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Sortin’ Through The Pieces: Picks

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  1. Boomer Lion says:

    My preferred trade is our #21 and a collection of Day 3 picks (even all 5 of them) to the Pats for their two first rounders (#27 and #31). Failing that, I’d like to see us work with the Rams, Colts, Panthers, Jags – teams picks in the upper half of the rounds who have serious talent deficiencies vertically and horizontally across their depth charts. We could move up in the 2nd or 3rd, or again bundle a pooload of Day 3 picks to get a 2nd or 3rd. The Rams have 2 picks in the top of the 2nd which I would not mind trading the #21 overall for, even if we had to throw in a later pick. This draft has excellent Day 2 talent. After that, I’d prefer us to stay pat and let the draft come to us. The only bad option is to trade Day 1 or 2 picks and accumulate yet more Day 3 picks. The absolute last thing we need on this team is a flood of young marginal talent to sift through at training camp.

    Looking at our roster, we should be consolidating our draft talent into as few roster spots as we can. Camp bodies can be had as rookie free agents, and one or two may even work out (e.g. Cochart was an excellent pick-up as an undrafted guy). But overall, we have such a young team that we can’t really load up on young, raw players. We need young contributors, and we need to keep enough vets on the team to keep things from getting out of hand in the thick of the playoff hunt.

    Our rebuilding phase this time around has been done. We should now be putting together a team to go deep into the playoffs. Having accumulated a variety of mid-level veteran players and a young, talent core group, we are a handful of good players away from knocking the Steelers and Ravens off the AFCN mountain and claiming a first-round bye in the process.

    Draft day is going to rock our collective face!

    1. Bill says:

      Less is more. Very intriguing strategy.

      If anybody would bite on swapping two 1st round picks for one and a cache of lower picks, it’s certainly Belichick. Pats fans would probably pass a kidney stone if he did, but he isn’t going to do anything just to please them. If the Bengals could pull off 4 picks in the first 53, that would likely go down as one of the better drafts in the team’s history. Even if they could parley a few of those lower picks into an extra 2nd or 3rd rounder, I’d be happy. The fewer picks on Day 3, the better!