Derrick Gunn had a report tonight about the Titans-Eagles deal involving Asante Samuel, saying could be done in the next few days. Gunn reported that the price could be a conditional 3rd round pick. If true, that means the pick is for the 2013 draft. Obviously no conditions could be met before the season, unless we’re talking about something abstract that involves eating Funyuns, watching The Fugitive on basic cable, and getting Katy Perry to hit up Evan Mathis on Twitter.
A 2013 3rd round pick for Asante would be a steal for the Titans. When talking about picks in future years, the value needs to go up by a round. The equivalent of a 2012 3rd round pick is a 2013 2nd round pick. And so on. I hope that makes sense.
I’d be fine with dealing him for a 5th this year and conditional pick next year. That would be more of a fair deal.
One question more than a few people have is…why deal Asante?
The man still is incredibly talented. He is one of the best playmaking CBs in the league. However…Asante is highly unreliable, in terms of both tackling and coverage assignments. This is something a veteran coach might know how to deal with (Jim Johnson in ’08), but a coach like Juan Castillo isn’t programmed to deal with a guy like Asante. The coach must know how to plan for his freelancing. It also helped that JJ had veteran Safeties in Dawk and Mikell to help cover up those times when Asante did his own thing.
Setting those issues aside, Asante is no longer a good fit. The scheme now calls for press coverage on the outside. That is critical because it syncs up with the pass rush up front. One of the points that Castillo made several times this year is how coverage and a strong rush go hand in hand. After a QB hits the 3rd, 5th, or 7th step, he is in trouble if no player is immediately open. Castillo referred to QBs taking a hitch step. When this happens, Babin and Cole have a chance to get there. When the QB can throw on time, the pass rush has little to no chance. There simply isn’t enough time.
Asante can play press coverage, but he doesn’t like to do it. He prefers to play off. That allows him to read the QB and receiver and then jump routes. Asante is still great at doing this, but it just doesn’t work well with the current scheme. Asante is much more effective when the team blitzes a lot. That leads to the QB getting rid of the ball quickly, and giving Asante a chance to jump routes.
There is no reason to keep Asante. He would be lost at playing the slot. He needs to be the LCB. He needs to play his game.
Dealing him to the Titans would be ideal. Asante is still a very good cover corner. I’d rather not give him to an NFC contender if possible. Why help a team like the Lions out if you can help it? Should they offer a better deal, then the heck with it. Send him to Motown.
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Matt posted a 2nd round to the mock draft at ScoutsNotebook.
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Taking a WR at 15 continues to be brought up. Let me try to clear up the situation. I personally would not spend that pick on a WR other than Justin Blackmon, a player who I think has virtually no shot to be there.
The Eagles might feel differently. They could value Michael Floyd or Kendall Wright at pick 15. I truly doubt it, but it is possible. And I stand by my contention that it would be a bad pick. They aren’t bad players, but the fit/value simply isn’t there. Pick 15 needs to land you an impact guy. We’re set with starting WRs. We need to upgrade the depth and can do that as early as the 2nd round, but not at pick 15.
Put me on record now…if the Eagles do that…dumb move. Waste of resources. If DJax or Mac is killed in a bizarre gardening accident, I’ll change my tune. Until that happens, count me out on WR. Should a WR be atop the board when 15 does come up, you trade back. Simple as that.
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For those who didn’t see this in the previous comments section…DeMeco Ryans gets the Iron Maiden treatment. Good job from a dedicated Eagles fan (Thunder Lips).
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Someone asked about Antonio Dixon in the last comments section. Dixon looked like a really good player in 2010. He started slow last year, but his best game was the one where he got hurt. Dixon is a talented DT with size. I think the Eagles are smart to see what Jim Washburn can do with him. Dixon may not turn out as good as we hope, but he’s worth the risk. He had a couple of terrific games in 2010. The raw talent is there.
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There was a lot of great discussion in the previous post about drafting QBs. I’ll try to address the subject in a QB post. Lots of different angles to consider. Circumstances are super important. If you switched Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf back in 1998 I guarantee you the results would have been different. Think about this…Manning walked into a huddle that had Marshall Faulk and Marvin Harrison. Leaf was looking at Natrone Means and WRs Charlie Jones and Bryan Still. Honestly…I don’t remember Jones at all. If you played in the NFL in the 1990s and I can’t remember you…that ain’t a good sign.