Latest 2013 NFL draft buzz
April, 11, 2013
By Adam Schefter | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/David SmithGeno Smith has several possible destinations in the first round. Where will he land?Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
Q: Adam, do you think that the Pittsburgh Steelers will match the offer sheet for Emmanuel Sanders? They can't afford to lose another wideout after Mike Wallace left in free agency, right?
-- Sandra (Kentucky)
A: Great question, Sandra. My sense is they will, especially having already lost Wallace to the Dolphins. It would be difficult to make Ben Roethlisberger throw to that many new wide receivers. And the money shouldn't be a huge issue. The one-year offer sheet is worth $2.5 million. For Pittsburgh, it will be more of a philosophical decision than a financial one. My sense is the Steelers will match, though New England wouldn't have put together the offer sheet if it didn't think it at least had a chance to get him.
Q: Who are a couple ideal targets for my New York Giants, Adam? I feel like we could take Manti Te'o or a cornerback in the first round, but isn't safety also a position of need to replace Kenny Phillips? What do the Giants need to come out of the draft with?
-- Craig (Colorado)
A: You're going to hate this answer, Craig, but Jerry Reese won't draft for specific needs. They need to come out of this draft with the best player. Period. Look what happened when they drafted Jason Pierre-Paul when they didn't need a pass-rusher. Not a sexy pick at the time, but how'd that pick work out? In a perfect world, the Giants would land a good cornerback, linebacker or offensive lineman. But Reese isn't going to reach for a position. He will let the draft come to him.