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Draft Gamesmanship

In the next few days we're going to start hearing all kinds of stories leading up to the draft, from free agent signings to stories of who each team is high on in order to gameplay each other. Now among these stories you may have heard that the Browns are interested in Sanchez, after drafting Brady Quinn and having Derek Anderson on the roster. You may have heard that there are teams like the Redskins, who are smitten by Sanchez and may be willing to trade up. You also may hear that teams are bringing in players for visits and some of you may be scratching your heads and saying " Who the hell is that? " or " Why in the hell would they bring this guy in for a visit? ".

All that being said I'm not going to dive in to why I think they're bringing in this guy or why this guy is a sleeper. I'm going to switch it up and bring another way to analyze the draft. Before I start, I'd like to say that I'm only using Sanchez as an example because of all the attention he's been getting as of late.

Now we know that Sanchez was invited to attend the draft, but won't be going due to his busy schedule visiting teams. The first thing you may be thinking, is why they invited this guy for a visit is because they're not satisfied with the production of their current QB(s). Let's look at two teams... the 49ers and the Seahawks, both from the same division and need the QB position but for different reasons. The 49ers need a QB because no one in their current group, including the #1 overall pick of the 2005 draft, is going to be the next Joe Montana. The Seahawks have a QB that is coming back from an injury and at the tailend of his career. Out of the two, the Seahawks clearly have the better situation at QB even with everything said about Hasselbeck.

Now my thinking is that they're not only looking at Sanchez or Stafford for their own personal reasons... they're also looking at these two as potential opponents. I mean, if the Seahawks draft Stafford, the 49ers can say they brought him in for a visit and saw all the negatives that they'll plan to exploit 2 times each season. It's not like they can ask him to come in later to see that he only makes 1 read instead of 3 before he steps and throws. Same goes for the Seahawks... once mocks indicated that the 49ers may be able to draft Sanchez, they brought him in for a workout. I wish I had more scenarios, but as I just thought of this today after looking at who was bringing in who for visits, I hope that maybe you all may have seen simular incidences that you could share and maybe we can talk about something else leading up to the draft instead of dream trade and drafting scenarios.

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