Monday, October 15, 2007

Let's see... Lance Briggs and Greg Olsen or Adrian Peterson and Rocky McIntosh?

About a month ago, I went out on a limb and said "Call me crazy, but [Adrian Peterson is] already one of the top five backs in the NFL." It doesn't look that crazy anymore, does it? Peter King agrees with me, and I imagine a lot of other people do too after watching Peterson carve up a decent to very good Bears defense, juking Charles Tillman out of his jock, and carrying Ricky Manning, Jr. 10 yards on a kick return. Purple Jesus had 224 yards on 20 carries, averaging more yards per carry than Bears backup running back (forever hereafter referred to as "The Other" ) Adrian Peterson had on the day. He had a shocking 361 total yards, including kick returns, the fourth most ever.

So do the Bears have any regrets about not trading Lance Briggs to the Redskins along with their 31st pick for the sixth pick and Rocky McIntosh? I thought it looked like a great move for them at the time. With the sixth pick they could have drafted Peterson, as opposed to face him twice a year for the foreseeable future. Or maybe they could drafted defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, the rookie leader in sacks. He would have more than adequately plugged the hole created by Tank Johnson's release. Or LaRon Landry, who was drafted sixth. Landry would certainly be an upgrade over Adam Archuleta, who has been brutal at strong safety. I doubt they would miss Briggs as much as Briggs misses his car: McIntosh has three less tackles and one more sack than Briggs in a defense where McIntosh isn't prominently featured.

To be fair, I know for a fact that the Redskins were desperately trying to trade out of the six spot and there were no takers. So Green Bay could have put a package together, maybe with a little as their 1st and 2nd, to trade up for the electric Adrian Peterson. Houston picked 10th, an ideal spot for Washington to have picked, and probably could have traded up had they offered a 3rd. But we know for a fact what it would have taken the Bears to be riding the #28 car right now, and so do they. Not much.

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