): Bill Davis' comments a few days ago really frustrated me. I don't care about smokescreens or the fact that maybe he gave valuable insight into a very secretive process, but what I do care about is the Cards essentially once again admitted to drafting on need and not BPA. Sometimes this has worked out well for them (Beanie Wells, DRC recently) and sometimes it has failed (Levi Brown over Adrian Peterson, etc., Antrel Rolle to an extent). The best player they have ever drafted, Larry Fitzgerald, was the BPA and a position in which they really didn't need to upgrade. Ideally, BPA will meet need (and if it's close enough you go with need) but to reach for an ILB in the first few rounds when there really isn't a tremendous amount of talent there to me is ridiculous.
Mike Sando: You've got a good feel for how teams should prioritize things. It's easier to be a little more need-conscious later in the first round because you figure the talent gaps get smaller as the elite prospects come off the board. I thought the values matched with needs when Arizona selected Beanie Wells and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Cardinals do not deserve criticism for those picks. The 2007 year stands out as the year when Arizona's focus on needs backfired. The Cardinals took Levi Brown over Adrian Peterson because they needed a tackle and had recently invested heavily in Edgerrin James. They traded up in the second round to take Alan Branch because they needed a nose tackle. Those examples deserve some scrutiny. I think the Cardinals have done a better job recently. Also, it's unfair to criticize them for a move they have not yet made. If they reach for an inside linebacker, then we can revisit this subject.
Greg (SF): Hey Mike! Does it make any sense for the 49ers to stand pat with 13 and 17? They're so close together that it seems like it would be more valuable to trade back and get an extra pick. So, we still have two first rounders but we also get a pick later in the draft. And in addition, if Spiller and Mathews are still around, there have to be some teams that will be eager to trade up.
Mike Sando: On the other hand, teams drafting among the top 20 overall choices have selected 29 players with at least three Pro Bowls on their NFL resumes. Teams drafting after the 20th overall choice have found 19 such players. The 49ers might have a better chance getting an elite player staying where they're already picking.
There were a couple other questions/responses I might break out separately. Thanks for keeping the chat rolling. Good stuff today.