|05-01-2006, 04:24 PM||#1|
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The Draft 10 Years From Now
In 10 years, Denver fans will look back and say, "Mike Shanahan won a Super Bowl on April 29, 2006." Incredibly, Shanahan went from coaching the favorite in the AFC Championship Game to trading all the way to 11th in the first round -- and stealing the Jay Cutler pot.
In 10 years, Raiders fans will still be wondering why Al Davis didn't take Cutler with the seventh pick. Davis, who needed a quarterback, went for the best defensive player in the draft, Texas safety Michael Huff.
But in 10 years, Cutler will be regarded as the NFL's most exciting quarterback. He will have won at least one Super Bowl throwing to Javon Walker, whom Shanahan stole from Green Bay for a second-round pick.
Even with Walker coming off knee surgery, he'd have gone in the top 15 if he had been in this draft. And Shanahan added Walker and Cutler to a team that would have been favored in the Super Bowl if Jake Plummer hadn't thrown two interceptions and fumbled twice in the home loss to Pittsburgh. That is unfair.