This is a very long post. I have spent some time researching this so I wanted to bring most of my thoughts in the analysis in order for it being more complete. By doing so it should also be easier to spot errors in reasoning to all those who take the time to read this.
The intent of this post is to give my analysis to whom will be our “fab five” in the first round during the draft. I will begin by giving a brief overview of who has been that since 2002. All of this is off memory so I could be wrong.
2002: Levi Jones, Ashley Lelie, Javon Walker and Ed Reed were definitely on our radar. The team would have taken Walker had Lelie not been there. There were rumors that we were looking at Freeney, Buchanon and Stallworth as well. The Raiders traded up for Buchanon to keep us away.
2003. This was the infamous draft were we had a tentative deal with the Ravens to trade down and at the last minute they traded up with the Patriots. The idiots kept the Patriots with more talent that time. We were looking at Polamalu, K. Harris, G. Foster, T. Pierce and M. Doss. Man what could have been if we traded down.
Analysis: All except Pierce were needs but the draft was weak and it bugged the team enough with the trade down so that the relationship with the Ravens are still sour to this day.
2004: players mentioned by Sunquist in an interview later were; R. Williams, M. Clayton , T. Harris and DJ Williams. No fab five this time, and the rumors were that the team was looking at M. Williams.
Analysis: The team really wanted receivers in this draft and tried to trade up for Clayton. Yours truly was screaming for Harris in this draft and has never really forgiven the team for loosing that opportunity.
2005. Trade down with the Redskins. Players rumored to be on our fab five list were Rolle, Rogers and Matt Jones. I am unsure of this but I am certain I read somewhere by Sundquist that the team was looking somewhat at Matt Jones.
Analysis: The team went into the draft with every intent on getting a cornerback. Luckily this was one of the better corner drafts in recent years. It was also a stroke of genious to trade down and get the late Darrent Williams who many said was the best cover had he not been small.
We also begin to see a trend with need. We also seem to have a very strong wish for receivers. We also look at tall receivers that are over 6’2’’.
2006. The trade up for Cutler. The team never gave out information whether Cutler was the top qb on our board. There were no fab five released but the team was heavily involved in trading up rumors for V. Davis, R. Bush and if memory serves me well Mario Williams. I think I recall Sundquist or Shanahan saying they would have taken Whitner had they not been able to get a quarterback though he was taken early(and many called him a reach) by the Bills. By the way I wanted Young in this draft.)