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See you later, Cutler!

Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | April 6th, 2009

Jay Cutler and Denver will part ways

If any chance of Denver's franchise quarterback Jay Cutler of not being traded existed, all hope of that is now gone. Cutler, according to several sources, has not answered phones calls from the Denver Broncos in over 10 days, and that team owner Pat Bowlen will definitely trade him.

With Cutler being a definitive trade prospect, several teams are lining up to trade for him. Tampa Bay Buccaneers have either Josh McCown or Josh Joshson, neither of which are good enough to take Tampa where they want.

Unfortunately, Tampa has only the 19th pick in the first round, and doesn't draft again until the third round. That, most likely, is not enough for Cutler. Teams that have young QBs to trade are Cleveland Browns who can trade off Brady Quinn, Tennessee Titans with Vince Young, and Washington Redskins with Jason Campbell; other teams that really need Cutler because of unproven quarterbacks are New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

The number one frontrunner, though, is definitely the Detroit Lions. Denver has expressed a lot of interest in Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, and Detroit's number one pick might be the only way to get him. Additionally, Cutler is not a cheap player. He is widely considered one of the best QBs in the NFL, and with that, his value skyrockets. Detroit is probably one of the only teams that can really afford him.

NFL Draft sleepers

QB Chris Pizzotti: Harvard is known for many things: law, medicine, psychology and writing amongst other things. But the Ivy League schools in America are rarely known for producing NFL football players. Pizzotti, a QB who isn't considered amazing, is intellectually gifted with an outrageous athletic frame. The man sits 6'6 and 225lbs with long arms. Under the right QB coach, he could flourish into something. He may also be moved to linebacker. Regardless, he will be a steal deep in the draft or as a free agent.

WR Johnny Knox: Ever heard of Abilene Christian University for football? Neither have many other people. This guy is no joke, though. He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash, 10'2 broad jump, and 35-inch vertical, all of which make him super deadly. Knox needs some work on his route running, but any team that picks him up in the third or later rounds definitely has themselves an outstanding wide receiver.

WR Brian Robiskie: 6'3, really long arms, and great build; that's basically the prototypical wide receiver. While he did run a decent 4.59 40-yard dash, he is overall a solid wide receiver.

WR Jarett Dillard: 4.57 40-yard dash and 5'10; small, and not super quick. His upside lies within his route running ability and his 42-inch vertical. While he may not be a first or second string wide receiver, Dillard will serve as an excellent slot receiver. Think Brandon Stokley in 2004 when he exploded for 1,000-plus yards and 10 touchdowns as he played slot to Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

OT Jason Watkins: Played for the Florida Gators, but hasn't received a lot of hype. Regardless, he stands 6'6, weighs 313lbs, and is super athletic. A lot of teams are dying for a quality tackle, and Watkins is a steal late in the draft. He does need a lot of coaching to improve technique, but he's worth a late round pick.
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