NFC West: Napoleon Harris
That could be a welcome development for Seattle, the only team that has visited with Marshall this offseason.
The NFL executives Denver Post reporter Jeff Legwold polled recently all thought Marshall would wind up in Seattle for less than a first-round pick in return, unless the Redskins showed interest and the Broncos were OK making a deal with their former coach, Mike Shanahan. The Redskins are already lacking draft capital, however, and that makes their candidacy seem unlikely.
The Steelers probably had more urgency to deal the troubled Holmes given the public-relations hits Pittsburgh has taken this offseason. Holmes and Marshall were both 2006 draft choices, Holmes in the first round and Marshall in the fourth. Marshall has produced at a high level more consistently, topping 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons. But Holmes has averaged an additional 4.0 yards per reception (16.3 to 12.3), and the disparity was even greater in 2009 (15.8 to 11.1). Both have had off-field issues.
Of course, the price one team pays for a receiver doesn't always affect what another team can get for one.
The Ravens recently paid third- and fourth-round choices to Arizona for receiver Anquan Boldin and a fifth-rounder. The Eagles traded receiver Reggie Brown to Tampa Bay for a 2011 sixth-rounder. In 2006, the Seahawks paid a 2007 first-rounder to New England for Deion Branch. In 2005, the Vikings sent Randy Moss to Oakland for linebacker Napoleon Harris and draft picks, including the seventh overall choice. A couple of years later, the Patriots acquired Moss for a fourth-round choice.
It's an upset if Seattle pays more than a second-rounder for Marshall unless additional teams show interest.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Josh from Fontana, Calif., writes: Hey Mr. Sando, my Rams have some needs but have been doing a great job filling them. Now we have the 2nd pick and we should have the two best players in the draft available to us then (Aaron Curry and Michael Crabtree).
I know there are some teams that would do some trading for these guys, giving my Rams some additional picks (hopefully a 1st and an additional 2nd). Now, what teams do you see attempting to do this. Your comments please.
Mike Sando: This question provides an opportunity for a little draft history lesson, courtesy of some research I conducted before the 2008 draft.
Three teams have traded into the top 10 picks since 2003. The moves proved costly in more ways than one.
"Trades are a unique thing in the first round anymore because of the cost of the top 10 picks financially," Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said. "To take on that cost, then to give up something to do so, it is almost counterintuitive, and that's clearly not what the draft was designed to be."
In 2003, the Saints sent the 17th and 18th choices as part of a package to Arizona for a package that included the sixth pick. New Orleans drafted Georgia defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan, who was out of the league after 16 starts and three NFL seasons.
Also in 2003, the Jets traded the 13th and 22nd picks as part of a package to Chicago for the fourth overall choice. The Jets drafted defensive lineman Dewayne Robertson, a durable starter who hasn't become an impact player.
In other words, the Rams might not find anyone eager to take that second overall choice off their hands. This draft doesn't feature anyone perceived to be a Peyton Manning-type player. For that reason, I'd be a little surprised if someone swooped into that No. 2 spot.
No team since 2003 has traded into the top five picks from lower in the round. I had thought this was the case since 1999. Thanks to Damon Moffa for setting me straight (ever so politely, of course) via Facebook.