Now that the owners have handed out the compensatory picks for this year, we can start to think about what moves we'd want to make. We got 3 picks this year, two 5th rounders and a 7th rounder, (164, 166, and 242 overall) for Bryant McFadden, Nate Washington, and Byron Leftwich respectively. This gives us 10 picks total in the draft. I don't know about you, but I highly doubt 10 rookies can make the team. Having said that, I think we're in great position to move up somewhere in the draft. Given that we have these comp picks, I think we should be safe giving up our regular 5th, 6th, and 7th rounders- which according to the draft value chart totals 133.5 points. So, lets run through a couple scenarios and see what you all think we should do:
Scenario #1: Trade 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks to move up in the first round.
Packaging all these picks would allow us to move up only a few spots in the 1st round, probably #15 overall in a trade with the Giants. We'd hop over the 49ers and Titans hopefully in an effort to grab someone we like. Personally, I'd be ok with this if Joe Haden or Rolando McClain slipped to #15, but otherwise it seems unnecessary.
Scenario #2: Trade 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks to move up in the second round.
According to the value chart we'd be able to move up into the early second round in this scenario. Probably around #38 or #39 overall. That'd jump us up about 14 slots in the second round. We might be able to grab a Nate Allen or Koa Misi. Again, I think the only way this happens is if someone we might have liked in the late first round slips.
Scenario #3: Trade 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks to acquire extra second round pick.
Still looking at the value chart, this is almost point for point equal to the Vikings' late 2nd round pick (62 overall). That's a pretty big jump from 82 overall, and I kind of like the idea of this. If we really like two guys in the second round, and one still available at 62, I could easily see this happening. I could see us taking a Daryl Washington or Vladimir Ducasse or Morgan Burnett with this pick, depending on who we took with our 1st two picks.
Scenario #4: Trade 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks to acquire extra third round pick.
This would place us in the 85-87 overall range. More than likely we'd be looking at the Packers and Eagles with 86 and 87 respectively, because Cleveland owns 85 and probably not looking to acquire even more picks (not to mention intra-division trading is unlikely). This is probably my favorite scenario, because I think the top 3 rounds are especially talented this year and there will still be extremely talented guys around in the late 3rd round. We could easily target a number of guys. I'm thinking Sean Lee, Eric Norwood, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, John Jerry, and maybe even Toby Gerhart could still be around there, any of which I'd love to see in Black and Gold.
Scenario #5. Trade 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks to acquire extra fourth round pick.
We'd be looking at a late 4th rounder here, probably between 126-130 overall. This could be one of the safer options, since we'd only be giving up the 3 picks that are protected by the comp picks we have behind them. We could target a number of quality running backs like LeGarrette Blount, Anthony Dixon, or Joe McKnight. Or we could look at a couple projects like Vince Oghobaase, Ed Wang, Roddrick Muckelroy, or Kurt Coleman.
So those are some of my ideas. Obviously we have a lot more options than this, since we dont necessarily have to package all these picks together in one deal, but I'd like to know what you think. I'll post a poll, and I look forward to your thoughts in the comments.