- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2009

WINNERS

New York Jets: The price was steep (two picks and three players), but Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum made the boldest decision of the first round by moving from No. 17 to No. 5 to draft Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez. In the second round, the Jets chose Iowa running back Shonn Greene, who eventually could replace Thomas Jones.

New England: At one point during the draft, the Patriots owned four second- and four third-round picks. Bill Belichick added safety Patrick Chung, defensive tackle Ron Brace and cornerback Darius Butler in the second round. The Patriots acquired young players who won’t bust the salary cap, and they already have three 2010 second-round picks.

Philadelphia: The Eagles improved their offensive line by acquiring tackles Jason Peters and Stacy Andrews; they improved their skill by drafting speedy Missouri receiver Jeremy Maclin and productive Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy. Maclin gives Donovan McNabb a big-play target, and McCoy is the best No. 2 option they have had behind Brian Westbrook.

LOSERS

Dallas: Already without a first-round pick, the Cowboys traded out of the second round (leaving them no Day One picks). In Round 3, they failed to address the secondary, and with their fourth-round pick they chose Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee. It was a mystifying decision considering Tony Romo is entrenched as the starter and Jon Kitna was acquired to be the backup. As of now, the Cowboys are the worst team in the NFC East.

Denver: In a position of power with two first-round and two second-round picks via the Jay Cutler trade, the Broncos reached for a couple of players - Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno (No. 12) and North Carolina tight end Richard Quinn (No. 64) - and gave up one of their 2010 first-rounders to draft cornerback Alphonso Smith in the second round. Starting with trading Cutler, it has been a curious start to the Brian Xanders/Josh McDaniels regime.

Anquan Boldin: Even when the Arizona Cardinals reportedly lowered their asking price to a second-round pick, they couldn’t find a taker for the star receiver, who is unhappy with his contract. It’s interesting the Ravens didn’t make a serious run to upgrade their offense.

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