Saturday, April 25, 2009

Niners Add 2010 First Rounder Also

by: Michael Steffes

Big difference, though: the Niners will have Carolina's, a playoff team from last year with a veteran group of guys who project to be a good team again next year. And they had to throw in a fourth to get the deal done.

The Hawks have Denver's first round pick, a team that is changing systems, has almost no defensive talent, and just gave away their franchise QB. Kyle Orton will be forced to outscore his opponents and probably not find much success, especially since he comes from a team where defense and special teams made large contributions.

While San Francisco traded for a pick that projects to be a late first, the Hawks got a pick that could very easily be a top ten pick next year. Trading a second in a bad draft for a top ten pick in a good draft is the type of move that can revitalize a franchise. Next year, this team could find the QB and T of the future everyone thought they needed this year.

An added bonus is that neither of these teams have to give a second round contract to guys who would be third rounders in most drafts. There will still be plenty of guys available when the Hawks pick next.