Ten players I hate more than you

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There’s no real hate in my heart for these players, it’s the value I’m concerned about. When the market moves in the wrong direction, we have to do what we have to do. Here are 10 players I’m probably not going to go after during draft season:

Michael Crabtree(notes): Love the player, hate the situation. The Niners are going to run the ball down everyone’s throat as game situations allow, and even when Alex Smith is going back to pass, Crabtree has to contend with Vernon Davis(notes) for alpha-dog status. A lot of early drafters are picking Crabtree like a second-year breakthrough is guaranteed; there’s no value here.

Greene could see some TD chances go to LT.
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Shonn Greene(notes): He’s talented and the Jets have a great set-up, sure; superb line, great defense. I get all that. But Greene still has absolutely no receiving skills to speak of, and LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) will steal some of the cheap scores. I’d take Calvin Johnson(notes), Ryan Mathews(notes) or even Ryan Grant(notes) over Greene in any draft right now.

Ronnie Brown(notes): He’s played one full season in his career and the Dolphins keep phasing him out as a receiver. I’d hate to rely on Brown as a starter every week.

Laurence Maroney(notes): He got pushed into the doghouse after a Week 16 fumble and never got out. Bill Belichick will not take chances with ball security, and the Pats use a committee backfield just about all the time anyway.

Mike Sims-Walker(notes): He was the invisible man as teams caught up to him down the stretch, and David Garrard(notes) is not a star-making quarterback.

Matt Forte(notes): On a different team he’d be an intriguing grab, a potential discount as a “last year’s bum” sort of guy. But Chester Taylor(notes) is a better fit for the new Chicago offense.

Owen Daniels(notes): I’m stunned that his summer ADP has him in the top 80. Are we sure he’s 100 percent healthy? And is this the type of player who can still be a star without full lateral agility and explosiveness? I’m skeptical.

Santana Moss(notes): I don’t like betting on vertical guys as they fade into their 30s, and Moss just turned 31. Donovan McNabb(notes) and Mike Shanahan can help, but miracles won’t happen overnight.

Jets Defense: It’s a fantastic unit in real life, but this is more of an execution defense than it is a pure mayhem unit. Said another way, while they’ll keep you off the scoreboard, you might be disappointed with their final sack and takeaway count. And you never want to be the first team to pick a defense. That’s just bad business.

Jermaine Gresham(notes): Tight end is one of the hardest positions to make an impact as a rookie. I don’t care how many stories come out this summer about his skills, I want to see some production first.

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Updated Thursday, Jul 29, 2010