I am writing this to explore an idea that I haven't seen mentioned. Please be aware that this is based on the notion that we will be trading down from the second pick.
I think there are two very real trading partners waiting for us. Which way we go depends entirely on what Houston does with the first selection. If Houston takes Bortles, we will trade with Atlanta. In return, we will receive their second round pick this year as well as a second next year. If Houston takes Clowney, we will trade with Minnesota. In return, we will receive their second round pick this season as well as a first round pick next year. Regardless of future compensation, we add only an additional second round pick in this year's draft in either scenario.
If we go Atlanta, we drop down to 6 and add 37. If we go Minnesota, we drop down to 8 and add 40. In either case, we end up with two top half first rounders and two top half second rounders. That's not news to anyone. That's the dream we've been salivating over for months.
Here's where I offer a different thought. Last year, Minnesota traded (a whole lot) to move back up into the first round and ended up with three first round picks. We can do the same thing.
I think most of us agree that CB, S, and OL are our three most needed positions. Why not trade back up and fill all of those spots with first round picks?
Let's assume we trade with Minnesota. We end up with 8, 13, 40, 44. The 40 and 44 picks are worth 960 points according to the draft chart. The 17th pick is worth 950 points. So, rather than having two firsts and two seconds, we would end up with 8, 13, and 17.
Keep a couple of things in mind. First, players selected in the first round have team option five year contracts. Players chosen after the first round have four year deals. This is a tremendous advantage to the team in that it gives an additional year at a modest price. Second, we would still have an entire draft, after the second round, to add depth. We will have our third round pick. We still have our 4th. We still have them all. The only thing we have done is package two seconds for a first.
Take a look at Walter's draft and see what you think. Is it worth it to you? http://walterfootball.com/draft2014.php
Not happy with moving up to 17 and want to move up to 16? You can do that by adding one 6th and two 7th round picks to the trade. No sweat! Take a look at the trade value chart if you'd like. http://www.draftcountdown.com/features/Value-Chart.php
So, there's my argument. Let's hear what you think!