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Bolt Beat BS’n: Draft Edition


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.

The Chargers official website also posted Draft Day Memories from Philip Rivers, Antoine Cason, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Nate Kaeding.