Breaking from traditional thinking

Taking a wide receiver with your late-first-round pick is unconventional, but wise

Updated: June 30, 2009, 5:30 PM ET
By Ken Daube | Special to ESPN.com

If you have a top-three pick, your game plan is easy. Simply take an elite running back and pray he doesn't get hurt.

Unfortunately, there are only so many top-three picks to go around. Well, three, to be exact. And the later you pick in the first round, the more you need to consider zigging where others zag. By which we mean -- gasp! -- not taking a running back with your first pick.

Yes, you're allowed to do that. In fact, you are hereby advised to do that. It could save your season.

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