The problem is that few head men believe Duckett is worth a first round pick, and that is why it becomes hard to move players like himself. Three good examples IMO:
Miami 2005 - the Dolphins were sitting pretty at #2 and able to get their choice of RBs in the draft. Due to his connection to Saban, one would have thought that at some point the Dolphins may have considered moving a middle round pick to Atlanta for Duckett. Makes sense, save money and can use the draft pick on a QB or another position. But I'm sure when the Dolphins took a deeper look at it, they didn't see Duckett close to the same caliber of player that Brown or Cadillac or Benson, or whomever was. If they thought the dropoff between one of those guys and Duckett was minimal, I'm sure they would have made an offer to Atlanta.
Carolina 2006 - As said several teams before, Duckett is an ideal fit for the Panthers backfield. Look no furtehr than their '03 season with Stephen Davis powering them to the SUper Bowl. Fox loves the bruising back that can carry the ball 25-30 times a game. But over the years, despite injuries and inconsistency at the RB position, the Panthers have probably not entertained much thought on trading for Duckett. This year, they were in a position to get a good back in this year's RB-strong draft class. As before with the Phins, Duckett was not in the same class as a Maroney or DeAngelo Williams, so why make the trade. Granted, I'm sure the Falcons and Panthers being in the same division also doesn't help matters much.
PIttsburgh 2006 - Pittsburgh had the same issue as the Panthers. If they wanted a power RB to replace Bettis, they had their chance to get WHite in this year's draft. Not to mention their tentativeness in making a trade is probably affected by the fact that Parker is already a 1200-yard back, so why give up a high pick for a guy that may or may not contribute between 200-500 yards this year. Would Duckett be perfect in Pittsburgh? Yes. But the Steelers aren't in a dire enough situation at RB to think about moving a high pick for a situational player even in their offense. As long as Parker is running well, the viability of getting Duckett in the 'Burgh is low.
Another major factor that contributes to Duckett's lower stock is the fact that he is not a great receiver.
Of the 27 backs last year with 180 or more carries, only 5 of them had less than 20 catches last year. And 2 of them (Shaun Alexander and Fred Taylor) are more than capable receivers, but the roles of 3rd down backs has been shifted to other players in order to save those guys some reps. The other 3: Mike Anderson, Willie Parker, and Stephen Davis aren't terrible receivers, but aren't quite guys that you expect to rack up 30-35 catches in a year. Interesting enough, it shows that the Panthers and Steelers are 2 of the few teams that Duckett would prosper on. Why was Ronnie Brown the consensus top back in 2005? Was it because he was so much better than Benson or Cadillac? No, it was because he was the most polished receiver among them. If LenDale White had caught 30 passes for USC last year, would he have fallen to Round 2? No, because he would have been considered a Top 5-10 guy that at worst would have had his work ethic/character issues drop him into the 20s. The vast majority of offenses nowadays not only want their RBs to be capable outlet pass options, but NEED them to be.
The only other types of offenses that would love to have a player of Duckett's type as their lead rusher are the ones that "Parcells-based": Dallas, New England, N.Y. Giants, and Cleveland. But with exception to Cleveland, all those teams have young backs that they want to groom down the road to be their feature backs or already fill a Duckett-like role. The Parcells coaching tree, Fox, and Cowher are now the only "throwback" type of coaches that like the Earl Campbell-type running backs. It's why until one of those 7 teams has a RB crisis, Duckett has only moderate trade value.
You're right BB, he isn't highly thought of in league circles, because frankly most teams out there see him as a situational back, and aren't willing to fork up more than a middle round pick for such a player, even now when guys like Stephen Davis (if healthy) and Jonathan Wells are still available via free agency.
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