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Draft Implications: Searching for a silver lining

It makes me sick to my stomach that we gave away Santonio Holmes for a 5th round pick in the upcoming draft. While I understand the need to make an example of someone in light of all the negative press this offseason I think it's absolutely absurd to give away a #1 receiver for peanuts. But I'm going to try my hardest to focus on what the addition of that 5th round pick could do for our team.

The pick we received from the Jets is the 32nd pick (160th overall) in the 5th round. The value as determined by the trade value chart is 27.4 points. While that may seem pretty valueless and inconsequential it may be just enough to get us Joe Haden in the upcoming draft.

 

So here's the math.

 

The 18th pick in the 1st round of the upcoming draft is worth       900 pts.

The 82nd pick in the 3rd round of the upcoming draft is worth     180 pts.

The 146th pick in the 5th round of the upcoming draft is worth      33 pts.

The 160th pick in the 5th round of the upcoming draft is worth      27 pts.
                                                                                                                  +______
                                                                                                                1,140 pts.

 

The word around the rumor mill all offseason is that the Jags want to trade out of the 10th pick in the draft to save money. According to the value chart, the 10th pick is worth 1,300 pts. But in a draft this deep the value of our 3rd and both 5th rounders should be enough for the cash conscious Jags to pull the trigger on a trade.

Lets face it, there are not 11 roster spots open on the team. Even with the holes we have not all 11 rookies would unseat some of our veteran back-ups. We all know the Steelers are no strangers to trading up for a player they covet in the 1st round. As everyone has pointed out, we need CB's. While I've been one of the few people here that has been against taking Kyle Wilson at 18, because I think it would be a reach, I'm certainly not against trading up for Haden. Although that's contingent upon us not giving up our 2nd round pick to do it. This draft is too good to give all of our early rounders. But Ike is in the last year of his contract and Willie Gay showed us last season that he's much better in a a Nickel CB role than he is as a starter. And while Lewis and/or Burnett may become legitimate starters someday they could play second fiddle to Haden, who would replace Ike as the #1 because the Steelers don't typically (barring this offseason) give big contracts to 30 year old players.

So there it is, the silver lining of a bad situation. Why couldn't they at least have traded him to an NFC team? I mean seriously, it's stupid to trade him to AFC playoff contender. Anyway, I'm curious to hear what you all have to say about it.

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