With the ’09 Draft in a few days, there are plenty of mocks, theories, ideas, bickering, and guessing as to what’s going down come Saturday.
Phil Barber from the Press Democrat out of Santa Rosa posted a great article on the Top 10 NFL Draft-Day Blockbuster Trades. Your San Diego Chargers made #1:
1. 2004 THE SWAP: Chargers trade QB Eli Manning to Giants for QB Philip Rivers, third-round selection in 2004, and first- and fifth-round choices in 2005.
THE FACTS: Everyone expected the Chargers to trade the No.1 overall pick when Manning said he wouldn’t sign with them out of Mississippi. They couldn’t get a deal done by the time the Giants picked at No.4, so the two teams wound up trading the players rather than the picks. San Diego took K Nick Kaeding with the third-round selection, and LB Shawne Merriman with the 2005 first-rounder.
THE WINNER: Don’t bother weighing Manning’s Super Bowl win vs. Rivers’ production. Merriman easily swings the balance of power to the Chargers.