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Gil Brandt's Re-draft. What? Too soon?


If you're thinking it's too early to even think about a re-draft, perhaps you are right.  It's only been 8 weeks and several rookies have yet to hit their stride.  Well NFL.com's Gil Brandt doesn't care what you think.  Even though it might be way too premature to be giving out grades on many of these players, there is no denying it: some rookies have already made an impact on their respective teams. 

So how would the top 5 look if GMs knew then what they know now?  And you're all dying to know where our very own Christian Ponder ended up aren't you.  Gil Brandt's top 10 and our beloved Vikes pick after the jump.  If you want to see the entire first round, click here.

1. Carolina Panthers

Actual pick -- Cam Newton
Adjusted pick -- Same: Newton has exceeded all expectations and should set multiple rookie passing records. With Newton at the helm, the Panthers have scored just nine fewer in points through eight games than they did all of last season.

2. Denver Broncos

Actual pick -- Von Miller
Adjusted pick -- Andy Dalton: There's no doubt that Miller is a good player. He has six sacks, but the Broncos are a quarterback away from being a potential playoff team in that division. Despite being 2-5, Denver has talent and Dalton gives them a better chance to win. He's another rookie QB playing above expectations. Dalton's not flashy, but is smart and steady.

3. Buffalo Bills

Actual pick -- Marcell Dareus
Adjusted pick -- Same: Dareus is the primary reason the Bills are giving up nine fewer points per game this year. At this time last year, they were 0-7 and now they're 5-2. He played really well against Washington (2.5 sacks) and is starting to assert himself in Buffalo.

4. Cincinnati Bengals

Actual pick -- A.J. Green
Adjusted pick -- Same: The Bengals lost their three top receivers from last season and Green has provided a go-to option in the passing game. He has 33 receptions and five touchdowns. They have five wins already after finishing with four last year. Green and the rest of the draft class have played a major role in that accomplishment.

5. Arizona Cardinals

Actual pick -- Patrick Peterson
Adjusted pick -- Christian Ponder: History says it's far easier to find a corner than a quarterback. Ponder has played really well in his two starts and his lack of arm strength would be mitigated by the fact that the Cardinals play indoors. He's very smart and recognizes things quickly. Peterson has started seven games and taken back two punts for touchdowns, but when you have continued issues under center that has to be your top priority. This also would have allowed the Cardinals to bypass the Kevin Kolb trade.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Actual pick -- Julio Jones
Adjusted pick -- Same: Jones is still the guy here. You could very easily flip Green and Jones. Even though Jones has been hurt, he leads the Falcons in average yards per catch (14.3 yards). He's also a good blocker, which is important in Atlanta's run-based offense.

7. San Francisco 49ers

Actual pick -- Aldon Smith
Adjusted pick -- Same: Smith is a pass rush specialist. He looks like Jevon Kearse when he came into the league and had 14.5 sacks as a rookie. If Smith was a horse, the way he runs make him look like Secretariat compared to going up against a bunch of plow horses.

8. Tennessee Titans

Actual pick -- Jake Locker
Adjusted pick -- Patrick Peterson: With Matt Hasselbeck playing well and the team in the playoff race, the Titans can afford to bypass a QB for the future and go after the best player still on the board in Peterson. The LSU product is a solid corner and gives Tennessee someone to pair with Cortland Finnegan. Peterson also brings another dimension with his ability in the return game.

9. Dallas Cowboys

Actual pick -- Tyron Smith
Adjusted pick -- Nate Solder: The difference is Smith will be good, but Solder is ready to play right now because he was a five-year player and has more experience. Solder's stronger and more polished.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Actual pick -- Blaine Gabbert
Adjusted pick -- Same: He's started the bulk of their games and moved the team well at times. He's mobile and has a good arm but needs to work on accuracy. The Jaguars also have to get him some more weapons.

12. Minnesota Vikings

Actual pick -- Christian Ponder
Adjusted pick -- Jake Locker: The Vikings still go with a potential QB of the future. Locker's the guy they really wanted all along and he would be playing now on a struggling team and learning on the job. No one realized he played hurt last season, which hurt his stock. Locker has good poise and arm strength.

What say you DN readers, did Brandt get the redraft right?

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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