Stafford allegedly signed a six-year deal worth $41.7 million in guarantees and $78 million overall. One quarterback isn’t going to change the fortunes of an 0-16 team, especially this year since the Lions have verbally committed to keeping Stafford off the field and learning from the sidelines. Of course, that stance may change as the season progresses. From a fantasy standpoint, however, Calvin Johnson owners in dynasty leagues have to be at least somewhat excited as should help CJ. If Johnson can produce solid stats during last year’s debacle, things have to get better.
As far as the draft in general, I’m not one to really watch college football as closely as I should, and I’m not going t wow anyone with some snappy draft/fantasy implication pieces. Jay-Mo is the chinstrap ninjas version of Mel Kiper and ep knows much more about the talent than I ever will. However, I do know the following:
1. As usual, there are enough rumors of major trades and draft shake-up scenarios to choke a small goat. However, expect there to be much less brouhaha on draft day than most people think. There already is talk that the Braylon Edwards to the Giants deal is dead. More recent rumors say that Boldin wants and will stay in Arizona. Numerous teams are rumored to be trying to move up to draft Mark Sanchez, but as much as the Jets and other teams really need a QB, the Redskins ar e the ones who historically make big moves like this, and historically end up shooting themselves in the foot, but we’ll see. There will be trades, there will be some draft shakeups, just don’t expect NFL team armageddon during the draft.
2. One of many storylines worth watching is how far receiver Michael Crabtree falls. Rumors are circulating that he could fall as far as 10th overall to the 49ers. Even Oakland, the scrapyard of broken NFL dreams, is rumored to be looking past Crabtree to other receivers. Peter King made a comment that makes my skin crawl. He said that if Crabtree falls far enough, the Packers may consider taking him with the No. 9 pick. As a Packers fan, I should be excited at the possibility that Green Bay could get such a potential offensive playmakers — however, it wasn’t the receiving corps that doomed the Packers’ playoff dreams last season, it was the defense.
3. I’m not an Eagles fan — I can’t even pretend to be one. However, I am intrigued in what they do with their first-round pick (No. 21). They desperately need a playmaker receiver to go opposite DeSean Jackson. If I was overseeing operations, I’d do whatever it takes to land Boldin — including giving up the first-round pick if necessary (although rumors state that the Cardinals would consider a second-round selection). The Eagles, like the Giants, are teams built to win now, and the Eagles in particular (although the Giants fit the bill) are one receiver short from being Super Bowl candidates, in my opinion. I personally think they already suffered two strikes this offseason — in not landing TJ Houshmandzadeh a few months ago and missing out in the Tony Gonzalez situation (all it took was a second-round pick in 2010 — what did the Eagles offer that was beat by that, a pack of Chiclets?). If the Eagles whiff this weekend, than McNabb has every reason to pout. Rumors are that the Eagles have three different strategies — go with the best RB available to back up an aging Brian Westbrook, take the best receiver available, for obvious reasons, or take the best TE option in this year’s draft: Pettigrew. We’ll see in less than 24 hours.