I would like to share some additional information regarding the Dallas trade scenarios we've been tossing around. What better way to do that than to check with a fellow team-fan blogger for Dallas at http://cowboysnextmove.blogspot.com/. After giving him the Lions side of things, I invited him over to give some insight from the Dallas point of view. Here is what I posted on his Roy trade scenarios story:
I do a Detroit lions blog (detfan1979.blogspot.com) -- First of all, I think that Dallas would need to throw something better than a couple of "depth" players at Marinelli/Millen (Rod's calling most of the shots in Det on personnel now) to get them to bite on Roy -- it would likely take both ones and the #61 in rd 2. Your opinion: Most mocks have a top CB falling to Det at 15, but the top tier guys gone by 22 -- what do you think of the chances of Dallas trading #22 and #61 (2nd rd) for Detroit's #15 and 5th rounder? Also, if mendenhall is available, does Dallas want him enough to trade the 2 #1's? You can email me at email@example.com or post a return comment on my blog, preferably under the Draft Scenario #3: Dallas article. BTW -- Looks like you run a quality Dallas blog -- keep up the good work! IMHO - these type of fan blogs are far better reading than national media analysis."
Here are his responses (under the Dallas Draft Scenario Post, and the TE Post -- for those of you who don't recall, Campbell came over as one of Rod's first targets in FA in '06 from Dallas, where he was just hitting the upside of his potential):
steamroller78 has left a new comment on your post "FB's and TE's": Dan Campbell- He's the guy to watch on your 2008 Detroit Lions. He will be a big red zone go to guy for you this year. I hated to see him go out like he did. I don't know how many Lions games you guys go to, but if he is like he was here in Dallas, he is also the most fan friendly guy I have ever met. I just seen that no one mentions him in the comments here, and you guys don't know what you have til it's gone. Trust me. If he stays healthy you guys will see great things from him.
steamroller78 has left a new comment on your post "Draft Challenge #3: Dallas Cowboys": Hello detfan1979, I would just like to bring some insight from the other end of this trade you are discussing with the Cowboys. Yes, I am a Cowboys fan, and I can tell you that I think you are right on on 1 thing. I think you guys should watch what Dallas does prior to your #15 pick on the first day of the draft. Using Jimmy Johnson's draft chart your #'s are right on, and I think highly likely this trade could and should take place. Dallas is looking highly at 3 CB's in this draft, and if 2 of them go prior to #15, they will jump at the third. I still think that is also highly likely that the Boys attempt a trade up with the Jets at the #6 pick given the right situation. I will not go into great depth on all those details, but it involves Darren McFadden. I have several posts on cowboysnextmove.blogspot.com about this stuff if you care to see that. I will also tell you, that many Cowboys fans are discussing the possibility of a trade that involves your Roy Williams. Just speculation, but Jerry Jones is after a really good #2 WR to T.O. Not to say he would be a #2 receiver, that would actually be more like 2 #1's. I would also like to say that you also have a very good looking blogspot for your Lions here. I love the layout. Mine is still an in progress, but it looks like you have put a lot of work into this one. I will have to tell my fellow fans at theLandryHat.com about this posts involving the Dallas trade. They will be interested in hearing it from someone other than myself. Also, I think it is important that you know why I say the #15 pick is the trigger point for Dallas. Arizona has the #16, and they are also after the top CB falling to them. Dallas has to jump ahead of them to be successful in getting a top tier CB. Thanks, and I will keep up with this topic on your blogspot, so you too, keep up the hard work. THANKS
April 9, 2008 7:22 PM
As a Lions fan I wasn't really aware of the fact that AZ was in the market for corners -- and lo and behold, I took a look and they are indeed honed in on getting one of the top CB in the draft... checking out Arizona sites, they think that Det will take a RB or OT, leaving whichever of the top 3-4 corners falls to them. Dallas, on the other hand, is also not impressed with any of the WR's in round one, and really is focused on Mcfadden if they were to take a rd one back -- but would be willing to make a trade to hop over AZ and get the CB they want. Millen already ahs open lines of communication with Jones -- so I really do see this as a very viable, and possible, option come draft day if the dominoes tumble correctly.
One other point to make is that Campbell is often overlooked (along with about half the roster now) as a great FA addition made in the Marinelli Era of the Millen Dynasty (not all dynasty's were magnificent, or good. Study Far-East Asian History for a while and you'll understand.) Just because average Lions fans haven't heard of a guy, they think he is a "scrub" the other team didn't want -- when many times, as with FA the Lions let go such as Bryant -- there are cap reasons, roster reasons, being outbid for what a team can afford to/will pay that player (like with Duckett and Woody (can/will)) - even if they are good players.
Do you seriously think Gruden wanted to lose Dwayne White, or that Kiffen wanted to start a rookie DE (Gaines) last year any more than Rod did/does? Nope. Lions nabbed him.
Tomorrow, I will be doing a piece on the Cap situation, and my thoughts on that (including who is trade bait cap-wise, strategies I think they are following, and a rough estimate of space to be available in 2009 start of FA). I am still looking at Netrat's awesome handy-dandy spreadsheet, and working out some of the details/scenarios. Looking ahead, I'm doing more research on: the secondary, a point-counterpoint with JJLions, Rod Marinelli series (likely to be over 3-4 posts this summer), the Dline, Linebackers, FA overview/pre draft wrap-up, more draft items, and I'm sure much more will come up -- it always seems to!
As you may have noticed, my posting frequency has been running every 2 -3 nights. This is because of many factors, but mainly: The Kids have started spring sports, and my front-office gal is due for her first child in May -- so she is going to be on maternity leave soon (and already has lots of appointments, as those with kids know), and we will be training a new intern soon for the summer while she is off. Add in the fact I do this as a hobby (unpaid), and needless to say, I've got some extra things on the platter. So while I will post as often as possible, it may only be 3-4 posts per week versus the usual 5-7. I will do my best, however, as I enjoy writing this blog immensely, and look forward to reading your comments as much as you look forward (I hope) to reading this blog!
I plan on doing a live, draft day blog with my top of the head thoughts on each of the Lions picks, and how the draft is progressing in general. Plans and reality don't always mix, so I'll let you guys know as we get closer.
As always, thanks for reading, and I look forward to your comments!
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