'04 re-draft: Ben a Charger, Rivers a Raider?

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com offers a redo of the 2004 draft. He has the San Diego Chargers taking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The Chargers, of course, took quarterback Eli Manning and traded him to the New York Giants for a package of picks including Philip Rivers, who the Giants took at No. 4. Kirwan reasons that Roethlisberger and his two Super Bowl rings are difficult to argue with. That’s true. However, would Roethlisberger really be better than Rivers in San Diego?

We addressed that subject prior to the Super Bowl. Both Gary Horton and Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said they believed the Steelers would be just as good with Rivers as they are with Roethlisberger. However, they don’t know if the Chargers would be as successful with Roethlisberger as they are with Rivers because of the way Rivers fits Norv Turner’s offense.

With Roethlisberger in San Diego in his redo, Kirwan had Oakland taking Rivers instead of Robert Gallery, who has had a so-so career and said he will leave this offseason as a free agent.

The Raiders likely would have been in much better shape during those lean years in the middle of the last decade with Rivers. You also have to wonder if the Randy Moss experiment would have worked better if he had a young gun like Rivers throwing him the ball.

What does Kirwan’s exercise all mean? Nothing at all. But it’s fun to ponder.

In other AFC West nuggets Saturday:

Pro Football Focus has a nice piece on Oakland defensive lineman Matt Shaugnessy. It calls the third-year player a “secret superstar.” Shaugnessy is overshadowed by bigger names on the Oakland defensive line, but he has been an impact player. It will be fun to watch him continue to develop.

The San Diego Union Tribune has an update on the Chargers’ quest for a new stadium.

NFL Live has a look at Denver’s draft needs.