So from this point on I'll use the word 'hypothetically' so that Lady Raven and Co. don't try and hunt me down, tie me to the old PSI Net spot on Ravens stadium and post a big sign next to me stating 'For All Those Who Do Not Believe, BE WARNED!!
Okay, so idealistically we all want to see our favorite team stomp a mudhole in any motha-sucka who dares defy the Raven Nation, but realistically that MAY not happen.
So we're left with another 'possibility', would a less-than-winning season be as bad as some of us might think?
Initially we'd be pissed cause our team had a less-than-winning season, but we'd be in a better position to re-load and get RIGHT BACK INTO THE ARSES OF OUR FOES AND BREAK THEM OFF A MEAN ONE IN 2003!!
I'd like to think that our cap situation would be stellar, our draft position would be fantastic, and our team would be in better position to bounce back hopefully in a big way in 2003.
There are alot of blue-chippers coming out of college next season, and I'd be hard pressed to believe that we wouldn't be able to land an impact player or two if we possessed a Top-10 first round pick in the first two rounds that would definitely be an ideal situation.
Everyone b!tches about losing seasons but beam about their top choices once the draft rolls around. Considering that we'd probably address our biggest needs through free agency next off-season to plug some holes, I'd imagine that our first pick could go in a number of different directions (hypothetically, of course)
I've noticed two trends. One, if you've got a Top 10 choice you can land yourself at least 2 darn good players who can assist your team right away.
Let's look at the last three years of the draft at random spots for instance. The Chargers had the #5 pick of the 2002 draft, a darn good spot if you ask me.
They were able to land the best CB in the draft and arguably the best OG with their picks in the first two rounds of the 2002 draft in Jammer and Fonoti.
Or the year prior in 2001 with the 8th pick of the draft that the Bears owned landing future impact player WR David Terell and starting RB Anthony 'A-Train' Thomas.
And finally the 2000 draft with friggin Steelers at #8 landing 'Plexiglass' at WR and solid OT Marvel Smith to shore up the right side of their offensive line.
My point is this. Watch San Diego this year. You saw what the Bears did last year, and we all know what the Steelers did this past season. (calm down) The Chargers are gonna come out of nowhere and surprise alot of people mark my words.
The way I see it because they were able to land impact players with their first two picks, it made their franchises even more solid and assisted in their ability to rise above their previous records.
Think of what Billick could do with 2 picks that are all but guaranteed to be blue-chip players who could contribute right away.
Heck, if we were able to land the #8th pick in each of the rounds, we'd be in prime position to land 'The Legend' WR Roy Williams of Texas and also get an impact SS like Mike Doss to round off an impressive young secondary.
Photo - Tom Pidgeon/Allsport
Roy Williams- Texas
6`5, 215pds, 4.3/40
Nicknames "The Legend" and is a physical marvel. He has the size and speed to be a dominating NFL receiver. He has a long stride and blazing speed that makes it look almost effortless after the catch.
Physically Williams is everything you could ask for in a WR prospect as he can either jump over DB's or run past them for TD's. Imagine what a field day Billick would have with a guy as gifted as this one. Oh, wait a minute, all you've got to do is look at what he did with Randy Moss.
Photo - Don Mirralle/Allsport
SS- Mike Doss- OSU
5`11, 205pds, 4.38/40
This kid was a starter almost from Day one and has made offense after offense pay every single time they came his way. When this guy hits you, you go down and you might not get back up without help. Impact hitter, can rattle a receiver's cage.
Gives them two options, either discourages them or breaks bones you pick. Very intense in the mold of a Ed Reed with his passion for the game. Could have easily been a high pick this past draft. Few pack the punch that Doss does. An impact player and a true STRONG safety.
While I hope that my Ravens surprise and kick some major bootie this upcoming season, IF there's a slight possibility that maybe, just maybe things might not go our way, things are looking especially bright in 2003