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from MMQB...for once I like something P King writes!

Among his 10 things I think I think was this:

9. I think this is my cold water thrown on the weekend's festivities. It's a letter from a follower of this column, Arnauld Chatainier, from Toulouse, France. He writes: "Bon jour Peter! The first-round day was a SAD day for me. After 20 years of passion for the game, 12 spent in pads in a country with less than 5,000 registered players, I finally realized that NFL football was not a sport anymore but a business. 'Big deal,' you would say ... and you'd be right. But after watching JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young, Reggie Bush, Cam Newton and a bunch of untested QB getting drafted within 12 slots, the idea finally occurred to me: After a 2-14 season, those picks are made to keep your stands full, not to turn around your franchise.

"For every Sam Bradford-Home Run QB, there are 12 players who will implode. Reggie Bush was drafted to revive a devastated fan base after Hurricane Katrina, not to be an every-down back, which was obvious even for me, a poor French MMQB, with poor football IQ. Vince Young was drafted to make the cover of a video game and sell tons of jerseys, not to be a perennial Pro Bowler. Don't criticize the guaranteed money spent for first-round draftees: That $50 million is not for winning. This is the money an owner has to spend to keep his stadium full.


Unfortunately, while mentioning the 2 biggest busts from the 2006 draft, he falls short of crediting the Texans for NOT making either of these moves, instead selecting Mario. But whatever; a decent % of knowledgable football fans around the country probably might reach that conclusion.

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