The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
• "Brandon Marshall is going to be like a kid in a candy store in Miami. Look at all the trouble he got into in Denver. Are you kidding me? People are going to be looking for him. ... To give up that amount of money and those picks for a guy with his background — I didn't think it was worth it. He is one off-the-field misstep away from getting suspended for the year. The only way you can justify it — Miami needs playmakers."
• "Ultimately, if you are going to trade a (potential) Hall of Famer (Donovan McNabb) within the division, then you are saying you are not worried about him beating you. How could you if you were worried about him beating you? They could have held on to him for another year and taken a third-round compensatory pick next year. I can't believe the Eagles did it. Minnesota, Arizona and Washington are the three places I think McNabb would have been happy going to, but I think he got his wish with where he landed."
• "The most important part of the draft is understanding fit and how you are going to use players to their strengths. The Raiders finally put Michael Huff at weak safety and allowed him to play the deep middle and cover half the field and he played OK. He couldn't play like (Troy) Polamalu or (Bob) Sanders as an extra linebacker. He could not stuff the run and did not want to stick his nose in. (The Bills') Donte Whitner did not want to do it. They were not asked to do it in college, either. Those guys are free safeties. Teams are all looking for the next Brian Dawkins, but he was very rare. What made him so good is that he was so (incredibly) smart and (former Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Johnson put him in position to succeed."
• "Alan Faneca is just not very good anymore, and it's not because of a lack of effort. He had some good years, but he has always been a little overrated. He did everything he was supposed to do and played well. He was good in the locker room and good for the team, but when you see him whiff and the quarterback getting hit, you get nervous. He is getting old, has little strength or foot quickness, and he allowed (Mark) Sanchez to get hit cleanly too many times last season."
• "When you look at Steve Hutchinson in Minnesota, he is not the same athlete he used to be. He gets it done with his head and his will right now. That is how he produces. There are guys in the league like (OLT Donald) Penn in Tampa Bay. He plays very smart. If you are smart and can communicate, you can avoid the whiffs and missed assignments that kill the quarterback. Most QBs are good enough now that if they have enough time, if their line can at least confront a (rusher) on the first move, they can get the ball off."
• "If Anquan Boldin plays the way he is capable of playing, with his personality and character traits alongside Ray Lewis, it might be Ozzie Newsome's best trade ever."
• "The number of trades this year has been crazy. It's like you can't sleep anymore. The structure is changing without a CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement). All the activity is good for the league."
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