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pakowitz 04-10-2004 12:38 AM

Len Pasquarelli's Tip Sheet
Several teams expected to pursue Gallery

By Len Pasquarelli

With the news this week that New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi phoned San Diego Chargers counterpart A.J. Smith to discuss a deal involving the top spot in the 2004 draft and likely acquisition of Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, the NFL world was at least temporarily nudged back onto its axis.

Accorsi earned his stripes in the NFL watching guys like Johnny Unitas play the game's most demanding role and, in a league where it has become suddenly chic to diminish the quarterback position, he remains an old-guard true believer in the axiom that you need a great signal-caller to win championships.

Evidence to the contrary -- a former sixth-round pick, Tom Brady of New England, won two of the last three Super Bowl games and Brad Johnson, who came into the NFL as a ninth-round selection, claimed the other -- we agree. And so now the latest member of the most prolific quarterback family tree in NFL history figures to be the main focus of draft chatter for the ensuing two weeks.

Still, there is evidence supporting the notion that, if Manning is the highest profile player in the draft pool, Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery remains the safest choice. Just as the Giants organization is scrambling to divine the formula for securing Manning, whose surname alone would be magic in The Big Apple, it appears even more franchises covet a shot at Gallery, who could be the second overall prospect off the board.

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WhoDat 04-10-2004 07:31 AM

Len Pasquarelli's Tip Sheet
This article sure seems to validate this statement: \" it has become suddenly chic to diminish the quarterback position.\"

Boogro 04-11-2004 11:09 AM

Len Pasquarelli's Tip Sheet
I think the reason why guys who a drafted late, not drafted, or just average to good qbs can win the Superbowl is that teams can focus on getting better players at other positions and don\'t have to take that big hit on the salary cap. The cap has changed the football world to where you don\'t need a Aikman, S. Young, Elway, Marino, Montana, or any other high profiled quarterback to take you to the promised land. Manning is probably going to get at least a 45 million dollar contract and he hasn\'t even been to a practice, much less a game.

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