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April 2, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Gary Horton

Gary Horton
  (4:07 PM)

While it seems like most teams are starting to really focus on the draft, there is still a wave of free agency to come, as a lot of teams have waited for the market to cool off. Now, I think a lot of teams think they can fill their needs with a lot of cheaper priced veterans. Even though we'll thinking draft right now, I still think we will see free agents steadily being signed.

Clay Defayette (New York)

Is 28-year-old Brandon Weeden pro-ready enough to where it'd be justifiable taking him over Ryan Tannehill?

Gary Horton
  (4:09 PM)

I think he can have a good career. Obviously some teams won't be enthralled by the age. But some things have changed with teams in the last year or two. Coaches have been ready to play guys right away than let him sit for a year or two. If this guy is as good as we think he is and can step in and contribute, I think a lot of teams would let him step in and take a shot. Also, even though he's 28, he hasn't taken a lot of hits. So, his body may be actually more fresh than you'd think.

Dean (New jersey)

Fill in the Blank......The Cowboys need to draft a ____________ rather than a ___________ in the first round.

Gary Horton
  (4:10 PM)

Going into free agency, they really felt like they needed to address the back end of their defense. They've done it somewhat in free agency, but they have some work to do. They need some help at LB. They need to continue to remake their OL, though they've done a pretty good job so far.

Mariopvn NORWALK, CA [via mobile]

How much does haynesworth got left in the tank? why aint anyone taking a low risk on him?

Gary Horton
  (4:12 PM)

To be honest I've always felt in the past that there would be a team to do something like that with these high risk guys. But in my mind he's out played his hand. I don't think it's worth the risk for a lot of people. When he went to Tampa Bay, a great spot for him, and didn't do anything, I think that's when a lot of teams washed their hands. I don't think he'll garner a lot of interest.

Gary Horton
  (4:12 PM)

Here's a guy who has made a lot of money and from the outside looking in, I don't see a lot of hunger there to be a real pro.

Clay Defayette (New York)

Shouldn't such a skilled and rare running back like Trent Richardson's stock be higher because there are few complete backs like him in the entire league? It seems a talent such as Justin Blackmon could be replicated easier than Richardson.

Gary Horton
  (4:14 PM)

I think the game has changed in terms of the RB position in the last few years. We're in this era of spread offenses with multi-WR sets. We've seen a lot of offenses run the ball almost by committee. You don't see a lot of ball control offenses. A lot of coaches figure they'll have 2-3 guys that share the position. There isn't as much of a premium to draft a guy high. But Richardson is a different guy, he can play all three downs. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and he has AP type qualities. That makes him unique.

Gary Horton
  (4:14 PM)

But right now, I think a lot of teams might take a high impact WR over a back.

Dennis (MI)

Any chance that RG3 goes number 1 to indy?

Gary Horton
  (4:15 PM)

I think Luck is a done deal, but I think Indy will posture a little bit, in terms of dealing with the agents. That doesn't make much sense because there's not that much wiggle room in today's rookie contract. I think it's a little more of a discussion than maybe they thought, since RGIII has such a great upside. They'll play the game a little bit. But at the end of the day they'll go with Luck.

Jim (NC)

If Elway was never sold on Tebow, why was he giving the impression to the public that he was? No loyalty...

Gary Horton
  (4:18 PM)

Well, I think he was resigned to the fact that Tebow was going to be their guy because nobody thought that Denver had a shot for Manning. They were certainly not a favorite in the beginning. If you don't think you'll be in the sweepstakes for Manning, then you're going to preach that you're comfortable with your guy. If Manning didn't go there, they probably would have gone with Tebow as their starter, but I think they would have drafted another guy high in this draft. I don't think they lied with Tebow, they just had one of the best players to ever play this game came to them and that's something you have to go with. Even Tebow understood that.

Tommy (Ohio) [via mobile]

since the Browns missed out on the RG III sweepstakes, don't the Browns almost have to take a talent like TRich. Sincw we did nothing to improve our offense thru free agency, i think we heve to take the most talented offensive player at #4 and in my mind, TRich is that guy.

Gary Horton
  (4:20 PM)

I think you're exactly right. They're in a great position. If Minnesota takes Matt Kalil, like we think they will, then Cleveland is clearly looking at Richardson or Blackmon, but the interesting thing here is that Miami may be very interested in moving up to draft Tannehill from Texas A-M. So could Minnesota move back and Miami come up? Could Cleveland move down a little bit and take that chance? Or do they just stay at 4 and take their chances? Tannehill makes Cleveland at No. 4 very interesting. Cleveland has 2 first round picks.

Gary Horton
  (4:20 PM)

They're sitting ina great spot.

Frank (Minneapolis) [via mobile]

Vikings stadium hearing tonight. Do you expect any significant to happen?

Gary Horton
  (4:21 PM)

I know they're making really good progress on getting a stadium. I think they have a great fan base. I don't think they're going anywhere.

Gary Horton
  (4:21 PM)

I think they'll be in Minnesota for a lot of years and will have that new stadium soon.

Mariopvn NORWALK, CA [via mobile]

Whats your take on BRONCO WR THOMAS? when he first got scouted they compare him to a calvin johnson mold does he have that potiential in him?

Gary Horton
  (4:23 PM)

Every WR that Manning plays with becomes so much better. As long as his work ethic is good, he'll reach heights with Manning that no other QB could pull out of him. WRs in Manning's offense are smart. They know how to exploit defenses. Peyton never leaves a stone unturned in preparation. If this guy's willing to be as dedicated as Peyton, he's going to be great.

Sam (Burnsville, MN) [via mobile]

If you're Rick Speilman do you trade with Miami at #8 for their first, second and next years first round picks or take Kalil at #3?

Gary Horton
  (4:25 PM)

I would absolutely listen to other offers. Especially Miami at 8. They could be tempted to come in for Tannehill. Minnesota has so many other needs. If they could trade down and still stay in the top 10, they might still be able to draft Riley Reiff. Getting him and a couple of extra picks could be very interesting. I don't think from the people that I've talked to that Minnesota is happy at all being stuck at No. 3 with no buyers, even though Kalil is worth the pick.

luke (mn)

is there anyway that the Vikings will let Kalil slip through their fingers?

Gary Horton
  (4:27 PM)

I think you're exactly right. They need to target an OT. They also have a tremendous need at WR. If they could trade down a few spots and still get a OT and be in a position to get a WR, that would be interesting. Right now Percy Harvin is their only difference maker. Let me turn the tables on you....if it were Blackmon or Kalil, which would you take? So many times when you're looking at the draft, you're looking at combinations. Do I take the WR first and the OT second and visa versa. That's why I have to know where guys may fall. I have to know the order.

Scott (NJ)

Do you think the Packers will stick with Ghram Harrell at backup or explore a veteran FA QB? Perhaps a Brady Quinn...

Gary Horton
  (4:29 PM)

I think what will happen is the teams that don't have one right now will try to get through the draft and find a veteran backup. I'm always surprised at the path teams take. How many times have we seen teams that can't even line up with a second QB? It's very important to have a guy you trust line up with the offense. Especially with these young QBs. You need a veteran guy in the meeting room every day helping him learn the game.

Gary Horton
  (4:30 PM)

We're in the home stretch for the draft. As we say every week, never a dull moment. I think it's important for fans to look closely at the free agents they pick up now. This is when teams can really make some nice decisions and really fill holes.