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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Mailbag: On Haynesworth, Harrison

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Trey in Atlanta, GA writes: The Texans strategy of being patient in free agency and building through the draft is working since the team has been slowly getting better and seemingly built for continued success. If Haynesworth is available for a second or third round pick, wouldn't this be a great value for them rather than drafting a defensive tackle?

Paul Kuharsky: I simply can’t believe Albert Haynesworth will be available for so little compensation with so little guaranteed money left on his deal. If he is, absolutely Houston should be at the head of the line. I’d give up a second for him in a heartbeat and the pass rush would get just what it needs. I would think the Jaguars would be interested too, and I know the Titans would be. But neither of them have a second-round pick.


Rashawn Ingram in Dover, Delaware writes: I have a question about Marvin Harrison and his potential HOF induction. If he has been sitting out of the league for two years now, will that count towards his five inactive years for HOF eligibility? Or does he have to officially retire?

Paul Kuharsky: He’s only been out one year. If he goes five years without playing, he’s eligible for the Hall. Officially retiring is about paperwork, and probably some benefits.


Kyrill in Princeton, NJ writes: A Jaguars draft question for your next mailbag: Assuming the Jags don't trade out of the ten spot, they seem likely to draft a defensive player. I think they'd take Eric Berry in a heartbeat if he's still there, but most mock drafts have him going earlier. Which of the following would you rather have: Joe Haden, Earl Thomas, Rolando McClain, Derrick Morgan, or Jason Pierre-Paul? Those are the names most often linked to Jacksonville, and I'd love to have your take on them.

Paul Kuharsky: I agree there is no chance Berry is there. From your list, I am big on Thomas. But in the blogger mock I know you anxiously await -- you’ll see it Monday -- I might have to go a different direction.


Dustin in Stanford, CA writes: Hey Paul, It seems that a few people doing projections think that the Titans highly rate workout warriors in the draft. This thought scares me. Anything you can do to alleviate my fears? Thanks for the great work.

Paul Kuharsky: You hope they learned from Chris Henry, but they certainly like some measurables and it helped with Chris Johnson. So it’s not always a bad thing. Film first, all that other stuff should amount to smaller, secondary ingredients.


Eric Cox in Madison, WI writes: I am curious how the NFL arranges the order of compensatory picks. I see that in the 5th round, Green Bay, San Diego, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta all have extra picks, but they are not arranged according to last season's standings. Do you know?

Paul Kuharsky: The secret formula (sounds like we are talking about Coke) that determines what compensatory picks you get determines if mine is a notch more valuable than yours, etc. The way they stack has nothing to do with the stacking of the non-compensatory picks in the draft.


Arne Wilson from parts unknown writes: Chris Henry was a Jeff Fisher guy. That the pick was blamed on a since-departed position coach is appalling. That draft was horrible. The Titans badly needed two wide receivers, a corner and a defensive end. The Titans' would up with Michael Griffin (a bust at corner, so they put him at safety where he was good in 2008 with great players around him but struggled in 2009), Henry (bust), Paul Williams (bust), Leroy Harris (good player, but not at a need position) and Chris Davis (bust). Floyd Reese is gone, but the bad draft picks and ineffective free agency approach continues. It is past time to hold the front office accountable.

Paul Kuharsky: I don’t see how it’s appalling to say that Henry had Sherman Smith’s endorsement, as he did. You say Henry was a Fisher guy, then ask for the front office to be held accountable. Well, which?

And did I defend that draft somewhere?